JORGE RAFAEL VIDELA, an Argentine former military dictator who ordered the torture, murder and disappearance of thousands of civilians during the country s seven-year military rule, died on May 17th in his prison cell on the edge of Buenos Aires, where he was serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity.
Dubbed the “Pink Panther” for his lanky frame and stealthy gait, Videla seized power in 1976 when left-wing militants, runaway inflation and corruption had begun to rattle Isabel Per n s civilian government. He said that military rule was necessary to protect national security and human rights. In power, however, he had a selective vision of who was entitled to such rights.
Not suspected leftists, certainly; nor anyone who did not ascribe to his totalitarian ideology. He viewed his mission as sacred, and those who disagreed with it as sinful enemies, says Federico Finchelstein, an Argentine historian at the New School university.
In what Videla called a process of national reorganisation , Argentines deemed threatening were kidnapped, imprisoned, tortured and killed. Suspects were snatched from their families, subjected to electric shocks, starved, beaten, raped, and held underwater for minutes at a time.
Others were pushed out of military aircraft into the River Plate or the Atlantic to drown. Abducted mothers were separated from their babies, who were sometimes adopted by the military officers responsible for their capture.
Videla cast his net wide, persecuting academics, journalists, students and social workers as well as leftist guerrillas. The opaqueness of the junta s reasoning made popular the phrase por algo ser , or it must have been for something , among Argentines trying to justify their own inaction.
Videla never admitted to sponsoring assassinations, referring only to disappearances .
In 1979, in response to a journalist s inquiry about the locations of the disappeared, he snapped: The disappeared are just that: disappeared. They are neither alive nor dead. They are disappeared.
The illusive nature of the victims meant that the military controlled their prisoners fate even in death, Mr Finchelstein says.
Videla retired in 1981. The following year his successors dragged Argentina into war with Britain over the Falkland Islands, a conflict that Argentina would lose in humiliating fashion. Defeat spelled the end of military rule.
In 1983, democracy was restored with the election of Ra l Alfons n and the country began to assess the extent of the destruction Videla had wrought. Official documentation put the number of dead at 9,000. Human-rights groups calculated that as many as 30,000 people had died in Videla s purges.
Repairing the psychological damage inflicted by the Dirty War has been even more difficult than obtaining credible estimates of its toll.
Mr Alfons n set up a tribunal that, in 1985, sentenced Videla and several of his henchmen to life sentences. Videla s sentence was annulled five years later by Carlos Menem, who believed that pardoning the junta and the leftist guerrilla commanders accused of terrorism would begin to rebuild the country in peace, in liberty and in justice . In 2006 a judge ruled the pardon unconstitutional.
Following a 2010 trial Videla, by then 84 years old, was again sentenced to life in prison.
For many Argentines, Videla s conviction and death have not brought closure. Although during his 2010 trial he assumed full military responsibility for the actions of the army in the war against terrorism , he was unrepentant about his crimes and died without revealing much about his shadowy rule. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a group of mothers and grandmothers with disappeared children, said of Videla s passing: We feel the weight of the fact that he didn t speak about or divulge the locations of the 30,000 people and 400 grandchildren that we look for even today.
As the search for the missing continues, Argentina is trying to move on from its dark, dirty past.
Adolfo P rez Esquivel, a human-rights activist who won a Nobel Prize for his organising efforts during Videla s dictatorship, wrote on his website: We don t forget, nor do we pardon.
But in contrast to him, we celebrate life, not death.
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Mark Cox, 22, who is appearing at court after breaking into a woman s house to steal her knickers and SEX TOYS
A police officer s son with a bizarre underwear fetish broke into a woman s house to steal her knickers and SEX TOYS, a court heard.
Mark Cox, 22, pocketed a set of house keys belonging to former school pal Emma Pinches, 21, after going to a party at her home in February.
The hospital porter then used the keys to let himself in to the property while Emma was out to pinch her underwear and DILDOS.
Magistrates heard she became suspicious when items of lingerie and sex aids started to go missing over the next few weeks.
Prosecuting Julie Costello said: The day after the party the victim noticed a set of house keys were missing.
Over the next few days she started to notice that items of her underwear were going missing as well as her sex toys.
Emma suspected Cox may be responsible when she received a text from him in March to ask whether she would be out with her boyfriend that evening.
Police then searched Cox s home and found a large quantity of women s underwear, sex toys and lubricant.
When asked why he had a large sized bra he told them it was because he was a large size .
Officers also discovered CS gas spray as well as a police helmet, handcuffs, jacket and stab vest in his bedroom.
Cox claimed he had bought the police uniform items off eBay to use for kinky role-playing sex romps with his ex-girlfriend.
At Northampton Magistrates Court on Monday Cox pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, one count of possessing a weapon designed for the discharge of CS gas and possessing a police uniform.
Defending Alistair Evans revealed his client had taken the items at a time when he was being driven by a fetish for women s underwear.
He said his client had bought the police uniform as memorabilia because his father and grandfather were both police officers.
He added: He accepts he had taken the items of underwear from the victim s house but there was no element of vandalism and he had caused no form of damage to the woman s house.
The CS spray was bought from a garage in France.
It has never been used.
The court was told Cox has since undergone counselling in a bid to overcome his underwear addiction.
He will be sentenced at Northampton Crown Court next month.
I m sure you re tired of seeing these, but I m just letting you know that we ll be taking a Stranger than Slash Fiction break starting now. Slash Fiction short stories will be updating throughout June and July while I move, and they ll likely spill into August while a friend of mine visits from overseas. These slash fiction short stories will very likely have more porn than plot, and they re probably more what you d expect in a typical gay sex story, so hopefully they ll still be to your taste!
There will be some recurring characters throughout the stories, but none of them are attached to a longer plot. As usual, if you would like to see more of the characters in the short stories, feel free to comment on the story telling me that! Also, a very small number of them may be broken into two updates!
If any Guest Writers submit short stories, they ll likely be mixed into this bunch. The Update Schedule page will be updated in detail once I get my ducks in a row next week.
- A knight fighting a siren
- An administrative assistant crushing on his sexually forward boss
- A budding journalist interviewing a typecasted actor desperate to do something new
- A dirty cop interrogating a burglar
- Stories with group sex
- Stories with sex toys and sex machines
- Stories with non-consensual sex
- Stories with voyeurism
Stranger than Slash Fiction s Return
Stranger than Slash Fiction will return in either August or September. I ll likely give you a heads up once it gets closer to its return.
I just want to make sure I m not scrambling to update it while juggling a lot of other things, and I don t want an episode to be interrupted with a short story.
I ve been feeling like the quality of Stranger than Slash Fiction keeps suffering because I m rushing, so I d prefer to just avoid putting myself in a situation where I ll continue to sacrifice the quality of the story due to my poor planning.&nsbp;
By Larry Shaughnessy
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen .
Martin Dempsey face two crises – an increase in sex assault claims within the military and heavy budget cuts.
But they said on Wednesday that military staffing reductions due to forced budget cuts under sequestration would not impact an initiative aimed at combating sex assault.
Civilians central to the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention Response Program will be exempt from furloughs that are a consequence of spending cuts.
“We have already excepted medical personnel required to handle emergency situations and crisis intervention,” Defense Department spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said in a statement.
“This additional exception will ensure responsive victim care and ensure program initiatives recently directed by Secretary Hagel will be implemented swiftly and efficiently,” Smith said.
A recent Pentagon study found that even as the number of troops in uniform decreases, cases of sex assault in the military have increased in recent years.
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Lawmakers in Washington are trying to take steps to cut the number of sexual assaults in the military.
Members of a House panel have passed legislation that would strip commanding officers of their power to change or dismiss court-martial convictions in rape and assault cases.
They say they’re hoping to shift military culture to one that encourages victims to step forward.
The move comes on the heels of yet another harassment scandal for the military, this time from West Point.
An Army sergeant first class is accused of spying on female cadets in the bathroom.
“They are serious charges, but I mean they scratch the surface of what’s happening at West Point, what’s happening at all the other academies,” Anu Bhagwati, co-founder and executive director of the Service Women’s Action Network, said.
According to a Pentagon report, as many as 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted or harassed last year.