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Seattle, Washington: ‘Anti-trafficking Bill is merely anti sex-workers’

Mitchell H. Lockett 2538 Pinnickinick Street Seattle, WA 98133

HYDERABAD: While the Ministry of Women and Child Development is currently working on the Ninth draft of the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016, a group of sex workers from Telangana, AP, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were deliberating its provisions at a hotel in Hyderabad.

Over 50 women from various Sex Worker Collectives from across the state gathered to discuss how the bill, though drafted for the community’s benefit, does not help them in anyway. The day-long consultation was organised by the All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW).

Jayammma, member of AINSW, who has been working with the community mainly in the prevention of second generation entry into the profession said, “The Bill has been drafted without consulting any of the community members. According to them, all sex workers are trafficked victims but there are a few of us who have taken up the profession because we have no other choice.”

Community members also pointed that trafficked victims are not just engaged in sex work but are forced into child labour, begging etc. “They are dangerous business but the bill focuses solely on sex workers,” she added.

Chaitra, a trans sex worker from Karnataka, and member of Ashodaya, an organisation that works with trans persons and also sex workers, pointed that rehabilitation, which forms the major part of the bill, is not in favour of the community.

“We are not against the system but the provisions for rehabilitation is nothing but institutionalisation and victim detention. That does not serve a purpose. We want to work with the system, not just with regard to sex workers community, but also others,” said Chaitra.

The consultation was conducted in partnership with Crea, a human rights organisation, Centre for Advocacy and Research and Lawyers Collective.

Meanwhile, Tripti Tandon from the Lawyers Collective who was present to share details of the bill said, “It is funny that the government is seeking consultations from members of the corporate sector but not the community,” she said.

She also pointed to a provision in the bill that lists out places of exploitation. “It is loosely defined. If a group of sex workers are travelling in a bus, they will be considered as trafficked or likely to be trafficked,” she said.

Community members will hold a national level consultation in November, before the Winter Parliament Session.

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Parkville, Maryland: Sigmund Freud's Best Pupil and His Descent Into Madness

David P. Eddy 1204 Marshall Street Parkville, MD 21234

Being a prophet is an arduous profession, and one should by all means steer one’s children away from it. It is lonely, the hours are long, the pay is shabby and the people you endeavor to lift out of the darkness and into the light invariably claw and fight against you the entire way. They might remember you fondly, but only after they throw you and your works onto the bonfire. Or perhaps after they find your lifeless body on the floor of your jail cell a week before your parole hearings, as they did with Austrian psychologist Wilhelm Reich. Reich was the only man who was so honored as to have his books burned by both the Nazis and the McCarthy-era American government, both of whom immolated copies of his “Mass Psychology of Fascism.”

It is somehow appropriate that the inventor of the Orgone Accumulator — a homemade telephone-booth-sized cabinet lined with an energy-absorbing metallic coating in which one would sit to be charged up with metaphysical energy — died in a similar sort of enclosure.

The accumulator itself was immortalized in Woody Allen‘s “Sleeper” and in the fiction of William S. Burroughs and Evelyn Waugh. Though we already knew the end of this sad tale, the publication of “Where’s The Truth?” the fourth and last volume of Reich’s private letters and journals, fleshes out in detail his thoughts and feelings at the tragic conclusion of his life.

Perhaps Freud’s most brilliant pupil — in 1919, when Reich was 22, Freud allowed him to work as the youngest analyst in his clinic in Vienna — Reich was the prophet of the sexual revolution. Endeavoring to meld the insights of Marx and Freud with the emerging field of neuropsychiatry, he pioneered innovative techniques to analyze and ameliorate the “genital dysfunction” of the Viennese working classes

Even more so than Freud he saw psychological disturbances as stemming from sexual dysfunction, the deleterious effects of which combined with economic deprivation and carnal physicality to inscribe neurosis upon both the mind and the body. Yet Freud disapproved of the single mindedness of his insights and pruned off this disciple as he would many others for the crime of ignoring his injunctions and carrying their research into uncharted realms.

Reich was cast out from the International Psychoanalytical Association at the 1934 conference in Lucerne through what he considered deceitful intrigues. He performed body massages as part of his therapeutic practice, and he probably never had a female patient with whom he did not become involved. Engulfed by events throughout both World War II and the Cold War, he was hounded by the American authorities as a communist after immigrating from Norway.

Reich’s degeneration into the paranoid megalomania that this book chronicles was, in retrospect, over determined. In a previous volume of the journals, “Beyond Psychology,” Reich wrote bitterly on his 40th birthday that “removing unnecessary suffering from this world cannot be the task of one man alone.”

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The enormity of that task was already apparent to Reich when he was a young man categorizing personality types according to their physiological malformations in his classic mainstream work, “Character Analysis.” From his insight that “every Neurotic structure has a genital disturbance in one form or another which causes sexual stasis and thus provides the neurosis with its source of power,” he extrapolated the individual’s need to be cured of his internal sexual clotting before society could be cleansed of fascism. All his later books represented attempts to save man from himself.

Reich was kicked out of the communist parties of multiple European countries. Pursued across Europe as a Jew by the malevolent forces of fascism, he believed that he had pinpointed the cause of the pathology of the human condition. The symptoms were our endemic stupidity, casual cruelty, paralyzing fears, bouts of self-destructive rage; these constituted “the emotional plague” within all of us.

Being a technically adroit sort of mystic, he claimed a biological and materialist determinism for the problems of the soul. Given that sexuality was the source and expression of all life energy, Reich thought that he had discovered the force that powered the Organism and the Orgasm, and he named it “Orgone energy.” This Orgone energy was to be the creative yang to the destructive ying of Einstein’s nuclear physics. Cosmology was thus bracketed with science and metaphysics through the archetypally mystical idea that we literally inhabit our energies.

Reich theorized that the cosmic rays from the atmosphere’s life-sustaining “Orgone envelope” could be harnessed through daily irradiation inside the Orgone container to cure the sources of the “cancer biopathy.” And the magic didn’t stop there: “Where’s the Truth” includes letters describing UFO sightings and diagrams showing how to build an Orgone cloud cannon that would make the southwest deserts bloom.

The Food and Drug Administration (whose jurisdiction over the Orgone energy of the universe Reich denied vigorously, and whose agents he rails against throughout the book as HIG’s “hoodlums in government” and “savage hounds out to kill”) saw him as a “charlatan of the highest order” and pursued him in what was indeed a merciless fashion. Not that Reich made things easy on himself. The book’s plaintive title comes from one of his many primordial rants on the veracity and honor of the trial against him. In typically self-righteous fashion, Reich refused to believe that the outcome of his court case depended on such mundane details as having a good lawyer.

Refusing the services of a lawyer to defend himself and subsequently refusing to attend the trial, he was sentenced to two years of prison for contempt of court. The last diary entry found among the prison scraps before a heart attack felled the formerly vigorous man at the age of 60 was an undated “premonition” expressing his final hopes: “to finally have understood what the human race had embodied in the idea of God, to have lived it and yet not to have fallen prey to its unrealities will add to the great consolation…. unknown, yet close to one’s blood is the infinity of future possibilities, reborn in every child in every forlorn hut. Once no more feared but caressingly protected, this infinity will make Man gather himself into that great effort, the great beginning, from which small souls at present are still shrinking away, drowning in foggy lostness.”

Denounced as a bipolar madman and a schizophrenic by many, including his analysts, his work was instrumental in the formation of myriad analytic movements, ranging from ego psychology and body psychotherapy to bioenergetic therapy and the primal screaming popularized by Arthur Janov. He retains his mythical cult status within certain sectors of the profession. No one has ever suggested that a genius, even a genius within this particular profession, need be a psychologically simple creature.

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Nashville, Georgia: Cuba is bringing back state-run love hotels

Bruce E. Gilmore 3667 Junkins Avenue Nashville, GA 31630

They’re short-stay hotels designed for one thing, and one thing only — for couples to get intimate.

They’re super popular in Japan, where they originated, and they cater for all kinds of kink: you can find anything from pirate to prison themed rooms and even Hello Kitty and ramen themed ones.

The phenomenon has gone global, and love hotels have found particular resonance in Central and South America.

Now, the Cuban government reckons there’s so much value in love hotels it’s planning to open some of its own.

The BBC reports state officials hope to end the practice of lovemaking in Cuba’s open spaces, such as parks and beaches, by bringing back state-run love hotels — locally known as posadas — which disappeared during the economic crisis of the 1990s.

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Under the plan, couples can rent a room, decked out with airconditioning, a fridge and a comfortable bed, for about $6.50 for three hours.

However, the BBC notes that price is about a sixth of the average monthly salary in Cuba — which is about $38.50 — so posadas will be way beyond the budget of most people.

Still, officials say they will provide a space for couples who struggle to find private spots to get intimate due to overcrowding and housing shortages in Havana.

Many families share apartments in Havana, an arrangement that makes it difficult for amorous couples to get alone time.

Officials say there will be a chain of at least five posadas in Havana that will hopefully encourage couples to move their X-rated activities indoors and away from notorious hook-up spots such as Havana’s Malecon waterfront.

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Castlewood, South Dakota: Sexual enhancement products confiscated

Leo Y. Welsch 2360 Hartway Street Castlewood, SD 57223

Wewak Urban LLG acting manageress, Winnie Sagiu, confirmed confiscation of these enhancement products at Tang Mow Department Store.

Sagiu, in an official letter to the store management, police and local and provincial government hierarchy,confirmed the confiscation of six of these illegal products, which are now placed in the care in the care of Customs PNG.

She stated that the products are to stimulate the male sex organs during sexual intercourse.

Sagiu, who is also a Health Extension Officer, said the products increase the risk of getting sexual transmitted infections due to having multiple partners.

The store manager were tight lipped when questioned by authorities.

The store manager said the products were bought from the street sellers and sold in their shop.

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Lansing, Michigan: 'He is not dead yet' - Traumatic footage shows 'Ukrainian soldiers burying a Russian separatist ALIVE'

Jonathan J. Gross 3676 Amethyst Drive Lansing, MI 48933

A horrific video allegedly showing soldiers burying a man alive has been posted online.

It shows four men wearing camouflage uniforms and balaclavas throwing the man into an open grave.

The man is clearly alive and his feet can be seen moving once he is lying in the ground.

A voice can reportedly be heard in the background saying in Ukrainian: 'He is not dead yet.'

The shocking film was first broadcast on Russian channel TV Zvezda, which claims it shows Ukrainian soldiers murdering a pro-Russian separatist.

The 'soldiers' shovel earth on top of their 'victim' until he is apparently completely buried.

One then rams his shovel upside down into the soil as a rudimentary grave marker.

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The latest video follows on from a clip in February this year, also shot in Ukraine, that reportedly showed Russian militants torturing a drug dealer.

The victim was seen being brutally whipped while tied to a wooden post in southern Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast region. He begs for his life as he is repeatedly beaten with electrical cables by a masked militant, leaving him with a bruised and bloodied back.

The man was then reported missing and presumed dead following the shocking 'punishment' in the town of Communar, which is currently occupied by pro-Russian rebels.

The latest video, this time from pro Ukrainian forces, has gone viral after being posted on video-sharing websites however many viewers have doubted its authenticity.

They point out that TV Zvezda is a propaganda channel run by the Russian Ministry of Defence and say viewers should be sceptical.

Tensions remain high between Ukraine and Russia following the annexing of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea by Russia in 2014.

It followed a military intervention by Russia in Crimea, which took place in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and was part of wider unrest across southern and eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine considers the annexation to be a violation of international law and agreements by Russia and it has been condemned by the UN and many world leaders.

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