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Senior editor of Ebony Magazine, Jamilah Lemieux, discusses the breaking news and the fallout in Ferguson

#231 Because of Jim Buchy.

Jim Buchy is a Republican Ohio state legislator who is currently doing his best to illegalise abortion in Ohio with the exception of cases where a woman’s life is in danger. 

In the recent Al Jazeera documentary The Abortion War, Buchy was asked the question:

What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?

His reply:

Now, see what happens when we let old white men into politics? 


The forgotten pyramids of Sudan

Bagrawiyah, Sudan – More than 200km from the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the remains of an ancient city rise from the arid and inhospitable terrain like a science-fiction film set. Nestled between sand dunes, the secluded pyramids seem to have been forgotten by the modern world, with no nearby restaurants or hotels to cater to tourists.

Photo Credit: Sorin Furcoi for Al Jazeera

Many Afghan women activists say they are tired of being saved by others. The Russians, the Taliban and now the US government have all claimed women’s “protection” as their agenda, to only soon forget or redefine this determination and turn it towards their own use. And for Afghan women, like others elsewhere, there is a huge difference between “protection” and “equality”.
—  Burqas and empire, again: Women’s rights doesn’t justify invading Afghanistan, and shouldn’t be launched in the name of imperial democracy again. by Zillah Eisenstein for Al Jazeera

Over the past four years, the Unist'ot'en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation have literally built a strategy to keep three proposed oil and gas pipelines from crossing their land. Concerned about the environmental damage a leak could cause on land they’ve never given up, they’ve constructed a protection camp to block pipeline companies. As opposition to the development of Alberta’s tar sands and to fracking projects grows across Canada, with First Nations communities on the front lines, the Unist'ot'en camp is an example of resistance that everyone is watching. 

Brutal black magic in Tanzania’s election

The more common form of witchdoctor in Tanzania are those who target people with albinism - a congenital condition that makes eyes, hair, and skin paler, and that affects one in 1,400 people here in Tanzania - compared to just one in 20,000 worldwide.

Trapped in their own skin in a tropical country with fierce sunshine and black magic beliefs, albinos in Tanzania are routinely abducted, mutilated, murdered or sold alive to witchdoctors, who charge a small fortune for charms made from their body parts.

Fishermen believe that if they sprinkle the hair of someone with albinism on the water, fish will jump into their nets. Miners think that their blood is a “metal detector” that can help find new deposits. And for those seeking something stronger, like politicians, there are ground-up albino bones.  

“For albino parts, the last person we arrested he had a piece, a hand… We asked him: ‘How much is this?’ He said: 'I was expecting to get 100m shillings ($46,000) from this in Zambia,’” Home Affairs Minister Mathias Chikawe told Al Jazeera.

Many albinos fear going outside in daytime due to cancer-causing sunshine, but they also are wary to leave their homes at night, afraid of attacks ahead of campaign season.

“[Politicians] believe that if you want to become a successful member of parliament, you can use an albino part, and it’s not true,” said Chikawe.

People born with albinism in Tanzania are often targeted by withchdoctors who use their body parts for their 'healing’ activities  "If in 2015 you believe that you will be rich because you have the hair of an albino, or a body part, then you really need to go back to school,“ Chikawe said.

Diyor İbrahim Çivici. Haberlere göre dört mevsim, günde 15, haftada 75 kilometre yürüyüp rayların güvenliğini sağlayan demiryolu bekçisi o. Ve haklı bir sitemi vardı makinistlere. Altı üstü bir selam. Bir selamla mutlu olabilecek ve bir selamla hüzünlenebilecek bir emektarın sitemi bu. Olayın devamı da var. Bu haberi okuyan makinistlerden biri İbrahim abimizi görünce yavaşlıyor. Kısaca şöyle anlatmış olayı İbrahim abi:

“Sultanhisar-Atça arasındaki hemzemin geçitte bir günlüğüne geçit bekçiliği yapıyordum. Nazilli-Söke seferini yapan yolcu treni geçide doğru yaklaşırken yavaşlamaya başladı. Yavaşladı, yavaşladı sonra önümde durdu. ‘Ne oldu hayrola, bir şey mi var’ dedim. Makinist arkadaşlar ‘İbrahim Çavuş’um, bize gönül koyuyormuşsun, seni görünce duralım selâm verelim, gönlünü alalım dedik’ dediler. Ben de kendilerine teşekkür ettim daha sonra hareket edip uzaklaştılar.”

İbrahim abinin anlatışında bile bir masumluk var. Tren yavaşlayınca bir sorun olduğunu düşünüyor. Çünkü şimdiye kadar onun için duran olmamış. Şaşırmış doğal olarak.

Ne diyelim… Aramızda güzel insanlar var. Var ama gören yok… Bu da bizim ayıbımız işte.

– Fatih Alıç  

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The money [Native Americans] get for health is less than the money given to prisoners.

Irene Vernon, via

This fact is a major factor in the many, many health problems Native Americans on reservations face.  Al Jazeera America reports on the 5 major health scourges that population faces, at

On 1 January, an Egyptian court called for a retrial of the three jailed Al Jazeera journalists.

The initial trial of these men was a complete farce and they must be released immediately and unconditionally.

The Court of Cassation, Egypt’s highest court of law, ruled that there had been procedural failings in the trial of Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed.

The men were charged with ‘airing false news’ about the country’s political situation and alleged assistance to the Muslim Brotherhood movement and jailed for seven to ten years.

While we welcome the news of a retrial, these three men should never have been imprisoned. Instead of prolonging their unjust detention, they must be freed immediately.

Call on the President to release Peter, Mohamed and Baher immediately and unconditionally.