As a new report by the Muslim Women’s Network which suggests young girls from different ethnic backgrounds are too scared to report attacks for fear of bringing shame on their families, Rachel Jewkes, the Director of the South African Medical Research Council based in Pretoria and one of the authors of the survey that we are talking about, in an interview with the Voice of Russia commented on the survey’s results and on measures to be taken to make women feel safer and "to hold men more accountable".
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The U.N. food agency says one-third of all food produced in the world gets wasted, amounting to a loss of $750 billion a year. The Rome-based Food and Agricultural Organization said in a report Wednesday that food in developing countries is wasted mostly due to poor harvesting techniques, while in high-income areas the primary cause of waste is careless consumer behavior. The report said food waste hurts the environment by causing unnecessary carbon emissions, extra water consumption and the reduction of biodiversity as farming takes over more land. The most serious areas of waste are of cereals in Asia and meat in wealthy regions and Latin America. FAO stressed the importance of raising awareness among consumers.
Spies resorting to underhand tactics is nothing new but sneaking in smartphones to cheat in an exam is pushing it a bit too far.
THE study report that 64 per cent of women between 20 and 24 years of age were victims of child marriage is disquieting. The figure palpably demonstrates how the evil practice continues despite all the laws and efforts at various levels to combat it. The survey conducted by Plan International, Bangladesh and ICDDR, B, further shows that the malaise is widespread in the rural areas. There 86 per cent of women were subjected to marriage in their childhood to fulfil the wishes of their parents. Patriarchy, reinforced by poverty, illiteracy, absence of awareness and lack of law enforcement only provided a fertile ground on which the practice thrived. In addition, negative social mindset, discriminatory treatment towards a female child, and hostile social environment lead to marrying them off at an early age. There is also a perception of the female child being a burden on families, particularly in the rural areas. All this necessitates the involvement of the community in fighting social prejudice side by side with the rights and advocacy groups lending a hand in putting a lid on child marriage. Education, and more intensive campaign by the government and different stakeholders, should play a complementary role for the work on the ground.
http://www.investigativeproject.org/A survivor of a 1971 Islamist killing spree in Bangladesh tearfully told a war crimes tribunal Monday that he saw a man who would go on to lead the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) giving orders during the kidnapping, torture and murder of intellectuals. Delwar Hossain, 70, provided a dramatic eyewitness account against Ashrafuzzaman Khan, who remains on the executive board of ICNA's New York chapter and is a leader of the North American Imams Federation. Prosecutors allege that Khan was the "chief executor" of a killing squad loyal to the Pakistani army during the closing days of Bangladesh's war of independence. It targeted intellectuals to rob the newly-liberated nation of leadership. Khan and prominent U.K. imam Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin are being tried in absentia. Court-appointed defense attorneys are cross examining witnesses. Hossain, the 22nd witness against Khan, is considered the only survivor of the attacks. He said that he saw Khan and Mueen-Uddin when he was kidnapped and heard them address each other by name. Later, he heard another captive beg for Khan to spare his as the bound and blindfolded prisoners were stabbed with bayonets. Khan walked away, Hossain testified. Hossain was able to free his hands and adjust his blindfold to see what was happening around him. He said he soaked his shirt in another victim's blood in hopes of fooling his captors into believing he already had been tortured. He showed the war crimes tribunal a scar on his head from the beatings he endured that day. He took off running and made his escape swimming in the nearby river as gunmen fired at him. "I was adamant to be killed by shooting. I did not want to be killed by bayonets," Hossain said. Hossain identified several other victims he saw at the killing site. Most of the other witnesses against Khan and Mueen-Uddin have been their surviving relatives, who have testified about seeing their loved ones taken away at gunpoint similar to what Hossain described. "I witnessed the killings from the beginning to the end," Hossain testified. "Ashraf [Khan] and Mueen [Uddin] led the killings." It is not clear what the United States would do about Khan, a naturalized citizen, if he is convicted. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly offered to assist Bangladesh's government in trying to repatriate Khan.
http://www.rferl.org/A portrait of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai will go on display on September 11 at Britain's National Portrait Gallery in London.
Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pays homage to the Father of the Nation‚ Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, on his 65th death anniversary on Wednesday.
By MARC SANTORA and ARIEL KAMINER Michael Ollis was not even in high school when terrorists slammed jetliners into the World Trade Center towers. This summer, 12 years later, he was serving his third combat tour with the United States Army when insurgents attacked his base in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Ollis, 24, a Staten Island native, was killed. He was one of 92 New Yorkers who enlisted after 9/11 and died in battles that were spawned in the smoldering rubble of ground zero. As the families of those killed on 9/11 gathered on Wednesday morning in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia to mark the anniversary of the attacks, Sergeant Ollis’s death, one of thousands during a decade of war, offered a reminder that the costs of what happened 12 years ago are still being borne across the globe. And with the nation once again in the midst of a debate about America’s role in the world and the wisdom of launching military strikes, the memorial ceremonies offered not just an occasion to pay tribute, but a moment to take stock. Edwin Aviles, 41, who lives in Brooklyn and was working near ground zero just before the memorial Wednesday, said time had done little to ease his sense that there are enemies looking to harm New York. “I don’t think anything has changed,” he said. “Just like then, just like now we got to stay on point. Got to stay on top of everyone else. Anything can happen at any given moment.” Others noted that it was on the anniversary last year that the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked and Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others were killed. On Wednesday morning, a car bomb exploded outside the Libyan foreign ministry in Benghazi, causing no casualties, according to state media, but offering a reminder that the day holds significance for extremists as well. But in New York, the anniversary itself now has taken on the familiarity of routine. Bruni Sandoval has come each year to remember her friend, Nereida De Jesus. “It helps a little,” she said. Families began to gather quietly between the reflecting pools, the rush of water and the distant sounds of bagpipes the only sounds rising above the crowd. The ceremony at ground zero was to begin with bagpipers and drummers; the Brooklyn Youth Chorus was to perform the national anthem. At 8:46 a.m., when the first plane struck the north tower, a moment of silence was scheduled before the reading of the names. At 9:03, a second moment of silence will mark the moment a second plane hit the south tower. There would be four more moments of silence interrupting the reading of the names -- twice to mark the time when each tower fell and to mark the moments of the attacks on the Pentagon and on Flight 93, which crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The ceremony will also be the last over which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presides. Elected to office just weeks after the attacks, Mr. Bloomberg has taken a forceful role in shaping New York’s efforts both to honor its dead and to rebuild ground zero. He will continue to play a role, in his capacity as the chairman of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum foundation. But next year his place will be occupied by one of the winners of the mayoral primary held Tuesday. Twelve years ago, when Mayor Bloomberg first ascended a podium that was hastily constructed overseeing a vast pit of rubble, there was a moment of seeming national unity and moral clarity. But that clarity long since eroded in the sands outside Fallujah and the ancient alleyways of Baghdad. As President Obama, who was elected on a promise to disentangle the country from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has tried to rally a war-weary nation to support a possible military intervention in Syria, he has been met with resistance. Meanwhile, Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian leader who the Obama administration contends used chemical weapons to kill his own people, invoked the memory of 9/11 in warning against an attack on his country. Such a strike, he told the broadcaster Charlie Rose, would help “the same people that killed Americans on the 11th of September.” Closer to home, the politics of 9/11 re-emerged as a campaign issue hours before primary voters went to cast their ballots on Tuesday, when Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly blasted the field of candidates for not taking the threat seriously. “The analysis of the Police Department, the intelligence community, our recent experience tells us that New York remains squarely in the cross hairs of global terrorism,” he said. “This is a time for vigilance, not complacency.” In Lower Manhattan, healing the physical scars of the attack has been slow but progress is now evident. The wildly over-optimistic promises of a decade ago are starting to take shape, even if they are still under construction. In the past year, the city celebrated the topping off 1 World Trade Center, its spire rising 1776 feet. Meredith Feiner, 28, who works in Lower Manhattan, said she was proud to see the new building rising, the construction cranes towering overhead. “It never would have had to be rebuilt if something terrible had not happened,” she said. Work on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, designed by Santiago Calatrava of Spain, has finally moved above ground, offering the public a glimpse at the grand design soon to be completed. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum remains on track to open next spring. Once the museum opens, the annual anniversary will no longer bear the main weight of remembrance, either for New Yorkers or for the millions who visit the city. By next Sept. 11, the museum devoted to memorializing the attacks and their aftermath will open to the public. Still a vast subterranean construction site, a series of chambers as vast and as hermetic as a pharaoh’s tomb, the museum will eventually offer an array of historical exhibits, personal tributes and archaeological artifacts. Last week the last of the large-scale artifacts – like a burned-out fire truck and a 36-foot-tall steel column from the south tower – were fitted into place.