“Are you going to permanently straighten your hair or get a weave? I mean, you’d be a lot prettier if you did.”—White female friend to me. I’m biracial (half black, half white) and I have extremely curly, thick hair. My whole life I’ve been told that I should change it. It makes me feel ugly, different, and disrespected. (via microaggressions)
When University of Iowa grad student Rebecca Epstein reported her rape, Asst. County Attorney Anne Lahey declined to prosecute. It’s not completely clear why, but we’ll consider a couple of possibilities.
Dr. Frederick Balagadde, a Ugandan National, is working on a microfluidics technology that could revolutionize bioscience the way microchips transformed computing. This easily portable technology has, among numerous applications, the potential to become a powerful tool in the effort to combat infectious disease in the Third World, a cause dear to Balagadde’s heart.
Following South Sudan’s independence, its neighbor to the north, Sudan, is left in the hands of the widely-acknowledged-to-be-corruptNational Congress Party. President Omar al-Bashir, who took power in a 1989 military coup, was criticized for introducing Sharia law (based upon patriarchal interpretations of the Koran) in 1991, in a move that was opposed by the country’s Christian and Animist population. He vowed last December that if South Sudan split off, he would seize the opportunity to impose even stricter Sharia law:
If South Sudan secedes, we will change the constitution and at that time there will be no time to speak of diversity of culture and ethnicity. … Sharia and Islam will be the main source for the constitution, Islam the official religion and Arabic the official language.
Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria’s pint. Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashes on its trouser leg. Germany expresses…