Depressed Man Tries to Feed Himself to Tigers, Gets Rejected

    In many asian countries, mental health is still not recognized as something scientific, they rely on shamans and religious leaders in hopes to cast the ailments away. When one have thoughts of killing themselves or knee deep in unknown sorrow, they were deemed possessed or have turned away from God. This man probably have shown signs before resorting to this.

Man saved after trying to tempt the beasts for 20 minutes

A female Bengali white tiger drags a man by his shirt after the man climbed into the enclosure, at a zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province February 16, 2014.

Entering the tiger enclosure at the Chengdu Zoo in China’s southwest Sichuan province, a man made vigorous, but unsuccessful, attempts to entice the animals to eat him, a Chinese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

“I asked them to bite me and let them eat my meat, and so I did not fight back,” 27-year old Yang Jinhai told the Chengdu Business Daily.

Yang, who according to his brother suffers from mental health issues, climbed a tree to breach the enclosure. Stunned visitors witnessed how he made “exaggerated movements” for 20 minutes to tempt the Bengal tigers, but while scratching him and dragging him by the back of his neck, the beasts refused to devour him.

Zoo keepers finally tranquilized the tigers in order to rescue Yang, who is now being treated for depression.

[AFP]

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Hate Crime Victimization Statistics Show Rise in Anti-Hispanic Crime

The Bureau of Justice Statistics report on 2012 hate crimes exposes an alarming rise in attacks on a population made up of more than 53 million: Hispanics.
Attacks against the Hispanic community have more than tripled in a year according to an official report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The Hate Crime Victimizations report, a Census-driven study, shows an alarming rise in violent anti-Hispanic crime from 0.6 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2011, to 2.0 per 1,000 in 2012.

The overall total of nonfatal and property hate crime victimizations for the entire study, 293,800, isn’t statistically different to 2004 (the first year for which there is data), however. In other words: the number of hate crimes hasn’t changed—the targets have.

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The Rise of Islamophobia and the Feminist Debate

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High school students in Afghanistan. Picture by Graham Crouch/World Bank High school students in Afghanistan. Picture by Graham Crouch/World Bank

After September 11 and the outbreak of the Arab spring, and as an effect of today’s wars in places like Afghanistan and Syria, the Muslim population migrating to the Western world has increased. With the increase of Muslim refugees we also have witnessed how parties from the political far right are gaining ground in several Western countries. These parties build their politics on hate against Muslims, where they target different human values depending on culture and religion.

I believe these opinions construct racism and segregation in our societies, where the construction of “us” vs. “them” becomes more common.

This increased populism also shapes the debate concerning women’s rights and feminism. Today we can witness how the far right connects Islam (and especially Muslim men) with the global oppression against women. According to the far right, the oppression against Western women…

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