Oprah Winfrey on Eric Garner and Ferguson: ‘Everything is always happening exactly as it should and on time’ – People – News – The Independent

“Life is always there to teach, enlighten, and open you up to the greater possibilities of what can be done,” she continued. “If you’re willing to be awake and see it. What’s exciting to me is that people are awake. If it took Eric Garner and it took Michael Brown and other instances to do than, then… That’s where we are in our evolvement as human beings.”

via Oprah Winfrey on Eric Garner and Ferguson: ‘Everything is always happening exactly as it should and on time’ – People – News – The Independent.

Three Arrested in Egypt For Speaking English | Egyptian Streets

The latest detentions come as there is a climate of paranoia and suspicion among Egyptians. Earlier this year Le Monde Diplomatique’s Editor-in-Chief Alain Gresh was arrested at a trendy cafe in downtown Cairo after a woman reported him to police for discussing politics.

Gresh and two Egyptians were arrested after the woman screamed at them for speaking about Egypt in English and Arabic.

The French journalist, who was born in Cairo, said he received a formal apology from authorities, including both police and military figures.

The incidents have raised fear among Egypt’s expatriate community and foreign journalists.

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Federal Police Attack Ayotzinapa Students and Parents; Dissident Teachers Retaliate

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Federal Police Attack Ayotzinapa Students and Parents; Dissident Teachers Retaliate

Sergio Ocampo Arista

La Jornada, 15th December 2014

003n1pol-1Chilpancingo, Guerrero – Twenty-two people were injured—including 14 teachers, parents and students of the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School and the National Autonomous University of Mexico [UNAM] and eight members of the Federal Police—in three confrontations in which police attacked with blows, rock-throwing and tear gas a group of students who were preparing for the rock concert Festival: A Light in the Darkness in the area known as El Caballito.

The clashes occurred between 4:00 and 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning. The first two were between Federal Police and students and parents [of the disappeared students]. The third clash involved about 250 members of the State Coordinating Committee of Education Workers of Guerrero (CETEG), who came to support the latter [students and parents].
Later, in a protest…

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Government already stopping unemployment benefit to women for being pregnant

I thought they wanted more British babies? whazup?

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

Iain Duncan Smith yesterday flagged up the possibility of refusing child benefit to women who have more than two children.

But women who are pregnant with their first child are already being refused unemployment benefit.

An unemployed woman has lost her unemployment benefit after she was put on light duties at a workfare placement in B&Q when she informed them she was 23 weeks pregnant.

Full story here:

Ashton Job Centre sanctions young woman for being pregnant

This is not the first time – or the last time – that unemployed women have been targeted by the DWP for being pregnant.

In fact, this is not the first time in our history we’ve seen this kind of treatment of women in poverty who have the audacity to get pregnant ………..

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Cuban Author Wendy Guerra: ‘I’m a Demon Who Writes What She Feels’

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Yoani Sánchez interviewed Cuban writer Wendy Guerra for 14ymedio.

Wendy Guerra is a rare bird in a country where everyone is seeking conclusive adjectives and extreme descriptions. Actress, writer, blogger and a Havanan down to her core, she always stands out. We remember her on the TV screen; in the pages of a book her writing will always touch us.

Today we talked about her literary work and the thematic and vital obsession that Cuba has been for her.

Question: The book Posar desnuda en La Habana (Posing Nude in Havana) surprises the reader with its perfect symbiosis of Anaïs Nin’s voice and your own voice. What is your creative process to achieve that effect?

Answer: First, I thank you for starting this exchange with a question of a literary nature.

Everything is in the language. Each fragrance that is in this book is powerfully driven by her voice and…

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Afghan Women’s Writing Project | They Do Love Me Too

      In our house

I can’t go to school like my brother,

But I know my parents love me too.

I have to wait till my brother eats so I can eat what remains;

But they do love me too.

I ride my brother’s bicycle—secretly,

But they do love me too.

I am not the one who gets new toys.

But they do love me too.

I can’t have friends and go outside;

But they do love me too.

My world starts and ends in a kitchen—everyday

But they do love me too.

They hide me whenever there is a guest.

But they do love me too.

I love our house and my brother.

My brother lets me clean his room and look at his books

He always leaves half of his food for me

He teaches me to bike when no one is home

He tells me the stories of outside

He always leaves half of his food for me

I know my parents love me too

And I do love them.

By Masooma

Photo by Sarah Menzies/Afghan Cycles

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | They Do Love Me Too.

PEGIDA demos march for the ninth time in Dresden | News | DW.DE | 15.12.2014

However, on Monday, the group was met by counter-demonstrators from the group “Dresden for all,” who brought 9,000 people to the streets calling for more tolerance last week.

In a similar counter-protest on Sunday, around 15,000 people marched in a peaceful demonstration against xenophobia and right-wing extremism in the western German city of Cologne.

Associated movements

An associated protest under the name “BOGIDA” also took place in the western German city of Bonn on Monday evening. On their Facebook page, the group described the event a “peaceful evening stroll against Salafists in Bonn, the Islamization of the occident and misled refugee and immigrant policy in Germany.”

via PEGIDA demos march for the ninth time in Dresden | News | DW.DE | 15.12.2014.

Egypt – Kick a public trash bin and off to a military court you go?

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi recently issued a decree which expanded the jurisdiction of military courts to include anyone who attacks the state’s “vital” facilities.

Various human rights organisations condemned the law, including Human Rights Watch, which stated that the law gives military courts “the widest legal authority since the birth of Egypt’s modern republic in 1952”.

via 40 referred to military prosecution: FJP – Daily News Egypt.