Justice Ginsburg: ‘I Am Very Much Alive’

Justice Ginsburg: “There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced, with great glee, that I was going to be dead within six months… That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now dead himself, and I am very much alive.” Ginsburg’s interview with NPR was wide-ranging, discussing, among other things, her health. She has had three major bouts with cancer over the past 20 years. In 1999, she underwent surgery for colorectal cancer, followed by nine months of chemotherapy and radiation. In 2009, she underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer, and late last year, for … Continue reading Justice Ginsburg: ‘I Am Very Much Alive’

Bulgaria court recognises same-sex marriage in landmark ruling

A Bulgarian court has recognised a marriage between two women who married in France, the first time that a same-sex union has been acknowledged in the conservative country. The ruling was in accordance with a June 2018 European Court of Justice Ruling (ECJ) which means that EU nations must recognise same-sex marriages from other member states, even if they do not grant marriage equality to their own citizens. LGBT rights in BulgariaBulgaria is one of more than 20 European countries where equal marriage remain illegal, according to the Pew Research Centre.The country’s constitution explicitly bans same-sex unions, meaning that two-thirds of … Continue reading Bulgaria court recognises same-sex marriage in landmark ruling

“So empty is a shelf without foreigners…

When customers walked into Edeka supermarket in Hamburg recently, they were surprised to find that the shelves were almost empty, and the small handful of products that remained were all made in Germany. It seemed like the supermarket had simply forgotten to restock their produce until customers saw the mysterious signs left around the shop. “So empty is a shelf without foreigners,” read one sign at the cheese counter. “This shelf is quite boring without variety,” read another. It turns out that Edeka, in a rather controversial move, had opted to solely sell German food for a day in order … Continue reading “So empty is a shelf without foreigners…

A Rohingya girl’s journey from refugee camps to college

Formin was 18. She was sitting on a plastic stool in a bamboo shelter at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Like the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees around her, she and her family had fled a campaign of mass murder, rapes and arson in Myanmar the previous year. But Formin wanted to talk about Keller, the deaf and blind American author she considered an inspiration. She wanted to talk about Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, another hero. She wanted to talk about her books ravaged in the burning of her house amid deadly violence in … Continue reading A Rohingya girl’s journey from refugee camps to college

Happy Birthday Amnesty International!!

On 28 May 1961, Peter Benenson published his Observer article launching a campaign for the release of ‘Forgotten Prisoners’. ON BOTH SIDES of the Iron Curtain, thousands of men and women are bing held in gaol without trial because their political or religious views differ from those of their Governments. Peter Benenson, a London lawyer, conceived the idea of a world campaign, APPEAL FOR AMNESTY, 1961, to urge Governments to release these people or at least give them a fair trial. The campaign opens to-day, and The Observer is glad to offer it a platform. The success of the 1961 … Continue reading Happy Birthday Amnesty International!!