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Muslim Mother Shaima Alawadi Brutally Beaten To Death

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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. 

While police still haven’t officially labeled Alawadi’s death a hate crime, it’s clear that Alawadi’s ethnic and religious background was on the minds of the perpetrators. A note was left at the scene of the crime, and though police aren’t saying what the note said, they did reveal that a similar note was left at the house the previous month. Said Alawadi’s 17-year-old daughter Fatima, “A week ago they left a letter saying this is our country not yours you terrorist, and so my mom ignored that thinking it was just kids playing a prank. But the day they hit her, they left another note again, and it said the same thing.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Female Vets Less Supportive Of Wars

  • 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 a “n—-bitch,” leading the editor-in-chief to resign, has retracted its apology. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Michigan’s governor signed a bill yesterday to ban benefits for state employees’ domestic partners, claiming it was to save money — as opposed to bigotry. [Jezebel Keep reading »

Time To Cry: Operation Baghdad Pups Reunites Soldiers With Their Iraqi Pups

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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 many stray Iraqi dogs the soldiers bonded with and took care of while serving overseas. The pups provided an invaluable emotional support to the men and women and many returning soldiers are now working with a program called Operation Baghdad Pups to bring their Iraqi pets to the States. Keep reading »

The Military’s Dirty Little Human Trafficking Secret

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 Iraq. And poor women from around the world are its victims. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Best Friend Went To Iraq

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 after. She was the dynamic, personable one and I was like a shy, muted version of her. Or I wished I was a muted version of her — being anything like Stephanie at all would have made me happy. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UN Cuts Food Aid For 800,000 Pregnant And Nursing Iraqi Women

  • 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]
  • The new season of “Degrassi,” which premieres today, will feature a transgender character, played by actor Jordan Todosey. [Feministing]

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Female Iraqi Wrestlers Face Hardcore Opposition

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 wrestle should be “slaughtered.” Keep reading »

An Iraqi Girl Almost Becomes A Suicide Bomber

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 relatives in her husband’s family strapped her down and put the vest on her against her will. But Iraqi police claim that they stopped Rania on the street because she was acting suspicious, and that’s when they discovered her explosive apparel. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Angelina Jolie Makes A Visit To Baghdad

  • 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 focus on Wilkinson’s childhood, Playboy years, and newlywed life. [Us Weekly] — Because what else would she have to discuss?
  • Some Japanese men are starting a new dating trend: 2-D relationships. These dudes say they’ve fallen in love with their video game avatars, and some carry around picture or doll versions of the animated ladies to keep them company. [Jezebel] — While this form of dating is a great way to avoid rejection, it’s also weird and pathetic.

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Band Of Brothers: Soldiers In Iraq Get N’Sync

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. Lance Bass would agree: It’s a pleasure to see our tax dollars hard at work. [Cougars Wild Kingdom]

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