Archive for April, 2008

The French Revolution Got Me Started – Charles Tilly R.I.P.

April 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

I just like the quote above. But the discipline of sociology lost a prominent member today, with the death of Charles Tilly (1929-2008). He wrote a lot on social movements, social change, state formation and contentious politics. When asked what got him started, he answered the quote I used as title for this post. Referring […]

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Patriarchy in All Shapes and Forms – Only Old Men Count

April 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Considering my previous post, this is both sexist, stupid and enraging: “A Chilean mayor is to hand out free potency pills to older people in his municipality near the capital Santiago. Mayor Gonzalo Navarette Munoz says he wants to improve their quality of life by giving them free access to Viagra. He will give men […]

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Patriarchy in All Shapes and Forms – House of Horrors Edition

April 28, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

This story is, of course, all over the news and the Internet, and by now, the facts are pretty well known, as summarized by the BBC, “A 73-year-old Austrian man has confessed to imprisoning his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathering her seven children, police have said. Police said Josef Fritzl also […]

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Encyclopedia Britannica Fights Back Against Wikipedia

April 27, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Via Liberation, the Encyclopedia Britannica still has prestige but it has lost a lot of users for its online version since the rise of Wikipedia. In order to regain traffic and links, Encyclopedia Britannica has decided to offer one year free subscription to bloggers and other writers for the Web via WebShare. Complete the short […]

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Slum Diary

April 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Do not miss this BBC series “Diary: Sierra Leone Slum Medic” “Medical staff at a clinic in the coastal slum of Kroo Bay, in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, have been keeping a diary of their working lives for the BBC News website.” The diaries and the accompanying photos are incredible. A must-read and bookmark.

Posted in Development, Economy, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Poverty, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, social marginality, Social Stratification, Structural Violence | No Comments »

Sexism in All Shapes and Forms – Honor Killings Edition

April 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

[Updated below] The Independent calls it what it is: barbaric. “At first glance Shawbo Ali Rauf appears to be slumbering on the grass, her pale brown curls framing her face, her summer skirt spread about her. But the awkward position of her limbs and the splattered blood reveal the true horror of the scene. The […]

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Pirates of the 21st Century

April 26, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

Via the Guardian, “It has become the most dangerous strip of sea in the world with weekly attacks on European ships. Off the Somalian coast brutal pirates are hijacking luxury yachts, vast cruise liners and even food aid ships and demanding – and getting – huge ransoms.” With 31 attacks last year, and 23 so […]

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The Gold Slaves of Mozambique

April 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , ,

From Der Spiegel, “Nightfall brings welcome cooler temperatures to the foothills of the Chimanimani Mountains in western Mozambique. But it also brings the malaria-carrying Anopheles mosquito from the nearby swamps. The mosquitoes come in thick swarms. The young men in the mining camps use fire in a vain attempt to protect themselves against the deadly […]

Posted in Development, Economy, Environment, Free Trade, Global Governance, Globalization, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Labor, Migration, Poverty, social marginality, Structural Violence | No Comments »

Music Break – Muse

April 25, 2008 by and tagged ,

Muse – “Starlight”, from Black Holes and Revelations

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Terrorism – A Primer

April 25, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Note: developments on Al Qaeda network structure can be found here. This post will also be listed as conceptual sheet. Defining Terrorism Any discussion of terrorism always starts with the difficulties in providing a clear and universally-accepted definition of this phenomenon. Why is it that a phenomenon so obvious is so hard to grasp? Terrorism […]

Posted in Gender, Globalization, Human Rights, Identity, Institutional Racism, Mass Violence, Nationalism, Networks, New Wars, Patriarchy, Politics, Poverty, Religious Fundamentalism, Sexism, Social Exclusion, social marginality, Sociology, Structural Violence, Terrorism | No Comments »

Who is the Feminist Candidate?

April 25, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

That’s a no-brainer.

Posted in Development, Education, Gender, Globalization, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Patriarchy, Politics, Sexism, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification | 2 Comments »

Three Worrisome Headlines

April 24, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

Two from Le Monde, one from the Guardian. The first one: Selon l’ONU, près de 300 000 personnes seraient mortes au Darfour LEMONDE.FR | 22.04.08 © You read that right, the UN estimates that 300,000 have died in Darfur (as opposed to the already horrific previous estimate of 200,000). For its part, the Sudanese government […]

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Parents and Witch Doctors can be Deadly

April 24, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

April 25th 2008 is World Malaria Day. So, to mark the occasion, we have this little gem from the Independent: “The treasures hidden deep in the jungles of Sierra Leone are powerful. Potions cooked up from bits of bark in bubbling vats genuinely have healing properties. But they can also kill, and this is why […]

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The Idiot du Jour – Feminism is Bad for the Environment

April 24, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Anomie tore this guy a new one (and deservedly so), so, just go read. It is a good example of how to pick stupid arguments apart and how to spot sexist subtexts.

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The Missing Children of Great Britain

April 24, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

First via the German Spiegel, “A new study has found that the practice of forced marriage among immigrants in Britain is much more common than previously assumed. Thousands of young girls — and boys — have gone missing, many of whom might have been abducted by their own parents.” This study was conducted by sociologist […]

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