Brilliant photo series by Jim Naughten, Heroes.
Each image, a portrait of Herero tribe members of Namibia, reveals a material culture that harkens the region’s tumultuous past: residents wear Victorian era dresses and paramilitary costume as a direct result and documentation of its early 20th century German colonization
About the petition:
First off, Alex is not going anywhere. Yes, Alex’s mother tried to regain custody of her child after she initially lost it and failed, but her father doesn’t have custody either.
The court ruled that way because they feared keeping it with either her parents while they argued would delay therapy and damage Alex’s health. Custody has been given to the child welfare services who will help Alex and make sure she can receive proper treatment like hormone blockers and such.
The official ruling also stated that Alex is not going to be institutionalized - permission for a forced admission has not been given by them and so Alex cannot be admitted against her will.
Also, the TAZ posted a correction underneath the original article where they correct the claim that the court ruled that “Alex can now be forcibly institutionalized”, saying that the court did not allow this at all and that she cannot be admitted.
They further more posted a statement by the Berliner Charite, the psychiatric ward Alex was supposedly meant to go to, in which they stated that they will not institutionalize Alex without her permission or that of her mother. They also couldn’t forcibly treat her without court permission and such has not been given.
In conclusion, Alex is not at risk to be forced to conform. She will be able to express her gender freely.
The court ruling (sadly no English version): http://www.berlin.de/sen/justiz/gerichte/kg/presse/archiv/20120329.1450.368160.html
The TAZ article, untranslated version, first two paragraphs underneath the “Berichtigung” heading: http://www.taz.de/!90229/
(Translated version as linked in the petition, look for “Correction”.)
In the U.S., police fired 90 shots at one unarmed man in Los Angeles.
A white rose is placed on barbed wire at the museum of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz Birkenau marking the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops and to remember the victims of the Holocaust, in Auschwitz Birkenau January 27, 2012. [REUTERS/Kacper Pempel]
German pensioner battles neo-Nazi ‘muck’
Wielding just nail-polish remover, a camera and an “Against Nazis” tote bag, Irmela Mensah-Schramm is a one-of-a-kind fighter against Germany’s increasingly threatening far-right scene.
Walking the streets of the depressed east Berlin district of Lichtenberg on the hunt for racist and pro-fascist graffiti, 66-year-old Mensah-Schramm’s diminutive frame belies a crusader’s iron will.
“I’m removing Nazi stickers!” the grey-haired, bespectacled pensioner calls almost playfully to a young skinhead sporting a black Thor Steinar sweatshirt, popular among neo-Nazis, and walking two menacing dogs on leashes.[…]
Mensah-Schramm, a retired special needs teacher originally from Stuttgart, has spent the last 25 years eliminating an estimated 90,000 graffiti and stickers used by the far right to whip up support and intimidate minorities.
More about this self described “loner activist” at the link above. It is worth noting that she has no support for what she does and she estimates that she spends 34 hours per week and about 300 euros ($390) a month on her “Hate Destroys” campaign without any government or NGO funds, just out of her own pension.
“The aim of this project is to depict young people, who were forced to leave their countries and to start a new life as immigrants in Germany. Aside all the political discussion about integration, the feelings, fears and hopes of this young generation remain unstudied. The tension due to the life in-between different cultures, between integration and adaptation is the driving force and can result in success or failure, integration or social marginalization. This work is based on the impressions, fears, experiences, fates and losses of young immigrants in Germany, by focusing on the individual circumstances of their lives. Staged photography is used as framework to capture and visualize their stories and, thus, turning the individual into the actor of his own life.”