The Week on Sunday (weekly)

  • The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is an arm of the US State Department. Founded in 1961, USAID serves as a ‘velvet glove’ for US foreign policy. The political bias of its operations in Haiti goes back decades. Here are ten things to know about USAID in Haiti:

    tags: Haiti Democracy USAID

  • What distinguishes Sankara from many other revolutionary leaders was his confidence in the revolutionary capabilities of ordinary human beings. He did not see himself as a messiah or prophet, as he famously said before the United Nations General Assembly in October of 1984. It is worth quoting from Sankara at length, when before the delegation of 159 nations, he said:

    Furthermore, Sankara placed women’s resistance agency at the centre of the revolution. He saw women’s struggles for equal rights as a focal point of a more egalitarian politics on the continent. 

    tags: Thomas_Sankara Revolution Burkina_Faso

  • To others, it’s already a tragedy. WikiLeaks’ alleged source Bradley Manning faces trial in the US and the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. Sixteen supporters who allegedly took part in attacks on PayPal, Mastercard and Visa, the online equivalent of sit-in protests, for their boycott of WikiLeaks each face up to 15 years in prison and await their day in court.

    A group of alleged UK hackers belonging to the Lulzsec group will each face their trials next week. And the WikiLeaks submission system remains down, as it has for nearly two years.

    tags: WikiLeaks JulianAssange BradleyManning

  • Beyond Binary (Lethe Press) takes the reader on a journey through worlds where many things are uncertain and undefined, not least of which is what most of us look for first to orient ourselves in a fictional world. Is the protagonist male or female? Is s/he straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender? Am I reading a story told from the inside? About someone like me? By someone like me? We look for these things in the real world too, of course. Gender and sexuality give us a place where understanding can begin.

    tags: binary sexually fluid

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