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Redskins’ Trademark Cancelled by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

18/06/2014

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Image from Anti-Redskin Trademark Campaign, Photo Courtesy of Mark Williams

Michael Ransom, Contributing Editor Last Modified: 05:37 p.m. DST, 18 June 2014 ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — The US Patent and Trademark Office came down hard on the Washington Redskins organization today, 18 June 2014, canceling the National Football League franchise’s exclusive rights to the logo and name. Now, the Redskins trademarks will not belong solely to […]

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Enough Already. Where are Nigeria’s Stolen Daughters?

29/05/2014

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Shackles, Bahir Dar, Amhara, Ethiopia, July 2009, Photo by Sean Winslow

Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent Last Modified: 12:30 p.m. DST, 29 May 2014 BORNO, Nigeria — Six very long weeks ago, Boko Haram militants stormed a school in northern Nigeria and abducted over 200 girls in the night. This terrifying incident, that lead a Boko Haram leader to announce they would “sell them [the girls] in […]

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Pakistani Elections: Uncertain, Yet Laudable Milestone

03/04/2013

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Will the PPP Survive, Photo by Pakintel.com

Sam Hargadine, Contributor Last Modified: 13:40 p.m. DST, 03 April 2013 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The smoke filled back-rooms of Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, would make even 1920s Chicago blush. Power is concentrated among a few connected families with long histories intertwined by periods of conflict and cooperation. Often times it seems the phrase, ‘the enemy of my enemy is […]

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American Constitution no longer the model for developing democracies

10/02/2012

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Tattered American Flag, Photo by John M. Cropper

Originally posted on The Deliberate Observer:
Sure, it is the nation’s founding document and sacred text. And it is the oldest written constitution still in force anywhere in the world. But its influence is waning. In 1987, on the Constitution’s bicentennial, Time magazine calculated that “of the 170 countries that exist today, more than 160 have written…

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Granny Porn in Kenya

15/05/2011

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Gabriel Wickbold Sexual Color Photo

After the release of information by the American government which claims that pornography was discovered on Osama Bin Laden’s computer, the idea of pornography in Islamic nations shouldn’t be strange. In fact, I wrote a post titled “Sex for Sale from Moldova to Dubai,” which deals with the topic of human trafficking and sex slaves from former Eastern Bloc countries who end up working across Europe and the Middle East.

But even researching these abuses I had never heard of “Granny Porn.” The term evoked an image of an elderly frail grandmother with white hair engaged in non-consensual sex. In fact, because of the lead-in I thought that Dr. Drew was going to focus on the issue of the rape of elderly women in nursing homes.

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