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5 Things To Know About The 7,000 Yazidi Women Being Held As Sex Slaves By ISIS

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 into marriages with strangers. Many of those who were kidnapped saw their husbands, fathers and other male relatives murdered before their eyes. The victims, members of the Kurdish Yazidi religious group (which ISIS has heavily targeted), are from the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, an area that’s now been overtaken by the terrorist group. Here are five things to know about the nightmarish kidnappings. Keep reading »

Uber Calls A Kidnapping An “Inefficient Route” (And Various Other Reasons Not To Use Uber)

An Uber customer in Los Angeles was kidnapped by her driver, driven 20 miles out of her way to a dark, abandoned parking lot, and only when she started to scream did the driver take her back home. The customer reported the incident to Uber, and they responded by e-mailing her an apology for the driver’s “inefficient route.” The customer is now staying in a hotel, since there’s a dangerous stranger out there who has her home address. Keep reading »

Man Fakes Kidnapping So He Can Party Without Girlfriend

Man Fakes Kidnapping So He Can Party Without Girlfriend

Lots of men tell stupid lies to their girlfriends, but not all of them end up involving the police. A British man was fined after he called texted his girlfriend saying he’d been kidnapped over a debt equivalent to $82. He said he told the lie so he could continue to stay out partying. The issue is that his girlfriend took the claim seriously and called police.

Police were not pleased when they learned the kidnapping was a hoax, with a spokesman calling it “one of the most foolish and irresponsible incidents” ever encountered by the department. Read more on Huffington Post Weird News…

100 Kidnapped Girls Shown In Video; Boko Haram Offers Release In Exchange For Prisoners

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Alleged Video Of Kidnapped Schoolgirls

One hundred kidnapped Nigerian school girls have allegedly been seen for the first time since their abduction in a video acquired by the AFP news service. The video was reportedly filmed by Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group who kidnapped over 200 teenaged girls from their boarding school in Chibok on April 14.

In the 17-minute video, the 100 girls wear veils and pray in Arabic; the video is cut with narration by someone from Boko Haram declaring that the girls have been “saved” by a conversion to Islam. (According to the Associated Press, the majority of the girls are Christians.)  Boko Haram also reportedly kidnapped eight more girls from a different Nigerian village last week. The leader of Boko Haram has vowed to sell all the girls as wives, i.e. sold into sex slavery but recently said he would release the school girls in exchange for prisoners. [AP; Reuters]

#RealMenDontBuyGirls Is Trending In Support Of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

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  • Thanks to celebs like Justin Timberlake, Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper, #RealMenDontBuyGirls is trending in retaliation to Boko Haram’s threats to sell to 200+ kidnapped Nigerian teenagers as sex slaves. I’m so glad that people are speaking out in favor of rescuing the girls, but I don’t love that phrase. Men are men, nobody needs to prove himself as “real” — but this is certainly better than silence.
  • On that note, publicly posting the full names of the kidnapped girls is probably doing them way more harm than good. [BuzzFeedOwning My Truth]
  • The House has approved a bill to create a US Women’s History Museum. Rep. Michele Bachmann, the only lawmaker to speak out against the museum, insisted that it ”will enshrine the radical feminist movement” and could even become “an ideological shrine to abortion.” She considered a vote against the bill to be a vote in favor of traditional marriage. I’m not really seeing any of those correlations, but OK, Michele. Keep doing you. Or not. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Malala Yousafzai: Kidnapped Girls In Nigeria “Are My Sisters”

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"It's My Responsibility That I Speak Up For My Sisters"
  • In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Pakistani teen and education advocate Malala Yousafzai said the Boko Haram kidnappers in Nigeria do not understand Islam and said the 200+ school girls who were kidnapped and possibly being sold into sex slavery “are my sisters.” [CNN]
  • A Republican New York State Senate candidate said he had no idea who she was when he called MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry a “damned dirty ape.” Uh, is that supposed to be an excuse? [Mediate]
  • Why the female Justices on the Supreme Court are key to women’s health issues. [Washington Post]
  • In praise of single moms this Mother’s Day. [Kveller] Keep reading »
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