Society and politics

Complexities of women's rights

BBC - Radio 4 - Today Programme Listen Again
David Cameron promised to tackle the lack of women MPs from his party. What can he do? Audio here

Conceptual integration and the creation of news

The President gave a major speech on Wednesday, and TV news reacted. For every story there's a formula, whether earthquake, missing child, sex scandal or State of the Union, but this event was none of those. So the anchors reached into their bags and pulled out the mode that fit the best - campaign reporting. They covered the plan for victory in Iraq as a stump speech.

How we should judge torture - Los Angeles Times

How we should judge torture - Los Angeles Times
Naturally, human rights groups are appalled by the suggestion that harsh treatment is ever justified. Similarly, blogger Andrew Sullivan dismisses the ticking time bomb as a "red herring" and argues that "you cannot raise or lower the moral status of mass murderers with respect to torture. The only salient moral status with respect to torture is that the mass murderers are human beings."

Cultural images of the powerless

One article, two thoughts. Good going!

TPM Online Article
One of the things you notice, both as a skeptic and as an American in the UK , is that according to the British media – and a lot of non-media folks, too, I might add – pretty much all foolishness comes from the US.

'Gay weddings' become law in UK

BBC NEWS | UK | 'Gay weddings' become law in UK
Hundreds of gay couples are preparing to form civil partnerships in the coming weeks as the law changes after decades of campaigning.

Kazakhstan and the principles of democracy

World News Article |
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev won re-election by a landslide on Monday, official preliminary results showed, but the opposition in the former Soviet republic alleged vote-rigging.

Challenges facing feminism in post-communist Czech Republic - Nový zákon přesně urÄ?uje, co je sexuální obtěžování
Nový trestní zákon, který přijali poslanci tento týden, zavádí trestný Ä?in, který přesně definuje sexuální obtěžování. Od ledna 2007 bude za sexuální obtěžování bude hrozit od 6 měsíců do 8 let vězení.

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