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Grenade Depot Blast Kills 25 In Turkey

HÜRRIYET, HABER 7 (Turkey)

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At least 25 Turkish soldiers were confirmed dead Thursday, after a military depot exploded in the western province of Afyonkarahisar. Terrorism has been ruled out as a cause of the blast, which also left at least eight injured.
Veysel Eroglu, the Minister of Forestry and Water, says the explosion Wednesday night was caused by a hand grenade that was dropped accidentally during a routine stock check, the Istanbul-based daily Hürriyet reported.
“There was no external intervention. There certainly was no sabotage or anything like that,” Eroglu said. The impact of the explosion has made it impossible for officials to identify the bodies of the soldiers. They have consequently been sent to Ankara for DNA testing.
Witnesses in the area said the blaze set the night sky alight, and spread across one kilometer, causing a fire that threatened many houses in the vicinity. (Watch footage of the blaze below)
Civilians in the area were evacuated overnight, according to the news channel Haber 7.

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Kleptomania, How A "Women's Pathology" Was Built On Gender And Class Bias

Between 1880 and 1930, there was a significant rise in thefts in department stores, mostly committed by women from the middle and upper classes. This situation brought with it the establishment of a new pathology: kleptomania. A century later, feminist historians have given new meaning to the practice as a protest against the social structures and oppressions of capitalism and patriarchy.

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A hand in a pocket

Julia Amigo

Kleptomania is defined as the malicious and curious propensity for theft. The legal language tends to specify that the stolen objects are not items of necessity; medically, it is explained as an uncontrollable impulse.

What seems clear is that kleptomania is a highly enigmatic condition and one of the few mental disorders that comes from the pathologization of a crime, which makes it possible to use it as a legal defense. It differs from the sporadic theft of clothing, accessories, or makeup (shoplifting) as the kleptomaniac's impulse is irresistible.

Studies have shown that less than one percent of the population suffers from kleptomania, being much more common among women (although determining exact numbers is very difficult).

The psychiatric disorders manual, DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has included kleptomania since 1962. Previously, it had already received attention from, among others, Sigmund Freud. Like nymphomania or hysteria, kleptomania became an almost exclusively female diagnosis linked to the biology of women's bodies and an “inability” to resist uncontrollable desire.

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