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Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier vows to 'repeal' human rights legislation

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[The simple existence of Trump as POTUS is enough to bring the worms out of the woodworks. *RON*]
Press Progress, 13 February 2017
If elected, Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier says he'll change the law and make it easier to discriminate against people based on their gender.

In a Facebook post Sunday, Bernier promised to "repeal" Bill C-16, a law adding gender identity and expression to the Human Rights Act and Criminal Code – something he actually voted for last October.

Now that he's running for leader, Bernier has had a sudden change of heart, warning that the bill protecting transgender Canadians from hate crimes and workplace discrimination "could force Canadians to restructure the way they talk and say things they do not believe."

Duterte’s Last Hurrah: On the Road to Martial Law

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["Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there is three million, what is it, three million drug addicts [in the Philippines] there are. I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have [me]. You know my victims. I would like them to be all criminals, to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition." *RON*]
James Fenton, New York Review of Books, 23 February 2017 Issue
Landing last December at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila brought back memories of Ninoy Aquino himself arriving from the US in 1983 on the tarmac that was to be christened with his blood. He was the leading figure in the opposition to the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, president of the Philippines from 1965 until 1986. Aquino had been imprisoned by Marcos for seven years and seven months. His health had suffered; he had been on a hunger strike until his family pleaded with him to s…

Syria: Coordinated Chemical Attacks on Aleppo

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[The Security Council should impose sanctions at very least. *RON*]
Human Rights Watch, 13 February 2017
Syrian government forces conducted coordinated chemical attacks in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during the final month of the battle for the city. 
(New York) – Syrian government forces conducted coordinated chemical attacks in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during the final month of the battle for the city, Human Rights Watch said today.

Oklahoma lawmaker: pregnant women’s bodies aren't their own, because they are “hosts”

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[It’s the logic behind a bill that would require men to approve their partners’ abortions. Repulsive. I've noticed that Americans tend to get more fired up about politics out of Washington, DC than state politics, even though state politics most often has more of a profound impact on their daily lives. *RON*]
Emily Crockett, Vox, 13 February 2017
An Oklahoma state legislator, Rep. Justin Humphrey, is pushing a bill that would require a woman to get written permission from her sexual partner if she wants to have an abortion. The Supreme Court already struck down a very similar bill two decades ago, which means Humphrey’s bill would have almost no chance of holding up in court if it ever became law.

Half-brother of Kim Jong-un 'killed' in Malaysia

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[Kim Jong-nam reportedly poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport by female North Korean operatives, S Korean media says. *RON*]

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies, 14 February 2017
The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been killed in Malaysia, the Yonhap News Agency and other South Korean media outlets reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified sources.

Yonhap, citing a South Korean government source, said Kim Jong-nam was killed on Monday morning in Malaysia. It gave no more details.