JME talks to Jeremy Corbyn in ‘potentially tragic’ effort to win over youth vote

Now, this is interesting. Theresa May’s snap UK General Election is coming up fast, on June 8 2017, and, if the mainstream media is to be believed, Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party associates should be bracing themselves for a pasting of epic proportions. Or should they? This video, released this week, shows Labours – … Read more JME talks to Jeremy Corbyn in ‘potentially tragic’ effort to win over youth vote

Germany’s Third Gender Law: Not What Intersex People Most Need

Germany’s new third gender law becomes effective today, and has been hailed as a groundbreaking advancement for intersex people, but every intersex advocacy organization in Germany is opposed to it. Why? The answer is simple: the new law places intersex babies at risk for increased discrimination. According to the law: PStG § 22 Abs. 3: … Read more Germany’s Third Gender Law: Not What Intersex People Most Need

On the International Day of Peace, United States Marks 20 Years of Promoting Peace and Security through U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Programs

Tom Kelly serves as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in the United States Department of State. As the world observes the International Day of Peace on September 21, the United States commemorates an important investment in international peace and security with this week’s release of the 12th Edition of our annual report, … Read more On the International Day of Peace, United States Marks 20 Years of Promoting Peace and Security through U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Programs

Ireland’s Pregnancy Law Open to Challenge – Patrick Buckley

Ireland’s President Higgins, following a meeting of the Council of State on Monday July 29th, has signed the controversial “Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act 2013” into Irish law. This legislation, which flowed from an Irish Supreme Court judgement in the X case and a subsequent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in … Read more Ireland’s Pregnancy Law Open to Challenge – Patrick Buckley

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Mary Mitchell O’ Connor

After two decades of previous Governments ignoring the issue, this month the Irish parliament finally passed legislation which will remove the legal uncertainty for medical professionals carrying out abortions in Ireland in what are very limited circumstances. The enactment of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law will be, in my view, a … Read more Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Mary Mitchell O’ Connor

Criminalized Because of One’s Sex? – Hida Viloria

On June 14th, Indian gold medal winner Pinki Pramanik was arrested following accusations of rape and “being male” by her live-in partner.  She was suspended from her job, detained in a male ward, and an MMS of one of her mandatory gender-verification tests, in which she was completely nude, went viral. Ranjit Sur, of the … Read more Criminalized Because of One’s Sex? – Hida Viloria

Oil Must Not Cloud the Nobel Prize Winner’s Judgement

Today the Nobel Peace Prize is being awarded to the EU. The prize of SEK 8 million originates from Alfred Nobel’s fortune, part of which was amassed from the Nobel brothers’ oil dealings in Azerbaijan over 100 years ago. While the prize is being awarded in Oslo, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt will be in … Read more Oil Must Not Cloud the Nobel Prize Winner’s Judgement

Did Lance Armstrong and Jimmy Savile Try to Use Charity as “Moral Sunscreen”?

Did American Lance Armstrong and Britain’s Sir Jimmy Savile attempt to use charitable giving as a kind of moral sunscreen? asks Robin Scott. Two things have happened on either side of the Atlantic in the past month that point to a worrying trend among famous faces: that of using charitable giving as a protection from … Read more Did Lance Armstrong and Jimmy Savile Try to Use Charity as “Moral Sunscreen”?

Cowboys and… Vietcong – Kathy Macchioni

As a child and young teenager I adored Westerns: Cowboys and Indians! I remember gripping the edge of my seat as on the screen hordes of whooping Indians – the ‘Baddies’ – swooped down with murderous fury on wagon trains, stagecoaches and the like, only to be put to flight just in the nick of … Read more Cowboys and… Vietcong – Kathy Macchioni

“The Birth of a Pacifist” – Mark Manson

In 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, I found myself in the awkward position of defending the war to my liberal friends and family. I was majoring in International Relations at the time and I argued with ferocity typical of a college student who thought he knew far more than he really did. The … Read more “The Birth of a Pacifist” – Mark Manson

Clinton’s Pronouncements Against Female Genital Mutilation Don’t Go Far Enough

Hida Viloria, a campaigner for rights for those with intersex conditions, appeals to Hillary Clinton to broaden her campaign against Female Genital Mutilation. Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended human rights for women by strongly opposing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM.) She neglected to address, however, that it is currently being performed in the … Read more Clinton’s Pronouncements Against Female Genital Mutilation Don’t Go Far Enough

Signs of Hope on Climate Change – in Unexpected Places

Remember the heady days of 2009? The world – or at least the world’s media – was rocked by such hot topics as the death of Michael Jackson, the spread of swine flu, the Iranian elections and the new Star Trek movie; as if that wasn’t enough, there was also something called climate change that … Read more Signs of Hope on Climate Change – in Unexpected Places

On the Trail of Timber Trafficking – Julian Newman, Environmental Investigation Agency

Illegal logging is one of the most damaging and lucrative forms of environmental crime. In financial terms, the World Bank estimates that illegal logging costs developing countries $15 billion a year in lost revenue and taxes. But the cost of illegal logging goes far beyond financial loss; it exacerbates climate change, impacts ecological security through … Read more On the Trail of Timber Trafficking – Julian Newman, Environmental Investigation Agency

The United States Anglican Ordinariate and Conversion of Anglicans to Catholicism

The Anglican Ordinariate that was created by the Roman Catholic Church as a means of permitting the conversion of disaffected Anglicans and Episcopalians to the Church of Rome is ethically and morally questionable. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Vatican, the Anglican Ordinariate for the U.S. is scheduled to be established … Read more The United States Anglican Ordinariate and Conversion of Anglicans to Catholicism

Plan B Debate: An Epidemiological Approach from Catholic Voices

It can seem that the Catholic Church opposes the recent attempts to increase access to the morning-after pill due to nothing more than religious dogma (as Terry Sanderson commented earlier). I can understand how this attitude pervades when biblical grounds are the sole means of justification. What is lacking here is the clarity and support … Read more Plan B Debate: An Epidemiological Approach from Catholic Voices