Rights & Freedoms

Sex offender busted for bestiality under new Ohio law

An Ohio man who spent more than 12 years in prison for sex crimes targeting kids is now facing charges that he had sex with a dog – and is believed …

Crime

This Arab country is allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. That’s the good news.

Just over a week ago, Tunisia became one of the only countries in the Arab world to allow Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, flouting centuries of tradition and earning the accolades of human rights groups and activists around the world.<p>The measure has been cited as another example of Tunisia’s …

World News

Betsy DeVos Just Officially Killed Obama's Campus Sexual Assault Guidelines

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos incited an uproar early in September when she announced plans to do away with Obama-era guidelines on how campuses should investigate allegations of rape and sexual assault. Now, she's officially followed through on her promise.<p>The Department of Education's Office of …

Betsy DeVos

Taking a step against US impunity in Guantanamo

The fight against impunity in Guantanamo Bay has reached the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.<p>In a hearing last week before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the Commission), former Guantanamo detainee Djamel Ameziane wrote not only about the torture and abuses he suffered …

Guantanamo Bay

Free speech is a virtue. Spending millions to enable hatred isn't

On Dec. 9, 1964, Mario Savio and the original Free Speech Movement claimed victory in Berkeley:<p>“We’ve finally gotten into a position where we have to consider being responsible, because now we have the freedom within which to be responsible. And I’d like to say at this time, I’m confident that the …

Social Justice

I’m a Conservative College Student. The First Amendment Is Dying On Campuses Like Mine.

As a conservative columnist for my campus newspaper, it’s not unusual for me to be derided and accused of hate by leftist students.<p>Some have been …

Conservative View

‘A Barking Dog’ vs ‘The School Teacher’: Trump vs Trudeau at the UN

Same podium, different speeches.<p>Three days ago at the UN General Assembly, US President Donald Trump delivered an archetypal Trumpian speech that left the audience staring at him in bewildered silence: parts of the world were "going to hell," the US may have to "totally destroy North Korea," and …

North Korea

Berkeley prof moans that the ‘law fetishizes free speech,’ calls hate speech an ‘act of violence’

In the lead up to conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s speech at the University of California, Berkeley, last week, a Berkeley professor absolutely excoriated Shapiro, her school’s administration — as well as the present legal interpretation of the First Amendment, complaining that it “fetishizes …

Conservative View

Sebastian Gorka Gave A Classified “Tirade” About Radical Islam

The former Trump aide delivered a two-and-a-half hour speech to students at a US Army elite special operations center, documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show. People who were there said it was a fiery speech that covered everything from Sharia law to the war in Afghanistan.<p>A …

Sebastian Gorka

Black America through the lens: Gordon Parks exhibition opens in Frankfurt

Photographer Gordon Parks captured some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement while exposing the realities of oppression and …

World News

Obama campus assault guidance gets scrapped under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints.<p>DeVos has said that Obama's policy had been unfairly …

Politics

Another Weak Defense of Feinstein

In this <i>Washington Post</i> op-ed, Boston College law professor Cathleen Kaveny asserts that “there is no evidence that [Senator Dianne] Feinstein was …

Eighth Amendment

Abortion should not be a crime, say Britain's childbirth doctors

Members of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists vote in favour of decriminalisation of abortion<p>Britain’s childbirth doctors have urged ministers to scrap laws dating to Victorian times that could see a woman jailed for life for having an abortion.<p>The Royal College of Obstetricians and …

For the German election, no fake news is good news

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands amid several young women dressed in white in a photo that's made the rounds on social media. They're Muslim child brides, a post claims.<p>"Merkel wünscht den kinderbräuten alles gute," it says in German. "Merkel wishes the child brides all the best."<p>Except those …

Censorship

Documented Cases of Religious Discrimination Jump 15%

Freedom of religion isn’t as protected as some Americans may think. In fact, reported attacks on religion are increasing in the U.S. and, according …

Conservative View

The New Health Care Bill Puts Millions Of Insurance Plans In Jeopardy Over Abortion Coverage

If the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill passes, in just three months millions of insurance plans will be caught between a federal law banning them from covering abortions, and state laws that mandate the opposite.<p>Millions of insurance plans could be put into jeopardy if Congress passes the new Obamacare …

Health Care

How Campus Sexual Assault Became So Politicized

The Trump administration has announced that it’s rescinding college-rape policies put in place by President Obama.<p>On Friday, the Department of Education officially revoked the Obama administration’s guidance on college sexual assault, offering interim guidelines on how universities should handle …

Politics

Interim Guidance on Campus Sex Assault Stresses Equal Rights

Colleges can now apply a higher standard of proof when determining guilt in sexual misconduct cases and must offer equal opportunity for the accused and accuser to have legal advisers participate in their hearings, according to interim recommendations issued by the U.S. Department of Education on …

News (U.S.)

German Bundesrat approves 'burqa ban' for drivers, beefs up road-race sanctions

The German parliament's upper house sharpened traffic-related punishments, including a prohibition on face coverings while driving. It's being seen …

World News

Breaking: John McCain a NO on Graham-Cassidy

×<p>Tag History<p>JohnMcCain created by First Amendment at 09/22/2017 10:55 AM<br>• JohnMcCain graham-cassidy created by First Amendment at 09/22/2017 10:56 …

John McCain

Twitter won’t run an anti-abortion group’s ads unless it scrubs its website of ‘sensitive content’

A major anti-abortion group has accused Twitter of blocking its ads and even demanding the removal of “sensitive content” from its own website, in what activists say is a clear departure from the social media giant’s claims of hosting unfiltered debate.<p>In a letter to Twitter, attorneys for Live …

Social Media

Downgrading religious freedom would cheapen our own lives

It was the fourth-grade English teacher, Sister Pauline, who gave me my first fountain pen as a reward for getting a perfect score on the spelling …

Opinion

Norway under fire for deporting woman who was whipped in Iran

Social media is subjecting Norway’s ultra-strict attitude with asylum seekers to public trial after an Iranian woman was deported and given 80 lashes for allegedly consuming alcohol.<p>Thirty-six-year-old Leila Bayat had lived in Norway for eight years, but was expelled in March this year, separating …

Iran

'Junk science': experts cast doubt on widely cited college free speech survey

Survey saying 20% of US college students believe it’s appropriate to use violence against offensive speech was administered to an opt-in online panel<p>Polling experts are raising red flags about a new survey that concluded that nearly 20% of American college students believe it’s appropriate to use …

News (U.S.)

California’s Sexual Assault Law Will Hurt Black Kids

Gov. Jerry Brown of California is poised to sign a worrisome bill that will codify the Obama-era sexual assault guidelines. Those rules told colleges to toughen up on sexual assault allegations or risk losing federal dollars.<p>California’s law explicitly applies to children in public kindergarten, …

Opinion

Court Upholds Fourth Amendment -- Police Need A Warrant To Track Cellphones

Cellphone-tracking devices originally designed for use on foreign battlefields in Iraq (the StingRay II,” made by the Harris Corp. is a popular brand) are now being used by police departments in at least 23 states and the District of Columbia.<p>So do they constitute an invasion of privacy? Should the …

Surveillance

The Banned 1910s Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan

“Bluestockings” was the “Sassy” for young women of Meiji-era Japan.<p>It was close to 10 p.m. on a spring night in Tokyo in 1912, when Kazuko Mozume …

Culture

Transgender Bathroom Ballot Initiative Suffers Setback in Montana

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court ordered the state attorney general to rewrite ballot language for an initiative that would require people to use public restrooms and locker rooms designated for their gender at birth.<p>The court ruled Tuesday in a challenge from the American Civil Liberties …

LGBTQ

OMNIVORE: Arming the Second Amendment

Legacy of the Second Amendment

Second Amendment

Thousands in France march to protest Macron's labour law

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Paris and other French cities against President Emmanuel Macron's contested labour law reforms - a day before he adopts them by executive order.<p>The nationwide action, backed by the powerful, hard-left CGT trade union, saw protesters take to the streets in …

France