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it gets better

It gets better is a new youtube project by Dan Savage of Savage Love (a sardonic sex/life advice column for the not-so-straight-and-or-narrow), to help LGBT adolescents know that life gets better after high school - and that it's worth sticking around to live that life. Please pass this link along to everyone you think it might help.
The strike has ground the country to a virtual stand-still, with the recent government injunction promising to fire those essential workers who continue to strike having no result but to anger the strikers.

The schools, already a month behind due to World Cup closures, are being heavily affected. But nowhere are the effects of the strike more heart wrenching than among the ill in the country's already overwhelmed public hospitals and clinics. The army has been tasked with keeping the hospitals open, but they cannot quell the fear of patients who worry about being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Clinics and hospitals remain nearly empty, while the patients fear the very people tasked with their health.

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July 12, 2010
Who Really Won in South Africa?
From his office inside Holy Cross Anglican Church in Soweto, Father Steve Morero has seen the tour buses come and go by the hundreds.

From the beginning of the World Cup last month to its conclusion Sunday, Morero, the rector since 2006, has helped celebrate South Africa’s historic moment.

On May 30, Morero hosted Soccer Sunday and on Sunday his church hosted Thanksgiving Sunday to give thanks for the World Cup and all the good the event has brought to South Africa and to Soweto.

At one level the World Cup has been a short-term boon. Tourists emptied out of the tour buses, made purchases from street merchants and visited the Hector Pieterson Museum situated across the street from Holy Cross. They got back on the buses to return to their hotels in suburbs with high walls, confident that they saw the real Soweto.

“I live on the other side of Soweto and I haven’t seen a tour bus yet,” Morero said.

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Who Really Won in South Africa?
This is an interesting article dealing with a question that, thankfully, is beginning to be openly debated.

KAMPALA, 30 June 2010 (PlusNews) - Over a glass of wine in a bar in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, two young women have a heated discussion about Tim*, who is married to their friend Becky*; Tim's "side-dish", or mistress, is pregnant and the two women disagree over whether Becky should leave him or not.

"Becky knew what to expect when she married him; she shouldn't be surprised," one of the women says.

"No way - it's one thing to cheat, but for him not to wear a condom means he doesn't care about Becky at all... Next she could find out she has HIV," the other said.

While the women were at odds over Becky's next move, they both agreed that fidelity was not something one could expect from men in their society.

Multiple partners

Since the 1980s, Uganda's HIV prevention campaigns have focused heavily on fidelity to a single sexual partner, with abstinence and condom use being the two other major tenets.

However, there has been some debate about whether “multiple concurrent partnerships” are indeed one of the forces behind Africa's epidemic - a 2009 study found "limited evidence" that concurrency was driving HIV/AIDS in Africa - but for many Ugandans, the main problem with “zero-grazing” - sticking to one sexual partner - campaigns is their attempt to alter centuries of tradition. ....

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It's Here & I Can Feel It

The vuvuzelas have been going since before dawn (click on the hyperlink if you feel left out or confused). Before my eyes opened I knew it was the opening of the World Cup. And after the late-night concert mini-party last night (including lounge football nearing midnight) I felt extremely mixed about those vuvuzelas, let me tell you. Nevertheless, here I am, kitted out in Bafana Bafana gear in rural KZN, hoping for a miracle against Mexico.

Happy World Cup all!

Series Finales

I watched the series finale of Lost last night, a series which amazingly enough, I have practically watched in real-time, all through my residence in Ghana, the UK and South Africa. I still haven't see the wrap-up episode with the cast (which I am guessing from the internet chatter actually aired before the finale (it comes as the 'last' episode from itunes), but...
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I also saw the series finale of 24, the hyper-American TV drama starring Keifer Sutherland as the iconic Jack Bauer.
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