Karim Wasfi, accomplished conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, has begun sharing music outside concert hall walls – these days, he plays at the sites of explosions in his hometown of Baghdad. He told NPR’s Morning Edition that he does this as a form of resistance:
“This was an action respecting the souls… More »
Gallup’s annual worldwide End Of Year survey interviewed over 64,000 people from 65 countries and asked them, among other things, whether they were happy with their lives. Despite how terribly world events played out in 2014, the world was 10 percent happier than in 2013, with 70 percent of participants reporting that they’re pleased with their… More »
Militants from ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State/ISIL (or whatever else you’d like to name the terrorist group that’s been wreaking havoc on Middle Eastern society and by proxy, much of the rest of the world), has kidnapped close to 7,000 Yazidi women and children within the past two months to be kept as slaves and forced… More »
This past week, 32-year-old mother of five Shaima Alawadi was found brutally beaten in her El Cajon, California, home, her head bashed in with a tire iron. She was taken unconscious to a local hospital, but just three days later her family opted to take her off life support. She died this past Saturday.
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Female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are less supportive of the wars than their male counterparts, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. I know we have some veterans who read The Frisky — please chime in in the comments! [Slate]
The Dutch magazine Jackie that called Rihanna… More »
While the war in Iraq may have officially ended last week, the U.S. soldiers who were stationed there will be feeling the after effects of life in a warzone for some time. As soldiers and Army personnel are reunited with their American friends and family, they are often leaving behind their Iraqi family — the… More »
We tend to think of human trafficking as something that happens over there, a crime committed by someone else. But, as discussed in a piece in the current issue of The New Yorker, it turns out that human trafficking is part of the bedrock that keeps the U.S. military afloat in places like Afghanistan and… More »
Stephanie was the last person you would expect to join the Army. The absolute last person. You can ask anyone who knew her growing up and they would all say she seemed destined for the most hippie college you could think of.
We became friends through Girl Scouts and stayed best friends for years… More »
Due to a lack of funding, the United Nations has to cut back on food aid for 800,000 pregnant and nursing women and 960,000 children in Iraq. [AOL News]
The new wave of abortion providers might not just be exclusively abortion providers, but generalists who provide abortions at their practices. [New York Times Magazine]
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Girls on Iraq’s first all-female wrestling team in Diwaniya are being threatened and ostracized because people believe their participation in this sport is a “transgression” and could lead to promiscuity, loss of femininity or worse. Four girls have already quit out of fear, and I’m not surprised. One sexist tribesman said those who continue to… More »
Rania Ibrahim, a 15-year-old girl, was found carrying a vest filled with 33 pounds of explosives in Baqouba, Iraq, last year. Those are the facts of the story we know. But there are two very differing accounts of how she got there. The U.S. patrol in Iraq says that Rania turned herself in after female… More »
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Angelina Jolie went to Iraq today for a day trip, visiting displaced families in Baghdad. [CNN] — Angie hoped her trip would bring attention to the issues facing displaced Iraqi families.
Kendra Wilkinson has been working on a memoir that will hit stores next summer. The book will… More »
What’s better than four shirtless soldiers who can dance? Finding a man who loves N’Sync as much as we did — OK, do. This routine to “Bye, Bye, Bye,” straight from the front lines in Iraq, is jam packed with smooth moves from a bunch of built bros. Mmm, men in the military. More »
A dad took his kid to the dentist to have an extra tooth removed. Afterwards, he filmed him, feeling a little kooky! Kids are funny. [YouTube]
Four thousand women are running for political office in Iraq this year. Amazing. [ … More »
All My Children is looking for an Iraq war vet to play an Iraq war vet. How meta. [NPR]
David Arquette and Ben Harper are funding a new clothing line called Propr that will be unveiled at New York Fashion Week in September. [Showbiz Spy]
Malysia’s government has asked the promoters of Avril Lavigne concert… More »
You can serve the entire country in the military, but the military won’t let you serve yourself. Did you know that our troops in Iraq aren’t allowed porn? (If only The Frisky’s cookies could talk, we’d never get drafted!) Our poor overseas personnel who are risking their lives aren’t even allowed to have dirty magazines. More »
60 Minutes reporter (and former swimsuit model) Lara Logan supposedly had two relationships while covering the Iraq war, and one was with a married man. Joe Burkett’s wife is claiming that Lara seduced him and has also teamed up with Joe to try to take away their 3-year-old daughter. AND, there are people saying Burkett… More »
Women in Iraq have it rough. Many have husbands are missing or dead, so they are responsible for taking care of their families, which means more than just putting food on the table. Sabriyah Hilal Abadi started sleeping with a loaded AK-47 in her bed , but she only used it once, when she thought… More »
When it comes to couples in which someone is recovering from cancer, how the wife is coping emotionally influences her husband’s physical health. [Reuters]
About six percent of adults in American have been diagnosed with genital warts, according to a study in the April issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and they were most prevalent among… More »
Warning: this story is so sweet, itâ€™ll give you a Valentineâ€™s candy toothache, but itâ€™s worth it!
When six-year-old Jannah Lynn Medvec was given a homework assignment to write a soldier in Iraq, her recently divorced mother, Carol, took her to church to get the pen pal’s name off a list of military men. The… More »