Health & Lifestyle
Uzbekistan Still Using Child Slaves To Pick Cotton October 20, 2014
Uzbekistan may have cut back on its use of young child laborers, but its use of teens and others in its forced labor system continues drawing criticism from social groups, retailers and governments, who want to weed unethically harvested Uzbek cotton out of the supply chain.
Not Drowning, Fighting: Pacific Climate Warriors Blockade Australian Coal Port
Only four of the twelve ships, including two coal ships, scheduled to pass through the port were able to break the blockade lead by a group of Pacific Climate Warriors representing 12 Pacific Island nations.
UN: We Botched Response To The Ebola Outbreak
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has admitted that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. In a draft internal document obtained by The Associated Press, the agency wrote that experts should have realized that traditional infectious disease containment methods wouldn’t work in a region with porous borders and broken health systems. “Nearly everyone involved in the
Vatican Keeps Pro-Gay Language In Italian Report, Removes It From English Translation
Just days after a group of Catholic leaders made waves for publishing a report that used unusually inclusive language to refer to homosexuality, the Vatican is attempting to walk back the statements by altering an English translation of the document and editing out affirming comments about LGBT people. On Monday, a relatio, or working paper, was released by the ongoing Extraordinary Synod on the Family — a convening of 190 prominent Catholic clergy called by Pope Francis to discuss “family”
Atheist Jailed For Denying ‘Higher Power’ In Calif. Drug Rehab Gets $2M
Barry Hazle Jr. sued state and treatment center for violating his religious liberty
While America Sends Troops To Fight Ebola, Cuba Sends An Army Of Doctors
Cuba continues to show the world what internationalism means in the context of training medical professionals and sending them to battle health crises throughout the world. As Fidel said of Haiti in 2010: “We send doctors, not soldiers!”
Highlighting Concerns, Ebola Spreads To Second Healthcare Worker
Nurses union leader says second infection 'validates' what they've been warning for the last two months, 'that hospitals are not prepared to take care of Ebola patients'.
Watch: Fracking Triggers More Ohio Earthquakes, Study Finds
The new study is the second report this year of fracking-linked earthquakes from drilling in the Utica Shale.
California Love: Only Yes Means Yes For Sexual Consent
A controversial new law states that during a sexual encounter, only “yes” means “yes” -- silence or the absence of “no” doesn’t constitute consent. Supporters say it’s a huge step forward, but critics worry it’s a mood-killing overreach into students’ bedrooms.
How To Protect Communities From Climate Change
As cities brace themselves for the effects of climate change and extreme weather events, climate experts and community organizers agree: human connection is key to survival.