Grin and bear it

This is a nice from of protest. A Swedish advertising firm organised a Teddy Bear battalion of 1,000 bears to parachute into Belarus holding signs calling for freedom of speech and human rights.

The two protesters who carried out the stunt flew a small plane across the Lithuanian border, dropping some bears on the town of Ivianiec and the rest over southern Minsk before fleeing across the boarder again.

 

Two senior officials, the country’s top border control official and the top air force commander were fired over the incident.

And one Swedish advertising firm generated some pretty good publicity.

 

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Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei will for the first time send women to the Olympic Games.

This means for the first time in the history of the games, female athletes will represent every country.

The International Olympic Committee and human-rights groups have been pressuring the countries to enter women to the games. And it worked.

It’s great news for the Athletes and I was delighted to read it this morning in TheJournal.ie. I was however shocked and disappointed to see the volume of sexist comments following the article.

It’s quite disappointing, generally the readership is very progressive and liberal in their views, which I stated in the comments and was replied with:

“…I’d say most fellas are just having a bit of a laugh….I wouldn’t get too hung up on it!…”   – Eimear Smith

Thanks Eimear, I never thought of it like that! Sure, if it’s just for a bit of a laugh…

This is my abortion

We’ve all seen the protesters; the banners, placards and pictures of all too often, still born babies or fetuses with severe birth defects deeming them not compatible with life. They do of course have the odd fetus too.

The lengths of term can often be so off, they can only be intentional lies.I’ve seen an anti-abortion poster of a near fully formed fetus with the caption stating it was 6 weeks.

These are to convince us of the messy, disgusting, disturbing and murderous action of abortions. Enter Jane.

“Recently, I had an abortion.

Lining the street in front of the clinic were a dozen or so protesters. They held up large banners with anti-abortion slogans, religious iconography, and images of dead babies.

Just past the bulletproof security doors, the graphic nature of that imagery haunted me in the waiting room. What would my abortion look like? I decided to secretly document my abortion with my cell phone.

At 6 weeks of pregnancy, my abortion looked very different than the images I saw when I entered the clinic that day.”

You should go to the site and check out the comments, too.

 

 

Update on Najiba’s story

I blogged about Najiba yesterday, the 22 year old Afghan woman killed by a group of three men in front of a crowd of 150 cheering men.

Two of the men responsible have themselves been captured and killed in the intervening time.

It’s not real justice of course, Najiba’s murder cannot be justified. But these men should have been apprehended and put trial in a court of law, to show Afghanistan nation, men cannot simply sit a woman in a ditch chat for an hour and put 11 bullets in her.

Not for Allah, not for Islam and not for their pride.

I’m worried this swift justice to a kangaroo court will be, all to quickly be forgotten.