Queen Rania calls for unity against terrorismGulfNews.com
Jordan’s Queen Rania delivered the comments above and many more, via satellite to the Government Summit in Dubai on Monday, February 2009. Queen Rania was originally scheduled to attend the conference but has remained in Jordan as her husband King Abdullah moves to lead Jordan’s attacks on ISIS over the death of Jordanian pilot Captain Muath Al Kasaesbeh.
Discussions on the future role of governments in this summit could not have come at a more pressing time, said Queen Rania. “We need to act. We are in a race against time to adopt policies and address the priorities which confront us today — most importantly to eliminate the ideology of hate and terrorism.”
She emphasised the need to change education policies in the Arab world to ensure quality education that instils true values of religion, patriotism, coexistence and hard work in the new generations.
To capitalise on the full potential of countries in the Arab world, new policies that foster talent and innovation should be adopted to guarantee enough job opportunities for youth to enter the labour market, said Queen Rania.
Policies should ensure the fair participation of all members of society, women and men, from all ethnic and religious groups, she said.
Many Americans were surprised to learn that the UAE had grounded its military strikes against ISIL/ISIS after the capture of Jordan’s pilot Captain Muath Al Kasaesbeh, unsatisfied with America’s sufficient rescue support systems in the region. The US military rejects the idea that changes were made in response to the UAE action — arguing that rescue support plans were being reshuffled anyway.
The UAE squadron of war planes is striking ISIS targets from Jordan, where they will remain. We currently can’t confirm if Mariam al-Mansouri, who previously led the United Arab Emirates fighter jets attacking ISIL/ISIS is in the new squadron.
Anne’s Homes in the Heart of Terrorism
I moved to 90 West Street from Jersey City in 2005, wanting to live close to the rebirth of the World Trade Center Area. The events of September 11 had affected me deeply, standing at a municipal building in Jersey City watching the Towers fell. Three of the terrorists lived a few blocks from me, although my beautiful loft was an oasis of its own and I didn’t interact a lot with my community.
My heart was very heavy on September 11, 2001 as I gasped at what was happening. Many people cheered when the World Trade Center towers fell. They weren’t terrorists — at least I doubt it — but the moment was one of understanding just how complex life had become in America. This complexity has only become more difficult in America and globally in the last decade and a half.
Angelina Jolie Strikes Twice Today
AOC founding muse Angelina Jolie is pictured above at the June 2014 London summit devoted to sexual violence — primarily against women — in war. Angelina embraced Congo campaigner Neema Namadamu, whose own daughter was attacked by a group of men close to home.
Jolie co-hosted the ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ summit in London with former British Foreign Secretary William Hague, her passionate partner in getting G8 nations to formally adopt a policy of treating rape as a war crime.
London Centre on Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics
Jolie, a special envoy of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, announced today the creation of a new center that will educate students about the participation of women in “conflict-related processes” and “on enhancing accountability and ending impunity for rape and sexual violence in war,” according to a press release from the London School of Economics.
The Centre is a collaboration among LSE, Mr Hague, Ms Jolie, and the UK Government. Angelina said:
“I am excited at the thought of all the students in years to come who will study in this new Centre. There is no stable future for a world in which crimes committed against women go unpunished. We need the next generation of educated youth with inquisitive minds and fresh energy, who are willing not only to sit in the classroom but to go out into the field and the courtrooms and to make a decisive difference.”
Brangelina Baby #7
Hollywood’s star couple haven’t confirmed rampant rumors that they have adopted a 7th child Moussa from a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey.
The two-year-old toddler reportedly captured Angelina’s heart a few weeks ago when she visited the camp in her role as United Nations Ambassador for refugees.
A charity workers said:
“When he saw she was wiping tears from her eyes he toddled up to her and gave her a hug and it was a very emotional moment and everyone was suddenly laughing and smiling.
“She kissed him on the top of his head and then they were basically inseparable for the rest of the visit.”
As always, Jolie touches directly and empathetically the people in these endless refugee camps strung around the world. This was her fifth visit to Iran. There are 3.3 million displaced people in Iraq, says UNHCR, with 2,1 million people uprooted in 2014 alone.
In Syria more than 3.8 million people have fled to neighboring countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, where 20% of the population is now Syrian refugees. Within Syrian borders another 7.6 million people have been displaced.
In Iraq, the UNHCR says it’s received only 53 percent of the $337million it needs for the crisis.
A Liberated Kobani
AOC shared the news a few days ago that Hebun Sinya, aka as Hebun Dêrik, prominent leader in the YPJ — the women-only offshoot of the Kurdish YPG group and about one-third of the forces fighting in Kobane — was killed in the final fight to push ISIS out of Kobani (Kobane).
Many readers — and the media at large — have been mesmerized by the bravery of the Kurdish women fighters. This tag introduces many of their AOC stories. The ‘60 Minutes’ Australia video introduces you to the sharp-shooting YPG.
‘60 Minutes’ Australia Kurdish Female Fighters