Archive for March 22, 2013

Posted: March 22, 2013 in News

Neliza Drew

Trigger warning: Proceed with caution.

The verdict is in for the two Steubenville teens that CNN seems to feel sorry for. Twitter is a mixture of rape apologists and people angry at said apologists. Facebook is probably still all cat pictures or shamrocks and Pinterest, I’m sure, is still largely flowers, baking, and projects even Martha Stewart wouldn’t try. At any rate, here are my two cents:
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I’ve spent the past seven years listening to teen girls tell me or tell each other about being raped, molested, or assaulted. It’s so often a gateway to their criminal or drug activity. I’ve also heard too many times about their stripping, hooking, drug use, and older “boyfriends” who are sometimes encouraged to “date” them by their own mothers. This is not technically part of my job description. It falls into that category of being there for the students and trying to find out…

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Posted: March 22, 2013 in News

Make Me a Sammich

Trigger Warning: This post is about rape.

dontbethatguyI was fourteen years old the night my friend G took me to my first kegger. We told my mom we were going to “a little get together.” I remember almost nothing about the evening—flashes, mostly. I remember absolutely nothing about being raped that night.

I might never have known about it, except that N–a woman I’d met the night before–mentioned it casually the next morning when I woke in a strange house with what might have been my first hangover. I don’t remember the words she used, just the image they evokedof me passed out in a bed and two men doing whatever they wanted with me.

Apparently G had left me at the party—I never learned why, but I assume that I was either passed out or otherwise resisted leaving. I never asked him. Sitting there with N that morning, I…

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Posted: March 22, 2013 in News

Caffeine Dreams | Liquor Schemes

This is the 2nd of fifteen articles in CDLS’ ‘Spotlight On…’ series

Previous : Cyprus

Quick disclaimer here: I didn’t mean for this article to get as long as it did. It sort of ran away from me.

If you ask Colin, he will tell you that I have been dying to post an article on North Korea for weeks. Every week I’ll work on one and I’ll tell him that this is finally the week I’ll post it. I sit down and write a paragraph and then I scrap it. I hate every approach I have taken to write about this topic and nothing I write interests me.

When it comes to North Korea, people quickly tend to fall into two camps: first the North Korea is crazy and is a parody of a cartoon super villain threatening everybody with nuclear attacks, camp. And there is the camp that says…

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Silver Lining

Press TV

Nearly two dozen people have been killed and many others injured in a terrorist explosion inside a mosque in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to Syrian sources, a bomber blew himself up inside al-Eman Mosque in the Mazraa neighborhood of the capital on Thursday.

Top _ cleric Mohammed Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti, in his 80s, is reported to be among the dead.

The victims are believed to be supporters of President Bashar al-Assad. According to Syria’s official news agency SANA, 14 people were killed and 40 others were injured. Some other sources, however, put the death toll at 20.

Foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government also fired mortar shells at a sports stadium in the western city of Idlib. The attack caused only material damage.

Two Syrian civilians were also killed and more than 20 others injured in a terrorist car bombing in the western city of Homs…

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Silver Lining

Press TV

As American President Barack Obama hailed the ‘resounding success’ of Israel’s US-financed Iron Dome antimissile system on the first of his tour there, missile experts have newly unveiled that Iron Dome’s success rate during the regime’s November war on Gaza was as low as zero.

While Obama used his Wednesday’s tour of an Iron Dome installation, “celebrating a technological wonder built with the help of American dollars” and seeking to showcase US support of the Zionist regime, there was no mention about the “intensifying debate” on whether the promotion of the system’s success rate was “more illusory than real,” says a The New York Times article on Thursday.

Contrary to Israeli claims that Iron Dome’s success rate in destroying incoming Palestinian rockets during the regime’s massive military strikes against the blockaded Gaza strip was 90 percent, studies by weapons experts in the US and Israel suggest that the…

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