There is something not quite right about today's society. It seems that you can't open your mouth without offending anyone. For instance, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is running the risk over coddling their students. The university recently announced that they will require about 1,000 incoming students to participate in a "cultural competency training" in the fall, costing the university about $150,000 to $200,000 in expenses.
This announcement was made following a semester of student protests over racist slurs from two UW-Madison officials. This is one of the few new initiatives from the UW Administrators after they faced criticisms, protests and social media outbursts from minority students, who said that they had negative experiences on the campus.
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This recent human-caused climate change is cursing the Earth, because today, the only endemic mammal species in the Great Barrier Reef has succumbed into extinction. The species called Bramble Cay melomys are rodents that live on an island in the eastern Torres Strait. They are said to have been completely wipe out from their habitat.
This is the first recorded extinction of a mammal due to man-made climate change. Despite environmentalists' concern, the melomys will not be the last to die off if humans keep on with their destructive ways.
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Archaeologists near Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, have used lidar technology to find medieval cities and waterways surrounding the temple that was built during the Khmer Empire.
The technology, which combines light detection and radar to survey areas, found a 734-square-mile area around Angkor Wat that previously served as home to sophisticated medieval cities, water structures and smelting areas.
Damian Evans, whose discovery was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science last week, tolde Guardian that the technology has allowed him and other archaeologists to get a better idea of how Southeast Asia functioned 900 to 1,400 years ago. more >>
A Chinese human rights lawyer who was released from jail in 2014 recounts the torture he suffered at the hands of government authorities in a new memoir in which he reveals how his Christian faith gave him strength to survive.
The Associated Press conduced an interview with 52-year-old Gao Zhisheng about his Chinese-language memoir, China's Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner, which the lawyer said was hard to write due to ongoing surveillance by Communist Party officials.
Zhisheng revealed that he spent three years in solitary confinement for standing up against the government's various human rights abuses, but said it was "his Christian faith and his unwavering hope for China that sustained him in that period of isolation." more >>
A newly released music album by City Harvest Church, featuring songs by Pastor Sun Ho, has hit top spot in Singapore's iTunes charts amid the ongoing controversy and court case against her husband, Pastor Kong Hee, for funneling millions of church donations into her career.
Singapore's The Independent reported on Tuesday that CHC's praise and worship album Draw Me went on sale over the weekend, and by Monday had already climbed to the top of the country's iTunes Store, prevailing over international superstars such as Adele, Coldplay, and One Direction.
Muslim villagers in a Pakistani community are helping to build a church for their Christian neighbors, seeking to show peace and solidarity in a country deeply troubled by religious persecution of minorities.
"After local riots we are trying to bring people together even more," villager Ijaz Farooq told BBC News in an interview posted on Monday, referring to 2009 riots in the nearby city of Gojra against Christian homes, which left 10 people dead.
"We have increased our activity so we don't have to face something like that. By building this church we want to show that we are united as a community," he added. more >>