Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday Reading



100 Rays of Light : Pakistani Girls Speak Out Against Child Marriage in Groundbreaking Campaign
by Bina Shah
Last year I wrote an article for the New York Times about how child marriage in Pakistan is a terrible curse, causing great harm to the nation’s girls.  I mentioned Rutgers-WPF, a Dutch NGO with a strong presence in Pakistan, which was training teachers in Sanghar and Gujranwala to talk to girls about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights using a special localized curriculum called “Life Skills.” The program was a great success, with the teachers reaching thousands of girls and their parents, helping them to negotiate the difficult terrain that SRHR entails in a conservative country like Pakistan. Rutgers-WPF, at the time that my column was published, was working on another program called the SHE LEADS Campaign Against Child Marriage: to train girls to speak to their peers and families about SRHR, the negative effects of child marriage, and the benefits of keeping girls in school so they could complete their education and not marry until at least the age of 18.
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Under the Skin
When something gets under your skin, you feel it. The expression registers not only the intensity of a feeling but a sense of a feeling as being lodged all the more firmly because it is below a surface.
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Capitalist Cotton Slavery and a Case (One Would Think) for Reparations
by Paul Street
For a useful antidote to all this, I can think of no better starting point than historian Edward Baptist’s book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism (New York: Basic Books, 2014). Nobody should accuse Baptist of underplaying the dreadfulness of the US Black historical experience. Among other things, his remarkable and richly researched volume chronicles the astonishing raw violence and terror inflicted on millions of Black Americans who suffered in bondage over the eight decades between US national independence (1783) and the US Civil War (1861-1865).
Read More at Black Agenda Report


Fuck Her Raw: On Language and Seduction
by Alessandra Wollner
I sat at the bar with a man I’ll call Ian sipping whiskey as he explained me to me. 
“You are a woman of passion,” Ian said. “I get you.” And then, as if maybe I hadn’t gotten it fully, he repeated himself, “I get you.”
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Statistics on Crimes Committed by US Troops in South Korea
by Civil Network for a Peaceful Korea
Crimes committed by US soldiers were found as early as when US troops were first stationed in south Korea. According to the south Korean government's official statistics, 50,082 crimes were committed by US soldiers from 1967 to 1998 (including those by soldiers' families), and 56,904 US soldiers were involved (including soldiers' families) in these crimes. The statistics imply that the actual figure may be higher if take into account those cases not handled by the south Korean police. Based on the statistics, the total number of crimes committed by US soldiers since September 8, 1945 (when they were first stationed in Korea) is estimated to be around 100,000. Unfortunately the south Korean government does not have statistics on US soldiers' crimes committed before 1967, because SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) went into effect in 1967, allowing the south Korean court jurisdiction over crimes committed by US soldiers with narrow and limited application.
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