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Sterilization: U.S. controls birth of ‘undesirables’

When you hear something like sterilization, you think of Nazi Germany concentration camps, or the infamous Tuskegee experiments. And you are stunned that it can go on in the U.S., that bastion of forward-thinking, wonderfully humane civilization. You don’t want to believe it, but, sure enough it is documented that female inmates have been sterilized in California without required legal sanctioning, often by pressuring these women into undergoing the procedure. Despite that California State lawmakers banned such practices in 1979. The Center for Investigative Reporting, in July, related that ”doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals.” They received, against prison regulations, tubal ligations. Continue Reading →

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The Good Wife Works – Gypsies, Jews, Hmong and Blacks — diasporas of the unwanted


When I was a little girl, people would ask, “What nationality are you?” That is to say, to what tribe do I belong? What is my country of origin? Belonging is tribe, blood and culture, not necessarily territory and certainly not based on citizenship now that so many in the world occupy diasporas and are not living in the place where their forbears were born. “Most of culture lies hidden, outside volume control, making up warp and woof of human existence,” says Edward T. Hall. It is human nature to want to belong. Continue Reading →

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