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Articles from No. 327, September

A Day in the Life of Survival [Building a Future from Fragments]
The path towards survival a victim of torture has to travel is slow and painfully difficult. Many survive literally, but may spend a lifetime wishing they had been killed. Some kill themselves years later.Gloria, who fled persecution in the Democratic...
[All Souls: A Family Story from Southie]
All Souls: A family story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald (Beacon Press ISBN 0-8070-7212-5)Radical US comedian George Carlin once said that the poor only exist to scare the American middle classes into working hard so they can avoid the Welfare...
[Baca, Susana. Eco De Sombras]
Eco de Sombras by Susana Baca (Luaka Bop 7248-48912-2 CD)Meaning 'Echo of Shadows', Eco de Sombras is an extraordinarily adept album born of an extraordinarily awful past. The shadows that Baca harks back to are her ancestors, the slaves brought from...
Cameroon [Country Profile]
Cameroon has two current claims to international fame. The first is the prowess of its national soccer team, which has won the African Nations Cup three times and in 1990 became the first African team to reach the quarter finals of the World Cup. The...
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger [Worldbeaters]
HE is Pope John Paul II's sidekick, his confidante and his enforcer. But when the fading Polish prelate meets his maker in the not-too-distant future, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger may also be next in line to become the world's top Roman Catholic, the corporal...
Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading
There are nearly two million people in prison in the United States.These are some of the devices used in these prisons.The restraint chair is a steel-framed chair in which the prisoner is immobilized with four-point restraints securing both arms and...
Disguise and Deny: Beware of "Operating Theatres" and "Intensive Therapy"
Anyone investigating reports of torture before the nineteenth century would have had a pretty easy time of it. That's because a good many religions and states practised torture as official policy, out in the open without any embarrassment.Since then,...
[East-West]
While seeking out locations within the Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union for an unrelated film project, director Regis Warnier was intrigued to come across French-speaking children of a lost generation of French mothers and Soviet fathers....
Nature's Blast: Pakistan's Nuclear-Test Region Suffers Drought
In southernmost Pakistan, site of the Government's nuclear tests, drought has left a trail of deaths and destruction. International aid organizations estimate it will take at least three years before life can limp back to normality.In Baluchistan, Pakistan's...
Neighbourly Love: Reem Haddad Realizes Why She Likes Living in Lebanon
It took the death of an elderly neighbour to remind me why I am still living in this chaotic country.That day, I woke up to the wailing of several women. I looked out the window to see a coffin being brought into an apartment just opposite mine. Our...
On Deepa Mehta: Catherine Von Ruhland Looks at the Indian Filmmaker's Latest Spot of Bother [Water]
deepa Mehta has a rare talent for courting controversy. After the controversial Fire (about a lesbian relationship) and Earth (about the Partition of India and Pakistan) she has provoked fundamentalist ire with her latest venture, Water.Filming at Varanasi...
Retro Visions: Rise of Ethnic Sect Creates Anxiety
Tension between ethnic groups in Kenya now has an added religious element as more youths from the Kikuyu people become members of the Mungiki religious sect. According to Maina Njenga, a founding member of Mungiki, the organization was born 'when a number...
Rumbling Volcano: Brazilian Rural Workers Rise Up to Oppose Impunity
In April 1996, on a road 500 kilometres from the city of Belem at the mouth of the Amazon, 19 people were murdered and 69 seriously injured when local police attacked a march of landless people demanding land reform. Two died later from their injuries...
Sins of Permission: Yanette Bautista's Struggle for Justice to Be Served against Her Sister's Killers Has Led to a Declaration of War from Her Enemies
The bullies and torturers of history always aim to divert the passage of time to their side. Even if the judgement of history sometimes falls heavily on a gravestone, in the land of the living that beats a spell behind bars any day. So it is in Latin...
The Migrant in the Mirror: The Discovery of a New Slave Trade in Europe and the Fevered, Racist Debate That Has Followed
The distinction between 'refugees', 'asylum-seekers' and 'economic migrants' is becoming harder to sustain. All are seeking shelter against violence, whether political or economic. The woman who dies in childbirth for want of basic medical care, a child...
[The Stone Woman]
The Stone Woman by Tariq Ali (Verso, ISBN 185984 764 1)Tariq Ali's new novel is the third in a projected quartet on Islam and its conflicts with Judaism and Christianity. The first book in the series, Shadow of the Pomegranate Tree was set in the sixteenth...
Thought Reform: Repression, Intimidation and Control Are the Favoured Weapons of the Chinese Authorities in Tibet
On the morning of 1 May 1998 guards assembled hundreds of prisoners in the courtyard of Drapchi -- the main prison in Tibet's capital, Lhasa -- for a political ceremony. As the red flag of China was raised two voices cut through the air. 'Tibet is free...
Torture: Never Forget. Dinyar Godrej Listens to a Messenger for Lost Blood
'Life is a mirage, you know. You are walking to reach the water, but it keeps flowing back and back. You begin to count the minutes and seconds, waiting to see what will happen.'In the light of the life experienced by the speaker of those words, they...
Torture: The Facts
Overview(f.1)The number of countries torturing their citizens increased last year. There was a staggering 46% increase in the number of countries where unfair trials have been reported.Human-rights atrocities sparked by conflict occurred in East Timor,...
Trading in Shock: Electroshock Weapons Have Become a Favoured Tool of Many of the World's Torturers
'Roberto', a 50-year-old university professor, is arrested by the state security forces. His torture begins. Initially his captors beat him with sticks. But an officer stops them, saying: 'It will leave scars and we will get complaints from Amnesty International.'...
Up for It: Monsters or Ordinary People. Who Are the Torturers?
In January 1991 I went to Zimbabwe to meet Bruce Moore-King, a fellow writer. We had much in common. Moore-King had published a novel about life in the Rhodesian army. I had written a book about life in west Belfast. We had at different points argued...
What Hopeless Continent?
I grew up knowing that Europeans had dubbed Africa 'The Dark Continent'. My emotional response was to wish that the description referred exclusively to the pigmentation of the skin of the majority of its peoples. It did not. I am not a pyschologist or...
[Where the Dance Is]
Where The Dance is by A Sivanandan (Arcadia Books, ISBN 1-900850-19-2)A Sivanandan, director of the Institute of Race Relations, has long been a respected political commentator and activist. His debut novel, When Memory Dies -- a moving and sensitive...
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