African Humanists gather next week in Ghana to look at ways to promote an African “Enlightenment”. BBC Newsday’s Akwasi Sarpong spoke to Leo Igwe.… Read the rest
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The law states, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.”… Read the rest
He was arrested for violating the terms of his release, and released after agreeing to a series of conditions. Do we detect a pattern here?… Read the rest
Clash has played Elmo on “Sesame Street” for decades. He was profiled in a documentary last year, “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.”… Read the rest
It’s not a death sentence, he says generously.… Read the rest
Among the conditions of his parole were that he stay off social networks. He didn’t.… Read the rest
She was investigating a high-level corruption case involving the alleged embezzlement of more than 13 billion Guinean francs (US$1.8 million) from public funds.… Read the rest
The Government was fully aware of the anger and upset over the death of Ms Halappanavar seen during protest marches over the weekend.… Read the rest
The draft law stipulates that single women up to the age of 40 must receive official permission from their father or male guardian in order to obtain travel documents.… Read the rest
A young woman was arrested in Bombay today for asking on Facebook why the city was observing a city-wide shut down to commemorate the death of Bal Thackeray… Read the rest
House GOP leaders aren’t yielding to a bipartisan coalition of Senate leaders demanding they extend the protections of the Violence Against Women Act.… Read the rest
Golden Dawn and the Orthodox church unite to repress all the things.… Read the rest
Far from scaling down, the problem of FGM in Indonesia has escalated sharply.… Read the rest
Well not in memory of – in protest at the circumstances of.… Read the rest
“All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,” said a jihadist lunatic.… Read the rest
Sita’s years in exile are paradoxically reflective of the lives of thousands of women in India’s slums and villages today.… Read the rest
If you think it couldn’t happen in the United States, you haven’t been paying attention.… Read the rest
The Irish government has defied public opinion and enforced an ultra-conservative constitution that places the foetus’ life on an equal footing with the woman’s.… Read the rest
Successive governments have steadfastly refused to introduce legislation that would allow women access to life-saving medical abortion.… Read the rest
Savita Halappanavar was denied a termination despite asking for one several times following her miscarriage diagnosis because the fetus still had a heartbeat.… Read the rest