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Two decades after the military crackdown on pro-democracy student protests in Beijing, the Chinese government has proven itself to be just as oppressive toward peaceful free speech today as it was back then. Police officers filled the square yesterday to prevent any show of commemoration for the tragedy, silent or spoken. The government even went so far as to shut down internet services like Twitter and university message boards where people could share sympathies or express dissent. Foreign correspondents reporting on the scene were forcibly turned away and their views were blocked. Read More

Say it's so

BY Team Intern in General

If you have ever gotten a spontaneous urge to a) erupt in song and dance in public, b) turn random objects into your musical accompaniment (like water glasses a la Miss Congeniality) and c) try your ear at experimental music then you will appreciate the playful nature of this improvised party on the Paris metro by Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer. It's a tipsy, merry ride: Not only do that have an optimistic and quirky band name that I love, but they have spirit and harmony as well. Hope you enjoy my new favorite band. ~Hannah Video courtesy of blogotheque. Read More
The documentary 'Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech' by father-daughter pair Martin and Liz Garbus will air on HBO starting June 29th. In it, Emmy-winning documentarian Liz Garbus, with the help of her First Amendment attorney father, explores the limits put on free speech in a post-9/11 world.  Among the people interviewed are Debbie Almontaser, who was forced to resign as principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy, an Arabic-English public school in New York City, after explaining the definition of a controversial word, 'Intifada', in the New York Post. Read More
There are many things to admire about Obama's speech in Cairo today. The man managed to tackle every issue plaguing our relations with the Middle East in a respectful manner, after all. But what we find most impressive here at BUST is Obama's inclusion of the importance of women's rights as one of the seven major sources of tension between the U.S and the Muslim world. (This is particularly exciting in comparison to The Administration Who Must Not Be Named. Read More
                   As the afternoon winds down, I'm tuning in to and if you haven't checked this website out before, you might as well add it to your favorites now. Bookmark that shit. Grooveshark is a website that a friend of mine introduced me to one late-night-turned-early-morning music marathon session. Frustrated with trying to find the right version of songs on YouTube, I complained loudly and she swooped in like a sonic saving grace. Read More
The Brooklyn International Film Festival kick-off party is tonight and the films start screening on Friday! The party tonight is from 6 pm until whenever at The Delancey , which is located at 158 Delancey St in Manhattan (which seems odd for the Brooklyn Int'l Film Fest, no?). There are happy hour events almost every night during the festival, at various bars in the DUMBO neighborhood (my digs!). The films are all being screened at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema on Henry St. There are tons of movies playing, so it should be a really good festival. Read More
A recent study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health found that young Australians, and likely women around the world, are grossly misinformed about the when/what/how of the morning after pill. As a crucial option for emergency contraception, these are facts every female should have down pat. Read More
We have a copy of The Kittens of Boxville at the BUST office and we're all gaga over how adorable it is. I want to crawl into the pages and snuggle with them, or at least cut the pictures out and hang them on the walls for whenever I'm feeling grumpy. Read More

Helping Hands

BY Web Intern in General

Afghan Hands is an inspiring organization in Afghanistan helping to give women an education and an opportunity. Their centers throughout Kabul pay women to take seminars on human, legal and religious rights in the morning and create beautiful embroidered accessories in the afternoon. They employ 50 master embroiderers and are able to sustain 200 women with the program. Not only do they gain financial independence, but this is their only chance for an education. The shawls and scarves they embroider are cashmere and wool and have gotten press everywhere from Elle to America's Next Top Model. Read More
                           It's been over a decade since 'Roseanne' has graced our tubes and, well, we missed the laughs. Not only was 'Roseanne' good for a chuckle, but she was an important role model for outspoken women juggling a full-time career and family life. Tune in this Friday, June 5th - Friday, June 12th for a marathon of raucous recession-themed episodes airing on TV Land from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. ET/PT. Read More