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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Appended to the email refusing publication were new editorial guidelines prescribing an “appropriate use of language and sensitivity to sociocultural norms.” According to the new criteria, ‘sleeping beauties’ is “a clear violation of sociocultural norms.” Professor Van Raan calls the decision “Bizar. I refuse to capitulate for this political correctness gone wild.” He states that the ban is a typical example of things being carried too far on American campus-universities and”a measure you can only expect in a DDR-like police state.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The Mission of Brunei Darussalam wrote an aide memoir to present its point of view. It starts by stressing that Islam is Brunei’s official religion and that “strong religious values with rich heritage of tradition and culture, form the very foundation of the unique Bruneian identity (…) which are important to be preserved.” The document continues by Brunei asserting its sovereignty and the right to enforce laws “reflecting our own cultural and religious values.”
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  • By: Wolf
  • The petition, created by Zimbabwean activist Shelton Mpala, was “to draw attention to the appropriation of African culture and the importance of protecting our heritage, identity and culture from being exploited for financial gain by third parties. This plundered artwork serves to enrich or benefit these museums and corporations and not the creators or people it’s derived from.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “The evidence we published last year showed that harmful gender stereotypes in ads contribute to how people see themselves and their role in society. They can hold some people back from fulfilling their potential, or from aspiring to certain jobs and industries, bringing costs for individuals and the economy.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • When Ahting suggested they play in the cellar, because there were empty rooms there, he was told this wasn’t an option. That day, the meeting house would have to be completely “men free”.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Maybe if the EU had offered any more information on how the “#EUbudget” made sure everyone in the EU had access to clean water, someone could say anything more substantial about the claim. But Monday-intern didn’t. Oh, well. Maybe they think that Monty Python sketch is some sort of bingo card and the EU has to claim everything on it at least once? The aqueduct? Check. Brought peace? Of course they did!
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  • By: Timon Dias
  • It’s worth pointing out here that Cathy is not making this stuff up. Being the investigative TOC journalists that we are, some Twitter searches on “Cathy Newman cunt”, “Cathy Newman bitch” definitely do result in near-endless hits.

    A search on “Cathy Newman execute”, however, only resulted in a tweet saying “Cathy Newman would have voted to execute Socrates”, which, well, you know, is probably true.

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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “As the party attempts to move forward following #LabourToo, it should go beyond a strictly procedural approach, with complaints and regulations there to monitor members behaviour. It needs to engage in cultural reform, and banning alcohol from meetings is a significant part of ensuring that the party is welcoming to all and would mitigate the risks that consumption of alcohol poses to others.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people. Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “The 2025 date is open to all candidate countries and to the extent that a candidate country by then or later or earlier would have met all the criteria for membership, we will proceed in such a way that its efforts will be recognised by the EU.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “As a party, Labour prides itself on equality, extending opportunity to those who wouldn’t otherwise have it; promoting progressive politics; being the voice of the ostracised. Identity politics is our politics. (…) How can we as a political party purport to serve the interests of Londoners but fail to do this in our own house? Especially in a youth organisation which aims to represent the most diverse city in our country.”
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