Derek Hatton suspended by Labour

And “once this was brought to our attention”, Mr Hatton’s membership application had been suspended pending a final decision by the party’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee. Mr Hatton was a key figure in Militant, a Trotskyite far-left group that ran Liverpool council in the early 1980s. Derek Hatton rejoins Labour after 34 years Who is Derek Hatton? He was expelled in 1985 after a high-profile battle with Labour’s then leader, Neil Kinnock, who accused him and others of seeking to infiltrate and subvert the party. It emerged on Monday that his application to rejoin the Liverpool Wavertree branch of the Labour Party had been provisionally approved by a special panel of the party. But this drew fierce criticism …

Living In China I See The Most Ridiculous Things, Like These People Who Have No Idea What Theyre Wearing (30 New Pics)

As China’s economy and influence around the world continue to grow, we in Western countries will gradually acquaint ourselves better with the language, culture and way of life of this vast and ancient civilization. #3 Alex Greenberg moved to the massive metropolis of Shanghai some years ago and fell in love with it. #5 Living in such a different and interesting place means that he is never short of material, and he finds himself confronted with all kinds of surprises every single day. #7 “Shanghai has a great skate scene which is what drove me to move here in the first place.” #9 “I started the account in November 2016. I made the account because I had just gotten a …

A Gay Man Explains The Ridiculous Double Standards Women Experience From His Perspective

With the help of #MeToo movement, a problem we all knew about but rarely discussed has gained a lot more traction. Yet, whenever the conversation turns about sexual violence, many people still try to shift the blame from assailant to the victim. Therefore, many victims are left with, probably, much bigger guilt then the attacker, after having their behavior, choices, lifestyle and especially clothing questioned in an attempt to find out how they have might have provoked the attack. A writer and an activist Josh Weed took to Twitter to address the issue of ‘modesty culture’ that drives victim blaming even further The_Weed Modesty culture suggests that women must dress in a certain way so they won’t provoke a sexual …

Why our politics can’t handle Jussie Smollett

Washington (CNN)When actor Jussie Smollett said he had been beaten and left with a noose around his neck by two men shouting slurs and pro-Trump messages in Chicago last month, Democratic politicians couldn’t issue sweeping condemnations quickly enough. That news has led to a massive conservative counterattack — on Democrats and the media who they argue were all too willing to cast Smollett as the victim of an attack, even though corroborating evidence was in short supply. “Hey Hollywood and media types, I’ve noticed a lot of you deleted your #JusticeForJussie tweets… what’s the matter, don’t you want justice for him anymore??? #frauds,” tweeted Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son — and proud Twitter troll. And ’round and ’round …

This art teacher helped stressed out students ‘chill’ with a Bob Ross flash mob.

This art teacher knows that the best way to battle stress is to turn on a Bob Ross painting tutorial. Thanks to Netflix airing “Chill with Bob Ross,” a whole new generation is enjoying the smooth vocal stylings and relentlessly positive vibe of everyone’s favorite paint-by-television icon. I grew up watching episodes of “The Joy of Painting” after school. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched Ross mix a little Phthalo Blue with a little Titanium White and tap out happy little cloud after happy little cloud. My husband and I recently introduced the show to our kids, and we all came to an agreement: There is nothing more oddly therapeutic than chilling with Bob Ross. Original Article : …

Maria Ressa’s arrest spells more trouble for press freedom in increasingly illiberal Asia

(CNN)The arrest of Maria Ressa, a Time Person of the Year, award-winning journalist and frequent critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has renewed fears for the future of press freedom in the southeast Asian nation and around the region. Rappler’s reputation Despite frequent verbal attacks and obstacles raised by the Duterte administration, Rappler is admired for its fearless reporting on the country’s deadly war on drugs and scores of other issues with the current government, including its treatment of opposition politicians. In the light of its uncompromising record, Ressa’s arrest has been widely seen by human rights and journalist activist groups as a warning shot to the press. “Rappler is a giant here, their body of work is really something,” …

The English Channel’s ‘abandoned shipwreck’

Image copyright Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. Image caption Artist John Batchelor’s depiction of HMS Victory The 100-gun ship was launched in 1737, and seven years later it was the flagship of Admiral Sir John Balchin as he successfully led a force to relieve a British convoy trapped by a French blockade of the River Tagus, in Portugal. Image copyright Chris Stephens Image caption The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth welcomed two of Victory’s guns in September “It was a time when the Royal Navy’s power was absolutely central to British power, the growth of its maritime empire, and its prosperity,” says Matthew Sheldon, executive director of heritage at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. “It would …

5 inconvenient truths about Che Guevara

TOP 5 FAILED SOCIALIST PROMISES But Guevara’s fans might not be aware of just what their idol did and said. Here’s a look back at the history. Guevara said he killed people without regard to guilt or innocence In 1962, the official Cuban newspaper Revolución reported that Guevara said, “in times of excessive tension we cannot proceed weakly. At the Sierra Maestra, we executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation; it has the obligation to triumph.” In his own diaries, Guevara waxed poetic: “I see it printed in the night sky that I … howling like one possessed, will assault the barricades or the trenches, will take my bloodstained weapon …

Turmoil in British politics as Labour MPs quit over Brexit and anti-Semitism

London (CNN)A new schism opened up in British politics on Monday when seven lawmakers staged a dramatic walkout from Britain’s opposition Labour Party, denouncing its handling of a wave of anti-Semitism and a “betrayal” on Brexit. Berger was joined by Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker and Mike Gapes, who said that they would sit in the House of Commons as an independent group of MPs. Their defections are a stark demonstration of the fractiousness of British politics with just 39 days left to go before the UK is due to leave the EU, with no deal yet in place. “It is not simply that our values are no longer welcome in the Labour Party; the values we …

Stop ‘whitesplaining’ racism to me

(CNN)Health officials issue public warnings about spikes in everything from the flu to the measles. But there is one contagion authorities are ignoring: To become a victim of “whitesplaining” is infuriating. Imagine a plumber trying to tell a pilot how to land a plane or a man trying to tell a mother what it feels like to give birth. Fortunately, whitesplaining is not a silent epidemic. Some of the biggest headlines about race recently have featured some form of whitesplaining: • Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin engaged in legislative whitesplaining when they blocked their black Democratic counterparts from honoring a former NFL quarterback during Black History Month because he was “too controversial.” • Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam whitesplained when he …

Trump, Cuomo discuss abortion, taxes, infrastructure in Oval Office meeting

(CNN)President Donald Trump met behind closed doors with Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a wide-ranging conversation Tuesday on several topics of disagreement. According to Deere’s statement, “The President raised his concerns to Governor Cuomo about Democrats’ support of late term abortions” during the meeting. Last month, New York state passed a law to protect women’s access to abortion if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned. The Reproductive Health Act allows for abortions after 24 weeks if an authorized health care practitioner determines that “the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health” or if “there is an absence of fetal viability.” The new law expands access to abortions into the third trimester by loosening restrictions on …

How have police attitudes to race changed?

‘Institutional racism’ Its central conclusion was that the investigation into Mr Lawrence’s killing had been “marred by a combination of professional incompetence, institutional racism and a failure of leadership”. The findings in the 350-page report, particularly the charge of “institutional racism”, have had a profound effect on the culture, operations and practices of the Metropolitan Police Service, other forces across England and Wales and the wider criminal justice system. Sir William’s inquiry made 70 recommendations. By the time of the 10-year anniversary, the Home Office said 67 of them had been partly or fully implemented. Number of police-recorded racially or religiously-aggravated assaults Racist incidents reported in crime survey in England and Wales 1999 data estimate for 'racially motivated attacks' Source: …

On Presidents Day lets reflect on the role faith played in our founders’ vision for America

VIRGINIA CHURCH RAISES $100G TO PAY OFF COLLEGE DEBT FOR 34 STUDENTS Christians share the same spiritual obligation our Founding Fathers felt to express our faith in the political and public sphere. Here are three reasons why: 1.         Political involvement demonstrates love for our neighbors. Jesus told us in Matthew 22 that the greatest commandment is to love God with all that we are and he went on to say that the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” As Americans, we are allowed the unique opportunity to influence our laws. Using our voice and our vote as Christians to influence the political landscape of our country is one way we can show love to our neighbor. …

Why these Pacific Island nations have world’s highest childhood obesity rates

(CNN)Childhood obesity continues to rise around the world, and the World Health Organization has called it “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.” The prevalence of child and adolescent obesity is expected to surpass the prevalence of moderate and severe underweight by 2022, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet in 2017. The study estimated that in 1975, there were 11 million children 5 to 19 with obesity, and that number increased to 124 million in 2016. The number of obese or overweight children 5 and younger climbed from 32 million globally in 1990 to 41 million in 2016, according to WHO data. If current trends continue, the number of overweight or …

Why Japanese women rebel against Valentine’s day, but still buy chocolate

Hong Kong (CNN)Japanese women are rebelling against a decades-old Valentine’s Day tradition that obliges them to give chocolates to men. A recent survey by a Tokyo department store found about 60% of women will instead buy chocolates for themselves on Valentine’s Day. Only 35% planned to offer chocolates to their male colleagues. A boon for chocolate makers Japan began celebrating Valentine’s Day in 1958, after Japanese confectionery firm Mary Chocolate ran a campaign suggesting that women give men chocolates. That upended the West’s version of February 14, when men typically buy their loved ones flowers and chocolates and take them out for dinner. In the 1980s, chocolate companies attempted to redress the chocolate buying balance. White Day was introduced on …

New York synagogue vandalized in possible hate crime, police say

The synagogue released a statement early on Sunday morning addressing the incident, which they say was fueled by “hate and prejudice.” “We face this unfortunate experience not with discouragement, but with solid determination: to continue celebrating our faith, sharing our rich heritage, and offering our culture in an inclusive and warm environment,” the statement posted to Facebook begins. “ SNOW PLOW TRUCKS SABOTAGED WITH LATEX GLOVES IN NEW YORK TOWN At the same time, we acknowledge the disturbing and increasingly frequent incidents of hate and prejudice in our New York community and its destructive and divisive effects, especially on young people. We encourage each other and the public to stand up against it, whenever it occurs, whatever form it takes, and …