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Maids, brick makers, children: the faces of slavery in 2016 driving change

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Housemaids, brick makers, labourers, textile workers, fleeing migrants and children risking their lives in mica mines. These were the faces of modern day slavery in 2016 when the world saw a renewed resolve to combat all forms of human bondage.<p>A mother …

Human Rights

Stephen King Explains the Key to His Creativity: Not Losing the Dream-State Thinking All Children Are Born With

While nothing could make me personally want to return to childhood, children do, for better or for worse, perceive the world more vividly than …

Britain’s shame: the people who are homeless, even though they’re in work | Aditya Chakrabortty

So many of those on the minimum wage and zero-hours can’t afford a place to live. Yet ministers gloat<p>The people you are about to meet are invisible. Politicians don’t mention them. Much of the media ignore them. I can see why. To say such folk exist is to admit that much more is wrong in Britain …

Housing

New York to clamp down on hate crimes after Muslim officer attacked

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City officials on Monday vowed to swiftly find and prosecute any and all hate-crime suspects after a man threatened to kill an off-duty policewoman wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf.<p>“If anybody’s thinking in New York City about engaging in this type of behavior, …

Hate Crimes

Israel votes to authorise illegal settler homes in Palestine

Passage of bill to evacuate one settler site while retroactively recognising others meets with condemnation from UN and US<p>Israel’s parliament has voted to retroactively legalise thousands of illegitimate settler homes in outposts built on private Palestinian land, in a highly controversial move …

Israel

Fiji's police and military using torture with 'near impunity', Amnesty says

Report details beatings, rape, sexual violence, attack by police dogs and even murder being used by security forces<p>Fiji’s police, corrections officers and military personnel consistently use torture against people accused of crimes or in custody, a new report from Amnesty International says.<p>The …

Guy Philippe, former coup leader wanted by US, wins Haiti senate seat

The DEA’s decade-old arrest warrant accuses the rebel leader in 2004 coup d’état of cocaine trafficking and money laundering, charges Philippe has denied<p>A former coup leader wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Administration for alleged cocaine trafficking and money laundering has won election to …

Protest

New College Rankings Are Out: NPR Ed Rates The Rankings!

College presidents from High Point, N. C., to Laie, Hawaii, are sitting up a little straighter, because the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings are out today. Published every year since 1983, they've become perhaps the most famous and influential college rankings. But they're no longer the only …

College & University