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Omar Khadr

‘Help Me’: Gitmo Video Shows Tearful Teen

Canadian lawyers released a wrenching 2003 video—the first of its kind ever made public—of a tearful 16-year-old boy suffering what appears to be a mental breakdown during an interrogation by Canadian officials at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. Five years later, Omar Khadr has still not been charged with any crime.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


birth control
healthofchildren.com

Maine Middle School to Offer Birth Control

While the nation’s tweens and teens are taught the laughable “abstinence only” government-sponsored curriculum about sex, one middle school in Maine is taking a more realistic approach to the matter, offering a range of birth control options in an effort to curb a troubling trend toward teen pregnancy among its students.  Yes, you read that right:  This is a middle school we’re talking about here.

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


chastity belt
totallychoice.com

Congress Re-Ups Abstinence-Ed Program

File under “Your Tax Dollars at Work”:  Congress has once again approved a three-month extension of a $50-million nationwide abstinence-education program, a move detractors say ignores indications that the approach (shock!) may not be working for America’s teens.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Mexican Teen Workers Stiffed by Wal-Mart

Being an adolescent bagger at Wal-Mart is tough enough without the added issue that comes with working at the megachain’s “Superama” locations in Mexico, where thousands of teen employees labor without receiving wages from the company.  Whatever they earn comes solely from tips. Via Boing Boing

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


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whitehouse.gov

Agents Interrogate Teen

Julia Wilson, a 14-year-old honor student, was removed from her class and interrogated by Secret Service agents for writing “kill Bush” on her MySpace page.  The teen said the agents’ “unnecessarily mean” questioning brought her to tears, but ultimately encouraged her activism against the Iraq war.

Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE


BattleCry concert
From the N.Y. Times

Evangelicals Fear Loss of Their Teenagers

Fantastic news for everyone disgusted by religious intolerance: Evangelical Christian leaders are warning one another that teenagers are abandoning the faith in droves. (Above: a last refuge—the BattleCry Christian rallies.)

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Just say What?
From Time

Stoner Boom

Drug use among baby boomers is up, while use among teens is down, according to new government figures.

  • That actually makes sense. If teens started paying as much attention to the doings of Bush & Co. as their forebears, we’d see those numbers rising in unison.

  • Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Gimme ‘Big Love’

    A group of Utah teens rallied in Salt Lake City over the weekend in defense of polygamist families. “I didn’t come here today to ask for your permission to live my beliefs,” a 19-year-old told the AP. “I shouldn’t have to.”

  • Check out how HBO dramatizes the issue
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    Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Sanity: House Doesn’t Up Funds for Abstinence-Only Programs

    Maybe it was towering piles of evidence attesting to the fact that virginity pledges don’t work, but whatever it was, Congress declined to add more funds to abstinence-until-marriage programs. (Via Salon.)

    Posted on Jun 18, 2006 READ MORE


    CBS: Teen Sex Orgy Complaints Invalid

    Virtually none of the people who complained about a racy sex scene in the CBS drama ?Without a Trace? actually saw the show in question, according to the network, which is fighting a record $3.3-million indecency fine. CBS said that all of the 4,211 e-mailed complaints came from conservative websites that urged members to send complaints about the segment—sight unseen.

  • story w/video link

  • Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Teens Kissing
    From the Washington Post

    Teen Sex Less Risky in Europe Than U.S.

    Western European teens have fewer pregnancies, and lower levels of STDs, than their American counterparts. Why? Because teens in Europe have easy access to contraceptives, confidential healthcare and comprehensive sex education. Teen sex is seen as a healthy thing. (Compare that to America’s puritanical, ineffective abstinence programs.)

     

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    World Can't Wait protests against BattleCry
    From worldcantwait.net

    Battle Cry for Theocracy

    A young activist explores the frightening world of a Christian evangelical youth movement that is holding rock concerts and rallies at city halls nationwide this weekend.
    “If you?ve been waiting to get alarmed until the Christian fascist movement started filling stadiums with young people and hyping them up to do battle in ‘God?s army,’ wait no longer.”
    (First column a series of three. Second column here, third column here.)

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Purity Ball
    From generationsoflight.myicontrol.com

    Most Youths Break Abstinence Pledges

    A Harvard study further confirms that abstinence pledges are basically bunk.
    Want to dig deeper? Check out Purity Balls.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Oral and Anal Sex Acts Are Up Among Teens

    There has been a “significant increase” in the proportion of teens and young adults engaging in such acts during the last decade, according to STD clinics in Baltimore.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Austistic teen Jared Guinther
    Benjamin Brink / Newshouse News

    Army Recruits Teen Despite His Autism

    The youth is signed up for dangerous front-line service, but did not even know there was a war going on until last fall—after he was approached by the recruiter. An internal Army investigation is underway, but such recruiting abuses are systemic. (Via Bring It On!)

    Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


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