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December 3, 2011

Assaulted for protesting against ‘made snana’

The leader of a backward classes organisation was assaulted here on Wednesday after demanding an end to a “casteist” ritual performed in the government-run Kukke Subrahmanya temple in Sullia taluk.

State president of the Karnataka Rajya Hindulida Vargagala Jagruta Vedike K.S. Shivaramu was assaulted by a group of around 10 people outside the temple after he met Assistant Commissioner of Puttur subdivision Sundar Bhat and submitted a memorandum urging the Dakshina Kannada administration to prohibit the ritual of ‘made snana’.

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Green Fields of Misery

[In Karnataka] more than 2,500 farmers committed suicide in 2010 — an average of seven farmers took their lives every day.

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An excellent article on pimp mythology by Bitch Media

According to these researchers, even the most at-risk segment of the sex worker population—underage sex workers—are going it alone, selling sex on their own volition, and perceive themselves as making a choice given their circumstances. Only 10% were involved with what the researchers labelled a “market facilitator” (aka pimp).

For some, including the children met by the researchers behind the John Jay study, prostitution is a symptom of another problem that can take many forms: joblessness and poverty, lack of affordable housing, sexual abuse, mental abuse and trauma—problems more daunting than a boogeyman in a pimp hat. Yet, the myth that all sex workers are victims of traffickers or under the control of pimps still hijacks society’s imagination. Sadly, this myth misunderstands not only the “victims” of prostitution but its “victimizers” as well—people who, as research reveals, are oftentimes one in the same.

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This is what solidarity looks like

CAIRO: The arrival of 7 and half tons of tear gas to Egypt’s Suez port created conflict after the responsible officials at the port refused to sign and accept it for fear it would be used to crackdown on Egyptian protesters.

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Darfur rebels were recently condemned to death by crucifix.

The application of capital punishment to minors and trial of minors with adults is illegal under Sudan’s international obligations.

This case is an example of the National Congress Party’s strategy of using the law to oppress its citizens rather than protect them. The case was tried not in the Special Courts, which were created following the opening of the International Criminal Court’s investigation into Darfur, but by special local courts that were created in 1997 to specifically prosecute cases of armed robbery and hijackings. These courts receive considerably less judicial oversight and monitoring than the more recently created Special Courts. Given the defendants’ affiliation with JEM, the judge’s verdict can be seen as an attempt to suppress ethnic minorities and individuals who are viewed as a potential security threat to the state.

The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) condemns the use of the death penalty in all cases and calls for the Ministry of Justice to review the case.

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Saudi “academics” believe that sexual intercourse for the first time and driving a car are the same thing.

Academics at the Majlis al-Ifta al-Aala, the country’s top religious council, said relaxing the rules concerning women drivers would eventually lead to “no more virgins,” […] The report said allowing women to drive would “provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce.”

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“You can’t regret your fate, although I do regret my mother didn’t marry a carpenter.” — Lana Peters

Lana Peters, Stalin’s Daughter, dies at 85 this week

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Chicago CBS affiliate WBBM interviewed a few preschool-aged children after a drive-by shooting. And proceeds to grossly mis-represent what they say. It’s an old video, but shocking and worth seeing. Since it unambiguously shows a major television station manipulating and using little children for their own pre-conceived, racist narrative.

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Dear Mrs. Cain, don’t pay attention to these pathetic husbandless women who are jealous of women like you in happy long-term marriages. These vindictive women can’t find a husband or keep one. They are like stalkers who try to latch on to any man who shows a bit of kindness or attention to them. When these unstable women come out of the woodwork to make accusations about Herman just say, ‘Honey, get a life, I believe my husband.’ We want you to be our First Lady Mrs. Cain!”

From Women for Cain (some “group”)

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An Exhibition of Indian Adult Movie Posters.

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