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Shanghai Subway To Harassed Women: You Had It Coming



SHANGHAI - There have been numerous recent reports of female passengers being harassed on Shanghai's subway. Instead of acknowledging the complaints and enforcing security measures, the Shanghai subway authority has decided instead to post a photo of a woman wearing a transparent dress clearly showing her underwear on its website.

The photo's caption said: "If you takes the subway dressed like this, it's no wonder you get harassed. Since there are so many big bad wolves on the subway, girls should behave themselves!"

This quickly sparked serious controversy, as Chinese netizen outrage denounced the subway company's blaming the victim.

The "Voice of the Feminist" movement responded to the provocation by stating, "Women should be able to own their bodies. The subway company should take a stand against sexual harassment". This week, two volunteers from the feminist group protested on the subway with a board that read, "I may be hot, but you can't harass me", the Want Daily newspaper reported.

A man called Buddy said in his blog that "If the notion takes hold that women who wear less have only themselves to blame if they tempt males to commit crime , the end result will be that a woman won't be allowed out unless she covers herself from head to toe."

Joe, another blogger asked if "according to the subway company, does this mean that me are allowed to harass women at the swimming pool?"

Others, however, defended the Shanghai metro authority, saying an appropriate dress code in public is common sense.

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Photo - via Want Daily

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What Are Iran's Real Intentions? Watch What The Houthis Do Next

Three commercial ships traveling through the Red Sea were attacked by missiles launched by Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels, while the U.S. Navy shot down three drones. Tensions that are linked to the ongoing war in Gaza conflict and that may serve as an indication as to Iran's wider intentions.

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the Iranian parliament in Tehran.

Icana News Agency via ZUMA
Pierre Haski


PARIS — It’s a parallel war that has so far claimed fewer victims and attracted less public attention than the one in Gaza. Yet it increasingly poses a serious threat of escalating at any time.

This conflict playing out in the international waters of the Red Sea, a strategic maritime route, features the U.S. Navy pitted against Yemen's Houthi rebels. But the stakes go beyond the Yemeni militants — with the latter being supported by Iran, which has a hand in virtually every hotspot in the region.

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Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, the Houthis have been making headlines, despite Yemen’s distance from the Gaza front. Starting with missiles launched directed toward southern Israel, which were intercepted by U.S. forces. Then came attacks on ships belonging, or suspected of belonging, to Israeli interests.

On Sunday, no fewer than three commercial ships were targeted by ballistic missiles in the Red Sea. The missiles caused minor damage and no casualties. Meanwhile, three drones were intercepted and destroyed by the U.S. Navy, currently deployed in full force in the region.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for these attacks, stating their intention to block Israeli ships' passage for as long as there was war in Gaza. The ships targeted on Sunday were registered in Panama, but at least one of them was Israeli. In the days before, several other ships were attacked and an Israeli cargo ship carrying cars was seized, and is still being held in the Yemeni port of Hodeida.

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