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Dutch version of St. Nicholas has controversial sidekick

Dutch version of St. Nicholas has controversial sidekick

World
The Dutch version of St. Nicholas is due to arrive in the Netherlands in an annual children’s party that has become the backdrop for increasingly acrimonious confrontations between supporters and opponents of his sidekick, Black PeteByThe Associated PressNovember 16, 2019, 10:09 AM1 min read The Dutch version of St. Nicholas is due to arrive in the Netherlands in an annual children’s party that has become the backdrop for increasingly acrimonious confrontations between supporters and opponents of his sidekick, Black Pete. White people often don blackface makeup to play the character. Opponents say such depictions promote racist stereotypes, while supporters defend the helper of Sinterklaas, the white-bearded, red-robed Dutch version of St. Nicholas, as a traditional children's character. O
Controversial Christmas classic track rewritten for #MeToo era

Controversial Christmas classic track rewritten for #MeToo era

Entertainment
Every year, the Christmas songs we know and love are re-recorded and re-purposed, in an effort to bring them right up to date for a modern market.This year, the lyrics to one of the most iconic yet controversial Christmas songs ever made has been rewritten in the wake of the #MeToo era. John Legend has updated the lyrics to the 1944 song Baby, It's Cold Outside, and re-recorded it with fellow The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson.It is a song with alternate lines sung by a man and woman in which he attempts to convince her not to risk a journey home in bad weather and to instead stay and have another drink. Image: Natasha Rothwell helped rewrite the lyrics Critics of the track say that lines such as, "say what's in this drink? (No cabs to be...
Facebook to launch ‘supreme court’ to judge controversial content

Facebook to launch ‘supreme court’ to judge controversial content

Technology
By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent Facebook has revealed the rules that will govern its "supreme court" - a new 40-person independent board that will make the final decision on controversial questions about the social network's content.Users unhappy with the way their content has been treated on the platform will be able to take their case to the board after they have "exhausted" Facebook's internal appeals process. It is not clear when the oversight board will start work. Once it has, Facebook said it would implement its decision promptly, unless doing so could violate the law. Image: Mark Zuckerberg says the board will be completely independent - even of him It a...
Ebola vaccine: Why is a new jab so controversial?

Ebola vaccine: Why is a new jab so controversial?

Health
A debate is raging over proposals that a second vaccine be introduced to fight Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, currently in the grip of its worst outbreak. The DR Congo Health Minister, Dr Oly Ilunga, who resigned after being stripped of management of the country's Ebola response, said the current vaccine is the only one that has been proven to be effective, and an opposition MP said the new vaccine is untested, and fears people in the country will be used as guinea pigs.Leading health experts say the second vaccine is safe and could be an important tool in holding back the spread of the virus.So what are the concerns, and are they justified?Tried and tested?It has been tested on 6,000 people and "has shown outstanding saf...
Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law

Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law

Technology
Copyright laws which critics say could change the internet have been voted in by the European Parliament.The new rules, including the controversial Article 13, will hold tech firms responsible for material posted without copyright permission.Sharing memes and GIFs will still be allowed under the new laws.Many musicians and creators say the legislation will compensate artists fairly - but others argue that they will destroy user-generated content.Copyright is the legal right that allows an artist to protect how their original work is used.Tech companies have argued that artists are already paid fairly under the current system. Google said it would "harm Europe's creative and digital industries". What is the controversial Article 1...