Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …


Steve King Toasts Border Patrol After Deportation Of Dreamer

April 19, 2017

WASHINGTON Immigrant rights advocates were dismayed on Tuesday by reports that the first undocumented immigrant with active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections under President Donald Trump. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had the opposite reaction. First non-valedictorian DREAMer deported. Border Patrol, this ones for you, King tweeted, with a photo of a beer. infamously said in 2014 first reported by USA Today on Tuesday Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio said …


Foreign Office concern at North Korea missile test bid – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… programme North Korea missile launch attempt fails The US Pacific Command confirmed the failed test had taken place hours later, with officials saying a missile had exploded within seconds of the launch. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are concerned by reports of a missile test by North Korea and are monitoring the situation closely.” Speaking before the launch attempt, Mr Johnson said: “We have been here before but continue to monitor the situation carefully. “We …


Trump’s saber-rattling is North Korea’s propaganda dream come true

April 13, 2017

… Koreans that the US would not take unilateral action against North Korea without consulting Seoul. “The United States makes it clear that it will not take a new policy or measure without consultations with us,” South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck told reporters. Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun warned people against being “blinded by exaggerated assessments on the security situation of the Korean Peninsula.” Moon Jae-in, leader of the …


Egyptians mourn, but do they understand?

April 11, 2017

(CNN)After the bombing of two churches on Palm Sunday in Tanta and Alexandria, the Egyptian people have entered a state of mourning. Once again their Christian fellow citizens have been targeted and killed for their faith, and once again photos circulate across social media with the faces and stories of innocent Egyptians murdered as they gathered to worship. As is always the case, the Egyptian state has immediately issued calls for national unity. The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign …


Stonewall calls for ‘gender X’ option on passports – BBC News

April 5, 2017

… trans people represented in the media as positive role models Stonewall said existing legislation urgently needed reform, describing the Gender Recognition Act as “outdated”. It said people were forced to choose a gender for pension calculations and insurance policies but that current rules “fall short of best practice”. The Gender Recognition Act, which allows trans people to change their legal gender, is also under review by the government. A government spokesman said: …


Why China is banning beards and veils in Xinjiang

April 1, 2017

(CNN)No long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling. The latest measures — outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation — take effect Saturday and come on the heels of a series of steps to increase surveillance in the region that include the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars. “They’re doubling down on security in Xinjiang,” said James Leibold, an associate professor at Australia’s Le Trobe University, whose …


Stansted Airport: Protest to ‘end deportations’ diverts flights – BBC News

March 30, 2017

The spokesman said more than 10 people were near an area of the airport used by private operators, but did not confirm where the aircraft was destined. He said the protest took place in a remote part of the airport, away from the passenger terminal or runway. Protestors posted images of themselves lying on the ground as they were surrounded by security staff and police. In a Facebook post, they said the flight was due to “forcibly deport dozens of people to Nigeria and Ghana” but …