Hands Off

Sexual Identity: a
Step Beyond Anatomy

When President Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage last week, a wave of optimism and hope swept the nation. It is as if in what this issue is concerned, the U.S. has finally entered the 21st century.
After all, it’s been some 50 years since the sexual revolution took western societies by storm. Despite the good news, though, we’re far from seeing meaningful changes in people’s attitude towards sex.

The slow and arduous process that marriage rights for same-sex couples is taking in the U.S. has been a sobering reminder of how much we still lack in awareness about this issue.
Still, as residents of New York, the sixth state to legalize such unions, we have reasons to be proud for having helped this crucial issue of social justice to get the president’s attention, and things seem to be moving forward. We’re just not quite as far as we wished, after so many years since the first gay parade took to the streets.
WHAT’S IN BETWEEN, WHAT’S INSIDE
But if we think progress has been slow for gender acceptance and equality, we haven’t yet been acquainted with the struggles of another sexual minority, now grouped under the Disorders of Sex Development banner, no doubt, for absolute lack of a better name.
The expression “anatomy is not destiny,” used so appropriately to describe and protect the needs of minorities, is even Continue reading

Tell the World

His Courage Still Stands At

the Heart of Tiananmen Square

Torture 101

Less Protesters at the Gates of
School That Trained Dictators

In the 1960s and 1970s, no South or Central American military dictator worth his boots lacked a diploma from the School of the Americas, a U.S. Department of Defense center that, human rights activists say, provided training for military leaders who went on to become infamous tyrants, led regimes of terror and indiscriminately ordered abductions, torture and killings of political enemies to achieve their goals.
Among the school’s alumni, there were scores of uniformed officers who sat and learned their illegal craft on its benches and went on to help stage violent coups all over the continent, provide the muscle to subjugate and crush millions of frightened Continue reading

Brand New Day

Military Junta Grants Freedom
to Myanmar’s Opposition Leader

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who single-handedly personified the struggle of thousands of Myanmar citizens against the country’s military junta, has been released from her seven and a half years of house arrest.
The Oxford-educated daughter of General Aung San, an independence hero assassinated in 1947, she’s been incarcerated for 15 of the past 21 years, since her return to the country that used to be called Burma.
But although as politically articulated as her father was, there’s Continue reading

The Other 9/11

Chile Also Had Its Own
Day of Death, 37 Years Ago

A street performer helps to

mark the tragic military coup of

September 11, 1973.