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Israel: Thousands Coerced Into Leaving the Country
Israeli authorities have unlawfully coerced almost 7,000 Eritrean and Sudanese nationals into returning to their home countries where they risk serious abuse. Some returning Sudanese have faced torture, arbitrary detention, and treason charges in Sudan for setting foot in Israel, while returning Eritreans also face a serious risk of abuse.HRW has documented how Israel’s convoluted legal rules thwart Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers’ attempts to secure protection under Israeli and international law. Israeli authorities have labelled Eritreans and Sudanese a “threat”, branded them “infiltrators,” denied them access to fair and efficient asylum procedures, and used the resulting insecure legal status as a pretext to unlawfully detain or threaten to detain them indefinitely, coercing thousands into leaving.
Photo: Eritreans and Sudanese stand at the perimeter of the Holot “Residency Center” in Israel’s Negev Desert, January 9, 2014. Since mid-December 2013, the Israeli authorities have unlawfully detained thousands there indefinitely in an attempt to coerce them into leaving the country.  © 2014 Associated Press
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Israel: Thousands Coerced Into Leaving the Country

Israeli authorities have unlawfully coerced almost 7,000 Eritrean and Sudanese nationals into returning to their home countries where they risk serious abuse. Some returning Sudanese have faced torture, arbitrary detention, and treason charges in Sudan for setting foot in Israel, while returning Eritreans also face a serious risk of abuse.

HRW has documented how Israel’s convoluted legal rules thwart Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers’ attempts to secure protection under Israeli and international law. Israeli authorities have labelled Eritreans and Sudanese a “threat”, branded them “infiltrators,” denied them access to fair and efficient asylum procedures, and used the resulting insecure legal status as a pretext to unlawfully detain or threaten to detain them indefinitely, coercing thousands into leaving.

Photo: Eritreans and Sudanese stand at the perimeter of the Holot “Residency Center” in Israel’s Negev Desert, January 9, 2014. Since mid-December 2013, the Israeli authorities have unlawfully detained thousands there indefinitely in an attempt to coerce them into leaving the country.  © 2014 Associated Press

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But there are lots of ladies around me, everywhere I go, who hesitate to say what they’re thinking and feeling. They go with the flow, they never make waves. And eventually, they don’t even seem to know what makes them who they are. They live to serve. They read the books that other people are reading. They say the pleasant things that other people are saying. They never put their needs first, unless it indirectly serves someone else — a manicure, some highlights. They make sure everyone around them is 100 percent satisfied. Like grocery-store managers. Like customer service reps. Like masseuses who also give free happy endings.

If that sounds sexist or demeaning, then it’s by design. The developed world is packed to the gills with shiny, pretty sheep who will never step on your toes. I know many representatives of the middle-class suburban version of this, and I even know women in creative fields who pull the same “Me, too!” face in everything they do.

Heather Havrilesky

You Don’t Look Gay

I just remembered one of the best student quotes of all time. This happened when I was teaching high-schoolers in Los Angeles.

Student 1: “You don’t look gay though.”
Me: “What does someone who is gay look like?”
Student 2: “Don’t do it, man! Don’t fall for it! It’s a trap! Like when your aunt asks you whose Thanksgiving turkey is better, hers or your moms!”

The following is a conversation between a 3 year old boy who lives upstairs from me and myself.

Boy: “Hi!”
Me: “Hey there! You sure seem happier than the other night when I could hear you screaming!”
Mom: “Yeah, that’s because I wouldn’t let him go outside.”
Boy: “It was cause I couldn’t have a beer.”
Mom: (with tricycle in hand) “Beer! You’re three!”
Boy: “Wanna beer.”

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ALABAMA JAMES DARKNESS conceived by and written with great help from Kyle McCulloch

Born sometime around 1910 in Bellamy, Alabama, James Caffey (aka Alabama James Darkness aka James Darkness) is one of the most remarkable and enigmatic figures in the Blues genre. 

While tales abound of bluesmen selling their souls to the Devil in exchange for fame or musical skill, rumors of the day claimed that Darkness had met the Devil at a crossroads and, through a well-timed distraction, managed to purchase the Devil’s soul instead. Darkness himself later claimed the Devil’s soul resided his guitar case, explaining the macabre nature of his songs. While this twist certainly makes a more entertaining legend, it is often cited as a possible reason behind Darkness’ sub-par guitar playing, lifelong poverty, and general lack of success. 

Sixty years before the term Goth was coined, Alabama James Darkness was experimenting with a mix of Delta Blues and startlingly modern supernatural nihilism. His morbid focus and recurring themes (as well as his trademark white face paint and blood-red lipstick) would clearly inspire and inform late-20th-century bands such as Christian Death, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus and The Cure, to name a few.