Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani education advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, wowed a television audience earlier this week when she was asked how she would respond to the Taliban members who, last October, shot her in the head and neck as she was traveling from school.
Yousafzai was a guest on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" when she was asked how she would respond if she was attacked by the Taliban again. She was previously shot in the head in October 2012 after advocating the importance of female education in a BBC blog.
The brave young advocate told Stewart that although her initial reaction would be to fight back with force, such as hit the Taliban member with a shoe, she would ultimately choose to react peacefully so as to not repeat the cruel behavior inflicted upon her. more >>
WASHINGTON – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has declared that he will work tirelessly to free Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor jailed in Iran for his Christian faith.
In a speech Friday morning before a large crowd at the Values Voters Summit, Paul exclaimed that Americans, including himself and the federal government, should do their utmost to see that Abedini is freed.
"In Iran, American pastor Saeed Abedini is detained indefinitely, facing physical and psychological torture. They ask him to renounce his faith," said Paul. "I've introduced a resolution to the Senate that says and calls for and says we should do everything within our power, within our voice, from the White House, from the State Department, from our government to release Saeed Abedini." more >>
"Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first!"
That rallying cry was the conclusion of a speech before the U.N. General Assembly last July by Malala Yousafzai. But this was no ordinary call for better schools, of the kind that is heard with increasing regularity today in America.
Malala is the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012 for advocating the education of girls in her homeland. Thursday she won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov Prize for her courage. The world waits to see if, on Friday, October 11, she will also become a Nobel Peace Laureate, too. more >>
A Saudi preacher has received the sentence of eight years imprisonment and 800 lashes for the murder of his 5-year-old daughter, who he allegedly raped and severely beat to the point of death two years ago. The sentence has been blasted as lenient by activists in the country, who had campaigned for an appropriate sentence to be handed down in the run up to the case.
On Monday a judge found Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a preacher who often appears on television in Saudi Arabia, guilty of beating and torturing his 5-year-old daughter, Lama, to death back in 2011. Along with the sentence of eight years and 800 lashings, the judge also ruled that Ghamdi pay $270,000 in "blood money" to his ex-wife and the girl's mother, Syeda Mohammed Ali. The girl's mother had previously requested a payment of $2.7 million.
"The girl's mother ceded her original request to sentence the father to death," Mohammed Almadi of Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission told CNN recently. "She has since asked for the father to pay her blood money instead, which is her right in the Saudi legal system." Under Saudi law, because the mother accepted the "blood money" offer, she could no longer pursue a life sentence charge for her former husband. more >>
A Salvation Army church has been burned and four people were killed in Kenya's second largest city as Muslim youth took to the streets to protest the shooting death of a popular imam on Friday.
Muslims clashed with police in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, who fire back with gunshots and teargas to quell the three hour protest.
Sheikh Ibrahim Omar's death earlier this week, in combination with the Nairobi mall massacre two weeks ago that killed 67 people, have rekindled religious tensions between Muslims and Christians in the country. more >>
Al-Jazeera bought access to US public opinion when it purchased Current TV from Al Gore, but it faces stiff competition from CNN when it comes to misleading viewers about the Middle East. Over the last week, CNN has promoted a biased, re-branded image of the Iranian regime on at least three major programs.
CNN's positive spin on Iran is collectively staggering. Did the Iranian regime secure such favorable coverage with payments? Or was CNN just so inept and/or biased that it inadvertently promoted the Iranian regime at every opportunity? Consider each program.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR more >>