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October 8, 2011

♦ In Karnataka, 58 days of protest at Volvo plant doesn’t stir Government

Nearly two months into an ongoing protest by workers at Swedish manufacturer Volvo’s bus manufacturing plant, the State Government has failed to intervene or take statutory action on this festering industrial dispute.

The strike by over 400 skilled workers which entered the 58th day on Wednesday at the Volvo Buses India factory at Hoskote — which includes a seven-day fast by five workers — has impacted production at Volvo’s only bus production facility in India.

♦ In Kerala, Rising cases of sexual abuse within the church force clergy to rethink on homosexuality.
♦ Elsewhere, private security companies profit greatly from locking up immigrants.

Over the past year, riots, fires and suicidal protests left millions of dollars in damage at Serco-run centers from Christmas Island to Villawood, outside Sydney, and self-harm by detainees rose twelvefold, government documents show. In August, a government inspection report cited dangerous overcrowding, inadequate and ill-trained staff, no crisis planning and no requirement that Serco add employees when population exceeded capacity.


Naomi Leong, a shy 9-year-old, was born in the detention camp. For more than three years, at a cost of about $380,000, she and her mother were held behind its barbed wire. Psychiatrists said Naomi was growing up mute, banging her head against the walls while her mother, Virginia Leong, a Malaysian citizen accused of trying to use a false passport, sank into depression.


♦ A series of shootings and violent attacks put Washington, D.C.’s transgender community on edge this summer. Here’s NPR.


♦ Cool photographs of frying pans that look like planets.


♦ IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt. There is a nation-wide protest against his arrest.

Sanjeev Bhatt is the only police officer, whistle blower, who has given evidence against Modi and has for the first time put in black and white the fact that Modi was involvement in 2002 Gujarat carnage.


In Delhi, a citizen’s protest will be held at Gujarat Bhawan on Monday, 3:30 pm onwards. “We demand immediate and unconditional release of Sanjeev Bhatt,” said Mahtab Alam, a Delhi based Civil Rights’ Activist.

Read his open letter to Modi.


Chimamanda Adichie (one of my favorite writers) gives a cool speech about telling stories.


In Alabama. Sad.

Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.

Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities.


Anita Hill gives an interview and it’s pretty great.

Interviewer: When Clarence Thomas called the proceedings “a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves,” he seemed to create a racial brier patch that no white senator would want to venture into.

Anita Hill: I absolutely agree. After all, none of those historical lynchings that he is referring to involved a lynching on behalf of a black woman’s accusation. So that was sort of a twist. But the specter of racism loomed so large that he was able to get away with it, and it was as though my own race really didn’t matter.


Cool brain article from the Scientific American.

McDermott outlined the case of Patient K.C., who has even worse amnesia than the better-known H.M. on whom the film Memento was based. K.C. developed both retrograde and anterograde amnesia from a motorcycle crash in 1981. (The literature doesn’t say whether he was wearing a helmet, but let this be a lesson.) He can’t remember anything that happened more than a few minutes ago. He retains facts and skills, but can’t remember actually doing anything or being anywhere.

Tellingly, not only can he not recall the past, he can’t envision the future.


Helen Mirren’s interview in 1975. She is all graceful and lovely with a smarmy, sexist interviewer.


James Darling does a great video blog on trans-men and pornography (and other things too).

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