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Yesterday the Associated Press dropped the term “illegal immigrant” from its style guide.
The Associated Press website quotes Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll:
The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.
The style guide has also revamped labels concerning mental health issues, arguing for credibly sourced diagnoses instead of labels.
“Saying someone was “diagnosed with schizophrenia” instead of schizophrenic, for example.”
The updated entry on illegal immigration has been added to both the English and Spanish editions of the AP Stylebook Online and will also appear in the print and mobile version of the guidebook later this spring.
Yesterday Amnesty International reported “UN puts human rights at heart of historic Arms Trade Treaty.”
According to the article published yesterday on the Amnesty International website:
Today, governments at the United Nations adopted by a wide margin an Arms Trade Treaty that will prohibit states from transferring conventional weapons to countries when they know those weapons will be used to commit or facilitate genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
In the UN General Assembly 154 states voted to adopt the treaty just days after Iran, North Korea and Syria – three human rights-abusing countries under some form of UN sanctions – staged a cynical move to try and block it. All three voted against the treaty today and 23 other states abstained.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today we have another chart from The Washington Post illustrating the support for same-sex marriage.
Yesterday The Washington Post published an article titled “In 2011, only 15 senators backed same-sex marriage. Now 49 do.”
The article’s author Dylan Matthews writes:
Mark Kirk and Tom Carper became the latest senators to endorse same-sex marriage, as members of the chamber seem to be falling over themselves to do in recent weeks. Just in the past month, nine members, including Kirk and Carper, have reversed course on the issue. The changes followed both Rob Portman’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage, and the Supreme Court arguments on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. By my count, that makes 49 members of the Senate, plus Vice President Biden, the Senate president, who support same-sex marriage.
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