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Suicide Attack Targets US Consulate In Pakistan

CNN (USA), BBC (UK), AL JAZEERA (Qatar)

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PESHAWAR - At least four people were killed in a suicide bombing that hit a U.S. consular vehicle in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, reports Al Jazeera.

The American embassy in Islamabad said that no U.S. citizens were killed in the attack, although there were conflicting accounts on whether Americans were among the dead. Local television showed footage of burnt U.S. passports.

The embassy also confirmed in a statement that two Americans and two Pakistani employees from the U.S. consulate were wounded in the attack on their vehicle.

At least 19 people were injured when a car, which was carrying up to 110 kilos of explosives rammed into the consulate’s four-wheel-drive vehicle, reports CNN.

There was no claim of responsibility but the Pakistani Taliban, who are close to al Qaeda, are thought to be behind the attack.

Although the identities of the victims remain unclear, it was the deadliest attack targeting Americans in the country in the past two years.

Peshawar is a gateway to Pakistan's tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan. It is one of the most dangerous cities in Pakistan for foreigners: there have been many attacks against foreign nationals over recent years.

Massive blast right Outside my home in Peshawar kills americans n locals.Suicide attack on american armoured vehicle.My house windows broken

— Rahim Khan (@rahimkhan) Septembre 3, 2012

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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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