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We love our coffee. But climate change could drive up the cost for us and, more importantly, the farmers who grow it. In Guatemala, high temperatures, heavy rains and droughts devastated more than 22 per cent of the crop last year, putting 200,000 people out of work and leaving them unable to feed their families.  Please REBLOG if you believe coffee farmers shouldn’t be carrying the cost of climate change.

oxfamgb:

We love our coffee. But climate change could drive up the cost for us and, more importantly, the farmers who grow it. In Guatemala, high temperatures, heavy rains and droughts devastated more than 22 per cent of the crop last year, putting 200,000 people out of work and leaving them unable to feed their families.

Please REBLOG if you believe coffee farmers shouldn’t be carrying the cost of climate change.

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The process of rehabilitation has already begun. The Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been cleared of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who died behind the locked door of a toilet at his home in South Africa last year. He was convicted of culpable homicide and a separate firearms charge, but he is out on bail amid speculation that he could even get a suspended sentence when he appears in court next month.
Pistorius: Reeva Steenkamp was just a chapter in a scary story

Filed under joan smith Male violence South africa Reeva Steenkamp oscar pistorius

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Blanche Calloway - I’m Gettin’ Myself Ready For You. Uploaded by LKayL1

Just heard excellent feature on Blanche Calloway on radio- remarkable woman. She was a band leader and composer and influence on her brother Cab. Ruth Brown credited Blanche with discovering her. Blanche was also a NAACP activist and fisrt African American woman to vote in Florida

(Source: youtube.com)

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Karen Ingala Smith on recent events- 'Beheaded'

I saw this post before the appalling news of Palmira Silva’s murder broke large in the news. As Karen points out Palmira is the third woman in the UK this year to be murdered by decapitation, and four women were murdered in the UK last year in the same manner. The women and their killers were from different ethnic backgrounds. Most of the killers were related to their victims

As Karen points out no-one in the government or in the media wants to name, let alone deal with, the problem of men murdering women in the UK

Filed under male violence Murder name the problem

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The Crystals - He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss). Uploaded by Bebe Lestrange

Songs about male violence. Is this one ever interesting/tragic, particularly given the life stories of several of the individuals involved. Carole King was apparently inspired to write this when she discovered her babysitter Eva Narcissus Boyd aka Little Eva (of Locomotion fame) was being abused by her boyfriend, with Eva excusing this abuse by saying ‘It felt like a kiss’.

Eva would have a hard life, dying of cancer in 2003 (There is a biography on this page http://www.spectropop.com/remembers/LEobit.htm). Carole King would herself become a survivor of domestic violence and wrote about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her third husband Rick Evers in her autobiography.

Ronnie Bennett/Spector has put on record the various appalling forms of abuse and control she suffered at the ands of Phil Spector. And let us not forget Lana Clarkson.

Here is an interesting article about this song and its ambiguities

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2007/dec/29/popandrock

(Source: youtube.com)

Filed under Carole King little eva Phil spector Domestic abuse Male violence Lana Clarkson Roonie Spector

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Tom Jones - Green,Green grass Of Home. Uploaded by Kingduplicates channel

Not necessarily a song for the ‘male violence’ project but while we are on the topic of Tom Jones songs having dark lyrics- how many people realise this is about a man on death row?(where do you think the narrator, the guard and the sad old padre walking on and on to at daybreak?)

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Tom Jones - Delilah (video). Uploaded by videos destacados

Songs about male violence contined. How could I have overlooked this one? I know other feminists have commented on this song. The cheery sing along tune means most people do not reflect on the fact this is about a man stalking his lover, who he promptly stabs to death when he finds she has been with someone else. Again note the possessiveness of the lyrics (she was my woman) and how the narrator stabs Deliliah when she apparently flaunts her humiliation of him (she stood there laughing, I felt the knife in my hand, she laughed no more

(Source: youtube.com)

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