A quota system for public universities and government jobs was meant to increase the number of Afro-Brazilians. But it has been abused, and now a committee will decide an applicant's race.
Melissa ChenThe whole discussion around @SenWarren's DNA results eerily calls to mind Brazil's affirmative-action race tribunals where a guy who identified as pardo (brown) was denied a government job reserved for minorities because he wasn't brown enough.
HUNDREDS of Islamist extremists have rallied in Pakistan to demand the death sentence for a Christian woman convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed. Asia Bibi was put on death row in 2010 after…
Melissa ChenOne of the things I commend the Trump administration for is cutting $300 Million in aid to a country that is pushing to execute a Christian woman for blasphemy.
Now if only we can treat Saudi Arabia the same way.
The English and Americans offer pragmatism, the French zeal
Melissa ChenDifferent ways of approaching Islam:
US & UK are pragmatic but France, led by centrist Emmanuel Macron, refashions Islam to make it compatible with the ethos of a secular republic with ideological zeal.
Litmus test: how to categorize Muslim Brotherhood?
Conference Director: Natalie Le [email protected] Natalie Le is the conference director for the Fight For Justice Conference at Harvard University. She is also a Fellow for the AHA Foundation and a board member of the Harvard Libertarian...
Extremist preacher to be released under tight restrictions as recruiting pool diminished by rise of Isis and security crackdown
Melissa ChenRemember the preacher & terror recruiter Anjem Choudary? He was sentenced to jail in 2016 for supporting ISIS.
The UK has granted him an early release next month.
This is concerning. Also to what extent did he successfully radicalize other prisoners?
The school district tweeted about the donation and Musk replied that he hopes 'to do more help in the future.'
Melissa ChenBy exploiting clickbait & the availability heuristic, the media often focuses on negative news; coverage of public personalities isn't spared.
Y'all know abt Elon Musk's Tesla troubles or that he smoked a blunt on Joe Rogan but did you know THIS
SINGAPORE: Activist Jolovan Wham was on Tuesday (Oct 9) found guilty of contempt of court over one of his Facebook posts published on Apr 27, ...
Melissa ChenMy friend, the Singaporean activist Jolovan Wham, has been found guilty of "scandalizing the judiciary" in Singapore.
How? He opined on his Facebook wall that "Malaysian judges are more independent than Singapore's for cases with political implications."
Everyone’s triggered, everything’s fucked, and there’s no good way out of this mess. The reason why this one is deeper, and uglier, and…
Melissa ChenAlmost everyone has reacted reflexively to the talking points of their political tribes on Kavanaugh, which has only further entrenched our cultural wars & perpetuated a moral panic.
My favorite take so far, through the lens of evolutionary biology
Melissa ChenTo that end, @IdeasB2 is launching "Evolution in Arabic" as a permanent scientific reference for any Arabic speaker & reader who wants to learn about one of the most important and influential scientific FACTS in modern biology.
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It’s the only evidence-based explanation of life on Earth, yet some countries are turning their backs on it, says Natural History Museum director Michael Dixon
Melissa ChenThe resistance to evolution is now global, but it is especially pronounced in the MENA region.
For example, "Islamic science” is a university subject in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia & Sudan, the teaching of evolution in schools have been outright banned.
Responding to political pressure, Kuwait has outlawed more than 4,000 books in the last five years.
Melissa ChenThe government of Kuwait has banned 4,390 books, setting off street demonstrations & online protests.
Among them are "The Little Mermaid" (for being too risqué), an encyclopedia with a picture of Michelangelo’s David (too haram), and tomes by Orwell.
The country is now the world’s biggest jailer of journalists
Melissa ChenMusa Kart, one of Turkey's top cartoonists has been sentenced to nearly 4 years in jail.
His crime? Drawing cartoons that satirize and mock the increasingly authoritarian & corrupt grip Erdogan has on the country.
Featuring: Karen Garst and Karen Straughan Moderated by: Melissa Chen Have women achieved gender equality in the U.S.? Help bring Mythcon to a city near you!...
Melissa ChenHere's the #MythCon debate I moderated btw Karen Straughan (@girlwriteswhat) & the Faithless Feminist on whether women have achieved gender equality in the US.
Apart from my intro from 3:00 on, I was largely redundant. Although I snuck in "bukkake" again.