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India’s bitter culture of rape and violence

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The country doesn’t need well-meaning white people to defend it, it needs to listen to the voices of Indian women – Published on The Guardian, by Sunny Hundal, Jan 3, 2013.

… Most Indians bristle at the accusation that Indian culture doesn’t value women. In fact, they say, it extols the virtues of womanhood and their role in society. It puts women on a pedestal, and even goes as far as describing nature and the world we live in as “mother Earth”, and “mother India”. Indians elected a woman prime minister, Indira Gandhi, as early as 1966, and the country boasts several prominent female chief ministers, philosophers, scholars, sports icons and writers. During one very popular Indian festival, Rakhi, brothers pledge to protect their sisters for life. Hindu mythology, which is dominant in Indian culture, is full of tales of kings moving heaven and earth to rescue damsels in distress.  Continue Reading…

Change needs to start in Britain

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Published on The Independent, by Ruth Rendell, Jan 6, 2013. Linked with Special report (UK): Female genital mutilation: unreported, ignored and unpunished.

There are three stages of horror in a woman’s life, a well-known saying in the Horn of Africa goes, “the day she is mutilated, her wedding night and the day she gives birth”.

What people here find hard to grasp, as well as this being practised in the UK, is that it completely ruins a woman’s life, turning joyous events like the beginning of a love affair into a nightmare. In the part of London where I live, I meet a lot of women who tell me they have been cut. To remove the clitoris is the worst thing. It is not just some little operation that is painful but will soon be over. It will destroy what we think of as a woman. It will destroy her life, her sex life, everything.   Continue Reading…

The Men Seem Paralyzed: America’s Male Identity Crisis

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Factories close and the men don’t have jobs anymore – Published on Spiegel Online International, interview with Hanna Rosin, conducted by Samiha Shafy, Jan 4, 2013.

In a SPIEGEL interview, Israeli-American author Hanna Rosin, 42, whose book “The End of Men” is to be published in Germany this month, discusses the identity crisis being experienced by the male sex in America. Men, she argues, are the losers in the economic downturn because they are too rigid and inflexible … // Continue Reading…

Ken Robinson: RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms

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please take time for these few minutes – Published on YouTube in several languages

Ken Robinson – RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms:

  • in english only, 11.41 min, uploaded by theRSAorg, Oct. 14, 2010: This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award;   Continue Reading…

Resisting Racism and Militarism in 2013

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Published on Dissident Voice, by David Swanson, January 2, 2013.

January 21st  will be an odd day in the United States. We’ll honor Martin Luther King Jr. and bestow another 4-year regime on the man who, in his Nobel peace prize acceptance speech said that Martin Luther King Jr. had been wrong — that those who follow his example “stand idle in the face of threats.” I plan to begin the day by refusing to stand idle in the face of the threat that is President Barack Obama’s military. An event honoring Dr. King and protesting drone wars will include a rally at Malcolm X Park and a parade named for a bit of Kingian rhetoric.  Continue Reading…

7 Facts about Empathy

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American economist and political advisor Jeremy Rifkin explains in Empathic Civilisation why we need to rethink the human narrative, and base it on empathy and compassion rather than aggression and animosity. History, biology and sociology of the human race prove it’s possible.

Tune in to the following 7 facts about empathy   – and watch this video  with Jeremy Rifkin, 10.40 min, published on Goodnet.org, Dec. 17, 2012.

Also on YouTube: RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilisation, uploaded by theRSAorg, May 6, 2010.

Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff

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Watch this video, 19.32 min, published on TEDtalks, December 2012: It’s the end of 2012, and the US political system is tied in knots over next year’s “fiscal cliff”  a budget impasse that can only be solved with bipartisan agreement. (And the world is watching.) Adam Davidson, cohost of Planet Money, shares surprising data that shows how it might just be solved …

Schule versus selbständige Entwicklung

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Beautiful Music in the World

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uploaded on YouTube by Oitusde (between April and November 2012):

No. 1, 65.49 min; No. 2, 51.31 min; No. 3, 20.32 min; No. 4, 28.32 min; No. 5, 17.14 min; No. 6, 24.29 min; No. 7, 16.59 min; No. 8, 26.12 min; No. 9, 38.31 min.

Links: still ongoing construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel:   Continue Reading…