Culture

Martin Luther King Jr. Spent the Last Year of His Life Detested by the Liberal Establishment
MLK
TheIntercept | In 1999, the polling agency Gallup set out to determine the individuals Americans most admired in the 20th century. Mother Teresa came in first, with 49 percent of Americans putting her at the top; the Rev. Dr. Martin...
Iceland Just Made It Illegal To Pay Men More Than Women
Iceland
ZeroHedge | One European country just made it illegal to pay men more than women. Thanks to a new law, Icelandic firms that employ more than 25 people must obtain a government certificate demonstrating pay equality, under new rules...
iPhone X racism row: Apple's Face ID fails to distinguish between Chinese users
China
Mirror.co.uk | Apple has been accused of racism, amid reports that the Face ID authentication technology on its new iPhone X is failing to distinguish between Chinese users. A man from Shanghai bought his wife the new gadget soon...
Judge rules transgender people can enlist in military, denying Trump bid to delay deadline
Protest
WashingtonPost | A federal judge on Monday denied the Trump administration’s request to delay an order requiring the military to begin accepting transgender recruits starting Jan. 1, saying the argument for more time seemed based on “...
US moves to block transgender military recruits signing up
Transgender Military
AFP | Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's administration has asked a federal court to block the Pentagon from starting the hiring of transgender recruits next year. The filing by the Justice Department late on...
Trump questions taking immigrants from 'shithole countries'
Reuters | WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries," according to...
What Happened to Protest Art?
Mona Lisa
Mises.org | In September 1975, The Grateful Dead released what was to become its highest chart-topping album for the next twelve years, Blues for Allah. In an interview at the time, the group’s lyricist, Robert Hunter, described...
The Assassinations, Hyper-Surveillance and Harassment of Blacks is Just Business as Usual for Law Enforcement
Handcuffs
BlackAgendaReport | The Assassinations, Hyper-Surveillance and Harassment of Blacks is Just Business as Usual for Law Enforcement “The drug war is the justification to create a police state of black and Latinx communities.” Forty-nine...
Former Facebook exec: Social media is ripping apart society
Smart Phone
FastCompany | Facebook’s former vice president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya recently gave a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business that’ll probably make you think twice about your social media use (via the Verge)....
As Egypt Arrests and Tortures Gay People, It Enlists the Help of Pro-LGBTQ PR Firm in Washington
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TheIntercept | To commemorate Gay Pride month this past summer, Howard Pulchin, an executive at the giant public relations and lobbying firm APCO, published a somber essay on the company’s website. Pride “feels awfully different” this...
‘Unsafe and Just Plain Dirty’: Women Accuse Vice of ‘Toxic’ Sexual-Harassment Culture
Vice
DailyBeast | In the summer of 2015, Phoebe Barghouty was 23 years old and had a new master’s degree in journalism from Stanford—but little other experience—when she landed what most of her peers would consider a dream job: associate...
Trump thinks Scientology should lose tax-exempt status
Scientology
TheHill | President Trump has thrown his support behind removing the Church of Scientology's tax-exempt status, according to a Huffington Post report. Twitter messages from a Trump family friend and top official at the Department...
With midnight raids and chat-room traps, Egypt launches sweeping crackdown on gay community
Egypt Police
WashingtonPost | CAIRO — A crackdown on gay people in Egypt intensified in recent days as security forces raided cafes in downtown Cairo and courts delivered harsh prison sentences, further driving the nation’s LGBT community...
Rainbow raids: Egypt launches its widest anti-gay crackdown yet
Military Police
Reuters | CAIRO (Reuters) - Sarah Hegazy has been jailed, beaten by inmates, and could face a life sentence in an Egyptian prison if found guilty of “promoting sexual deviancy” and other charges tied to her alleged crime: waving...
Powerful Men in Media and Politics Finally Face Reckoning for Sexual Harassment and Assault
TV
TheIntercept | In the wake of the exposure of Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual predations, every day seems to bring fresh evidence that men in virtually every industry and sector of society have abused their power over...
Trump retweets videos of alleged attacks by Muslims
FoxNews | President Trump trained his tweets on Islamists Wednesday morning, sharing videos that show alleged attacks by Muslims and were first posted by a right-wing British politician. The videos were retweeted from the feed of...
'Transracial' man born white feels like he is Filipino
WTSP | TAMPA, Fla. -- Riding in a flamboyant purple vehicle, Ja Du shows up to a coffee shop to open up about his new identity. Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino. Turns out the purple ride...
Indigenous Tribe Prepared to Fight to Defend Amazon From Brazilian Mining
ActivistPost | An endangered indigenous community has reiterated their willingness to die while defending the Brazilian Amazon rainforest against mining operations.  Several new reports indicate that the Waiãpi tribe of the Brazilian...