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Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 02:41 PM (15 replies)

The Persecution of Witches, 21st-Century Style

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12191460

Most people believe that the persecution of “witches” reached its height in the early 1690s with the trials in Salem, Mass., but it is a grim paradox of 21st-century life that violence against people accused of sorcery is very much still with us. Far from fading away, thanks to digital interconnectedness and economic development, witch hunting has become a growing, global problem.

In recent years, there has been a spate of attacks against people accused of witchcraft in Africa, the Pacific and Latin America, and even among immigrant communities in the United States and Western Europe. Researchers with United Nations refugee and human rights agencies have estimated the murders of supposed witches as numbering in the thousands each year, while beatings and banishments could run into the millions. “This is becoming an international problem — it is a form of persecution and violence that is spreading around the globe,” Jeff Crisp, an official with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told a panel in 2009, the last year in which an international body studied the full dimensions of the problem. A report that year from the same agency and a Unicef study in 2010 both found a rise, especially in Africa, of violence and child abuse linked to witchcraft accusations.

More recent media reports suggest a disturbing pattern of mutilation and murder. Last year, a mob in Papua New Guinea burned alive a young mother, Kepari Leniata, 20, who was suspected of sorcery. This highly publicized case followed a series of instances over recent years of lethal group violence against women and men accused of witchcraft.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/opinion/the-persecution-of-witches-21st-century-style.html?_r=3
Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 02:02 AM (0 replies)

seems like a dream got me hypnotized

Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Sun Jul 6, 2014, 10:33 AM (1 replies)

I, for one, would like to see ALL of seabeyond's hidden posts since the inception of DU3

I want to see WHO alerted and WHO were the jurors.
Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 02:07 PM (2 replies)

David Green ...

Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 11:09 AM (0 replies)

Please help = Did any one hear a segment on NPR today about the peyote/religion decision?

I just heard a small piece and it seems they were trying to connect this to the Hobby Lobby Decision.

I think this is the case they were referencing = The Supreme's Smith Indian Peyote Decision
Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Wed Jul 2, 2014, 01:03 AM (16 replies)

Entirely Irrelevant ...

Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:49 AM (8 replies)

Congress Pushes To Expand Marijuana Research

By Katie Rucke, www.mintpressnews.com
June 21st, 2014

Congress asks the head of Health and Human Services to do away with an additional review process required only for those hoping to study marijuana’s medicinal effects.

Thirty members of Congress signed a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Tuesday, asking that she make the process of obtaining federally-grown marijuana for medicinal research less burdensome for U.S. scientists.

“Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana,” the letter said. “Over one million Americans currently use medical marijuana at the recommendation of their physician. There is overwhelming anecdotal evidence from patients, their family members, and their doctors of the therapeutic benefits of marijuana for those suffering from cancer, epilepsy, seizures, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, glaucoma, anxiety, chronic pain, and more.

“We believe the widespread use of medical marijuana should necessitate research into what specific relief it offers and how it can best be delivered for different people and different conditions. Yet, the scientific research clearly documenting these benefits has often been hampered by federal barriers.”

Since May 21, 1999, scientists interested in conducting research on marijuana’s medicinal values must undergo two review processes if their study is not funded by the National Institutes of Health. In addition to the review process that applies to other Schedule I substances such as LSD, psilocybin and MDMA, researchers must also complete an additional review process before they can be given access to marijuana grown in the United States by the federal government for research purposes.

more at link:
http://www.popularresistance.org/congress-pushes-to-expand-marijuana-research/
Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:33 PM (0 replies)

Just hanging out in The Lounge

Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:16 PM (4 replies)

HoF = June 17, 1873

Susan B. Anthony’s court trial began today in 1873 – she had been arrested for voting in the previous November’s election. Although the trial would lead to a conviction, Anthony refused to pay the fine she was sentenced to; authorities decided not to pursue further legal action.

Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Thu Jun 19, 2014, 11:53 AM (7 replies)
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