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Cuando los colombianos leían sobre acoso sexual en Hollywood, se deleitaban con el morbo que esos temas despiertan. Eso produjo un debate sobre cuál es la frontera entre el coqueteo y el acoso, que no ha sido resuelto hasta la fecha. Pero pocos anticipaban que esa ola pudiera llegar al país y no en relación con el mundo de la farándula, sino con el de la política.

http://www.semana.com/nacion/articulo/claudia-morales-no-revela-el-nombre-de-su-violador-y-sugieren-que-es-alvaro-uribe/554944

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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in South America

 

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Kenya inaugurates another crisis

All the trappings of official ceremony were observed.

On a stage in Uhuru Park in Nairobi, a man in a colonial-era wig administered the oath of office to Raila Odinga, who placed his hand on a Bible as he solemnly swore to truly and diligently serve the people and uphold the Constitution of the Republic.

“Today is a historic day for the people of Kenya,” said Odinga, as a crowd of more than 15 000 people cheered him on.

But there’s a catch: Odinga did not win the last election. The bewigged official was not the chief justice but a partisan MP. And no matter how loud his protestations, Odinga has no legal claim to the presidency.

https://mg.co.za/article/2018-02-02-kenya-inaugurates-another-crisis

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in Africa

 

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Italy’s bigoted election, and the banality of race war

The blight of right wing nationalism is hard to escape at the best of times in Italy, a country which despite taking great pride in its historic democratic traditions has never really faced up to the legacy of its twentieth century crimes. In recent weeks, in a climate of growing xenophobia across Europe, and with the added trigger of hotly contested elections that as elsewhere have been dominated by the ascendency of the far-right, the nation’s most reactionary energies have been boiling over, with eugenics-inspired policy proposals, explicitly fascist policy proposals and, now, bloodshed.

http://politicalcritique.org/world/eu/2018/italys-bigoted-election-and-the-banality-of-race-war/

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in European Union

 

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A gruesome murder. A hate-filled shooting rampage. And a reckoning with immigration before Italy votes.

The sound was at once distressingly familiar and jarringly out of place.

Kofi Wilson had heard gunfire every day of the 15 months he spent in Libya during a harrowing journey to Europe — but never in more than a year since he arrived in Macerata, a tranquil little city of cobblestone streets and handsome blond-brick plazas nestled in the craggy central Italian hills.

“It’s not a gunshot, not here,” Wilson told a friend after hearing the first crack.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/a-gruesome-murder-a-hate-filled-shooting-spree-and-a-reckoning-with-immigration-before-italy-votes/2018/02/06/d34f8598-0aa7-11e8-998c-96deb18cca19_story.html?utm_term=.7794941b35d8

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in European Union

 

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Revealed: male rape used systematically in Libya as instrument of war

Male rape is being used systematically in Libya as an instrument of war and political domination by rival factions, according to multiple testimonies gathered by investigators.

Years of work by a Tunis-based group and witnessed by a journalist from Le Monde have produced harrowing reports from victims, and video footage showing men being sodomised by various objects, including rockets and broom handles.

In several instances, witnesses say a victim was thrown into a room with other prisoners, who were ordered to rape him or be killed.

The atrocity is being perpetrated to humiliate and neutralise opponents in the lawless, militia-dominated country. Male rape is such a taboo in Arab societies that the abused generally feel too damaged to rejoin political, military or civic life.

One man, Ahmed, told investigators he was detained for four years in a prison in Tomina, on the outskirts of Misrata.

“They separate you to subjugate you,” he said. “‘Subjugate the men’, that’s the expression that they use. So that you never hold your head up again. And they were filming everything with their phones.

“They take a broom and fix it on the wall. If you want to eat, you have to take off your pants, back on to the broom and not move off until the jailer sees blood flowing. Nobody can escape it.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/03/revealed-male-used-systematically-in-libya-as-instrument-of-war

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Africa

 

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Attacks on immigrants highlight rise of fascist groups in Italy

More than 70 years after Benito Mussolini’s death, thousands of Italians are joining self-described fascist groups in a surge of support that antifascist groups blame on the portrayal of the refugee crisis, the rise of fake news and the country’s failure to deal with its past.

The shooting in Macerata on Saturday that left six Africans injured was only the latest in a series of attacks perpetrated by people linked to the extreme right. According to the antifascist organisation Infoantifa Ecn, there have been 142 attacks by neofascist groups since 2014.

As Luca Traini, 28, was questioned over the Macerata shooting, four North Africans in Pavia told police on Sunday that they had been beaten up during the night by a group of 25 skinheads. On 13 January in Naples, dozens of people belonging to the far-right association Forza Nuova broke into a bar where a meeting on Roma culture was being held, causing damage and wounding a female organiser.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/06/attacks-on-immigrants-highlight-rise-of-fascist-groups-in-italy

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in European Union

 

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Tech Giants Brace for Europe’s New Data Privacy Rules

Over the past two months, Google has started letting people around the world choose what data they want to share with its various products, including Gmail and Google Docs.

Amazon recently began improving the data encryption on its cloud storage service and simplified an agreement with customers over how it processes their information.

And on Sunday, Facebook rolled out a new global data privacy center — a single page that allows users to organize who sees their posts and what types of ads they are served.

While these changes are rippling out worldwide, a major reason for these shifts comes from Europe: The tech giants are preparing for a stringent new set of data privacy rules in the region, called the General Data Protection Regulation.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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The African Enlightenment

The ideals of the Enlightenment are the basis of our democracies and universities in the 21st century: belief in reason, science, skepticism, secularism, and equality. In fact, no other era compares with the Age of Enlightenment. Classical Antiquity is inspiring, but a world away from our modern societies. The Middle Ages was more reasonable than its reputation, but still medieval. The Renaissance was glorious, but largely because of its result: the Enlightenment. The Romantic era was a reaction to the Age of Reason – but the ideals of today’s modern states are seldom expressed in terms of romanticism and emotion. Immanuel Kant’s argument in the essay ‘Perpetual Peace’ (1795) that ‘the human race’ should work for ‘a cosmopolitan constitution’ can be seen as a precursor for the United Nations.

As the story usually goes, the Enlightenment began with René Descartes’s Discourse on the Method (1637), continuing on through John Locke, Isaac Newton, David Hume, Voltaire and Kant for around one and a half centuries, and ending with the French Revolution of 1789, or perhaps with the Reign of Terror in 1793. By the time that Thomas Paine published The Age of Reason in 1794, that era had reached its twilight. Napoleon was on the rise.

https://aeon.co/essays/yacob-and-amo-africas-precursors-to-locke-hume-and-kant

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Africa

 

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Turkey needs voices in favor of peace politics

Turkey is not officially at war, but rather says it is engaged in a “military operation” in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin. But there must have been a political space for arguments in favor of peace or for a peaceful solution. Alas, we do not seem to have any space for such dissent in Turkey. This is the case primarily because of the political understanding of the ruling party, which views any argument against a military solution as tantamount to “treason.” But that is only one reason among many.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opinion/nuray-mert/turkey-needs-voices-in-favor-of-peace-politics-126423

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Middle East

 

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Ukraine proposes a law that infuriates Russia

AFTER nearly four years of war in eastern Ukraine, and more than 10,000 deaths, reports from international monitors in the region sound like a grim broken record. On January 19th: 340 explosions. On January 20th: 240 explosions. On January 21st: 195 explosions and two middle-aged civilians hit by rifle fire while travelling in a bus near a separatist checkpoint in the town of Olenivka. “One had blood covering the left side of his face and was holding gauze to it and the other had gunshot wounds in his neck and left cheek,” the monitors from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reported this week. One of the men ended up in hospital; the other died at the site of the attack.

https://www.economist.com/news/europe/21735611-legislators-bicker-diplomats-gab-and-conflict-rolls-eastern-ukraine-ukraine-proposes-law

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Europe

 

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