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European court rejects Stalin grandson complaint

Joseph Stalin

Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, grandson of Joseph Stalin (1999)

 The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a compliant brought by one of Joseph Stalin’s grandsons over an article accusing the Soviet dictator of being a “bloodthirsty cannibal”.

The report, in Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, looked at the Soviet leader’s role in the 1940 massacre of Polish prisoners at Katyn.

The grandson, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, said it violated his right to privacy.

But the court said Stalin remained “inevitably” open to criticism.

Novaya Gazeta, a frequent critic of the Kremlin, published the article in 2009.

It accused wartime Soviet leaders, including Stalin, of being “bound by much blood” by ordering the execution of some 20,000 Polish prisoners of war at Katyn.

Stalin, who died in 1953, was described as a “bloodthirsty cannibal”.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30828697

Leader’s Words About Women Jolt Morocco

 

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco told parliament this week that women would be better off at home than in the workplace, setting off alarm in a country that has seen slow but steady gains in women’s rights.

“Today, there is a problem with women’s role in modern society,” he said Tuesday in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, when asked about the government’s position on women’s rights. “Women don’t even find time to get married, to be mothers or to educate their children. Why don’t we embrace this sacred status that God gave to women?”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/world/middleeast/prime-minister-told-parliament-women-better-off-at-home-than-in-workplace.html?_r=0

U.S. cuts aid to Uganda, cancels military exercise over anti-gay law

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe, 36 km (22 miles) southwest of the capital Kampala February 24, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/JAMES AKENA

(Reuters) – The United States on Thursday cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions and canceled a regional military exercise in response to a Ugandan law that imposes harsh penalties on homosexuality.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/19/us-usa-uganda-gay-announcement-idUSKBN0EU26N20140619

China’s Maritime Disputes: Preventive Measures

Increasingly frequent clashes between China and its neighbors heighten the risk of escalating tensions and military conflict over territorial claims in the East and South China Seas. Policy experts discuss a range of preventive measures aimed at mitigating miscalculations by sea captains or political leaders that could trigger an armed conflict.

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http://www.cfr.org/asia-and-pacific/chinas-maritime-disputes-preventive-measures/p32963

Tuvalu: Population 9,488 Bruises Russia

ussia has been diplomatically wounded of late. As punishment for taking over Crimea, it was isolated in the United Nations Security Council, condemned in the General Assembly by 100 votes to 11, excluded from the G8, and some of President Vladimir Putin’s best friends were sanctioned by the United States. Few of these recent snubs, however, have been quite as embarrassing as that from Pacific microstate Tuvalu, which, on March 31, scrapped its recognition of the Russian protectorates of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and established diplomatic relations with Georgia. The island nation may only have a population of 10,782, but its decision could spell the end of a years-long diplomatic strategy that has cost Russia millions.

Back in 2011, in the heady years after the Russo-Georgian War in 2008, Tuvalu was one of five countries that sided with Moscow in recognizing at least one of the two small, South Caucasus republics as independent, rather than as part of Georgia. Now, that number is down to three: Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru, a Pacific island whose population of 9,488 makes it the second-smallest independent nation in the world, after Vatican City.

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http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117238/tuvalu-bruises-russia-establishing-diplomatic-ties-georgia

‘Do it for Denmark!’ campaign wants Danes to have more sex. A lot more sex.

Denmark has a lot of things going for it. Last year, the UN’s World Happiness Report crowned it the globe’s happiest country, citing the nation’s commitment to maternity leave, gender equality, biking, and drinking lots of wine when it’s cold outside.

Its economy is also tops, chugging out $211 billion in annual GDP despite its relatively small population of 5.6 million. Economic inequality? Not a problem. Income distributes more evenly there than most places.

But Denmark has a sex problem. (Re-evaluating that happiness ranking already?)

Well, it’s not exactly a sex problem, per se. It’s more like a baby problem. According to government statistics, Denmark posted a birth rate of 10 per 1,000 residents in 2013 — its lowest in decades. The nation’s birthrate was  9.9 in 1983.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/03/27/do-it-for-denmark-campaign-wants-danes-to-have-more-sex-a-lot-more-sex/?tid=pm_national_pop