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If ever a wire photo deserved thought bubbles, it’s this one… Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates — Ashraf Ghani (middle) and Abdullah Abdullah (right) have been battling it out since June over who gets to succeed Karzai. (Who wouldn’t want that job?) They have finally signed an agreement for a unity government in which Ghani will be president and Abdullah his chief executive. This picture of the two of them with Secretary Kerry is from back on August 8th while negotiations were ongoing. Your unity government, ladies and gentlemen.
(HT Don Gomez)
"Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too."
Men, step up.
But also please remember:
— Kelley Temple, National Union of Students UK Women’s Officer
So many lost opportunities for incorporating Cage into batshit crazy MUN crisis simulations…
Other, more relevant UN Goodwill Ambassadors include Emma Watson, who just gave a phenomenal speech on feminism and men’s role in the fight for gender equality.
From the NYT:
Mr. Saakashvili tends to see a lot of things through the lens of democracy building. He calls the fashionable Cafe Mogador “my absolute favorite cafe, because it’s very democratic.” And while he complains about Williamsburg’s high cost of living (“I’m not poor poor, but it really bites”), the champion of free enterprise admires the social mobility of his new neighbors.
“They are hipsters,” he said.
When Zak Ebrahim was 7 years old, his father El Sayyid Nosair assassinated Meir Kahane, the militant ultra-orthodox anti-Arab rabbi who founded the Jewish Defense League.
Then, from prison, three years later, Nosair helped plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing — and was later convicted as one of the conspirators.
Nosair’s terrorist acts sent the family into a downward spiral—and for much of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about his identity. In fact, he changed his name to distance himself from his father.
His new memoir, The Terrorist’s Son, is about how he came to accept the truth about his father and seek out peace in his own life.
In today’s interview, Ebrahim talks about his father’s involvement with the 1993 WTC bombing and how that changed things:
"I believe that from his prison cell he would often get visitors and have phone calls with many of the men who would eventually be involved in the World Trade Center bombing and involved in planning the attack.
When my father first went to prison [for the assassination of Meir Kahane], although he had maintained his innocence, there were certain people who thought he had done what he had done, namely because Kahane was seen as a very evil figure in particular in the Muslim community. …
I suppose I thought to myself that even if he was guilty that that was some sort of justification. It wasn’t until after the World Trade Center that it was very apparent that innocent people were being attacked — that even as a child I knew that was wrong and that I couldn’t accept any excuse for that. It was also when I realized that our family would no longer ever be together again.”
Watch Ebrahim’s TED Talk, "I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace."
Fusion TV recently reported that 80% of Central American women and girls crossing the Mexican border to come to the United Stated are raped. This statistic is based on the reports of migrant shelter directors, though it is possible the number is even higher due to underreporting.
Amnesty International estimates that, overall, 60% of women are sexually assaulted while crossing the border. The UN…