The Quipu Project: Exposing a Woman’s Darkest Hour in Peru

Fujimori

Reading Time: 7 minutes During Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori’s ten years in office, from 1990 to 2000, a family planning program was launched that resulted in  272,000 women and 21,000 men being sterilised.  In 2016, Public Prosecutor Marcelita Gutiérrez, decided not to pursue the former president and several staff members of the Ministry of Health, for crimes against humanity. […]

Cultural Appropriation Is a Myth – I’m Not My Culture, I’m Me

culture

Reading Time: 7 minutes The French and English cultures in which I grew up, influence my tastes and moral judgements. But they are not me…I am. Cultural appropriation is a myth because there is nothing to appropriate. For Tania de Montaigne, a French journalist and writer, Blacks do not exist, but blacks do. “Why the capital B?”, she asks. […]

The Art Of Censorship, And The Censorship Of Art

Censorship

Reading Time: 7 minutes MENU Film producers Jafar Panahi (Iran) and Wanuri Kahui (Kenya), A lady  “Blackface” who lost her heads (Réunion Island), A poem that got lost in the web, A painting that got lost in a gallery in Manchester, but found its way back. ….welcome to the world of art.   [beautifulquote align=”left” cite=””]Home, Sweet Home[/beautifulquote] Iranian film […]

May 1968 – I Love Paris In The Springtime

Paris

Reading Time: 5 minutes It may not have escaped your notice that this month marks the 50th anniversary of the riots that took Paris by the scruff of the neck. The widespread violence, of May 1968, resulted in… well not much, apart from transforming Parisian little brats, dependent on their parents’ money into… liberated Parisian little brats, dependent on […]

Left In The Cold – The Freeze Response And Rape Victims

acute stress response

Reading Time: 6 minutes You are probably aware of the so-called “fight-flight response”, also known as the “acute stress response”. It is a biological reaction to a stimulus perceived as an imminent threat to survival. The response is carried out by the autonomic nervous system – a control system that acts largely unconsciously and regulates heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and sexual […]

Emmanuel Macron Cannot Change French “Strike Culture”

SNCF

Reading Time: 6 minutes There is another culture that the French are proud of, besides the “cultural exception” represented by their language, in the face of Anglo-Saxon dominance. It is the right for you to strike, regardless of whether your actions will close schools, disrupt the business commuter, or leave the unsuspecting tourist stranded at Charles de Gaulle airport. […]