Egyptian singer arrested for eating banana

This 16 November 2017 music video is by Shyma from Egypt.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Egyptian singer arrested for ‘inciting debauchery’ after eating a banana in music video

‘I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack’

Rachael Revesz

A pop star has been arrested in Egypt on suspicion of inciting debauchery in a music video.

[21-year-old] Shyma, who was shown dancing in her underwear and eating fruit in front of a classroom of men and a blackboard with “Class #69” written on it, was detained after the video caused numerous complaints. …

For Shyma’s supporters, the pop star’s arrest was a symbol of women’s oppression in a country that was voted the worst in the Arab world for women in 2013.

I’d say that Saudi Arabia is still a lot worse.


Republican, other sexual abuse scandals in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

9 November 2017

Republican candidate for the US Senate Roy Moore has been accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old in 1979. John Iadarola, Jayar Jackson, and Mark Thompson, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.

It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”

Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”

Read more here.

ALABAMA GOP SENATE CANDIDATE USED HIS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS IN FUNDRAISING EMAIL Judge Roy Moore not only denied accusations of sexual misconduct with minors, but used the reports as fodder for a fundraising email. A number of Alabama election officials dismissed the reports, and one even used the Bible to justify his support of Moore. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also weighed in, saying the president believes that if the accusations are true, Moore would “do the right thing and step aside.” Here’s what could happen for Moore on the Alabama ballot. [HuffPost]

This 9 November 2017 video from the USA is called Five Women Accuse Louis C.K. Of Masturbating In Front Of Them.

COMEDIAN LOUIS C.K. ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT Five women detailed allegations against the comedian, which mirror the rumors that had swirled around him for years. His latest film release is now under review. [HuffPost]

This 9 November 2017 video from the USA is called Terry Crews Reports Alleged Hollywood Groper To Police.

IT’S NOT JUST ALLEGATIONS AGAINST LOUIS C.K. Matthew Weiner, the creator of “Mad Men,” has been accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant and writer. Charlie Sheen denies he reportedly sexually assaulted the late child actor Corey Haim. Actor Ed Westwick says sexual assault accusations against him are “provably untrue.” A grad student levied claims of sexual harassment against a Princeton professor. Terry Crews has filed a police report against a Hollywood executive, claiming he was sexually assaulted. Another woman has come forward to say actor Jeremy Piven sexually assaulted her. Nicki Minaj’s brother has been convicted of predatory sexual assault on a minor. Restauranteur Eddie Huang spoke out about being sexually assaulted as a teen on a Baptist ski trip. And legendary swimmer Diana Nyad opened up about her sexual assault at 14. [HuffPost]

Britain: Tory MP says female journalists are fuelling Westminster sex scandal and behaving like ‘wilting flowers’: here.

Mary Wollstonecraft, my hero, Corbyn says

This 2017 video is called Mary Wollstonecraft – World History.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Mary Wollstonecraft is my historical hero, says Corbyn

Thursday 9th November 2017

JEREMY CORBYN has revealed his biggest historical hero: 18th-century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

The Labour leader expressed his admiration for Wollstonecraft in an interview with BBC History magazine published today.

An early advocate of women’s rights in the 18th century, she founded a school with her sister in Newington Green, which is now in Mr Corbyn’s north London constituency.

Last March, Mr Corbyn backed the campaign for a statue to the “outstanding writer and women’s rights campaigner” on the green.

He told the magazine that the “opening of a school that aimed to give girls an education every bit as good as that enjoyed by boys — a novel idea at the time” was the first reason he picked her as his historical hero.

“Then there’s the fact that (unlike a lot of people this side of the Channel) she was excited by the radical opportunities the French Revolution could bring,” he said. Having first learned about the writer and philosopher through the women’s rights movement in the 1970s and ’80s, he described her finest hour as the publication of A Vindication of the Rights of Women.

The 1792 text, which advocated equality of the sexes, made her famous and was a blueprint for the future women’s movement.

Mr Corbyn said: “It was Mary who had the vision of women leading lives every bit as full as any man.”

He also said he shared her beliefs in the way she treated people with respect, regardless of their sex, race or religion.

Wollstonecraft died 12 days after the birth of her second daughter, who went on to write the novel Frankenstein as Mary Shelley.

British peace activist Helen John, RIP

This 2015 video from Britain says about itself:

Helen John: Peace Campaigner

Helen John’s beliefs and action for peace

In 1981, Helen John joined the peace march to protest against the planned siting of cruise missiles in the UK. Unexpectedly she found herself driven to continue the protest at the Greenham base. It has resulted in an enormous upheaval in her personal life.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

She never gave up: peace activist Helen John

Tuesday 7th November 2017

A VETERAN peace campaigner who helped found the Greenham Common women’s peace camp has died.

Helen John, 79, continued resisting war and battling militarism to the last.

A former midwife, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

In 1981 she was one of the original quartet of women to chain themselves to the fence around Greenham Common RAF base, where the United States stored Cruise missiles.

It inspired hundreds of other women to set up camp there, with the protest camp only disbanding 19 years later when Cruise missiles were removed from the base.

Ms John described Cruise missiles as “the son of the nazi V1 flying bombs.”

She was also involved in campaigning activities at the US snooping base at Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire. The National Security Agency site is dominated by the huge white globes housing radomes which gather economic, military and political intelligence from US satellites and feed it back to the Pentagon.

Ms John had lived in a caravan outside the base, which is staffed by more than 1,000 US military and civilian personnel, for more than a decade.

More recently she turned her campaigning attentions to the use of drones as pilotless weapons of destruction, staging protests at drone base RAF Waddington.

She had suffered ill health and died on Sunday night.

British ‘defence’ secretary resigns in sexual harassment scandal

This TV video from Britain says about itself:

Breaking News: Sir Michael Fallon resigns over past behaviour claims- BBC News

1 November 2017

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has resigned following allegations of past behaviour.

He said his behaviour may have “fallen short” of the standards expected by the UK military and said it was right that Parliament was now taking this issue seriously.

Dutch NOS TV reports tonight that Sir Michael Fallon, the Secretary of ‘Defence’ War in the British Conservative-Irish fundamentalist terrorist coalition government, has resigned.

He was named in one sexual harassment case involving a woman journalist. But suspicions are that this was just the tip of the iceberg which ultimately caused the resignation.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Michael Fallon quits over ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has quit amid allegations of “inappropriate behaviour.”

Mr Fallon is the first to resign Prime Minister Theresa May’s Tory government following a wave of sexual abuse claims in Westminster over recent days.

In his resignation letter, he said: “A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct.

“Many of these have been false but I accept in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent.

“I have reflected on my position and I am now resigning as defence secretary.”

He apologised earlier this week for repeatedly touching journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer‘s knee in 2002. And, although Ms Hartley-Brewer says now that “no-one was remotely upset or distressed,” she admitted that at the time she threatened to “punch him” if he did it again.

However friends of Mr Fallon’s have said that in recent months he would concede that “some of his flirtation has been inappropriate.”

Fallon’s resignation means May’s government risks being tainted by ‘sleaze’: here.

Fall of Fallon leaves May’s government a scandal away from losing power: here.

More Westminster sexual assault allegations emerge as Tory aide says her drink was spiked with a ‘date rape drug’ in Commons bar. Woman claims Tory MP grabbed her by crotch from behind: here.

Sir Michael Fallon resigned after Andrea Leadsom accused him of sexually inappropriate language. Mr Fallon was accused of making a series of lewd comments while on the Treasury Committee: here.

USA: ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER WAVE OF REVELATIONS AND ACCUSATIONS A second woman has accused “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick of sexual assault. Portia De Rossi says movie star Steven Seagal unzipped his pants during an audition. Jeffrey Tambor has denied acting improperly with a former assistant. “Prison Break” star Robert Knepper has been accused of sexual assault while filming a 1992 movie. And Kevin Spacey has been accused by a former news anchor of sexually assaulting her son. [HuffPost]

USA: SENATOR: I USED TO AVOID ELEVATORS AS AN INTERN TO AVOID SEXUAL HARASSMENT “Because elevators were when you were captured,” Sen. Claire McCaskill said. Here’s what the Hill is doing on top of mandating sexual harassment training after Rep. Jackie Speier said at least two members of Congress are sexual harassers. [HuffPost]

FRANKEN UNDER FIRE: THE FALLOUT FROM THE SEXUAL ASSAULT ACCUSATION Anchorwoman and sportscaster Leeann Tweeden said Thursday that then-comedian Al Franken kissed and groped her at a 2006 USO event, and she shared a photo of one of the incidents. Senate Democrats have been swift to condemn the junior senator from Minnesota and call for an ethics investigation. Tweeden said she spoke up now as the “tide is turning.” President Donald Trump also denounced the senator, but did not voice an opinion on Senate candidate Roy Moore. And Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers piled on. [HuffPost]

Another woman has accused former president George H.W. Bush of groping her.

British government jails raped women refugees

This video from Britain says about itself:

2 March 2015

The treatment of detainees inside the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre is revealed in exclusive footage obtained by a Channel 4 News investigation.

Warning: this film contains offensive language from the start.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Vulnerable women seeking asylum still being locked up

Wednesday 1st November 2017

VULNERABLE women seeking asylum in Britain are still being locked up in detention centres where they suffer further trauma, a charity warns today.

In January 2016, an independent review recommended that survivors of sexual and gender-based violence should not be held in immigration detention centres but, despite changes in government policy, such women are still being locked up.

Women for Refugee Women spoke to 26 women who claimed asylum and were detained at the notorious Yarl’s Wood centre since September 2016, when the Adults at Risk policy came in, and found that 85 per cent were survivors of domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, forced prostitution or trafficking.

Nearly 90 per cent said their mental health had deteriorated while being detained while about half said they had thought about killing themselves. Two women said they had attempted suicide multiple times.

Home Office policy states that anyone who is vulnerable or “at risk” of harm from detention should not be detained — including survivors of sexual or gender-based violence.

But there is no screening process to identify whether someone is vulnerable.

Although doctors in detention centres are required to complete reports when they have concerns that someone is a survivor of torture, a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons in 2015 said that at Yarl’s Wood, some reports were “among the worst that we have seen, providing wholly inadequate protection for some of the most vulnerable detainees.”

One woman from West Africa, who had been forced into prostitution in her home country and had now been kept in detention for six months, said: “I wasn’t really sleeping or eating at all and I was having flashbacks about what had happened to me.

“Sometimes it felt like I was suffocating, as if the walls were closing in.”

The charity said the government must introduce a monitoring system on the policy’s use.

It also wants to see such women identified before being detained and an exclusion on the detention of pregnant women: currently there is a 72-hour time limit.

Founder of Women for Refugee Women Natasha Walter said: “We need to move away from detention and build a fair asylum process in which cases are heard and resolved while refugees are living in the community so that they are able to start rebuilding their lives.”

Further measures called for by the charity include a 28-day time limit on detention and an end to holding people while their asylum claims are in progress.