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Gay sex thrives in most unlikely place: Pakistan
Aug 28th, 2013 by Warren Swil

In Karachi, same-sex

partners easy to find,

say media reports

This image shows a Pakistani demonstrator’s poster in the U.K. Click image to enlarge.

IT IS A MOST unlikely – but credible – discovery: in a country where only two percent of the people accept homosexuality, gay sex is thriving. It is in a city of over 21 million people: Karachi, Pakistan.
It has been fairly widely reported on in recent months, but Tuesday the story came to the BBC online and will be on television early Thursday.
Yesterday, too The Atlantic carried its own report, based off the BBC one. And a Pew Research report in June found the country at the bottom of the heap when it comes to acceptance of gay and lesbian citizens.
It was also reported on in Mother Jones in June, and three years ago the BBC did an in-depth report on gay Muslims which explains a lot.
WATCH A VIDEO ON BEING MUSLIM AND GAY BELOW THE FOLD.


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Surprise renaissance in one of world’s most violent cities

BBC SAYS JOHANNESBURG UNDERGOING REBIRTH
The first 10 minute segment on BBC Newsnight this weekend was about the surprising rebirth of a city in which I lived for six months in 1974: Johannesburg, South Africa.
This story about one of the most violent cities on earth, however, was truly a surprise.
Riddled with crime, the inner city is apparently undergoing an urban renaissance.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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A MASSIVE STORY: NSA broke rules on privacy thousands of times

LEAK SHOWS DESPERATE NEED FOR FEDERAL SHIELD LAW
The Washington Post, using information leaked by Edward Snowden broke a major story on how the National Security Agency is violating the privacy of thousands of people against the rules – and all other major media are playing catch-up.
It is vitally important information. We need to know what the government is doing for us and to us.
This news highlights in BIG BOLDFACE TYPE the desperate need for a federal shield law to protect anonymous sources.


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US recruits for al-Qaida with drone strikes

KILLING OF INNOCENTS RESULTING IN BLOWBACK ON ARAB STREET
Yemenis are furious about the relentless drone attacks, and motivated to seek revenge for the killing of innocents and destruction of their homes any way they possibly can.
Their only avenue, with their own government siding with the unprovoked American military attacks, is al-Qaida.
The law of unintended consequences should give all Americans pause.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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While Arctic village disappears, more fossil fuel is discovered (with video)

DILEMMA POSES THORNY ISSUE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE

Two recent stories from opposite sides of the Arctic circle demonstrate that climate changes is not only happening right now with devastating effects, but that we – human beings – are making it worse, not better.
While a village sinks beneath a rising ocean in Alaska, Norway has built a rig to extract more gas from a field once thought empty.
Should we find ways to burn more fossil fuels that, ultimately, will kill many millions, if not all of us? Or should resources be devoted exclusively to renewable energy?
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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‘Summer follies’ start earlier than usual – news vacuum imminent

MEDIA MUST FILL NEWS HOLE, EVEN WITH TRIVIA

It is regrettable but a recurring fact of the news cycle that August is amongst the slowest periods of the year.
What passes for news these days – except for a couple of major stories – is getting sillier by the minute?
Expect to see more silly stories on Page One in the coming weeks.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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Oil output boom may threaten move to renewable energy

U.S. SET TO BECOME BIGGEST PRODUCER
Oil production in the U.S. is booming. If present trends continue, this country may become the world’s largest producer of oil in less than eight years.
Without the threat of either limited supplies or higher prices, it is reasonable to expect the incentive to switch to cleaner, more climate-friendly energy sources, will wane.
This is an issue that needs a great deal of further discussion.
That starts here.


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Was military takeover in Egypt a coup d’etat?

A DIVIDED EGYPT: IS CIVIL WAR NEXT?
The ouster of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt on Wednesday certainly fit the definition of a coup d’état.
It’s certainly a complicated situation. But when a democratically elected president – no matter how unpopular – is thrown out by a military junta, the will of the people is thwarted. That is not democracy.
The army can not just overthrow a democratically elected president, no matter what the demonstrators say or do.


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Gay rights topic rises to top of global agenda

THE WHOLE WORLD DEBATES CIVIL LINERTIES
Getting the topic of equal rights for gays and lesbians TO the top of the global agenda is progress indeed. It’s the lead story on the BBC World Service web site, and the radio show “World have your say” included viewpoints from countries in Africa and Asia. Get the scoop here.


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A BIG WEEK FOR BREAKING NEWS

POISED AND READY TO POUNCE
It’s going to be a big week for breaking news – and media professionals are gearing up.
Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Johannesburg hospital.
The United States Supreme Court is about to issue opinions that will have far-reaching consequences for American society.
An accused spy is in the midst of fleeing Russia …
Get all the details here.


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