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September 2016

This week In Pictures

We know that you have the attention span of a goldfish (just like us) so here are the most relevant topics of the week:

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CCTV Image of the person who killed five people in a Seattle shopping centre. / AP (screencap)

Read More: Manhunt after deadly US mall shooting (BBC News)

 

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American Presidential Elections / North Carolina’s HB2 are the best reality tv show ever. Sorry Kim.

 

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Steven Anderson / The racist, iliterate homophobic pastor who keeps getting banned from countries over his hate speeches. He got banned from Botswana now.

Read More: American Pastor Who Says LGBT people should be stoned to death Banned From Entering the UK and South Africa

 

Iranian Women Taking Selfies on their bikes defying the discriminatory legislation / Instagram
Iranian Women Taking Selfies on their bikes defying the discriminatory legislation / Instagram

Read More: Iranian Women Defy Government’s New Legislation that Bans Them From Cycling In Public

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Afghan Women Flee Their Country In Search Of a Better Life. / U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis

Read More: Growing Number of Afghan Women Fleeing Afghanistan in Search of a Better Life and Equal Rights

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Oregon Transforms 600 Public Bathrooms into all-gender bathrooms. Go Oregon!

Read More: Portland will convert over 600 public bathrooms to gender-neutral.

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French Girls attacked by muslim refugees for wearing shorts. Islamic “Morality Police” causing friction with locals in France.

Read More: French Women Attacked by Muslim Refugees for Wearing Shorts

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Not now darling, I’m having a cuppa” British woman defies armed robber.

Read More: Defiant Female Shop Owner Confronts Armed Robber: “Not now, ‘I’m having a cup of tea.”

 

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#brangelina / What else can we say about this?

Read More: Angelina Jolie Files For Divorce From Brad Pitt

Victims: Molly Olguin and Mary Chapa.
Trial begins for Texan man who shot Lesbian couple and left them for dead in horrendous hate crime. One died / Victims: Molly Olguin and Mary Chapa.

Read More: Trial begins for man accused of shooting two girls, and killing one, for being Lesbians

 

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Prince William Will defend LGBT rights. Our Future King is awesome <3

Read More: Prince William: “I would confront the bully and comfort the victim.”

Growing Number of Afghan Women Fleeing Afghanistan in Search of a Better Life and Equal Rights

Forced marriage, poverty, and domestic violence are fuelling the exodus.

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An Afghan Woman At a Control Point. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis

The numbers of girls and women imprisoned for running away from home is on the rise. According to the women’s affairs ministry, 88 cases were registered in the first three months of this year compared to 68 in the same period last year.

One of the victims shared: “The boy that I loved made several marriage proposals but my family didn’t agree because he was poor, and so I was then forced to run away with him,” She explained, adding that they had considered handing themselves in to the police but decided not to for fear of abuse.

RELATED: Iranian Women Banned From Riding Bicycles In Public.

In Afghanistan, female runaways can be imprisoned under the loose category of moral crimes.
The fact that being accused of a moral crime in Afghanistan is considered something shameful, many families refuse to take their women back.

It is common, even in this day and age, that decisions about a woman’s future are taken by male family members.
In theory, customary law is above Islamic law, which it should give women the right to choose their own husband and forbids forced marriage.

But in the practise, families marry their daughters off with old men for money. Because their daughters are not happy with this, they feel forced to run away from home.

Farzana Safi, head of the ministry’s women’s rights department, said that forced marriage and poverty were some of the reasons more and more girls were running away.

French Women Attacked by Muslim Refugees for Wearing Shorts

Toulon, France — Two couples were attacked by a group of teenagers who allegedly began to insult the women because of their attire, shouting “Dirty wh***, get naked.”

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“Hello. I’m a slag”. The victim was called a slag and spat on by a group of muslim girls in a bus. / Facebook

The couples were rollerskating in southern France when the group of muslim teenage refugees started to insult them.

A physical fight broke out when the women’s partners attempted to intervene, according to Toulon prosecutor Bernard Marchal. Var Matin Reports

They were passing near the Cité des Oeillets, an estate in eastern Toulon, when a group of adolescents starting insulting the women of the group because of their shorts, including jibes such as: “Dirty whore, get naked.”

When the partners of the women asked the gang to respect their wives, they got beaten up while their children stared in shock.

These attacks by muslim refugees on French nationals come a month after Maude Vallet was spat on and insulted in a bus for wearing shorts by a group of muslim girls. When she asked them what was wrong with [wearing] shorts, the girls replied: Because you are a woman.

Céline Pina, a former regional councillor for the Paris area who wrote a book called Guilty Silence, warned of growing Islamist violence against women everywhere in France.

Iranian Women Defy Government’s New Legislation that Bans Them From Cycling In Public

Tehran, Iran — A new discriminatory lesgislation prohibits women from cycling in public, because, according to sources, it distracts men and it gives them immoral thoughts.

Iranian Women Taking Selfies on their bikes defying the discriminatory legislation / Instagram
Iranian Women Taking Selfies on their bikes defying the discriminatory legislation / Instagram

Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini issued a fatwa prohibiting women from cycling in public.

“Riding a bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women’s chastity, and it must be abandoned,” he said.

Without a defined penalty in Iran’s legal code, officers have previously used dress laws and other alleged offences including being in the company of unrelated men to harass female cyclists.

It is illegal for women to go out in public without wearing headscarf or “modest” clothing in the country, where thousands of undercover agents and morality police patrol the streets to check for violations.

"We won't submit to a fatwa" a woman and her husband said
“This is me and my husband. We won’t surrender to a fatwa” A woman said. / Facebook

In July, a group of women in the country’s north were stopped by law enforcement while riding bicycles and required to sign a written pledge to ensure that they will not do it again, some sources report.

Since then, Journalist Masih Alinejad, who lives in the United States, has urged Iranian women, through her facebook page, to post the images of themselves with the hashtag #IranianWomenLoveCycling in defiance to the discriminatory fatwa.

Source: Independent.co.uk

Defiant Female Shop Owner Confronts Armed Robber: “Not now, ‘I’m having a cup of tea.”

Hull, United Kingdom — A female shop owner was having her morning cuppa when a robber, armed with a seven-inch-blade knife demanded the cash from the till.

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Karamjit Sangha / Hull Daily Mail

 

 “I was just sitting there having my cup of tea when he came in holding this seven-inch kitchen knife.” Mrs Sangha said.
The attacker hung around the Sangha Newsagents Shop in Beverley Road, Hull for several minutes before entering and demanding cash from the till.

“He told me to give him all the money but I was relaxed. I told him I was having a cup of tea. He demanded I put it down and give him the money. She added.

Robber: Stuart Gleeson has been sentenced to 5 years in jail
Robber: Stuart Gleeson has been sentenced to 5 years in jail

“I said ‘OK’ and picked up the craft knife and waved it at him. I wouldn’t have hurt him but it was enough to scare him. He started shaking and then he ran off.”

At Hull Crown Court, the jury took just a few hours to find Gleeson guilty of attempted robbery and possession of a knife following a trial last week. On Friday, Gleeson was jailed for five years.

The jury had been shown CCTV footage of Gleeson, 35, before the robbery which he admitted was him but denied images of a man running from the scene afterwards were him. The Hull Mail reports.

Source: The Hull Mail

Transgender Human Rights Activist Misgendered by TSA Agents

Maryland, United States — Transgender Human Rights Activist, Kristin Beck says that she was misgendered and treated badly by airport staff.

Kristin Beck / Facebook
Kristin Beck / Facebook

She was boarding a flight to Kansas City, where she would be giving a speech on Human Rights, at the Department Of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons.

According to Beck, she suffered discrimination and misgendering multiple times by different airport agents, who kept referring to her as ‘him’ and who seemed to be irritated that she asked to be patted down by a female agent.

Her facebook post, posted an hour ago, quickly became viral and hundreds of people from all over the world expressed their support during this difficult situation.

“Just when I thought TSA was doing well with gender and those of us that don’t quite conform to magazine model stereotypes…. They call me “him” and ask if TSA Dude can pat me down?”

“I say I’m “her” and I don’t want “dude” groping my boobs. Yes, They are “real” boobs and by the way the state of Maryland says I’m female. They call supervisor over and the supervisor says just pay [sic] “him” down.
Damn (I’m in tears, (my inside voice))
10 minutes later a female under duress(disgust) pats me down.” She said

“I’m sad, for TSA, our country, our future… Why is this so difficult?
I’m a tomboy,
I’m an American,
I’m a veteran,
I’m combat wounded warrior,
I’m a real human with real feelings…” She added.

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Kristin Beck is one of the many American transgender veterans who fought for a country that doesn’t protect them at home.

Angelina Jolie Files For Divorce From Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie is seeking physical custody of her six children, asking that her ex only have joint legal custody. She is not asking for spousal support.

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The Sun UK / getty images

According to TMZ, Angelina became “fed up” with Brad’s consumption of weed and possibly alcohol, and mixed with what she believes is “an anger problem” … felt it became dangerous for the children.

We’re told there was no alleged “third person” … her decision to file was solely over Brad’s interaction with their children. TMZ reports.

Source: TheSun UK / TMZ

Trial begins for man accused of shooting two girls, and killing one, for being Lesbians

Texas, United States — Trial for man accused of shooting a lesbian couple begins.

Mary Chapa and Mollie Olguin were shot and left for dead at a park.

Victims: Molly Olguin and Mary Chapa.
Victims: Molly Olguin and Mary Chapa.

The couple were both shot in the head and left for dead by an unknown attacker in Violet Andrews Park on June 2012 for being lesbians.

Mollie Olguin died of her injuries, but Mary Chapa recovered and provided the Texas police with valuable information that led to the arrest of the suspect.

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Attacker: David Malcom Strickland spent 2 years on the run.

“I am thrilled that the collaborative efforts of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Texas Rangers, and Portland Police Department resulted in Strickland’s arrest.

He’s a stone cold killer who thought he got away with murder, but will finally pay for his crime. My sympathies and condolences go to the victims and their families who had to endure this wicked act of violence.” Robert Almonte, US Marshal for the Western District of Texas, declared.

Prosecutors are concerned of anti-gay bias on the jury. His trial is expected to last two or three weeks, prosecutors have said.