BBC Africa: Escaping Boko Haram: How Three Nigeria Girls Found Safety.


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Escaping Boko Haram: How three Nigeria girls found safety

 

The story of three Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram

For six months the world has waited for news of the fate of more than 200 girls abducted by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. As the Nigerian government insists a deal to release the “Chibok girls” is being negotiated, three girls who escaped their captors have told their story to BBC Hausa.

Lami, Maria and Hajara were at school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria, when they were kidnapped in April. Best friends Lami and Maria escaped by jumping from the back of a truck. Hajara was taken to a camp but later fled with another girl.

 

To protect the girls’ identity we have portrayed their story as an animation, and provided an edited transcript of their account below.

 

The girls’ names have been changed for their protection.

 

Animation by Luis Ruibal.

 

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Lami: It was Monday night. We had exams the following day. Then we started to hear shootings in the town. So we went out. We phoned our parents to tell them what was happening in the town. They told us to run away when we got the chance. We told them that the town was already surrounded so there was no way we could run.

 

Maria: Lami woke me up saying: “Maria didn’t you hear what’s happening? Haven’t you heard sounds of shooting from the town?”

 

I said we should climb the wall and run away. She said: “No. No-one has run away. We should gather in one place and wait to see what’s going to happen.”

 

Other girls said nothing would happen to us. “We’re girls. They don’t do anything to girls. We should wait and see what God would do.”

 

Lami: We were at the school when suddenly three Boko Haram members entered.

 

They said: “If any of you attempt to leave we’ll kill all of you.” When we went out they were everywhere. They gathered us where we have our school assembly. As we were there they kept burning the school. They burnt everything.

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Hajara: They asked us to get out of the gate, saying that when we were out they would let us go back to our homes. They said whoever did not have a headscarf or shoes should go and get them. They then asked us to climb on to a lorry, on top of the food loaded in it. The lorry was so high that we couldn’t easily climb on.

 

Maria: They said to us: “You’re only coming to school for prostitution. Boko (Western education) is haram (forbidden) so what are you doing in school?”

 

We kept quiet. I think there could have been about 100 Boko Haram members – they were all over the school. They outnumbered us. They took us away in their vehicles. We were sitting on oil drums in the vehicle. Our vehicle was really overloaded. We were saying to one another that we should throw away our shoes and scarves so that if our parents came they would know the road we had taken.

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Hajara: The vehicle became full before I could get on. There were about 100 of us walking. We stopped at one town and people brought us water. I saw one of those who brought us water changed his clothes and joined the Boko Haram men. They then put us in other vehicles.

 

They put the rest in the boots of cars. Some of the Boko Haram members were so small that if I were to grab their necks I could break them. Some couldn’t even carry their guns properly.

 

Maria: We were wondering where we were being taken to. When we entered the vehicle, Lami said to me: “Shouldn’t we jump out of the vehicle here so that we may possibly escape? There are no other vehicles close by.”

 

Hajara: I thought, it’s preferable to have these people shoot me as I run than have them humiliate me. They kept saying to us: “Make sure you put on your scarves. Make sure you put on your scarves. We’ll shoot any girl we see without a scarf. And any girl who jumps out will die.”

 

I was about to jump out when one girl held me back and said they’d shoot me if I did.

 

“What’s the difference,” I said. “Is it not to the same death we’re going? They should shoot me here and let my corpse be collected.”

 

I was crying and praying until we reached the camp.

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Lami: There was a lot of dust on the road, they couldn’t see us. When we jumped out, we started to run. We were running without shoes. We found other people. We started to run away from them thinking they were Boko Haram. But they too had run from the town.

 

Hajara: Boko Haram gathered us in a forest around noon. Some of the girls were tired and were lying down. But I couldn’t lie down. The spirit of God was asking me to go. It was telling me: “Get up and go. Get up and go.”

 

So I went. Another girl followed me. When we were going I saw some of them [Boko Haram members] performing ablutions. We stooped as if we were trying to pull out thorns from our shoes, as if we were just going to wee. We’d walk a little then bend down for a little while as if we were looking for something we’d lost.

 

After walking for a while they couldn’t see us properly since it was forest. We then started to run. After we had run for a short distance, we heard them saying “catch those girls.” We kept running. Whether they came after us not, we didn’t know.

 

Hajara: We kept going and our shoes were ripped. We found a house, where a girl could speak Hausa. Her parents gave us a place to sleep. We reached the Chibok area in the morning. A man looking for a relative among the missing girls drove us on motorbike into town.

 

When I saw my elder and younger brothers, I fell to the ground crying. My mother and father were crying and all members of my family cried. Before I reached home it was as if there was a death in the house. Mats were spread. People were consoling my father and mother thinking that I had died.

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Lami: The people we met said: “Your town is far away. You can’t go there now. Come here and wait until morning when we’ll take you into the town to get transport back home.” We stayed there till morning when they asked us to get up so that we go to the town. We couldn’t walk. Our feet were full of thorns.

 

They said: “Let’s go find a vehicle to take you home.”

 

Maria: The men who helped us took us to Chibok, and I cried. It was the second time that something like that had happened to me. My dad was a pastor; Boko Haram went to our house and killed him. They also shot my mum in the stomach; they gave her 2,000 Naira ($12) to have the bullet.

 

Lami: My parents warmed up water and cared for my feet. I was taken to the hospital and it was two weeks before I could stand up.

 

Maria: I continued to live with the thought that Boko Haram members were coming to get me. I couldn’t sleep.

 

Hajara: I was having nightmares every day. There was even a day when I dreamed that they gathered all of us who fled in one place, and said to us: “You girls have defied us and fled. We’re now going to burn you alive.”

 

I haven’t forgotten about the other girls who are still in the hands of those people. I keep praying for them.

 

Lami: God will never make us meet these people again. And for our sisters who are still in the forest, may God help them. And may the whole world cry out for these girls to get out so that we continue with our education in school again.

 

Maria: They should pray to God to forgive them their sins. I’d also ask them to bring back the girls they have kidnapped because their parents are in distress. Some of the parents of the girls have already died. It was the thought of their girls that killed them.

 

Hajara: God will do what he wills, but I don’t want to look at them because of what they have done to my life. They think they’ve ruined me, but God willing, they haven’t ruined me. I’ll continue with my education.

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 Who are Boko Haram?

 

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  • Founded in 2002
  • Initially focused on opposing Western education – Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009 to create Islamic state
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria – also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja
  • Some three million people affected
  • Declared terrorist group by US in 2013

 

Who are Boko Haram?

 

Profile: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

 

Will ‘truce’ with Boko Haram free Chibok girls?

 

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The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign

 

Published on May 9, 2014

All across the globe a campaign has started using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Be a part of this magnificent effort to bring the kidnapped Nigerian girls home. Make your own sigh and post it on social media today.

 

 

 

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Published on May 5, 2014

The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country’s government, according to a video released Monday. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

 

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls Worldwide Protest

 

Published on May 7, 2014

Images of people the world over weeping and protesting for the return of 276 young girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school. #BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters #276

 

 

 

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I don’t know her name, because she lives in a remote village in India – or was it Afghanistan? She’s not a politician – nor will she ever be. She does not seek publicity, or wear shoes that cost more than a Bangladeshi worker will earn in 10 years. But hopefully one day she or her daughter will break free from male-dominated society and carve out a living as a small-scale businesswoman.

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BBC News Africa: Nigeria’s Boko Haram Abducts More Women And Girls.

 

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Anonymous – #OpFerguson

 

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I was talking with a loved one about the past 30 days, the time since we first became aware of Eric Garner’s murder (July 17th, 2014) until last afternoon and the murder of Michael Brown….thrown in between those murders by the murder of John Crawford…..ALL by those with the motto “To Serve And Protect“….the Police. Law Enforcement. The Man.

 

I began to ponder how many United States occupants have been murdered by the very people employed to protect ALL American people and the visitors on American soil.

 

Black and Unarmed: Men Without Weapons Killed by Law Enforcement

 

BY: JENÉE DESMOND-HARRIS

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Thank you The Root & JENÉE DESMOND-HARRIS

 

 

Seems the police have manufactured a cover story….

 

Occupy Democrats Reports: Town Outraged After Unarmed Black Teen Shot by Police

 

 

 

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Police: Michael Brown shot after altercation

 

From Associated Press:

 

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP)St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown came after an altercation with police.

 

Belmar said at a news conference Sunday morning that a Ferguson Police officer had an encounter with two people. He says one person allegedly pushed the officer back into patrol car and assaulted the officer.

 

He says there was a struggle over the officers’ weapon and one shot was fired in the car. The officer then got out of his vehicle and shot at “a subject.”

 

He says the man suffered more than a couple gunshots, but “not many more than that.”

 

About 200 people rallied Sunday morning outside of the Ferguson Police Department to protest Brown’s death. They chanted “we want answers” and “no justice, no peace.”

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Tom Jackson, who had scheduled a 10:30 AM news conference, was a no show, protesters apparently scared the Chief of Police away from his own presser.

 

THIS is the explanation given by Chief Jon Belmer of St. Louis County Missouri Police, where is Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson? Why Is Chief Jackson hiding?

 

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Police: Black Teen Shot After Altercation

 

Published on Aug 10, 2014

A local police chief police says Saturday’s fatal shooting of a black teenager in suburban St. Louis, Missouri came after an altercation with police. The shooting has prompted protests, and the officer has been placed on administrative leave. (Aug. 10)

 

 

Why is Ferguson Police Chief of Ferguson Police officer who shot Michael Brown TEN times, not out front giving us an explanation why this murder took place? Why is this bogus explanation vastly different from several witnesses who were on scene….such as this…..

 

Witnesses tell News 4 that Mike Brown, 18, was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times by the a Ferguson police officer. Police have not confirmed those claims and they have not released any details of the incident other than an officer was involved and that he has been placed on administrative leave.

 

Dorian Johnson tells News 4 he was walking with Brown when the officer confronted them and drew his weapon: 

“He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said Dorian Johnson, a friend Brown’s. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”

 

St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood told News 4 that Brown was shot once by the officer and then an additional nine times as he lie in the street. Police have not confirmed that account.

 

Ferguson police gunned down 17 year old Michael Brown as he and a friend walked down the street. A witness stated police pulled up to the two boys and said “Get the fuck on the sidewalk”. According to a witness police grabbed the kid around the neck and repeatedly shot the unarmed kid

Ferguson police gunned down 17 year old Michael Brown as he and a friend walked down the street. A witness stated police pulled up to the two boys and said “Get the fuck on the sidewalk”. According to a witness police grabbed the kid around the neck and repeatedly shot the unarmed kid

 

SO, we’re to believe a caucasian police officer from the Ferguson Police department was doing a “George Zimmerman” and actually fighting for his life, aka George Zimmerman, as 18 year old Michael Brown attempted to take the police officer’s weapon away from him. Thus Michael Brown being shot once, maybe twice, but not the reported ten times….was justified. We are to believe the caucasian officer while eye witness Dorian Johnson tells News 4 he was walking with Brown when the officer confronted them and drew his weapon: “He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said Dorian Johnson, a friend Brown’s. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”

 

Michael Brown was college bound…..WAS college bound.

 

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Now Michael Brown is a blood stain in the middle of a Ferguson, Missouri street

 

Mike Brown Shooting: Seeking Justice For Black Missouri Teen Killed By Ferguson Police, Facebook, Twitter Users Rally

 

 

 

Amid growing calls for justice, Internet and social media users are seeking answers as to why a black teenager was shot and killed by police near St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. The victim, who was reportedly unarmed, is being identified on social media as Michael Brown, 18, a recent high school graduate.

 

Authorities confirmed Brown was shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a predominately African-American suburb of St. Louis. Few details of the shooting are currently known, but Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson told the AP a second person involved in the altercation is being questioned. As of yet, the person has not been arrested or charged.

 

Following news of the shooting, calls for justice spread quickly throughout the Internet on Saturday and continued into Sunday when Brown’s name trended on Twitter for several hours, along with hashtags such as #JusticeForMike. Several “Justice for Mike” pages popped up on Facebook as well, with one page amassing several hundred “likes” per hour as of Sunday afternoon. Another Facebook page had attracted nearly 4,000 likes before it was removed without explanation Sunday.

 

A photo of a man identified by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as Louis Head — Brown’s stepfather — was widely circulated on Twitter and Facebook Sunday. In it, the man is holding a sign that reads “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”

 

Michael Brown's stepfather holds a sign which reads, "Ferguson Police Just Executed My Unarmed Son!!!"

 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Brown was a 2014 graduate of Normandy High School and was scheduled to begin classes on Monday at Vatterott College  career training institute. Shortly after the shooting, hundreds of outraged Ferguson residents spilled out of their apartments and confronted local authorities, shouting obscenities and threating comments like “kill the police.” About 100 protesters also gathered outside Ferguson police headquarters chanting, “No Justice! No Peace!” the Post-Dispatch reported.

 

John Gaskin, a member of the St. Louis County NAACP, likened the incident to the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Eric Garner in New York, the latter of whom died at the hands of the NYPD after an altercation in Staten Island last month. AP reported Gaskin said the FBI should intervene quickly to “protect the integrity” of the investigation into Brown’s death. “With the recent events of a young man killed by the police in New York City and with Trayvon Martin and with all the other African-American young men that have been killed by police officers … this is a dire concern to the NAACP, especially our local organization,” Gaskin said.

 

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A good personal loved one whom I follow in the bloggerspherem has decided to publish a post on the statistics of murder by law enforcement of Black people. Since I am lazy and dislike much research, as she encountered for her blog post, I am “Borrowing” her research…..please go visit her blog…..

 

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Mothers of Black and Brown sons and even of Black and Brown daughters must caution their children to be wary on the streets of their neighborhoods. They must caution their children to be afraid of the police. They must be afraid each time their children go out to play, go to the store even go to school; they must be afraid their child may not return. Other mothers, an estimated five hundred (500) a year bury their children due to police violence; violence that is rarely prosecuted, frequently ignored by the press and all too often excused as ‘justified’.

 

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Racism is not dead in this nation. Shame on any of us for trying to bury the inherent and blatant racism of the United States and its people, it has always been part of our makeup and it has come roaring back in its full and awful glory in the past decade, especially since the election of our current President. It did not start in 2007 with his win over John McCain though, it started emerging as accepted political and social fodder long before this, the best example is New York City and the Stop and Frisk policy initiated under Rudy Giuliani and escalated under Michael Bloomberg.

 

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It seems instead of moving forward toward more acceptance of diversity within society we are reverting to our inglorious past of injustice, lynch mob mentality and criminalization based on melanoma content.

 

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Read more of this post from Ms. Valentine Logar at Sheets of Blood Streets of Pain, Ms. Logar is a brilliant blogger, writer and researcher, all the things I am not. You will enjoy her blog.

 

 

Justice For ALL, Not Justice For Just”US.”

 

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What Did Barack Do Today™: Signed H.R. 3230, The Veterans’ Access To Care through Choice, Accountability, And Transparency Act Of 2014.


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In the morning, the President will travel to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to deliver remarks and sign H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.  The bill provides the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans.

 

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The President delivers remarks and signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014
Wallace Theater – Fort Belvoir

 

President Obama Signs the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act

 

Published on Aug 7, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Belvoir before signing the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act into law on August 7, 2014.

 

 

 

Army Sgt. Maj. James McGruder, operations sergeant major for of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, introduces President Barack Obama during a presidential bill signing at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 7, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)

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President Barack Obama waves goodbye after visiting Fort Belvoir, Va., an Army base 20 miles south of Washington, to highlight efforts to help veterans have an easier time getting health care, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill providing the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans. At right is Sgt. Major James McGruder who gave Obama an enthusiastic introduction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Barack Obama waves goodbye after visiting Fort Belvoir, Va., an Army base 20 miles south of Washington, to highlight efforts to help veterans have an easier time getting health care, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill providing the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans. At right is Sgt. Major James McGruder who gave Obama an enthusiastic introduction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

By The Associated Press

 

President Obama Signs Major provisions of veterans health care law

 

A law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administrators and other senior VA executives.

Congressional budget analysts put the cost of the law at $16.3 billion over three years and estimate it will add $10 billion to federal deficits over the next 10 years.

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act:

—Devotes $10 billion to pay private doctors to treat qualifying veterans who can’t get prompt appointments at the VA’s nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics, or those who live far from them. Only veterans who enrolled in VA care as of Aug. 1 or live at least 40 miles away are eligible for outside care.

—Devotes $5 billion to hire more doctors, nurses and other medical and mental health professionals.

—Authorizes $1.3 billion to open 27 new VA outpatient clinics and other medical facilities in 18 states and Puerto Rico.

—Gives the VA secretary authority to fire immediately poor-performing senior executives. They would have seven days to appeal, with a final resolution 21 days later.

—Expands a scholarship program for children of veterans killed in the line of duty to include surviving spouses.

—Allows all returning veterans and eligible dependents to qualify for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

—Cuts funding for annual bonuses for VA employees to $360 million, $40 million less than last year.

Thank you Associated Press

 

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President Obama Signs Bill to Give the VA the Resources It Needs

 

 

Earlier today, President Obama traveled to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to sign a reform bill giving the Department of Veterans Affairs the necessary resources to improve access and quality of care for the men and women who have served our country in uniform.

 

In remarks before the bill signing, President Obama addressed the misconduct that has taken place at some VA facilities across the country — veterans being denied the care they need, or long wait times being covered up.

 

“This is wrong,” the President emphasized. “It was outrageous. And working together, we set out to fix it and do right by our veterans across the board, no matter how long it took.”

 

We’ve already taken the first steps to change the way the VA does business. We’ve held people accountable for misconduct. Some have already been relieved of their duties, and investigations are ongoing. We’ve reached out to more than 215,000 veterans so far to make sure that we’re getting them off wait lists and into clinics both inside and outside the VA system.

 

We’re moving ahead with urgent reforms, including stronger management and leadership and oversight. And we’re instituting a critical culture of accountability — rebuilding our leadership team, starting at the top with Secretary McDonald. And one of his first acts is that he’s directed all VA health care facilities to hold town halls to hear directly from the veterans that they serve to make sure that we’re hearing honest assessments about what’s going on.

 

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The VA reform bill — officially the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 — passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, and will expand survivor benefits and educational opportunities and improve care for victims of sexual assault and veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries. But the main focus of the new law is to ensure that veterans have access to the care they’ve earned.

 


“You’ve risked your lives on multiple tours to defend our nation. And as a country, we have a sacred obligation to serve you as well as you’ve served us – an obligation that doesn’t end with your tour of duty.”


 

The President outlined three important areas the law will address:

 

1. Giving the VA the resources it needs:

It will help the VA hire more doctors and more nurses and staff more clinics. As a new generation of veterans returns home from war and transitions into civilian life, we have to make sure the VA system can keep pace with that new demand. Keep in mind that I have increased funding for the VA since I came into office by extraordinary amounts. But we also have extraordinary numbers of veterans coming home. And so the demand, even though we’ve increased the VA budget, is still higher than the resources that we’ve got. This bill helps to address that.

 

2. Ensuring timely care:

For veterans who can’t get timely care through the VA, this bill will help them get the care they need someplace else. And this is particularly important for veterans who are in more remote areas, in rural areas. If you live more than 40 miles from a VA facility, or if VA doctors can’t see you within a reasonable amount of time, you’ll have the chance to see a doctor outside the VA system.

 

3. Holding people accountable:

We’re giving the VA Secretary more authority to hold people accountable. We’ve got to give [Secretary McDonald] the authority so that he can move quickly to remove senior executives who fail to meet the standards of conduct and competence that the American people demand. If you engage in an unethical practice, if you cover up a serious problem, you should be fired. Period. It shouldn’t be that difficult. And if you blow the whistle on an unethical practice, or bring a problem to the attention of higher-ups, you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored, and you certainly shouldn’t be punished.

 

The President noted, however, that while this law is focused on immediate needs to reform the VA, we can’t lose sight of the long-term goals of our service members and our veterans:

 

The good news is, we’ve cut the disability claims backlog by more than half. But let’s now eliminate the backlog. Let’s get rid of it. The good news is, we’ve poured major resources into improving mental health care. But now, let’s make sure our veterans actually get the care they need when they need it. The good news is, we’ve helped to get thousands of homeless veterans off the street, made an unprecedented effort to end veterans’ homelessness. We should have zero tolerance for that. But we’ve got to — still more work to do in cities and towns across America to get more veterans into the homes they deserve.

 

We’ve helped more than a million veterans and their spouses and children go to college through the post-9/11 GI bill. But now, we’ve got to help even more of them earn their educations, and make sure that they’re getting a good bargain in the schools they enroll in.

 

We’ve rallied companies to hire hundreds of thousands of veterans and their spouses. That’s the good news.  With the help of Jill Biden and Michelle Obama — two pretty capable women…But now, we’ve got to help more of our highly skilled veterans find careers in this new economy.

 


“America has to do right by all who serve under our proud flag.”

 

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Speeches and Remarks – Official Transcript

 

Remarks by the President at the Signing of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act

 

 

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BODY OF US GENERAL Harold J. Greene ARRIVES AT DOVER AIR FORCE BASE

 

By Associated Press.

 

The body of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was returned home to the U.S. Thursday morning in solemn proceedings at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The body of a two-star general killed in an Afghan “insider attack” has arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

 

A C-17 cargo plane carrying the body of 55-year-old Maj. Gen. Harold Greene landed Thursday morning at Dover, home to the nation’s largest military mortuary.

 

White-gloved soldiers solemnly carried a flag-draped metal case with Greene’s remains to a waiting mortuary vehicle as Army officials and other dignitaries saluted.

 

Greene is the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be killed in combat since 1970 during the Vietnam War. Greene, a 34-year U.S. Army veteran, also is the highest-ranked American officer killed in combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

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Supreme Court Backs Hobby Lobby In Contraceptive Battle.


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From The Associated Press:

 

Supreme Court backs Hobby Lobby in contraceptive mandate challenge

 

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain “closely held” for-profit businesses can cite religious objections in order to opt out of a requirement in ObamaCare to provide free contraceptive coverage for their employees.

 

The 5-4 decision, in favor of arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby and one other company, marks the first time the court has ruled that for-profit businesses can cite religious views under federal law. It also is a blow to a provision of the Affordable Care Act which President Obama’s supporters touted heavily during the 2012 presidential campaign.

 

“Today is a great day for religious liberty,” Adele Keim, counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty which represented Hobby Lobby, told Fox News.

 

The ruling was one of two final rulings to come down on Monday, as the justices wrapped up their work for the session. The other reined in the ability of unions to collect dues from home health care workers.

 

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion in the ObamaCare case, finding the contraceptive mandate in its current form “unlawful.” The court’s four liberal justices dissented.

 

 

Today’s entire Hobby Lobby ruling on religious freedom in two quotes — from Ginsburg and Alito:

 

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The Obama administration, two years ago, already negotiated with religious-based schools, hospitals and other non-profits to reach an accommodation on the issue of contraception coverage. In the wake of Monday’s ruling, the question now before the administration is how it might try to accommodate for-profit businesses that claim religious objections while also extending contraceptive coverage to female workers.

 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday afternoon that the decision “jeopardizes the health of women who are employed by these companies,” but said the administration would respect the ruling.

 

“We will work with Congress to make sure that any women affected by this decision will still have the same coverage of vital health services as everyone else,” he said. Earnest did not get into specifics, saying they are still assessing the decision and trying to determine which companies are affected.

 

Alito suggested two ways the administration could ensure women get the contraception they want. It could pay for pregnancy prevention, he said. Or it could provide the same kind of accommodation made available to non-profits — by letting the groups’ insurers or a third-party administrator take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control.

 

The court stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations that are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.

 

But Alito held that in the case before the court, the religious objections cited were legally legitimate, under a law that bars the government from taking action in certain cases that “substantially burdens” freedom of religion. He noted that fines for one company could total $475 million per year if they did not comply with the ObamaCare rule.

 

“If these consequences do not amount to a substantial burden, it is hard to see what would,” Alito wrote.

 

The Supreme Court challenge was brought by Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby and a furniture maker in Pennsylvania, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. The for-profit businesses challenged the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that employers cover contraception for women at no extra charge among a range of preventive benefits in employee health plans.

 

It was the first major challenge to ObamaCare to come before the court since the justices upheld the law’s individual requirement to buy health insurance two years ago.

 

Dozens of companies, including Hobby Lobby, claim religious objections to covering some or all contraceptives. The methods and devices at issue before the Supreme Court were those the plaintiffs say can work after conception. They are the emergency contraceptives Plan B and ella, as well as intrauterine devices, which can cost up to $1,000.

 

The court had never before recognized a for-profit corporation’s religious rights under federal law or the Constitution. The companies in this case, and their backers, argued that a 1993 federal law on religious freedom extends to businesses.

 

The Obama administration had argued that a victory for the companies would prevent women who work for them from making decisions about birth control based on what’s best for their health, not whether they can afford it.

 

Democratic leaders blasted the court’s decision on Monday, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tweeting: “It’s time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women.”

 

In a dissent she read aloud from the bench, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the decision “potentially sweeping” because it minimizes the government’s interest in uniform compliance with laws affecting the workplace. “And it discounts the disadvantages religion-based opt outs impose on others, in particular, employees who do not share their employer’s religious beliefs,” Ginsburg said.

 

The Obama administration argued earlier this year that the case is not just about birth control, and that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the businesses could undermine laws governing immunizations, Social Security taxes and minimum wages.

 

Alito clarified that the decision Monday is limited to contraceptives under the health care law. “Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs,” Alito said.

 

Thank you The Associated Press.

 

Supreme Court Decision Rolls Back Religious Liberty

 

Published on Jun 30, 2014

Patricia Miller and Tarso Luís Ramos say that the decision actually harms religious liberty of individuals and is really a win for the religious right-wing.

 

 

 

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SCOTUS Rules Against Workplace Contraceptive Coverage for Women: What About MALE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION DRUGS?!

 

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that anti-abortion protesters enjoyed a special status not accorded to the normal run of protester.

 

This week The UnSupreme Court ruled that corporations are persons whose owner’s religious convictions must be accommodated, and they also ruled that home health workers in Illinois didn’t have to pay union dues if they weren’t directly members of those unions, even though the unions negotiated on their behalf.

 

Within one week, the UnSupreme Court has done more to any personal rights women’s and labor rights.

 

Nina Turner on Reproductive Rights

 

Published on Mar 31, 2013

Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner addressed the meeting of the Abortion Care Network March 17, 2013 about the legislative assault on women’s rights and our response to it.

 

 

 

Nina Turner on Viagra Legislation

 

Published on Apr 1, 2013

State Senator Nina Turner of Ohio introduced legislation that would require special precautions for men seeking erectile dysfunction drugs, similar to the process imposed on women seeking abortion. In this humorous clip she explains her reasoning.

 

 

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The Hobby Lobby decision passed down this afternoon by the unsupreme court is a direct slap in the face of Americans near and far.  By a 5 to 4 judgement, the Supreme Court Of The United States Of AmeriKKKa, decided that women are pieces of shit who can and should be controlled by racist caucasian males who use Christ and religion as weapons.

 

Now I am sure there are ten metric tons of American women who will rush to the polls on “NO”vember 4th, 2014 to vote for the TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBTQA1 Anti-Feminist Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag Party. I of course do not understand voting against your own best interest, but then again I don’t understand house nigger Clarence Thomas voting against common sense legislation while he pretends to be a caucasian male.

 

Clarence thinks a dumbass caucasian wife makes him acceptable at the caucasian mans table. Epic failure.

 

Much like this 113th CongrASS, this Un Supreme Court is a joke.

 

 

Supreme Court decisions. Here are some of the biggest developments and expert opinion on the cases that you may have missed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nigeria’s Military Knows Location Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram: Defense Official.


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Nigeria‘s Military Knows Location Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram: Defense Official.

 

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From The Huffington Post & | MICHELLE FAUL:

 

Associated Press Writers Bashir Adigun in Abuja and Will Lester in Washington D.C. contributed to this report.

 

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country’s chief of defense said Monday.

 

Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators supporting the much criticized military that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, “we can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

 

He spoke to thousands of demonstrators who marched to Defense Ministry headquarters in Abuja, the capital. Many were brought in on buses, indicating it was an organized event.

 

Asked by reporters where they had found the girls, Badeh refused to elaborate.

 

“We want our girls back. I can tell you we can do it. Our military can do it. But where they are held, can we go with force?” he asked the crowd.

 

People roared back, “No!”

 

“If we go with force what will happen?” Badeh asked.

 

“They will die,” the demonstrators responded.

 

That appeared to leave negotiation the sole option, but a human rights activist close to negotiators said a deal to swap the girls for detained Boko Haram members was agreed last week and then scuttled at the last minute by President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

The activist who is close to those mediating between Boko Haram extremists and government officials said the girls would have been freed last week Monday.

 

Jonathan had already told British officials that he would not consider an exchange. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

 

Nigeria’s military and government have faced national and international outrage over their failure to rescue the girls seized by Boko Haram militants from a remote northeastern school six weeks ago.

 

President Jonathan was forced this month to accept international help. American planes have been searching for the girls and Britain, France, Israel and other countries have sent experts in surveillance and hostage negotiation.

 

A U.S. Defense Department spokesman said the department cannot confirm the reports about the Nigerian girls at this point. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation, spoke on background.

 

Jonathan’s reluctance to accept offered help for weeks is seen as unwillingness to have outsiders looking in on what is considered a very corrupt force.

 

Soldiers have told The Associated Press that they are not properly paid, are dumped in dangerous bush with no supplies and that the Boko Haram extremists holding the girls are better equipped than they are.

 

Some soldiers have said officers enriching themselves off the defense budget have no interest in halting the five-year-old uprising that has killed thousands.

 

Soldiers near mutiny earlier this month fired on the car of a commanding officer come to pay his respects to the bodies of 12 soldiers who their colleagues said were unnecessarily killed by the insurgents in a night-time ambush.

 

The military also is accused of killing thousands of detainees held illegally in their barracks, some by shooting, some by torture and many starved to death or asphyxiated in overcrowded cells.

 

More than 300 teenagers were abducted from their school in the town Chibok on April 15. Police say 53 escaped on their own and 276 remain captive.

 

A Boko Haram video has shown some of the girls reciting Quranic verses in Arabic and two of them explaining why they had converted from Christianity to Islam in captivity. Unverified reports have indicated two may have died of snake bites, that some have been forced to marry their abductors and that some may have been carried across borders into Chad and Cameroon.

 

Boko Haram — the nickname means “Western education is sinful” — believes Western influences have corrupted Nigerian society and want to install an Islamic state under strict Shariah law, though the population 170 million people is divided almost equally between Christians and Muslims.

 

Thank you The Huffington Post & | MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press Writers Bashir Adigun in Abuja and Will Lester in Washington D.C. contributed to this report.

 

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It Is Disgusting That Humans Care So Little For The Lives Of Other Humans. Now If These Young Nigerian Girls Were Dolphins, Whales Or Baby Seals….Even Wolves….The Planet Would Be Up In Arms….But These Are Just Little Black Girls.

 

This planet and humanity makes me sick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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