MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT: Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
The prevalence of rape and sexual assault at our Nation\’s institutions of higher education is both deeply troubling and a call to action. Studies show that about one in five women is a survivor of attempted or completed sexual violence while in college. In addition, a substantial number of men experience sexual violence during college. Although schools have made progress in addressing rape and sexual assault, more needs to be done to ensure safe, secure environments for students of higher education.
via Memorandum — Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault | The White House.
Some of the most graphic photographs that I\’ve ever seen in my life contained the images of Black men people being lynched. Collector James Allen uncovered an extraordinary visual legacy: photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America. He published these photographs in his book Without Sanctuary. You can experience the images as a flash movie with narrative comments by James Allen, or as a gallery of photos. Please be aware before entering the site that much of the material is very graphic and very disturbing.
via Electronic Village: OURstory: Lynching in America.
A newly-published report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reveals some 22,000 clients from mainland China and Hong Kong who are stashing their money away in offshore acounts in the British Virgin Islands and other locales. The clients include family members of many preeminent CCP elites, including Xi Jinping and Wen Jiabao.
Many of the holdings are managed by top international banks, including UBS, Credit Suisse, and Deutsche Bank, which have topnotch reputations for secrecy. These banks acted as middlemen for Chinese clients to establish trusts and companies in the British Virgin Islands, Samoa, and other islands whose primary reason for existence is the hiding of wealthy people\’s funds.
There are some big, big names involved in this case, as the ICIJ reports:
The confidential files include details of a real estate company co-owned by current President Xi Jinping’s brother-in-law and British Virgin Islands companies set up by former Premier Wen Jiabao’s son and also by his son-in-law. […]
Chinese officials aren’t required to disclose their assets publicly and until now citizens have remained largely in the dark about the parallel economy that can allow the powerful and well-connected to avoid taxes and keep their dealings secret. By some estimates, between $1 trillion and $4 trillion in untraced assets have left the country since 2000. […]
via Leaked records expose huge offshore tax havens used by families of CCP elite: Shanghaiist.
More Free Trade Zones for these folks to make hiding their money easier
Israeli settlers uprooted over 600 recently planted olive and almond saplings in a village north of Ramallah on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma\’an that a group of settlers from Givat Ariel and Maale Levona uprooted newly planted saplings in the village of Sinjil.
Daghlas said Israeli police opened an investigation into the incident.
The saplings were planted by the International Committee of the Red Cross to support Palestinian farmers, Daghlas said.
More than 70 families would have benefited from the trees, he added.
via Settlers uproot hundreds of trees near Ramallah | Maan News Agency.
Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard just became the first woman from her country to advance to the semis of the Australian Open in over three decades. Way to go, Eugenie! What do you want to know about her history-making game? How she prepped before facing Ana Ivanovic? What she thinks put her over the edge in this match? How high she thinks she can rise in this tournament? Duh, of course not, you want to know what man she’d date if she could date any man in the whole wide world. Because that’s so relevant to tennis!
via Today in shitty treatment of women athletes.
A shame and sad – A Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer accidentally shot and killed a fellow officer Tuesday, authorities said.
The officers were conducting a probation search at a home in the East Bay city of Dublin when the shooting occurred just after 1 p.m., BART officials said.
The officer who was shot was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.
via BART officer accidentally kills fellow officer – Wire Nation/World – The Sacramento Bee.