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“In Nepal, 150 people have been killed and 90,000 homes have been destroyed in what the UN has called the worst flooding incident in the country in a decade.

According to the Red Cross, at least 7.1 million people have been affected in Bangladesh - more than the population of Scotland - and around 1.4 million people have been affected in Nepal.

International aid agencies said thousands of villages have been cut off by flooding with people being deprived of food and clean water for days.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-floods-bangladesh-nepal-deaths-millions-homeless-latest-news-updates-a7919006.html?cmpid=facebook-post

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Chinese man wins lawsuit against psych hospital that attempted conversion therapy on him
Court in Henan province orders a psychiatric hospital to apologise to man and pay £570 in compensation

A gay man in China has won his lawsuit in which he sued a psychiatric hospital for attempting to perform conversion therapy on him. 

The hospital must issue a public apology to the man (it will be published in local newspapers) and pay him 5,000 yuan, or about $735. 

The man, surnamed Yu, had been forcibly admitted to the institution in 2015 by his wife and relatives and diagnosed with “sexual preference disorder,” court documents show. He was forced to take medicine and receive injections before walking free after 19 days.

China removed homosexuality from its list of recognised mental illnesses more than 15 years ago but stories are rife of families admitting their relatives for conversion therapy.

Gay rights activists say the case marks the first victory against a public psychiatric institution for compulsory therapy against a patient’s will.

China is not the worst place in the world for LGBTQ rights, but it’s also not the best. This is a big step in the right direction. 

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Boxed in: life inside the 'coffin cubicles' of Hong Kong – in pictures
Photographer Benny Lam has documented the suffocating living conditions in Hong Kong’s subdivided flats, recording the lives of these hidden communities

The photographs highlight the reality of Hong Kong’s housing crisis, where tens of thousands of people live in these cramped conditions because they can’t afford anything else

this is what being ranked number 1 ‘freest economy’ means

This 23-year-old student of Mardan University in Pakistan was brutally beaten and murdered by his fellow college-mates who accused him of blasphemy. I’m still shaken by the video of him being dragged across the university while being constantly kicked and thrashed until his clothes became bloody and he lost consciousness.

RIP, Mashal.

And RIP, people who are delusional enough to believe they have the right to take another man’s life in the name of religion.

I stand in solidarity with Tehran following today’s deadly attacks by ISIS. CNN is now reporting at least a dozen fatalities between the assault on the Parliment building and the bombing and assualt at the Iman Khomeini Mausoleum. Violence will not be tolerated against innocent people, anywhere in the world, I hope that my fellow Americans will stand with Iran and stand against this bloodshed in the same way we stood with our countrymen after Orlando, with the British after Manchester, with the French after Paris, with the victims all across the globe. Keep the people of Tehran in your heart today and in the days to come, they need love now just as we did. Let us all unite in the name of peace.

anonymous asked:

How did it get so bad there in the Philippines? It seemed like she was doing so well.

I wouldn’t say that we were doing well, it’s always been bad, it just got… worse.

But back to your question. How did we get to this moment? How did we let things get so bad that we can’t even trust the people who’s literal job is to protect us?

That’s easy. 16 million people voted for the man that made all of this happen.

Why? You might ask. Why would anyone vote for a man that takes pride in murdering people? 

To answer that question we’ll need to go back to approximately one year ago, the 2016 presidential elections.

Now this man wasn’t like other candidates. He had a modest lifestyle, he doesn’t have a big house or fancy cars, nor did he go to the US to study. He cursed every chance he’d get and used brash language. He hated corrupt people with every fiber of his being and he hated China’s bullying. And the people? The people loved this image of a humble man who talked like them and did the same things as them. Finally, they said. A president who knows what it feels like to be poor!

His achievements on the other hand, consisted solely of one thing: 

Davao.

Davao is like the Singapore of the Philippines! Is what everyone would say when you’d ask. Under his leadership for over 20 years, Davao prides itself in it’s disciplined people and a task force that can compete with America’s 911 system. People can walk in Davao at the dead of the night without fearing getting mugged as the city also has one of the lowest crime rates in the country, as well as having a strong anti-drug campaign, which is one of the biggest problems of the Philippines.

And that’s all thanks to him.

The people imagined dirty, smelly, Manila turning into what it used to be: the Paris of Asia. They imagined streets free of litter, criminals and drug addicts behind bars, and the police doing what they’re paid to do.

They looked at Davao and imagined what Manila could be if he was president. They kept thinking about his tagline: I can eradicate all crime and drugs in this country in 3-6 months.

They imagined someone finally talking back to China. Telling them that the island they keep on claiming is ours. Telling them to stop the bullying and to let us be.

Then they fell in love with him more.

And as the election season dragged on, the more he revealed his true colors. 

  • He made rape jokes. 
  • He always says misogynistic remarks.
  • He confessed to murdering people.
  • He got in trouble when he was in law school because he pointed a gun at a classmate.
  • He doesn’t have a coherent platform for the country except for killing people who do drugs.
  • He hates corruption but he’s friends with the two most corrupt people in he country: The son of the late dictator, and a president who was impeached.

But people didn’t care! They say he’s just joking! He’s always joking. Stop taking what he says so literally. It’s not important if he wants to kill people, as long as the he’s going to fix the country in 3-6 months.

So he won.

And the moment he sat in the presidents seat, he turned his back on everything he’s said.

  • He said that 3-6 months isn’t doable. That there will always be crimes in Manila and he can’t stop that.
  • He released the former president who plundered billions of pesos from the government.
  • He buried the former dictator in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Grave for Heroes), a cemetery reserved for people who fought for the country. He buried a dictator next to the people that fought his regime 20 years ago.
  • He hired an under qualified actress who spread fake propaganda as his Presidential Communications Secretary.
  • He still makes rape jokes.
  • His son is involved in a 6 billion worth drug smuggling case.
  • He replaced his cabinet with his corrupt friends.
  • He let China keep on patrolling the island that they want. Mingles with Chinese officials and is friendly with them.
  • Says he’ll never declare Martial Law, but announced that he might declare it next week.

Then Davao. Perfect Davao. The city which everyone dreamed Manila would be, revealed everything that it’s been hiding.

That the Davao Death Squad is real and they really do kill a lot of people and everyone’s afraid of them. That Davao has actually one of the top crime rates in the country. That even though a lot of people there feel safe, most feel the opposite.

That the only thing that he kept his promise on is killing people.

But the people don’t care. Because he curses, and jokes, and he’s real.

And that’s what’s important, right?

The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population cannot be construed to be ‘so-called rights’… Their rights are not 'so-called’ but are real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine.
—  The Supreme Court of India has declared that freedom of sexual orientation is a fundamental right, that privacy is a fundamental right, and that as such, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unconstitutional. This is a big deal. (via BuzzFeed)
so let me tell y’all about the rohingya people

So the Rohingya people are an ethnic minority in Burma - that’s in Asia fyi.

They are said to be the most persecuted ethnic minority ever. In Burma they are denied citizenship, education, health care and access to aid. The Burmese military keeps hunting and slaughtering these people - men, women and children. 

The Rohingyas have tried fleeing Burma to other countries such as Bangladesh only to be turned away and executed. The Burmese government won’t do anything to stop the atrocities against the Rohingya people and constantly keep denying the UN to help these people. 

Why?

I don’t fucking know. It’s sick and I think people should be made aware of what’s going on in Burma right now. These people have every damn reason to live without fear. Do a quick Google search and find out everything that’s happening to the Rohingya people. 

independent.co.uk
Floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal kill 1,200 and leave millions homeless
At least 1,200 people have been killed and millions have been left homeless following devastating floods that have hit India, Bangladesh and Nepal, in one of the worst flooding disasters to have affected the region in years. International aid agencies said thousands of villages have been cut off by flooding with people being deprived of food and clean water for days. South Asia suffers from frequent flooding during the monsoon season, which lasts from June to September, but authorities have said this year's floods have been much worse.

One of the disadvantages of an American-centric media is that we sometimes don’t hear of the atrocities happening elsewhere in the world. While we continue to pray for those in Texas, I was saddened to hear of this, as it’s not received nearly as much coverage.

Please pray for flood victims in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh

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Europe's oldest pagans: the deep forest life of Mari people – in pictures
Ikuru Kuwajima photographed the Mari El republic in Russia over the course of the year, speaking to locals about witchcraft and paranormal activity
As someone who was assigned female at birth, and is white, I think my message of gender as a spectrum is certainly received better than people who are assigned male at birth and are people of color. We still have this ideal that non-binary only means white, hairless, androgynous people. I think there’s room for every body type, every type of expression, but as we’re aware, there’s so much work to be done in terms of the trans, non-binary community when it comes to people of color.
—  Asia Kate Dillon talks gender identity on the Huffington Post
That the FIRST reaction of the press to the United Airlines mess is to look up dirt on the Asian doctor says a lot about how PoC get treated in the US.

OK, so to everyone else in the world (including the passengers who are visibly horrified, frightened and upset) that video looks hideous beyond words.

But, you know, he has “a troubled past.”

Why not look into the past of the security guys who brutalized him first?

Or do we already know the answer to that question?