Indigenous advocates from around the world are calling on a UN committee to ban the appropriation of Indigenous cultures — and to do it quickly.
Delegates from 189 countries, including Canada, are in Geneva this week as part of a specialized international committee within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency.
Since it began in 2001, the committee has been working on creating and finishing three pieces of international law that would expand intellectual-property regulations to protect things like Indigenous designs, dances, words and traditional medicines.
The meeting takes place as concern grows worldwide about the rights of cultures to control their own materials. In the U.S. this week, designer Tory Burch agreed to change the description of one of her coats for women after Romanians protested that it had been described as African-inspired when it actually appropriated a traditional Romanian garment.
Female Democratic senators ignore 2 women activists at hearing on Islamism, pose questions only to male witness
On Wednesday, Democratic senators appeared to ignore Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani after they gave brief testimonies on the ideology of Islamism at a U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing, sparking a social media outcry.
It was the first time a Senate hearing was devoted to discussing the ideas motivating both violent and nonviolent Islamist movements around the world, but, through a strategy of deflection and demonization, the Democratic senators — mostly women — ignored the scholarly and lived expertise of Hirsi Ali and Nomani.
The hearing came on the heels of brutal attacks in London, Manchester, Kabul and Tehran by Muslim extremists.
Wesleyan must pay fraternity nearly $400,000 for shutting it down over coed dispute
Warning to social justice warriors in presidential palaces: Juries don’t automatically share your enlightened authoritarianism.
A jury found that Wesleyan University President Michael Roth grossly exceeded his authority when he shut down Delta Kappa Epsilon’s house shortly after it submitted a plan to comply with the school’s new coed mandate on the eve of the 2015-2016 academic year, Hartford Courant reports.
DKE sued the school more than two years ago, claiming it let every other identity group live together in its own housing but fraternities.
Just when a debate erupts over the role of media and mendacity in the shooting of a Republican congressman, the New York Times revives a discredited theory about the six-year-old shooting of a Democratic congresswoman.
This was so egregious and embarrassing that the Times editorial page was compelled yesterday to run a correction.
And worse than that, it was utterly tone-deaf in the wake of the shooting of Steve Scalise and four others, with the Republican whip still in critical condition. The editorial seemed to say, the hell with that, what about right-wing hatred?
I found the Rucker’s piece intellectually dishonest because he never identified the main argument being advanced by those who advocate firing Mueller — namely a possible conflict of interest due to Mueller’s close relationship with James Comey, who likely would be the key witness in any case of “obstruction of justice” and might even become a target of the investigation due to his leaking.
This is how Trump Derangement Syndrome looks. But, sadly, such talk is not at all unusual on the left. It's what happens when a political movement eschews honest debate and instead begins violently fantasizing in public about the demise of its opposition in the starkest, most eliminationist terms possible. And begins talking openly of "resistance" and of impeachment from the very day he enters office.
In recent weeks, we've seen Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" staged in Central Park, with a Trump lookalike getting assassinated by dagger; Kathy Griffin's sickening ISIS-inspired shot of her holding Trump's bloody head in her hand; and the continuing verbal and physical assaults across the country by "Antifa" activists on campuses and city streets of Trump supporters, Republican politicians, and anyone daring to declare themselves as outside the progressive consensus.
Meanwhile, various Hollywood celebrities have routinely called for violence against Trump or Republicans — ranging from Robert DeNiro to Madonna to any number of rappers, including Snoop Dogg. We can't list them all; it would take up too much space.
Congress approved long-sought legislation Tuesday to make firing employees easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs, part of an effort urged by President Donald Trump to fix a struggling agency serving millions of veterans.
The House cleared the bill, 368-55, replacing an earlier version that Democrats had criticized as overly unfair to workers. The Senate passed the bipartisan legislation by voice vote last week. It will go to Trump later this week for his signature.
The measure comes after a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting months for appointments. During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to fire VA employees “who let our veterans down,” describing the government’s second-largest agency and its more than 350,000 employees as “the most corrupt” and “incompetent.”
The bill’s passage “is GREAT news for veterans!” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “I look forward to signing it!”
If you ask a social justice jihadi, everyone besides straight white males is oppressed, period. But Leftist groups that don't fit one of those descriptors are lately engaged in a battle for oppression supremacy, which PhD sociologists with no other marketable skills refer to as "intersectionality."
For those of us who prefer fact- and evidence-based reasoning, it's hysterical to watch these Oppression Olympics take place -- such as when Black Lives Matter halted the Toronto gay pride parade to air their grievances:
On Sunday, Black Lives Matter activists pulled off the sort of victory that right-wing hooligans could only hope to achieve: They stopped a gay pride parade.
“We are calling you out!” Alexandria Williams, co-founder of the group’s Toronto chapter, shouted through a megaphone as the Black Lives Matter float came to a halt and marchers sat down. Amid rainbow-colored smoke bombs, she accused event organizers of harboring “a historical and current culture of anti-blackness” -- a curious claim considering how the festival welcomed Black Lives Matter as “guests of honor.”
Black Lives Matter refused to budge unless pride organizers acquiesced to a list of demands, which included increased funding for black-related pride events, “prioritizing black trans women” in hiring, and “a commitment to more black deaf & hearing ASL interpreters.” Surely, these issues -- which are always “demands,” never “requests” -- could have been taken up in a constructive manner before the parade. But dialogue has never been the preferred mode of communication for Black Lives Matter, not even, apparently, in uber-polite Canada.
Children of 21 Martyred Fathers Showed What It Means to Die for Christ
The children of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State terror group in Libya back in February 2015 have said that they are “proud” of the courage their fathers showed the world by refusing to renounce their faith. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, which has been assisting the families of the murdered men in Egypt, said in an update at the end of last week that the children of the victims have been emboldened by their fathers’ sacrifice. “The great news about the families of the martyrs of Libya is that even after more than two years they still live in the condolences of the Holy Spirit and they stick to their faith that their martyrs showed to the whole world; how the real Christian should live and die for the glory of Christ,” the Focus on the Family Middle East team
Four members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team on the Russia probe have donated to Democratic presidential campaigns and organizations, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
Michael Dreeben, who serves as the Justice Department’s deputy solicitor general, is working on a part-time basis for Mueller, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Dreeben donated $1,000 dollars to Hillary Clinton’s Senate political action committee (PAC), Friends of Hillary, while she ran for public office in New York. Dreeben did so while he served as the deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department.
“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Ronald Reagan said those words near Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate 30 years ago today. And they were written by Ricochet co-founder Peter Robinson. To commemorate the occasion, Tunku Varadarajan interviewed our fearless leader for Politico. Below is an excerpt, but read the whole thing:
[T]he Berlin Wall speech was unprecedented; a departure from the cautious diplomacy the State Department preferred in its dealings with Moscow.
What instructions was he given? None, Robinson says. He was simply thrown in at the deep end. “My guidance from senior staff on the speech was, ‘Audience of about 10,000. Length: 20 to 25 minutes. Subject: foreign policy. Period.’ It was up to me to figure out what Reagan ought to say beyond that.”
Robinson, 30 at the time, had graduated from Oxford not that long ago with a second B.A. in “PPE” — Politics, Philosophy and Economics — the portmanteau degree of the aspirational gentleman.
The callow speechwriter “flew to Berlin to do research and got nowhere with the ranking American diplomat, who was full of things Reagan shouldn’t say.” The embassy was clear it didn’t want any “commie-bashing.”
Inspiration struck one evening at a dinner party among Berliners, where a woman told him, with a passion he can still recall: “If this man Gorbachev is serious about glasnost and perestroika, he can prove it by coming here and getting rid of this wall.”
“Boom. I put that in my notebook. I knew immediately that I had something. Because I knew Reagan would have responded to that woman’s message. I had Reagan in my head. He would have loved that. Simple, dignified, but very powerful.”
The S&P 500 is up more than 12 percent since Election Day, unemployment has reached a 16-year low and economic growth in the coming year is expected to reach 2.3 percent, more robust growth than the 1.6 percent it grew in 2016.