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Forced Sex Camps Train Girls For Child Marriage In Zambia And Mozambique

By Emma Batha<p>CASABLANCA, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls as young as eight in Mozambique and Zambia are forced to go to camps where they are shown how to please a man in bed in order to prepare them for married life, activists said at an international conference on ending child marriage.<p>…

Gender

Pet Store Switches Animals for Shelter Pets

A pet store in Brazil, decided to perform an experiment. What would happen if they put shelter pets in place of the regular animals for sale. Would this help more shelter animals find homes, by making them seem like pets for sale?<p>The store replaced all of their pets for sale with pets for adoption. …

Pets

It's Easy and Delicious to Veganize Your Favorite Egg Dishes!

Many people who care about animals go vegetarian because they believe it is wrong to harm animals for food when we have no biological need to consume …

Farkhunda's death - 'turning point' for Afghanistan?

<b>Memorial services are being held for Farkhunda, the Afghan woman brutally killed by a mob last month. The 27-year-old was beaten to death by a crowd of men near a Kabul shrine after being falsely accused of burning the Koran.</b><p>The ceremonies mark the end of the traditional 40-day mourning period.<p>Can …

Afghanistan

Five billion people 'have no access to safe surgery'

<b>Two-thirds of the world's population have no access to safe and affordable surgery, according to a new study in The Lancet - more than double the number in previous estimates.</b><p>It means millions of people are dying from treatable conditions such as appendicitis and obstructed labour.<p>Most live in low …

Medicine

Katie Couric Lets Floyd Mayweather Blame the Victim

Daniel Roberts of Deadspin unleashed the fury on Katie Couric for her softball interview with Floyd Mayweather, in which she allowed the boxer to …

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Is This Abuse? - The National Domestic Violence Hotline

<b>Abuse Defined</b><br>Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. How is it defined?<p><b>Why Do People …

Off Grain, Onto Grass: An Author Urges Changes in Animal Farming

<b>How do you alert people to the problems of industrial-scale farming?</b><p>The issues are urgent, but they are also difficult to confront: The indifference to animal welfare, the strip-mining of poor countries’ resources to feed the rich, the environmental damage and antibiotic overuse can be so hard to …

Are Farm Animals Not Considered Animals?

Yesterday, August 24, was the 48th anniversary of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), a groundbreaking law establishing minimum standards of treatment for animals... Well, some animals.<p>You see, while some animals used for research, as pets, or for exhibition are considered worthy of minimal legal …

Agriculture

Drones show how pigs get a raw deal in factory farms

Animal abuse in the meat processing industry can be particularly disturbing. Whether this involves severe animal abuse in a kosher poultry …

Skategirls of Kabul – in pictures

Photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson travelled twice to Afghanistan to capture the Skateistan project set up in the outskirts of Kabul to give girls between the ages of five and 16 the chance to skateboard, in a country where they are not allowed on bicycles.<p>The portraits – Skate Girls of Kabul – …

Converted Factory-Turned-Vertical Farm Will Grow 2 Million Pounds of Vegetables

The city of Newark, New Jersey will soon be home to the world's largest indoor vertical farm. A 69,000-square-foot building is currently under construction, and it will serve as the new global corporate headquarters for AeroFarms, an urban agricultural company. Having this facility means that …

Aquaponics

Factory Farming: Was the World Created for Me?

Today, a great majority of people recognize that the destructive factory farming industry seriously harms the environment while regulatory bodies struggle to contain the mounting damage. Perhaps people take for granted that safety measures, so vital to prosperity and posterity, are maintained at a …

Agriculture

Dispatch: Living the Farm Sanctuary Life With Gene Baur

Hi! I'm Miriam Ava, ambassador of good taste. I share messages that matter, one Dispatch at a time. To explore all Dispatches, go here.<p><i>Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day</i> by Gene Baur and Gene Stone just dropped. …

Agriculture

Tracey The Sheep May Be The World's Most Polite Farm Animal

Meet Tracey. The 10-year-old sheep lives with the animal rescue organization Farm Sanctuary at its facility in Watkins Glen, New York, and she is SO glad you came over.<p>OK, so maybe she and her sheep pals don't quite know you yet, but they come quickly when Farm Sanctuary's national shelter director …

'America's Shrinking Farms' Is The Sustainable Food Film Everyone Should Watch Right Now

At this point in the American food dialogue, we don't need to tell you that there's something wrong with our current system. You already know. Enough films have been made, enough articles written, enough organizations started to at least bring awareness to food-conscious people. We've learned about …

Just Breathe — How Oxygen Therapy Could Reduce Your Anxiety And Help You Heal

Climbing into the hyperbaric chamber felt like climbing into a body bag. I was seized with panic immediately as the zipper made its way up from my …

Therapy Is For Everyone, Even You

Contrary to popular belief, everybody could use a little therapy. Even after a decade of watching Don of All Dons Tony Soprano put in his weekly …

Mental Health

5 Ways to Stop Anxiety Before It Stops You

Does anxiety lead you to hesitate and second-guess yourself? When you think of starting a new project or going into a group situation with people you …

Self-help

On the Red Couch with Cool Hunting’s Josh Rubin

<i>Editor-in-chief Josh Rubin started Cool Hunting as a “personal reference tool.” It was a way for him to digitally organize his inspirations. It wasn’t long before the site developed a loyal audience and became part of what Rubin calls the “media ecosystem”—which transformed his personal inspiration</i> …

Design

5 Pieces Of Career Wisdom From Women Who've Made It

Creating a successful career doesn't happen overnight -- take it from the women who've done it.<p>Created by SheKnows Media and BlogHer, a new video features four women who are successful in their careers discussing some of the best work advice they've received. All of the women found that working …

So much to pee on

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Frida Kahlo, and more.<p>Margaret Mead extolled the value of “spiritual and mental ancestors” in how we form our identity — those people to whom we aren’t related but whose …

Literature

Why Army Chaplains Need Training To Help Suicidal Soldiers

Chaplains who are part of the Army’s first line of defense against suicide say they need more training in how to prevent soldiers from killing themselves, according to a Rand Corp. survey published online Tuesday (April 7).<p>Nearly all the chaplains and chaplain assistants surveyed said they have …

Mental Health

World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Placed Under 24-Hour Armed Guard In Kenya

After the decimation of his species by poachers, Sudan the rhino finds himself in an extremely precarious position: He is the last male northern white rhinoceros on the planet.<p>According to The Independent, the 40-year-old animal has been put under 24-hour armed guard in the Kenya game conservancy …

Extinction

Chinese feminists detained for 'picking quarrels'

Relatives of five young Chinese feminists make emotional plea for their freedom after arrest for "picking quarrels"<p>The families of five <b>Chinese</b> feminists detained by authorities for "picking quarrels" have called for their immediate release.<p>The young women were detained on the eve of <b>International</b> …

14 Rooms That Will Make You Rethink Your Gallery Wall

These rooms prove the power of decorating with just one piece of high-impact art.<p>A museum-like display of multiple photos, paintings and drawings isn't the only way to make a statement with art. Here, 14 rooms prove the power of decorating with just one piece of high-impact art.

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Neuroscience

Smiley Bebe AKA The Smiling Chihuahua