– In response to the George Zimmerman verdict, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White tweeted that “All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.” Idiot.
– The rape and resulting pregnancy of an 11-year-old southern Chile girl has reignited debate over the country’s strict abortion laws. (Chilean law currently prohibits abortions under any circumstances.)
– The lower house of Ireland’s parliament has passed a bill that would allow abortions when the mother’s life is at risk. The bill, which has caused controversy in the predominantly Catholic country, now goes to the upper house for a vote.
– Following criticism from companies such as Google and Yahoo!, Singapore has defended its controversial new website licensing scheme, with Singapore’s communication minister saying: “There’s no cause for concern that the individual licensing of news sites will stifle Internet freedom.”
– On that note, the Jordanian government has blocked 16 more “unlicensed” news websites–bringing the total number of news sites blocked under a controversial 2012 press law to 254. How many of those 254 “unlicensed” news sites were critical of the government?
– Denmark’s Equality Minister has rejected a proposal to force cafés and restaurants in the country to allow breast-feeding mothers, saying that “I do not believe this is an issue for legislation.” A surprisingly libertarian perspective from someone with the title “Equality Minister.”
– Indiana has passed a law making it a felony for same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses, with couples who do so facing up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, any clergyman, judge, mayor, or city official who performs a same-sex marriage is now guilty of a misdemeanor and could face up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
– Saudi Arabia is threatening to expel foreign nationals who eat, drink or smoke in public during Ramadan. A Saudi government spokesman cautioned that non-Muslim residents should refrain from breaking the fast “in respect to the holiness of Ramadan and the feelings of Muslims.”
– According to a U.N. report, Mexico has surpassed the U.S. as the country with the most overweight or obese residents.
– A new study has found that blacks in Washington D.C. are arrested for drug possession and other minor offenses at rates that are disproportionate to the racial breakdown of the city. For example, the study found that while blacks make up about half of the city’s population, they account for 90% of the city’s arrests for simple drug possession. Even in low-crime, predominantly white areas of the city, blacks were still arrested far more often than whites. Goddammit, this shit needs to stop.
– Somalia’s government (which apparently exists) is considering legislation that would severely restrict press freedoms in the country. Yet another reason to report on Somalia from somewhere other than Somalia. Seriously, that place is a shithole.
– President Obama’s nomination of an openly-gay man for the position of ambassador to the Dominican Republic has caused controversy in the country, with religious leaders galvanizing public opposition in the hopes of persuading the government to reject the pick.
– Following a lengthy legal battle, Twitter has finally agreed to release the identities of users who post racist or anti-Semitic material so that French authorities may prosecute them for “hate speech.” So much for Twitter’s commitment to freedom of speech.
– And finally, the State of Kentucky has ordered North Carolina-licensed psychologist and syndicated advice columnist John Rosemond to cease publication of his column in the state. Kentucky’s Attorney General believes that Rosemond, whose column appears in around 200 papers nationwide including the Lexington Herald-Leader, is illegally practicing psychology since he is not licensed in Kentucky. By that logic, I shouldn’t be allowed to buy a book written by attorney Alan Dershowitz since he hasn’t been admitted to the bar in Minnesota, where I live.