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So... good cops covering for bad cops is bad... but Obama covering for Bush...

is good?

The rape of men: the darkest secret of war


"In Africa no man is allowed to be vulnerable," says RLP's gender officer Salome Atim. "You have to be masculine, strong. You should never break down or cry. A man must be a leader and provide for the whole family. When he fails to reach that set standard, society perceives that there is something wrong."

Often, she says, wives who discover their husbands have been raped decide to leave them. "They ask me: 'So now how am I going to live with him? As what? Is this still a husband? Is it a wife?' They ask, 'If he can be raped, who is protecting me?' There's one family I have been working closely with in which the husband has been raped twice. When his wife discovered this, she went home, packed her belongings, picked up their child and left. Of course that brought down this man's heart.

Back at RLP I'm told about the other ways in which their clients have been made to suffer. Men aren't simply raped, they are forced to penetrate holes in banana trees that run with acidic sap, to sit with their genitals over a fire, to drag rocks tied to their penis, to give oral sex to queues of soldiers, to be penetrated with screwdrivers and sticks. Atim has now seen so many male survivors that, frequently, she can spot them the moment they sit down. "They tend to lean forward and will often sit on one buttock," she tells me. "When they cough, they grab their lower regions. At times, they will stand up and there's blood on the chair. And they often have some kind of smell.""

"A letter to … the girl who accused me of rape when I was 15"

It was entirely mute apart from the simple, but essential, “Do you want to … ?” and “Yes.”

We parted with closed-mouth kisses and I returned to my mattress to sleep.

I woke up being shaken by my friend’s father and two policemen. They were telling me to get dressed and come with them. I didn’t have a clue what was going on.


Has Hilary made any recent noises regarding the War on Terror?

Come to that, I haven't heard a great deal from any of them on that subject recently, but maybe I'm not paying close enough attention...

Is Hilary Clinton likely to improve race relations in America?

Honest question, I do not know her history on this issue.

Do you think Hilary Clinton is likely to spend any attention on Wall Street

and its excessive influence on policy?

Or is America actually far too dependent on Wall Street for her to be able to do so realistically?

Do you think Hilary Clinton is going to encourage investment in alternatives to fossil fuels?

Or is she more closely aligned with the large financial structures surrounding America's traditional energy delivery systems?

Do you think Hilary Clinton is likely to deal with excessive corporate lobbying?

Or is she too dependent on campaign contributions to prevent their influence on policy?

Do you believe Hilary Clinton is likely to scale back the military industrial complex?

Or is she more likely to maintain or even expand it?

How robotically minded do YOU think the average American is?

Are Americans so astoundingly stupid that they simply CAN'T see the benefits of socialised programmes or are they just uneducated or is there some other reason that things other westernised democracies take for granted like abortion rights, publically funded healthcare and a stable welfare state can't be had by Americans?
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