Mass Sterilization in the News

After the news earlier in the week about Uzbekistan’s secret sterilization program, the Guardian pulls the veil back a bit on India’s program to sterilize the poor, a program partially funded by Britain’s DfID.

“With officials and doctors paid a bonus for every operation, poor and little-educated men and women in rural areas are routinely rounded up and sterilised without having a chance to object,” the Guardian article states.

Compare this to the secret Uzbek initiative:  “Every year we are presented with a plan. Every doctor is told how many women we are expected to give contraception to; how many women are to be sterilised,” says a gynaecologist from the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

I’m told that the Uzbek program isn’t terribly different from Soviet policies in Central Asia.

What I’ve Been Working On…

This quarter has provided a lot of opportunities for group work on various projects. There are a couple of websites that were built to showcase projects I am working on with my colleagues.

The first is for the Social Geography class. Some may have noticed the content living here while the group’s Blogger page was down. It’s up, so that content has been moved over there. The blog can be found here.

The other project is almost complete, but is potentially much more exciting. It revolves around the use of space-based solar power to help solve food spoilage issues in the developing world. My group has created a website to help visualize the concepts behind this science. It’s not completely finished, but it’s functional. It will be presented next week at the International Space Development Conference in Huntsville, AL. More information is available on the site.

RIP: Ms. of Arc

Today in 1431, Saint Joan of Arc was burned at the state for witchcraft, among other things. That links it nicely to the story from India of them burning someone to death for witchcraft. I’m glad to see we’ve made so much progress in 600 years.

Yesterday I celebrated the life of Joan of Arc by watching Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure…who knew she loved aerobics so much?