Twenty Afghan female football players
participating in HLCTP
Arab Female Mountaineer, Suzanne Al
Houby, To Take On Pakistani Peaks
Twenty Afghan Female Football Players
Participating In HLCTP in Japan
Breastfeeding Mps Cause A Stir, But With
More Women Running Than Ever In Canada, It Should Be The New Norm
Meet Pakistan's First Female Truck
Driver, Shamim Akhtar
Kim Regime Expands Secret Prison Camp for
Women Forcibly Returned From China
Sarah Palin Lashes Out At Muslim Schoolboy
over Homemade Clock
I Should Be In India, Says Pakistani Model
300,000 Children Face Uneducated Future
Because Of Daesh in Nangarhar
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Arab Female Mountaineer, Suzanne Al
Houby, to Take on Pakistani Peaks
By Sunehra Mehmood: September 20, 2015
The first Arab woman to scale Mount
Everest, Suzanne Al Houby, has now set her heart on conquering the mountains of
“I have been to Pakistan twice now. I
was invited by Muhammad Azfar Ahsan who runs Nutshell Forums to speak at
leadership conferences. I was skeptic first but talking to him gave me
confidence that I will be in good and safe hands. So I accepted, and I am so
glad I did,” Al Houby said, while speaking to The Express Tribune.
Being the first Arab woman to climb
Mount Everest is not the only feather in her cap, Al Houby is also the first
Arab woman to climb Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, Elbrus, Toubkal, Aconcagua and
Vinson. Although she has travelled to more than 100 destinations, her thirst to
explore has not quenched yet.
Responding to a question about her
impression of Pakistan, she said, “I went to Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. I
have also visited Murree and did some trekking there just to have a feel and
also have a view point to the expanse of the great Himalayas… the views were
captivating and absolutely gorgeous. Add this to the warmth of the culture…
then I was really all for a plan to go back to climb.”
The mountaineer, who hails from
Palestine, was all praise for the people of Pakistan. “People are really warm,
kind, extremely hospitable and welcoming all the time. They really go out of
their way to make you feel welcomed! Great culture, great food and gorgeous
landscape!” she added.
On her next visit to Pakistan, Al Houby,
who is also the founder and CEO of Rahhalah Explorers, an adventure tourism
outfitter, is planning to raise money to help terminally ill children in
Pakistan. While in the country, she had attended a ceremony held by the Make A
Wish Foundation where some of the wishes of the children were granted.
“Ishtiaq Baig is running the Make a Wish
Foundation and he is the one who invited me, briefed me and informed me of the
needs of the foundation. We have granted 12 kids their wishes. These kids are
terminally ill and the generous acts of people supporting will touch their
souls forever …way after they leave us.”
Al Houby, who firmly believes in giving
back to the community, was touched by the plight of the children. “Some kids
asked for a toy, others for Umrah or a TV … regardless what they asked for, to
be able to bring joy to them is priceless. What hit me as well is that these
kids do not have access to proper paediatric cancer facilities and treatments
which was really heart breaking. Should these kids be somewhere else, they may
have had a chance at some treatment that can maybe help them,” she added.
Talking about how she fell in love with
the sport of mountain climbing, she said, “I have been always an outdoor person
and into sports. I was once in a safari in Africa and once I saw my first big
mountain… I was mesmerised and decided right there that I want to climb
mountains! The more I climbed that more passionate I was about the whole
process, journey and summits!”
By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Sep 20 2015, 2:16
CPATcVzVEAQ-yXETwenty Afghan female
football players have been sent to Hiroshima city of Japan to participate in
the Hiroshima Leadership and Communication Training Program.
The women belonging to the Afghanistan
Women’s Football team left Afghanistan on September 14 and scheduled to return
to Kabul on September 22.
The program is being sponsored by the
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
However, Promote’s Women’s Leadership
Development program sponsors five of the 20 women during this trip.
The program involves cultural
introductions to Hiroshima, press events, and development of leadership, team
and communications skills.
“These programs are what we need in our
society to help women in every way, and especially in sports and education,”
said Hajar Abulfazil, a member of the Afghanistan women’s national football
“I see these programs building the
future of Afghanistan. Soon I hope we will have a lot of women leaders in every
office and government association.”
The athletes will act as Promote
ambassadors and mentors to current leadership participants. They will share
their trainings with other young women to further inspire their own leadership
Promote is the largest women’s
leadership program in the history of USAID and will provide 75,000 young,
educated women the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to advance in
Promote’s leadership component is one of
five Promote programs. Its mission is to provide 18,000 high-achieving, young
educated women with sophisticated, cutting-edge leadership skills.
Breastfeeding MPs Cause a Stir, but With
More Women Running Than Ever In Canada, It Should Be The New Norm
Ashley Csanady | September 19, 2015
Australian parliament has been told to
update its “archaic conventions” after a female MP was told last week to
express more breast milk to avoid missing important votes.
Kelly O’Dwyer is considered a “rising
star” of the governing Liberal party down under, but she sparked a debate about
how well female politicians are accommodated in the Westminster parliamentary
tradition after a row about missing a vote to breastfeed her daughter. The
whips of the parties have since worked out a solution where if O’Dwyer must
miss a vote, she can have a proxy on the floor.
But it’s far from the first time or the
last time young mothers in politics have made headlines. An Argentinian
parliamentarian, Victoria Donda Perez, sparked an international conversation
after she breastfed on the floor of her legislature.
In Canada, former NDP MP Sania Hassainia
caused a stir when she carried her baby onto the floor of the House of Commons
for an important vote on the long-gun registry. After first being ejected she
was later welcomed back, and set a precedent welcomed in many corners: newborns
in arms are perfectly welcome on the green carpet. Hassainia later said she
didn’t plan to do it again, but with more women than ever set to run in the
federal election — over a third of all candidates thus far, though nominations
aren’t closed until Sept. 28 — it’s an important discussion to have.
Political parental accommodation is not
just about women but the younger men as well, as more and more parties are
running candidates in their 20s and 30s. Since there are no parental leave
benefits for MPs — or MPPs and MLAs in many provincial legislatures — allowing
them to literally balance work and baby at the same time is crucial.
In Ontario, Laurel Broten, then a
Cabinet minister in Dalton McGuinty’s government, gave birth to twins and was
back in the office just weeks later. And though this was around the same time
Queen’s Park amended its standing orders to reduce the number of night sittings
and end them on Fridays to create a more family friendly environment, Broten
still faced criticism as to whether she could balance two newborns and her
portfolio. She did, though, and eventually become McGuinty’s education
It wasn’t always this common to see
young moms in politics.
In 1987, Sheila Copps became the first
sitting MP to give birth. Less than two weeks later, Ronald Reagan arrived in
town for a speech she wanted to attend, and so she pumped some breast milk and
headed to the hill. It was over an hour by the time both Reagan’s and
then-prime minister Brian Mulroney’s speech wrapped up. While waiting in the
lobby of centre block afterwards, a colleague pointed out “a stain the size of
a handprint” on the front of her silk blouse, and Copps had to dip out to
But those more light-hearted moments and
her colleagues’ many congratulations were occasionally tinged with sexism,
though Copps said it was less about being a new mom and more about “the whole
idea of being a woman in politics…breaking into unknown territory, especially
at that time.”
Things started changing for the better,
and she found she was able to nudge some if it along. The first female speaker
started a daycare on the hill, so once Copps’ daughter was potty trained, she
could drop her off on the way to work. But that also made the MP and later the
Cabinet minister aware of how could she had it, especially for the time.
Former Heritage Minister Sheila Copps in
her office on Parliament Hill.
“When you’re an MP and especially as a
minister, you’re in a much better position to make the rules, so it’s much
better for you than it is for a woman working in a hotel,” or for women in
other kinds of shift work, Copps said. Ottawa loves morning meetings, but 7:30
a.m. breakfasts don’t work when you have kids to get ready too, so as a
minister she barred them: “I tried to make the hours more in line with being a
parent as well.
“Because I was the boss, it made it
easier to create the work environment that supported families, and I think
that’s where MPs had it way (better than) the ordinary population.”
She brought her daughter to committee
meetings and to her office. She would breastfeed openly, which as is still the
case today, may have caused some chatter. Copps said she’s had other women tell
her that because she blazed that trail they too felt comfortable enough to feed
at work. But she also said it’s possible to get into a routine of pumping milk
and feedings, so you don’t have to choose formula to bottle-feed when
necessary. Above all, she said, young working moms need to cut themselves a
“I think people who run for politics
tend to be high energy achievers… I think sometimes as women we tend to be
fairly hard on ourselves. We want to be perfect. And I think you’ve got to give
a bit: you can have a messy house and you don’t have to bake cookies,” Copps
said. She used to try every Christmas to do the traditional thing and pound out
some cookies, but was so out of practice her daughter would say “your cookies
are like lead, stop making them.”
So her words of wisdom for young parents
on the Hill of either gender? “Buy your cookies.”
By Web Desk: September 19, 2015
Breaking stereotypes and driving through
gender-based obstacles, Shamim Akhtar from Rawalpindi is Pakistan’s first
female truck driver.
The 53-year-old single mother said
“Nothing is too difficult if you have the will, however if women make
themselves believe that they can’t do certain tasks then nothing works for
Driving cars for many years, Akhtar
decided to step out of Pakistan’s traditional domestic rule which requires
women to stay home, when she saw her family going through financial hardship.
Therefore, in order to support two
children at home and to cover the cost of her three eldest daughters’ weddings,
Akhtar set off to take driving lessons for heavy vehicles.
“My son tells me not to drive too far,
it’s dangerous but I told him that we have to earn a living. We only eat when
we earn,” Akhtar said as she prepared herself to transport a load of 7000
bricks from a factory in Rawalpindi to Azad Jammu and Kashmir, a gruelling 200
An inspiration for many, she was issued
a public service vehicle license, a first for a Pakistani woman- allowing her
to pull trailers, drive trucks and tractors.
“Whatever I am today, it is because of
the Islamabad Traffic Police training course,” Akhtar said humbly.
Further, while most Pakistani male
drivers lack formal driving lessons for heavy vehicles, Akhtar seems to have an
edge over the men which she uses to teach a novice.
And among many of her colleagues, her
student Usman Ali too, has a lot of respect for Akhtar.
“She behaves well, and treats us like
her sons. We too treat her as a mother and that is how our relationship is,”
one of Akhtar’s colleagues said for her.
However, despite the love and respect
from all her co-workers, Akhtar still faces discrimination in Pakistan.
Regardless of passing the driving test for Islamabad’s new bus line, she was
told there would be no jobs for women.
When that too, did not seem to break her
down, she gave a message to her fellow Pakistani women, “Women, try to do
something all the time, don’t make yourselves lazy or believe that you are weak
and can’t achieve such milestones. We can do everything. We are capable enough,
by the grace of God.”
Further, Akhtar hopes her drive and
determination will inspire other Pakistani women to follow her down the road to
By George Russell September 19, 2015
The communist regime in North Korea has
been expanding space for women in its notorious prison labour camps to
accommodate the number of Koreans forcibly returned from China, where they had
sought the economic means to survive.
The atrocities that await inmates in the
North Korean gulag include forced labor, savage beatings, starvation, episodic
executions and other crimes against humanity, according to a new report by the
Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (CHRNK), a Washington-based
The most recent changes in North Korea’s
remote and extensive secret prison network is documented in The Hidden Gulag
IV, an update of the Committee’s decade-long examination of the North Korean
system, published on Friday. The report is buttressed by a separate analysis of
satellite photographs and based on
interviews with inmates who endured stays in the horrific system and subsequently
escaped to South Korea after their release.
The Kim regime steadfastly denies the
existence of any and all of the camps.
The Committee report is an attempt to
document changes in North Korea’s gruesome prison landscape since early last
year, when a U.N. appointed commission issued its own report on North Korean
widespread and savage repression of its own citizenry, and the U.N. Security
Council for the first time debated whether to refer the Kim regime’s human
rights atrocities to the International Criminal Court as crimes against
humanity. (The Security Council discussion is ongoing.)
“What we are trying to do is track changes in
the prison camp system since then,” David Hawk, author of the CHRNK report,
told Fox News. The effort, however, is slow, difficult and almost always
lagging behind events, as it can take “two, three or four years” for camp
survivors to successfully escape to South Korea after enduring their horrifying
The CHRNK report focuses specifically on
changes at a labour camp in a mountainous region of North Korea’s coastal North
Hamgyong province, and at a notorious political prison in neighbouring South
Hamgyong that is often used for political purge victims from the capital of
Pyongyang, and where one section, known as a “re-revolutionizing zone,” was
recently demolished—a sign that its inmates have been relocated or otherwise
Among other things, the 1,000-women
expansion of space at a formerly all-male labour camp likely means that other
prisons for women “are overflowing with the arrival of larger numbers of North
Korean women forcibly repatriated from China,” Hawk said.
The women are imprisoned for the “crime”
of leaving North Korea in the first place, Hawk said, and their return by
Chinese authorities is itself considered by the Committee to be a contravention
of international humanitarian law, as the women face certain punishment for
something normally considered a human right in leaving North Korea in the first
The prison expansion is also a sign of
the ugly choices facing North Korean women in general. In the past they fled to
China largely to escape outright starvation at home, Hawk said. Now some also leave for the less desperate
reason of pursuing marginal economic opportunities. Once in China, they are
often picked up randomly by police, and detained until “a bus-load” can be
driven back to North Korea.
Once back, they are “interrogated, often
brutally,” Hawk said. If police decide they have committed no “political
offense”—which can include any contact with South Koreans, or with any
Christian churches—they are sentenced to anywhere between six months and three
years of hard labour and placed in the labour camp system.
That fact alone can be a life-saver, as
the families of inmates in the “normal” labor camp system are actually informed
of the existence and location of their loved ones, meaning that they can
receive additional food supplies when possible—though often it is not.
More importantly, they can eventually be
released to their families. In fact, the Committee’s report grimly notes, “many
prisoners are released before their sentences are complete, often because of
severe malnutrition, so that the prison authorities do not have to dispose of
so many dead bodies.”
Others might be released to celebrate
such festivities as a Kim family member's birthday or the founding of the
Korean Worker’s Party—but more likely, the report notes, to relieve rampant
Among the rest, one survivor interviewed
for the report relates, “many died of malnutrition and related diseases.”
At the North Hamgyong camp, female
prisoners ate starvation-level rations while cutting trees, hauling logs,
tending farm animals and, bizarrely, filling orders from Pyongyang for wigs and
false eyelashes, using hair that one prisoner thought came from China.
“When they had a ‘production order,’ the
wig-sewers would work non-stop day and night until the order was completed,”
the report notes. Only the most
productive workers were allowed to rest between “production orders.” The rest
were sent back, unrested, to heavier tasks.
One former prisoner interviewed for the
Committee report helped raise corn by creating fertilizer from human waste
mixed with dirt. She ate soup made from corn stocks and beans, and left prison,
near death, weighing about 60 lbs.—less than half her arrival weight.
On the other hand, the fact that the Kim
regime has been reducing the size of its even more draconian political prisons
is not necessarily better news, but possibly worse—and in any case completely
Detainees in North Korean political
prisons are literally non-persons. Their arrest and detention is almost never
discussed, and most never leave the prisons once they enter—and even if they
do, the fact is marked by silence.
In the case of the South Hamyong prison,
however, the section that was demolished in late 2014 was identified by
survivors as a “re-revolutionizing zone,” meaning that inmates could eventually
return-- if judged to have endured their beatings and hard labor stoically
enough-- to North Korean society.
Along with ordinary North Koreans who
had run afoul of the regime, it was the most common catch-pool for bureaucrats,
army officials and other regime loyalists who had been caught in the regime’s
murky internecine squabbles, rivalries and vendettas, and thus stood some
chance of being recycled in the next twist of any factional power struggles.
The Committee’s report offers a rare but
highly limited insight into the prison section’s population through the
recollections of Jung Gwang-il, a North Korean who was sent to the camp in
2002-2003 on suspicion of spying for South Korea while exporting high-quality
mushrooms. He was tortured, starved and beaten until he confessed, then
released after 10 months.
As it happened, Jung had a photographic
memory, and the Committee report includes a list of 181 political prisoners who
Jung itemized after his release. In a handful of cases, they are known to have returned to
regime jobs. Some died of malnutrition. The majority are simply marked as
As the Committee’s satellite analysis
notes, however, the “razing of
buildings, or even of an entire section of the camp, does not necessarily mean
that the camp has ceased to function as a detention facility.”
Overall, the analysis notes, “up to 120,000 political prisoners
detained in North Korea’s ‘hidden gulag’ continue to be subjected to induced
malnutrition, forced labour, torture and extra-judicial killings.”
As a result, it adds, “scores of
thousands” have died in the camps over the years.
If anything, the analysis notes, “the North
Korean regime appears to be stepping up its efforts to conceal the ‘heart of
darkness’ of its oppressive system, its political prison camps, from
international scrutiny made possible by satellite imagery analysis.”
That sensitivity may be heightened by
the fact that, as report author Hawk told Fox News, dictator Kim Jong-un, who
took power in late 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, has been
purging the ranks of the Worker’s Party, government bureaucracy and armed
forces at a greatly increased rate.
His father’s top loyalists have been
among the main victims—including Kim’s uncle by marriage, Jang Sung Taek.
Despite small measures of economic
reform, Hawk says, the regime’s behaviour “is as bad as ever. It’s still the
same old system except more purges.”
By Web Desk: September 20, 2015
Known for her controversial statements,
US politician Sarah Palin lashed out at US President Barack Obama for
supporting a Muslim schoolboy who was arrested and dragged out in handcuffs for
bringing a homemade clock to class.
Palin took to Facebook to voice her
displeasure at the president’s decision to invite the teenager to the White
House and also condemned the “reactionary-slash-biased media” for siding with
the boy and defending his “dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption.”
“Yep, believing that’s a clock in a
school pencil box is like believing Barack Obama is ruling over the most
transparent administration in history. Right. That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen
of England,” Palin wrote in a Facebook post in which she shared pictures of her
kids’ pencil boxes.
In her post, the former Alaska governor
also mentioned her daughter, Bristol, who had criticised Obama for promoting
racial tension by inviting the teenager to the White House and cited examples
of other students who had also been suspended from school for innocent deeds.
“Friends, consider the kids disciplined
and/or kicked out of school for bringing squirt guns to school or taking bites
out of a pop tart until it resembled (to some politically correct yahoo) a gun.
Or the student out deer hunting with his dad early one morning who forgot he
had a box of ammo in his truck when he parked in the school’s lot later that
day,” she wrote.
“Whereas Ahmed Muhammad, an evidently
obstinate-answering student bringing in a homemade ‘clock’ that obviously could
be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking
contraption (teachers who are told “if you see something, say something!”) gets
invited to the White House,” she added.
Palin also took Obama to task for
“jumping in cases prematurely to interject himself as the cool savior” and said
that his practice of attaching himself to the “issue-of-the-day, got old years
“Remember him accusing police officers
doing their job as ‘acting stupid’; claiming if he had a son, he’d look like
Trayvon Martin; claiming he needed to know who was a fault in an industrial
accident so he’d ‘know who’s a** to kick’; etc, etc. Those actions are about as
presidential as his selfie stick,” she added.
Palin’s daughter had accused Obama of
egging racial tension and according to her, “This is the kind of stuff Obama
needs to stay out of.”
“This encourages more racial strife that
is already going on with the “Black Lives Matter” crowd and encourages victimhood.
The police made a mistake, clearly. But why put more people against them? Why
egg it on? Childish games like this from our president have divided our
country… even more today than when he was elected,” she added.
Palin’s opinion is shared by only a minority
of Americans as people from the US and around the globe took to social media in
support of Ahmed Mohamed. The local community also staged a prayer vigil
outside the school where he was arrested.
Ahmed has received invitations not only
from the president but also from Google, Facebook, Space Camp, and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Out of all the high-profile names
reaching out to him in support, Ahmed confessed he was most excited to hear
from MIT as he dreamed of going there.
Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, also
joined the ranks of all those supporting Ahmed and hailed him as a ‘modern-day
hero’ whose talent will ‘blossom’ regardless of where he goes to school.
Wozniak said the Muslim teenager’s story
reminded him of his own story when he had deliberately built a bomb-like device
to prank his teacher. That prank had ended with him in juvenile detention
where, far from being chastised, the young Wozniak had taught his fellow
detainees “how they could remove the electric wires from an overhead fan and
attach them to the metal bars [to] shock the guards.”
“Even if he got into no school, his
talent would blossom. I hope they don’t kick it out of him. He is a modern day
hero to ones like myself,” he added.
Ahmed confirmed to Good Morning America
that he had accepted Obama’s invitation, saying, “I hope to see him soon.”
However, he revealed that his clock was still in police custody.
‘The clock is still in custody with the
police,’ he said. ‘I want it back with my humility.’
By Entertainment Desk: September 19,
Saimaa Azhar has gained popularity in
the fashion world. She recently walked the ramp at Shaan-e-Pakistan in New
Delhi and after having spent only a week in the Indian capital she feels she
should be living there, not in Pakistan.
“I feel main wahan [Pakistan] galti se
drop ho gayi hoon, I should be in India. My mother is originally from Lucknow
and my father is from Hardoi in UP. So, my family roots are in Uttar Pardesh,”
Saimaa said in an interview with Times of India.
“After my father migrated to Pakistan, I
was born and brought up there. This is the first time I am visiting India and I
totally love it,” she added.
In the interview, Saimaa spoke her heart
out about modelling, starting an acting career soon and even apologised to
India on behalf of Veena Malik.
I will be returning [to India] soon to
train formally in acting. Good actors from Pakistan like Fawad Khan and Mahira
Khan are working here now and doing some good work. I don’t want to talk about
girls like Veena Malik. I should be saying sorry to India on behalf of these
girls. What she did was not appreciable,” she said.
Saimaa was in India for only a week but
that didn’t keep her from exploring Delhi: ”I spent most of my time here
shopping. I went to Chandni Chowk and bought some chanderi silk with Zardozi
and Zari work and some beautiful saris as well. I was told by people
here that Lajpat Nagar is a must-visit if you love shopping. So, one evening was
spent at Lajpat Nagar buying jewellery.”
Having had a good amount of experience
in the fashion industry, she corrected all misconceptions people might hold
about the Pakistani fashion industry.
“People think that we only design
traditional and bridal outfits, but that is just one part of our fashion. Our
designers have been experimenting with various drapes and cuts. Even our Burqas
now have had a modern makeover, despite not too many women wearing them
anymore,” she said.
While she has never donned a Burqa, she
explains how even in the international market the concept of wearing a plain,
black Burqa has evolved.
“I have never worn one, but now Burqas
come in all colours and are tailored like gowns, as per body type. Some young
designers make Burqas with embroidery. In countries like Canada, velvet Burqas
are in demand. The starting price for designer Burqas is about Rs10,000, and it
can go higher depending on the fabric used and the embroidery,” she added.
300,000 Children Face Uneducated Future
Because Of Daesh In Nangarhar
By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Sep 20 2015300,000
children have been facing uneducated future because of Daesh in eastern
According to the information provided by
the directorate of education Directorate in Nangarhar, 58 schools have either
been closed by Daesh or shut down because of the security threat from this
Mohammad Asif, spokesman for the
directorate of education said the closure has caused 300,000 children out of
He said the education department is
trying to reopen these schools through negotiations with security forces, local
administration and community elders.
The barbarism of Daesh has made people
frustrated in Nangarhar.
Few days before, dozens of residents of
Achin District arrived in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar,
and criticized government for not taking strict actions against the group.
They said that without any reason Daesh
terrorists capture people and kill them.
A teen aged boy whose eyes were full of
tears said that Daesh killed his father for no reason.
An old lady, who wanted to tell media
about Daesh’s brutality she had seen, fell unconscious without saying anything.
Reports suggest that the group has
killed at least 600 civilians in Nangarhar, most of them in Achin District, in
the past few months.
The group has also started recruiting