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Arrest in South African Lesbian Murder Case

Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | October 18, 2013.

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According to Sapa, police in Gauteng, South Africa have confirmed that a 22-year-old man was arrested in Tokoza in connection with the horrific and brutal murder of a young lesbian, Duduzile Zozo.

The man is scheduled to appear for charges, in the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, according to Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

“Police had been following up information since her body was found. Several suspects were arrested for questioning and released,” he said.

On June 30, the half-naked body of 26-year-old Zozo was discovered in Tokoza, Ekurhuleni, near her family home. Her mother Thuziwe Zozo told activists at the time of the funeral that  she suspected her daughter was killed because she was a lesbian. The case received widespread attention after press noted that a toilet brush was inserted into the victim’s vagina, a factor pointing to a motive of anti-lesbian hate.

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Who Masterminded U.S. Pot Prohibition?

English: A 4000-plant breeding nursery in the ...

English: A 4000-plant breeding nursery in the first year. Thinopyrum intermedium is being domesticated as a perennial grain crop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fred Gardner | CounterPunch | AlterNet | October 20, 2013

Harry Anslinger, the longtime Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, is widely considered the prime mover behind marijuana prohibition. But during  the Congressional debate on prohibition in the spring of 1937, Anslinger was just one witness in a strange show trial.  He testified that marijuana induces homicidal mania and so forth, but it was not Anslinger who designed the complicated prohibitive-tax strategy. That maneuver was thought up by the Treasury Department’s top lawyer, Herman Oliphant. Nor was Anslinger called back to refute Dr. William Woodward of the American Medical Association, who made many telling points in opposition to the prohibitive-tax bill.

It was Congressman Fred Vinson of Kentucky who dealt with Woodward, subjecting him to a snide, relentless grilling. In the transcript of the hearing, which I recently published to get the hang of ebook production (thinking it would be a simple, finite project), Vinson comes across as an effective prosecutor committed to getting the prohibitive-tax bill enacted, while Anslinger seems like a carnival pitch man —yowza, yowza, yowza. Both men were carrying water for the Treasury Department, which had drafted the prohibition bill and was asking Congress to impose it on the nation.

When the final curtain fell in my imaginary drama, the actual villain seemed to be Vinson, not Anslinger. As I was mulling over the implications, Dave West referred me to his eye-opening essay, “ Low, Dishonest Decade,” published in 1999. West, who has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics, spent most of his career as a geneticist/breeder of “corporate maize” (his term). He pioneered the application of molecular markers in crop breeding. He’s a very good writer and an insightful political analyst. Pot partisans ready to escape the single-issue trap should check out his website,

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Uganda police arrest activist as he grieves for his gay hero mom

English: Map showing the position of the distr...

English: Map showing the position of the district Kampala in Uganda. Deutsch: Karte, die die Position des Distriktes Kampala in Uganda anzeigt. Plattdüütsch: Koort, de de Positschoon vun’n Distrikt Kampala in Uganda wiest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tris Reid-Smith, Omar Kuddus | Gay Star News | October 20, 2013

Police arrested a grieving Ugandan gay activist when he went to the bank to collect money to pay for his mom’s funeral.

Mleuben Maccarthy, an LGBT human rights campaigner from Kampala, Uganda, lost his mother Naomi to illness yesterday (18 October).

Known as ‘Mama Naomi’ in the Ugandan gay community, she was a popular figure who openly supported her gay son and her death has sparked tributes from LGBTI people.

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Russian lawmaker drops anti-gay parenting bill

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Russian Language Day at the UN Armenia (6) (Photo credit: UN in Armenia)

Ashlee Kelly, Omar Kuddus | Gay Star News | October 20, 2013

A Russian lawmaker has dropped a bill which proposed to strip parental rights away from gay couples with children.

The bill, proposed by Russian politician Alexei Zhuravlyov, had not recieved sufficient public backing from politicians, and was withdrawn on Saturday.

Sophia Cherepanova, Zhuravlyov’s spokesperson, confirmed the withdrawal by saying: ‘Yes, he has indeed withdrawn it’

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Conservative Activists Call For Class Action Lawsuit Against Homosexuality

On Top Magazine | October 20, 2013

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, and pastor Rick Scarborough are considering a “class action lawsuit” against homosexuality.

At a Tea Party Unity event held on Thursday, LaBarbera lamented the lack of visibility in the media for the stories of people who claim to have altered their sexual orientation from gay to straight.

“We need to work on our conservative, alternate media and say, ‘Look, don’t do the pro-gay thing, why don’t you rather step out and support these ex-gays?’” LaBarbera said.  “We should encourage Fox News to tell their stories.  Fox is now telling the stories of black conservatives because the other media is not doing that, we should all get on Fox and say, ‘Come on, tell these stories, these wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle.’”

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Support For Gay Marriage Leads Catholic Church To Defund Immigration Groups

Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | October 20, 2013

After an Illinois immigrant-rights coalition endorsed a proposed gay marriage bill, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development threatened to cut off funding to 11 affiliated groups.

According to The Chicago Tribune, officials overseeing the Roman Catholic anti-poverty program told the groups to abandon the Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights or face losing their Catholic funding.

Nine groups gave up grants totaling nearly $300,000.

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The National Guard’s Defiance on Civil Rights


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 | New York Times | October 20, 2013

In August, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the Defense Department would begin offering full spousal and family benefits, including health care coverage, housing allowances and survivor benefits, to the same-sex spouses of military personnel. In doing so he swiftly aligned the military with the Supreme Court’s ruling in June striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s denial of federal marriage benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples.

National Guard units in four states — Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma — have, however, refused to process applications by same-sex couples in a convenient and respectful manner. To register for benefits and obtain the identification card needed for programs and services at the Guard member’s home base, spouses are being told they must travel to federal military installations sometimes located a long distance away. This unfair procedural obstacle could delay important military benefits — or even make them unattainable, depending on how far the states take their discriminatory policy.

There is no valid basis for this treatment. The guard units say they are merely adhering to state constitutions that ban same-sex marriages and do not recognize same-sex marriages lawfully performed in other states. But state bans cannot pre-empt a lawful Defense Department order based on a Supreme Court ruling. Under the Constitution’s supremacy clause, federal law takes precedence.

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