Mother Jonesjust posted a fabulous piece by Adam Weinstein about the military’s gender problem, a problem made evident by the military’s rape problem. This is a piece of an old post of mine about military sexual trauma that I posted in connection to a case that has recently arisen about rape…
As South Sudan prepares to mark its official independence this Saturday, July 9, and become the world’s newest nation, an estimated 260,000 newly displaced people require emergency assistance. This includes 100,000 people who fled the mid-May bombings and fighting between northern and southern Sudanese forces in the transitional border area of Abyei. Read more.
Mexican prison inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina remains curled inside a suitcase after he tried to escape from prison with his common-law-wife’s help. Following a conjugal visit, Tijerina’s wife attempted to roll him to freedom.
In Somalia, where the average per capita income is roughly $600, 2011 has been a particularly trying year. The arid nation on the Horn of Africa has been devastated by a severe drought, exacerbating the political instability and violence that has long-plagued the profoundly damaged country. (Somalia routinely ranks at the very top of Foreign Policy’s annual “Failed States Index.”)
Many of the victims of the current Somali crisis are, as always, those least able to fend for themselves: children.
Pictured Above: Abdifatah Hassan, who is eleven months old and suffers from severe malnutrition, lies on a cot at a hospital in Dadaab on July 4, 2011.
To be Tuareg “is to have honor and to be honest.” – Elhadji Koumama
The Tuareg are a semi-nomadic people of North Africa who are world-renowned for their gorgeous sterling silver jewelry. Their culture continues to fascinate due to their elegant dress, exquisite ornamentation, refined speech, song, and dance. Some call Tuaregs, “The Blue Men of the Desert,” due to the indigo used to dye the men’s deep blue turbans.