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U.N. Peacekeepers Sexually Exploited Haitian Women, Report Says

A new investigation finds that abuse was rampant among peacekeepers.

U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

A new report due to be released by the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services alleges that members of a U.N. peacekeeping mission traded neccessities like food and medicine in exchange for sex with at least 225 Haitian women. The investigation, which took place a year ago in Haiti, where more than 8,000 peacekeepers have been stationed since 2004, found a slew of human rights abuses, including the rape of minors under the age of 18.

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Bill Cosby’s Video Message: “I’m Far From Finished”

The comedian is seen lounging in silk pajamas as he makes phone calls to fans.

Bill Cosby reached out to his remaining fans—all three of them—in a video aired by ABC News on Monday. The ten-second video, titled, “I’m Far From Finished” captures Cosby lounging in an armchair and wearing silk fuchsia pajamas as he makes phone calls on a rotary phone, inviting people to his comedy tour. “You know I’ll be hilarious!” he says to a fan, the existence of which we cannot independently verify. Cosby makes no mention, however, of the 30-plus women who have come forward since 2004 to accuse him of sexual assault.

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Turkish Men Marched Against Sexual Violence in Skirts

They joined women on the streets to say, “It doesn’t matter what she was wearing.”

The death of Özgecan Aslan in Southern Turkey has rallied women activists around the country in protests against sexual violence and assault. Their male allies, too, have joined them in the movement, marching alongside them in skirts.

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DSK, Lies, and the Myth of the Perfect Victim DSK Rape Case and Perfect Victims

I'm wondering why so few people are asking the most important question of all: How does any of this prove that DSK didn't rape her?

The Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape case has taken a turn for the complex. Actually, media-frenzied sexual assault allegations are always pretty thorny. Perhaps it's more accurate to say the case has taken a turn for the even-more-complex.

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Report: War Is a Really Terrible Learning Environment

A new UNESCO report says that 28 million kids don't go to school because of armed conflict in their countries.


A report out today from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (also known as UNESCO) has some depressing data on the number of children worldwide who don't go to school—more than 67 million across the globe. And, what's especially disturbing is that 28 million of them don't go because of armed conflict.

According to the report, classrooms, teachers, and students are increasingly seen as legitimate targets.

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