READ A BOOK: Struggle for Gay Rights in the Caribbean Heats Up
Dr Glenville Ashby reviews Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles for The St Kitts-Nevis Observer.
Injecting religious rhetoric into a culture steeped in unbridled machismo is tantamount to adding fuel to an already waging fire. In sociological terms, a poisonous and intolerant scenario has bedeviled the gay and lesbian community in the Caribbean.
That some island turfs are notorious for gay bashing, verbally and physically, is no secret. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association has sharply criticized policies and attitudes in the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, in particular. Our Caribbean: A gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles addresses this human rights issue with clarity and salience. It is an unapologetic study of………….
Vittorio Arrigoni (4 February 1975 – 15 April 2011)
Was an Italian reporter, writer, pacifist and activist. worked with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in the Gaza Strip, from 2008 until his death. Arrigoni maintained a website, Guerrilla Radio, and published a book of his experiences in Gaza during the 2008–09 Gaza War between Hamas and Israel.
Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor, Who has been treating hundreds of victims wounded in Israel’s ongoing assault, including young children. Dr. Gilbert says hospitals are operating without electricity, water and proper medical supplies, but adds: “As a medical doctor, my appeal is don’t send bandages, don’t send syringes, don’t send medical teams. The most important medical thing you can do now is to force Israel to stop the bombing and lift the siege of Gaza.” Gilbert recently recently submitted a report to the United Nations on the state of the Gaza health sector in 2014. “Where is the decency in the U.S. government allowing Israel this impunity to punish the whole civilian population in Gaza?”
so far, close to 170 Palestinians have been killed, among them 36 children and 24 women. And among the 1,232 injured, there are 346 children and 256 women. So, 50 percent of the injured are women and children. Now, this tells you that these attacks are not targeting the militarists in Palestine, in Gaza. These attacks are targeting the whole population in order to intimidate them and to force them to give up their resistance. I’ve been to Gaza through the last 17 years, and every time it is the same story. Israelis are accusing the Palestinians of attacking them; they have to defend themselves, they claim. Actually, the truth is the exact opposite. Israel is the attacker, the occupant. Internationally, they are responsible, according to the law, for the security and the well-being of the occupied population, whereas in fact Israel is doing their utmost to kill them and to make their life as miserable as possible through these seven years of siege.
Brazilians are angry. Their government for is spending millions of dollars on an eight-week, World Cup event. They are angry that the money is desperately needed for education, sanitisation, hospitals and the eradication of violence, drugs and weapons from their streets.
"F*** FIFA" graffiti is appearing all over the city and just goes to show what the residents really think of the international sporting extravagance. Powerful.