ISIS Conspiracy Theories Include One That It’s an American Plot – NYTimes.com

The former secretary of state explains that she tried to reassure members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community, during discussions at the United States Embassy in Cairo. “In our meeting, one of the more agitated participants brought up an especially outrageous canard,” Mrs. Clinton writes. “He accused my trusted aide Huma Abedin, who is Muslim, of being a secret agent of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

As Mrs. Clinton explains, this conspiracy theory “had been circulated by some unusually irresponsible and demagogic right-wing political and media personalities in the United States, including members of Congress,” and had spread to Egypt via the Internet ahead of her visit.

“I wasn’t going to let that stand and told him in no uncertain terms how wrong he was,” Mrs. Clinton recalls in her book. “After a few minutes of conversation the embarrassed accuser apologized and asked why a member of the U.S. Congress would make such an assertion if it wasn’t true. I laughed and said that unfortunately plenty of falsehoods are circulated in Congress.”

via ISIS Conspiracy Theories Include One That It’s an American Plot – NYTimes.com.

Simple – Wannabe Caliph Erdogan is anti-educated professional females! Why are pro-AKP Twitter users targeting female journalists? – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Zaman also for the first time wrote openly about the “rape and murder” threats female journalists Melis Alphan, Sirin Payzin, Selin Girit, Tugce Tatari, Banu Guven, Nuray Mert and Ece Temelkuran received during the 2013 Gezi Park protests. Professor Yasemin Inceoglu at the Galatasaray University communication department told Al-Monitor, “All these journalists are professionals. The attacks against them are nothing but an open threat to silence those few critical minds in the media. I certainly don’t understand the silence of some other female journalists — playing the three monkeys, when their colleagues are subject of such a lynching campaign.”

Although there are campaigns in support of these female journalists, it is something else to stand up against a strong government and a crowd backed and encouraged by this government. “We did not file a lawsuit against those threats because of the sensitive environment back then,” Karan told Al-Monitor. “And I have no knowledge that our security enforcement did anything against it, even when these threats were made public.”

The government’s pressure cost both Zaman and Karan their jobs at the Haberturk daily newspaper, with Zaman now writing for Taraf and Karan for Cumhuriyet. Karan said, “I did not lose the job after one incident, but Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu literally lashed out at me in three separate live TV interviews. I remember well the one in December 2011 when I asked him — based on the information I was receiving from my sources inside Syria — about the Salafist groups that were spreading fear and [their activities] being no less of a threat than those of [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad. He said then that they know Syria street by street, quarter by quarter, while denying the Salafist threat and entirely blaming Assad. Today, we know the result.”

Karan told Al-Monitor that Davutoglu’s appointment as prime minister means nothing but the continuation of pressure on the media. “As long as journalists talk about what the government does in a positive light, there is no problem. Their policies are not supposed to be questioned. Therefore, media freedom is going to shrink even further, if this situation continues.”

via Why are pro-AKP Twitter users targeting female journalists? – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

Overhyped headline! WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola | Reuters

“It’s a temporary measure to take care of the welfare of our remaining workers,” WHO spokesperson Christy Feig said, without specifying how long the measure would last. “After our assessment, they will return.”

Feig said she could not assess what impact the withdrawal of WHO staff would have on the fight against Ebola in the Kailahun, the area hardest hit by the disease. The WHO said in a later statement that staff would return after an investigation was completed, adding that testing would continue in the meantime at the Kenema laboratory.

The Senegalese medic — the first worker deployed by WHO to be infected — will be evacuated from Sierra Leone in the coming days, Feig said. He is currently being treated at a government hospital in the eastern town of Kenema.

via WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola | Reuters.

Chile Cancels September Crustacean Trawl to Protect Common Hake | The Beacon: Oceana’s Blog

Chile has taken a major step to protect common hake, a species in decline from overfishing. Earlier this month, the Under-Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) decided to close the crustacean trawl fleet for the month of September around Valparaiso, Bernardo O’Higgins, and Maule, Chile. The move protects common hake, a fish commonly caught as bycatch in the crustacean fishery, which has declined by 70 percent from 2001 to 2013.

“This measure will benefit the recovery of common hake, which is a very important resource for artisanal fisheries. We hope it will soon be complemented with a comprehensive plan for the recovery of this species,” executive director of Oceana in Chile said in a press release.

SUBPESCA has synced the temporary ban with reproductive activity of common hake, which occurs during the month of September. About 90 percent of the fish caught in 2012 were juveniles, meaning they were not given a chance to reach reproductive maturity.

While Oceana welcomes the temporary ban, Oceana thinks a more comprehensive recovery plan should be put in place. Oceana would like the plan to include minimum catch sizes, total fishing quotas based on scientific research, and plans to combat illegal fishing.

Oceana in Chile works to create sustainable fisheries through a number of ways, like combating illegal, unreported, and irregular fishing, working to reduce bycatch, and establishing Marine Protected Areas.

via Chile Cancels September Crustacean Trawl to Protect Common Hake | The Beacon: Oceana’s Blog.

Abbas announces Israel-Gaza ceasefire | Maan News Agency

President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday announced a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

In a short televised address, Abbas said the agreement would go into effect at 7 p.m.

“We confirm complete appreciation to the Egyptian efforts which started long ago seeking to satisfy all sides. Qatar also played a role in that. We also would like to mention that (US Secretary of State John) Kerry was also in touch with us for the same purpose and so we thank all those who played roles,” Abbas said.

“We discussed several necessary things with Hamas leaders in Qatar in order to enable the national consensus government to do its job,” he continued.”

via Abbas announces Israel-Gaza ceasefire | Maan News Agency.

Is 53 seconds long enough to gather my soul? — New Internationalist

To a close friend to whom I promised to stay alive:

I promised you I would stay alive in spite of them – and you know who ‘they’ are. You responded by saying that you wanted me to live for my own sake; not for someone else’s, or in spite of someone else. You said you would miss a part of your soul if I died. I’m sorry that I’m keeping my promise in the worst way possible, but I cannot handle a slow death any more.

My friend, I only want them to leave us alone, and let us continue the journey of our lives peacefully.

I’m still alive, my friend, and keeping my promise. Do you know why? I will only answer you because I know you can keep a secret: I’m still alive because death is the easiest way out of war, and life is the hardest way of all.

Life is precisely the hardest way of all.

Rana Mourtaja lives in Gaza.

via Is 53 seconds long enough to gather my soul? — New Internationalist.

You Can’t Fight Rape With Nail Polish | Dame Magazine

You Can’t Fight Rape With Nail Polish | Dame Magazine.

Criminals hear that all women have rape fantasies, and that most will make up stories about rape for the flimsiest of reasons—to avoid anyone finding out they had consensual sex, or to punish a man for not calling, say—even though the actual incidence of false reporting is between 2 and 8 percent, similar to other crimes. They hear that there’s no way to know who’s telling the truth in a “he said/she said” situation, and if you can’t prove a man guilty, then he’s innocent.

They hear about their peers being accused of rape and still allowed to graduate from college, while the alleged victims drop out of school. They hear that most rapes are never reported, and of those, very few are prosecuted. About those, they usually hear “not guilty.”

Criminals do listen to what we, as a society, tell them—and what we tell rapists, time and again, is that we don’t take their crime seriously, so they can probably get away with it. If other young men out there earnestly want to prevent rape, they’d be better off talking to their peers about consent, calling out other guys who dehumanize women, and intervening when they see something that makes them uncomfortable. Unfortunately, there’s no prize money for being an engaged and compassionate person. Maybe if there were, we’d have a society where a woman could order a beer in public without feeling the need to perform a chemistry experiment for her own safety.

– See more at: http://www.damemagazine.com/2014/08/25/you-cant-fight-rape-nail-polish#sthash.DbFrlrqS.dpuf

I Quit Eating Only Salad or Eating Only Cake — Because I am Worthy, Loved & Beautiful. | Rebelle Society

{This applies to women and to men – good thoughts}

I’ve got news for you: You weren’t put into this universe to fail. You were born to make mistakes and learn and grow and rise up despite loss and heartache. Our bodies are our vehicles in which we are able to accomplish this.

Our bodies do not fail us.

Through every disease, every sickness and every injury, we are taught what it means to be better, to be more, to be stronger. When we love our bodies for what they are, when we treat them with respect, when we are thankful beyond measure for all that they allow us to experience, we rise.

We are born to rise, to become, to unbecome, to screw up and to learn. Find a way of living and loving that allows you to do this, and go do it.

You are irreplaceably beautiful. Yes, you are.

 

via I Quit Eating Only Salad or Eating Only Cake — Because I am Worthy, Loved & Beautiful. | Rebelle Society.