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In Middle East, Social Media Campaign Challenges Judge’s Use of Femininity to Punish Men

In Middle East, Social Media Campaign Challenges Judge’s Use of Femininity to Punish Men

In April 2013, an Iranian court sentenced a male convict to wear a traditional Kurdish woman’s dress in public. This was supposed to be a degrading punishment for the man. Soon after, men from Marivan, a city in Iran’s Kurdistan Province, began to protest this punishment by purposely dressing in Kurdish women’s robes and posting […]

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Click Fraud Also Hurts Small Net Businesses

It is common for Internet users to make a little money on the side through ads. But, what if this blogger is able to generate more income from solicited clicks? In order to make money from ads, bloggers need their readers to click on one of the various advertisements hosted on their page. Each click […]

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Saudi Deportation of Migrant Workers

In an effort to increase job opportunities for Saudi Arabian citizens, the Saudi government is detaining and deporting thousands of undocumented foreign migrant workers. Part of the deportation process includes detaining large populations in what have been described as “appalling” conditions. These detention centers have had reports of guard brutality, overcrowding, lack of food, and […]

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Debate on Torture and Public’s Right to Know

In March 2014, Democracy Now! hosted a debate between former CIA Acting General Counsel John Rizzo and human rights attorney Scott Horton to address criticism of the Obama Administration for its having closed an investigation of CIA officials’ actions since 9/11. The debate addressed the methods the CIA used to capture and question potential threats […]

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Reporting Miscarriages, Criminalizing Pregnant Women’s Bodies

A proposed bill in Kansas would require women to report miscarriages at any stage in pregnancy. This has been described as the first step along the path to criminalizing pregnant women’s bodies. Under an amendment attached to HB 2613, doctors would be required to report all of their patients’ miscarriages to the state health department. […]

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