Libyan Woman Says She Was Raped By Qaddafi’s Men, Is Detained At Gunpoint By Government Forces

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On Saturday, Libyan woman Eman al-Obeidy walked into a hotel in Tripoli, Libya, populated by foreign journalists in order to let the world know that Col. Moammar Qaddafi’s military forces had beaten and raped her. What followed was a violent scuffle, as al-Obeidy was forcibly removed by Qaddafi’s men, despite the protests and protections of international media. It was a violent and graphic reminder that women and girls often face specific and harrowing abuse in times of war and conflict.

According to reports, al-Obeidy barged into the breakfast room at the Hotel Rixos, where journalists had been staying at the behest of Qaddafi’s regime, and breathlessly told members of the media that she had been repeatedly raped and violated by 15 of Qaddafi’s men. “They say that we are all Libyans and we are one people,” she said. “But look at what the Qaddafi men did to me,” pointing to a bruise on her face, a scar on her thy and scratch marks on her leg. “I was tied up, and they defecated and urinated on me. They violated my honor.” Al-Obeidy stressed that the real story of the struggle in Libya wasn’t being told. “There is no media coverage outside,” she said. “They swore at me and they filmed me. I was alone. There was whiskey. I was tied up. I am not scared of anything. I will be locked up immediately after this.” She added: “Look at my face. Look at my back.”
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Okay, maybe not big or fat, but the dance community is certainly unhappy with Portman, as the latest issue of Dance Magazine contains allegations from Portman’s dancing double on “Black Swan” that Portman didn’t actually do the legwork in her Oscar winning performance.

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Kristen Schaal Makes Us Wanna Play Video Games

 

Commercials are usually those things I fast-forward through on the DVR because they’re loud and try to get me to buy things I don’t need. However, every once in a while, there is one I love. Take, for example, this campaign for Sony Ericsson’s Experia Play smart phone, starring Kristen Schaal, totally cracks me up as Mel, the lone fan slash stalker on “Flight of the Conchords.” Message to companies: include awesome female comics in your ads, and I will consider purchasing your stuff.

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In Death, Elizabeth Taylor Reveals James Dean’s Dark Secret

Elizabeth Taylor knew a painful secret about close friend James Dean—but, in a 1997 interview with Kevin Sessums, she asked the journalist not to reveal it until after her death. In a column for the Daily Beast, Sessums recalls that interview for POZ, a magazine dedicated to AIDS activism. “I loved Jimmy,” she said of her co-star and friend. “I’m going to tell you something, but it’s off the record until I die. OK? When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister.”

“I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did,” she continued. “We talked about it a lot. During Giant we’d stay up nights and talk and talk, and that was one of the things he confessed to me.” Read more… Keep reading »

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