Ms Semenya, Venezuela, Testosterone discussed on The Christian Science Monitor Daily


Welcome to the monitor daily podcast. It's Wednesday may first. Thanks for joining us. I'm Mark Sapin field. And I'm Sarah Matuzek. Is it right to require someone to take drugs to compete in international sports on Wednesday. The Swiss-based court of arbitration for sport said yes ruling that the world's top middle distance runner. South African caster Semenya must suppress her naturally high testosterone levels to run in women's races. The court it must be said didn't appear overly pleased with its own decision. It fully admitted that the rule was discriminatory, but said the discrimination was necessary to uphold the integrity of women's events. The ruling on one hand if oak outrage shouldn't Semenya's physical abilities be celebrated the same way you sane bolts height and Michael Phelps. His wingspan are a BBC commentator argued yet. The ruling is also a natural outgrowth of another trend the increasing emphasis on. Biology in elite sports, if testosterone levels or red blood cell counts are the ultimate arbiter of athletic achievements. Then the discrimination against MS Semenya would seem to have some basis. But is that all there is to sport? Ms Semenya is also just a woman who loves to run fast and who has become an inspiration in her homeland. As this case shows, these issues can be difficult and nuanced, but the years ahead point to them becoming only more poignant. Now for our five stories for the day, we examine how existential fears are changing the behavior of Iran's regime. More human look into the first days of slavery in America, and how geeks took over the entertainment world. Our first story opposition protests. Venezuela Tuesday turned to clashes with security leaving demonstrators in little doubt of the risks. If they stay in the streets, but they are also in little doubt of how much their presence matters. On wednesday. The day Venezuelan opposition leader one guy, though, urged people to turn out in support of peaceful rebellion song garra was readying herself for another day on the streets. I know they can hurt me or take me prisoner. But I will not stop participating says miss garra. She says that she's afraid to protest sometimes. But that she's more afraid of President Nicolas Maduro staying in power than getting hurt while much of the focus has been on. Whether the military will come out to support. Mr. Qandil, no doubt key to success. The presence of thousands of protesting. Venezuelans is vital to what's unclear is how much appetite there is among Venezuelans to remain in the streets longer term and how much patience they will have with Mr. Glenville if he's unable to tip the balance of power in his favor. The stakes are high not only for Mr. Gwendal who is one of the only people involved in yesterday's announcement, not taking refuge in a foreign embassy. Wednesday's protests ended with some sixty people injured and abrasion episode of armored government vehicles driving into crowds of protesters. If this fails I will have to leave miscarriage says, but that's a last resort. This story was reported by Madonna's Anita in Dhaka's Venezuela. And when you lick in Mexico City for the monitor. Slavery tries to dehumanize even in history four hundred years ago, the first African was sold into slavery. And the American colonies research has already revealed an amazing story, and it's just the beginning. When an ongoing woman known as Angela was sold to captain Bill Pierce four hundred years ago at Jamestown in mart a seminal moment, the beginning of chattel slavery in the thirteen colonies, it came just weeks after the first general simply marked the first steps toward democracy. It was a symbolic year to say the least says historian James Horne, author of sixteen nineteen Jamestown in the forging of American democracy for two years. Archaeologists have been searching for her remains in an effort to bring humanity to some of the first of twelve and a half million Africans brought to the Americas to be enslaved before even arriving in Virginia..

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