Africa, Uganda, Human Rights
Americas, Venezuela, Opinion
Uganda has had one of the most controversial anti-gay campaigns in Africa. Severe acts of homophobia have been witnessed in the country. In 2011, David Kato, a gay rights activist was murdered in cold blood in his home. This was curiously after a Ugandan tabloid, Rolling Stone, published names and addresses of people believed to be gay. The tabloid was calling for their murder. Since then, homophobic attacks have never ceased in Uganda.
Venezuela is mainly Catholic. There is a small percentage of people who practice other religions, and in the constitution, the link between the State and the Church was dissolved a long time ago. However, as it happens with many of other things written in Venezuela’s books of laws: people pay no attention to it. But there is another religion on the rise in Venezuela – Santeria.
Africa, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria
Cult leader and murderer, Charles Manson died at 83 by natural causes on Nov. 19, after being admitted to a hospital in Bakersfield, California. Although Manson’s death is a timely end for some, the Manson Family Murders is still considered one of the biggest cultural events of the 1960’s.
Asia-Pacific, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Opinion, Politics, Editor's Choice
The Boko Haram insurgency came to global attention in 2014 when over 200 school girls were reported to be kidnapped by the terrorists. The girls who were in school preparing for a test were attacked at midnight by armed militia who then forced them on to trucks and ferried them away into their forest hideouts. A great public outcry followed with many pointing fingers at the government’s incompetence in providing security.
Human Rights, Opinion, World
The politics of the Middle East have stirred once again as the (former) Prime Minister of Lebanon; Saad al Hariri, resigned from office during his urgent visit to Saudi Arabia. He cited potential threats to his life. Hariri’s resignation effectively plunges the country into political crisis. He blamed Iran-backed Hezbollah, his partners in government, for plotting his assassination.
Rastafari is known for its outlook of being humble, kind and fair to all. However, modern society has caught up to Rastafari practices, and some of their traditions have now been perceived as questionable.
Asia-Pacific, Human Rights, Opinion, World, Editor's Choice
When the word Rastafari is brought up, people tend to think about the dreadlocks that are associated with the religion (even though many Rasta believers do not even consider it a religion). Others may also assume Rastafari is about smoking weed all day and listening to Bob Marley.
Human Rights, World
Oceania has an appalling LGBTQ rights record, and it is one that you never hear about. The region is often overlooked in regards to its human rights record, with the mainstream media preferring report on the natural beauty and splendor of the continent rather than it’s downfalls of inequality.
Asia-Pacific, Saudi Arabia
Besides sounding like the next issue of an X-Men comic book, this crusade has gained traction as a result of the Ex-Gay movement, which, as the name implies, involves people believing that changing gay sexual orientation is possible.
It’s official: King Salman has officially announced that women will be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever, but not until June 2018. This proclamation is will not be put into effect until June of next year, and in the meantime they will have to still be chaperoned by a mahram; a male relative.