Alabamas abortion ban is about keeping poor women down | Emma Brockes

For the 25 white, male state senators voting for it, this is not about the foetus, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes A lot of good points were made about the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of Alabamas 25 white male lawmakers who repeal Obamacare that notional kid, not so much. And while the point was made that no one who has watched a woman struggle through labour could, in good conscience, criminalise her disinclination to do so, these arguments seemed to me bizarre, premised on the notion that the men in Alabama were acting in good faith; that they had the health of anyone but themselves in mind. No one at this point in the US abortion debate can believe that the …

New Zealand’s world-first wellbeing budget to focus on poverty and mental health

Country claims to be the first to measure success by peoples wellbeing Child poverty, domestic violence and mental health will be the priorities in New Zealands wellbeing budget, the finance minister has announced, with the nation declaring itself the first in the world to measure success by its peoples wellbeing. On Tuesday Grant Robertson said that despite New Zealands rockstar economy many New Zealanders were being left behind, with home ownership at a 60-year low, the suicide rate climbing and homelessness and food aid grants on the rise. According to predictions by the International Monetary Fund, the New Zealand economy is expected to grow at around 2.5 % in 2019 and 2.9% in 2020. But Robertson emphasised many New Zealanders …

Hope never dies: Venezuela opposition ponders whats next after failed uprising

As protesters returned to the streets on Saturday some voiced optimism while others showed signs of bafflement and anger When the tip off came late on Monday night, Jess Armas could hardly believe what he was hearing. Were going to have this situation, a fellow opposition politician confided over the phone, explaining how in six hours Venezuelan troops would decisive mutiny against Maduro. This is the end, Armas remembered thinking. It was not. The dramatic predawn insurrection quickly unravelled, with Moreno and other top Chavistas reaffirming their backing for Maduro and troops remaining almost entirely loyal to their existing commander-in-chief. On Saturday, as small groups of protesters returned to the streets, members of Venezuelas opposition were left pondering what had …

Sanders dares Democrats to stop him but is he the man to beat Trump?

The socialist senator from Vermont and his supporters seem to have the upper hand over a party establishment worried hes too leftwing Raging against the machine has taken Bernie Sanders a long way. In 2016, his disdain for the establishment and the donor class gave progressives a near-perfect foil to Hillary Clinton, who was cast as the anointed Democratic candidate for president. Sanders was beaten in the primary but the senator and his allies clamored for and won changes to party rules they said were rigged. Now, the partys role in choosing its nominee has been limited and a Sanders nomination is a very real possibility. At the top of early polls, the increasingly confident senator from Vermont is daring …

Trailblazing women of Kabul, Afghanistan a photo essay

The Women by Women project commissions local female photographers to tell the stories of trendsetting women and girls, in countries where the charity ActionAid works. The series starts with these stories of radical women in Kabul, including a street artist, a kickboxer and a politician In 2018, less than a quarter of photographs published in major media outlets were taken by female photojournalists. Women by Afghanistan, with the stories of a kickboxer, politician, street artist, yoga teacher, fashion designer and drugs counsellor. They are all breaking down gender barriers and shattering stereotypes in different ways, in one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women. Being a woman photographer is a very big challenge in Afghanistan. If men …

‘That took long enough!’ black ballerinas finally get shoes to match their skin

Ballet shoes have always been a pale peachy pink because it was assumed dancers were, too. Now a British footwear company is striking a blow for ballerinas of colour everywhere When spring tour, therell be some unusual footwear among their costumes. Not just the wellies they wear to portray striking South African miners in collaborated with Cassa Pancho, has been shock that they didnt already exist. I was a bit put out by that, says Pancho. All the effort thats gone into this and the first thing they say is, That took long enough! But you forget how different the dance world is to the wider world. Its just going to look right from left, Cira Robinson, Sayaka Ichikawa and …

European parliament votes to scrap daylight saving time from 2021

Directive would apply to UK if it stayed in EU, and also during Brexit transition period The European parliament has voted to scrap the twice-a-year custom of Theresa Mays Brexit deal. Member states would be able to choose whether to remain on permanent summer or permanent winter time under the draft directive, which passed by 410 votes to 192. Countries that wanted to be permanently on summertime would adjust their clocks for the final time on the last Sunday in March 2021. Those that opt for permanent wintertime would change their clocks for the final time on the last Sunday of October 2021. It is the latest step in the EUs harmonisation of daylight saving time first launched in the …

Kellyanne Conway is no ‘badass’ and she’s certainly no feminist | Arwa Mahdawi

Conway plays an integral role in Trumps racist and misogynist agenda. Shes no feminist shes simply a bad person Sign up for the Conway told Fox Business that she has no intention of resigning from the White House over Trumps Twitter feud with her husband George (popularly referred to as Mr Kellyanne Conway, according to an Badass Women of Washington. The entire series, which profiles women like Nancy Pelosi, Elaine Chao, and Dianne Feinstein, has been a pretty vapid exercise in corporate feminism; however the puff piece on Conway was particularly embarrassing. It celebrates the fact that Conway, a mother, wife, and career woman, seems to be doing it all while brushing over the fact that all includes a lot …

Venezuela blackout caused by ‘US attack’, defence minister claims

Two-day power cut is worst in countrys recent history and Vladimir Padrino Lpez says: This is an aggression designed to destabilise Venezuelas defense minister has accused the United States of masterminding a televised address from the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Vladimir Padrino Lpez claimed the North American empire was behind a criminal aggression designed to disrupt and attack Nicols Maduros beleaguered administration. Nearly all of Venezuelas 23 states were cast into darkness on Thursday afternoon after insisted Maduros officials and the armed forces were fighting back. We are here to transmit a message of peace to all of the Venezuelan people all is calm. Earlier, the vice-president, Delcy Rodrguez, denounced the incident which experts attribute to mismanagement, corruption and …

Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is not a state of all its citizens

PM has been accused of demonising Israeli Arabs in lead-up to April election Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel is not a state of all its citizens, in a reference to the countrys Arab population. In comments on Instagram, the prime minister went on to say all citizens, including Arabs, had equal rights, but he referred to a deeply controversial law passed last year declaring Israel the nation state of the Jewish people. Israel is not a state of all its citizens, he wrote in response to criticism from an Israeli actor, Rotem Sela. According to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people and only it. As you wrote, there is no problem …