Portraits of Uganda’s Fearless LGBT Activists —> http://voc.tv/1qgHIaR
These double-exposure portraits are of some of the most visible members of the Ugandan LGBT rights movement—people who are defiantly public about their sexual identities and determined not to go underground. Even so, I wanted to convey that even the most prominent activists have to keep a part of themselves hidden to stay safe. This is what it means to be gay and illegal in Uganda.
I spent two weeks in Uganda in January, shortly after Parliament had passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill when it was still unclear whether or not Museveni was going to sign it into law. The bill had passed under suspicious circumstances, without the quorum required by the Ugandan Constitution, and the President issued a series of statements condemning the MPs involved. Activists were cautiously optimistic, and they were angry. So they intensified their efforts to demystify homosexuality, racing against a signature they hoped would never come. They wanted their faces to be seen, to educate the outside world and to change perceptions in their own neighborhoods, workplaces, and families.
Klaus Schulze Gets to Blow Shit Up for a Living —> http://voc.tv/O33YGh
Klaus Schulze is standing on the edge of a massive crater in the woods near Potsdam smoking a cigarette. The German bomb defuser is casually relating how he packed about 600 grams of C4 explosive onto the fuse of 500-pound bomb three years ago, then blew it up. He appears to enjoy his job.
Descendants of slaves owned by Cherokee are fighting to be recognized by the Cherokee Nation —> http://voc.tv/1n3nCln
Yes, the Cherokee had slaves, and no, their descendants are not happy. They’re so unhappy, in fact, that they’ve sued the Cherokee nation that enslaved and freed their ancestors, only to kick them out a century later. On Saturday they’ll be gathering in Tulsa, Oklahoma to prepare for next month’s court proceedings. What do they want? To be recognised as part of the Cherokee nation again, of course. Confused? You’re not alone.
The group, known as the Freedmen, have been fighting the Cherokee government for citizenship since it was revoked in the early 1980s on the basis that they lacked proof of native blood. Today, around 3,000 reservation residents claim lineage from blacks once enslaved by the Cherokee and the rights they were entitled to.
Side by side, A tale of two cities in Venezuela —> http://voc.tv/1fbp6Af
On March 5, 2014, the anniversary of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Caracas was a deeply divided city. In neighborhoods like El 23 de Enero, a Chavista stronghold and the location of the Cuartel de Las Montañas, the leader’s final resting place, Chavez supporters gathered, decked out in red. They chanted support for their embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, and the Chavez legacy, both beloved by many of Venezuela’s poor whose lives were buoyed by Chavismo socialism.
Thousands turned out for a military parade in honor of the anniversary, as tanks, missiles and all manner of armed forces passed through the streets in a show of government strength. “Chavez lives! The struggle continues!” echoed through the Los Proceres promenade. “Nothing will destabilize this president,” said one woman, “because his power comes from the people.” For a single, surprising moment, some booing rang out as soldiers passed by, perhaps the only brief indication of the unrest brewing all over the country, and just a few miles east of the parade.
Does Pussy Riot Love McDonald’s? —> http://voc.tv/1ihWc4H
When two members of Pussy Riot were attacked in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday, it was hard to sort out what was more surprising: that pro-Kremlin thugs had once again set upon them, or that when it happened, they were eating at McDonald’s.
That’s right, Pussy Riot, those radical, anti-establishment activists who decry the “corporate state system” were eating at the home of the golden arches.
14 Questions for “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton —> http://voc.tv/1qfqzyj
Susan A. Patton, the “Princeton Mom” best known for doling out unsolicited marriage advice to college women and pissing off feminist writers everywhere, can now add a new feat to her list of accomplishments: publishing a rambling romance guide. Her book on husband hunting, titled Marry Smart: Advice for Finding the One, comes out Tuesday.
The 238-page manual, complete with tips such as “If you are a little hothouse tomato, think seriously about an attitude makeover,” and “Whatever kind of sex you’re having, be discreet about it,” is a highly anticipated threequel to her previous works, a letter to the editor in Princeton’s campus newspaper, The Daily Princetonian, and a Valentine’s Day op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. The book expands on her very blunt message to female co-eds. “There is a very limited population of men who are as smart or smarter than we are,” wrote Patton. “You will never again be surrounded by this concentration of men who are worthy of you.”
How to Sell a Pile of Dirt to SXSW Hipsters —> http://voc.tv/1e9sUSX
For the uninitiated, SXSW is an annual celebration of tech, music and film that attracts some 200,000 beer-guzzling frat dudes, tech cognoscenti, and arty hipsters to Austin for a week of bacchanalia. Some folks who come have the opportunity to stay in nice hotel, like the W downtown. When those rooms run out (or you’re looking for something cheaper) people stay in motels along Route 35. When those rooms are all booked, others find nearby apartments to rent. Or even spare bedrooms.
For the rest of the people, there’s always Adam Yoo’s dirt patch.
Jihadis Are Seething at Russia Over Crimea—Will It Boil Over? —> http://voc.tv/1fOqiJM
With Russia and Ukraine in a tense standoff over the fate of Crimea, jihadis are bashing Russia in their forums and social media accounts—in some cases, calling on Muslims to travel to Eastern Ukraine to defend their religious brothers.
This week, the hashtag #NafirforUkraine began making the rounds on Twitter. The Islamic Arabic term “Nafir” is a call to action that requires any member of a jihadi group to travel to the country against which Nafir is called, and participate in a holy war in the name of Allah. Nafir was declared in the early stages of the conflicts in Syria and Egypt, and helped spark jihadi migrations into these nations.
The latest update on the corruption scandal in Turkey —> http://voc.tv/1fbLKbC
Recep Tayyip Erdogan must be made of Teflon.
Over the past three months, the Turkish prime minister has been embroiled in a corruption probe that has cast a net around his closest allies. More recently, he’s reckoned with a series of leaked tapes that, among other things, purport to reveal that he tried to help his son hide millions of dollars from the graft investigation.
Erdogan called the tape a “montage” and the product of “dubbing.” And he hasn’t dominated Turkish politics for a decade by acting like a pushover. Just weeks before the country’s local elections, somehow he has managed to defang the corruption probe—despite accusations that his cabinet members accepted bribes.