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[31 Jul 2012 | One Comment | ]
Rescuing Men: Emotions, Manhood, and Well-Being

By Stacey Bellem
New York, New York USA
“Many men and boys feel shame when they have emotional, mental, or physical health concerns and believe going to the doctor, therapist or asking for help may threaten their masculine identities.”
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Our gender identities have a powerful influence on how we think, feel and behave.  From an early age we receive messages from family, friends, peers and the larger community about what it means to be a man or a woman.  Men are tough and emotionally stoic; women are gentle and compassionate.  Men are providers …

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[31 Jul 2012 | One Comment | ]
Breaking Barriers: Humanitarian Aid to Palestine and Cuba

By Yifat Susskind
New York, New York USA

“They are among the most marginalized people, suffering at the hands of governments playing political games with their lives. In my travels to Cuba and Palestine, I have seen this firsthand.”
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“Blockade” and “embargo” are just words, bureaucratic jargon. But they represent very real policies being enacted and supported by the US that are devastating the lives of women, children, and families in Palestine and Cuba.
The suffering caused by these blockades and embargoes is often invisible to many—but not to me, nor to any of …

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[26 Jul 2012 | One Comment | ]
Mexican-Lebanese Ramadan Food

Eren, Muslimah Media Watch
Mexico City, Mexico
Growing up in Mexico City, one of my first interactions with Arabs and Muslims was through the Lebanese community in Mexico. Although Mexico is a largely multicultural country and its cuisine has been recognized as a mix of different cultures, the dominant identity discourse these days is the mix between Indigenous peoples and the Spanish colonizers (mestizaje).
The term mestizaje has constantly been challenged for a number of reasons, including the fact that it selectively highlights some identities (i.e. Aztec and Spanish) over others. In addition, …

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