Reine Julia Madriaga

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The Rising Pressure of the #MeToo Backlash

In the fall of 2016, I started feeling little starburst twinges in the ball of my right foot. A podiatrist told me that I had a fat nerve, a neuroma, and gave me a cortisone injection that made the pain go away. Because something had come back odd on my blood work, he sent me to a specialist, who …

The Only Type Of Muslim Woman Acceptable For Major Brands Is A Silent One

“White women and men are allowed to apologise and get their career back on track. Minorities on the other hand, one red card and you’re out."<p>When L’Oreal announced it had hired Amena Khan, a British, hijab-wearing model and beauty blogger, for its latest hair care product Elvive, the company was …

Women can tell the difference between Ansari and Weinstein

Critics worry that #MeToo will lump together inappropriate behavior and sexual assault. But women know how to make the distinction.<p>It’s been one of the most common criticisms of #MeToo: Women are lumping together crimes like sexual assault with smaller violations and misdeeds, like what a young …

In Italy, #MeToo Falters Amid Public Scorn

In the months since allegations of sexual harassment by major media figures took center stage in the United States, the #MeToo movement has had a ripple effect in Europe, prompting national conversations on a once-taboo topic. In some countries, the movement has been embraced.<p>But in Italy, the …

Sexual Harassment

Is Aziz Ansari Guilty of Sexual Assault or Being a Bad Date?

- Advertisement -<p>Actor Aziz Ansari at The Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration<br>(Image by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas) …

Aziz Ansari

Censorship wins no arguments and just helps the right | Nick Cohen

Banning the Daily Mail from Virgin trains achieves nothing but giving it a dissident glamour it doesn’t deserve<p>How you think is as important as what you think. If you believe you can ban your way to victory by mounting heresy hunts against all who veer from the true faith, you will not only deserve …

Virgin Trains

Iranians resist internet censorship amid deadly street protests

Tor usage skyrockets as citizens try to bypass blocksIranian authorities have blocked Instagram and other social media platforms in response to a …

Human Rights

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

In September of last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of …

Opinion: Is the end near for Iran's theocracy?

The protests in Iran are entering their second week. With the regime also organizing demonstrations, the situation is confusing. But DW's Matthias …

Are Iranians about to topple their regime?

Security service personnel need to desert their posts in order for the protests to turn into a revolution with successful regime change.<p>><br>• ><p>A man …

Middle East

Iran's former 'moderate' president blames U.S. for protests

Iran’s former president Mohammad Khatami, who is viewed as a “reformist” and a “moderate”, on Tuesday condemned the violence that has rocked the …

South Asia

The Guardian view on protests in Iran: they matter – but what do they mean? | Editorial

Unrest across the country appears to have multiple causes. What exactly sparked it, and where it will lead, remains unclear<p>It takes bravery, perhaps incaution, to forecast what will unfold in the year ahead. It would be true folly to predict what will happen in Iran in the coming hours and days. …

Why Hezbollah matters so much in a turbulent Middle East

When the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, suddenly resigned from office while visiting Saudi Arabia on November 4, the Lebanese people and …

Iran Cuts Off Social Media and Some Internet Access as Protests Continue

As violent protests in Iran continue into their fourth day, the Iranian authorities have restricted access to social media tools being used to …

Protests In Iran On New Year's Eve: What Are The Protesters' Demands?

What started as small rallies to protest economic reform in Iran’s second-largest city Masshad on Dec. 28, spread to larger cities over the past …

Iran's Rouhani Acknowledges Right To Protest, But Blasts Trump For Encouraging It

"This gentleman in America, who is now trying to sympathize with our nation, appears to have forgotten that he called the Iranian nation terrorists several months ago.”<p>Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sought to cool tempers Sunday after four days of protests over rising prices and political …