In an unprecedented move by the Communist Party of China, its official press has released statements about the controversial Cultural Revolution, a few days after the 50th anniversary of one of the most prominent events in Chinese history. According to The Guardian, the Communist Party and the Chinese government did not issue any official announcement to mark the event's 50 years last May 16. Come May 17, Tuesday, however, the party-run press published two short editorials that mentioned the Cultural Revolution.
The People's Daily published on page four of the newspaper one such editorial which claimed that party leaders had already given a "clear answer" about the responsibility of Mao Zedong for bringing on the Cultural Revolution. It also told readers that it is time to "move on from the decade of upheaval" and look to the future. It also acknowledged that the Cultural Revolution was "utterly wrong, in both theory and practice."
The second editorial published in the Global Times, another state-run newspaper, called the Cultural Revolution a "decade of calamity," which brought on damage and "permanent pain" for many of its citizens. The article titled "Society firmly rejects Cultural Revolution" also cited that it was this decade in history that taught the Chinese to fear turmoil and want stability more than anyone. more >>
It sounds like Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence won't be voting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In an appearance on the BBC's "The Graham Norton Show" on Friday, May 13, with Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, and Jack Whitehall, the 25-year-old "X-Men: Apocalypse" star had some strong words for the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for president.
When host Graham Norton asked Lawrence if she had ever met Trump, Lawrence said that she had not but that she did come close once, at a concert in which she had been "adamant" on finding the current frontrunner for the GOP nomination and making a video of herself cursing him out and making an obscene gesture. According to Lawrence, she thinks Trump knew that she was looking for him. more >>
Countries that restrict abortion have abortion rates similar to those of countries where it is legal, and in the the past 24 years the abortion rate has fallen in developed countries but remained about the same in developing countries.
Media have focused on those two findings of a study on the incidence of abortion worldwide, published this week in the U.K. medical journal The Lancet.
While such research can inform the policy debate over legalized abortion, it is regrettable that media coverage of the Lancet study has been so politicized. more >>
"Truth will out," we sometimes hear. But it may take Congress to help it along. Here are some of the latest developments in the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal.
The most important story of last year, in my view, was the exposure of Planned Parenthood's trafficking in infant organs. But with the indictment of David Daleiden, the undercover journalist behind the incriminating videos, it seemed as if those responsible for the grisly exposed practices would not face any consequences.
All that may be changing, however. This month, lawmakers took a major step toward holding the abortion giant and its allies accountable. The Select Panel on Infant Lives, chaired by Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, held a hearing on April 20th to review the evidence. And what they uncovered was stomach-turning. more >>
The United States Supreme Court sent several challenges to the Human and Human Services Department's contraception mandate back to the lower courts, vacating the earlier rulings.
Plaintiffs, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington will have their lawsuits decided at the lower court level.
In a Per Curiam decision released Monday morning, the highest court in the land reasoned that the lower court decisions were to be vacated in light of a new possible resolution between the two parties. more >>
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has clashed with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a devoted Muslim, over the connection between Islam and terrorism, and has warned he may not have a "very good" relationship with the U.K. if elected president.
Trump has stirred controversy around the world for his suggestions to ban Muslims coming into America, due largely to the rise of Islamic extremism being carried out by terror groups like the Islamic State, which has earned him stern criticism from several U.K. politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron.
"We have a tremendous problem with radical Islamic terror," Trump has said about his proposed Muslim ban. "The world is blowing up and its not people from Sweden that's doing the damage okay. So we have a real problem." more >>