Over a hundred prominent women petition UN′s Ban for treaty to end Korean War | News | DW.COM | 27.09.2016

Women leaders from 38 countries have sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to initiate a peace process that would officially end the Korean War before he leaves office.The letter was co-sponsored by Women Cross DMZ, which organized a peaceful walk across the demilitarized zone (DMZ) last year and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, had promised such an initiative before taking office in 2007. North and South Korea technically remain at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Source: Over a hundred prominent women petition UN′s Ban for treaty to end Korean War | News | DW.COM | 27.09.2016

Shamed and Angry: Alicia Machado, a Miss Universe Mocked by Donald Trump – The New York Times

In the process, Ms. Clinton, the first female presidential nominee of a major party, elevated a largely forgotten tale of Mr. Trump, when his oversight of beauty pageants collided with his unforgiving fixation with female beauty.And Mrs. Clinton put a spotlight on Ms. Machado, Miss Universe 1996, who says she has never recovered from the experience. Ms. Machado, who grew up in Venezuela, said she had had eating disorders and psychological trauma as a result of the episode.“I was sick — anorexia and bulimia for five years,” she said in an interview with The New York Times in May. “I was 18. My personality wasn’t created yet. I was just a girl.”Mr. Trump has acknowledged pressuring her to lose weight, saying it was her job as Miss Universe to remain in peak physical shape. On Tuesday morning, he made no apologies for that.

Source: Shamed and Angry: Alicia Machado, a Miss Universe Mocked by Donald Trump – The New York Times

Charlotte girl weeps over police shootings at city council meeting | 3CHICSPOLITICO

 

“It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. And we have tears. We shouldn’t have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”Zianna made her tearful statements during a highly-charged, emotional City Council meeting — the first after protests over the police shooting of Keith Scott.Charlotte residents packed City Hall, delivering blistering criticisms for how Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the city’s police handled the death of Scott, an African-American man who was shot by an officer last week.

Source: Charlotte girl weeps over police shootings at city council meeting | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Current Zika transmission

As of week 17 in 2016, ECDC extended the period for classifying whether a country or territory has active local transmission from two to three months. This change is based on the fact that Zika virus outbreaks last usually for more than two months. In addition, ECDC added a ‘countries and territories with past vector-borne transmission’ category for countries having experienced transmission since 2007 up to three months ago.

Source: Current Zika transmission

Humans of New York

“My friend and I were walking home from watching live music, and two police officers approached us. We weren’t being loud. We weren’t drunk. But they told my friend they needed to search him. They told us they were looking for a 5’10” black male, which happens to be the description of most men in this neighborhood. So that’s an excuse to search every black male who walks down the street. And that’s not right. My friend was a flight attendant. He had a college degree. He was wearing a button down collared shirt. He tried to ask, ‘Why?’ But I told him to be quiet. I told him to do as he was told. Because I didn’t want to escalate. I didn’t want the guns to come out. I didn’t want him to be another hashtag. So they emptied his pockets, they patted him down, and they let him go. And I was so mad afterward. Because I’m very pro-black. I go to protests. I’m in a black sorority. But in that moment I couldn’t speak, because I was too afraid of what might happen.”

Source: Humans of New York

The murder of the Jordanian writer(N.Hatter) , a slap of terrorism ?

Radicalism is not just a sudden attitude and reaction of oppression by governments or who ever. It is a result of a lifestyle that teaches children how to be careful from the other. How they are right and the others are always wrong. That there is a conspiracy against them. That once upon millennia we were the best of nations. We foster tribal thinking from the moment we tell our children that being a Muslim means that you are not like the Christian and vice versa. When we separate between people and put them in ranks and statuses. When we preach what we do not practice.

I cannot see a difference in the two murders. Except that the murder of the writer created a sense of fear, whereas, women die in the same way daily, and it seems to be just a norm….

His society needs to be deconstructed.

There is something that we lose each passing moment within our own humanity. As if we are experiencing a failure of mankind….

nadiaharhash

Is it terrorism, fundamentalism, racism, tribalism, or is it simply a way of living. A natural consequence of education, upbringing?

The rage that took form in people’s reactions after the assassination of the Jordanian writer Nahed Hatter, as a revenge from some “bearded” assigned through god man for a caricature that the deceased had previously posted a few months back. The assassination took place on the entrance of the Supreme Court where the deceased was heading to, in order to hear a final rule against him in that case.

As if those fundamentalists are specialized with libels related with cartoons. You draw a caricature, you get offensive, and you deserve to be killed.

Of course it felt sad. What happened brought memories of similar such crimes. Farraj Fuda was shot to his death as he was going out of a seminar a decade or two ago. Salman Rushdie is still…

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Nahed Hattar, Jordan, and the Muslim World

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Nahed Hattar, a 56-year-old Christian Jordanian writer has been murdered. He was shot three times outside a court in Amman, where he was facing charges of sharing a cartoon deemed to be “offensive” to Islam. Hattar was arrested in August after posting a cartoon that mocked jihadists on his Facebook page. Mr. Hattar was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam before being released on bail in early September. According to several reports, Mr. Hattar’s killer was arrested and police are investigating the murder.

The provocative cartoon depicts an Arab man enjoying himself in Paradise with two women and saying to God (who was checking on him): “Yes Lord, get me a glass of wine and tell Angel Gabriel to bring me some cashews. After that, send me an immortal servant to clean the floor and take the empty plates with you.”

Hattar’s murder is yet another tragic event…

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