Day: October 2, 2020

U of T law school under fire for opting not to hire human-rights scholar after pressure from sitting judge

The University of Toronto’s St. George campus photographed on May 20, 2020.

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The University of Toronto’s law school is facing international and internal criticism, accused of caving in to pressure from a sitting federal judge not to hire a human-rights director because of her scholarship on Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The law school has been attempting to fill the job of director of its International Human Rights Law

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U.K. Government to Top Up Wages for Six Months As COVID Measures Continue

British Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the government will pay up to two-thirds of people’s wages as long as employees are working—and being paid for—one-third of their hours.

Sunak has said that the British economy is going through a “more permanent adjustment” and what happens now “must be different from what came before.” The scheme is estimated to cost around £300 million a month, though more details will be released later today, and is

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Towards an uncivil society?

Whenever anyone mounts a critique of the current state of media encounters one particular counter-argument. Where were you when the tilt was the other way around, when the liberal narrative held sway in almost all of media? No one complained about bias, or the quality of coverage then, did they? The power has now decisively away from the traditional elite, and along with social media, TV now speaks the millions who were effectively silenced earlier,

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The beauty politic: South Africa’s long and complicated history with skin lighteners







  • South Africa remains the only country in the world to prohibit all cosmetic claims to skin bleaching, lightening or whitening. And we have a blend of Black Consciousness and science to thank for it.
  • But regulation hasn’t totally snuffed out demand for dangerous creams containing toxic chemicals.
  • Read this book extract from Lynn M. Thomas’s ‘Beneath the Surface: A transnational history of skin lighteners’

At a 1969 Durban

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Mandela’s lawyer, anti-apartheid activist George Bizos dies

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anti-apartheid campaigner and Nelson Mandela’s personal lawyer George Bizos has died at 92, his family said Wednesday.



FILE — In this Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 file photo George Bizos, left, anti-apartheid activist, and life-long friend and lawyer of Nelson Mandela, right, arrives for his 80th birthday party in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bizos has died Wednesday Sept. Sept. 9, 2020, aged 92. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)


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FILE — In this Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 file photo George Bizos, left, anti-apartheid activist, and life-long friend and lawyer of Nelson Mandela, right, arrives for his 80th birthday party in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bizos has died Wednesday Sept. Sept. 9, 2020, aged 92. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

He died peacefully

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