Rape – Why do men sexually assault women?

This  The actions behind the Dutch backpacker’s brave escape are sadly familiar  is an unfortunate article for at least two reasons: firstly that the reality of rape and attempted rape gave cause for it to be written at all, and secondly because its extensive generalisation tends to reinforce the notion of females as victims and males as grossly deviant and prone to sexual assault of women, often accompanied by aggression…

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27 Things To Give A S**t About In 2017

APATHY is tacit consent.  We need to CARE & ACT, not just for ourselves but for others.  In fact, to put others first is the way to ethical and moral behaviour and to build yourself. There are many people who stand up and speak out.  Often they are derided as “patsy’s” or “bunnies” – stupid for sticking their heads above the parapet.  They are effectively derided for taking action against…

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They shoot horses don’t they?

I am totally depressed at the depth of world poverty and, even worse, the lack of compassion and caring shown by so many who have so much. I detest our materialistic, consumer orientated, profit before people society. I am disgusted by the unethical and immoral behaviour of so many of our politicians, including those at senior levels. I am horrified by the hatred and aggression levelled at those in society…

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DONATE as though you were 5 times richer!

For the next 5 days, CARE has sponsors who will match your DONATION to make it worth 5 (FIVE) times what you give. Please get on board and DONATE. CARE is a top-rated organisation by Charity Navigator (Leading evaluation agency for charities) and at least 90% of its donations actually fund PROGRAMS rather than administration, publicity or fund-raising. If you have little, as do I, this is a chance to…

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Mothers – Indomitable & Indispensable

Each and every day, all of us would do well to consider that it is our mothers who nurtured us through our first 36 weeks, most often at some considerable discomfort to themselves. Not only that, but after going through a childbirth experience, the thought of which makes most men tremble, they then, with few voluntary exceptions, lovingly and generally with outstanding equanimity, take us to the breast, deal with…

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Post-Karadzic Bosnia and Herzegovina: The End of the Criminal Justice Era | International Center for Transitional Justice

I fully understand that this proposition may be dismissed as naïve in view of the current reality shaped not only by Karadzic’s crimes but also by the violent plunder that has over the last 20 years created a Hydra of intertwined political, criminal and business interests. Likewise, an increasingly chaotic regional and broader geopolitical context is far from conducive to the political will necessary for such changes, to say nothing…

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The sugar conspiracy | Ian Leslie | Society | The Guardian

For many years, as a library manager, when questioning practices or introducing change I have been met with, in so many words, the proposition that: “but that’s not the way. We’ve always done it like this. Everyone else does it like this. Check with them. Why should we change” Such an attitude, at various times, created conflict between myself and my staff and between myself and my colleagues – not…

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Isis wants an insane race war – and we’ve decided to give them one

Western leaders are now so self-opinionated and dazzled by their own view of their “rightness” that they appear, with few exceptions, to be unable to appreciate the consequences of their actions, even when there are many historical precedents that point to likely outcomes. Somehow, ordinary citizens who are willing and capable of exercising some critical judgment in as objective a manner as possible, and without assuming (consciously or unconsciously) a…

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Frankie Boyle on Paris attacks: ‘This is the worst time for society to go on psychopathic autopilot’

Perhaps understandably, but certainly not too thoughtfully, the response from most to the Paris attacks has been a cry for vengeance and retribution. The French and British governments have increased air attacks in Syria and the US has announced increased numbers of ground troops, and other countries, including both Turkey and Russia have become more involved. Despite the substantial well informed and knowledgeable debate regarding the Middle East situation and…

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