Graffiti on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Cairo, Egypt, depicting a woman fighting against sexual harassment. (c) Amnesty International
Ahmed Ezz, a mechanical engineer, talks about his voluntary work with Operation Anti-Sexual Harrassment/Assault (OpAntiSH), an activist organization based in Cairo, Egypt, known for intervening in sexual assaults by mobs in Tahrir Square.
When people find out that a woman has been sexually harassed and assaulted, their first reaction is “what was she wearing?”. They always lay the blame on the women themselves. I’ve witnessed this so many times.
It is not safe at all in Cairo for women and girls. Their freedom of movement is constantly constrained. Some avoid using the metro, and spend more money on taking taxis or multiple buses, simply to minimize the risk of harassment and assault. If women and girls complain about sexual harassment, people around them just try to calm them down, belittle their concerns or accuse them of unjustly pointing the fingers at harassers.
From the Washington Post:
Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) was seriously injured early Tuesday in an assault at his house in Bath County, west of Charlottesville. A second person inside the home was found dead, according to Virginia State Police.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Deeds was stabbed and critically injured and that the dead person is his son, Gus, who suffered a gunshot wound. The Washington Post could not confirm that Deeds’s son was the deceased victim.
Creigh Deeds was a gubernatorial Democratic candidate in 2009.
And an update:
BREAKING NEWS update, 12:14 p.m.: Virginia State Police said Sen. R. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times and seriously injured at his home early Tuesday morning. His son, 24-year-old Gus Deeds, was fatally shot. Police are not searching for any suspects. This story will update shortly.
Let’s hope that “not searching for any suspects” is a typo.
The tragic murders at a Jewish day school in Toulouse, France, are the most significant anti-Semitic attack in Europe in recent years [AFP]
A report by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has shown that anti-Semitism has got worse across Europe over the past five years, facilitated by social media and file-sharing websites.
The report, which was released on Friday, was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in Nazi Germany.
Based on a poll of European Jews, the study has found that more than three-quarters of those questioned believe anti-Semitism is on the rise in their home countries and close to one-third have considered emigrating because they do not feel safe.
Update 9:42 am
Curious Lurker provided a link to The European Union Agency For Fundamental Rights Press briefing on this for anyone who would like more information on the problem.
A 21-year-old Utah man indicted last week on gun and hate crime charges in a synagogue attack is a prolific participant in online white supremacist forums.
A federal grand jury indicted Macon Michael Openshaw on Wednesday with intentionally shooting at Congregation Kol Ami Synagogue in Salt Lake City sometime between Jan. 1, 2012, and April 30, 2012.
The indictment accuses Openshaw of firing several rounds at the synagogue, breaking windows and causing other damage in a crime that federal prosecutors say was motivated by hatred.
The video is disturbing, but prosecuting the bus driver is foolish. We can’t prosecute people for not intervening. He stopped the bus and called authorities. If he had tried to intervene, he may have become severely injured or killed, and/or the three young men may have been able to commandeer the bus.
The strange thing about celebrity scandals like the recent Paula Deen racism controversy is how inconsistent we are with our outrage. We forever remember Michael Richards for screaming racial slurs, and Charlie Sheen will always be a punchline, but the vast majority of the world has forgotten that …
Spoiler: In order, this list includes Jimmy Page, Vince Neil, Sean Penn, Charles Dickens, and Eric Clapton.
“We see cases like this all the time, all over the city and all over the state,” said Rick Garcia, policy director at The Civil Rights Agenda. “It shows that animosity toward lesbian and gay people is just below the surface. We think we’ve made such big gains, but right below the surface we see this animosity and violence.”
The women were beaten Saturday, clutching each other as they were pinned against a car by about 10 men who taunted them for being gay and took turns punching and kicking them on the dark street, one of the victims said.
“It was punches, kicks, everything being thrown at us,” said the woman, who is 23. “We just held each other until somebody said, ‘Here come the police.’”
Police have labeled the attack a hate crime, and one man has been charged. Other suspects in the attack are being sought.
A study by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found 2,016 reports of violence in 2012 against LGBT people and people affected by HIV. The report also found that LGBT people of minority races are nearly twice as likely to be victims of violence as their white counterparts.
In her red cotton summer dress, necklace and white bag slung over her shoulder she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party; but before her crouches a masked policeman firing teargas spray that sends her long hair billowing upwards.
Endlessly shared on social media and replicated as a cartoon on posters and stickers, the image of the woman in red has become the leitmotif for female protesters during days of violent anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul.
“That photo encapsulates the essence of this protest,” says math student Esra at Besiktas, near the Bosphorus strait and one of the centres of this week’s protests. “The violence of the police against peaceful protesters, people just trying to protect themselves and what they value.”
In one graphic copy plastered on walls the woman appears much bigger than the policeman. “The more you spray the bigger we get”, reads the slogan next to it.
The United States and the European Union as well as human rights groups have expressed concern about the heavy-handed action of Turkish police against protesters.
Muslims and Buddhists clashed in Myanmar’s northern city of Lashio on Tuesday, witnesses said, as a wave of sectarian violence reached a mountainous region near China’s border.
Phone lines were down in the city of about 131,000 people and the extent of the violence was unclear. Witnesses reported several large fires and said a mosque and Buddhist monastery appear to have been torched.
The violence followed unrest between Muslims and Buddhists in other parts of Myanmar over the past year, including fighting in the central city of Meikhtila in March that killed at least 44 people, mostly Muslims, and razed several Muslim neighborhoods. About 12,000 people lost their homes.
Lashio, capital of Shan State, had been spared from the religious unrest. Known for its strong Chinese influence, it is about 190 km (120 miles) from Muse, a city on China’s border.
Hajji Aung Lwin, a Muslim man from a village on the outskirts of Lashio, said the fighting appeared to have begun after a violent quarrel between a Muslim man and a Buddhist woman who worked at a petrol station.
Several residents said the man doused the woman in fuel and set her on fire. After police detained the man, local Buddhists surrounded the police station and demanded he be handed over, said Aung.