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Sandip Roy

The Homeless Ghosts of Calcutta

By Sandip Roy, Oct 31, 2009 1:10 PM

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Every day at dusk, I go around the house turning on the lights.

My grandmother did it. My mother still does it. It’s well-known that twilight is the perfect time for wandering ghosts to sneak into the house.

Haunted houses in India don’t have just one ghost. It could be a whole family. There are shankchunnis and petnis, ghosts of women unlucky in love who wear saris and pounce on eligible young men. Brahmodoityas are the ghosts of Brahmans, and might bless you or curse you. The skondhokatas are the headless ghosts of people who died in train accidents. They sound terrifying, but because they don’t have heads, you can trick them easily. But you have to watch out for the very dangerous nishi, who call people by name in the dead of night and lead them away, never to be seen again.

Sandip Roy

Power Sharing - the Fix-it-All from Honduras to Zimbabwe

By Sandip Roy, Oct 30, 2009 3:40 PM

 It’s good to know they have brokered a power-sharing deal in Honduras.

Manuel Zelaya is happy. Roberto Micheletti said he had made a “significant concession.”

Most importantly Hillary Clinton gave it her blessing calling it “an historic agreement.

This is becoming increasingly the West’s policy for dealing with pesky squabbling countries of the Third World. Once the world’s policeman, insistent on reshaping the map of the Middle East, now America wants to settle geopolitical disputes like schoolyard brawls.

NAM Youth Communications Team

Young People Process Homecoming Gang Rape

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Oct 29, 2009 4:17 PM

Editor’s note: The gang rape of a 15-year-old student at Richmond High School has made national headlines, but how are young people processing the incident? NAM and the EthnoBlog spent some time talking about this disturbing event with the youth in our media programs, YO! Youth Outlook and The kNOw Fresno, and their reactions follow below. While some say they would have tried to stop the assault, others admit that they may not have had the courage to intervene.

Young Women Need to Protect Themselves

I was so hurt and heartbroken to hear a beautiful 15-year-old teenage year old girl, who could have been your sister, cousin, daughter, or even a best friend, was raped. Not only was she raped, but she was gang raped, beat up, and robbed at her Homecoming dance. This brought tears to my eyes. Just thinking of her age and what they could have done to her makes my blood boil. At 15, she is just a baby. It disgusts me that people took pictures of this girl getting raped.

Laura Goode

Rape: America's Least Reported Crime

By Laura Goode, Oct 29, 2009 3:57 PM

A rape occurs every two minutes in America.

Last Saturday night, a 15-year-old young woman in Richmond, California survived a brutal gang rape that occurred as she was leaving the Homecoming dance at her high school. Reports allege that over 20 people—genders unspecified—watched, took photos and even participated in the rape. After being assaulted for more than two hours, the survivor was found abandoned, barely conscious and seminude near a picnic table on her high school campus.

Andrew Lam

An International Focus on San Jose after Police Beating

By Andrew Lam, Oct 29, 2009 1:22 PM

Editor's note:  This post by Vu Linh originally appeared on Littlesaigoninside.blogspot.com.

The BBC came calling for an interview and so the international media circus has began. As an international student at San Jose State University, Phuong Ho has become a center of media attention for his unfortunate run-in with four San Jose City policemen in his dorm. He was allegedly beaten with batons and Taser gun while laying on the floor and handcuffed.

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