Rep. Issa to investigate? Gunmen kill Libya military police chief in Benghazi | News | DW.DE | 18.10.2013

Unidentified assailants gunned down Libya\’s military police chief outside of his home in Benghazi on Friday, according to Libyan security officials. Colonel Ahmed Mostafa el-Barghathy was reportedly heading to mosque to attend Friday prayers when he killed.

\”Several shots hit Ahmed [Mostafa] el-Barghathy. He was brought to hospital but later died there,\” a security source told the news agency Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

El-Barghathy was one of the first members of the military to take up arms against Moammar Gadhafi in the 2011 uprising.

The latest attack comes roughly a week after the kidnapping of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who was later released unharmed, and attacks on several consulates since this summer. Benghazi was also the site of the high-profile killing of the US ambassador Chris Stevens last year.

via Gunmen kill Libya military police chief in Benghazi | News | DW.DE | 18.10.2013.

Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Borinqueneers Now

Repeating Islands


Gretchen Sierra-Zorita argues for the support the Congressional Gold Medal for the 65th Infantry Regiment Borinqueneers:

Roughly 60 years ago, 91 soldiers from Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, were court-martialed and sentenced for desertion and disobedience during the Korean War (1950-1953). Puerto Ricans at home were shocked by the news. This regiment had a “brilliant record of heroism in battle,” according to General Douglas McArthur. Congress, the Puerto Rican government, and the press demanded an investigation. The U.S. Army backed down, attributed the breakdown to a language barrier and overturned all sentences. But the Army did not fix the damage undeservedly done to the regiment’s overall reputation.

Most court-martialed soldiers continued to serve in the U.S. Army. The Borinqueneers would have been forgotten after the war but for dedicated individuals and organizations who want Congress to honor the regiment with the Congressional Gold Medal. To…

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We’re not just paying for British Gas directors’ bonuses. It’s £3.5bn to shareholders too.

Interest never goes down in Toryland!

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

Not surprisingly a lot of people are feeling pretty annoyed at yet another massive price hike for domestic consumers by an energy company just before winter.

British Gas have announced price rises of an average 9.2% on domestic bills – presumably to help cover the tens of millions they have to pay out in bonuses to their senior directors.

But tens of millions is peanuts compared to the £3.5bn British Gas parent company Centrica has paid out to its shareholders in dividends over the last 5 years.

That’s £3.5bn the company would now have in its coffers if it hadn’t been privatised.

Enough to not only avoid price rises – but to substantially cut domestic energy bills just before winter too I would have thought.


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Guest post: Of Maria Kang, motherhood, and fitspiration

Fit and Feminist

This guest post is written by my dear friend Suzanne Best, whose passionate reaction to this story provoked a lot of heated conversation in the blog’s Facebook page earlier this week  I asked her to write something for the blog, and she produced this beautiful essay about her experiences as a new mother and a runner.  I am so honored to be publishing this on the blog, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. Let her know what you think in the comments below. 

Let’s talk about excuses. If you’ve just started on a fitness journey, like I have, memes are everywhere. They rule fitness blogs, Twitter accounts, memes… you name it.

And most of them bring the same message to their readers.

No. Excuses.

“Excuses are useless. Results are priceless.”

“You can have results or excuses; never both.”

And, of course, this:

"What's your excuse?"

This picture…

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Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Our Future

Our Future

October 17, 2013 Leave a Comment

Will you vote for a killer,

thieves, and smugglers?

He who closed schools, forced

the burqa, publicly stoned

women in public—joyfully.

He brought suicides to schools,

mosques, hospitals, and parks.

He never went to school,

never learned Sia ra az

Safeed jeda karda nametana.

He fired rockets, killed

our children.

Instead of sending him to jail,

will you send him flowers

to congratulate him as he takes

the office of president or minister?

How can a mullah—

a warlord—be president?

Isn’t it a crime against society

to listen to them? Isn’t it

dishonesty to vote for them?

There will be no future

for our country

with such people.

By Anonymous

“Sia ra az safeed jeda karda nametana” is a saying that means he doesn’t understand the difference between black and white.

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, a former warlord with ties to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups, is a 2014 Afghan presidential candidate. Photo by Reuters/Ahmad Masood.

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Our Future.

Sikh wearing kirpan not allowed in bus in U.S. – The Hindu

It it had been a blue-eyed, blond kid in hunting gear with a knife on his belt – I doubt anything would have been said and besides it is not against any law in Cali.

A Sikh student in California, U.S., was not allowed to board a bus after the driver objected to his wearing a ceremonial knife (or kirpan) and called the police.

Harsimran Singh, a student of the University of California in Davis, said he has travelled for the last two years with the kirpan in full view and did not face any issues until Saturday morning. “They do not say anything. They always wish me safe travels, and they continue on with their business; they did not see me as a potential threat,” Mr. Singh was quoted as saying by CBS news on Wednesday.

via Sikh wearing kirpan not allowed in bus in U.S. – The Hindu.

Mali’s fight with militants is far from over | World news | The Guardian

At one end of Gao\’s Independence Square, a group of tall, lean youths are dribbling basketballs in the relative cool of the desert dusk. All wear shorts and vests, emblazoned with logos.

They are playing metres away from the site where, only a year ago, Islamist extremists who controlled this part of northern Mali carried out amputations and lashings for what they said were breaches of sharia law.

\”What they did right here was unbelievable, it was terrifying,\” says Konesse, 11, standing in line to shoot hoops, wearing a matching dark blue and lime green vest and knee-length shorts, with the words \”Real Madrid\” running down her leg. \”During the occupation, boys could still play sport, but we girls couldn\’t.\”

Konesse speaks of one girl, 15, who was arrested, drugged and raped by the Islamists when she went to the market alone, and has since fled to Bamako where she remains too scared to return to her hometown.

Since the militants fled in January, girls such as Konesse have been able to return to the freedom to which they are accustomed. But Konesse says she cannot support forgiveness or negotiation with any of those who turned her life, and the lives of her family and neighbours, upside down.

\”They ruined our town, they raped our sisters, destroyed our houses, and beat our mothers,\” says Konesse. \”We will never let them come back.\”

via Mali’s fight with militants is far from over | World news | The Guardian.

Eurosurveillance – View Article

We here report of a patient who had been hospitalised in Egypt for appendicitis in July 2013, and was colonised with various multiresistant Enterobacteriaceae including strains producing NDM-1, oxacillinase-48 (OXA-48) and extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL). Explorative screening for multiresistant microorganisms among the patient’s family members also yielded several ESBL-producing microorganisms. This report addresses the need for heightened awareness of patients and family members who have recently been exposed to healthcare environments in countries with high levels of antibiotic resistance.

Patients repatriated after hospitalisation abroad are a risk for introducing multiresistant microorganisms into hospitals in their home countries. In 2008, New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM), which hydrolyses last-line carbapenem antibiotics, has been for the first time described in a Swedish patient returning from India [1]. Most reports on NDM are related to travellers returning from Pakistan and India. However, the global dispersal of NDM is of growing concern [2]. In the past two years, NDM-producing strains have been reported in patients returning from the African continent without obvious links to the Indian subcontinent [3,4].

via Eurosurveillance – View Article.

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