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A Woman's View of Serial Genital Mutilation in Iraq (and everywhere else)

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WARNING: graphic and troubling graphics below, please check your environment. Thank You.

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Years ago, Kathy Griffin (a rather political comic with a strong voice) spoke of her having gone to Iraq during active U.S. conflict - the last time - that was absolutely in terrible taste but is something I've not forgotten in the interim - she achieved her point.

She had some sentimental moments (for Kathy) with our troops, then got into some dialogue later about one of the things that burned her as a woman: genital mutilation in the region, escalating every year and mega-egregiously offensive to women around the globe. Now ISIS is back in the mix, and Griffin's bit becomes that much more relevant.

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She essentially described an overview of what was being done to woman and girls in shocking numbers, and it isn't pretty. Griffith got halfway through the train of thought before she dropped a term I'll always remember, "big bucket of clits". It was in the context of things she found hardest to accept, like Sharia Law and the fact that a high percentage of females lining up to have their clitorises sliced off and discarded.

Here's a bit more information from Unicef.

It's beyond heartbreaking this misogynist balderdash, we passed into torture a while ago … it is rumored and reported that Egypt manages to mutilate the genitals of nearly 95% of women. Many are done near birth, like a bris gone bad.


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ISIS has brought all of this horror back to the front page. The tribal custom is old and has deep religious roots … this isn't just a punishment of mild chastising like we give date-rapers in our own country. It's a global ethics crisis.

Here are some words from activist women and victims themselves about this horrific practice.

War brings more need for wealth, arms and whatever strategies will work to keep the people down, help the regular poor and abused and violated girls and women, and historically defined as 'always' a bi-product of war: violence against women. Take your pick of countries to highlight, but at the moment Northern Iraq is in the spotlight.

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I can't look at these hideous images without tearing up - but I think they need to be seen. Those poor girls are simply born the wrong sex to be valued in the MidEast and other oppressive regions, the War On Women is GLOBAL.

From Alarabiya.net.

The al-Qaeda-Inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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“It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two U.N. official in Iraq.

The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.

“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said, according to Reuters.

WHY? Indeed. Don't see Jesus or Allah signing off on this one.

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Candidate to lead CIA Clandestine Service ran secret 'black site' prison, later approved destruction of torture videos

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Oh goody! Just what we need! Go Brennan!

L.A. Times:

The acting chief of the CIA's operations wing ran a secret "black site" prison overseas after the 2001 terrorist attacks and later signed off on the decision to destroy videotapes of brutal interrogations, according to current and former U.S. officials. The woman, who remains undercover, now is one of several candidates that CIA chief John Brennan is considering to head the National Clandestine Service, which conducts espionage overseas and runs the agency's paramilitary operations. [...]

The CIA is preparing to dispute the report's conclusions, sources said.

Via Salon:

[From] Brennan’s December 5, 2005 appearance on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, in which he vehemently defended the Bush administration’s use of rendition — one of the key tools to subject detainees to torture:

JOHN BRENNAN: I think it’s an absolutely vital tool. I have been intimately familiar now over the past decade with the cases of rendition that the U.S. Government has been involved in. And I can say without a doubt that it has been very successful as far as producing intelligence that has saved lives.

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In November, 2007, Brennan — in an interview with CBS News’ Harry Smith — issued a ringing endorsement for so-called “enhanced interrogation tactics” short of waterboarding:

Mr. BRENNAN: There have been a lot of information that has come out from these interrogation procedures that the agency has in fact used against the real hard-core terrorists. It has saved lives. And let’s not forget, these are hardened terrorists who have been responsible for 9/11, who have shown no remorse at all for the deaths of 3,000 innocents.

When in doubt, revive and aggravate existing anger over egregious actions (the now-discredited CIA detention and torture programs) by sticking by and promoting those who were a part of them. That's the way to move forward, everyone knows that.

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Anthony Weiner is ba-a-a-ack. But WTF did he tweet?

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Guess who showed up on Twitter? Yes  indeedy, your eyes are not deceiving you, Anthony Weiner is back. But his return wasn't exactly auspicious.

In fact, your guess is as good as mine what that tweet was about. Oh, but I kid the former representative whose previous Twitter misadventures led to his political demise.

Nevertheless, let the fun begin. Pocket tweeting can lead us to all kinds of interpretation!

So, in response to Mr. Weiner, jfieowgq. And I mean that sincerely.

And I'm sure I wouldn't be speaking out of turn if I were to add:

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Video Overnight Thread- Robot puppetry makes 'alien art' at the Tate Tanks

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VIDEO: Rand Paul tries to add anti-choice "when life begins" amendment to flood insurance bill

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Via TPM

Good old Rand Paul (R-KY) is trying to attach an amendment defining when life begins to the Senate’s flood insurance bill. Because, you know, nothing is more relevant to a bill about insuring flooded homes than anti-choice amendments aimed at banning legal abortions.

Harry Reid's had enough:

"This is ridiculous!... I think this is outlandish."

Well, so is the entire Republican party at this point, but I digress.

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Nevada Senator Harry Reid tells Congress that a Republican's proposed amendment regarding "when life begins" does not belong on a bill to reauthorize flood insurance programs.

Gee, ya think?

Think Progress:

The National Flood Insurance Program helps homeowners whose houses are destroyed by floods — like those that devastated Minnesota and are currently sweeping Florida — and has absolutely nothing to do with abortion or conception.

By the way, Rand, can you please ask your fellow GOPers this for me? Where are the jobs?

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Image of the Day- Sarah Palin Docuslobber Poster: Undefeated

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President Obama shifts debt-talk tactics, drops call for end to Bush tax rates

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I'm getting a headache. The administration is saying there has been no change in policy.

They're right. They're still not playing hardball.

So this is not the right time to demand an end to BushCo tax cuts? When is? Ever? During the 2012 presidential campaign?

Via The Hill:

President Obama, seeking a Republican agreement to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by Aug 2, will not insist that any deal include an end of President Bush's controversial tax rates on the wealthy.

Obama's tactics are coming into clearer focus: they involve seeking higher taxes not on a broad swath of high income earners but on a narrower band of the super rich, such as owners of private jets. This means that those who earn $250,000 have got a reprieve.

The White House said Monday that the president is pushing the GOP to agree to eliminate some tax breaks and for businesses and loopholes for wealthier taxpayers, but is not trying to eliminate the across-the-board rates introduced by President Bush.  [...]

While most didn’t expect the Bush tax rates to be included as part of a debt-ceiling deal, it’s significant the White House is publicly drawing the distinction. [...]

Administration officials said the president has not changed his mind about the Bush tax cuts, but they are not the focus of talks to raise the debt ceiling.

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