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March 1, 2012

Uganda: Acholi people face second genocide with U.S. troops in country

In October 2011, President Obama sent 100 U.S. Special Operations Forces into Uganda’s northern region to, he said, help the Ugandan Army protect the people by hunting down Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, commonly known by its acronym, the LRA. Now, however, many Acholi and other indigenous people of Northern Uganda say that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s attempt to evict them from their land is what really threatens their survival.

Dow paid U.S. firms to spy on Bhopal activists: WikiLeaks emails

Even as Dow Chemical has resisted all compensation claims with regard to the Union Carbide gas leak disaster in Bhopal, it found the money to hire an intelligence research firm to intensively monitor all NGOs and activists working on the issue.

On Monday, WikiLeaks released a cache of 5.5 million emails from the Texas-based intelligence company Stratfor, which revealed that regular monitoring reports of NGO activity as well as media coverage were sent to Dow and Union Carbide communications directors.

Melissa-Harris Perry has a wonderful panel discussion on The Help.

This is what is wrong with humanity.

NORWALK, Conn. — A Connecticut woman who was homeless has pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her son in the wrong school district.

Tonya McDowell entered her plea Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court under the Alford Doctrine, meaning she doesn’t admit guilt but concedes the state has enough evidence to convict her.

Homosexuality in India: A Literary History

And the story of Teeja and Beeja still resonates in Rajasthan folklore. In a beautifully crafted version by Vijaidan Detha, Teeja and Beeja, two women, are inadvertently promised to one another in marriage by their fathers. (Beeja is brought up as a boy, married as a “man” to Teeja; they are happy together until Teeja suggests that she return to dressing as a woman. Driven out by the villagers, they pray to benevolent ghosts, and Beeja is turned into a man. But while this transformation is more socially acceptable, Teeja hates her new husband’s bullying and runs away. The story ends with the two living together as women, in the forest with the ghosts, safely away from the villagers.)

Top 10 Relationship Words Not Translatable into English
Compiled by Pamela Haag at BigThink:

Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.

Oh yes, this is an exquisite word, compressing a thrilling and scary relationship moment. It’s that delicious, cusp-y moment of imminent seduction. Neither of you has mustered the courage to make a move, yet. Hands haven’t been placed on knees; you’ve not kissed. But you’ve both conveyed enough to know that it will happen soon… very soon.

Hi-C Educates the Masses (tumblr note)

I understand the compulsion to label your sexuality as some variety of queer when it doesn’t quite fit into the standard image of what straight female sexuality looks like, but that doesn’t make you queer.

It just means that we suffer from a lack of imagination when it comes time to understand what female sexuality really is. That straight can come in a wide variety of flavours and kinks. This shit makes you a little different, not so different and separated from heterosexuality that you can try to disown it entirely.

From Brown University’s Sexual Health Resource Page:

What does an orgasm feel like?

Where the physical contractions of orgasm occur and what particular sensations you experience are two different things. Each person has a unique experience of orgasm but common experiences include changes in breathing, a feeling of warmth, sweating, body vibrations, altered consciousness, or an urge to moan or cry out. During orgasm, endorphins are released into the bloodstream and these chemicals might make you feel happy, giddy, flushed, warm or sleepy.

Some women have orgasms but don’t realize it. You might think that what you are experiencing is too mild to be an orgasm or otherwise doesn’t fit your idea of what an orgasm should feel like. It can be important to focus on what you do feel, and realizing that this may or may not match someone else’s experience of orgasm.

WikiHow Gets Weird.Er. And Racisty.

How to Be Friends With White People

Sometimes being a minority in a white community could suck. In stead of being all grumpy and hating on white people, blending in their community not only enable you to make new friends but also being able to live happily in the community. Especially for those who want to learn native English in white people oriented countries such as the U.S., England, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, knowing white culture can make your life easier.

How to Look Like an Indian Village Girl

In the Indian villages, the sense of dressing is very unique and extraordinary, especially for girls. This can be used as a costume, or real-life example if you travel to a village.

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