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Archive for December, 2013

Zimbabwe Police Raid Annual LGBT Christmas Party Arrest 9


Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | December 22, 2013.




Yesterday I received the disturbing news from Zimbabwe about a police attack on Zimbabwe’s LGBT group, GALZ, with reports of arrests and injuries.


I was informed by a source close to GALZ leadership that the annual Christmas party was raided by police in Bulawayo. Nine members of the group were taken into custody. It is believed that some were injured during the raid.  This is not the first time the group has been targeted and raided. I have not verified these reports.


For security reasons, the celebration was apparently held at a safe location, and not at the GALZ offices. It seems that security was breached and 9 members of the group and/or guests were taken into police custody.


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The Rising Threat Of Antibiotic Resistance In The United States

Diagram depicting antibiotic resistance throug...

Diagram depicting antibiotic resistance through alteration of the antibiotic’s target site, modeled after MRSA’s resistance to penicillin. Beta-lactam antibiotics permanently inactivate PBP enzymes, which are essential for bacterial life, by permanently binding to their active sites. MRSA, however, expresses a PBP that will not allow the antibiotic into its active site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jodie Gummow | AlterNet | December 20, 2013

Since Alexander Fleming discovered the very first antibiotic, penicillin in 1928, antibiotics have become a revolutionary tool for fighting infectious diseases. For over 70 years, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death and transformed medical care across the world.

Today, antibiotics are still vital in many instances and beneficial when prescribed and taken correctly. However, their widespread overuse and misuse has led to the creation of infectious organisms that have become resistant to the drugs, fueling a rapid increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

According to a recent  report by the  Centers for Disease Control And Prevention at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria ever year that is resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of those infections or from conditions complicated by the antibiotic-resistant infection.

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The Media Should Stop Pretending Marijuana’s Risks Are a Mystery — The Science Is Clear

Deutsch: Logo der Los Angeles Times

Deutsch: Logo der Los Angeles Times (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul Armentano | AlterNet | December 20, 2013

Speaking recently with the  Los Angeles Times, UCLA professor and former Washington state “pot czar” Mark Kleiman implied that we as a society are largely ignorant when it comes to the subject of weed. Speaking with  Times columnist Patt Morrison,  Kleiman stated, “I keep saying we don’t know nearly as much about cannabis as Pillsbury knows about brownie mix.”

Kleiman’s allegation—that the marijuana plant and its effects on society still remains largely a mystery—is a fairly common refrain.

But it is far from accurate.   Despite the US government’s nearly century-long prohibition of the plant, cannabis is nonetheless one of the most investigated therapeutically active substances in history. To date, there are over 20,000 published studies or reviews in the scientific literature referencing the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids, nearly half of which were published within the last five years according to a keyword search on PubMed Central, the US government repository for peer-reviewed scientific research. Over 1,450 peer-reviewed papers were published in 2013 alone. (By contrast, a keyword search of “hydrocodone,” a commonly prescribed painkiller, yields just over 600 total references in the entire body of available scientific literature.)

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Official: Navajo Nation law on marriage stands

Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly

Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

KOAT 7 | December 20, 2013

FARMINGTON, N.M. —A Navajo Nation official says the tribe’s own law prohibiting same-sex marriage isn’t affected by the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples in New Mexico.

Deswood Tome, an adviser to Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, told The Daily Times that the tribe’s own law prohibiting same-sex marriage still stands.

That law enacted in 2005 says same-sex marriage says same-sex marriage is “void and prohibited” but it also recognizes marriages created outside tribal lands.

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Lesbian wedding held in Uganda day after anti-gay bill passed

Anna Leach | Gay Star News | December 22, 2013

Photograph of a lesbian wedding in Uganda

A brave lesbian couple in Uganda has held a wedding a day after parliament passed a bill that threatens gay people with life in prison if caught expressing their sexuality.

Kenya gay rights activist Denis Nzioka tweeted a photograph of a celebrant and two women in wedding garb and said that Ugandan activist Kasha Jacqueline had attended the marriage.

‘This is what I call guts,’ he said. On Friday Uganda’s parliament passed the second reading of an internationally condemned bill that will make it illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality and will jail people who do not report homosexual activities to the police.

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Desmond Tutu Compared Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill To Apartheid

Desmond Tutu 2007 at the Deutscher Evangelisch...

Desmond Tutu 2007 at the Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag in Cologne 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Top Magazine | December 22, 2013

Archbishop Desmond Tutu previously compared elements of Uganda’s anti-gay bill to apartheid.

The 82-year-old retired Anglican bishop who gained notoriety speaking out against apartheid in 2011 penned an op-ed arguing against passage of the measure which would increase the penalties for being gay and having gay sex in a nation where it is already punishable by up to life in prison.

Lawmakers last week unanimously approved the bill, which now awaits the president’s signature to become law.

The measure was first introduced in 2009 and drew international condemnation for including the death penalty.  The bill as passed replaces capital punishment with life imprisonment for people repeatedly convicted of having consensual sex with a member of the same sex.  The sentence can also be imposed in cases where one of the partners is HIV-positive, a minor or disabled. The bill also seeks to outlaw the promotion of homosexuality, effectively silencing opponents of the measure.

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Stay In Utah Gay Marriage Ruling Could Happen Monday

Current marriage amendments to US state consti...

Current marriage amendments to US state constitutions, by type Constitutional amendment bans same-sex marriage, civil unions, and any marriage-like contract between unmarried persons Constitutional amendment bans same-sex marriage and civil unions Constitutional amendment bans same-sex marriage Constitutional amendment grants legislature authority to ban same-sex marriage No constitutional amendments (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | December 22, 2013

Jubilation in Utah over a gay marriage ruling might come to an end on Monday as the state presses for an emergency stay on the decision.

Hours after U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby surprised everyone on Friday by handing down his ruling more than 2 weeks before his January 7 self-imposed deadline, gay and lesbian couples in the state rushed to marry.

Shelby said that Amendment 3, the state’s 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment which limits marriage to heterosexual unions, violates the 14th Amendment.

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