Britain debates making misogyny hate crime
In the midst of a national outcry in Britain about gender-based crimes, including Sarah Everard’s murder by a London police officer (London), the public discourse has turned towards a new question: Should Misogyny be considered hate crime?
Opposition lawmakers, criminal justice professionals, and activists believe the definition of hate crime should be expanded in order to increase the punishments for crimes like stalking and domestic abuse and to signal the severity of these offences. The government has so far rejected this idea.
Boris Johnson (the British prime minister) stated that the legislation currently in force was inadequate. “abundant”But they are not being enforced. “Widening the scope”He said that this would increase the police burden. Already activists have resisted. “When did we ever take the scale of a problem as a reason not to act on it?”Ruth Davison, chief executive of Refuge, was asked this question.
These numbers: One in four women In According to government statistics, almost one in three Britons have been subject to sexual assault. According to government statistics, almost one third of women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. On average, a man kills a woman in the country every three days. Many cases involve domestic violence.
Climate action by the United States is at stake
President Biden hopes to fortify the U.S. against extreme weather and cut the country’s carbon dioxide emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. His plan is embedded in two pieces pending legislation on Capitol Hill. Both bills are still in doubt, and there is tension among Democrats about the details.
The bills together would represent the largest climate action the U.S. has ever taken, and they cover a wide range of American life. Because Democrats could lose control of Congress after 2022 and Republicans have shown little interest in climate legislation, it could be years before another opportunity arises — a delay that scientists say the planet cannot afford.
Biden’s ambitions to reduce U.S. emissions are constrained by razor-thin Democratic majorities. The first piece of legislation, a $3.5 billion budget package, has been a focus of debate. It contains social programs that cover health care, education, and family leave. The second, a $1 billion infrastructure plan, has bipartisan support. It would help communities prepare for extreme weather caused by climate change.
Quotable “Each time you let these opportunities slip through your fingers, you’re passing a much harder problem on to the next generation,”Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology said. “It’s a very hard thing to swallow that we are relegating children born today and not yet born to a future of dangerous climate impacts.”
More Details The climate provisions are designed to quickly transform energy and transportation, the country’s two largest sources of greenhouse gases, from systems that now mostly burn gas, oil and coal to sectors that run increasingly on clean energy from the sun, wind and nuclear power.
‘The Arab Spring will continue’
In the decade since Tunisians toppled their dictator, the revolution’s high hopes have curdled into political chaos and economic failure. On July 25, Kais Saied, Tunisia’s democratically elected president, froze Parliament and fired the prime minister, vowing to attack corruption and return power to the people.
It was a power grab that the overwhelming majority of Tunisians welcomed with joy and relief. However, it has made it more difficult than ever to tell a hopeful tale about the Arab Spring. Held up as proof that democracy could bloom in the Middle East, Tunisia now seems a final confirmation of the uprisings’ failed promise. Other places have seen wars that followed uprisings in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, while protests were smothered in the Gulf.
Tunisians recently flooded the streets again to demonstrate for Saied — and against democracy. “The Arab Spring will continue,”Tarek Mesgerisi, a North Africa specialist at European Council on Foreign Relations, predicted the outcome. “No matter how much you try to repress it or how much the environment around it changes, desperate people will still try to secure their rights.”
First person: Many Tunisians wonder whether they would be happier if their country had a single ruler who was powerful enough to get things done. “I ask myself, what have we done with democracy?”Ali Bousselmi, co-founder of a gay rights organization, pointed out ongoing problems with poverty, government corruption.
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In Kigali (the capital of Rwanda), milk bars are a popular spot to meet, reminisce over rural life, and enjoy a favorite national beverage.
“When you drink milk,”A motorcycle taxi driver who drinks at most three liters per day said so. “you always have your head straight and your ideas right.”
The haunting power and beauty of miso-maple bread cake
Dorie Greenspan’s notebooks, a food writer, have been collecting on a large table in her basement for the last few months. Some stories go on for pages, while others are short and simple. “They’re fragments from every part of my adult life, not journals — they’re too disjointed to be called that — but vignettes that often spark a memory and sometimes don’t.”
In some cases, “what if” mutterings and notes jotted down in a hurry have spawned something delicious — baking flavored with gin inspired by a Bee’s Knees cocktail, say, or waking from a dream of a cookie topped with jam and streusel.
A recent dinner of salmon with a miso maple syrup glaze resulted in a loaf-shaped cake that was sweet enough for cake, but savory enough for warm jam or Cheddar. “The miso and maple syrup mellowed when they were mixed with other ingredients and given time in the oven, just as I hoped they would,” Dorie writes.
The salmon dinner didn’t make it into the notebook, but the cake did: “If I owned a bed-and-breakfast, I’d make this my signature.”
Learn more about the creation of a very special loaf.