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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A court in southern Russia has sentenced three young women to brief jail terms for making a video showing them twerking next to a World War II memorial, a month before Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Allies' victory in World War II.

This is a second twerking scandal in Russia in less than two weeks. Last week a probe was launched into a dance school after a YouTube video of female schoolgirls dressed as bees and twerking in a sexually suggestive Winnie the Pooh routine sparked outrage.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Some residents of the capital of Nigeria have lent their voices in support of polygamy as the best form of marriage, while calling for a legislation to protect those who practice it in the society. They said monogamy was a Western propaganda against the African culture to jettison the very important aspect of the culture.

"In the westernised society, they marry same gender all in the name of freedom and rights. This smacks of hypocrisy that polygamists will be denied equal rights as the homosexual couples," said one sociologist.

Another supporter said the definition of the word had been contrived to suit the wishes of the white man. "Given the history of world civilisation and conquests, it is the domineering race that gets to define the standards of public morality... Let everyman decide the path to follow rather than making society to see those involved in the act as irresponsible elements."


Sunday, March 22, 2015

The net neutrality debate in the U.S. over the past year has been filled with hyperbole, speculation and questionable claims, coming from both sides of the debate.

Goss gives a good analysis of the new FCC rules regarding net neutrality mean and what they don't, including the arguments that they will deter investment and lead to new taxes and fees. The first is very unlikely while the second is possible in a handful of states, but not as a direct result of the new rules.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sureshbhai Patel had recently come to the United States from his farm in India to help care for his grandson, who was born prematurely and was suffering from health complications. Just days into his visit, Patel was strolling through his family's neighborhood when he was approached by police. A neighbor had called authorities and told them a man who looked "suspicious" was peering into garages.

One of the two police videos shows the officer holding Patel forcefully, pushing him to the ground. Patel, on the ground, is then told to "chill out" by one of the officers. The officer tells a third, approaching officer that Patel doesn't "speak a lick of English," and that they were trying to pat him down. "I don't know what his problem is, but he won't listen," one of the officers adds. read more


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Customs officials in the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan have reportedly refused to allow the importation of black vehicles. They haven't given a reason for the decision, but are advising importers to buy white vehicles instead because it's considered a lucky color. Turkmens have become accustomed to eccentric restrictions on daily life, which often seem to be imposed at the president's whim. In 2014, authorities demanded they remove air-conditioning units from blocks of flats in order to improve the city's appearance. The government has also been spending billions of dollars remodeling the capital into a "white city" by covering all the major buildings with marble. read more


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