Date: June 23, 2018
“A Tunisian commission has called for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the North African country. Led by the President of Tunisia, the commission called for the removal of the death penalty in Tunisia, equal rights for women, and the decriminalisation of homosexuality. A 230-page proposal, which was published on 20th June, detailed the current lack of equal rights for many groups in the country. Groups that were highlighted in the proposal included women, gay men and the wider LGBT community. Tunisia has a particularly poor human rights record with regards to the LGBT community.
Homosexuality is illegal in Tunisia and punishable by a custodial sentence; even the death penalty. One of the main areas of concerns for gay and bisexual men in Tunisia is the ongoing practice of so-called ‘anal testing.’ Last year, the Human Rights Watch reported that Tunisia’s health authorities had issued warnings to doctors to stop carrying out this practice. The internal warning came after several international organisations, including the United Nations, spoke out about non-consensual anal examinations being carried out on members of the LGBT community. The practice has been used to collect ‘proof’ of somebody’s sexuality, subsequently resulting in men who are suspected of having anal sex with another man being prosecuted. Without any medical evidence to underpin this practice, as well as serious ethical concerns, international human rights organisation All Out began a campaign earlier this year to ban anal testing in Tunisia.
Speaking with Le Point Afrique, Tunisian politician and lawyer, Belhaj Hmida said that the new presidential commission proposal was an opportunity to remove the country’s homophobic Article 230. “We are asking for the banning of anal testing, so that it can no longer used as proof,” she said.
The politician said that there were two options when it came to the future of the current anti-gay law: Either the complete decriminalisation of homosexuality or that those convicted of same-sex sexual activity should face a fine of 500 Tunisian dinar (or around £150). Speaking with French newspaper, Liberation, Belhaj Hmida said she is “convinced” that there would be a new proposed law ready to be voted in by parliament this August. Despite these proposals, societal attitudes in Tunisia still make it an extremely hostile environment for members of the LGBT community.’
It is crazy to think that Tunisia is a relatively well-known location to arrange a meet up with young boys for sex in the 21st Century in the light of the news item above. But then, such countries are full of paradoxes and counter intuitions; in all probability ’twas ever thus. For example, André Gide “experienced his initiation with an Arab boy in the sand dunes of Sousse, Tunisia in the late 19th Century; but that was a fleeting, fumbling, private affair. The boy had initially marched off in despair at Gide’s seeming inability actually to do anything when push, as it were, came to shove.” independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/just-wilde-about-the-boys-1263513.html “
They say that “extremes” tend to coexist in the same areas…Like, all the most mobilized and active atheist groups, exist in “the bible belt”.
In a similar way…the paradoxes are much the same.
You don’t really know what to expect, except that it throws you when you see something generally positive come out of a hostile regime.
Date: June 23, 2018
“In this episode of The Humanist Report podcast we’ll talk about the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries; what Democrats are doing to prepare, how the DNC is tipping the scales against Bernie, idiotic things potential candidates like Howard Schultz are saying, and more. Additionally, we’ll discuss the tantrum establishment Democrats (and one DNC member) are throwing over the prospect of reforming the Party’s inherently undemocratic superdelegates system, and we’ll talk about why Chuck Schumer may very well be the Democratic Party’s most feckless leader… ever. In this week’s net neutrality news we’ll discuss the consequences of the FCC’s repeal of Title II, Ajit Pai’s lies on Fox News, and scandal #1,297,064 at the DNC. Finally, we’ll talk North Korea and partisan hackery with respect to that subject. Enjoy the show, folks!”
Date: June 22, 2018
“(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv) Nicholas Humphrey gives a sobering look at the uniquely human trait of suicide, its alarming prevalence, and what this means to human biological fitness. Recorded on 03/03/2017. Series: “CARTA – Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny” [Humanities] [Science] [Show ID: 32057]”
Date: June 22, 2018
“Never before has the United States Congress specifically banned a sex toy. But for the first time, the CREEPER Act will do exactly that.
Although aimed at protecting children, the bill could do the opposite, by criminalizing what experts believe could be a possible harmless outlet for those with sexual interests in children. It would also open the door to Congress stepping in to regulate other private, consensual sexual acts between adults.
CREEPER has already passed the House. It’s vital that we stop it in the Senate. Write to your representative today.”
Date: June 22, 2018
“The American Civil Liberties Union will weigh its interest in protecting the First Amendment against its other commitments to social justice, racial equality, and women’s rights, given the possibility that offensive speech might undermine ACLU goals.
“Our defense of speech may have a greater or lesser harmful impact on the equality and justice work to which we are also committed,” wrote ACLU staffers in a confidential memo obtained by former board member Wendy Kaminer.
It’s hard to see this as anything other than a cowardly retreat from a full-throated defense of the First Amendment. Moving forward, when deciding whether to take a free speech case, the organization will consider “factors such as the (present and historical) context of the proposed speech; the potential effect on marginalized communities; the extent to which the speech may assist in advancing the goals of white supremacists or others whose views are contrary to our values; and the structural and power inequalities in the community in which the speech will occur.”
The ACLU’s capitulation to the anti-speech left should serve as a wake up call for true liberals. What has taken place on campus over the last decade does matter, and though the scope of the problem is frequently overstated, we should all be concerned when the nation’s premiere civil liberties organization is increasingly afraid of defending the First Amendment—not because the Trump administration scares them, but because college students do.”
It’s sad to see…but, there is nothing even remotely shocking about this…
…I agree, that the ACLU should be up front about this, and not attempting to conceal such a serious retreat from defending free speech.
Truth be told…the ACLU does discriminate…it’s more of a sick joke, than any serious civil rights organization.
While true…they did defend NAMBLA [Curley V NAMBLA]…consider that it took a young child being kidnapped, murdered and “necro-raped”, along with a [starkly baseless and malicious] lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars, and the public smearing of NAMBLA [and it’s members], to finally get the ACLU off of it’s almost entirely worthless ass…to do what it allegedly exists to do.
Why does it demand such a grotesque extreme set of circumstances, before the ACLU will defend the civil rights of MAPs?
The ACLU has a very long history, of turning it’s back on MAPs…
The ACLU does not live up to it’s claimed purpose.
We need a real civil rights organization in the USA, for once…
…Now more than ever…it is time.
Date: June 22, 2018
“An award-winning teacher has been cleared of sexual abuse after an employment tribunal found that a ‘fantasist’ pupil invented tales of sex session dressed as a policewoman – but his career has been left in tatters.
Maths teacher Alex Cufflin, 43, won the Guardian Secondary Teacher of the Year award in 2008. He now runs a furnishings shop in Loughborough after being sacked over claims he groped a girl, 17, dressed as a policewoman in thigh-high stockings.
In April 2016 Cufflin was cleared at Leicester Crown Court of any criminal charges. But he had already been dismissed from his job at Rawlins Academy in Loughborough after an ‘internal enquiry’.
Today a misconduct tribunal cleared him of any wrongdoing.”
How does this “fantasist” thing that seems to be growing in popularity, jive with the heavy surge from “victims groups”, demanding to be automatically believed in their accusations?
It’s already well established, that a not inconsequential portion of legal complaints are straight out lies…and an even larger portion are found to be unsubstantiated…In the latter, it may be a lie…it may be a misunderstood accident…it may be a simple misunderstanding…the accuser might be mentally ill and hallucinating things…
In these cases…the clear victim is the accused…
Amazingly…they’ve come up with a name, for people who knowingly go to the police, the press, etc…with complaints of “sexual assault”, knowing full and well that it never happened…”fantasist”…
I have no qualms about people who write fictional stories about others, who make it clear that the story is fiction…
…but when people file a complaint with the cops, or pass off their story as “true” to the press?…
…What are we to make of this?…
…Why should self professed “victims” be believed, when there remains an absence of substantiation towards their claims?
This is a practical, social issue…not something we can allow emotion to hijack.
Date: June 22, 2018
“In another jampacked episode of The Humanist Report we’ll talk about Bernie Sanders’ fight for American workers and criminal justice reform, his appearance on Bill Maher, and his recent run-in with Alex Jones at LAX. We’ll also talk about Trump’s assertion that he can pardon himself, and one of his most embarrassing contradictions yet. But that’s not all! We’ll also talk about televangelists, Candace Owens, the Samantha Bee controversy, corporate Democrats, and Gaza. Finally, we’ll close the show by talking with Colorado congressional candidate Levi Tillemann, who recently made national headlines when the 2nd highest ranking Democrat, Steny Hoyer, tried to buIIy him out of the race. Enjoy the show, folks!”
Date: June 22, 2018
“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with presidential candidate Andrew Yang about “universal basic income” (UBI). They discuss the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, the arguments for and against UBI, and other topics.
Andrew Yang is the founder of Venture for America, a major non-profit that places top college graduates in start-ups for two years in emerging U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. Yang has been the CEO, co-founder or executive at a number of technology and education companies. Yang was named a Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship and a Champion of Change by the White House and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He was also named to the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Department of Commerce. A major documentary with an Oscar-winning director, Generation Startup, featuring Yang and Venture for America, was released in Fall 2016 and is available on Netflix and other streaming platforms. He is a graduate of Columbia Law, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, James Kent Scholar and winner of the Class of 1912 Prize, and Brown University where he graduated with degrees in Economics and Political Science. He is the author of The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future.
Twitter: @AndrewYangVFA “
Date: June 21, 2018
I’m glad to see someone re-posted this one…
…It’s a complex discussion starter, for sure…
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