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Combating Boko Haram in Cameroon October 14, 2015

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African nations in coalition with the U.S. against Boko Haram.

A million and a half children, along with their mothers, have been displaced by Boko Haram in Cameroon, Nigeria, and neighboring African states. And Boko Haram is still holding the 250 plus Chibok, Nigeria schoolgirls.

But Boko Haram, the Islamist, ISIS-allied rebel group, now has big worries. In addition to being pushed out of their northeast Nigerian jungle hideouts by Nigerian government and Cameroonian troops recently, they are now facing a regional multinational task force made up of soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Benin, Niger and Nigeria.

In addition, The New York Times reports (at the link below) that President Obama has already sent 90 of an eventual 300 armed U.S. troops to Cameroon to offer non-combat support, including unarmed Predator drones to the multinational African force.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/world/africa/obama-orders-300-troops-to-cameroon-to-support-fight-against-boko-haram.html?hpw&rref=world&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State… October 4, 2015

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The title of this blog entry shares the words the National Rifle Association of the U.S. has paid countless millions to make sure you never hear or read, and definitely never consider. These words: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…” are the first half of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The words “well regulated” give you your first clue as to why the NRA has spent its millions to misdirect you from the truth of the Second Amendment, namely that it is actually a gun control amendment. Throughout U.S. history it has served this purpose.

You, like every commentator on TV these days, may have forgotten the first half of the Second Amendment due to the NRA misdirection campaign, as nobody ever cites these words in gun control debates. They should start.

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And if you think the second half of the Second Amendment is actually as clear cut as the Congress-buying NRA would like you to think it is, think again.

If you stand with President Obama and can’t stand this repetitious and totally preventable cycle of extreme violence, and if you sit appalled at the grotesque response of Republican presidential candidates (“These things happen” and “They always will”), then hopefully you will join the movement goddesses.com is launching with this post, which is this:

Remember to tell everyone with whom you discuss gun control these, our opening and concluding words, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”

Rape of the Yazidis August 14, 2015

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Among the horrors happening within the Islamic State, is the enslavement and rape of Yazidi girls and women, revealed in a must-read New York Times report by Rukmini Callimachi, available at the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/world/middleeast/isis-enshrines-a-theology-of-rape.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

The Times reports that “systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was reviving slavery as an institution.”

Further, the Times report notes that, “The youngest, prettiest women and girls were bought in the first weeks after their capture. Others — especially older, married women — described how they were transported from location to location, spending months in the equivalent of human holding pens, until a prospective buyer bid on them.”

The Times continues, “Their captors appeared to have a system in place, replete with its own methodology of inventorying the women, as well as their own lexicon. Women and girls were referred to as ‘Sabaya [Slave],’ followed by their name. Some were bought by wholesalers, who photographed and gave them numbers, to advertise them to potential buyers.”

Like a Sister and a Beautiful Mother June 22, 2015

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Praise for Pope Francis, who last week in his landmark document on the environment and climate change channeled Saint Francis of Assisi to remind us all that “our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.”20150228_172550

Pope Francis continued the introduction to his “encyclical” with the following words. “This sister now cries out to us because of
the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail.”

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.