Campus censorship is holding women back
A survey has revealed that female students are more likely to support campus censorship than their male peers. Keeping Schtum, a report by the Higher Education Policy Institute, found that 16 per cent more women support Safe Space policies and the banning of tabloid newspapers than men. Men are more likely to support unfettered freedom of speech on campus.
Women’s autonomy has been hugely undermined. Forget the in loco parentis restrictions of the Sixties – female students today aren’t even trusted to hear a racy joke without falling to pieces. The FSUR found that 33 per cent of universities and students’ unions have ‘zero tolerance’ policies prohibiting jokes, cat-calling and even ‘inappropriate sexual noises’. Women aren’t even trusted to conduct their social lives without rules and regulations.
EU’s latest threat: Do as we say over migrant quotas or you’ll lose your funding
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said countries that fail to show “solidarity” by taking in their fair share of migrants who have arrived on European shores will also be hit with fines of €250,000 (£191,000) per refugee.
The Eurocrat’s controversial system of migrant quotas has been fiercely opposed by former communist countries Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Princeton protesters want faculty with learning disabilities
Activist groups are demanding that Princeton University do more to support students with “invisible” disabilities following a 20-day hunger strike by a former graduate student.
Rachel Malka Barr announced via Facebook Wednesday that she had ended her hunger strike, encouraging supporters to attend a “big event” Friday afternoon and promising to hold a press conference to further explain the purpose of her hunger strike and her reasons for ending it.
UN calls on donors to fulfil their obligations toward Gaza
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov has called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility towards Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, calling on donors to fulfil their obligations to support the reconstruction process in the beleaguered enclave.
“The international community had a responsibility to help Palestinians there recover from the physical and emotional trauma of war, rebuild their lives and livelihoods, and ultimately to see Gaza and the West Bank reunited and the closures lifted,” Mladenov told the Security Council.
Pas de problème … Quebec just passed a website blocking law
Bill 74 has passed almost without notice (the casino industry being the notable exception) and will see the government agency in charge of lotteries in the province, Loto-Québec, draw up a list of online gambling sites that they will then send to ISPs.
ISPs will be required to block access to those sites within 30 days or face a $100,000 fine. The legislation doesn’t go into how ISPs should block the sites and although it is now law, it is extremely likely that they will put forward a legal challenge to it.
Incredibly, the ban does not apply to all gambling sites – just those that Loto-Québec doesn’t like – and legislators were quite open about the fact that a goal of the law is to increase revenue to the local, officially approved gambling service Espacejeux.
Refugees Will Build Drones As Part Of Federally Funded Jobs Program
About 400 teenage refugee students living in the city will get part-time summer jobs through the program, as well as tutoring in English and Math. Those who demonstrate academic competence will then take part in a year-long drone building challenge during the school year, as the work and tutoring continues.
“The prime focus will be refugee youth in the city,” the grant application abstract reads. “About 1 in 6 Uticans is a refugee from another nation. State data shows this group has the highest dropout rate, lowest college-ready rate in the city.”
A President Hillary Clinton Could Pardon Herself and Congress Might Be Helpless to Act
It is Friday, January 20, 2017 and Hillary Clinton has just been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States after narrowly defeating Donald Trump in November. Republicans managed to hold both the House of Representatives and the Senate. A few weeks after winning the election, however, the Department of Justice handed down a multi-count indictment against Clinton over her handling of classified information and her involvement in an alleged pay for play scandal with the Clinton Foundation during her time as Secretary of State. It is a scenario that several of our commentators, and twitter followers have asked us to analyze.
150 health experts call on WHO to move or postpone the Games amid virus outbreak
An open letter to the UN health agency, signed by almost 150 public health experts, calls for the games to be delayed or relocated ‘in the name of public health.’
A controversial paper by a Canadian professor published earlier this month in the Harvard Public Health Review called for the Games to be canceled or moved because it said they would likely speed up the spread of Zika throughout the world. Several health experts have disputed the report as lacking evidence for such a move.
Islamic State has Euro 2016 in its sights, German spy chief says
Islamic State militants have the Euro 2016 football tournament in their sights though there is no concrete evidence at the moment of an attack being planned, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has said.
France, where militants last year killed 130 people in coordinated assaults on cafes, bars, a football stadium and a music hall across Paris, will host Euro 2016, which starts on June 10 and runs for a month at 10 stadiums across the country.
UK Sharia courts face government inquiry over “discriminatory” treatment of women
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, said: “A number of women have reportedly been victims of what appear to be discriminatory decisions taken by sharia councils, and that is a significant concern.” What did these fools (May and her cohorts) expect? There is no way that the Sharia courts in the UK could ever not discriminate against women. Why? Because it’s in the Qur’an:
“Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34
Texas men train to shoot Muslims and dip bullets in pig blood so victims ‘go straight to hell’
“A lot of us here are using either pig’s blood or bacon grease on our bullets, packing it in the middle, so that when you shoot a Muslim, they go straight to hell. That’s what they believe in their religion,” said Mr. Wright.
BAIR members have recently staged armed protests outside mosques to “stop the Islamization of America”.
DePaul Women’s Studies Department Organizes ‘Safe Space’ After Milo Event
After the tumultuous events that unfolded at DePaul University on Tuesday night, when Black Lives Matter protesters rushed the stage at a Milo Yiannopoulos talk, the Women’s Studies Department has decided that because students are fragile, delicate human beings, they must create a safe space for them to recover.
An email sent from the department declared that they were “appalled that Milo Yiannopoulos was invited to speak … we are profoundly disturbed and distressed by the deep harm and damage this has caused to so many individuals, and to entire communities. We stand in solidarity with all of our students, and commit ourselves to working in partnership with you to respond to this intolerance and hate.”
Tragically Hip: The most Canadian band in the world
Few rock bands are publicly mourned by the prime minister and other high-level politicians, comedians, and actors, alongside the country’s most prominent musicians.
But the Hip, as they are known, are not ordinary musicians to Canadians. Rather, more than any other artist, they have reflected the sense of what it’s like to love and live in a small, beautiful, overlooked country.
UMass caves after month of protests, agrees to fossil fuel divestment
UMass announced in a press release Monday that its Board of Directors had unanimously endorsed the divestment, which the school describes as the culmination in a series of recent steps taken at the behest of students concerned about climate change.
Student environmental activists at the Amherst campus have been pressuring the university to divest for months, creating a Facebook group, the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, to organize protests and sit-ins at the Whitmore administration building.
Israel Intercepts Materials for Building Tunnels, Rockets on Their Way to Hamas
The shipment contained “hundreds of pipes with a diameter under four inches, with a special kind of screw that is used for the production of mortars and rockets,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Additionally, the seized electric motors “are used by terror groups for different build-up purposes, including the construction of underground networks.”
Hamas reportedly spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each month and employs more than 1,000 operatives “working 24 hours a day, six days a week” building tunnels.