The Thursday Rounds

Black Brazilian youth’s vulnerability to homicide, child grooms in Cambodia, police raids on Bosnian Muslims, a ruling on physician-assisted suicide in South Africa, and more in today’s Rounds…

Race, Ethnicity & Nationality

  • A recent study finds that black youth in Brazil are more than twice as likely to be murdered as white youth, with some states seeing black youth more than 13 times more likely. (O Estado)
  • Ivory Coast bans potentially deadly skin-whitening cream, often used by women and some men to lighten their skin in line with beauty standards. (Guardian)
  • Kurdish Iranians clash with police over their treatment in the country following the suicide of a hotel employee alleged to have been raped by an Iranian official. (Al Arabiya)
  • Los Angeles (U.S.) police chief proactively reaches out to the community following another shooting of an unarmed man by one of his officers. (CS Monitor)


  • New study finds the number of highly educated women in the U.S. becoming mothers has increased over the last 20 years. (PBS NewsHour)
  • A look at child marriage in Cambodia, one of the few places where child grooms are prominent in the social phenomenon. (Al Jazeera)
  • The first female four-star general in the U.S. Army reflects on her 40-year career and where the military stands regarding its integration and protection of women’s rights. (PRI)
  • Despite safety measures put in place, Argentina continues to struggle with domestic violence. (, in Spanish)
  • Nigerian girls and women freed from Boko Haram face malnourishment and pregnancy; boys still trapped. (IPS)

Immigration & Displacement

  • Mexican police rescue more than 100 migrants held captive for ransom outside of Mexico City. (El Universal, in Spanish)
  • Italian Interior Minister calls on asylum seekers to work for free while their applications are processed. (AFP, via Yahoo!)
  • Niger deports 3,000 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram back to Nigeria. (Leadership)

Religion & Belief

Sexual & Gender Identity

  • The continuing difficulty of counting the LGBT population globally. (Economist)
  • Cyprus Cabinet approves civil partnership bill for same-sex couples, sending it to Parliament for debate. (Gay Star News)
  • Luxembourg PM reportedly to marry his partner soon, with same-sex marriage in the country having been legalized at the beginning of the year. (AFP via Digital Journal)
  • Ukrainian billboard campaign promotes acceptance of LGBT and other minority communities. (BuzzFeed)

In Addition

  • South African judge lets stand his ruling granting a citizen the right to physician-assisted suicide after the individual’s natural passing, despite opposition from other government officials. (News 24)
  • Iran bans a host of fashion and beauty styles, including “devil-worshipping” and “homosexual” hairstyles. (Guardian)

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