this was on the news!!

just in case you haven’t heard, today two attacks have happened against Muslims outside of mosques. One in London, England where a white man drove over people walking out of the mosque chanting “kill all Muslims” and killed a man and injured at least 10. The other in Virginia, USA where a 17 year-old Muslim girl was assaulted with a baseball bat along with her friends before she was kidnapped and later found slain and dumped in a pond.

so at my Muslim friends, please stay safe. and at my non-Muslim friends, spread the word and get informed of the stuff that doesn’t immediately spread in your media and doesn’t get called hate crimes/terror attacks when they are.

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Charleena Lyles called 911 for help, police shot her dead

  • A black, pregnant mother of three in Seattle called police to report an attempted burglary at her apartment on Sunday. But when two white Seattle Police Department officers arrived, they reportedly shot and killed the knife-wielding woman in front of her children.
  • She has been identified by relatives as 30-year-old Charleena Lyles. Her family is distraught, the Seattle Times has reported.
  • Police confirmed the shooting happened Sunday morning, after officers responded to Lyles’ Seattle apartment. They’d had previous contact with Lyles, who was alerted to the responding two officers as a “hazard,” the Times reported.
  • The shooting is being reviewed by SPD’s Force Investigation Team and its Office of Professional Accountability, police chief Kathleen O’Toole said. The local prosecutor’s office will also review the incident, the Times reported. Read more (6/19/17)
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One dead, 10 injured, suspect arrested after van drives into pedestrians leaving London mosque

  • An incident involving a white van that plowed into pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning is now being investigated as an act of terrorism, London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said in a statement.
  • One man has died and at least 10 people have been injured in connection to the attack, the BBC reported. 
  • One suspect — a 48-year-old man whose identity has not yet been released — has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Read more (6/19/17 9 AM)

‘Daily Mail’, other media outlets criticized for victim-blaming Muslims for Finsbury Park attack

  • On Sunday night, a white van rammed into pedestrians leaving London’s Finsbury Park Mosque after “taraweeh,” or nightly Ramadan prayers. 
  • Media outlets began reporting on the incident as more details emerged.
  • In some publications, like the Daily Mail Online, reporters went so far as to link the attack on the mosque with a radical cleric who used to preach there. Read more (6/19/17)
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New Gym Features are Coming!
New Gyms: 

- Gyms  major facelift. 

-Able to spin the Photo Disc at Gyms to acquire items just as you do at PokéStops

-Six permanent slots that can be filled by the controlling team’s Pokémon.

-New motivation system.

Gym Badges: 

-Earn Gym Badges 

- Able to level up your Badges by battling, giving Berries to the Pokémon in the Gym and spinning the Gym’s Photo Disc.

New Raid Battle Feature: 

 A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. 

Before you can battle the Raid Boss, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop. 


New Items: 

After defeating a Raid Boss, you’ll receive a collection of rewards, 

Rare Candy is a mysterious candy that, when used on a Pokémon, turns into that Pokémon’s Candy. 

Golden Razz Berries will greatly increase your chances of catching a Pokémon Technical Machines are items you can use to permanently teach a Pokémon a new Fast Attack or Charged Attack.

Nabra Hassanen’s death wraps up an especially violent Ramadan for Muslim teenage girls

  • Nabra Hassanen didn’t have the chance to spend Father’s Day with the man who raised her. Hassanen’s remains were found in a pond in Sterling, Virginia, the Washington Post reported. She was 17.
  • Hassanen and her teenage friends — all wearing abayas, or traditional long dresses — were walking back after their pre-fast Ramadan meal at an IHOP early Sunday morning when they were accosted by a man in a red car. 
  • The man, armed with with a metal baseball bat, then got out of the car. The girls all ran back to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in Sterling where they were making their nightly Ramadan prayers. 
  • But Hassanen fell behind. She was beaten to death with the bat. 
  • The Fairfax Police Department identified the man as Darwin Martinez Torres, and he was charged with murder. 
  • The police said they had come across no indication that Hassanen’s death was motivated by her race or religion.
  • Recently, there have been a string of reported assaults and harassments in which Muslim teenage girls have been targeted. Read more (6/19/17)
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Serbia will have its first gay prime minister
Ana Brnabic will also be the country's first woman prime minister in a sign of increasing tolerance.

For the first time ever, the president of Serbia has nominated a gay woman to serve as prime minister. 

New Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic chose Ana Brnabic as prime minister in the conservative state, where she’s the first woman and first gay person to hold the position. And Serbia isn’t the friendliest place for LGBTQ people.

The symbolism of the appointment is real, but it comes against a backdrop of ingrained and sustained antipathy towards homosexuality. It may be more of a harbinger of change than evidence that change has already occurred.

Police research in 2015 found that almost half its officers agreed with the statement “homosexuality is an illness that should be treated”, reports the BBC’s Guy De Launey in Belgrade.

Even the leader of one of the smaller parties in the president’s coalition, Dragan Markovic Palma of Unified Serbia, said Ms Brnabic was “not my prime minister”.

He was recently quoted as saying that the new prime minister “should be a family man who knows what children are”.

Serbia! This is a serious milestone. The BBC article linked above gives a great breakdown of what this means politically and culturally; give it a read if you can.

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Why Do Men Harass Women? New Study Sheds Light On Motivations
Researchers interviewed 4,830 men in the Middle East and came to some surprising conclusions.

Esraa Yousria Saleh was walking down El Hussein, a busy street in downtown Cairo famous for its souvenirs and tchotchkes, when a man in his early 20s made eye contact with her. He followed her, circled her, then suddenly — she felt a hot breath in her ear:

“I would like to put it all inside.”

Saleh, 28, a feminist and activist based in Egypt, was furious. Why did that man feel like he could look at her? Follow her? Say those lewd words to her?

A May study from Promundo, an international research group, and U.N. Women sheds fresh light on men’s motivations for harassing women on the streets in four areas in the Middle East: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and the Palestinian territories.

“We know quite a lot about women and girls but nothing about men and boys” when it comes to harassment, says Shereen El Feki, co-author of the report and the author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World.

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Bungou Stray Dogs: DEAD APPLE, to be released this Spring 2018!