Archive for March 1st, 2011

March 1, 2011

Libya – a tale of two flags

Libya now has two flags flying – the imaginative Gaddafi designed flag which is…well it is just green.

Seriously, for a falling leader that fancies himself a fashion maven and who is surrounded by tailored female bodyguards, he could have done better.

And then we have the pre-Gaddafi flag adopted by the revolutionaries and now the de facto flag of liberated Libya.

Anyone with any sense would be on the side of the people who know a good flag when they see it. Fingers crossed that this will soon return to being the flag of a new and changed Libya.

March 1, 2011

Dan Rather reports: An excerpt from Corrective Rape

A Dan Rather report on the revolting and disturbing practice of ‘corrective rape’ in South Africa.

“Dan Rather Reports, March 1, 2011 at 8pm ET on HDNetFifteen years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is struggling to implement the laws in its progressive constitution. Gays and lesbians in South Africa have more rights than many gay Americans, but that’s doesn’t mean they are safe. Lesbians are often the victims of corrective rape — a horrific crime where men sexually violate them in an effort to “correct” or “cure” their sexual orientation. Several non-governmental organizations claim corrective rape is on the rise, fuelled mostly by a growing homophobia in Africa.”

March 1, 2011

TT Humanist – Capital punishment does not reduce murders

Letter from the T&T Humanist Association on the current capital punishment debate in Trinidad & Tobago.

March 1, 2011

Vancouver Men’s Chorus releases an It Gets Better video

An inspiring song and touching personal stories from the Vancouver Men’s Chorus as they speak out against kids being bullied and give hope for a better tomorrow.

“In January 2011, Vancouver Men’s Chorus decided to produce a YouTube video — a first for VMC. We got together at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and sang Fred Small’s “Everything Possible”.

March 1, 2011

Al Jazeera English – Are sanctions enough?

Al Jazeera English  featured an excellent in-depth look at how the wider world is approaching the human rights dilemma in Libya.

“On Saturday, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to impose financial sanctions on the Gaddafi regime and to refer Libya to the International Criminal Court. But with Muammar Gaddafi threatening to cleanse the country house by house, are words enough to protect unarmed Libyan civilians?”

March 1, 2011

Katy Perry and PS22 perform Firework on Oprah’s After-Oscar show

The kids of PS22 , who performed on stage at the end of the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, get a surprise from Katy Perry as they perform Firework live on stage.

Via The Trevor Project

March 1, 2011

Steven Davies: England cricketer announces he is gay

The England wicketkeeper Steven Davies has announced he is gay – becoming the first professional cricketer to publicly out himself. Rugby star Gareth Thomas did the same in 2009. Heartening that at 24 he is confident enough in himself and his profession that he took the decision to make the announcement.

Read the full story in The Telegraph here.

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