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Many Rescued from Boko Haram: Chibok Girls? Not Yet May 24, 2015

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While there has been bad news in the past couple days about two successful offensives by ISIL (Islamic State) fighters in Ramadi, Iraq, and in Palmyra, Syria, over the past several weeks there has been good news coming from Africa, where Nigerian and Cameroonian army operations are continuing against Boko Haram hideouts in the Sambisa Forest. Allied army raids on camps in the Sambisa have liberated hundreds of women and children that were held captive by Boko Haram.

Not yet rescued are the 250 plus Chibok schoolgirls.

It was over a month ago that the one year anniversary was observed of the day that over 250 Chibok, Nigeria schoolgirls were taken as hostages by Boko Haram (a group whose name means Western education is evil).

There is an excellent New York Times graphic report you’ll want to have a look at, Boko Haram: The Other Islamic State.

And we leave you with recent words from POTUS and FLOTUS, Barak and Michelle Obama, about the Chibok girls:

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Mass Rape in North Darfur February 26, 2015

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NorthDarfurGeorge Clooney wrote an editorial, published in today’s New York Times, in which he notes that “The torture rapes in Tabit  (in North Darfur) are a reminder to the world that the same conditions that led to the United States’ declaration of genocide in Darfur are still firmly in place, with devastating human consequences. We must not forget the survivors, and we must impose deterrent costs on the orchestrators and their enablers.”

Human Rights Watch has the complete report about this horror. And the important work being done by George Clooney can be investigated further at the Satellite Sentinel organization.

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Some Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram seen alive and cooking February 16, 2015

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A BBC correspondent spoke with a woman who escaped from Boko Haram last month who reported being held along with a group of 20-or-more of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram (which translates to mean “western education is evil”) ten months ago in April 2014. The small group of kidnapped schoolgirls who the witness saw are being forced to cook for their captors.

goddessesblog keeps updated on the latest news about the quest to save the Nigerian schoolgirls at #BringBackOurGirls

Another BBC correspondent in Nigeria reported recently on a schoolgirl, one of the few who escaped soon after the kidnapping. Her firsthand report can be watched at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30602380

Meanwhile, after a recent series of bombings by Boko Haram in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, come bombings in its northeasterly state capitals of Bauchi and Gombe. These states are neighboring Nigeria’s Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states, which are already under martial law due to the insurgency. And thousands to tens of thousands of Christians are now said to be at risk in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, due to a major Boko Haram assault there.

Boko Haram bombings have also taken place in Nigeria’s next-door neighbor Cameroon. And for the first time Boko Haram has targeted Chad, another neighbor of Nigeria. We suggest you use Google Earth or a similar map to check out the area, which includes the critical Lake Chad.

For more information, the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee has written a report, available free on Amazon, for a look into the scope of the Boko Haram threat:

http://www.amazon.com/BringBackOurGirls-Addressing-growing-threat-Haram-ebook/dp/B00LQASDV6/ref=sr_1_3_twi_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424126655&sr=8-3&keywords=%23BringBackOurGirls#reader_B00LQASDV6

Yazidi Girls Seized by ISIL Speak Out After Escape November 16, 2014

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The New York Times reports on the experiences of Yazidi girls who had been taken captive by ISIL and sold in Islamic State slave markets. Goddesses calls the kidnapping rapists who do this by the acronym ISIL rather than Isis, which is the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess.

The report in the New York Times tells the tales of five girls and women who recently escaped and agreed to be interviewed, and reveals that:

“The Islamic State itself has openly acknowledged its slavery industry. In an article last month in Dabiq, the group’s online English-language magazine, the Islamic State said it was reviving a custom justified under Shariah.

“One fifth of the slaves were transferred to the Islamic State’s authority to be divided as khums, a tax on war spoils, and the rest were divided among the fighters who participated in the Sinjar operation, the article said.

“Yazidis follow a religion influenced by a medley of faiths, including Zoroastrianism, one of Earth’s oldest monotheistic religions, founded by the Prophet Zoroaster in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago.

“The Islamic State regards them as devil-worshiping pagans.”

Egyptian Goddess Isis

Cleopatra considered herself to be the living incarnation of Isis, as did her priests. Here she is depicted dying after self administration of a poisonous snake bite.

Cleopatra considered herself to be the living incarnation of Isis, as did her priests. Here she is depicted dying after self administration of a poisonous snake bite.

WE encourage you to explore WE October 4, 2013

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There is a fantastic place to become far more familiar with women’s empowerment efforts globally.

It is the UN Women site featuring the United Nation’s Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Enough said. Here’s the link: http://weprinciples.org/

Easily offset your greenhouse gases at fun new site September 1, 2013

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The new istorecarbon website makes doing good by offsetting your greenhouse gas emissions sort of fun.  The website offers you their top 10 carbon dioxide sequestration choices, five each from both non-profit and for-profit organizations. The site also offers recommended links to simple carbon footprint calculators.

Sky-DeanAdamsCurtis“One of the coolest upcoming features, which is still being designed by our team, will be store your good deeds in your own vault,” the site’s creative director told us. He notes that the vault will serve “as a kind of personal or family holodeck for the storage of your good deeds in the form of carbon cubes, black carbon balls, and methane pyramids, as well as games you can play with them and designs you can make from them.”

The istorecarbon website also keep you updated about global carbon markets and has news about global efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

40 Lashes for Wearing Green Trousers? July 30, 2009

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A Nigerian woman, a former UN employee, is going to court to challenge her arrest on the charge of wearing green trousers. According to BBC World News, the woman was arrested along with a dozen other Nigerian women and accused of wearing indecent attire. The other women pleaded guilty and accepted twenty to fourty lashes each for the “crime” they were alleged to have committed.

The former UN employee is fighting back against the indecent attire law, which was crafted after adoption of the 2005 Nigerian constitution. Her defense includes detailed analysis about how the attire law goes against Islamic Sharia and even contradicts the constitution.

Stay tuned to goddesses blog to learn more about what happens in this case of the green trousers.

When you see Sophie June 27, 2009

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Anytime Hollywood or the publishing industry presents you with a character named Sophie, it is worth pondering a moment whether they are subtly directing your attention back into human prehistory. 

Sophia was the goddess of knowledge and wisdom for the Greeks. Her name comes to us most profoundly in our modern term used to describe discussions about life’s meaning and purpose “philosophy.”  Philo = loving, sophy = Sophie or Sophia, so the the term literally means loving the goddess of knowledge. 

Recall the main female character in Dan Brown and Ron Howard’s “DaVinci Code” is named Sophie and remember who she turns out to be. Also note the title character’s name in the popular novel “Sophie’s World” assigned by many teachers and professors to introduce philosophy and a staple on many summer reading lists.

And then there’s “Mamma Mia.” It starts with Sophie inviting her three possible fathers to her wedding on a Greek island. “Her name is Sophia in Greek,” explains one of the men. Before long their are three maidens, Sophie and her two bridesmaids, cavorting about the island with the Queen of All Actresses Meryl Streep. There’s a dance around a dolphin mosaic from the ancient goddess-centered Minoan civilization and upon which Sophie faints.

Before “Mamma Mia” is over, Sophie, dressed as a prehistoric Greek maiden, has gained the wisdom not to get married at twenty, deciding to get off the island and travel with her boyfriend, who also significantly is named Sky. And we’ve also witnessed a water volcano erupt from the dolphin mosaic in what might be taken as a reference to the massive volanic eruption that blew up 99 percent of ancient Thera (Santorini), destroying much of the ancient goddess civilization that thrived on the islands of the the Aegean Sea.

Along the way, Meryl Streep has led the island’s women on a romp through olive groves onto the beach to the tune “Dancing Queen.” Coincidence? You be the judge. At the end of “Mamma Mia” we learn that Sophie  has been left a pile of money that she uses to save her mother’s hotel. Meryl explains that the old lady who her character had looked after when she was came to the island as a young woman was a great aunt, whose name, perhaps you guessed it or recall it, was Sophie.

a success for any woman is… June 27, 2009

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A female architect in Turkey has designed a mosque that has now been completed and is open. The architect’s name is Zeynep Fadioluog (or Fadillioglu). She had previously designed trendy bars and restaurants. While Turkey is a secular country, it is still very patriarchal. “A success for any woman is a success for us all,” said a young woman quoted in a BBC World News story about Zeynep and the mosque on 04-16-09.

Also: http://islamicunitstudies.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/turkey-the-mosque-architect/