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Oct 5, 2018 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
Paula English’s husband was charged with abducting her. She thought he would kill her. When they divorced, she was still ordered to pay him $1,000 a month in alimony – and she’s not alone. buzzfeednews.com/article/ariane…
Divorce law varies between states, but other women have similar stories.
A California woman was ordered to pay alimony to the estranged husband charged with sexually assaulting her. A New York woman had to pay the legal fees of an ex-husband who plead guilty to beating her.
Oct 2, 2018 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
Republicans keep on saying Democrats leaked Dr. Ford’s letter at the last minute in order to sabotage Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
But there’s not much evidence to support that. Here’s a play-by-play of what happened buzzfeednews.com/article/paulmc…1/ During the summer, Senator Feinstein received the letter, which was dated July 30. She says she kept it a secret out of respect for Ford, who didn’t want to come forward publicly.
NEW: Federal investigators are looking at a series of international bank transactions following the planners and participants of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting #MoneyTrailbuzzfeednews.com/article/anthon…
The investigators are focused on two bursts of financial transactions — one shortly after the meeting and the other after the 2016 election — involving the family of Aras Agalarov, a Russian billionaire real estate developer with ties to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump
Sep 10, 2018 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
WhatsApp is a huge part of India’s social fabric. It's the country's most used app. Lately, it's been getting people killed.
Since May, there have been 16 lynchings leading to 29 deaths where officials say mobs were driven by misinformation on WhatsApp buzzfeednews.com/article/pranav…
Mob lynching isn’t new in India, but there’s little doubt that WhatsApp has exacerbated things: Users are whipping themselves into frenzies after viewing viral videos from unknown sources about supposed child abductors buzzfeednews.com/article/pranav…
Sep 8, 2018 • 15 tweets • 4 min read
When Rebecca Lopez was 14, she was taken from her bedroom one night by two strangers and delivered to a remote Christian boarding school in California. Her mother knew – it was an attempt to “fix” her sexuality – and it was all legal. buzzfeednews.com/article/tylerk…
Though California was the first state to ban conversion therapy by medical professionals for minors, there's nothing in the law that stops private boarding schools like River View Christian Academy from trying to "scare the gay away.”
Aug 15, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
A US Army veteran has spent thousands of hours of his own time tracking down fake Facebook accounts using his photo in a “romance scam.”
It's a problem Facebook knows about, but he says the responsibility of cleaning it up has fallen to him.
Bryan Denny’s face is frequently used in a scam meant to gain a woman’s trust before asking for money to help with fake emergencies and other needs.
According to the FTC and FBI, this scam has stolen $884 million from Americans since 2015.
Aug 9, 2018 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
Generations of residents on Georgia’s Sapelo Island survived slavery, disaster and disease. Now they face a new threat: tourism.
The island has no hospitals, schools, or police, but it’s managed to become a popular destination for (mostly) white weekenders, and a civil rights lawsuit claims that recent tax hikes are meant to push out black residents in favor of developers.
Aug 4, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Recently, we’ve revealed a history of troubling conditions at two of Britain's largest for-profit care home providers: Cambian and Keys Group.
These harrowing reports are emblematic of a sector that was once run by local councils but has become increasingly privatized.
Until the 1990s, local councils ran care homes exclusively. But councillors grew worried about ballooning costs and turned to private providers to save money.
Now, more than three-quarters of all care homes are run by for-profit companies.
Aug 3, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
What do you get when you put a bunch of photos of the FBI's most wanted into Amazon's celebrity recognition tool? A 97% certainty that a suspected triple-murderer is also Bob Ross.
We ran photos from the FBI's historical Most Wanted list and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's mugshot identification database through the Amazon tool.
It returned 18 matches that identified criminals as celebrities or politicians with 95% to 100% confidence.
Jul 30, 2018 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
Finding themselves with few options under Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, more families are making the potentially-deadly journey across the Sonoran desert.
Under the current administration, activists fear the death toll will only rise. buzzfeednews.com/article/johnst…
The Central American immigrants who journey to Pueblo Sin Fronteras at the Arizona-Mexico border have heard of the hundreds of bodies found in the desert by aid workers.
But still they arrive, “expecting an opportunity to cross here that may not exist elsewhere.”
Jul 26, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Elder, from Honduras, was separated from his 13-year-old daughter seven months ago. Gangs were threatening to kill him, so they sought asylum in the US.
He thought they were being separated as a normal procedure. He was taken to the airport three times to be deported.
After four months, he appeared in immigration court.
"Please if you could give me the opportunity to be with my daughter, I need to be with my daughter,” he told one judge.
"You have to talk to ICE," he says the judge told him.
But ICE told him to speak with the judge.
Jul 26, 2018 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
Cambian, Britain's largest private child care home provider, cleared nearly £200 million in revenue last year.
But while the company has raked in profits, children in its homes have been physically abused by peers and made to live in poor conditions buzzfeed.com/richholmes/car…
Two years ago, Cambian’s stock price was down. Cambian embarked on a recovery plan: House more kids and spend less money.
As homes went begging for basic supplies, some employees say, kids were placed wherever there was room
Jul 23, 2018 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
Maryann Stallone’s family thought she'd be safe in a home for people with disabilities.
Instead, she was sexually abused – and never taught the tools she needed to report it. buzzfeednews.com/article/ariane…
Stallone, who’s autistic and requires 24-hour assistance, didn’t know the signs to tell anyone that an employee at the Rainier School, a state-run institution where she lives, had sexually abused her.
Jul 21, 2018 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
Bassema was devastated by the sudden loss of her cousin to suicide.
Then came more heartache: Muslim funeral homes refused to bury the young man because he had killed himself. buzzfeednews.com/article/hannah…
When she finally found somewhere willing to bury her cousin, it was on the condition that his body did not enter the mosque.
Bassema’s struggle to give her cousin a dignified burial shows just how fraught the issue of suicide and mental health can be for Muslims in the US.
Jul 16, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Russian President Vladimir Putin owned Trump during their meeting in Helsinki.
It was clear Putin was in charge throughout the talks, and Trump handed him something he’s long fought for: A seat at the most important table in the world buzzfeed.com/emilytamkin/vl…
In a joint press conference, Putin denied Russian interference in the 2016 US election (which was to be expected). But then, President Trump *also* expressed doubt interference happened, siding with the Russian president over US intelligence findings buzzfeed.com/emilytamkin/tr…
Jul 10, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Against all the odds, all 12 members of the Moo Pa (Wild Boar) soccer team, and their coach, are free after spending over two weeks trapped in a flooded Thailand cave.
Here are some of the harrowing conditions rescuers had overcome to make it happen. buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/t…
Divers ventured into the cave system to retrieve two boys at a time, giving them a full-face mask for oxygen and tying them with a rope.
Each boy was accompanied by two divers, one holding the child and a second air tank, while another followed behind.
Jul 9, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Women in immigration detention are often denied adequate medical care, even when in dire need of it, are shackled around the stomach while being transported between facilities, and have been physically and psychologically mistreated, 17 sources told @BuzzFeedNews.
In interviews and written affidavits, women who've been in ICE detention and CBP custody while pregnant told of being ignored when obviously miscarrying, describing their jailers as unwilling or unable to respond to medical emergency, and recounted incidents of physical abuse.
Jul 9, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
BREAKING: Pregnant migrant women say they're being mistreated in detention centers, despite the Trump administration's claims buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/pre…
While the national focus has been on family separations, the Trump administration quietly introduced another policy months ago: the detention of pregnant women not yet in their third trimester.
We spoke to three women who had miscarriages while in custody.
Jul 9, 2018 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
You may have heard of China’s efforts to repress its Uighur minorities.
However, China has become far more aggressive in using its huge digital surveillance system to pressure minorities to spy on each other — and it can reach those minorities anywhere.
The Uighurs, a Muslim minority group, make up half the population of Xinjiang. There, China built a sophisticated surveillance state.
Measures include DNA collection, iris scans, and cellphone surveillance, almost exclusively targeted at minority groups
An NYPD officer reported she was being sexually harassed. She lost a month of pay and was forced into rehab.
He was docked 10 vacation days and transferred. buzzfeed.com/kendalltaggart…
Jazmia Inserillo was an officer in Queens when she alleged Lt. Jason Margolis touched her inappropriately and made lewd comments.
After years of it — and what she believed was retaliation for refusing his advances — she made an anonymous complaint.
Jul 7, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
The progressive firm that rose to fame for raising millions for Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign is now in crisis.