Today marks the fourth anniversary of a horrible fire that killed seven young women in a juvenile detention facility. Armadale was its name, and these young women, along with 16 others, had been "locked down" for three weeks in conditions not even fit for an animal. The girls tried to escape one night, and in an attempt to stop the commotion, an officer threw a tear gas canister in the room, which ignited the fire.
With the homeless and supposedly gay boys of New Kingston running rampant throughout the Golden Triangle (for that is certainly the image the alarmists have been trying to paint), my friends Ronald and Esther have pointed out that a new phase of the national debate on homophobia has opened. For suddenly there is this idea of the Good Gay and the Bad Gay.
This week, a Belizean shopkeeper was given five years in jail after being convicted for having sex with a 14-year-old minor. When the girl told her mother, the shopkeeper offered to pay the girl's school fees if she did not report the incident. This concept of financial benefit is often seen in cases of the "Sugar Daddy" syndrome, where impoverished families push their school-aged children to provide sexual favors to wealthy older men in exchange for school fees or money.
For a few months shy of a year, I worked part-time, then full time at an adult chat line business in the United States. Much to my friends’ chagrin (those in the know), by day, I went to grad school; by late evenings and over night on others -- I was having conversations with and getting random dudes off. I did so in the chipper, (so-deemed) all-American-cheerleader-type sound that I was required to employ.
By Vandana Shiva, The Asian Age
27 March 13
Monsanto's talk of ‘technology' tries to hide its real objectives of control over seed where genetic engineering is a means to control seed
hese are the promises Monsanto India's website makes, alongside pictures of smiling, prosperous farmers from the state of Maharashtra. This is a desperate attempt by Monsanto and its PR machinery to delink the epidemic of…