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This Happened — June 11: Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Self-Immolates

On this day in 1963, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đứcm self-immolated to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.

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Why did the monk self-immolate during the Vietnam war?

Buddhists were facing religious discrimination, and the South Vietnamese government had imposed various restrictions on them. The monk's act was a powerful statement against the oppressive policies and sought to bring attention to the suffering of the Buddhist community.

How did the monk self-immolation impact the Vietnam War?

Thích Quảng Đức's self-immolation had a profound impact on public opinion both within Vietnam and internationally. The striking image of the burning monk, captured by photographer Malcolm Browne, circulated widely and became an iconic symbol of resistance and the struggle for freedom. The incident fueled outrage against the Diệm regime, intensified opposition to its policies, and played a role in the eventual downfall of the government.

Did the monk's self-immolation lead to any changes?

The self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức brought significant attention to the plight of Buddhists in South Vietnam. The international community condemned the persecution, and pressure mounted on the Diệm government to address the grievances of the Buddhist community. Eventually, the government made some concessions, but the situation remained tense and unresolved until a military coup in 1963 led to the overthrow and assassination of President Ngô Đình Diệm.

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How Parenthood Reinvented My Sex Life — Confessions Of A Swinging Mom

Between breastfeeding, playdates, postpartum fatigue, birthday fatigues and the countless other aspects of mother- and fatherhood, a Cuban couple tries to find new ways to explore something that is often lost in the middle of the parenting storm: sex.

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Parenting v. intimacy, a delicate balance

Silvana Heredia

HAVANA — It was Summer, 2015. Nine months later, our daughter would be born. It wasn't planned, but I was sure I wouldn't end my first pregnancy. I was 22 years old, had a degree, my dream job and my own house — something unthinkable at that age in Cuba — plus a three-year relationship, and the summer heat.

I remember those months as the most fun, crazy and experimental of my pre-motherhood life. It was the time of my first kiss with a girl, and our first threesome.

Every weekend, we went to the Cuban art factory and ended up at the CornerCafé until 7:00 a.m. That September morning, we were very drunk, and in that second-floor room of my house, it was unbearably hot. The sex was otherworldly. A few days later, the symptoms began.

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