Tajikistan: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Tajikistan.

For more visit:
http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/world-watch-list-challenge-45-tajikistan/

A hostage crisis is unfolding in Sydney, with a possible Islamist militant connection


Originally posted on Quartz:

This is a breaking story. We’ll update this post as new information comes in.

Two men have taken a group of as many as 40 people hostage in a Lindt chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia, and have been holding them for several hours. Several hostages may have escaped.

The shop is in Martin Place, less than a mile from the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney’s financial district. The siege began at about 9:45am Monday local time (10:45pm Sunday GMT). At one point, the hostages were apparently forced to display a black flag with what looks like Arabic script on it:

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The Benny Hinn Miracle Service


The link below is to an article that looks at five disturbing things about a Benny Hinn miracle service.

For more visit:
http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/12/08/the-five-most-disturbing-things-about-a-benny-hinn-miracle-service/35348

The 10 tell-tale signs your boss doesn’t like you


particularkev:

This seems about right in my experience.

Originally posted on Quartz:

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Does your boss really like you? While it’s true that you don’t have to be bosom buddies with your boss in order to do your job, it certainly makes things a lot more difficult if there’s some personal dislike between you and your superiors.

But how can you tell if you’re really disliked, or if you’re just being overly sensitive?

Here are some key signs to look out for that will tell you the answer:

  1. Excludes you from important meetings, discussions, decisions. Either she forgot to invite you (which means you’re forgettable in her eyes) or it was deliberate. Either way, it’s not good.
  2. Micromanages you. If your boss is micromanaging you, it’s because he doesn’t trust you—whether his reasoning is valid or not.
  3. Inaccessibility. The opposite of micromanagement, this can be just as bad if your boss…

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Somalia: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Somalia.

For more visit:
http://www.frontlinemissions.info/?p=1952

How women are fighting back in India’s most patriarchal state


Originally posted on Quartz:

Being sexually harassed on public transport is unfortunately all too common for women in India, but last week two sisters struck back: they slapped, punched, and beat up three men who were harassing them on a bus in Haryana, and the men were arrested two days later after a video of the incident went viral on social media.

The video shows Aarti Kumar and Pooja Kumar, aged 22 and 19, aboard a government-run bus from Rohtak to their hometown of Sonepat. The driver, conductor, and other passengers were all mute spectators to the assault. The police have announced a cash reward for their bravery, but it’s unclear how that will help prevent future incidents.

It’s clear that Haryana—where two minor girls recently committed suicide to escape being stalked and harassed by a group of young men—is one of the country’s toughest places to be female:

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Here are the best countries to grow old in


Originally posted on Quartz:

It’s no secret that the global population is aging. We’re living longer than ever and are healthier until much later in life. But we’re still struggling to adapt to this changing demographic—and some are struggling more than most.

So if we are going to get old, where should we do it? Which country in the world will take the best care of us? Which country pays the closest attention to the needs of older people and makes the best use of their skills?

The aging population is the outcome of extraordinary developments in technology, medicine and public hygiene. Equally important are changes to our lifestyles. More of us are eating better and regular exercise is now a fundamental part of many people’s lives.

But until relatively recently, our understanding of the capacities and vulnerabilities of people in older age has been tied to pre-industrial preconceptions about aging. In the eyes…

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Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights”


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The impact of mass, digitally-enabled state surveillance upon individuals’ privacy has been described as “the new frontier of human rights” by Member of the European Parliament, Claude Moraes, who was giving an annual lecture on behalf of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy at the London School of Economics on Friday.

Moraes is chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), which conducted an inquiry into electronic mass surveillance of European Union citizens last year, in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s digital dragnets.

Moraes said there is a growing understanding among members of the European Parliament of the need to balance state surveillance practices with individual privacy rights, although he noted there is variation at the level of individual MEPs and Member States, with some (such as the U.K.) taking a far more pro-surveillance and anti-privacy position.

He described the notion that there is an either/or dichotomy…

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Bill Cosby Allegations


The link below is to an article that takes an in depth look at the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations. Why have I decided to post a link about this? Because I’m totally against any hint of sexual crime against a woman (or any person for that matter) and those that have suffered these crimes should not feel guilty for reporting them (or made to feel so). I could could deliver a more detailed post on my thoughts on this, but this will do for expressing my outrage at such crimes.

For more visit:
Article on Bill Cosby Allegations