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"Hat off to these women..very brave indeed! Women of Afghanistan, Canada supports yr fight for freedom, equality!"

Top: About 300 Afghan Shiite women march in Kabul in protest of a new marriage law. Middle: Afghan female police officers link their arms to create a barrier for Shiite counter protesters during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The group of some 1,000 Afghans swarmed a demonstration by 300 women Wednesday protesting against a new marriage law. Some counter protesters pelted the women with small stones as police struggled to keep the two groups apart. Bottom: Afghan police officers stop the Shiite counter protesters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan women protest restrictive law

The young women stepped off the bus and moved toward the protest march just beginning on the other side of the street when they were spotted by a mob of men.
"Get out of here, you whores!" the men shouted. "Get out!"
The women scattered as the men moved in.
"We want our rights!" one of the women shouted, turning to face them. "We want equality!"
The women ran to the bus and dove inside as it rumbled away, with the men smashing the taillights and banging on the sides. "Whores!"  read more »

Disturbing: War thirsts for blood. Soldiers in demand. Pressure on recruiters: 17 died by their own hand since '01

Forced to work long hours at a task he didn't want, Henderson hanged himself in a shed behind his house in September, 2008

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Amanda Henderson's husband Patrick worked as a recruiter at the army's recruitment station in Longview, Texas. A veteran of the Iraq war, Sgt. 1st Class Henderson struggled with the pressures placed on recruiters, who until recently were ordered to enlist at least two new soldiers each month. Forced to work long hours at a task he didn't want, Henderson hanged himself in a shed behind his house in September, 2008.

Sgt. Henderson's situation was not atypical. The Hendersons met at recruiting school and were married in January 2008. She worked at a recruiting station in Nagadoches, Texas, 70 miles away from the station in Longview where Patrick was assigned. Henderson was forced into a second recruiting assignment he didn't want after he returned from a combat tour in Iraq.

Nils Aron Andersson served two tours in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne. Awarded the Bronze Star for helping some buddies pinned down in a firefight, Andersson, photographed here with his mother Charlotte Porter, also worked in the Houston area as a recruiter  read more »

Thomas Jefferson (born Apr. 13, 1743) - very few things he asked others to do that he wasn't willing to do himself

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, 3rd president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson: "A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

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Thomas Jefferson, (Born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia; died July 4, 1826, Monticello), author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia, considered as “the first cultured President” of the United States.

Despite his family’s status, Thomas Jefferson was grounded. History Empire writes, ‘There were very few things he asked others to do that he wasn’t willing to do himself.’ His curiosity and diligence inspired hands-on learning in many fields, including archeology before it was a science.  read more »

Possible to settle piracy issue not at risk of hero's life who saved 19-crew's lives, ship & food aid for hungry?

The Maersk Alabama arrives in Kenya Saturday with 19 crew members on board guarded by Navy Seals. The ship's captain, Richard Phillips, was still being held hostage on a lifeboat hundreds of miles from shore by Somali pirates who seized the ship Wednesday.

Somali pirates in a drifting lifeboat with hostage Capt. Richard Phillips want $2 million for his release. How decisively wise it would be to settle the piracy issue not at the risk of a life, a hero’s life who after all has saved other 19-crew’s lives and a valuable freighter, and 400 containers of food aid for hungry people.

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The US-flagged, Danish-owned freighter, Maersk Alabama, hijacked by pirates off Somalia safely reached a Kenyan port at the price of a volunteer hostage, Capt. Richard Phillips. When asked by a journalist how it felt to arrive in Kenya, a member of the 19 remaining crew who did not give his name said it was "terrifying and exciting at the same time." Asked about his captain, he said: "He's a hero."  read more »

..sword outwears its sheath,/..soul wears out the breast,/..heart must pause to breathe,/..love itself have a rest

O, we'll go no more a-roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have a rest.

Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a-roving
By the light of the moon.

— Lord Byron

Leadership: Going to war with Iraq was wrong, Australian PM Kevin Rudd admits, pulling all AU troops back home

Australian PM Kevin Rudd

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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said there had been a "failure to disclose to the Australian people the qualified nature of the intelligence - for example, the pre-war warning that an attack on Iraq would increase the terrorist threat, not decrease it".

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pulled the country's troops out of Iraq

Mr Rudd, a former diplomat, also dismissed his prede- cessor's argument that Australia had been obliged to send troops to Iraq because of its long-standing alliance with the United States.

He said while he valued the alliance highly, it did not mean that Canberra should automatically accede to US requests for military support.

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Photos courtesy of AP and defenselink.mil/HomePagePhotos/

Original Source: Telegraph

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