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Lauren Biggers reeled in a nearly 7-foot blacktip shark off Surfside Beach in Texas over the weekend — a feat she says wouldn’t have been possible without her CrossFit training. The Conroe, Texas, resident was celebrating her husband’s 30th birthday with some fishing Saturday. She decided to stay behind as he and his friends took their…
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The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed a Bill that helps the Government to analyze and report on the use of virtual currencies in the country’s marketplaces facilitating sex and drug trafficking. H.R. 6069, the Fight Illicit Networks and Detect (FIND) Trafficking Act of 2018, would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study how virtual currencies and online mark
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Democrats Want to Fight Trump’s Supreme Court Pick. They Just Have No Power to Do It.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday vowed to hold a vote on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s successor this fall, setting up a contentious political battle ahead of the critical midterm elections.

But while Democrats insisted that Kennedy’s replacement should not be considered until after voters have their say in November, many members of the party acknowledged the ominous political reality they now confront. Democrats are powerless to stop President Donald Trump from getting his second justice on the nation’s highest court.

“They hold all the cards,” said Jim Manley, a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “There’s not really anything left to say.”

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The Fight for Clemency Doesn’t End With Alice Marie Johnson [OPINION]

Earlier this month, the world watched as Alice Marie Johnson celebrated her first taste of freedom after serving 21 years behind bars for a first-time, non-violent offense. The 65-year-old great-grandmother was sentenced to life in federal prison in 1996 for drug trafficking. On June 6, President Donald Trump commuted her sentence just weeks after granting a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion.

Following Johnson’s release from prison, White House officials reportedly began to consider granting clemency to several black hip-hop artists. Trump has also teased the idea of possibly granting clemency for Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of 17 charges that included an attempt to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other incarcerated people of color deserving of clemency. Here are five people Trump could and should exonerate  to release them from prison or clear them of the charges that led to their arrest.

Cyntoia Brown

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Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison for a murder in 2004 when she was 16 years old. According to her attorney, Brown, a victim of sex trafficking, killed a 43-year-old real estate agent because she feared for her life after he picked her up at a fast-food restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, and took her to his home with the intention to have sex. Brown’s lawyers also pointed out that because she suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome, she did not have the mental state necessary to be held responsible for a premeditated murder. Prosecutors, however, successfully argued that she shot the man in cold blood and stole his car.


Marissa Alexander

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At 31 years old, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison back in 2012 for firing a warning shot at her abusive, estranged husband. The domestic abuse survivor says she fired the shot at the ceiling of her Jacksonville home in order to protect herself because her ex-husband had threatened to kill her. Her attorneys argued that she should be granted immunity under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground,” which allows a victim to use lethal force in their defense. However, despite having no previous criminal record or arrests, the mother of three was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Alexander’s case gained national attention, especially after a Florida jury cited the “Stand Your Ground” law to vindicate George Zimmerman from any wrongdoing in the murder of Trayvon Martin the following year. The Free Marissa Now Campaign and Alliance worked tirelessly to spread awareness about her case and for her freedom.

After serving three years behind bars and two years in house detention with a surveillance ankle monitor, Alexander was finally released in January 2017. Yet, despite being free, Alexander’s criminal record has been a roadblock for some of her career aspirations and dreams. “Originally when I got out I wanted to try and be a paralegal, but then I realized that I’m a convicted felon and nobody is going to actually let me help people and reach them as much as I would like,” she told The Cut.


Christina Martinez

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Christina Martinez was 26 years old when she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for her participation in a robbery that turned deadly. According to a petition on Change.org, the mother of three served as an unknowing accomplice when her abusive boyfriend and his friends committed a house robbery.

Christina Martinez is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence who has been in prison for nine years as a result of her abuser’s lethal violence, reads the petition. Christina was only 19 years old when, under the abusive duress of her boyfriend, she drove him and his friends to a house where, without her knowing, they committed a robbery that resulted in a death. Christina’s boyfriend then threatened to kill her if she told anyone. By the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole in her early 20s, Christina suffered from the long-term effects of severe psychological and sexual abuse.


Mumia Abu Jamal

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Mumia Abu-Jamal, a prominent African American political activist and former member of the Black Panther Party, was arrested and convicted of killing white police Officer Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia in 1981. He was initially sentenced to death, however, the United States Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in his case in 2011, and he was re-sentenced to life in prison without parole. Nevertheless, Abu-Jamal and many advocates have maintained his innocence and push for his freedom.


Tammy Garvin

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Tammy Garvin, a survivor of domestic violence and sex trafficking, has been locked behind bars for almost three decades after her trafficker robbed and killed one of his clients in 1991. In fear for her own life and the safety of her family, Garvin refused to testify against her trafficker, who was ultimately acquitted.

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Tammy Garvin is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence and sex trafficking who has been in prison for 27 years as a result of her trafficker/abuser’s lethal violence. Tammy was only 14 years old when she was trafficked, and by the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole in her early 30s, she suffered from the long-term effects of severe psychological and sexual abuse.


Assata Shakur

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Joanne “Assata Shakur” Chesimard is a political activist and former leader of the Black Liberation Army who was convicted in 1977 of the 1973 murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. She has been living in Cuba, which granted her political asylum in 1984. Back in the 70s, she was a target of COINTELPRO, an FBI investigation that consisted of legal and illegal projects aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting political organizations.

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In 2016 Kaiser Permanente launched Find Your Words, a public health awareness effort focused on reducing the stigma around mental health and encouraging people to create a culture of acceptance and support by talking about it.

One way to do that is through the healing power of art.

Three cities across Colorado are displaying murals to encourage people to think, talk and speak up. In downtown Denver, bold messages remind passerby’s that “You Matter,” “You Are Brave” and “You Are Enough.”

A Colorado Springs mural carries an equally powerful message that “We Are In This Together.” That mural and the one in Denver were originally unveiled in October 2017.

More recently, Kaiser Permanente unveiled a third mural in the state along the scenic Pueblo Riverwalk in downtown Pueblo.

The massive 300-foot mural was designed by local artists Mike Fudge and members of the Creature’s Crew. Fudge and Creature’s Crew worked with local youth from the Pueblo Boys and Girls Club and the Daisy Club-Pueblo Pro Bono Mental Health Program, who pitched in to paint a 100-foot section of the mural.

Like in Colorado Springs, the third mural features the affirmation “We Are In This Together,” to assure those seeking help — either for themselves or a loved one — that they’re not alone.

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This Week in Women: The Fight Against Sexism in Politics Worldwide Goes On

This Week in Women is part of a series produced in partnership between Ms. and the Fuller Project for International Reporting. This column is also part of a newsletter; sign up here to receive it regularly.

Thousands sang, chanted and rallied for gender equality during a march to mark International Women’s Day in 2015. (J Carrier for UN Women / Creative Commons)

At least 59 U.S. women political candidates won big in Tuesday’s primary races, according to NBC News and the Associated Press. In light of these victories, Glamour had this terrific story about how motherhood, raising children and volunteering to strengthen their communities have become political assets for female candidates.

Overall, a historic number of women (about 600) are running or have said they’ll run for governor, House or Senate this year. But remember: even if women do well in November, numbers indicate men will still dominate womenin Congress by more than three to one. Change takes time and persistence.

The Chinese government is promoting some pretty old-fashioned ideas about women, according to a Tuesday report by Human Rights Watch’s China Director. The All-China Women’s Federation used to support women’s advancement in the labor force, but in recent years it has used its programs to promote women’s subservience, including teaching women how to sit, make tea and be good wives.

Meanwhile, Spain has a new leader, and nearly two-thirds of his cabinet are women. In Fuller news, our talented East Africa correspondent Neha Wadekar reported for Ozy this week on how women in Somalia are best positioned to wipe out terrorism there. In Forbes, Ewelina U. Ochab argues that sexual abuse can constitute religious persecution. Victims like Yazidi women targeted by ISIS, and Christians in places like India and Nigeria, are examples of how abuse can be associated with a woman’s religious affiliation, she argues.

Internationally, there is an upsurge in kidnappings and killings of mostly women and children in Uganda. Earlier this week, activists protested government inaction by dumping coffins outside parliament. Women in Peru are protesting the president for making light of a domestic violence case in which a woman was burned to death by her stalker, and a Swedish city is telling young girls who fear being sent abroad into forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear, which would trigger airport metal detectors and alert the authorities. In the U.S., fear of deportation is causing fewer immigrants to report domestic abuse—and family separation caused by deportation is turning pregnant immigrant women into single mothers.

Here are 10 women heads of state who we hope would never make light of violence against women.

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Kim Kardashian visited the White House last week to raise awareness around the life-in-prison sentence given to black grandmother Alice Johnson for her role in drug trafficking, and it worked. On Wednesday, Trump commuted her sentence. But still, incarceration rates are rising for women nationwide, and way too many are for non-violent drug offenses. Alice herself had already served more than 20 years. She speaks here.

The majority of incarcerated women suffer from mental health issues, and that was also in the news this week as many grappled with the suicide of self-made fashion businesswoman Kate Spade, who had a 13-year-old daughter. Here, many women react.

Deborah Epstein, co-director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, announces in the Washington Post that she has resigned from the NFL Player Association’s commission on domestic violence, claiming the league’s efforts to address domestic violence in football are a facade.

The CEO of Qatar Airways claimed only a man could do his job because it would be too challenging for a woman. On Wednesday, he apologized. A new study finds that women students at the U.S. Naval Academy are more likely to be described by their managers as “inept, selfish, frivolous, passive and temperamental” than their male colleagues. Forbes has released its list of the highest paid athletes of 2018, and not a single woman made it into the top 100.

And from Ohio, our Midwest correspondent Brittany King reports for the Washington Post’s The Lily about a woman building bridges between people of different racial backgrounds in her community. A beautiful story for our divided country.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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Angelina Talks ‘Jersey Shore’ Return: ‘It Got Close’ to a Fist Fight

It’s the return of the dirty hamster! On the Thursday, May 24, episode of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, the house gets a surprise visitor: their ex-roommate Angelina Pivarnick. The EMT, 31, was a part of the original cast and appeared on and off during the first two seasons. However, she didn’t get along with anyone in the house, getting in multiple physical altercations with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. So, how did it feel re-entering the house?

“[I was] very nervous,” Pivarnick told Us on Tuesday, May 22, noting she was worried the most about Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Nicole and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. “I had a lot of history with them. I mean, not really so much Jenni, but Nicole and Mike a had a lot of problems with.”

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Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Pivarnick, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Ronnie Magro, Pauly D DelVecchio, Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola, and Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino attend the KIIS-FM “Now 34 And The Jersey Shore” party at Hollywood Tower on July 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

So, why return eight years later? “I wanted to go and make amends because I really thought that there was a lot of unfinished business with me and the cast and the roommates,” she said. “I just felt like there was a lot on my chest that I needed to get off, and it was eating up and away at me for all those years.”

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. The women in the house were not happy to see their former roommate, something that Pivarnick was surprised by. “I didn’t understand the grudge after all these years. I mean, maybe Nicole because I did say stuff about her, and she said stuff about me,” she explained. “I did say something about her lips and that was something that I was upset about because she went and got her lips done by the same doctor as me and she didn’t thank me for the referral!”

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When it came to getting physical though, it was Farley who Pivarnick nearly fought with. “It got really close,” she admitted to Us.

“She just had a lot of things to say to me and as far as opportunist and a chew toy and all these other things,” the Staten Island native explained. “I kinda just sat there and I’m like listen, I’m gonna be 32 years old, I don’t need to fist fight you right now. Let’s just hash this s—t out right now, you know what I mean? I’m an adult. I don’t know about you, but you have two kids. So I didn’t really wanna have that altercation with her … If it comes down to it I’m gonna have to do it, but I literally wanted to be classy. I wanted to just make my amends without having to throw fists this season.”

Watch our interview with Pivarnick above, then catch her appearance on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation on MTV Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET.

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The Note: The GOP fight over who loves Trump more

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If there are storms a-coming, as Stormy Daniels herself warned President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” it’s still sunny out there for the president inside his own party.

As primary season starts in earnest with four states voting tomorrow, there are few policy fault lines inside Republican primaries, but plenty of novel ways to argue over the true “MAGA” mantle.

In West Virginia’s Senate race, former coal baron Don Blankenship was pointedly anti-endorsed by Donald Trump Jr., yet responded by informing him that “your dad will have no better supporter” in Washington. His two major rivals would beg to differ.

In Indiana, one of the three major candidates, Rep. Todd Rokita, has campaigned with a cardboard cutout of Trump and was forced to take down yard signs that falsely suggested he was endorsed by the president. The other two candidates are aboard the Trump train, too.

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Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, GF Insult Each Other in Instagram Fight

Trouble in paradise. Things seemed to have turned sour between Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and baby mama Jen Harley, and on Sunday, April 29, the couple took to social media to write some cringe-worthy messages about one another.

“Note to self, can’t turn a natural born HOE, into a HOUSEWIFE, if you find them in the gutter then leave them in the gutter,” the Jersey Shore star, 32, wrote in a note on his Instagram Story on Sunday. “Not all people can be saved when they are so far gone. All you can say you did ur best and keep it moving.” He added the hashtags: “Facts” and “Yeahhh buddy.”

Ortiz-Magro followed up the initial post with a poll asking his fans: “If your significant other keeps sex videos of their ex, shouldn’t they show enough respect to delete them, esp after being in a new relationship for over a year?”

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He added “#GiveMeYourThoughts” and gave his followers the option to select “Yes” or “No.” He also shared a screenshot of a text conversation he had with his castmates, including Deena Cortese, telling them about the videos he claims he found on his girlfriend’s phone.

Harley also took to her Instagram Story to respond to her boyfriend, writing: “Can’t turn a coke head into a father! Yeahhh buddy.”

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The pair, who were first spotted together in July 2017, had been partying together on Saturday, April 28, and things seemed fine between them in the videos she shared on Instagram. In the clips, the pair were enjoying themselves and drinking, and the MTV personality was all smiles.

Ortiz-Magro and Harley welcomed their first child together, a daughter, on April 3. Us Weekly exclusively revealed that they named her Ariana Sky, and the reality star took to Instagram on April 18 to gush about fatherhood.

“So excited to be a #Father. Words can’t describe the feeling,” Ortiz-Magro captioned the photo. “You live your life not ever really knowing the meaning of true love until you have a child. True unconditional love. You love your significant other, you love your family. I have to say I understand when everyone said you’ll understand ‘when you have a child of your own or when you become a parent.’ I know I have still tons to learn but I’m excited for this new journey & chapter in my life with my beautiful girlfriend & my daughter.”

The reality TV star told his Jersey Shore costars that he was going to be a father during the premiere of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation earlier this month. On the latest episode of the show from Thursday, April 26, Ortiz-Magro dealt with some guilt after dancing with a woman at the club and bringing her home after. When he brought the girl into the bathroom, his roommates stepped in before he made a mistake.

“As soon as you knocked on the door, I was like, ‘This is not a good move.’ It felt so good though,” he told his costars Vinny Guadagnino and Pauly DelVecchio after she left. “It’s hard having a kid on the way and being with someone you’re not sure you should be with.”

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Iyanla Vanzant Says Mo’Nique Can’t Fight Netflix Alone

 

Iyanla Vanzant was asked to weigh in on the Mo’Nique/Netflix boycott controversy and the mixed reactions to the comedian’s fight for equality.

According to Vanzant, this situation is much bigger than Mo’s plight.

“Why are we surprised that she’s asking people to acknowledge that they diminish and demean us?” Iyanla asked when Madame Noire requested she speak on the situation. “They do it every day. The president of the country relegated us to the sh-thole, so why are we surprised at this? The question becomes what are we going to do about it?”

OWN’s darling life coach went on to say, “Mo’Nique can’t fight that battle by herself and people will not stand up for the battle or not stand up for the cause because it’s Mo’Nique, well, it didn’t start with Mo’Nique. So either we’re going to do it or we’re not, but don’t make this about Mo’Nique. It’s not about Mo’Nique.”

She added, “Mo’Nique is just saying what other people have refused to say.”

Speaking to pay disparities, Iyanla continued to point out reasons why Monique deserves our support.

“Number one, we keep acting like we’re shocked and surprised that we still living in a racist country when the president can talk about bad hombres and sh-thole countries, what is that? Why aren’t we doing something about that right there? The mere fact that brown people in this country, that we have relegated to Mexicans and we forget about Dominicans and Salvadoreans and Panamanians and all the cocoa brown people that he called bad hombres, we know that they get paid less than everybody else. So if we let them pay the brown people less, why do we think they won’t pay the Black people less? I don’t understand.”

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‘The Bachelor’: Becca’s Ex Bombards Fantasy Suites To Fight Arie For Her Heart

Love was certainly in the air this week on The Bachelor, as Arie Luyendyk Jr. told both Lauren B. and Becca K. that he was in love with them during their fantasy-suite dates in Peru. But the lovefest came to a screeching halt when Becca’s ex-boyfriend, Ross, showed up to try to win back his former girlfriend of seven years.

Before Ross crashed the party, Arie had already spent the night with both Kendall and Lauren. He told the latter that he was in love with her in order to calm her fears and get her to stay in the competition, but he never said he was in love with only her. And that’s because he wasn’t.

The bachelor said it again the next night while he was cuddling with Becca in a tent. Yes, while the other women got full-on fantasy suites, Becca got a fantasy tent consisting of one “room” with a queen-sized bed in the middle.

The small space was enough to get Arie feeling intimate, and he told Becca he was in love with her as well. But the next morning, Ross showed up in Peru to try to win Becca’s heart back with a surprise proposal.

After confronting Arie to confess his plan, Ross went to find Becca and let her know he hasn’t stopped thinking about her throughout the past year that they’ve been apart. But Becca wasn’t having it and ran off to assure Arie that it’s him that she wants.

Now that he’s in love with two different women, Arie had to let Kendall know that she wouldn’t be getting a rose to move on to the final two. And so, it is Becca K. and Lauren B. who have survived the season to become the last two women standing.

But Bachelor Nation is not currently concerned with who Arie will ultimately choose. Instead, they have turned their attention to the new man on their screens — Ross. Becca may not have wanted her ex, but viewers seem to be all over him. Fans took to Twitter to beg producers to make Ross the next bachelor, or even the current bachelor if it’s not too late.

 

But, come on, Bachelor Nation. We took the journey with Arie this far and it’s time to finally find out who he picks next week. Who do you think Are will choose?

 

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BARE NECESSITIES: Topless, or scantily clad, female activists braved the cold February weather to stage protests during fashion week, capitalizing on the media throngs at shows to gain attention.
On Friday, both PETA supporters and advocates for a more body-inclusive runway caused scenes, shouting out for their respective causes. The antifur contingent had “wear your own skin” painted on their bare torsos, and encouraged passersby to stand up for animals by embracing a vegan wardrobe. On the subject of fur, Elisa Allen, director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: “It’s not fabric, and it’s not ours for the taking.”
Meanwhile, the pro-curves protesters held plaques that read “fashion rules rewritten” and wore lingerie by Simply Be, a plus-size brand. American model and actress Hayley Hasselhoff led the way, accompanied by eight activists who demanded to know when more curvaceous women will be seen on runways. Angela Spindler, chief executive officeroff N Brown Group plc, which owns Simply Be, said: “This isn’t about ‘skinny shaming.’ We think that shape should be celebrated irrespective of size.”
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A raucous Google-Uber fight is finally heading to trial

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From Silence to Culture Shift: Inside the Fight Against Sexual Harassment in Egypt

The #MeToo campaign that took the world by storm strongly resonated with women in Egypt.

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Emboldened by the global flood of women breaking their silence on sexual harassment, Egyptian women also took to social media to share their experiences. Defying social norms, Egyptian women bravely spoke up to tell their stories of sexual abuse and harassment with the hope of showing the magnitude of the problem in Egyptian society today.

“Not a single day goes by when I don’t have to worry about my physical or emotional integrity on Egyptian streets,” one woman wrote on Facebook. “It’s never safe.” She isn’t alone: According to a recent UN report, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women are victims of sexual harassment, including verbal abuse, groping and sometimes even rape. Sexual harassment is so widespread in the country that some human rights activists describe sexual harassment in Egypt as an epidemic; that epidemic reached its peak during the January 2011 uprising, when women became victims of a series of mob sexual assaults during protests at Tahrir square.

2011 was also a turning point for many women: They started speaking out. They were no longer afraid to tell their stories. They took to the streets to protest sexual violence and demanded their voices be heard. Their signs read “Silence is unacceptable; my anger will be heard,” and “Down with sexual harassment.”

Egypt’s new law criminalizing sexual harassment and assault that came into effect in July 2014 signaled a new sign of hope for many Egyptian women, as did a recent court sentencing of seven men to life imprisonment for sexual assault. But while social media platforms and campaigns like #MeToo have given Egyptian women the opportunity to raise awareness on sexual harassment and shed light on their experiences, much work remains to shift behavior and culture.

“Women are afraid of being blamed for the assault,” Aliaa Soliman, Communications Manager at HarassMap, a volunteer-based organization that works to end sexual harassment, told Ms. “Our culture creates so many excuses for the harasser. People will ask the woman ‘why are you wearing these tight jeans?’ or ‘why are you out in the first place?’… These are the kinds of comments that women hear all the time when they get sexually harassed.”

When Amira, a 26 year old who was sexually harassed on public transportation, reported her incident to the police, they told her to go home. When she insisted, they told her that they know who her father is and where he works. “They stood uncomfortably close to me the whole time and everybody in the building seemed to be undressing me with their eyes,” said Amira in her interview with Egyptian Streets, an independent news media organization in Egypt. “They catcalled me and whispered dirty comments.”

“Punishing the harasser is always a good thing of course,” Soliman said. “However, the fact that sexual harassment is culturally not recognized as a crime needs more awareness. People need to be more aware about why the law is in place, and why sexual harassment is being criminalized. If people are not convinced with the law or don’t understand why sexual harassment is wrong, then the law will not be very effective.”

Many women in Egypt still choose to remain silent. And until new earth is broken in the fight against assault and harassment, many still will. “All of society must be engaged in stopping sexual harassment,” Soliman said. “Bystanders must act if they see harassment happening in front of their own eyes. Harassers must also know that there will be consequences for their actions. We have all to create a culture that simply doesn’t accept sexual harassment anymore.”

May El Habachi specializes in writing about development, health and expat life. Her writing has been featured in leading international publications including Newsweek Middle East, Global Living, Expat Go Malaysia, Kuwait Bazaar and Fair Observer, among others.

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Meghan Markle’s Half-Brother Blames Royal Engagement for Drunken Fight

Meghan Markle‘s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., is speaking out about a drunken New Year’s brawl with his fiancée and blames the royal engagement for contributing to the fight.

As previously reported, Thomas Markle’s fiancée, Darlene Blount, landed in jail and was charged with fourth-degree assault on New Year’s Day after an altercation with Thomas in Oregon.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Thomas, 51, initially said that Blount hit him in the face before insisting that his injuries were self-inflicted. He bailed his fiancée out of jail, paying her $ 1,000 bond.

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Thomas told the newspaper that he and Blount are both planning to attend alcohol and relationship counseling, but said that the stress of suddenly being in the public eye, in the wake of the Suits star’s engagement to Prince Harry, contributed to their issues.

“It hasn’t been easy. Meghan’s relationship with Prince Harry has shone a spotlight on our family. It doesn’t help when you have issues and your sister is engaged to royalty. It adds a whole new level of scrutiny,” he told the paper. “We’ve been under a lot of stress because of all the attention. At some point you find yourself drinking too much to escape the pressure.”

Thomas, who has the same father as Meghan, 36, spoke with the Daily Mail last month about the royal wedding, saying he didn’t know if he’d be attending the nuptials at Windsor Castle in May.

“I don’t know if [Meghan] gets to invite who she wants,” he told the paper. “But she’ll reach out if she wants me there. She’ll call me. She knows where to find me. But that’s up to her, there’s no pressure. I wouldn’t mind seeing my little sister have the biggest wedding in the world. That would be incredible.”

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What Facebook’s fight with a former executive says about social media’s future

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It's been about a year since Conor McGregor last fought in the UFC, and UFC president Dana White isn't sure when he will return. While talking to members of the media this week, White said they were working on an fight for McGregor at the end of the year – he was a possibility for UFC 219 on December 30th 

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Standing with Fearless Girl in the Fight for Constitutional Equality

“Fearless Girl”—a statue depicting a small girl standing, hands on her hips, facing down the New York City Bowling Green Park centerpiece sculpture “Charging Bull”—was meant to call attention to the lack of female leaders on Wall Street. When she came on the scene in March, she served as a marker of women’s resistance and the power of investing in women’s potential—and now, she has become a centerpiece in the longstanding fight for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Originally commissioned by State Street Global Advisors and installed on International Women’s Day, Kirsten Visbal’s sculpture was initially only granted an 11-month display period. On November 17, Rep.Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12) gathered with lawmakers, advocates and activists in front of “Fearless Girl” to call on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to allow the statue to remain in place until Congress ratifies the ERA. In a letter to de Blasio, Representative Maloney requested the Mayor keep the statue in place to establish a visual reminder of how much work remains to be done in the United States before the country achieves gender equality.

“By linking the statue to the Equal Rights Amendment, you would be sending a very strong message about the need to add equal rights for women to the Constitution,” Maloney wrote. “Her presence would act as a constant reminder of what we need to achieve.”

2017 marked the tenth time Maloney has introduced the ERA in the House during her career in Congress. The body passed the ERA on March 22, 1972, but the Amendment ultimately fell three states short of the necessary three-fourths ratification threshhold to be added to the Constitution. Last March—45 years to the day after the ERA was passed in Congress—Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the bill, reinvigorating the fight for women’s constitutional equality. Now, ERA legislation is pending state legislatures in Arizona, Utah, Florida, Illinois, Virginia and North Carolina.

The ERA is closer than ever to becoming a reality, and women’s voices are carrying further than they ever have—from the halls of Congress to Hollywood studio lots. The time is ripe for a renewed and vigorous push for the ERA, especially as women everywhere find their newfound footing as activists before the backdrop of the Trump administration’s war on women. “While women and girl leaders are creating great change in their communities and across multiple sectors, the fight for true gender equity is far from over,” Meredith Maskara, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater New York, said at the gathering. “The Equal Rights Amendment is a necessary step in the long road towards equal treatment for all.”

“Not only is New York the birthplace of women’s rights, but it is also the home of the continued advancement of women’s rights,” New York Lieutenant Governor Hochul told the assembled crowd. “Whether we’re talking about equal pay or freedom from harassment, New York is standing up and saying we will no longer accept the status quo… True equality requires a culture shift and New York’s women are prepared to step forward and demand the equal treatment we have been denied for far too many years.”

This new initiative positions “Fearless Girl” as a definitive embodiment of that cultural shift. “The Fearless Girl is speaking,” said NYC Women’s March Organizer Katherine Siemionko. “She’s saying—I am not going anywhere. My voice will be heard. My pay will be equal. My body will be respected. I will not be bullied or silenced. I will not be passed over. I will persevere because I am equal. This statue represents the future of women in this country… New York City cannot afford to remove this reminder. She is the child of liberty. If she can make it here, she can make it anywhere.”

ms-headshotLauren Young is an Editorial Associate at Ms. She has a Master’s Degree in European and Russian Studies from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Russian Civilization from Smith College. Follow her on @thatlaurenyoung.

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Yesterday, after the Nebraska Public Service Commission met to decide whether to give Keystone XL a permit to cross the state, headlines seemed to hail victory for the pipeline project. "Nebraska Regulators Approve Alternative Route for Keystone XL Pipeline," the New York Times wrote.

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UFC Announces Title Fight Between Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Holly Holm

The UFC announced on Thursday that Cris "Cyborg" Justino will defend her featherweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 219 on December 19th in Las Vegas. It's still unknown if the fight will be the night's main event.

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GOP Gives Dems What They Want on Tax Bill: A New Health Care Fight

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Asia-Pacific leaders say to fight ‘unfair trade’ in nod to Trump

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Jesse Paris Smith remembers the exact day she became a climate activist. Late on a school night, in a Manhattan deli, frantically skimming the New York Times to finish a last-minute homework assignment in 10th grade.

"I loved nature, so these words like global warming, greenhouse gases, fossil fuels struck me," Smith, 30, says while sitting in a Midtown Manhattan conference room.

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The Fight to Rename a Kentucky Airport After Muhammad Ali Continues

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Earlier this month, Black Enterprise reported on the more than yearlong, uphill battle a Kentucky-based educator, Robert Holmes III, has faced in hopes of honoring Muhammad Ali in Louisville, the city where “The People’s Champ” was born and raised. Back in June 2016, Holmes launched the Global Friends of Muhammad Ali, a grassroots effort that is committed to renaming the Louisville International Airport to “Muhammad Ali International Airport.” The group started a petition on Change.org, calling on Ali fans to support an initiative that would pay tribute to the legendary boxer. After being shared on MPowerChange.org, it collected over 14,000 signatures.

 

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Despite receiving an overwhelming number of signatures and even support from members of the Ali family, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s spokesperson Chris Poynter told Black Enterprise that “there is no active committee looking at the matter of renaming the airport.” He added that the power to change the name lies within the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, which “will ultimately make any decision to rename the airport.” The Louisville Regional Airport Authority, however, also confirmed that it “has no current plans to change the name of Louisville International Airport (SDF).”

In addition, Fischer’s office reached out to BE emphasizing that the city has already paid homage to their hometown hero in a variety of other ways. “Louisville has several major Ali memorials already, including the Muhammad Ali Center (a major institution) and a prominent street named after The Champ. By focusing only on the airport, you leave the impression that the Champ’s hometown isn’t honoring his legacy, which is the furthest from the truth,” said Poynter.

Holmes, however, dismissed the mayor’s response as “a great attempt at a political spin to dodge the question. It’s obvious that Louisville has done things to honor its greatest citizen, but that’s not the [issue].” Holmes added that other cities, like New Orleans, have renamed their airports after superstar natives. “If they can name their airport after Louis Armstrong, who’s a jazz musician, certainly Louisville should be able to coalesce around the idea of renaming the airport.”

According to Holmes, the opposition to rename the airport boils down to the fact that Ali was an outspoken black man who voiced opposition to racism and war. “I feel that there is a racial component to it and I think that’s one of the reasons why people don’t want to touch it,” he says. “Because he was a very brash, young man in very turbulent times during the 60’s and the early 70’s. He spoke his mind and he stood his ground and he stood up for what he believed in. He stood up against social injustice and racial disparities not only all over the world, but he also spoke about the racial disparities right here in his hometown.” After winning the heavyweight championship, the boxing legend “returned back to Louisville, [but] he didn’t receive a total warm welcome from the entire city. There were segments of the white community that did not celebrate Muhammad Ali and you still have that today.”

Although Mayor Fischer’s office told Black Enterprise that the airport authority will make the ultimate decision to rename the airport, Holmes pointed out that the mayor maintains power to appoint “several members of the board.”

“If he wanted to make that decision, to say that I want to rename this airport in honor of Muhammad Ali, I don’t believe it is that hard,” said Holmes.

 

 

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UN says more should have been done to fight cholera in Yemen

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says the agency could have acted faster and sent more vaccines to fight a massive, deadly surge of cholera cases in war-battered Yemen this year.
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Puerto Rico has medical supplies — why must doctors fight for them?

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes us inside the search for life-saving medicines to treat Puerto Ricans suffering in local clinics and shelters.


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Facebook nixes plan for new stock class ahead of court fight

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that Facebook is withdrawing plans to create a new class of stock that would have let him keep tight reins on the social media company even as he sold down his stake to fund his philanthropy.
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