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Tortured and abused: hidden horror of ‘disappeared’ women in Syrian prisons

August 30, 2017 ·  By Hannah Summers for

An exhibition on 8 September in Manchester highlights the hardships faced by the Syrian women silenced in jail. Photograph: Rethink Rebuild Society

It was after travelling to Damascus to seek treatment for her sick baby that Rima Mulla Othman was arrested and incarcerated in one of Syria’s prisons. In the underground cell where she was tortured, she begged security guards to take her three-month-old son, Omar, to hospital for the medical attention he desperately needed. But her […]


If women’s rights are human rights, why do such organisations push for the decriminalisation of prostitution?

August 30, 2017 ·  By Julie Binde for

Human rights organisations' approach to the decriminalisation of prostitution helps the punters, not the workers AFP

In March last year a whistleblower inside Amnesty International leaked to me what turned out to be the final position paper supporting blanket decriminalisation of the sex trade. This position – in which support for pimps and punters superseded that of abused and marginalised women – was officially adopted in August 2016, to much fanfare […]


‘It is pure child abuse’ – Irish dad accused of feeding son (6) bleach ‘to cure his autism’

August 30, 2017 ·  By Catherine Devine for


A campaigner has called for a criminal investigation after an Irish dad allegedly fed his young son bleach products to “cure his autism”. The Dublin man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, posted in a Facebook group called CD Autism saying that he was feeding his young son bleach and was looking to share […]


India rapist guru: Judge calls Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ‘wild beast’

August 30, 2017 ·  By India for

The judge said the convict did not deserve any mercy

A judge who sentenced a controversial Indian guru convicted of rape to 20 years in prison called him a “wild beast” who deserved no leniency. Judge Jagdeep Singh said in his order that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s assault of his disciples was “custodial rape” and he “deserved maximum punishment”. The self-styled holy man was found […]


County sees rise in child abuse, neglect cases

August 29, 2017 · 


Hardin County has seen a recent increase in cases involving child abuse and neglect, with a significant amount of those cases related to substance abuse, officials say. Family Court Judge Pamela Addington has presided over family court cases for more than 13 years. She said from mid-June 2004, when was elected to the bench, to […]


Missouri woman charged with killing autistic daughter

August 29, 2017 ·  By Associated Press for

This photo provided by the Ozark County, Missouri, sheriff’s office shows Rebecca Ruud, charged, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, with murder in the death of her 16-year-old biological daughter. AP Photo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri woman was charged Tuesday with killing the autistic teenage daughter she gave up for adoption as a baby, weeks after the girl’s remains were found in a burn pit on her remote property and months after the girl moved back from Minnesota, where she was raised. Rebecca Ruud, 39, […]


Wealth of 50 Filipinos account for 24% of PH’s 2016 GDP

August 29, 2017 ·  By Chrisee Dela Paz and Chris Schnabel for

STILL RICHEST. The 2017 list shows that Henry Sy's net worth surged to $18 billion, up from $13.7 billion in 2016, and even triple that of the 2nd placer,€“ John Gokongwei Jr ($5.5 billion). Rappler infographics

(4th UPDATE) Henry Sy Sr tops Forbes’ Philippines rich list in 2017 for a decade now, but younger and self-made tycoons are gaining ground MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – No other man benefits more from the country’s brisk economic growth than Henry Sy Sr, whose fortune ballooned to a high of $18 billion, making him […]


Religious leaders to hold protest against Trump in Washington

August 29, 2017 ·  By JULIA MANCHESTER for

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Over a thousand religious leaders from various faiths will gather in Washington, D.C., on Monday to protest President Trump’s moral leadership. The “One Thousand Ministers March for Justice,” which was organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton, will fall on the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. The rally […]


Revealed: Luxury life of alleged child torturer Peter Scully’s assistant revealed

August 25, 2017 ·  By

Peter Scully's alleged assistant Liezyl Margallo led a luxury life while on the run. Photo / Channel 9/Facebook

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT The luxury life while on the run of alleged child torturer Peter Scully’s assistant Liezyl Margallo has been revealed following her arrest. Margallo, who is now in a Philippines prison awaiting trial on charges of assisting the Australian accused sex predator in child torture and murder, evaded police for a year. Scully, […]


What General Pershing Was Really Doing in the Philippines

August 24, 2017 ·  By JONATHAN M. KATZ for

U.S. General John Pershing with a group of officers at Zamboanga, Mindanao.

Trump has again recirculated a debunked history about terrorism. But what the general was really doing in the Philippines can tell us something more important about America. Another day, another sputtering orgy of confusion following a cryptic Donald Trump tweet. This one came Thursday, a few hours after a van plowed into a crowd on […]

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