Category Archives: Humanity

Modern Day Slavery: A Woman. A Prostitute. A Slave.

November 27, 2010
New York Times

Americans tend to associate “modern slavery” with illiterate girls in India or Cambodia. Yet there I was the other day, interviewing a college graduate who says she spent three years terrorized by pimps in a brothel in Midtown Manhattan.

Those who think that commercial sex in this country is invariably voluntary — and especially men who pay for sex — should listen to her story. The men buying her services all mistakenly assumed that she was working of her own volition, she says.

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Published: November 28, 2010

ON Wednesday, Kim Kardashian is going to die a little. So is her sister, Khloé, not to mention Lady Gaga, David LaChapelle, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Serena Williams and Elijah Wood.
That day is World AIDS Day, and each of these people (as well as a host of others – the list keeps growing) will sacrifice his or her own digital life. By which these celebrities mean they will stop communicating via Twitter and Facebook. They will not be resuscitated, they say, until their fans donate $1 million.

“Dry your eyes, everybody,” Ryan Seacrest, the “American Idol” host and another participant in this cyberstunt, says in a videotaped “Last Tweet and Testament” that will be posted on his Facebook profile – and appended to a final post on Twitter – sometime after midnight on Tuesday night. “I don’t plan to be dead for too long.” He adds, “Please buy back my life.”

“Come on, y’all,” the actress Jennifer Hudson says in a similar videotaped plea. “Buy my life back. Go on a shopping spree and buy as much of it as you can.”
It’s all part of the latest gambit by Continue reading CELEBRITIES DIE FOR GOOD CAUSE

Chinese woman sentenced to a year in labour camp over tweet

Amnesty International today urged the Chinese authorities to release a woman sentenced to a year in a labour camp for retweeting a supposedly anti-Japanese message.

Chinese online activist Cheng Jianping was sentenced to one year of ‘Re-education Through Labour’ on Monday for “disturbing social order”, having retweeted a satirical suggestion on October 17 that the Japanese Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo be attacked.

Cheng disappeared ten days later, on what was to be her wedding day, her whereabouts unknown until it emerged this week Continue reading Chinese woman sentenced to a year in labour camp over tweet

Activist Artist Goes on Trial in Beijing

BEIJING — In a case that has galvanized the Chinese arts community, a prominent artist who helped lead a short-lived demonstration along the nation’s most politically hallowed thoroughfare went on trial Wednesday on assault charges that supporters say are aimed at punishing him for his political activism.

The defendant, Wu Yuren, 39, is accused of assaulting a group of police officers at a Beijing police station last May. He had gone to the stationhouse with a friend who was seeking to file a complaint against his landlord, but Mr. Wu ended up in a verbal confrontation with several officers after they grabbed his cellphone, the friend, Yang Licai, said.

The police officers say Mr. Wu attacked them. Mr. Wu claims Continue reading Activist Artist Goes on Trial in Beijing

Top 10 Political Prisoners

Following elections earlier in November that were widely seen as a sham, Burma’s ruling military junta released Aung San Suu Kyi, the face of the country’s beleaguered democratic opposition. The move has been received with cautious optimism by the international community, though it remains unclear how much freedom Suu Kyi will actually have. TIME takes a look at prominent dissidents imprisoned for their beliefs.

The Top Ten List can be found HERE.