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Monday, the Vancouver School Board (VSB) finally voted for a new transgender policy that allows students to choose a name that best represents their gender identity. They have also enacted a policy for single-stall, genderless washrooms. On top of that, the VSB has introduced gender-neutral pronouns: xe (third person), xem (plural), and xyr (possessive) for students who do not identify with traditional gender roles.

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Vice News makes this documentary,  to fully understand whats going on here in mexico.  MUST WATCH. This is about the murder and crimilnalization of young people around the world. Just as in ferguson, this students where attacked by the police. 6 of them where murdered, 43 where literally abducted by the police force, since then, we haven’t heard of them. We want this to be heard around the world. We Want Justice. 

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The Japanese Military Is Getting Offensively Cute | Vice News

Earlier this month, Japan’s Ministry of Defense rolled out a nearly 20-minute-long cartoon as part of a public relations offensive to explain the country’s military to the public. Although it might seem odd, it makes sense when you consider the fact that Japanese military is in a unique position in the world: the country isn’t actually allowed to even have a military.

  • Me:*Opens Facebook*
  • *sees Vice News post on another atrocious thing that the Islamic State did*
  • *Clicks comments hoping that there is outrage against ISIS*
  • *Sees top comment*
  • *Top comment instead vehemently discriminates against all Muslims*
  • *Sees replies that otherwise encourage horrendous acts against all Muslims*
  • *Ponders in disbelief that these people think this despite the fact that the majority of people that ISIS has killed are indeed Muslim"
  • *sees the amounts of 'likes' these comments receive*
  • *sighs deeply as I know it is a forlorn effort for these people to have a change of heart*
  • "Oh good, the Vice News comment section hasn't changed I see(!)"
  • *Drinks tea filled with despair, distraught and anger as I pray for the day that everyone attains some sort of basic level of empathy and for when Islamaphobia ends*
  • My heart goes out to all Muslim people affected by this. You do not deserve this

In the event of a zombie apocalypse — or, if you prefer, zombiepocalypse — the Pentagon plans to save the nation with the Chaplain Corps, remote-controlled robots, and hand sanitizer. If an evil magician creates the zombies, the chaplains will step up.

Robots could repair and operate power plants where human workers would otherwise attract hordes of the undead. Hand sanitizer has never been proven to stop the viruses that reanimate corpses, but it kills 99 percent of germs.

Why not give it a try? It sounds silly, because it is silly. But those measures are detailed in “CONPLAN 8888,” or “Counter-Zombie Dominance,” an authentic United States Strategic Command working paper dated April 2011.

“This plan was not actually designed as a joke,” says the 31-page document published recently by Foreign Policy. “The hyperbole involved in writing a ‘zombie survival plan’ actually provided a very useful and effective training tool.”

The Pentagon doesn’t really think zombies are a threat to Mom and apple pie. Zombies present an opportunity to theorize how the military would react to a fast-spreading biological threat that could spawn hordes of enemy combatants and wreak chaos across the globe.

In other words, it’s just a hypothetical model for tactical purposes that gets the top brass thinking.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pulled a similar stunt when it issued guidelines to the public on zombie preparedness earlier this year.

The CDC used the zombie ploy to explain how to prepare for any major disaster. The irony that’s probably lost on the generals, however, is that the Pentagon is inextricably linked to zombies. Really.

The Pentagon Is Prepared for a Zombie Outbreak | VICE News

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Vice Journalists Moved To Turkish High Security Prison 5 Hours From Lawyers
Three Vice News reporters were charged Monday with "working on behalf of a terrorist organization" in Turkey.
By Salvador Hernandez, David Mack, Francis Whittaker

The three Vice News reporters who were charged with terrorism offenses in Turkey Monday have been transferred to a high-security prison — five hours away from where their legal representation is based, the media organization said Wednesday.

British reporters Philip Pendlebury and Jake Hanrahan and their Turkey-based Iraqi translator and fixer Mohammed Rasool have now been moved to an “f-type” prison following their arrest in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir Thursday.

Kevin Sutcliffe, VICE’s Head of News Programming in Europe, said: “This move appears to be a blatant obstruction of the fair legal process that Turkey has repeatedly pledged to uphold. We call on the Turkish government to throw out these ridiculous charges and immediately release our colleagues.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Wednesday morning, Sutcliffe said that Vice had not been able to speak to the journalists following the transfer, and said that the allegations against them “are baseless, they are ridiculous, they are ludicrous.”

A Turkish official, who spoke to Al Jazeera under the condition of anonymity Wednesday, reportedly said that the charges against the three were because one of the journalists had similar encryption software on his personal computer to that used by ISIS.

“The main issue seems to be that the fixer uses a complex encryption system on his personal computer that a lot of ISIL [ISIS] militants also utilize for strategic communications,” the official was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying.

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Radical Young Israelis and the Price Tag Attacks

For a few years, a young radical group of Israeli settlers in the West Bank have committed random acts of violence and vandalization against Palestinians and their property to make them pay the price for affronting their way of life. They call themselves “Pricetaggers,” and they’ve largely avoided prosecution by Israeli authorities.

VICE News gets rare access to the young members of the Price Tag movement—at the homecoming of Moriah Goldberg, 20, who just finished a three-month sentence for throwing stones at Palestinians. She and her family remain proud of the act, even as the current conflict in Gaza was sparked after an all-too-familiar round of retributive violence.

A Sri Lankan government soldier ties Isaipriya’s hands behind her back. Later that day, she would be sexually abused and executed. The photos in this article were taken by survivors as evidence—and by perpetrators as war trophies. They were supplied to the author by a variety of anonymous sources.

Sri Lanka Massacred Tens of Thousands of Tamils While the World Looked Away

To the Tamils of northeast Sri Lanka and to much of their global diaspora, Isaipriya was a star: a presenter and actress who came to symbolize the Tamil resistance.

She was beautiful, and she read the news on Tiger television and performed in romantic Tamil musicals, singing the praises of Tamil Tiger war heroes and the Black Tiger suicide bombers who raced their explosive-packed speedboats into the vulnerable sides of Sri Lankan Navy ships.

Isaipriya was respected and admired, not just by the people of the Vanni—the small region in north Sri Lanka where the secessionist forces of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had created a de facto state—but also by Tamils around the world, driven from their homeland by decades of discrimination, which occasionally exploded into outright pogroms among the Sinhalese majority in Sri Lanka.

“She was a lovely woman,” said Benjamin Dix, who for four years was a UN staffer in Kilinochchi, the administrative capital of the Tiger state. Dix knew Isaipriya, and he understood the moral ambiguity of her message. “She was incredibly gentle and respectful,” he said, “but at the same time, she stood for and symbolized the movement of the Tigers, which was hard and brutal and completely focused on their objective of gaining Tamil Eelam and an independent state within Sri Lanka.”

In October 2008, the UN ordered Dix and the other few remaining international staffers out of the region after the Sri Lankan government, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, declared it could no longer guarantee their safety.

Read the full story by Pulitzer Center grantee Callum Macrae, for VICE News.