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Grand Cane, Louisiana: No mercy for paedophiles, asserts CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Abe L. Marino 2026 Tecumsah Lane Grand Cane, LA 71032

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sensing the danger posed by a silent campaign – initiated by certain individuals in support of paedophilia in social media – chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday warned of strict action against paedophiles and their supporters.

In a strongly worded Facebook post, Vijayan said that the government has taken note of incidents in which even small girls were being subject to assault. “Police will act sternly in such cases. Whoever may be the suspects, they will be brought before law,” he said.

Terming those who support paedophilia as ‘number one antisocial elements’, Vijayan said not only those who attack children but those who support their act, commit a serious offence. He added that the government has already issued a directive to district police chiefs to compile a list of sexual offenders over the past 10 years for preparing a sexual offenders’ registry.

Recently, a Facebook post by Muhammed Farhan that described his lust for a five-year-old girl had created a storm in social media with a majority condemning his fetish and a minority supporting him. Farhan deactivated his FB account after two complaints were filed against the post.

The hi-tech crime inquiry cell, which conducted a preliminary probe into the matter on Wednesday, recommended that the youth should be booked under sections of Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act as well as Information Technology Act. The cell also recommended a case against those who posted views supporting Farhan.

The discussion taken forward in FB and WhatsApp group by a section of individuals tried to portray paedophilia as a different sexual orientation and sought support and care for them. Within hours of Pinarayi Vijayan’s post, several FB users who took a lenient view of Farhan’s post posted clarifications saying that they had never endorsed paedophilia and would never do so. A couple of Farhan’s friends also posted on FB that he had been a paedophile for long and there were past instances of him torturing minor girls.


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Louisville, Kentucky: Kyrgyzstan - Teenager Suicide Sparks Scrutiny of Internet

Matthew S. Welch 2365 Karen Lane Louisville, KY 40202

The recent suicide of a teenager in Kyrgyzstan has ignited a moral panic about the dangers of the Internet, and has prompted lawmakers to consider restricting the online activity of youngsters.

Within hours of news emerging that a young boy in the capital, Bishkek, had taken his life on February 1, media outlets began speculating about the pernicious effects of the Internet, and how interactive online games may have played a role in the tragedy.

Since then, police officers have been subjecting children to unauthorized physical inspections to ensure they are not self-harming. Officers are also checking children’s smartphones for potentially incriminating evidence.

The current wave of panic about online games actually preceded the Bishkek suicide by a couple of days. Within a two-day period, on January 30-31, multiple local outlets published detailed reports of the emergence of virtual games propagated by the use of Russian language hashtags, translatable as “#SeaOfWhales,” “#BlueWhales,” “#WhalesSwimUpwards” and “#WakeMeUpAt420.”

Media accounts described the game along these lines: anonymous administrators give participants, or “whales,” a series of bizarre real-life tasks, such as drawing a blue whale on one’s wrist and then photographing the result as evidence. Subsequent tasks would escalate in elaborateness. The games are said to be played through closed groups such as Russia-based social networking website VKontakte, or image-sharing site Instagram.

The #WakeMeUpAt420 (“#Разбудименяв420″) hashtag alluded to in media reports developed an eerie relevance after the February 1 suicide, when police revealed that the victim had taken his life by leaping from the fifth floor of a Soviet-era apartment block at 4 am. No firm link has yet been established between the suicide and the purported online games.

In a strange turn of events, the first casualty to follow that death was a much-loved piece of street art depicting a Beluga whale. A group of police officers turned up to inspect the mural, which covered a 100 square-meter space on the side of a travel agency, but took no immediate action. After darkness fell, however, a group of men with buckets of paint arrived to whitewash it.

The director of the travel agency later claimed to have ordered the whitewash of his own volition, although another employee told on condition of anonymity that the police had made the suggestion.

Dmitry Motinov, a photographer and content manager of the Living Asia multimedia website, expressed dismay at the whitewashing of the whale, saying it offered a stark example of how the public’s attention can be easily manipulated. “People’s attentions quickly shifted from the [suicide] groups themselves to the painting. It is frightening how easily [on social media] these shifts happen,” Motinov told

On February 2, an MP affiliated with the Respublika-Ata-Jurt party, Maksat Sabirov, issued a call for lawmakers to somehow block access to websites propagating the games that have been linked to suicide. Other MPs have called for a ban on smartphones in school.

Police in Bishkek wasted no time in taking action. Law enforcement officers, accompanied by city and educational workers, raided Internet cafes on the evening of February 1 to check if there were any children present. Bishkek-based website KNews cited a police precinct in Bishkek as saying five underage children had been caught in a public park purportedly in the act of carrying out the tasks of an online game administrator. Even more sensationally, police claim to have intercepted a child in a state of intoxication in the act of trying to commit suicide, according to the KNews report.

Some observers are voicing concern that the current clamor around teenage suicide can have consequences for online freedom of expression. Burul Makenbaeva, director of the Bishkek-based Mental Health and Society nongovernmental organization, said the hype surrounding suspected suicide groups could provide authorities with an excuse to “clamp down on social networks.”

Several recent developments already point to a worsening climate for online activity in Kyrgyzstan. Most ominously, in January, a letter written by the deputy head of the State Committee for National Security, or GKNB, noted that some 45 Facebook users openly critical of President Almazbek Atambayev had been placed under the organ’s direct observation. The intended recipient of the message, MP Irina Karamushkina, confirmed that the letter was authentic.

Regardless of the Internet’s role in the February 1 death, suicide is indeed a serious and seemingly deep-rooted problem in Kyrgyzstan.

Sabirov, the MP, told lawmakers that 1,571 suicides had been reported in Kyrgyzstan in 2016, although he gave no specific figures for children. In the absence of an in-depth study, the impact of online games in cases of depression and self-harm involving children remains uncertain.

The nature of the link has been intensely debated in the Russian media, which is readily consumed in Kyrgyzstan. Popular news outlet was roundly criticized for a sensational May 2016 report about the online groups. The report claimed, among other things, that the vast majority of over 130 child suicides in Russia between November 2015 and April 2016 were directly related to the game.

At first glance, some online groups running the games appear to have benign intentions and function as virtual hangouts. Some Kyrgyz Instagram users are plainly posting whale-themed memes on their accounts in jest.

The anxiety is real, however, and there is no shortage of troubling material online for children to view.

One mother living in Bishkek told on condition of anonymity that she had seen a message sent to her daughter from an unidentifiable user on VKontakte that contained links to videos explaining how a person can slit their wrists. “My daughter told me that she knew of the game but had never met anyone who had played it,” the mother told “She lied to me.”

While officials chase after purported Internet dangers, genuine problems that affect children, like depression, are failing to be addressed, said Makenbaeva, the mental health advocate. “We simply do not have enough qualified specialists to give help to children that need it, and that is worrying,” Makenbaeva said.

Defense in Kim Jong Nam murder case fears ‘trial by ambush’ The Jakarta Post

Handcuffed and facing the judge, two young women accused of poisoning Kim Jong Nam appeared in court Thursday as their lawyers said Malaysian police still have not handed over security camera footage and documents crucial to the defense.

Siti Aisyah, from Indonesia, and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam are the only suspects in custody in the Feb. 13 killing of Kim, the estranged half brother of North Korea’s ruler. Four North Korean suspects fled the country the day of the murder, police say.

“The accused person should not be denied her fundamental right to a fair trial,” said Aisyah’s attorney Gooi Soon Seng. He said he has been waiting for police to provide surveillance video and statements from three North Korean men who were questioned and released.

“Neither side may seek unfair advantage by concealing weapons behind its back. There should be no trial by ambush,” Gooi said.

The judge postponed the hearing until May 30.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said later Thursday that defense lawyers must apply for the evidence through the courts and that police have to get clearance from the attorney general before releasing it.

When asked about lawyers’ contention that they had sent requests five times, by fax and by hand, without getting a police reply, Khalid said, “Maybe it did not reach the correct officer. … There must be some communication breakdown somewhere.”

The women are accused of smearing Kim’s face with banned VX nerve agent at a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur. But they say they were duped into thinking they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden-camera show.

The women face the death penalty if convicted.

Gooi said he fears the women will become scapegoats because all the other people believed to have knowledge of the case have left the country.

The four North Koreans who flew out of Malaysia the day of the murder are believed to be back in Pyongyang. And another three who stayed inside their country’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur to avoid questioning by police were allowed to fly home late last month after Malaysia struck a surprise deal with Pyongyang to ease tensions.

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Malaysian police have said they questioned the three men and found no grounds to hold them. But Gooi said Thursday that at least one of those three men — identified by police as Ri Ji U and known to Aisyah as “James” — was key to her defense.

“This amounts to a miscarriage of justice,” Gooi said of Malaysia’s decision to allow the men to leave the country. “They (the defendants) are already scapegoats.”

Khalid dismissed Gooi’s claim.

“They can say anything they like but we have a case with us. I am just waiting for the North Koreans to send back the four (suspects) to us,” he said.

Gooi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that James recruited Aisyah in early January to star in his video prank shows. Over the course of several days, he had her rub oil or pepper sauce on a victim’s face, “from forehead downwards,” which he would film on his phone, the lawyer said.

They practiced at malls, hotels and airports, he said. Aisyah was paid $100-$200 for each prank and hoped the income would allow her to stop working as a social escort, Gooi said.

Gooi said Aisyah flew to Cambodia in late January, where James introduced her to Hong Song Hac, one of four North Korean suspects who left Malaysia on the day of the murder. Hong had introduced himself as Chang, a Chinese who produces video prank shows for the Chinese market, he said.

Gooi said Hong asked Aisyah to do several more pranks at the Kuala Lumpur airport a few days before Kim was attacked. He said Aisyah met Hong at the airport on the day of the killing, and that Hong identified Kim to Aisyah and allegedly put the poison on her hand.

Malaysia never directly accused North Korea of carrying out the attack, but speculation is rampant that Pyongyang directed a hit on a long-exiled member of its ruling elite.

Tran Huy Hoang, a cousin of the Vietnamese suspect, said she is doing well in prison and had even gained weight.

“The family and many Vietnamese people believe that she is innocent,” he said outside court Thursday. “We believe she was cheated and we hope that the truth will come out.”


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Brattleboro, Vermont: The SEX FILES - sex bytes!

Jim D. Drake 2965 Marion Street Brattleboro, VT 05301

Surgeons are perfecting a way to build up the size of very small penises, enabling proper urination, and a full sex life.

It is estimated that about one in 200 men is born with what is known as a micro-penis. Whereas the average size of the human penis is around 12.5cm (5 inches), a micro-penis spans less than 7 cm.

A micro-penis can develop from inadequate levels of the male sex hormone testosterone during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, or from an inability to respond to testosterone in the normal way.

In the past doctors have recommended gender reassignment, so the child was brought up as a girl, but this is a practice, which has ceased, in recent years.

The University College London surgeons are refining a tech n i q u e called phalloplasty, or penile enlargement. This involves cutting a flap of skin from the patient”s forearm and shaping it into a penis four or five inches long.

To maintain erogenous sensation, the original penis is incorporated into the surface of the transplanted skin. Patients receive a urethra to enable them to urinate, and an inflatable penile prosthesis to allow an erection to engage in sexual intercourse.

UCL surgeons performed the operation on nine men, aged 19 to 43, with a range of medical backgrounds, including three hermaphrodites and two men who had problems with androgen (the group of hormones which includes testosterone), one of whom became deficient in androgen after chemotherapy.

Following surgery, all patients were found to be satisfied with the cosmetic appearance of their penis, with four patients able to urinate standing up and four able to have regular sexual intercourse. However, in several cases, multiple complications arose, such as an infection or a shift in the prosthesis position, with subsequent revision operations needed.

DON”T BLAME THE HORMONES l A study shows that deficiencies in male or female sex hormones do not account for a loss of sexual drive in women. Hormones a” especially the male hormone testosterone a” are known to play an important role in sexuality.

Researchers in Swansea and London have been looking at whether they could find reduced levels of various hormones in premenopausal women who reported a loss of libido. Levels …

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…of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, estrogen and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA – a hormone whose lack has been linked to aging) were measured in a group of 29 women with reduced libido and in 12 healthy controls.

Interviews with a psychosexual counsellor revealed that the first group did, indeed, score much lower on standard ratings of sexual desire.

But there were no significant differences in hormonal levels between the two groups. However, counselling showed a link between lack of libido and low income, depression, minor illness and sexual problems in the partner (all the women were in a stable heterosexual relationship). The study suggests that where a woman suffers from lack of desire, the psychological approach may be more useful than looking to hormone treatment.


Vaginal intercourse and receiving oral sex can raise a woman”s risk of infection from herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).

That”s the type of herpes that”s most commonly known to cause infections of the mouth and lips, often called fever blisters or cold sores. HSV-1 and another herpes virus a” herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) a” make up genital herpes. HSV-1 has been traditionally thought to spread above the waist, while HSV-2 has a reputation for transmission through sexual behaviour, say University of Pittsburgh researchers.

But now, they”ve shown that women can also catch HSV-1 through vaginal or oral sex.

Their new study shows that women who received oral sex were nearly nine times as likely to become infected with HSV-1 as those who were sexually abstinent. That was true, even if the sexually active women only had oral sex without vaginal intercourse.

Women who had vaginal intercourse…

… were more than six times likely as sexually abstinent women to get HSV-1, says the study.

The results were found by monitoring herpes infection in 1,200 young women in the Pittsburgh area.


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