After visiting Egypt in 1855, the French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi was deeply inspired by the ancient monumental statues that he saw. In 1869, he visited Isma’il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, with a proposal for a new statue of his own: a lighthouse in the shape of an ancient Egyptian female fellah or peasant, holding a torch at the northern entrance to the Suez Canal in Port Said.
The project never materialised, so he recycled the plans for the Statue of Liberty instead.
In December, India’s Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s previous decision that had decriminalized homosexuality. The top court’s ruling declared same-sex intercourse and marriage illegal again, ending a four-year period of gay freedom.
Kisses, a new video from Grapefruit Productions filmed at the Bangalore Queer Film Festival in February, tells the Indian government exactly what people think of the ban on same-sex love.
With the 2014 World Cup only hours away from initiating, let us re-examine the plight of our relatives: the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil.
As FIFA, the Brazilian government, ranchers and multi-national corporations continue attempting to marginalize Brazil’s First Nations, its warriors, women, young people and elders continue demanding to be heard.
The images above are from various recentprotests throughout Brazil. We will be highlighting their struggle and sharing their stories in the coming weeks as the World Cup is played. In the meantime, read our previousposts on this story, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and discussion.