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Spain: New government argues against sex education veto

Murcia – Image: alicante-spain.com

(Reuters) – Spain’s new leftist government accused the far right on Tuesday of eroding children’s right to education and promoting ignorance, in response to attempts by the region of Murcia to uphold a divisive ‘parental veto’ on sex education.

The ultra-conservative Vox party, which emerged as Spain’s third largest political force in a parliamentary election in November, catapulted the issue of whether parents can prevent children from attending classes on sex and relationships to the forefront of public debate. Continue Reading »

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Film: Dark Waters – Irish cinemas from February 28th

Directed by Todd Haynes – Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman

A shocking cover-up is about to be exposed.

Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations.

In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth.

In Cinemas February 28, 2020!

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Amnesty International: AGM 2020 San Diego

Amnesty International USA is excited to be hosting the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in San Diego, California!

Join them for their 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in San Diego, California! The 55th AGM will be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

2020 Annual General Meeting

Dates:
Location:
Friday, March 6th – Sunday, March 8th, 2020
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
10950 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA, 92037, United States

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for members and activists to come together and inspire one another, to learn about each other’s efforts and campaigns, to share stories and experiences, and to listen and participate in their sessions and panels.

Throughout the weekend, you will meet and interact with individuals and groups who share your commitment to human rights. They hope that when you leave the AGM, you will leave with new skills, inspiring stories, and a refreshed sense of hope and determination. Join them for AGM in March!

REGISTER

For more information about the 2020 AGM, go to:

https://www.amnestyusa.org/take-action/events/amnesty-internationals-2020-annual-general-meeting/

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Film Review: Bad Boys for Life

Frances Winston reviews the latest Bad Boys movie

Directed by: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah – Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano

The title to this is somewhat misleading. With the last Bad Boys movie being released 17 years ago (yes really) it’s safe to say that neither Smith nor Lawrence quite qualify as ‘boys’ anymore. Indeed, this is the brunt of many of the jokes in this threequel. Continue Reading »

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Lesotho: Human rights record to be reviewed by UPR

Map of Lesotho – Image: Lonely Planet

Lesotho’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 22 January 2020, in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Lesotho is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group, during its upcoming session, taking place from 20 to 31 January.

Lesotho’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2010 and January 2015, respectively. Continue Reading »

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Film Reveiw & Trailer: Just Mercy

Another film based on a true story, Frances Winston feels Just Mercy is a worthy award-season offering

Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton – Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, Brie Larson

You just know it’s award-season, when a glut of earnest and worthy movies start landing in cinemas.

This is yet another ‘based on a true story’ offering, of which there are so many at the moment. Jordan plays real-life social justice activist and lawyer, Bryan Stevenson. He is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, that has tirelessly worked to free people wrongly convicted, and imprisoned, on death row for decades. Continue Reading »

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Film Review & Trailer: Bombshell

Review by Frances Winston

Directed by: Jay Roach – Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell, Allison Janney

Harvey Weinstein may be dominating the #MeToo headlines at the moment, but he is not the only predatory male (sorry alleged predatory male – for legal reasons I think we have to say that since his trial is still ongoing) in the entertainment industry, who was lascivious towards women. Continue Reading »