Live Encounters Magazine February 2013

Here is the link to the Feb Issue which has been brought out early because it is a Special Edition on women’s issues with all women contributors from around the world.

Did you know that one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime – that is one billion abused women. On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013, one billion women will dance, dance to highlight the atrocities committed against them, sing for equality, and celebrate freedom of Self. So we have dedicated this issue to ‘The Woman’ and have invited women from across the world to contribute articles on women’s issues. Please share this Special Issue on and by women with your family and friends. Let us begin to be the change.

Kalyani Menon-Sen, Feminist Researcher and Activist, has written the Guest Editorial.

Jemma Purdey, Writer and Mother, throws light on the mass rapes of ethnic Chinese in Indonesia in 1998.

Anat Hoffman, Civil and Human Rights Activist, on Jewish women’s fight for the right to worship at the Wailing Wall on par with the men in Israel

Jill Gocher, international photographer presents her images in celebration of the spirit of woman.

Paula Banerjee, author of Indian Women in Borderlands speaks to Live Encounters on her book.

Natalie Wood, journalist and flash fiction writer, pens a hilarious short story.

The Myth of Mother India – Rape, female foeticide, casteism and slavery are diseases that are endemic in the world’s largest democracy.

Candess M Campbell shares a chapter from her just released book, 12 weeks to self healing.

Call for Justice – a statement by women’s and progressive groups and individuals condemning sexual violence and opposing death penalty.

Simone de Beauvoir, author of the ground breaking book, The Second Sex, speaks to us at The Late Writers & Readers Festival.

Please share this magazine with your family and friends.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Live Encounters Magazine September 2012

Live Encounters Magazine September 2012 is out on the cyber stand, It’s Free. Please Share.

Exclusive features – The Way of Apostle Thomas – a journey into antiquity by Mark Ulyseas: A poem by well known Irish Poet, Writer Playwright Terry McDonagh : Candess M Campbell Phd exclusive on Health: Romit Bagchi senior correspondent of The Statesman speaks about his book Gorkhaland: Joo Peter’s photo gallery on Geikos (Geishas) in Kyoto: Randhir Khare’s latest book Walking Through Fire: Henky Widjaja bites the bullet on Islamic Defenders’ Front of Indonesia: Natalie Wood is back with a column on her homeland, Israel: Civil & Human Rights Activist Anat Hoffman writes a letter to the readers: Arjun Bagga pens a short story to tickle our sense of proportion.

Knowledge is power and we are empowering people with the free distribution of knowledge.

Please share this magazine with everyone.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Breaking News FBI – Surrogacy Scam selling babies for US$100000 and more!

Surrogacy Scam
Played on Emotions of Vulnerable Victims


BassinetIt’s a shocking tale.

Three women recently pled guilty in San Diego, admitting to taking part in a scheme to illegally create an inventory of babies to sell to unwitting would-be parents for fees of between $100,000 and $150,000 each.

The three took advantage of couples who desperately wanted children, offering them seemingly legitimate surrogacy situations. They also took advantage of women recruited as “gestational carriers” to carry pregnancies to term after having embryos transferred to their uteruses.

The defendants in this case included two lawyers who specialized in reproductive law: Theresa Erickson, a well-known California attorney, and Hilary Neiman, who operated an adoption/surrogacy agency in Maryland. The third conspirator was Carla Chambers of Nevada, who served as the “surrogacy facilitator.” Together, they circumvented surrogacy regulations that say contracts between surrogates and intended parents must be executed before a pregnancy occurs…and lied to surrogates, intended parents, and the California family court.

Tips to Avoid
Surrogacy Schemes- Do your due diligence to find out the average costs of surrogacy services (there should be no “facilitator” fees).

– Make sure you have a signed agreement in placebefore the start of any medical tests or procedures.

– Be leery if you’re offered a last-minute surrogacy arrangement and are told the original intended parents changed their minds (that rarely happens).

– If at all possible, work with a local attorney or agency that you can meet with in person.

– Ask lots of questions…about the process, about financial arrangements, about the surrogates or biological parents…until you’re completely satisfied.

– If you still don’t feel quite right about it, find another attorney or agency that you are comfortable with.

Here’s how the scam worked:

Chambers admitted visiting adoption/surrogacy-themed online chat rooms and forums in search of surrogates and parents. Erickson and Neiman also used their own sterling reputations to legitimize the scheme.

Surrogates were made to travel to Ukraine in Eastern Europe to become implanted with embryos derived from anonymous donors—Chambers usually made all the arrangements—with the promise that they would be compensated by the intended parents. The women were led to believe that they were participating in legal surrogacy arrangements and that there was a waiting list of potential parents for the babies. They also had to agree to give birth in California.

They were promised quick matches with intended parents, but the co-conspirators usually waited until the second or even third trimester of the pregnancies before seeking parents. Neiman and Erickson then drafted contracts between the surrogates and intended parents, well after the time frame required by law.

The hopeful couples were told the unborn babies were the result of legitimate surrogacy arrangements, but the original intended parents had backed out. They were offered the opportunity to “assume” the non-existent surrogacy agreement. The parents would hand over between $100,000 and $150,000 to the defendants, but less than half of that went to the surrogate—Erickson, Neiman, and Chambers pocketed the rest.

The defendants typically used the Internet to recruit, solicit, and communicate with surrogates and intended parents. Most of the surrogates and parents lived outside of California.

One of the most critical aspects of the scheme involved Erickson filing fraudulent documents in California court stating that a surrogacy agreement had been in place from the start and asking for what’s called a “pre-birth judgment” that would establish parental rights. That way, under California law, the names of the intended parents could be placed on the birth certificate when the baby was born.

The scam was uncovered when one of the surrogates, nearly seven months pregnant, was worried that parents hadn’t been found for the baby she was carrying. She contacted a lawyer, who then contacted the FBI’s San Diego office.

– Press release                                                                                                                                             free counters

Letter to Professor Unni Wikan, Celebrated Norwegian Anthropologist

Professor Unni Wikan,
Norwegian Professor of Social Anthropology
University of Oslo

Professor Unni Wikan

Hi Professor,

I am sorry for writing to you in a public forum but I think it is important now that you come forward to explain this horrible incident. You are a celebrated anthropologist who so kindly gave me an interview for my magazine sometime back. In the interview you spoke about the rapes in Norway that were committed by immigrants and the reasons thereof. Perhaps now is the best time to  help your country to come to terms with this tragedy by presenting the factors that contributed to this tragedy. I am sure it will help in creating a more transparent view of the problem of immigrants and the clash of cultures.

I trust you are in good health. My regards to your mother who lives in the Tundra.

Warm regards

Mark Ulyseas

A reference from our interview :

MU – “I will not blame the rapes on Norwegian women. But Norwegian women must understand that we live in a Multicultural society and adapt themselves to it.” “Norwegian women must take their share of responsibility for these rapes.”

You stated this in reference to high profile incidents in Norway involving immigrant men and the local (Norwegian) women. Do you think the reverse will happen in Bali, like attacks on ‘visitor women scantily clad’ by ‘locals’ because the ‘visitors’ have shown ignorance of the social norms and/or not understood the prevalent culture?

UW – I have never said that women must take their share of responsibility for rapes. This is sheer misrepresentation of my statement. The rapist bears full responsibility for rape, which is a crime. What I did say was that many immigrants come from societies where the way many Norwegian women dress and behave is misunderstood to mean that they are immoral.  In a multicultural society, it is an advantage if people learn something about one another´s codes of communication.  The same applies if you are a tourist. It is a sad fact of life that women are exposed much more than men to sexual violence.  So women need to be careful, and knowledge is power.  But full responsibility for rape resides with the rapist. 

Top Five Most Dangerous Countries for Women

Please take a moment to read this. It reflects the inhumanity of humanity against women worldwide. It is symptomatic of the degeneration of moral and ethical values.

01. Afghanistan – An estimated 87 percent of Afghan women are illiterate. One in 11 chance of dying in childbirth

02. Congo – An estimated 1,152 women are raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo each day. Girls as young as three and elderly women. They are gang-raped, raped with bayonets and have guns shot into their vaginas.

03. Pakistan – Cultural, tribal and religious practices harmful to women. These include acid attacks, child and forced marriage and punishment or retribution by stoning or other physical abuse. Women earn a staggering 82 percent less than men.

04. India – Female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking (100m people, mostly women and girls, were involved in trafficking in India in 2009).

05. Somalia – In Somalia, 95 percent of women face genital mutilation between the ages of   4 and 11

When will ‘Mankind’ grow up?

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Female Foeticide is Murder !

pic by mark ulyseas

Sex Determination Test – Fine and Jail for offenders

The 2011 Indian Census has revealed a shocking truth – the ratio of between women men has fallen (917 – 1000). This is probably due to the fact that women per se are considered a sub species and this is best reflected in the continued illegal activities of unscrupulous medical practitioners, as well as, fly by night operators who offer Medical Sex Determination Tests for a fee.

This is a test done on a pregnant woman with the help of an ultrasound machine to determine if the foetus is male or female. If it is the latter, the couple trot off to a friendly neighbourhood nursing home for a quick abortion.

Apparently a girl child even in modern India is considered a liability because : She needs to be protected; She has to be married off at an early age to avoid the honour of the family being sullied by a local cockerel; And dowry also needs to be given. So why have the child? (This happens in many cases).

On Saturday 4th June, 2011, an amendment to the Indian Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act will come into effect. Henceforth, the authorities will be empowered to seize all unregistered ultrasound machines that can detect the sex of an unborn child. A first time offender will have to pay a fine of around US$ 200 and face a maximum three year jail term. A repeat offender will have to pay US$1200/- and jail time of five years.

It has been reported that some registered medical practitioners have been jailed in the past for carrying out this illegal test.

One hopes that the Indian Union Health Ministry’s aggressive move will stop this horrible practice.

Note: Upto March 2011 there were 41,182 registered ultrasound machines in India. The estimated unregistered machines number over a 100,000 ! Hopefully the culling of female foetuses will end will the new law. (?)
BTW this is also known to happen among Indian expats in USA, Canada and the U.K. 😦

Abortion and the Brazilian Church – Women Rights

Here is a news report that raises the question for women in the Catholic Church –
Does your body belong to the Church and have you no right over it ?


By Gary Duffy
BBC News, Brazil

Brazil is a Catholic country, but in this row the Church has been controversial

The issue of abortion in Brazil has been making headlines not just in South America’s biggest country, but around the world.

The controversy began when news emerged from Pernambuco, a poor state in the north-east of Brazil, that a nine-year-old girl who had been raped was pregnant with twins.

It is alleged that she had been sexually abused for years by her stepfather, who is also suspected of sexually assaulting an older disabled sister. He is now in prison.

Public interest in the case soared when the local Catholic archbishop tried to block the girl from having an abortion.

Brazilian law allows abortion only if there is a risk to the life of the mother or in cases of rape. Doctors said the girl met both those conditions, and said she was so small her uterus was not big enough to carry one baby, never mind two.

Opponents of abortion say the girl could have safely had a Caesarean section.

In the end the abortion went ahead and the local archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, said all those adults involved – the mother and the medical team – had been excommunicated.