French schools are to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” under an amendment to a law passed this week.
Supporters of the change say it will stop discrimination against same sex parents but critics argue it “dehumanises” parenthood, is “ugly” and could lead to rows over who gets to be “parent 1”…more: Telegraph/ RT
and: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would not legalise gay marriage as long as he was in the Kremlin. He made clear he would not allow the traditional notion of mother and father to be subverted by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2”. Read more: .todayonline.com
Security forces have been accused of murdering Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi after friends and colleagues say police failed to administer first aid fast enough when he collapsed during a hearing in Cairo on Monday.
Prison guards allegedly left the 67-year-old Muslim Brotherhood leader “slumped on the floor” of his courtroom cage for more than 20 minutes, despite other defendants calling for help…MORE THE INDEPENDENT
…Dr Paul Williams, a British MP, had warned that inadequate care would lead to a rapid deterioration of his long-term medical conditions that would likely lead to a premature death.
“We now call for a full international independent investigation into the death of President Morsi, and for these results to be made public. The first democratically elected president has died through a concerted and active campaign by the Egyptian regime. This is a gross violation of international law. It must not be allowed to stand,” the Muslim Brotherhood statement continued. more: https://www.independent.co.uk
Zamzam Ibrahim has been elected as the National Union of Students (NUS) president for 2019. Ms Ibrahim wants to tackle racism on campus and “extortionate” tuition fees during her presidency.
The former president of the Salford University students’ union, who pledged to lead a National Student Strike, was chosen from a list of five candidates at the NUS conference in …more: THEINDEPENDENT
“It’s important to help a fellow human being in need. This is humanitarian work in our daily lives,” Halonen said in a bulletin.
The picture was taken somewhere in Helsinki’s Kallio district, near the neighborhood of where President Halonen lives. The picture combines several elements, and it was taken in a closed area, away from curious eyes, wondering the homeless lady’s resemblance to our former president….more: finlandtoday.fi
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore named a former speaker of parliament as the multicultural city-state’s first woman president on Wednesday while critics expressed dismay that other candidates were disqualified and the election went uncontested…more: www.reuters.com
How do I reveal to my Muslim daughter that women who look and dress like her mother have had their hijabs torn from their heads, as part of a wave of physical attacks on people of colour since election day? Or that her fellow schoolkids aren’t inoculated from this sort of violent hatred either? A Muslim high-school teacher in Georgia was left a note on her desk telling her to “hang” herself with her hijab, which “isn’t allowed any more”. The note was signed, “America”….more: THEGUARDIAN.COM
Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the globe. For Muslim Americans, Eid is an opportunity to reflect on the…