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Sunday
Apr192015

Earth Day 2015: 17 Powerful Images of A Descecrated Planet

Enormous iceberg melting near Svalbard island in Norway

These photos of acute environmental damage have been collected into a book ‘Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot’ by the environmental awareness platform Global Population Speak Out. The pages show the harsh realities of the ecological and social tragedies that cause the Earth’s extreme suffering at the hands of unfettered human consumption and overpopulation. Not all groups — the Catholic Church as one example — agree that having 10 children in poor families is a problem for the Earth, but most scientists and ecologists share a different view.

Global Population Speak Out provides a link for everyone to have a look at the book online for free, but if you want it in your bookshelf, you can also find it on Amazon.

Tar-rich zone in Alberta, Canada destroyed by mining and toxic wastes

 

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Friday
Apr172015

'India's Daughter' Documentary Of Jyoti Singh Brutal Rape May Be Banned Worldwide

It was our intention to bring AOC readers the full length documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, previously banned in India and YouTube into India. Yesterday, April 16, India’s Supreme Court refused to lift the ban in India, with the next court date on May 27. 

Installing the BBC full video last night, I see that the documentary is now frozen on the BBC Storyville website. This critically important loss of global free speech rights and artistic freedom is nothing less than astonishing, as this acclaimed documentary is now totally caught up in India’s court system, even though it is owned by the BBC/Storyville.

Further research not reported in the Times of India recap of yesterday’s court appearances explains what happened. One of the defense attorneys (who has his own problems if you read further) alleges that the film is ‘outcome of fraud and conspiracy’ hatched by documentary maker Leslee Udwin, BBC and a private news channel with advocate VK Anand.

Film-maker Leslee Udwin of ‘India’s Daughter’ meets the mother of convicted rapist Mukesh Singh; her other son Ram died while in police custody in connection with the Jyoti Singh case. Mukesh and three other men have been sentenced to death.The Brutal Rape and Disembowelment of Jyoti Singh

On Sunday December 16, 2012 the world was stunned to learn about the brutal gang rape of Jyoti Singh, 23, a talented young woman from Uttar Pradesh who had just completed her medical exams to become a doctor. The Guardian writes:

Speaking excellent English, she spent nights working in a call centre from 8pm until 4am, slept for three hours, then studied. Her ambition was to build and run a hospital in her family’s village. “A girl can do anything,” she would say.

The only girl with two brothers, Jyoti Singh — whose name means light and happiness — asked her father Badri Singh, to please take any monies saved for her wedding and help her with medical school expenses.

When Jyoti Singh’s body was found thrown on the street, she was alive in her eviscerated body. Demonstrations broke out all over India for weeks in a demand for gender equality. Many men joined the marches, horrified over what had happened to the young doctor riding a bus with her friend at 8:30 in the evening.

Rape Is A Global Epidemic, Including in America

Statistics about rape are notoriously difficult to validate. My own review of current rankings by country of rape statistics gave me five different rankings on the front page of Google.

Rape is hardly exclusive to India, where it’s estimated that a rape occurs every 20 minutes. We assume that number is significantly under-reported.  In England and Wales, 85,000 women are raped every year. In Denmark, a country with gender equality embedded in the law, one in five women report being sexually assaulted — based on one source.

In America, a video has gone viral showing a young woman gang-raped by three men in Panama City, Fla over spring break. Hundreds of young revelers stood feet away and watched the unconscious victim being raped and no one tried to help. 

More than one survey says that America is the rape capital of the world, with a woman raped every 6.2 minutes, and it’s been used in discussion about ‘India’s Daughter’. This dated Wonderlist comes up first in Google results, but a new link takes us to the most current list in which America is #3 and India is #5.  Much of America’s statistic is driven by our inordinately large incarceration system, compared to other countries.

The Girl Is Always At Fault Say Lawyers, As India’s Women Lawyers Move Against Defense Attorneys

In the documentary, Mukesh Singh, one of Jyoti Singh’s six rapists (five convicted and one died in prison awaiting trial) is interviewed saying that the rape was Jyoti Singh’s fault :

When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape… Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit [her friend] the boy.

One of the most shocking aspects of ‘India’s Daughter’ is the view of ML Sharma, the defense lawyer representing the men convicted of raping Jyoti Singh. He said:

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Wednesday
Apr152015

Tian Soars In 'Twist', Lensed by Kiki Xue For Harper's Bazaar China May 2015

Model Tian Yi is a sensual feast for the eyes, styled in period piece neutrals by Xiao Mu Fan in ‘Twist’. Photographer Kiki Xue captures the fashion magnificence for Harper’s Bazaar China May 2015./ Hair by Franco Argento; makeup by Marie Duhart

 

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