Music

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us (Live on KEXP)

Here’s a song I heard on Sverigesradio out of Stockholm. But Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hail from Seattle (Just up the road a bit). Musik för att lyfta er ur depression. (Music to lift you out of depression.)

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/bgjwAZ9TR3U

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European Union

From Hungary to Austria on Foot | Open Society Foundations (OSF)

Migrants on the move from Hungary to Austria. Some English. But you don’t need language to figure out what is going on. Our ancestors have done this, at one time or another, so what is going on is written in our genes. You can harass them, make the journey harder, or give them, food, water, and a prayer. Whatever you do you cannot stop them.

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/hungary-austria-foot?utm_source=europe_B&utm_medium=email&utm_content=eWNNAJkfEhG0olPtDFvREnX260ZqXjC6XNjUXbTMKgw&utm_campaign=europe_B_092915

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Transgender

Reporting About Transgender People? Read This. | Resources | Human Rights Campaign

Eight rules for describing who we are and without disrespecting our humanity is not rocket science. We are MUCH MORE than how well we pass, how many hormone medications we ingest, what surgeries we have had “down there” or have had anywhere on our bodies.

We are NOT female impersonators or drag queens, for the most part. Also we are not code breakers or computer hackers, for the most part. We aspire to live our lives, for better or for worse, like the rest of humanity.

All of us have had varying stages of dysphoria living our lives in conformity with the gender we were assigned at birth. We don’t blame our fathers or mothers for our distress. It is not their “fault”. Playing with dolls or the neighbor girls didn’t cause this; but it may have been a symptom of an unvoiced femininity.

There is no “cure” for our affirmed gender: medical, spiritual, or otherwise. But this reality has not gone over well with most non-transgendered members of society. We get bullied at school, rejected by our families, denied employment, and experience violence and hate at the hands of others or from ourselves. (If you haven’t thought of killing yourself at least once in your life, you are extremely fortunate.)

Having said all that, please read this HRC article. Thanks.

http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/reporting-about-transgender-people-read-this

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Human Rights

A Letter from One Mother to Another

We must allow the pain and suffering of these desparate people to enter our hearts and minds. And quarreling nations must settle their differences diplomatically rather than taking the EASY OUT of war.

The Rahma Diaries

Dear Irresponsible Migrant Mother,

What exactly were you thinking when you woke your children in the dead of the  night, picking up the baby still asleep?  Don’t you know how important it is for children to get enough sleep? They’ll be cranky during the day if they don’t sleep enough.  They won’t develop properly if you keep doing this.  Children need routine.  That baby you’re holding needs to be warm and comfortable, cocooned and safe, like a tiny bud, waiting to bloom in the morning. Those toddlers won’t be able to walk the miles you want them to in the black night in worn out shoes without a good night’s sleep.

What’s that? Speak up.  You had to travel at night? It was safer? It was quieter? There was less chance of being discovered? Less chance of being caught if it was dark and the threat that hung over you…

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Trauma

Interviewing Torture Survivors

This post from Michigan University was intended for journalists. But for us in the helping professions, this information is of paramount importance. When interacting with torture survivors (they are NOT victims) the importance of interview location, focused attention on the interviewee, and calm demeanor (even when what you hear tears your heart out) are all vital to avoid further traumatization.

http://www.victims.jrn.msu.edu/INTERVIEWING_VICTIMS_OF_TORTURE_.pdf

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Prisoner Abuse: Patterns from the Past

THE DAY WILL COME when the survivors of torture, fleeing from their homes for a better life in Europe, will have ceased their journeys and are assimilated into the cultures of the various nations agreeing to accept them.

Members of the American Psychological Association (APA) are NO LONGER allowed to assist governmental actors in the interrogation of “resistant sources” or acquiesce in the administration of “psychological, nonphysical” interrogation techniques. But the reality still remains that people throughout the world have been, or are still being, tortured. Psychologists and APA associate members have to step forward and help these people.

In the training of interrogators, actors learn their “craft” from others, foreign or domestic. And in helping these brave survivors, who have fled death by risking death, to release the hold of the past upon their lives and to move forward, WE, also, have to vicariously experience their suffering by reading the same publications the torturers read.

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB122/index.htm#hre

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LGBT

asylum | The European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights

This website has important, up-to-date information on the rights of LGBTI migrants seeking asylum in the EU. It also bans the use of so-called “tests” to determine the migrant’s sexual orientation or gender identity. An important consideration in granting asylum status is to determine to what degree the migrant will probably be persecuted in his or her home country if forced to return. Another issue is WHEN to declare LGBT refugee status. Sweden, for instance, requires this declaration to be made ON SWEDISH SOIL.

http://www.lgbt-ep.eu/tag/asylum/

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