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The Loaded Burqa

I didn’t think too hard about whether I should wear the burqa or not, following the Fall of the Twin Towers, September 11th, 2001. I didn’t ponder on whether it would be politically correct or not to wear the burqa from then on to all the art openings, performances, launches, nightclubs, parties or rallies that I was in the habit of attending at least three times a week in Melbourne. 943 more words

Fields of Violence

With religious violence and religious misinformation dripping from them media, the world looks as if it is in trouble once again. Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God has tackled the issue of religious violence in her new book Fields of Violence. 158 more words


A Very Interesting Thing Happened Today

Something very interesting happened tonight that I thought you would like to hear about. I’m taking training to be on the Crisis Call Center hotline. This evening we did call role playing with the trainers for the first time in the training. 469 more words


She Said No

She said no
It meant no, and not yes
You grabbed her hair
And tore her dress.
And bruised her flesh.
What you didn’t know… 158 more words

Automelodi - FriedrichshainMelodi Mixkassette

I’ve been out of the country and not listening to much music for the past few weeks, but I’m back and catching up by combing the internet for new music. 62 more words

Minimal Synth

Violence and Nonviolence in the Uyghur Struggle

First published at opendemocracy.net on 10 October 2014 as Resistance, repression, and the cycle of violence in the Uyghur Struggle.

On Tuesday, September 26, 2014 a Chinese court convicted Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur economics professor, to a life sentence on charges of separatism in a disgracefully political trial. 1,706 more words


signs of domestic abuse

Today’s post is a little different: Signs of Domestic Abuse.

I found this great table on the helpline.org website.

What are the signs of domestic violence? 146 more words

Domestic Violence