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farzana-versey's picture
Sep.01.2013
Asaram Bapu, one of those ubiquitous spiritual gurus, accused of raping a minor girl had been on the run since August 20. He was captured last night. A week later, the attention transferred to the gang-rape of an intern at a lifestyle magazine in a deserted mill at Mahalaxmi in Mumbai.  The...
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Jul.16.2013
Had Edward Snowden exposed the dirt of the Taliban, he would have been standing behind the lectern in New York at the UN hall on Friday, July 12. The contrast, and irony, is stark. A young man is hounded by the government of his country for exposing its sly mechanism, of its covert war...
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Jul.08.2013
I felt guilty enough to realise I could not bring about any radical change. If you need 'artistic' legitimacy for beliefs, then you are just scattered words, a riff, a mute painting. --- I learned my lesson many years ago as I walked out of her hut, her children trailing behind me in the narrow...
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Jun.21.2012
If Alice Walker objects to Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people, not permitting the publication of the ‘The Color Purple’ in Hebrew will not alter anything. There is much to be said about making a statement, and I agree that it is valid in certain cases, but not in this one: “I would...
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May.14.2012
Picture this: President Barack Obama waving at the crowds in a gay parade. Behind, there are men wearing helmets, fire-hoses in hand. Helming the operation would be Mitt Romney, the enemy of the state until the elections. This could be the digitalised image on Time magazine’s cover. The...
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Oct.27.2011
Today the New York Times reports that over 80 percent of New York City residents are in favor of Occupy Wall Street and that New Yorkers actively support the effort by a margin of 2 to 1. One of the many reasons for this acceptance is the authenticity of the movement. The protestors simply repeat...
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Jun.29.2011
How many of these women promoting the SlutWalk in India are bothered about sluts? Spend a day as a slut, a whore, a sex worker and then tell us what it feels like to be called a slut after servicing upto ten men in a tiny cubicle behind a dirty curtain. Yes, you want to bring awareness...
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Apr.12.2011
Castrate him? Spit in his face? Report him to the police? Would I have the courage and the presence of mind to do any of these when he has trampled on my body and my self-worth? I am regurgitating these questions because they must be, especially if you read the letter I got in response (...
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Dec.29.2010
This is Iran's way of getting back at the Western propaganda using the means employed by the mainstream western entertainment industry. Sakineh Ashtiani may have been hanged to death, not stoned, but now they just might do it - to spite the international pressure. Or they will keep her alive...
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Aug.15.2010
"Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone!" sing two Iranian-born brothers. Their band is named Blurred Vision. They have been living in exile, we are told. The word exile is used quite randomly these days. Were they shunted out because they were protesting or did they leave because they...