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Amid a national protest in the UK over gender-based crimes, including the killing of Sarah Everard by a London police officer, public discourse turned into a new question: Should misogyny be considered a hate crime?

Activists, criminal justice experts and opposition lawmakers say the definition of a hate crime should be broadened to ensure that crimes such as harassment, domestic violence, and stalking are punished more severely, and the severity of those crimes. But the government has ruled it out so far.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the current legislation is “extensive” but not properly enforced. “Expanding the scope” will increase the burden on the police, he said. The activists have already retreated. “When have we ever accepted the scale of the problem as a reason not to take action?” asked Ruth Davison, executive director of the charity Refuge.

By numbers: Every fourth woman v According to government statistics, the UK has been sexually assaulted. Almost one in three women will face domestic violence in their lives. And, on average, every three days in the country a woman is killed by a man, with many cases of domestic violence

President Biden hopes to protect the United States from extreme weather and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the country at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. But his plan is included in two pieces of legislation pending on Capitol Hill. The future of both bills remains in question, and there is tension among Democrats over the size and coverage of many details.

Together, these bills contain what would be the most significant action to combat climate change ever taken by the United States, affecting a wide cross section of American life. Since Democrats may lose control of Congress after 2022 and Republicans have shown little interest in climate legislation, it could be years before another opportunity arises – a delay that scientists say the planet cannot afford.

Biden’s ambition to cut US emissions is being held back by a razor-thin Democratic majority. The first legislative act, $ 3.5 Trillion Budget Packagehas been the focus of debate because it is filled with social programs encompassing health care, education, and family leave. Second, $ 1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, enjoys bipartisan support and will help prepare communities for the extreme weather conditions caused by climate change already underway.

Quoted: “Every time you let these opportunities slip out of your hands, you are passing on a much more difficult problem to the next generation,” said Kim Cobb, a climatologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “It is very difficult to accept the fact that we are sending children born today but not yet born into a future with dangerous climatic influences.”

Details: Climate regulations are designed to rapidly transform energy and transportation, the two largest sources of greenhouse gases in the country, from systems that currently primarily burn gas, oil and coal, to sectors that increasingly rely on clean energy from the sun, wind and nuclear. energy.


In the ten years since the Tunisians overthrew their dictator, the revolution’s high hopes have turned into political chaos and economic failure. On July 25, Qays Sayed, the democratically elected president of Tunisia, froze parliament and fired the prime minister, promising to fight corruption and return power to the people.

It was a seizure of power, which the overwhelming majority of Tunisians greeted with joy and relief, although they succeeded. harder than ever to tell the hopeful story of the Arab Spring… Cited as proof that democracy can flourish in the Middle East, Tunisia now appears to be the ultimate confirmation of an unfulfilled promise of insurrection. Elsewhere, the wars that followed the uprisings devastated Syria, Libya and Yemen, and autocrats suppressed protests in the Persian Gulf.

Tunisians have recently re-filled the streets to demonstrate for Syed – and against democracy. “The Arab Spring will continue,” predicted Tarek Megerisi, North Africa specialist at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “No matter how hard you try to suppress it or how much the environment changes, desperate people will still try to defend their rights.”

First person: Many Tunisians say they wonder if their country would be better off with one ruler strong enough to simply get things done. “I ask myself, what have we done with democracy?” said Ali Busselmi, co-founder of the gay rights group, pointing to continuing problems of poverty and government corruption.

In Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, milk bars are a popular place to get together, remember rural life and enjoy your favorite national drink.

“When you drink milk,” said a motorcycle taxi driver who drinks at least three liters a day, “your head is always straight and your ideas are right.”

Over the past few months, culinary writer Dory Greenspan’s notebooks have gathered on a large work table in her basement. Some have stories that stretch across pages; others have one word and then a pause, she writes. “These are snippets from all parts of my adult life, not magazines – they are too incoherent to be called that – but vignettes that often evoke memories and sometimes do not.”

In some cases, muttering “what-ifs” and notes scribbled down in a hurry spawned something delicious — like Bee’s Knees-inspired gin baked goods, or waking up from a dream of jam-and-streusel biscuits.

More recently, a miso maple syrup frosting salmon dinner made a pie sweet enough to be called a pie, but savory enough to pair equally well with cheddar or warm jam. “Miso and maple syrup become soft when mixed with other ingredients and aged in the oven, as I hoped,” Dory writes.

The salmon lunch did not make it into the notebook, but the cake: “If I had a bed and breakfast, I would put my signature on it.”

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