Indian PM Narendra Modi Delivers Incredibly Backhanded Compliment
Watch this video profile of Ghazala Mhamdi, who ran in Tunisia’s election on a party she created, Keeping the Promise, to be the voice of men, women, children, and then unemployed in Tunisia. Mhamdi was seriously injured in the 2008 protests that went on, over the course of years, to force former President Ben Ali to step down in 2011. She’s committed herself to hunger strikes, activism, and protest, and to promoting the rights of women in Tunisia. [Atlantic]
The good news is that the U.S. Department of Education is using the opportunity afforded to them by increased reports of rape and sexual assault on campus to do really thorough reviews of various universities’ investigation processes and policies. The bad news is that in the meantime, students who report rape who have already been neglected by their universities, prompting to report their schools for Title IX violations, are left languishing for years in the process. President Obama is trying to help the Department of Education with increased funding and staffing for these investigations, but it’s slow going. [ABC]
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a giant backhanded compliment yesterday: “I am happy that Bangladesh Prime Minister, despite being a woman, has declared zero tolerance for terrorism.” This is obviously not being taken well, because what exactly is the logic? That women are on the whole pro-terrorism? “Despite being a woman”? What? It’s probably an unconscious verbal misstep, but man is it a big one, diplomatically speaking.
An Austrian scientist has created a prosthetic leg that allows its wearer to feel the ground beneath them. The sensation is created by sensors that send vibrations into the knee and alert the brain as to what the wearer is stepping on. Patients have described being able to feel their feet again, and being able to feel rocks, ice, and even grass beneath their feet. [BBC]
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