Freddy J. Amad

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Lured by Isis: how the young girls who revel in brutality are offered cause

Although Isis propaganda sometimes suggests women will have an active role, in reality they are heavily controlled once they arrive<p>As the numbers of western women travelling to join Isis in Syria and Iraq have grown – recent estimates suggest there are up to 550 from around the world – so has the …

Feminism

Bali Nine: Indonesia has death penalty double standard, says brother of spared maid

‘Indonesia is begging for its citizens to escape the death penalty, meanwhile Indonesia’s firing squad executes inmates, it’s not fair,’ says brother of domestic worker saved from death penalty in Saudi Arabia<p>The family of an Indonesian domestic worker on death row in Saudi Arabia has criticised …

Asia

On Being '-American'

**Disclaimer: This entry is written from the view-point of a first generation Indian-American. I was born in India and moved to the United States when I was six years old. The beliefs expressed here are a result of being raised in an immigrant family in Texas, Ohio, New York and …

Why This 60-Year-Old Woman Wants To Remain Lustful

When I was 18, my family doctor gave me my first gynecological exam. The examination table was in the same room as his desk. I sat in the chair across from this pudgy 60-something-year-old doctor. He puffed away at his pipe saying, "You know it's time you learned about love and lust. Then he handed …

The Sounds Of Alzheimer's

THE SOUNDS OF ALZHEIMER'S<p>I sit in the darkness of the early morning enjoying the peacefulness of "me" time. It's blessedly quiet because it's 4:30 a.m. I just sent hubby out the door to work and I have about four hours of time left that I can hear ticking off of the old clock by my desk. I have my …

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On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014

<i>Just like Michael Brown, comedian and commentator W. Kamau Bell is six feet four inches tall. And he knows it.</i><p>I am afraid of the cops. Absolutely petrified of the cops. Now understand, I’ve never been arrested or held for questioning. I’ve never been told that I “fit the description.” But that …

The Netflix Porn Doc 'Hot Girls Wanted' Reinforces Tired Sexual Stereotypes

The film offers unexamined statements about the industry and vague intimations that doing porn harms women and that watching it warps men.<p>Hot Girls Wanted, the latest documentary from directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, follows a group of young women whowork in Miami's burgeoning porn industry<b>.</b> …

Laser Skin Whitening Treatment Worth it?

In many cultures, skin whitening is pursued for aesthetic and cultural reasons. Fair skin is associated with wealth and aristocracy in some regions, …

I'm Coming Out -- as Me

For the past few years, I've struggled with my gender identity. I've struggled with how to label it, and how to express it to others. I've struggled to fit in with any given group, feeling as though I wasn't decisive enough or "out" enough or brave enough to belong anywhere in particular. I've …

Oyelowo: British TV 'ignoring' black actors

<b>British actor David Oyelowo has criticised TV bosses for ignoring "the real" British history by not casting black actors in period dramas.</b><p>The 38-year-old, who plays Martin Luther King in Hollywood's new film Selma, left Britain for the US in 2007.<p>He told Radio Times magazine a lack of roles for …

Black Culture

Deadly Force, in Black and White — ProPublica

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, …