Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday Reading



Big Mother Is Watching You: Hillary Clinton
by Robin D
While U.S. Secretary of State (2009-2013), Hillary Clinton was responsible for the continuation, from the Bush Administration, of trafficking-related foreign policy harmful to sex workers in the Global South. Under her tenure, the U.S. Department of State continued enforcing the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath, a policy that led to the defunding of a number of very effective anti-HIV/AIDS organizations operating in the Global South who were were unwilling to condemn the sex workers receiving their services. The U.S. government defended that policy to the U.S. Supreme Court, who ruled 6-2 against them in 2013 on free speech grounds (Justice Elena Kagan recused). Unfortunately, that ruling only applies to organizations based in the United States, though it was recently reinterpreted to also apply to organizations based in the U.S. but working in affiliates or offices abroad.
Read More at Tits And Sass


Maboneng on fire
by Sindi Leigh McBride
I was retweeting things like “It was only a matter of time #Maboneng” after someone was shot in the head during the eviction protests in Jeppe; that afternoon on my way home from work I was ducking and diving to dodge a burning Bridgestone in the middle of Marshall Street in Johannesburg. Then the following day, news came of David Adjaye’s plans to ‘revitalize’ Hallmark House, the latest Maboneng precinct project.
Read More at Africa Is A Country


Black revolutionaries and F.B.I.: Reflections on the trial of the New York 8
Over 500 F.B.I. agents spread throughout New York on the night of October 17, 1984 to arrest eight Black revolutionaries, whom the newspapers would call "urban terrorists" the next day. With guns pointed to the heads of children, bazooka rocket launchers cocked on homes and searchlights locking down the streets, the police culminated a two-year monitoring plan that included wire taps, video and physical surveillance. The NY 8 won victory in a month-and-a-half battle for bail as the first people held under the new federal Preventive Detention Law (No Bail Act) which fundamentally turned around the presumption of innocence in making them prove their right to bail. They faced over 72 conspiracy charges for isolated, petty crimes that could not be legally considered on their own. So, they were linked together as predicate acts of a criminal enterprise, which laid the basis for the government to apply RICO, the Racketeering Influence Organization Act used against organized crime. In essence, the NY 8 were charged with conspiring to commit conspiracies.
Read More at The Final Call


‘Peace Pilgrim': A Tribute to an American Heroine of Non-Violence
by Rachael Johnson
The documentary Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk (2002) celebrates Mildred Norman (1908-1981), a remarkable woman who walked for peace for nearly 30 years. Calling herself Peace Pilgrim, New Jersey-born Norman travelled the United States from 1953 to 1981. Mahatma Gandhi said, “My Life is my message.” For Mildred Norman, her journey was her message. She was motivated by faith, namely a belief in “universal spirituality” and the “divine law of love.” In an old interview, Norman describes a spiritual awakening she had some years some years before her peace pilgrimage. Walking alone in the woods at night, she experienced, she says, a desire to surrender herself, and a calling “to give my life to something beyond myself.” Her life before had not been particularly unusual–she had been a fashionable young woman and had married. But she and her husband, Stanley Ryder, divorced after 13 years. Ryder says in an interview that she did not visit him when he was in the service and showed little interest in being a homemaker. Mildred Norman’s pacifist principles and independent spirit were already challenging convention. She was destined for another life.
Read More at Bitch Flicks


Afropolitanism and identity politics
by Minna Salami
Afropolitanism, a version of cosmopolitanism centred on Africa has been a topic of heated discussion in African intellectual circles in recent years, and it faces the same accusations. Critics argue that the Afropolite, as the cosmopolite, belongs to a shallow elite and is therefore unsuited to deal with African realpolitik. Moreover, critics such as the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainana, argue that Afropolitanism is dominated by the west, rather than independent-minded, as it indeed should be.
Read More at MsAfropolitan


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