South Dakota pass anti-abortion bill for anti-Asian reasons


In the heated competition between states over who can pass the shittiest laws… I give you South Dakota, which has created an ugly cocktail of racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric mixed in with anti-choice legislation. Republican legislators are trying to pass an anti-abortion law, arguing it necessary because of the influx of Asian immigrants to the state. Why? Because Asians abort their female children, they say.


Last week, the South Dakota House voted 60 to 10 to pass HR 1162, a bill that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, or “sex-selective” abortions. Proponents of the bill seem to be leaning hard on the argument that the ban is necessary because of the state’s burgeoning populations from parts foreign. Huh?

Because, as state representative Stace Nelson whitemansplained, “the rest of the world does not value the lives of women as much as I value the lives of my daughters.” He apparently picked up this wisdom during the many years he spent in Asia as a Marine. Nice try with the faux feminism, Senator.

We call bullshit. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum calls the ban nothing more than “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” and that sex-selective abortion bans perpetuate negative stereotypes about Asian American women. They’ve launched an online petition calling on the South Dakota Legislature not to pass HR 1162:

Don’t let South Dakota pass a racist anti-Asian abortion ban!

Last week the South Dakota House voted 60 to 10 to pass an abortion ban which they say is necessary because of Asian immigrants in the state.

Stace Nelson, one of the Representatives that voted in favor of the bill, warned of an invasion of abortion-seeking Asians in South Dakota:

“Let me tell you, our population in South Dakota is a lot more diverse than it ever was. There are cultures that look at a sex-selection abortion as being culturally okay. And I will suggest to you that we are embracing individuals from some of those cultures in this country, or in this state.”

This measure, like other similar measures we are seeing across the country, are nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The people behind these bans have never been friends to women and they are simply trying to underhandedly pass an anti-choice measure on the backs of Asian American women.

Don’t let this kind of racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric go unanswered. Tell the South Dakota Legislature NOT to pass HR 1162.

Teenage Jihadists, Car Burnings and Muslim-Only Cemeteries

One month into 2014, Islam-related controversies continued making headlines in newspapers across Europe. The most salient topic involved the dramatic increase in the numbers of European jihadists participating in the war in Syria.

An ominous foreboding is unfolding over Europe, as counter-terrorism officials intensify their warnings about the negative security implications surrounding the return of hundreds—possibly thousands—of battle-hardened jihadists to towns and cities across the continent.

But Syria is only one of many concerns. What follows is a brief survey of some of the more noteworthy stories involving Islam in Europe during just the month of January 2014.

In Britain, a Muslim extremist who hacked a soldier to death on a London street in May 2013, launched a taxpayer-funded appeal against his murder conviction. Michael Adebolajo, 29, who tried to behead the British soldier Lee Rigby with a meat cleaver, maintains he should not have been convicted because he is a “soldier of Allah” and therefore Rigby’s killing was an act of war rather than premeditated murder.

Adebolajo and his co-defendant, Michael Adebowale, 22, were found guilty by a jury in December 2013, but have yet to be sentenced. The judge in the case, Nigel Sweeney, is said to be considering a whole-life prison term, but is awaiting legal guidance from the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. That court is currently reviewing a ruling by the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights, which states that whole-life terms violate the rights of prisoners.

Also in London, a Muslim woman was arrested by counter-terrorism police at Heathrow Airport on January 16 as she was preparing to board a flight to Turkey. Nawal Masaad, 26, is accused of trying to smuggle £16,500 ($27,000; €20,000) in her underwear to jihadists in Syria. She and her alleged co-conspirator, Amal El-Wahabi, 27—a Moroccan who does not work and claims British social welfare benefits for herself and two young sons—are the first British women to be charged with terrorism offenses linked to the conflict in Syria.

In a separate but related incident, two 17-year-old schoolgirls were arrested at Heathrow over suspected terrorism offenses. Police say they were “inspired by jihad” and were attempting to fly from Britain to Syria to fight in the civil war there.

The head of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism unit, Commander Richard Walton, revealed that 14 British minors were also arrested on charges linked to the Syrian conflict in January, compared to 24 for the whole of 2013. Calling the figures “stark,” Walton said it was shocking to see “boys and girls enticed” to join jihadists fighting in Syria. He said he believes it is “almost inevitable” some fighters will try to mount attacks in Britain upon their return.


Manwomanmyth – domestic voilence – the battered woman and duluth model

Covers the invention of Battered Woman Syndrome by Lenore Walker and its misuse as a legal defence when women murder their husbands. Includes the Deepak Ahluwalia story, a man killed while he slept by his wife Kiranjit Ahluwalia using a substance similar to Napalm.

NB There is an error in this film (at 2m37s) where the two partial defences to murder in UK law are specified. They should read “provocation and diminished responsibility” not “provocation and self-defence”. However, this error is purely typographical and does not alter the argument presented in the film.

• What exactly is a battering?
• Attempts to change UK law to allow pre-meditated murder by women
• The flawed “cycle of abuse” hypothesis
• Media coverage of DV

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part 2



The Duluth model is a commonly used reference tool used by various agencies, including government, which asserts that men are violent and aggressive towards women and dominate women in society. This model is applied to all men regardless of upbringing or circumstances. This film examines this model to see if the idea that only men are violent and that women are perpetual victims holds water.

• No men can work in womens shelters and no boys over 12 years of age are allowed
• Womens violence to children
• How men are raised and conditioned to protect women, and the values they are taught
• DV and powerlessness
• The flaws in the common understanding of the causes of DV

part 1


part 2