In March 2013, Scottish law was changed to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Thursday’s referendum for Scottish independence. The separatist Scottish National Party pushed for the change because, according to NBC News “younger voters are more inclined to vote with their hearts, not their heads — and embrace radical change by voting for the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign.
“I think it will be a great thing to remember,” says 16-year-old Katie Cowan.
“If we get independence … to look back on that and know that we took part in it.”
“I was a bit nervous but it feels really good,” adds Scottish teen Lauren Forde.
“It’s our future and we should be allowed to have a say in it. It is going to be a bit weird in school tomorrow after the results, though.”
via Scotland’s freedom could be won by teenagers – UPI.com.
Egypt’s interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim had released a statement claiming the regulation was intended to focus on developing Egypt’s security by monitoring criminal activity online.
The Minister, in June, added that the monitoring would provide the Ministry with information about illegal topics and issues against public morals and traditions.
A report leaked by state media newspaper Al-Ahram in June revealed that the monitoring will also aim to “create a database for influential persons and persons of interests and registering their connections with others.”
Egyptian social media users have reacted strongly against the move to monitor communications, criticizing its negative impacts on privacy and freedom of self-expression.
via Egypt starts monitoring online communications | Egyptian Streets.
The lawsuit alleges that, since 1957, poor and undereducated South Korean women were pressured into prostitution in those government-designated zones around American military bases. Authorities should be legally held responsible because they turned a blind eye and therefore promoted the trade, according to the filing.
Former prostitutes say that the government rounded up bar workers — some of whom were girls in their mid-teens — and mandated that they undergo forced STD testing. The ones who tested positive for diseases were held against their will in quarantine and treatment centers, say the plaintiffs. “It was terrible. And we believe that the government was responsible for its negligence,” said Kim, the former sex worker, who was tested multiple times.
The government also sponsored etiquette and English-language classes for these hostesses, where they were praised for contributing to economic development and national security.
Scholars say the South Korean government, run by three dictators from the 1960s to 1980s, sought to please the US military out of fear that it would depart, while bringing in US dollars to buttress this struggling economy. In the past, the South Korean government has denied encouraging prostitution. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family would not comment on the litigation.
via “Comfort women” who serviced U.S. soldiers demand justice – Salon.com.
ISIS fighters have seized 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major advance towards the city of Ayn al-Arab at the border with Turkey, a Kurdish military official and an activist group said Thursday.
Ocalan Iso, a commander in Kurdish armed group YPG, told Reuters that ISIS fighters were using heavy weapons including tanks in their attack near the city, known as Kobani in Kurdish. He also said the Syrian Kurds were seeking support from other groups including the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) to fend off the advance by ISIS. Speaking via Skype, he said they wanted support “in all military aspects.”
Rami Abdel-Rahman, founder of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the villages had been seized in an ISIS advance that started Wednesday. “They have a large number of fighters,” he told Reuters by phone.
via ISIS seizes 16 Kurdish villages in north Syria: Kurds | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.