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india's paradox: best anti-slavery laws, but largest number of slaves

A child labourer cries as he is rescued during a joint operation by Labour department and a non-governmental organisation in New Delhi. India has some of the world’s best anti-slavery laws, better than Europe, but it also has more people living in modern slavery than any other country.Nearly 46 million people live under conditions of slavery across the world, with 18 million (39%) of those in India, which is home to the world’s largest number of slaves, according to 2016 Global Slavery Index.These 18 million Indians–twice the population of Sweden–have lost their freedom by way of bonded and domestic labour and sexual slavery, among other means.Globally, modern slavery includes child workers in African mines, deforestation crews in the Amazon or people trapped in commercial sexual exploitat

presstv-harvard confronts ugly truths of slavery ties

Harvard University, one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States, has publicly acknowledged its connections with slavery in colonial America.At a conference on the relationship between colleges and slavery on Friday, Harvard President Drew Faust said the school must confront its dark past before it can move forward."Harvard was directly complicit in slavery from the college's earliest days in the 17th century until the system of bondage ended in Massachusetts in 1783," Faust, a historian, said in her opening remarks, ABC News reported."We look at both past and present today in the firm belief that only by coming to terms with history can we free ourselves to create a more just world."Scholars presented research on the topic and discussed how other American colleges benefited f

india, pak's entry into sco may boost regional stability: chinese media

The entry of India and Pakistan into China-led SCO may help boost anti-terrorism cooperation between the two countries and provide a platform to resolve their differences, the official media here said today. India and Pakistan are expected to be admitted into the six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during its next summit to be held at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in June this year."In a bid to become members of the SCO, India and Pakistan, which have a long-time rivalry concerning the issues of anti-terrorism and Kashmir, will need to sign a number of documents and pledge to perform in accordance with the SCO laws, including the SCO Member States Agreement on Border Defence Cooperation that was signed in 2015," an article in the state run Global Times said. "The entry

new report examines the integration of modern slavery survivors

IMAGE: This is the Fresh Start Report.
view more Credit: University of LiverpoolA new report launched today (Wednesday, 1 March) at the International Slavery Museum by the University of Liverpool assesses an innovative solution to the problem of long-term care for survivors of modern slavery in the UK. Although slavery was officially abolished in the 19th century it still continues today in one form or another around the world. From women forced into prostitution, children and adults forced to work in agriculture, domestic work, or factories and sweatshops producing goods for global supply chains, entire families forced to work for nothing to pay off debts, the illegal practice continues. There are a growing number of individuals who have been identified as victims of modern slavery in t

cow slaughter: legal labyrinth - india legal

Ban on cow-slaughter is not exactly the preserve of the BJP or Hindutva groups alone. Most of the state legislations were put in place in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. There is little doubt that chief ministers in the BJP-ruled states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are only too keen to ride the bandwagon of ban on cow-slaughter and derive political mileage out of it. For example, Gujarat has passed an amendment to the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act on March 31 where punishment for cow-slaughter has been made stringent by making the term of imprisonment 14 years, which is the norm for a life-term.The government may succeed because not many are going to look for anti-cow slaughter laws and when they were legislated. It has also become evident that cow vigilantes across north Indi

why ben carson said that slaves were immigrants

Ben Carson is new at his job, in every sense. The former presidential candidate, who has no government experience whatsoever, should never have been considered for the position of Housing and Urban Development secretary, let alone confirmed by the Senate on March 2. Carson's own impoverished upbringing in Detroit is no real training for addressing the concerns of the millions who live in public housing. So it was pretty much expected that he would stumble on his first day at HUD. But he full-on face-planted.The speech Carson delivered to HUD employees on Monday was already weird before he got to slavery. The famed neurosurgeon began by waxing rhapsodic about the brain: He claimed he could drill a hole in the head of an elderly person, implant electrodes to stimulate the hippocampus, and —

in defence of the thirteenth amendment | race | usa

This new interpretation of the Thirteenth Amendment needs to be challenged. Because it completely ignores the motivations behind the amendment’s passing, and why that particular wording was chosen.It’s true that African-Americans faced racial oppression for a long time after the passing of Thirteenth Amendment, including from law enforcement. However, despite the fashionable new view of the Thirteenth Amendment, the fact is that it was created with the explicit intention of not allowing slavery to continue after the end of the Civil War and never allowing it to return in the future.In 1864, with the Civil War turning in the Union’s favour, James F Wilson, a congressman from Iowa, asked: ‘Is it not madness to act upon the idea that slavery is dead?’ Thousands still remained in bondage in th

'national calamity': shopping centre abuse reveals great australian paradox

When a Muslim Australian woman became the target of religious discrimination at a Perth shopping centre, no one rushed to her defence. The hurt and confusion are audible in her voice."What should I do then? What should I do then," she pleads with the man."Why don't you dress like other Australians," he retorts.The woman, dressed in a niqab, doesn't know what that means, but the man continues."They dress with a f------ face, where's your f------ face? What are you hiding from? F------ Allah?"By this stage a number of bystanders at the Perth shopping centre have stopped to observe the exchange - none have intervened."This is how I feel comfortable," she tells him, before being told to "f--k off".The man paces off, another woman deigns to call him a d--head before he disappears into the crowd

'national calamity': shopping centre abuse reveals great australian paradox

When a Muslim Australian woman became the target of religious discrimination at a Perth shopping centre, no one rushed to her defence. The hurt and confusion are audible in her voice."What should I do then? What should I do then," she pleads with the man."Why don't you dress like other Australians," he retorts.The woman, dressed in a niqab, doesn't know what that means, but the man continues."They dress with a f------ face, where's your f------ face? What are you hiding from? F------ Allah?"By this stage a number of bystanders at the Perth shopping centre have stopped to observe the exchange - none have intervened."This is how I feel comfortable," she tells him, before being told to "f--k off".The man paces off, another woman deigns to call him a d--head before he disappears into the crowd

'national calamity': shopping centre abuse reveals great australian paradox

When a Muslim Australian woman became the target of religious discrimination at a Perth shopping centre, no one rushed to her defence. The hurt and confusion are audible in her voice."What should I do then? What should I do then," she pleads with the man."Why don't you dress like other Australians," he retorts.The woman, dressed in a niqab, doesn't know what that means, but the man continues."They dress with a f------ face, where's your f------ face? What are you hiding from? F------ Allah?"By this stage a number of bystanders at the Perth shopping centre have stopped to observe the exchange - none have intervened."This is how I feel comfortable," she tells him, before being told to "f--k off".The man paces off, another woman deigns to call him a d--head before he disappears into the crowd

'national calamity': shopping centre abuse reveals great australian paradox

When a Muslim Australian woman became the target of religious discrimination at a Perth shopping centre, no one rushed to her defence. The hurt and confusion are audible in her voice."What should I do then? What should I do then," she pleads with the man."Why don't you dress like other Australians," he retorts.The woman, dressed in a niqab, doesn't know what that means, but the man continues."They dress with a f------ face, where's your f------ face? What are you hiding from? F------ Allah?"By this stage a number of bystanders at the Perth shopping centre have stopped to observe the exchange - none have intervened."This is how I feel comfortable," she tells him, before being told to "f--k off".The man paces off, another woman deigns to call him a d--head before he disappears into the crowd

university of georgia commemorates remains of likely slaves

The University of Georgia on Monday commemorated the 105 likely slaves who recently had to be buried again after their gravesites were unearthed during a construction project on campus.The graves were discovered in November 2015 during construction on an academic building next to the Old Athens Cemetery, which was used during the 19th century. Archaeologists exhumed and researched the remains for DNA analysis. They found that it was possible to analyze the DNA of about a third of the remains. Of that, they concluded the “vast majority” were of African descent. The remains were reburied at the nearby Oconee Hill Cemetery this month.In a press release on Monday, the university said it would begin a second stage of research to find out who the 105 individuals were and how they were connected

presstv-80% rise in human trafficking cases in uk

Official statistics show the number of potential human trafficking victims identified in the UK has surged by nearly 80 percent in a year, triggering concerns about modern slavery.The latest available data from the National Crime Agency (NCA) goes back to 2015, with 306 cases of trafficking reported by local councils and over ten-fold that number by other sources.Some cities saw a very clear surge in the number of reported human trafficking victims and greater Manchester experienced a 197 percent increase.Authorities say labor exploitation is the most common fate of trafficking victims in Britain.In spite of the significant increase in the reported cases of abuse, there are still up to 13,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK.The number of victims of human trafficking in the UK rose i

john legends releases 'in america' for wgn tv series 'underground'

On Wednesday (March 22), John Legend returned with a brand new track titled "In America," in light of the second season of WGN's acclaimed TV series Underground. Here, the crooner sings about hope and optimism for those entranced by the idea of one day thriving in America. “'In America' was born around the same time I was working on my most recent album Darkness and Light," Legend, who serves as an executive producer on the show, said in a press release. "It’s a song I was writing while thinking about the duality of America, where it's known to be this place of freedom, equality and where anyone can make it. "The song points out the tension between the promise of America, the ideals of America, and sometimes us not living up to those ideals in practice. 'In America' was the perfect song fo

how to build a vegan passover seder plate

Passover, which marks the end of slavery for Jews in Egypt, is an important Jewish holiday that is rich with symbolism and tradition. But it's 2017, you guys! If your family is up for a little adjusting for the times (or if you have a vegan on your Seder guest list), you might be interested in this take on the Seder plate.
MarorThe traditional way: This is the bitter herb, which reminds the Jews of the bitterness of the slavery their forefathers endured in Egypt. It's usually represented on Seder plates with horseradish (either a full piece or a spoonful of the jarred stuff).
The updated way: Use some cilantro. It's bitter and can be very polarizing. The ancient rabbis actually note in the Mishnah (a collection of rabbinic traditions) that cilantro is one of the appropriate bitter herbs

multinationals 'on notice' over tax avoidance, morrison says

The Turnbull government says multinational companies have been put on notice, with its new tax avoidance laws already making their mark. Treasurer Scott Morrison says the Turnbull government has put multinational companies on notice with its new tax avoidance laws which are already producing results.He says the Australian Taxation Office's tougher powers and penalties have raised $2.9 billion from the tax liabilities of seven multi-national companies.The ATO was auditing 59 multinational corporations and hundreds of other companies to ensure compliance with the new multinational anti-avoidance rules."Our multinational tax laws are having an impact and we now have one of the toughest, if not the toughest, anti-avoidance tax regimes in the world," Mr Morrison said in a joint statement with R

multinationals 'on notice' over tax avoidance, morrison says

The Turnbull government says multinational companies have been put on notice, with its new tax avoidance laws already making their mark. Treasurer Scott Morrison says the Turnbull government has put multinational companies on notice with its new tax avoidance laws which are already producing results.He says the Australian Taxation Office's tougher powers and penalties have raised $2.9 billion from the tax liabilities of seven multi-national companies.The ATO was auditing 59 multinational corporations and hundreds of other companies to ensure compliance with the new multinational anti-avoidance rules."Our multinational tax laws are having an impact and we now have one of the toughest, if not the toughest, anti-avoidance tax regimes in the world," Mr Morrison said in a joint statement with R

multinationals 'on notice' over tax avoidance, morrison says

The Turnbull government says multinational companies have been put on notice, with its new tax avoidance laws already making their mark. Treasurer Scott Morrison says the Turnbull government has put multinational companies on notice with its new tax avoidance laws which are already producing results.He says the Australian Taxation Office's tougher powers and penalties have raised $2.9 billion from the tax liabilities of seven multi-national companies.The ATO was auditing 59 multinational corporations and hundreds of other companies to ensure compliance with the new multinational anti-avoidance rules."Our multinational tax laws are having an impact and we now have one of the toughest, if not the toughest, anti-avoidance tax regimes in the world," Mr Morrison said in a joint statement with R

multinationals 'on notice' over tax avoidance, morrison says

The Turnbull government says multinational companies have been put on notice, with its new tax avoidance laws already making their mark. Treasurer Scott Morrison says the Turnbull government has put multinational companies on notice with its new tax avoidance laws which are already producing results.He says the Australian Taxation Office's tougher powers and penalties have raised $2.9 billion from the tax liabilities of seven multi-national companies.The ATO was auditing 59 multinational corporations and hundreds of other companies to ensure compliance with the new multinational anti-avoidance rules."Our multinational tax laws are having an impact and we now have one of the toughest, if not the toughest, anti-avoidance tax regimes in the world," Mr Morrison said in a joint statement with R

multinationals 'on notice' over tax avoidance, morrison says

The Turnbull government says multinational companies have been put on notice, with its new tax avoidance laws already making their mark. Treasurer Scott Morrison says the Turnbull government has put multinational companies on notice with its new tax avoidance laws which are already producing results.He says the Australian Taxation Office's tougher powers and penalties have raised $2.9 billion from the tax liabilities of seven multi-national companies.The ATO was auditing 59 multinational corporations and hundreds of other companies to ensure compliance with the new multinational anti-avoidance rules."Our multinational tax laws are having an impact and we now have one of the toughest, if not the toughest, anti-avoidance tax regimes in the world," Mr Morrison said in a joint statement with R

gay apology goes a long way in tasmania

Tasmania's Premier Will Hodgman has been applauded for his apology to people convicted under the state's historic anti-gay laws. Human rights and community groups have welcomed an apology from Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to people previously convicted under the state's historic and now-defunct anti-gay laws.The Liberal leader on Thursday told parliament he supports legislative change to expunge convictions for acts once considered a criminal offence, including gay sex and cross-dressing.In 1997, Tasmania was the last Australian jurisdiction to scrap anti-gay laws and Mr Hodgman said the time was right to move further forward."Laws criminalising consensual homosexual activity and cross-dressing were unfair and unjust," the premier said."We acknowledge that Tasmanians suffered as a result

gay apology goes a long way in tasmania

Tasmania's Premier Will Hodgman has been applauded for his apology to people convicted under the state's historic anti-gay laws. Human rights and community groups have welcomed an apology from Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to people previously convicted under the state's historic and now-defunct anti-gay laws.The Liberal leader on Thursday told parliament he supports legislative change to expunge convictions for acts once considered a criminal offence, including gay sex and cross-dressing.In 1997, Tasmania was the last Australian jurisdiction to scrap anti-gay laws and Mr Hodgman said the time was right to move further forward."Laws criminalising consensual homosexual activity and cross-dressing were unfair and unjust," the premier said."We acknowledge that Tasmanians suffered as a result

gay apology goes a long way in tasmania

Tasmania's Premier Will Hodgman has been applauded for his apology to people convicted under the state's historic anti-gay laws. Human rights and community groups have welcomed an apology from Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to people previously convicted under the state's historic and now-defunct anti-gay laws.The Liberal leader on Thursday told parliament he supports legislative change to expunge convictions for acts once considered a criminal offence, including gay sex and cross-dressing.In 1997, Tasmania was the last Australian jurisdiction to scrap anti-gay laws and Mr Hodgman said the time was right to move further forward."Laws criminalising consensual homosexual activity and cross-dressing were unfair and unjust," the premier said."We acknowledge that Tasmanians suffered as a result

gay apology goes a long way in tasmania

Tasmania's Premier Will Hodgman has been applauded for his apology to people convicted under the state's historic anti-gay laws. Human rights and community groups have welcomed an apology from Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to people previously convicted under the state's historic and now-defunct anti-gay laws.The Liberal leader on Thursday told parliament he supports legislative change to expunge convictions for acts once considered a criminal offence, including gay sex and cross-dressing.In 1997, Tasmania was the last Australian jurisdiction to scrap anti-gay laws and Mr Hodgman said the time was right to move further forward."Laws criminalising consensual homosexual activity and cross-dressing were unfair and unjust," the premier said."We acknowledge that Tasmanians suffered as a result

the day the world remembers the victims of slavery

The first International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade took place in 2007, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.The UN-designated day honours the millions of men, women and children who were victims of the transatlantic slave trade, which the UN describes as "among the worst violations of human rights in the history of humanity".Up to 28 million Africans were enslaved during the course of the trade, writes the BBC, which began in the 16th century and spanned over four hundred years.The notorious route saw Africans taken across the Atlantic by Europeans, mainly to colonies in North America, South America and the West Indies.It is estimated that as many as one in five of them died during the journey due to

india may have 120 mn diabetes patients in next 20 yrs: iiph

The number of diabetes patients in the country is likely to go up to 120 million in next 20 years as against the current 70 million, an official of Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) has said.Also, on an average every diabetic spends about Rs 25,000 annually to manage the disease and its associated complications, IIPH, Hyderabad, Director GVS Murthy said today on the eve of World Health Day."India has the second largest number of people with diabetes which is at 70 million, next only to China which has about 110 million. The number of diabetes patients in India is expected to touch 120 million during the next two decades, due to a variety of reasons," Murthy told PTI.According to him, in 50 per cent of adult deaths, diabetes is an underlying condition causing the demise.It is estimat

rename the immigration department the department for human rights abuse

 One has to wonder about the contorted policies and twisted minds controlling Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Control when we read of its lax "control" of the labour-hire companies run by Queensland businessman Emmanuel Bani ("Slavery claims as Vanuatu men paid nothing", March 28).On the one hand we see "control" of asylum seekers and refugees under the watch of this department that has been condemned as human rights abuse by the UNHCR, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Illustration: Alan Moir On the other hand, the department simply asks Bani if he understood Australia's workplace laws and he is able to import workers from Vanuatu who he then doesn't pay for their labour.Come to think about it, treating working people as slaves also amounts to human rights a

'as offensive as it gets': ben carson confuses slaves for immigrants

President Donald Trump's housing secretary provoked a firestorm Monday by saying slaves brought from Africa were "immigrants" who dreamed of success for their families in the United States. Ben Carson, who is black, made the stunning remarks during an address to employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington."That's what America is about: a land of dreams and opportunity," said Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who grew up poor in a Detroit ghetto."There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less," he said."But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."The comments p

quantum entanglement between a single photon and a trillion rubidium atoms

Visualization of a hybrid bipartite entanglement between a single photon (blue) and an atomic spin-wave excitation inside quantum memory glass cell, subsequently confirmed in the detection process of a second photon (red). Presented setup enables the demonstration of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox with true positions and momenta. (Source: UW Physics, Michal Dabrowski) Credit: UW Physics, Michal DabrowskiA group of researchers from the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw has shed new light on the famous paradox of Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen after 80 years. They created a multidimensional entangled state of a single photon and a trillion hot rubidium atoms, and stored this hybrid entanglement in the laboratory for several microseconds. The research has been published in Optica.

sweden to consider tougher anti-terror laws

Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson (left) has announced an investigation into tightening anti-terror laws. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT
The Swedish government is to launch an investigation into introducing a new law similar to one in Norway which would make participating in a terrorist organization a criminal offence.
In Sweden, people who travel to another country seeking training from a terrorist organization or in order to commit a terrorist act can be punished, as can those who finance a terrorist organization, but it is not illegal to simply be a part of such an organization.READ ALSO: What Sweden is doing to crack down on terrorists
Now, Supreme Court judge Stefan Johansson has been asked by the Swedish government to run an investigation into changing the laws in the area. He is

india becomes 3rd largest aviation market in domestic traffic

India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan, an industry report has said.India's domestic air passenger traffic stood at 100 million in 2016 and was behind only the US (719 million) and China (436 million), Sydney-based aviation think-tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in its latest report.India acquired the third spot globally by unseating Japan, which flew 97 million domestic passengers in 2016, CAPA said. Domestic air traffic has shown a consistent growth of 20 -25 per cent throughout 2015 and 2016, peaking in January this year at 25.13 per cent. However, the domestic travel demand rose 16 per cent in February this year, ending the long streak of over 20 per cent.According to CAPA, India which enjoyed the fourth

presstv-india facing missing children crisis

Munawar ZamanPress TV, New DelhiThe Indian government says some 250,000 children have been registered as missing over the past 5 years. Most of the children are sold into slavery or are used as cheap laborers, domestic servants or beggars.

when is tax day? deadline moved to april 18, 2017—here's why

Few things are as certain in this life as the fact that Tax Day will come around year after year — typically, on April 15. Not in 2017. The final deadline for filing 2016 taxes falls on Tuesday, April 18 this year partly because the 15th falls on a Saturday, but also thanks to an annual holiday being observed in Washington, D.C., on the Monday on which the tax deadline would otherwise fall.Every year, D.C. celebrates Emancipation Day to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln signing a bill ending slavery in the District on April 16, 1862. When the 16th falls on a weekend, as it does this year, the city observes the day on the nearest weekday. And under the tax code, as Money reports, holidays in D.C. impact the deadline to file taxes for all Americans.So what exactly is this holiday that's

the prison-health paradox

Incarceration can sometimes reduce mortality—but only when life on the outside is worse.

russia rejects ban on foreign homes for politicians

The Russian parliament’s anti-corruption committee has
rejected a new bill that would have banned politicians and their families from owning property
abroad.According to lawmakers, the proposal would have undermined the constitutionally enshrined right to own property, the news site Lenta.ru reported.“Our existing anti-corruption legislation is already
sufficient,” said the committee's deputy chairman, Anatoly Vyborny. “We have adopted a number of restrictions, they are quite
effective, and there is no reason to
expand on them,” he said.The bill belonged to Communist Party member Valery Rashkin, who argued that existing laws banning officials from holding bank accounts abroad can be bypassed by buying property overseas.In order to pay for real estate abroad, a "bank account in the sam

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