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February 23, 2012
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Troy Davis’ Family Needs Donations. Read. Share. Donate.

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Preventing AIDS: A Drug Called Money

Berk Özler, of the World Bank, and his colleagues. In a paper just published by the Lancet, they describe how they conducted a randomised clinical trial of the idea that money, and money alone, can stop the spread of HIV.

They carried out their experiment in the Zomba district of Malawi, recruiting nearly 1,300 never-married women between the ages of 13 and 22. They divided Zomba into 176 areas, and each participant in a given area was treated in the same way. That area-wide treatment was, however, decided at random by a computer. In some areas, which acted as controls, the women were simply monitored. In some they and their parents were given small amounts of money each month (between $1 and $5 for the women, and between $4 and $10 for the parents), again decided at random by the computer. In a third set of areas money was doled out in a similar way, but only in exchange for a promise by the woman to attend school. If she failed to do so, no money was forthcoming.

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Signature campaign against draft Indian National Water Policy 2012. Read. Sign.

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Phone journalism gives a voice to India’s rural poor

The result, CGNet Swara (roughly, the “voice of Chhattisgarh”) is a voice portal that allows anyone with a mobile phone to record or listen to news and items of interest. The operation is simple: on dialing the service’s number, users press “1” to record a report, or “2” to listen to one. Once a report is recorded, it is verified and edited by a team of moderators before being made accessible on the service. The service “did better than we ever expected,” said Choudhary. He added that in the two years since it began, Swara has had 9,000 users, logged more than 30,000 phone calls and published 750 news stories, including a number which have had a big impact.

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The Romance of Gauhar Jaan

When recording technology came to India in the early decades of the 20th century, it was the women who accepted this very novel and unfamiliar medium and adapted to it. Disregarding several superstitions (recording on evil English instruments would displease the gods and make one lose one’s voice) that were floated by men, they went ahead and recorded. This not only helped democratize music and bring it out of the confines of the kothas (brothels) and courts, but also liberated these performing women from the clutches of their exploitative patrons.

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Gender nonconformity in childhood leads to increased risk of abuse: Study

Yet boys who displayed gender non-conformity before age 11 were nearly three times as likely to suffer sexual abuse in childhood, compared with gender-typical boys. Non-conforming girls were 60% more likely to be abused sexually than conforming girls. Rates of physical and psychological abuse among non-conforming kids were similar across genders.

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Book I want to read now: boy-wives and female husbands: studies in african homosexualities

Through the essays in this book, we explore woman–woman marriages in their many forms, transgendered spiritual leaders who for centuries guided their tribes, female warrior “kings,” alternative gender identities among the Swahili, the regulation of sexuality in colonial Zimbabwe, the evolution of male homosexuality in modern West Africa, and much more, reflecting the astonishingly diversity of African GLBT experience.

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Gulabi Gang: Official Website

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What makes YouTube wonderful. Access to footage like this. Malcolm X after return from Mecca.

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Art’s classical nudes get Photoshopped to be skinnier

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