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Articles from No. 303, July

A History of Reproduction, Contraception and Control
1 Snake skins and crocodile dungWomen have always found ways of preventing unwanted babies. The 4,000-year-old Kahun Papyrus, the oldest written document on birth control, refers to vaginal pessaries made of crocodile dung and fermented dough. Arab traders...
A Moral Question
HERE is a brain-teaser.It happens around 55 million times a year. Sometimes it is a surgical operation, sometimes not. Sometimes it is legal, sometimes a crime; sometimes it is even referred to in a national constitution. It is viewed by one group of...
Another Planet: Mixed Messages That Teenagers Are Being Given about Sex
YOU can't feel me up when I'm ten, then come back when I'm nineteen and tell me not to have sex with my boyfriend,' Maria shouts loudly down the phone over the street noise of Baguio City, the Philippines.(f.1) She is not alone in decrying the contradictory...
Burial Rights and Wrongs: Executed Kenyan Freedom Fighter Remembered [Kimathi Was Leader of Mau Mau Guerrillas in 1950s]
PRESSURE is growing on Britain to identify the grave of an executed Kenyan who helped lead the country's independence struggle. Campaigners and family members want the body of 'Field Marshal' Kimathi to be exhumed and given a proper burial. Kimathi was...
[Burma Diary]
JEANNE Hallacy does not apologize for stepping across the line of straight journalism into the realm of personal storytelling in her documentary Burma Diary. It's been a five-year labour of love for the director who began filming in 1992 without financial...
Crossing the Chasm: The Legacy of Apartheid Is Making Changes to Reproductive Health a Slow and Tortuous Process
THE woman's hand fumbled nervously with the tissue, crumpling it again and again until it couldn't get any smaller. She looked scared and cowed in the cheery police office where she had been brought on the Friday night she was raped.But it was her sigh...
Dirty Peace: Torture Is the Latest Field to Be Privatized in Argentina [Former Torturers Become Security Agents]
Torture is the latest field to be privatized in Argentina. Amaranta Wright reports on the continuing aftermath of a dictatorship's 'Dirty War'.WHEN Argentina's military dictatorship fell 14 years ago, the kidnappers, torturers and contract killers nervously...
Father Javier Giraldo
FATHER JAVIER GIRALDO seems vaguely distracted as he invites me to sit down. It's early morning and the sky is shot with streaks of pink. The Colombian priest is casually dressed but warm and welcoming. He's come to town to talk to local human-rights...
Fumbling in the Dark [Rating Contraceptive Methods]
How many precious minutes have you wasted pondering the perfect form of contraception? I'll let you in on a secret. There's no such thing.If it is effective in preventing pregnancy, it may be bad for your health; if it stops you getting infections it...
Going for Gobi [Experiences of Desert Tourist]
My mother rang her local travel agent in Cheshire, rural northern England, and told him she wanted a ticket to Mongolia. 'Timbuktu is that Madam?' he openly sniggered. 'I've got a right one here,' she could hear him saying aside to his colleagues.My...
Kazakhstan [Country Profile]
THE emptiness of Kazakhstan's vast territory is deceptive. Set in the heart of Central Asia, a myriad of complexities are interwoven with its past and present.By far the largest of the five former Soviet Central Asian republics, Kazakhstan is the least...
"Memorabilia"
As children, this had been a magical place for us, the room in which we'd transformed ourselves into exciting other beings -- almost always queens and princesses. There were never any kings or princes, I remember, in our games. I think it was the finery...
[Men with Guns]
directed by John SaylesFrom The Anarchist's Convention to Lone Star, John Sayles has adroitly played the themes of contemporary allegory. His new film, set somewhere in the Americas, south of Texas, continues in that vein.Men with Guns could take place...
Not Knitting an Orgasm: Men's Roles in Family Planning Must Change
LIVING in the Republic of Ireland, I remember desperately splitting up packets of condoms that friends had brought home from their travels abroad. We lived in constant fear of the dangerous ignorance in which we were steeped; our ignorance about our...
Of Woman Born: Nikki Van der Gaag Labours Her Way through the Labyrinth of Contraception, Pregnancy, Birth, and Politics
SEVEN months pregnant with my first child. I was standing in line at a pharmacy when an old woman sitting on a nearby chair called out to me.'First baby, is it?' I barely had time to reply when she went off into a reverie:'I remember my first ... ooh...
Our Own Gift: Infertility Is Not Just a Problem in the West [Battle to Remove Stigma of Childlessness in Zimbabwe]
BETTY CHISHAVA and her 56-year-old husband Herbert have been married for 26 years and have no children. This makes them a rarity in Zimbabwe where few couples last that long in a childless marriage, especially in a society where a child is valued more...
[School Days]
School Days and Strange WordsReading these two books by Martinican author Patrick Chamoiseau is like entering a forest of tongues -- sentences dart out unexpectedly like lizards, words open up like jungle flowers. Language and its shaping of identity...
Secrets and Lies [Sterilization of Women in Peru]
LEOPOLDINA Vega hasn't felt well since her operation. Peeking out shyly from behind the door of her house, she is at first reluctant to talk about her experience. After some reassurance she finally consents to tell her story. The thirty-one-year-old...
Sense of the Faithful: Polls Show That Four out of Five Catholics Disagree with the Official Church Position, Which Forbids the Use of Contraception under All Circumstances
I was born and raised a Catholic in eastern Pennsylvania but moved to Los Angeles several years ago. I had always been active in parish life until the day when I was asked to leave the young adult group in Redondo Beach because of my prochoice beliefs.Good...
Shot in the Dark: Eastern European Governments Accept NATO without Debate
PUBLIC discussion about possible membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is being stifled in Eastern European countries. The Hungarian, Czech and Polish Governments all want to join NATO. Accession protocols were signed in December...
[Strange Words]
School Days and Strange WordsReading these two books by Martinican author Patrick Chamoiseau is like entering a forest of tongues -- sentences dart out unexpectedly like lizards, words open up like jungle flowers. Language and its shaping of identity...
[Various Artists. African Blues]
Stayin' Home with the Bluesby Various (Spectrum/Polygram 537 945/552 887 /554157 CD)African Bluesby Various (World Music Network RGNET 1019CD/1019CMC)Blues? That's American Deep South stuff, right? Well, not only. The quest for 'authenticity' in music...
[Various Artists. Stayin' Home with the Blues]
Stayin' Home with the Bluesby Various (Spectrum/Polygram 537 945/552 887 /554157 CD)African Bluesby Various (World Music Network RGNET 1019CD/1019CMC)Blues? That's American Deep South stuff, right? Well, not only. The quest for 'authenticity' in music...
Warning! Time Is Running out for Asia's Forests
INDIA is one of many Asian countries which has almost wiped out all its natural forest. Some 99 per cent of India's original forest has been lost while 57 per cent of the current forest is threatened by logging, says the US-based World Resources Institute....
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