Russia’s prohibition of what it considers the promotion of homosexuality is discriminatory and violates freedom of expression, Europe’s top human rights court ruled on Tuesday, in a stinging rejection of laws that rights groups say have been routinely used as cover for abuse and violence.
Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, but gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are often subject to discrimination, persecution and worse.
The prohibition, which was codified in national law in 2013, has been seen as a central plank of President Vladimir V. Putin’s nationalist appeal, one that has positioned Russia as a defender of Christian and traditional values, and the West as decadent and godless.
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To understand the sensational outcome of the British election, one must ask a basic question. What happens when phony populism collides with the real thing?
Last year’s triumph for Brexit has often been paired with the rise of Donald Trump as evidence of a populist surge. But most of those joining in with the ecstasies of English nationalist self-assertion were imposters. Brexit is an elite project dressed up in rough attire. When its Oxbridge-educated champions coined the appealing slogan “Take back control,” they cleverly neglected to add that they really meant control by and for the elite. The problem is that, as the elections showed, too many voters thought the control should belong to themselves.
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South Africa is making progress against tuberculosis (TB) but much more needs to be done. This was the message presented by Dr Nazir Ismail, the head of the Centre for Tuberculosis at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). He was speaking at the South African Aids Conference in Durban on Wednesday.
Ismail was presenting results from a study conducted between 2004 and 2015 that was published earlier in 2017.
The study found that over the 12-year period, there were over three million microbiologically confirmed pulmonary cases of TB. However, this excludes KwaZulu-Natal for the period 2004-2010 for which data was unavailable. But rates of TB are dropping. In the last three years of the study, TB cases dropped between 4% and 6% year on year.
Source: GroundUp: South Africa is making progress against its most deadly disease | Daily Maverick
The general election proves there is no appetite for a hard Brexit – and now is the perfect time to change our minds.
After Theresa May’s disastrous election gamble, it is clear the British public have rejected her plans for an extreme job-destroying Brexit.
MPs are now scrambling to find a softer option that includes staying in the free trade area.
However, once the sad reality of this Norway-type deal becomes clear, who is to say the people won’t change their minds again?
The option of remaining in the EU must be put back on the table.
Source: The people changed their minds on Theresa May so why not Brexit too? – dailyrecord.co.uk – Daily Record