NEW YORK CITY
By now all of America has seen Congressman Michael Gimm (R) threaten to throw NY 1 reporter, Michael Scotto, over a balcony and ‘break him in half, like a boy.’ If the shoe had been on the other foot, the FBI would be all over Scotto. Congressman Grimm walks free. Will New York 1 News stand behind their employee and demand justice for Michael Scotto (and thereby all persecuted in the media), or will it take an actual murder to prevent violence on the media?
Will Michael Grimm completely lose control the next time and . . .
THE HUFFINGTON POST/GAY VOICES
By James Nichols
10/10. Victor Willis former member of 70′s music group the Village People, Preforms the letter ”C”, from his hit song Y.M.C.A. | John Chapple via Getty Images
With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics only weeks away and violence currently plaguing the Russian population, the planned response to and protest of the country’s anti-gay laws are gaining more traction than ever.
One suggestion made by activists to respond to the situation involved playing the Village People hit “Y.M.C.A.,” largely understood as a gay anthem, as the American Olympians are introduced at the start of the games. Village People frontman Victor Willis, however, is isn’t on board with the idea.
In fact, Willis is claiming that the disco track was never even intended to be an anthem for the gay community!
“If they want to use the song that way, go right ahead, but I think it’s silly because the lyrics were written by me as an expression of urban youths having fun at the YMCA,” Willis reportedly stated. “The words were crafted by me to be taken any number of ways but not specific to gays. It’s much broader than that. The song is universal. I don’t mind that gays think the song is about them but I won’t perform the song in support of any protest.”
Time magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year.
Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina is known as a humble man, a capable administrator and — as expected of a new Pope — a man of great faith.
He is also a man of many firsts: the first non-European Pope in the modern era; the first pontiff from South America; and the first Jesuit to be elected head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In his first public act, the new Pope broke with tradition by asking the estimated 150,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square to pray for him, rather than bless the crowd first.
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When a poor family in Cambodia fell afoul of loan sharks,
But not just any job.
The girl, Kieu, was taken to a hospital and examined by a doctor,
who issued her a “certificate of virginity.”
She was then delivered to a hotel, where a man raped her for two days.
Kieu was 12 years old.
“I did not know what the job was,” says Kieu, now 14 and living in a safehouse. She says she returned home from the experience “very heartbroken.” But her ordeal was not over.
After the sale of her virginity, her mother had Kieu taken to a brothel where, she says, “they held me like I was in prison.”
She was kept there for three days, raped by three to six men a day. When she returned home, her mother sent her away for stints in two other brothels, including one 400 kilometers away on the Thai border. When she learned her mother was planned to sell her again, this time for a six-month stretch, she realized she needed to flee her home.
“Selling my daughter was heartbreaking, but what can I say?” says Kieu’s mother, Neoung, in an interview with a CNN crew that travelled to Phnom Penh to hear her story.
By Arwa Damon and Faith Karimi, CNN
Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) – In a symbol befitting a nation in mourning, dark gray clouds swept over Johannesburg on Friday.
Under overcast skies that threatened to rain any minute, South Africans draped in flags and images of Nelson Mandela gathered on the streets to sing and dance.
Children spelled out “we love you Mandela” on the grass using rocks near his home in the suburb of Houghton. Nearby, stuffed animals and flowers sat in a heap.
Others wept as they lit candles.
Mandela, 95, died Thursday. The nation’s first black president battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
President Jacob Zuma announced the loss late Thursday night, long after many South Africans had gone to bed.
They didn’t find out until Friday morning.