Month: March 2013
not not saying No is NOT saying YES!!
Trigger Warning: This post is about rape.
I was fourteen years old the night my friend G took me to my first kegger. We told my mom we were going to “a little get together.” I remember almost nothing about the evening—flashes, mostly. I remember absolutely nothing about being raped that night.
I might never have known about it, except that N–a woman I’d met the night before–mentioned it casually the next morning when I woke in a strange house with what might have been my first hangover. I don’t remember the words she used, just the image they evokedof me passed out in a bed and two men doing whatever they wanted with me.
Apparently G had left me at the party—I never learned why, but I assume that I was either passed out or otherwise resisted leaving. I never asked him. Sitting there with N that morning, I…
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I’m not a fan of glossy magazines. I often buy one when I’m mentally exhausted and I’m looking for something frivolous to peruse and perhaps bitch over— “why does their skin look like plastic?” or I’m trying to build up a stock of magazines I will need for a classroom activity. Recently I purchased a copy of True Love Magazine. It seems I’m only ever drawn to buying this magazine when Lira is the front cover girl.
While trying to make a choice of which magazine would be the object of my scorn, I had a Biko moment. This is the moment when the racism alert button goes off in my brain and I have to question myself: are you imagining the problem in this situation? While scanning the magazines on display (lets say more than 10 women’s magazines) only three magazines had black women…
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I was passing by UBH this morning and my mother commented on the over grown grass and she obviously felt sorry for the poor patients I mean imagine what they go through each night!! Then she went on to pass the comment: “make no mistake, if they were to put a white person in charge, conditions would change overnight!” This got me thinking about the validity of this statement, and like it or not it was TRUE.
The current condition of government institutions in the country as a whole are really bad, especially the hospitals, which in my opinion are the most crucial. The situation is so bad that authorities have described it as ‘pathetic’, and falling far below “the basic standards expected of a health institution.” Some of the problems include closed patient wards, leaking roofs on most buildings, a critical shortage of bed linen (with only 40 pairs of bed sheets available for 600 beds), as well as broken down washing machines and incinerators. Go to a hospital owned by a white person or owned by white people its a completely different story. Take for example the maternity clinic in Hillside, functioning wards, satisfied mothers, and they DO NOT have to bring their own blankets. Ok fine it can be said that those hospitals are privately owned and the government has no money to improve the current conditions. If this is true,you would think that a properly functioning government would improvise here and there to ensure a proper health sector. Secondly if money is an issue, someone explain to me why government officials have the poshest lifestyles? Aren’t they supposed to serve the public first?
In a city that has plus or minus 3 million people there are only 9 working dialysis machines, 1 is at Mpilo, the rest are at Mater Dei. One can go on to say that mater dei turns away patients if they do not have money for treatment, but at least they have some form of treatment. And yes it is run by a group of doctors, majority of whom are white.
I’m just saying, our health sector leaves much to be desired and whether we like it or not black people don’t always know it all. (i hope i won’t get killed for this!)
Seven members of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party were assaulted Friday while campaigning on the eve of a key constitutional referendum.
Sten Zvorwadza, a candidate MP for Tsvangirai’s MDC, told AFP the group was canvassing in a Harare township when they were attacked by supporters of President Robert Mugabe’s party.
“We went down to Mbare to put up posters to canvass for a ‘yes’ vote when ZANU-PF rowdy youths descended on us,” he said.
“Seven of us got injured, two seriously.”
Zvorwadza was hit by bottle on the neck and punched with clenched fists. He also complained of spinal pain.
A BBC crew that was filming the campaign was also punched.
Zimbabwe votes Saturday on a draft constitution that will underpin new elections to end the uneasy power-sharing arrangement between Mugabe and Tsvangirai.
-story taken from http://www.timeslive.co.za/
So the cops who are accused of murdering the Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, have all been arrested, but surprise surprise they are all pleading not guilty, Pleading not guilty to a video that went viral on the internet. Never mind the fact that there was an eyewitness who was ready to identify these hooligans, whom they somehow managed to intimidate, they still plead not guilty. To add insult to injury, the police now claim that he could have died from a car accident, which the deceased caused and killed five other people. And to top it all off, the state have coroners reports which show that cause of death was hypoxia, which is a shortage of oxygen. This is consistent with wounds and lacerations found on the deceased’s body. Not Guilty?
In a similar incident of police brutality, police raided a rural home in Kwazulu Natal where they shot three family members. Their defense? They received a tip that there were illegal firearms in the home, yet funny enough nothing has been found in police records. The Marikana Inquiry is still going on and police keep coming up with new and bogus evidence against the mine workers. The latest one being that mine workers killed a security guard and cut his tongue and chin off, for muti purposes. Again they entered a “not guilty” plea.
I mean with South African police forces so corrupt and brutal whats to stop our own force from following suit? I mean with the law at their own disposal they can commit any evil crime, tamper with evidence and get off scott free…
North Korea is cancelling a non-aggression pact with South Korea and reiterating past threats in anger over a UN Security Council vote to impose more sanctions for its third nuclear test.
The statement the North issued today comes after the council levelled tough new sanctions targeting its economy and leadership.
The council voted unanimously to approve a new set of sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s third nuclear test last month, notching up the pressure on the secretive state only hours after it vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.
At the UN, the resolution was drafted by the US and China – the North’s longstanding benefactor – and was backed by all 15 nations on the Security Council. It will tighten financial, travel and trade restrictions on Pyongyang, and limit the country from importing a number of specific luxury items such as yachts and high-end cars.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the move was an “unequivocal message” to the country that the world “will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons.” Earlier, North Korea, which is led by Kim Jong-il’s youthful successor Kim Jong-un, launched an inflammatory tirade aimed at the US, warning of a pre-emptive strike.
“Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to pre-emptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,” an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official North Korean KCNA news agency.
“The US is massively deploying armed forces for aggression, including nuclear carrier task force and strategic bombers, enough to fight a nuclear war under the smokescreen of ‘annual drills’.”
With typical bluster, the statement also warned the UN against committing what Pyongyang said would be “another big blunder”. Despite its threats, the country is not considered to have an advanced enough capability to launch a strike against the US.
Today, Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, said that America was “fully capable of dealing with any North Korean missile threat” and that Pyongyang’s stance would “further isolate the country and its people and undermine international efforts to promote peace and stability in north-east Asia.”
Ms Rice added that: “[The] entire world stands united in our commitment to the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and in our demand that North Korea complies with its international obligations.”
The tighter controls come after Pyongyang defied existing sanctions to conduct a nuclear test on 12 February. The explosion was timed to provoke the US, coming just hours before President Obama made his annual State of the Union Address to the US Congress.
“Provocations… will only isolate [North Korea] further, as we stand by our allies, strengthen our own missile defence, and lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats,” Mr Obama said in the speech at the time.
The UN resolution ban on specific luxury items is intended to close a loophole that previously allowed countries to decide for themselves what constitutes luxury goods. “The strength, breadth and severity of these sanctions will raise the cost to North Korea of its illicit nuclear program and further constrain its ability to finance and source materials and technology for its ballistic missile, conventional and nuclear weapons program,” said Ms Rice.
-story available at http://www.independent.co.uk/