“What he did to me, I want to do to him. I want him to suffer. I am in so much pain. He chased me down. He hurt me. He had his cousins — his goons — hold me down and threw acid in my face. I want him to suffer exactly how much I’ve suffered. And, failing that, I want him to be hanged. He’s in jail right now. He was almost released and my brothers and my father had to go back and really petition the court hard and pay so much money to make sure that he stays in jail. Because the system doesn’t really work. I want him to suffer. If he comes back out, I’m going to do to him what he did to me. And if that means going to jail, I’ve spent half my life living like this, and I don’t care if I spend the rest of life living like that in jail.”
[Reshma Qureshi | #Mumbai, India]
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“Slowly we seem to be picking up this, I would say ‘disease’ from the West about body image that is thrust upon you if you are a woman entertainer or an artist in particular. You are expected to dress up to invoke a sexual desire, to seduce the male. And you are expected to fit the dimensions that somebody else has set in terms of standards of beauty and perfection. I don’t wear the heels, I don’t starve myself, I don’t seem to have the standard dimensions that are expected out of me. I love dressing up. I like looking pretty, I don’t want to go around with armpit hair hanging out. But even until about a decade ago in India, women in entertainment who went on stage did not have so much pressure. We had our own ideas about what is beautiful. It included a lot of curves and a big fat bum, and it was all OK. But now we want to fit into this generic idea of what looks beautiful.”
[@sonamohapatra | #Mumbai, India] #HerRights
In countries like India, as Chhavi reports, things seem to changing. Rather than heinous TV ads that assume a woman is the one in charge of laundry, companies are starting to ask viewers if it’s time to “share the load” with men.
Great. All well and good. As much as this progress is welcome, however, I have to ask — what’s the real reason for the change of heart?
Ad companies are just trying to make money. So, it’s tough to swallow that all of a sudden these notoriously sexist vehicles are aboard the feminism train. Like Chanel’s “feminist protest catwalk” stunt at last year’s Paris Fashion week, or the barrage of girl power ads hawked at Superbowl viewers this year—it’s tough to decipher between genuine support and appropriation for financial gain. These acts of “empowertisement” can ring exploitative and hollow.
Journalist Donatella Lorch sent us some photos she shot from her neighborhood in Kathmandu. This is the Bungadyah Temple, home to the Red God the Rato Machhendranath. The first image is from Jean-Pierre Dalbéra (Flickr/Creative Commons) in 2013. That’s followed by Donatella’s photos after the earthquake this week. Here’s what Donatella wrote just after the earthquake.
Sometimes a word is used so much, you forget where it came from. Take
the word “thug,” we’ve been hearing it a lot in relation to the unrest
in Baltimore. But I guarantee you’ll be surprised to hear where it
actually comes from. Megan Garber traced the word’s origins for a story
in The Atlantic. Here’s a clip from our interview with Megan.
Just an hour and half from Hiroshima lies the tiny island of Okunojima, probably better known as Rabbit Island. The island is populated by bunnies and tourists feeding those bunnies — but if you look closely you can see remnants of the island’s past.
Up to a million poor and unknown New Yorkers have been laid to rest at Hart Island, where the city buries them in mass graves. The site is largely off-limits to the public, but a group called the Hart Island Project is trying to resurrect the stories of the dead with a new online museum.
She’s seen warfare. Been kidnapped. Interviewed victims of rape and helped an Afghan woman in labor get to a hospital. Photographed a dying boy with her own son growing inside her womb. She tells the stories behind these photographs.
Greek voters said “enough” to years of punishing economic austerity measures Sunday, electing Alexis Tsipras and his left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza party. Given Greek attitudes toward its own work-ethic and standing compared to other European Union nations, perhaps this outcome should not have been surprising.
European attitudes toward Greece, however, may suggest a difficult road ahead for the new Athens government in getting a better deal from its European allies.
A selection of cartoons by India’s R.K. Laxman. Reprinted with special thanks and permission from Dr. Dharmendra Bhandari, author of R.K. Laxman: The Uncommon Man: Collection of works from 1948 to 2008.
Host Marco Werman and food critic Steve Dolinsky take a culinary tour of Boston. First stop: Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich from Ba Le restaurant in Dorchester, MA. Check out our site for more selections.
Kosovo can’t get recognition from the United Nations, so it’s gone for digital recognition from the likes of Facebook and Google. But while it’s mostly been a success, some Kosovars aren’t sure that digital legitimacy amounts to much.
After “Meryem” covered the Gezi Park protests 22 hours a day, she’s having trouble keeping up the pace of digital activism. The 28 year old Turkish activist answers your questions about activism online and through social media on our Facebook page.
Actor George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek — not to mention his wildly popular humor on Facebook. But before he became a star, he lived as an inmate in an internment camp and was forced into Asian stereotypes on screen.
“Paul Nabor, November 2003, one of the perfect moments of my life: Jason Longo and I must have driven up and down the same piece of road in Punta Gorda, Belize a half dozen times, asking for directions, and still unable to find the home of Paul Nabor. We were told he’d be in front of his house. We found him inside though, taking a nap. It was late in the afternoon. I woke him carefully. He had a smoke. We talked. He played his guitar. What a lovely man. I got the news that he died today at the age of 84.”
More than 66,000 kids traveling without parents were apprehended by Border Patrol from October 2013 through the end of August. Many of these young people will likely apply for asylum in the US based on gang persecution, a basis for refugee status that’s becoming more common but is a highly debated area of law. What are your questions? Leave them in the comments below.
Joining us on Facebook is Molly Castillo-Keefe, from the Immigrant Children’s Protection Project, part of the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. She coordinates legal visits, orientations and works with shelters to represent these children. She also lived in Nicaragua for 10 years, working for Save the Children and other organizations on regional projects, including several related to child protection and trafficking.
Left-wing Israeli cartoonist Arnon Avni lives one mile from Gaza, in the line of fire of Hamas rockets. But the life-long kibbutznik is holding fast to his liberal politics and the belief that Israelis and Palestinians have to come to some sort of reconciliation with one another.
43-year-old fisherman-turned-activist Sandy Anderson stands on the shore of Brazil’s Guarabana Bay, just outside Rio de Janeiro. Anderson says he’s nearly been killed twice fighting to save this bay from polluters, and now lives in hiding.
Photo: Gerry Hadden
The Philippines has one of the highest birth rates in Asia. But recently, the government passed a law, over the strenuous objections of the Catholic Church, that paved the way for providing free contraception. One woman, a grandmother at 33, tells us how free birth control could change her family for the better.