And that marks Democrats’ first job in this new era: We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here. In all its forms, we will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans — on anyone. Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.
125 girls, 3 teachers poisoned at Afghan school
Posted on: 11:03 am, May 23, 2012, by Cary Docter, updated on: 08:53pm, May 23, 2012
The incident occurred in the provincial capital of Talokhan,
in the Bibi Hajera girls school, said Dr. Hafizullah Safi,
the province’s director of public health.
Forty of the girls were still hospitalized, he said, with symptoms including
dizziness, vomiting, headaches and loss of consciousness.
Blood samples have been sent to Kabul in an effort to determine the substance used, he said.
“A number of girls from 15 to 18 were brought from a school to hospital today,”
said Dr. Habibullah Rostaqi, hospital director.
“Generally they are not in a critical condition.
We are looking after them, but let’s see what happens later.
We understand so far from the situation, they are more traumatized.”
“The Afghan people know that the terrorists and the Taliban
are doing these things to threaten girls and stop them from going to school,”
said Khalilullah Aseer, spokesman for Takhar police.
“That’s something we and the people believe.
Now we are implementing democracy in Afghanistan and we want girls to be educated,
but the government’s enemies don’t want this.”
There have been several instances of girls being poisoned in schools in recent years.
In April, also in Takhar province, more than 170 women and girls were hospitalized
with suspected poisoning after drinking apparently poisoned well water at a school.
Local health officials blamed the acts on extremists opposed to women’s education.
While nearly all the incidents involve girls,
earlier this month nearly 400 boys at a school in Khost province fell ill
after drinking water from a well that a health official said may have been poisoned.
I will punish the student,” Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak told
a press conference on Tuesday.
ReBlogged from PRESS INSIDE :http://saccsivdotcom.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/80-school-girls-poisoned-in-faryab-province-of-afghanistan/
80 school girls poisoned in Faryab province of Afghanistan
By SAYED JAWAD – 21 May 2013, 9:36 pm
According to local authorities in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan,
at least 80 school girls were poisoned in Sherin Tagab district on Tuesday.
District chief for Sherin Tagab, Syed Luqman confirming the report said
the school girls belonged to Islam Qala girls school.
Mr. Luqman further added the incident took place after an unknown individual
attacked the compound of the school with toxicant gas,
leaving at least three girls unconscious.
He said the number of school girls later increased
to 80 after inhaling the poisonous gas.
This comes as several girls were poisoned in north-eastern Takhar province of Afghanistan last month.
However, education ministry officials denied militants involvement
behind the poisoning of school girls and
called it a psychological issue.
Education officials also warned to try
those school girls who ‘claims’ of being poisoned in the future.
Yahoo! News Singapore
Afghan minister vows punishment for fainting girls
I will punish the student,” Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak told
a press conference on Tuesday.
“From now on, if I find anyone saying ‘I’m poisoned’
and the poisoning is not proved by the hospital,
“I will punish the teacher, I will punish the head teacher and
I will punish the school director,” he added.
Afghanistan’s education minister
has threatened to punish schoolgirls who
claim to suffer from alleged “poisonings” that many officials
believe are actually temporary psychological illnesses.
Scores of girls’ schools over recent years have seen mysterious mass faintings,
nausea and similar symptoms that are often blamed by police and the local media
on poisoning by Taliban insurgents or toxic gas leaks.
But no laboratory evidence of poison or other toxins has ever been found at schools
and no deaths have occurred,
with the girls often released from hospital after only a few hours.
In the latest case, 200 girls were reported to have been “poisoned”
at a school in Kabul on May 1,
causing an outbreak of screaming, stomach aches and vomiting.
The education department said the government was determined to
crack down on the causes of outbreaks of
‘psychological illnesses among young girls’.
“When one student faints,
it spreads around and everyone might think it’s poisoning,”
Mohammad Kabir Haqmal, spokesman for the ministry, told AFP.
“If tests prove it is mass hysteria or any other natural cause,
of course no one will be punished”.
What the minister said was that we will pursue those who disrupt the classes.”
Wazhma Frouqh, a female education activist,
criticised the minister’s stance and said
that previous cases of “poisonings” had dissuaded families
from sending their daughters to school.
“The minister should not have said that he will punish schoolgirls,”
she told AFP.
“His job is to find out what has happened and protect schools.”
Girls were banned from going to school under the Taliban,
but numbers have risen since the extremist regime was ousted in 2001
and the government says 40 percent of pupils are now female.
‘Poison’ scare at Afghan girls’ school
More than 100 Afghan schoolgirls were taken to hospital Tuesday after
drinking water believed to have been poisoned by opponents
of education for girls, an official said.
“I think some radical elements who oppose girls going to school are behind this act,”
said district governor Mohammad Hussain, adding that police were looking into the incident.
The schoolgirls fell ill after drinking water from a tank at their high school
in the small town of Rustaq
in the northeastern province of Takhar, Hussain said.
Education ministry spokesman Abdul Saboor,
however, cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the cause of the incident.
“According to our reports a number of these schoolgirls
were panicked and taken to hospital
and they were then quickly dismissed.
“But some others are still there.
We think it is a small incident,
but we are continuing our investigations.”
Afghan girls were banned from going to school or working in offices by the hardline Islamist Taliban
regime until it was overthrown by a US-led invasion in late 2001 for sheltering Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The Taliban have since waged an insurgency against the Western-backed government of
President Hamid Karzai and some 130,000 NATO troops in the country.
Millions of girls now go to school,
but they and their teachers are occasionally attacked.
Provincial health director Hafizullah Safi said 140 schoolgirls had
been admitted to local health facilities
but most were released after recovering from symptoms which included headache and nausea.
“Most of the schoolgirls who were brought to the hospital after falling ill have been dismissed,
the other girls in the hospital are in stable condition,” he said.
In similar cases last year hundreds of girl students were taken to hospitals across the country
after falling ill from suspected gas attacks or water poisoning.
Authorities at the time mostly blamed the Taliban,
though some suggested that the cause might have been mass hysteria,
‘a phenomenon recorded around the world, often among young girls’.
Also printed in the New Zealand Herald : http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10799685
ReBlogged from Morning Cup O’ Joe: http://morningcupojoe.com/2010/06/29/afghanistan-school-for-girls/
In Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008, there were 461 attacks on schools for girls,
and in 2008,
15 girls were attacked with battery acid on their way to school.
- Girls School Poison Gas Attack Suspected in Afghanistan (theepochtimes.com)
- #myjihad:Dozens of Afghan schoolgirls taken to hospital after poison attack by Taliban (iranaware.com)
- Afghanistan – Province of Takhar, Taluqan [Bibi Hajira Girl School] : Over a dozen students of a girl school were mysteriously poisoned in Takhar province 245 km north of Kabul on Thursday (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- The ‘Poisoned’ Girls of Afghanistan (latitude.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Afghanistan Girls’ School Feared Poisoned By Gas (educationviews.org)
- Over 60 school girls poisoned in Takhar province of Afghanistan (sgt-jim.blogspot.com)
- Afghan Girls School Poisoning: 74 Girls Poisoned in Suspected Taliban Gas Attack (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Up to 74 schoolgirls taken to hospital in Afghanistan after suspected poisoning (metro.co.uk)
- Afghan girls’ school feared hit by poison gas (endtimebibleprophecy.wordpress.com)
- Afghan girls’ school feared hit by poison gas (dawn.com)
A video of Eve Ensler speaking on
This blog, FRIEND NATURE, was created to help me expand my practice, the practice of being human. I hoped to assemble from my posts who I am and what I stand for. I began Friend Nature on Word Press in December 2012, inspired by one of my sons who thought that I had something to say, and Word Press was the place to say it.
My plan was to write, and place my best-written work on my web page, www.FriendNature.org.
What I have learned about myself in the past year is that I AM STILL A GIRL, if you listen to Eve Ensler’s Ted Talk video, you will understand. I care about the world, the planet, and the life, as it exists, on a beautiful, fragile place that we call Earth.
The last six months I have been in a teaching credential program to become an art teacher in the grades K – 12th (ages 5 – 18). Friend Nature was developed in the early hours before class, and in the middle of the night, when I could not wait to write and post. I have written several hundred pages in the last six months for the State of California, to qualify as a teacher here, and worked for no pay the last year as a student teacher. As well as taking 16 Education classes for my credential in this past year. I took my CSET test, to demonstrate that I know the subject that I will teach, art, after months of reading and studying.
Recently, I have been reposting because even the early dawn hours were filled by my writings for the State of California. I have just finished my credential, and I have one more week of student teaching to fulfill my program.
What I have been reporting upon were issues that I have found important to me, and should be important to you. Life on Earth. I have posted petitions, and asked you to sign. I have joined, marched, talked, and posted, all the while seeking solutions to the gross imbalances of power and how the powerful create violence against Mother Earth, and her creatures. The more unbalanced we become as a species, the more violence perpetuated.
In this video, we hear Eve Ensler speak about the increased violence to the most venerable, women and girls. My last three posts have been about RAPE IN THE MILITARY. Rape of the women who have chosen to represent the USA, who are trained to fight the enemy, little realizing that the enemy was the recruiter, trainer, or the person fighting next to them.
I believe that to make changes on our Earth it will be necessary to promote the feminine principle, those that girls still possess. My own ‘girlness’ has been beaten, raped, and abused.’ Why has this happened? Because I am a girl. I do not understand how one (male) could look at a beautiful, enthusiastic, caring person and think; wouldn’t it be fun to beat the girl, rape her, and toss her in a field, trash bin, or out of a bus, dead or alive. Or publicly rape her and post it on Facebook. Or choose any woman and drug her, rape her, and kill her. In civilized society, it is one of every four girls that are raped and worse, to be sold as a sex slave, and treated more or less valuable than cattle. Or kidnapped, chained, beaten, and raped for years, as our recent news has reported.
I have lost two beautiful women in the past month, friends of family, both found in a field, raped, mutilated, and dead.
One was a beautiful, caring, professional nurse, a mother of four, a teaching nurse, and a mentor to many. The suspected killer is her husband. She had told her abusive husband that she was divorcing him, and was not seen again until they found her in a field, mutilated beyond physical recognition.
The other, the daughter of my friend, who recently did not return home from work, and was later found in a field, beaten and raped, killed. Such a cruel and senseless loss to family and friends.
This is too much for me to process, but I am trying to share with you what is to be a girl.
Information from Wikipedia
Please read about her new play, “Emotional Creature.”
Ensler was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Chris, a housewife, and Arthur Ensler, a food industry executive. Her father was Jewish and her mother was from a Christian background. As recently described in a profile in The Nation, “In her 2007 book, Insecure at Last (a meditation on deadly American illusions about safety in the wake of the attacks of 9/11), she describes being raped and brutally beaten by her father, a food company CEO, from age 5 to 10.” She graduated from Middlebury College in 1975. She married Richard McDermott in 1978, and divorced him 10 years later. She is the adoptive mother of actor Dylan McDermott, whom she adopted when he was 15 and she was 23.
The Vagina Monologues was written in 1996. First performed in the basement of the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, The Vagina Monologues has been translated into 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Celebrities who have starred in the play include: Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Idina Menzel, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon, Marin Mazzie, Cyndi Lauper, Mary Testa and Oprah Winfrey. Ensler was awarded the Obie Award in 1996 for ‘Best New Play’ and in 1999 was awarded aGuggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting. She has also received the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the Jury Award for Theater at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Celebrating female youth
1 Billion Rising
- A Response to the Vagina Monologues (bluestockingsmag.com)
- Preview: Vagina Monologues at SLU (northcountrypublicradio.org)
- Eve Ensler on her healing cancer journey (cbc.ca)
- I am an emotional creature, Eve Ensler By Lila Greenwood (englisheleven56.wordpress.com)
- Review: In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler (annecarolinedrake.com)
- Destigmatizing the Female Anatomy – This Gender Affirming Speech by Eve Ensler Discusses Movements (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)
- The Vagina Monologues (theauroracrossing.com)
- Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.: Eve Ensler on Cancer, Her Body and ‘The Body of the World’ (accidentvictimsalliance.com)
- USF Vagina Monologues 2013: One BILLION Rising (digitalbullpen.com)
- An Evening with Eve Ensler (thestranger.com)