From ‘consent football’ to ‘pin the organ on the body’: sex education around the world

As the British debate around how to talk to children about sex intensifies, teachers and students explain how its done across the globe Adults have long been squeamish over talking to children about sex. We have a history of complicated and conflicting attitudes: sex has been seen as simultaneously joyous and desirable (so long as it is between a young couple after marriage and in the interest of begetting babies), but also as dark and dirty, something from which children must be protected. Religion and paternalism, rooted in a historic cult of virginity at marriage and the ownership of women, continue to influence the debate over sex and relationship education (SRE) around the globe. Even in countries such as the …

How North Korea got away with the assassination of Kim Jong-nam

No one from the regime will stand trial over the death of Kim Jong-uns half-brother, leading to fears it will act again The morning of 13 February 2017 was like any other at Kuala Lumpurs hectic international airport terminal so it would have been easy to miss a lone North Korean man, clad in a blue polo shirt and jeans, heading to check into his flight to Macau. As he ambled past a column, a backpack slung over one shoulder, a woman approached him and wiped an oily substance on his face before disappearing, her unusual actions caught on CCTV. Moments later, another woman came from behind and covered his eyes with her hands. She then slid them down over …