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2013-05-01: Why should you be angry at Nigeria’s culture of rape?
2013-05-01: L’EUTHANASIE ET LES JEUNES;
2013-05-02: FATCA Sets Stage for EU Clamp Down on Tax Evasion;
2013-05-03: How Two Secretive Global Trade Deals Will Further Enrich the American Elite;
2013-05-04: Bail-out is out, bail-in is in: Time for some publicly-owned banks;
2013-05-05: Less Is More: Rogue Economists Champion Prosperity without Growth, Part 1;
2013-05-06: WEA online conference: The economics curriculum: towards a radical reformation;
2013-05-07: Astronomical costs: Gitmo consumes $900,000 per prisoner annually;
2013-05-08: Cancer doctors slam drug industry for immoral profiteering;
2013-05-09: Worker Cooperatives: Retooling the Solidarity Economy;
2013-05-09: Videos de la Société Industrielle de Genève SIG;
2013-05-10: Banks, Drugs, Money Laundring;
2013-05-11: IMF demands further austerity in Greece;
2013-05-12: Lost in Paradise: The Chained-Up Mentally Ill of Bali, Part 1;
2013-05-13: Basic income – Revenue de base – Grundeinkommen;
2013-05-14: Fighting Austerity;
2013-05-15: der Euro Schwindel, eine ARD Doku;
2013-05-16: Is Bernanke’s Bubble About to Burst? The End of QE?
2013-05-17: Atlantis, Tesla & Ancient Energy Grids;
2013-05-18: Why Europe can’t just fix youth unemployment;
2013-05-19: Euthanasia and the right to die when I decide it;
2013-05-19: Das Ende des Geldes;
2013-05-20: The Missing Secrets of Nikola Tesla;
2013-05-21: Systemic crisis 2013;
2013-05-22: Swedish extradition request for Assange a fit-up;
2013-05-22: Video: Ihr lernt das, was Ihr wissen dürft;
2013-05-23: Hungry Planet;
2013-05-23: Audios: Volker Pispers sagt …;
2013-05-24: Urban Class Warfare: Are Cities Built for the Rich?
2013-05-25: From academia to activism;
2013-05-26: Rev. Kevin Annett;
2013-05-27: The IRS scandal: Who will tame the taxman?
2013-05-28: The Fed Has Painted Itself in a Corner;
2013-05-29: Great Stagnations do exist. Like great expansions;
2013-05-30: Food comes first in the fight against austerity;
2013-05-31: Distorted Stats: Europe’s Youth Unemployment Fallacy.

Distorted Stats: Europe’s Youth Unemployment Fallacy

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Alexander Demling, May 28, 2013.

The oft-cited statistic that half of young Spaniards are unemployed is wrong. In reality, about one-fifth of those under 25 are looking for work. Nevertheless, outreach programs created by Germany focus on young people alone, though critics say other groups desperately need help too.

In recent days, it seemed as though the entire German cabinet had discovered youth unemployment as its new pet issue.   Continue Reading…

Food comes first in the fight against austerity

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British socialist Mark Bergfeld draws out the connections between struggles over food production and distribution in an article written for Climate and Capitalism – Published on Socialist Worker (first on Climate and Capitalism), by Mark Bergfeld, May 28, 2013.

IN AUGUST 2012, 200 members of the Andalusian fieldworker union SAT in the Spanish state organized a “food expropriation.” They walked into the local Carrefour and Mercandor supermarkets, loaded their trolleys with rice, beans, potatoes, bread–and left without paying a single cent.    Continue Reading…

Great Stagnations do exist. Like great expansions

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… another note on Reinhart and Rogoff (and Reinhart) – Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by merijnknibbe, May 27, 2013.

The discussion about the Reinhart (and Reinhart) and Rogoff (RRR) articles is flaring up again: they have finally written a coherent, systematic defence. Look here. It is important to discuss this because of the importance of their main finding:

monetary economies have been inherently unstable during (at least) the last 200 years, because of endogenous forces related to, among other things, money and debt.   Continue Reading…

The Fed Has Painted Itself in a Corner

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Published on naked capitalism, by Yves Smith, May 24, 2013.

Bernanke managed to shoot global markets in the head the day before yesterday, and then, as has become typical when investors throw brickbats at what the Fed has said, various mouthpieces go about talking the markets back up … // Continue Reading…

The IRS scandal: Who will tame the taxman?

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The (Internal Revenue Service) IRS has behaved badly, but the real villain is Congress – Published on The Economist, May 25, 2013.

WHEN Barack Obama fired the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) earlier this month, he doubtless hoped to quell the hullabaloo about its seemingly partial treatment of applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups. He failed. This week protests were held outside several IRS offices, and Congress continued to investigate. The bureaucrat at the heart of the row refused to answer questions to avoid self-incrimination. Republicans began to invoke the word “impeachment”, if only to say, with a show of moderation, that it was not quite justified on the evidence revealed so far … // Continue Reading…

Rev. Kevin Annett

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Watch this video, Rev. Kevin Annett, original air date March 08, 2012, 58.16 min, uploaded by Harold Channer, March 2, 2012: A Canadian clergyman in his mid fifties, Kevin Annett has for nearly twenty years led the movement to bring to light and prosecute atrocities in Christian Indian residential schools, and win justice for survivors.

Expelled in 1995 from his former United Church of Canada for exposing murders in that church’s Indian residential schools, and persecuted and blacklisted for his efforts, Kevin is now an award-winning film maker, author, social activist and public lecturer who works with victims of church violence and genocide all over the world.   Continue Reading…

From academia to activism

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Interview with Kifaya movement founding member George Isaac, published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Michael Adel, May 21, 2013.

Born in Port Said, George Isaac began his professional life as a history teacher, eventually becoming president of the Association of Catholic Schools. A leading member of Kifaya [Enough], he served as the group’s coordinator. Long politicised, he fought against the British occupation and the Tripartite Aggression on Egypt. He joined the Labour Party in 1969 and took part in protests.
Isaac organised the first Kifaya demonstration on 12 December 2004. He is now a member of the National Salvation Front NSF.

How do you view Egypt under Muslim Brotherhood (MB) rule?   Continue Reading…

Urban Class Warfare: Are Cities Built for the Rich?

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Interview with social theorist David Harvey, published on Spiegel Online International, by Christoph Twickel, May 21, 2013;
(13 Photos in the Gallery).

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Why should a Marxist be concerned about major cities instead of the working class these days?

  • Harvey : Traditional Marxists admittedly see the avant-garde of the revolution in the industrial working class. However, since this is disappearing in the wake of Western deindustrialization, people are starting to grasp that urban conflicts will probably be decisive.   Continue Reading…

Audios: Volker Pispers sagt …

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Hungry Planet

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One billion. That’s the number of hungry people worldwide. The effects are heartbreaking. The causes myriad. Solutions are needed now to feed future generations. In this series, the UN ’s three food agencies – FAO, WFP and IFAD – take us around the globe in search of answers to some of the most pressing questions we face today.

Episodes 1 to 14: published on YouTube and uploaded by IFADTV, between December 2010 to March 2012, Episode 15: uploaded by FAOvideo, May 2012:

Video: Ihr lernt das, was Ihr wissen dürft

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und nicht das, was Ihr nicht wissen solltet. Ganz einfach, 124.48 min, von MainstreamSmasherTV am 15. Januar 2012 hochgeladen: Wissen, welches normalerweise nicht an Schulen gelehrt wird und oft nicht gehört werden will.

Swedish extradition request for Assange ‘a fit-up’

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UK intel chatter – Published on Russia Today RT, May 20, 2013.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cited unclassified messages exchanged inside a UK intelligence agency to back his refusal to be extradited to Sweden. One of the messages calls sex-related allegations against Assange “a fit-up”.
The Australian, who has been stranded at Ecuadorian embassy in London for almost 12 months, cited instant messages he received from Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the British signal intelligence body. Continue Reading…

Systemic crisis 2013

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… with record stock exchange highs, the planet’s imminent plunge into recession – Published on leapGEAB.eu no 75, May 16, 2013.

Despite a feeling of relative calm given by both the media and the American and Japanese financial markets going from record to record, the world economy is slowing down badly and a widespread recession is looming. The various players are fully aware of it and, in the face of the challenges of an imminent collapse, countries or regions are putting various strategies in place to try and limit the consequences. Whilst some seem dictated by desperation or last chance solutions, others on the contrary bear witness to a real adaptation to the world’s current changes. And it’s no surprise that, in the first category, we find the “powers of the world before” which no longer have any real options.   Continue Reading…

The Missing Secrets of Nikola Tesla

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watch this video on YouTube, 46.26 min, uploaded by David Brown, Oct 29, 2009:

  • … Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 7 January 1943) was an inventor and a mechanical and electrical engineer. He is frequently cited as one of the most important contributors to the birth of commercial electricity and is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tesla’s patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current (AC) electric power systems, including the polyphase system of electrical distribution and the AC motor, with which he helped usher in the Second Industrial Revolution.   Continue Reading…

Das Ende des Geldes

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Das Ende des Geldes: Franz Hörmann am Top Info Forum, 31.03.2012, 54.14 min, von TifPosi am 25. Juni 2012 hochgeladen: Geld zur individuellen Entfaltung. [warum es nicht mehr funktioniert? ... Emotionen steuern unsere Wahrnehmung:
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weiter …    Continue Reading…

Euthanasia and the right to die when I decide it

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  • The Debate that Never Dies: Euthanasia and Ethics, 28.30 min, uploaded by etiskraad, Feb 28, 2012;
  • Euthanasia: How has it worked out in Belgium? 76.47 min, with Jan L. Bernheim MD PhD, uploaded by Henrik Thomé, April 16, 2011: Mise en ligne le 16 avril 2011: Belgium introduced legal euthanasia in 2002. What are the experiences so far?
  • The Phil’s Euthanasia Debate, 80.23 min, uploaded by TCDPhil, Dec 1, 2011: On 17th November 2011, the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College Dublin held a debate on the motion that this house would Legalise Assisted Suicide for all Adults. Speaking in the debate were Terry Pratchett, Dr. Philip Nietzche, Tom Curran, Kevin O’Sullivan and Maureen Junker-Kenny;   Continue Reading…

Why Europe can’t just fix youth unemployment

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Our problems are not due to a lack of innovative ideas; they are due to an excess of financial power concentrated in the hands of an elite of bankers – Published on ROARMAG.org, by Jerome Roos, May 14, 2013;

For years already, the youth of Europe’s heavily indebted periphery has been facing mass unemployment. In Greece and Spain, a respective 59 and 56 percent of young people are now out of work, while youth unemployment in the EU as a whole currently stands at a troubling 24 percent, up from 22.5 percent last year. The “lucky” ones are those waiting tables with PhD degrees in their back pockets. Those who were forced to leave their families and friends behind to join the generational exodus to Germany or Angola don’t even show up in the statistics.    Continue Reading…

Atlantis, Tesla & Ancient Energy Grids

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Doug Yurchey, 52.54 min, uploaded by themooreshowofficial, June 10, 2012: … Doug Yurchey was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1951. While operating an art gallery he ‘encountered’ Katrina Satler, a super psychic who inspired him to dedicate his life to solving great mysteries. His research led him to scientific genius Nikola Tesla. Because of his study and understanding of Tesla, Yurchey has literally rewritten history. The idea that our ancestors were technologically superior is a vital theme that he currently promotes. In 1990 Doug was hired as a background artist on the Simpsons TV Show and has become a successful Internet writer and has 10,000 Google listings.

Is Bernanke’s Bubble About to Burst? The End of QE?

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Published on Counterpunch, by Mike Whitney, May 14, 2013.

It looks like the Fed will be tapping on the brakes sometime in the near future, although the date has yet to be determined.
Stocks headed lower on Monday following an unofficial announcement from the Fed that the Central Bank had settled on a process for winding down its bond buying program called QE. While the article–which appeared in the Wall Street Journal– did not set a specific date for QE to end, it did say that the Fed had a plan for scaling back stimulus depending on economic conditions. According to Fed-mouthpiece Jon Hilsenrath:   Continue Reading…

der Euro Schwindel, eine ARD Doku

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Der große Euro Schwindel: wie der ganze Irrsinn begann, 43.59 min, von technics1000 am 3. Juli 2012 hochgeladen: Von Tattergreisen mit gesicherten üppigen Diäten und Pensionen wurde ein blühendes Land, dessen Währung D-MARK hieß und sehr stabil war, wo Made in Germany ein weltweiter Begriff von Qualität war mit diesem Teuro völlig ruiniert und dessen Einwohner und Steuerzahler wurden nicht mal dazu befragt, dazu will man uns jetzt sogar für alle Schulden völlig fremder Eu Länder mit haften lassen, sogar mit dem Versprechen von angeblicher Rendite …;

Schlange stehen für altes Brot: Armut in Deutschland, ARD Doku, 28.34 min, von TelefonKing am 7. Dezember 2011 hochgeladen: über Armut in Deutschland.

Fighting Austerity

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Watch this workshop-Video, 100.55 min, published on Socialist Project.ca/LeftStreamed, in Ottawa, April 27, 2013 (also on YouTube, uploaded by Ottawaactivistnews, May 6, 2013).

The panelists discuss the history and scope of the austerity agenda, its effects on the environment, indigenous peoples and working people the world over. Who and what is driving this agenda and how do we conceive of a fight back strategy that might begin to challenge the current hegemony of corporate power:

  • Janet Fraser, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and Organizer, Solidarity Against Austerity (Moderator), Donald Swartz, Professor (retired), Carleton University, School of Public Policy and Administration, at 1:28 min;
  • Jennifer Moore, Latin America Program Coordinator, Mining Watch Canada, at 16:35 min;   Continue Reading…

Basic income – Revenue de base – Grundeinkommen

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Lost in Paradise: The Chained-Up Mentally Ill of Bali, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Karin Kuntz, May 10, 2013. (Photo Gallery).

Not far from the glistening beaches of Bali, mentally ill people are kept in chains or locked up in small shacks. Locals simply don’t know what else to do with them. But psychiatrist Luh Ketut Suryani has made it her job to set them free … //

… A Shack Next to the Cowshed:    Continue Reading…

IMF demands further austerity in Greece

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Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Robert Stevens, 10 May 2013.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued a “Concluding Statement” May 3 demanding there be no relaxation of the austerity programme it has imposed on an already severely impoverished Greek population. The statement follows the IMF’s recent inspection mission to Greece, alongside the European Union (EU) and European Central Bank (ECB).

The reaction of the bourgeois media in Greece and internationally to the report was to stress its call for the coalition government to do more to prevent tax evasion. Typical was the BBC’s headline, “IMF hails economic ‘progress’ but warns on tax evasion.”   Continue Reading…

Banks, Drugs, Money Laundring

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some links:

U.S. Vulnerabilities to Money Laundering, Drugs, and Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History (or http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-112shrg76061/html/CHRG-112shrg76061.htm );
same on Homeland Security and Government Affairs: permanent subcommittee on Investigations;

Broadening and Connecting the Global Financial Crime Community: /Homepage, /About, (Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists ACFCS.org), /Contact;

SAS Institute Inc: A United Front, making the case for integrating fraud and anti-money laundering;
(Homepage, Sitemap, About, Contact);     Continue Reading…

Videos de la Société Industrielle de Genève SIG

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Worker Cooperatives: Retooling the Solidarity Economy

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Published on Center for a Stateless Society, by Sebastian A.B., April 30, 2013.

Under the cooperative model, workers own the business, reducing injustice because they have a stake in the community and because an individual will find it hard to exploit oneself. Workers often buy into their jobs (upfront or amortized), vote on major decisions in general assemblies or committees, and even voluntarily donate to the co-op for re-investment. Known as workplace democracy, this model of authentic self-determination renders state action superfluous. Continue Reading…

Cancer doctors slam drug industry for immoral profiteering

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Published on People’s World, by Susan Webb, May 6, 2013.

More than 100 leading cancer specialists from around the world have denounced the “astronomical” costs of cancer drugs, suggesting that drug companies are engaged in unethical profiteering.

The doctors, experts in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a potentially deadly blood cancer, are from more than 15 countries on every continent, including about 30 from the U.S., led by Hagop Kantarjian, a prominent leukemia specialist at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. They presented their views April 25 in a stinging article in “Blood,” the journal of the American Society of Hematology. It was publicized in a front-page New York Times article the same day, but seems to have dropped off the media radar since then.  Continue Reading…

Astronomical costs: Gitmo consumes $900,000 per prisoner annually

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Published on Russia Today RT, May 5, 2013.

Maintenance of Guantanamo has been revealed to cost over $150 million each year, with immediate estimates citing it one of the most expensive prisons in the world. This comes as the hunger strike at the detention facility is far from over … // Continue Reading…

WEA online conference

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The economics curriculum: towards a radical reformation, 3d May – 31st May 2013 – Conference Guidelines – Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Edward Fullbrook, May 4, 2013.

  • - a World Economics Association Conference;
  • – with Open Discussion Forum.

Welcome to all participants to the conference Discussion Forum: All interested in participating in the dialogue about the economics curriculum. Only when papers depart too much from normal standards of conference papers have we rejected them. Since we believe that values are necessarily involved in all papers, no paper has been rejected for ideological or political reasons. In the present situation characterized by multifaceted and complex threats to humankind, we need an open, pluralistic debate in line with normal ideas of democracy. Participation in the discussion is not limited to the authors of posted papers and we hope that all interested WEA members will contribute to the dialogue. We look forward to a constructive dialogue and hope to learn something about curriculum development, and also to learn what works logistically for purposes of future online conferences.    Continue Reading…

Less Is More: Rogue Economists Champion Prosperity without Growth, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Nils Klawitter, May 02, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

For years, economists have posited that prosperity requires growth, with environmental damage as the regrettable but unavoidable consequence. A growing number of critics are now challenging this equation, though, calling for a radical revamping of the economic system.

Harald Welzer’s career as a critic of growth began with a few simple reflections. Just how progressive is it, he asked himself, when millions of hectares of land are used elsewhere in the world so that we keep down the cost of meat? How modern is it when producing a kilogram of salmon in a supposedly sustainable way requires feeding the fish five to six kilograms (11 to 13 pounds) of other types of fish? … // Continue Reading…

Bail-out is out, bail-in is in: Time for some publicly-owned banks

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Ellen Brown, J.D., May 3, 2013.

… The crossing of the Rubicon into the confiscation of depositor funds was not a one-off emergency measure limited to Cyprus. Similar “bail-in” policies are now appearing in multiple countries. (See my earlier articles here.) What triggered the new rules may have been a series of game-changing events including the refusal of Iceland to bail out its banks and their depositors; Bank of America’s commingling of its ominously risky derivatives arm with its depository arm over the objections of the FDIC; and the fact that most EU banks are now insolvent.    Continue Reading…

How Two Secretive Global Trade Deals Will Further Enrich the American Elite

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The US-EU free trade pact and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are about securing regulatory gains for major corporate interests – Published on AlterNet, by Dean Baker, (first on AlJazeeraEnglish), April 29, 2013.

In polite circles in the United States, support for free trade is a bit like proper bathing habits: It is taken for granted. Only the hopelessly crude and unwashed would not support free trade.

There is some ground for this attitude. Certainly, the US has benefited enormously by being able to buy a wide range of items at lower cost from other countries. However, this does not mean that most people in the country have always benefited from every opening to greater trade … // Continue Reading…

FATCA Sets Stage for EU Clamp Down on Tax Evasion

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The enactment of FATCA has ramped up negotiations at the EU and OECD level on how to improve the implementation of taxing cross-border investment income – Published on CFO Insight, by William Amofah, April 29, 2013.

The attention paid to the elimination of tax havens by policymakers and the media has increased in recent times. One of the main reasons for this, according to Deutsche Bank Research, is the implementation of FATCA by the United States.   Continue Reading…

L’EUTHANASIE ET LES JEUNES

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Reçu par e-mail d’une amie:

Une bonne blague: Un soir, ma mère et moi étions assis dans le salon et parlions de la vie et de la mort.
Je lui dis : ” Maman, ne me laisse jamais vivre dans un état végétatif, où l’on dépend de machines et de bouteilles. Si tu me vois dans cet état, débranche les machines qui me maintiendraient en vie … Je préfère mourir!

Admirative, ma mère se leva et débrancha la télévision, le lecteur de DVD, le câble INTERNET, l’ordinateur, le MP3/4, la PLAY-2, la PSP, la WII, le Téléphone fixe. Elle me prit mon mobile, mon IPOD, mon BLACKBERRY et jeta toutes mes bouteilles de bière.

J’ai failli mourir!

Why should you be angry at Nigeria’s culture of rape?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Ijeoma Ekoh, April 25, 2013.

The question of rape has not received adequate attention in Nigeria. It must be emphasized that women have a right to their own bodies and sexualities. As an academic and activist, engaging in frank and uncomfortable discussions about topical issues is a part of my everyday existence. Yet no political issue has been, for me, the site of sustained frustration, anger, and emotional upheaval as much as the crisis of sexual violence and rape in Nigerian society … // Continue Reading…