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Articles from No. 328, October

Action Groups
There are hundreds worldwide. Here are a few, selected starting points.INTERNATIONALInternational Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) 1360 Mission St, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94103, US. Tel: (+1) 415 255 8680; Fax: (+1) 415 255 8662....
[Ahab's Wife or the Star-Gazer]
From one brief mention in Moby Dick of the home-life of the Pequod's captain, Sena Jeter Naslund has spun an epic of astonishing scope and ambition. 'Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last,' says Una Spenser at the novel's opening and,...
[Arrows of Rain]
Arrows of Rain is a brooding and powerful first novel from Nigerian Okey Ndibe, founding editor of the respected African Commentary magazine. The book is set in the fictional African state of Madia, suffering under its despotic ruler, Life-President...
[Back to Base. Heading for the Door]
Considerably aided by the rhyming talents of dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, Back to Base offer an altogether different experience. Described as 'live-wire dub', Heading for the Door infuses the spaciousness of reggae with the tight, curling sounds of funk...
Chad [Country Profile]
As the new millennium neared, it was strongly rumoured that by its beginning former defence minister Youssouf Togoimi and his rebel forces would be in the streets of the capital N'Djamena. Togoimi had taken to the northern-most mountains of the Tibesti...
[Degraded Capability: The Media & the Kosovo Crisis]
Now that the emotive cheerleading of the press has subsided, the truth about NATO's 'humanitarian intervention' is emerging. This illegal bombing campaign, which over-rode the authority of the United Nations, looks likely to have killed more civilians...
For People like Us: A Placard Reading "Indian and Lesbian" Caught the Eye and Set Tongues Wagging in Delhi
IN A COFFEE SHOP IN MUMBAI I waited nervously to meet 'the community'. I had just moved back to the city after years abroad and begun the search for other lesbians. Already I had been warned by Sakshi, who had come to make contact with me and make sure...
Fumigate with Fungus: New Chemicals Will Not Stop Narcotic Crops [US to Distribute Toxic Fungus over Coca-Producing Regions in Colombia]
The US will distribute a toxic fungus over coca-producing regions in Colombia. As part of the 'war on drugs', large areas have already been sprayed with herbicides intended to destroy coca crops. Now the fungus Fusarium oxsporum EN-4 strain is to be...
Holy Hatred: Penalties for Homosexuality Are Most Extreme in Muslim Countries
I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ALGIERS, OF a French father and an Algerian mother. Having access to both cultures made me realize early on that racism as well as sexism were all-pervasive on both sides of the Mediterranean. It took me a few more years to come...
Homeward Bound: Indians and Pakistanis Are Beginning to Pick Up the Threads of Their Divided Lives, and Start the Process of Healing, of Remembering, of Talking Again
There was much excitement in our household as my 80-year-old father prepared to visit Pakistan for the first time after 53 years. He'd fled, amidst gunfire and smoke, the day India and Pakistan were partitioned, carrying nothing but the clothes on his...
Inside Out: Reem Haddad Entered a Prison in Southern Lebanon Just after the Israelis Had Withdrawn [Khiam Prison]
It was an unreal feeling. I was actually walking in the notorious Khiam prison where over 2,000 Lebanese men, women and children as young as 13 were tortured. Less than 12 hours before, Israel's proxy militia, the South Lebanese Army (SLA), had fled...
It's What You Do: Most of the Men Who Have Sex with Men in the South Probably Don't Identify Themselves as Gay or Bisexual
IN MANY COUNTRIES OF THE SOUTH, AIDS has made sexual relationships transparent which had previously been concealed -- especially those between men. The cost of silence and denial has already been high in human lives. Specialized agencies now recognize...
[Little, Jimmy. Messenger]
Well before singers such as Archie Roach or Kev Carmody or groups like Yothi Yindi or the Warumpi Band put Australian Aboriginal sounds on the musical map, there was Jimmy Little. Born in 1937 on the Cummeragunja mission, Little first came to public...
Love, Hate and the Law
The human rights of sexual minorities are systematically abused in much of the world today. Laws used against them tend to focus on homosexual practice, but may affect transgender people too. Progressive equality and anti-discrimination legislation is,...
Madeleine Albright [Worldbeaters]
ACCORDING to her biographer: 'For a significant number of middle-aged male WASPs, who consider American foreign policy their private province, the day Madeleine Albright became Secretary of State will go down in history for one reason: it was the day...
[My Year of Meat]
Writing an engaging and captivating book that examines the politics and science of the American meat industry, growing up in a mixed-race family, sexuality, adoption, rape, abortion and African-American spirituality sounds impossible. But Ruth L Ozeki's...
Out in Africa: The First Country in the World Constitutionally to Outlaw Discrimination against Gay People Was South Africa
WHEN I WAS GROWING UP I KNEW that being a moffie(f.1) meant that I would go to hell. Well, some things have changed since then and some have not.In South Africa, the country of my birth, sex between men was a crime. Then, in my first year as a university...
Out South: Gay Activism Is Growing Worldwide, Especially in the South. but Where's the Equality?
A woman and a man make love. It's tender, warm, giving. The next day, still glowing in their passion for each other, they step out into the street. Unashamed, they do not mind the world knowing their feelings -- which they would have difficulty hiding,...
Sharp Focus on Iannis Xenakis
'Music is not a language: it doesn't have the task of expressing something through sounds and symbols. Music stands by itself, there's nothing beyond it.'Accustomed as we are to using music both as means and end, such a statement is a formidable challenge,...
Slaves of Tradition: Fetish Priests Are Targets of Campaign in Ghana
Many in Ghana are calling for the abolition of Trokosi, a traditional form of slavery. Trokosi literally means 'slave of a deity' and is a practice of the Ewe people. In its commonest form a trokosi is a virgin given to a fetish priest as a slave. A...
[Sunshine]
How can one behave compassionately when forced to submerge one's identity as an ethical person? Is it possible for one to administer justice under an oppressive government? This film chronicles several generations of a Jewish Hungarian family as it grapples...
Taboo Breakers
The lesbian ZapatistaPatria Jimenez stands out in Mexico's Catholic, conservative, male-dominated society. Not only is she a woman, feminist and Zapatista activist. She is also Latin America's first openly gay MP, winning her seat in 1997 for the centre-left...
The Hack and Flack Machine [Media Coverage of Crucial Environmental Issues Is Systematically Biased]
The 2,500-member Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that stabilizing global temperatures requires a 60-per-cent cut in the emission of greenhouse gases. At Kyoto in 1997, developed countries struggled to agree on a 5.2-percent cut. Meanwhile,...
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