US urged to move quickly to save Steven Sotloff

first_imgNews March 12, 2021 Find out more In the video of Foley’s barbaric execution that is posted online, Islamic State threatened to kill Sotloff in a similar fashion. Pursuing its deadly logic, it then launched a terror campaign on Twitter with the hashtag of #StevensHeadinObamasHands. Reporters Without Borders calls on the US government to move quickly to try to save Sotloff. International law, the Geneva Conventions and their additional protocols, the 2006 UN Security Council resolution 1738 on the safety of journalists and a 2013 UN General Assembly resolution hold states responsible for the safety of journalists and require them to take active measures to protect them or free them.When journalists are taken hostage, their governments have a duty to take action. In Sotloff’s case, it is the United States. Saving hostages should not be left to their families or the news media that employ them, which often have to turn to the private sector in an attempt to obtain their release. In an act of desperation, Sotloff’s mother posted a video online on 27 August in which she appealed to Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to release her son.“Journalists deserve special attention because of the risks they take to report the news,” said Reporters Without Borders assistant research director Virginie Dangles. “In Sotloff’s case, the United States must consider all possible options for freeing him.”The United States has recently shown that it is able to find ways to get hostages freed. With the help of Qatari mediation, it obtained the release of Peter Theo Curtis, a US journalist and writer who was held by the jihadi group Al-Nosra for 22 months in Syria. The US soldier Bowe Bergdahl was exchanged for five Guantanamo detainees after being held by the Taliban for five years.The recent releases support the idea that negotiations can be envisaged with those holding hostages, that the options do not only include payments of some kind as well as military operations. Regardless of its policy of not paying ransoms, it is vital that the US government should take concrete action. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa September 1, 2014 – Updated on June 7, 2016 US urged to move quickly to save Steven Sotloff Reporters Without Borders urges the United States to do everything possible to obtain the release of Steven Sotloff, a US freelance journalist held hostage for more than a year in Syria and now facing the same fate as James Foley, the US journalist beheaded by the militant jihadi group that now calls itself Islamic State. News Follow the news on Syria RSF_en to go further February 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Newslast_img read more

Amid Clinton’s Historic Run, It’s Sanders’ Message That’s Resonating With LI Women

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]E[/dropcap]xactly one week after Hillary Clinton’s drubbing in the New Hampshire primary, a group of about 15 women gathered in the Pace Landing section of West Islip for yet another examination of the tumultuous campaign for the Democratic presidential ticket.But those who assembled on this Tuesday night aren’t the type of people you might expect to find in the living room of such a tony neighborhood, considering the generation gap between some of them. It’s not age, economic status or familial ties that brought this group together. Instead, it’s their political ideology that united them in common belief and action. Although the majority of them were left-leaning women, they were not there to discuss the virtues of the female Democratic presidential contender who could make history as the first woman elected to the White House. These were Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporters.Their gathering came a week after Sanders, a self-proclaimed “Democratic socialist,” routed Clinton in New Hampshire and battled to a near-tie in Iowa. With Sanders rising in the polls nationally and in states like Nevada, where no one ever imagined Clinton would be in a nail-biter, the potential that Sanders could actually walk away with the nomination has emboldened his already rambunctious supporters.“Bernie talks about everything that has either happened to me in my life or has come out of my mouth at some point,” 34-year-old Melissa Peters, an active member of the Facebook group “Long Islanders for Bernie Sanders,” told the circle. “From being poor, which I’ve been, from education–student loans have killed me, just wanting the best for my children, watching the opiate problem in our neighborhood and having it personally affect me in my life–literally, everything he says hits me or somebody in my life.”Like many of Sanders’ backers, Peters believes the Vermont Senator speaks to her personal experiences in a way no other politician before him ever has. That’s why she is actively campaigning for him, keeping her car well-stocked with bumper stickers and campaign buttons. Her children, ranging from 6 months to 6 years old, are well-known on the Long Island campaign trail, knocking on doors and singing Sanders’ praises.The discussion centered around the issues central to their beliefs: opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, support for a single-payer healthcare system, and rebellion against the establishment and politics as usual. Gatherings like these have been popping up all over the country as grassroots support of Sanders has usurped what had once seemed like a surefire nomination for Hillary Clinton. Indeed, exit polls taken at polling sites during this month’s New Hampshire captured what, at the surface, appears to be shockingly high support for Sanders among women, a coveted voting bloc that overwhelmingly favored Sanders by a margin of 55 to 40 percent in New Hampshire.More than a dozen women gather in West Islip to discuss the Democratic primary for president. They were all Bernie Sanders supporters.It probably didn’t help Clinton’s efforts that feminist leaders Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright recently chastised younger women for what they perceived as their dereliction of duty to support her campaign to be the first woman elected president.On Feb. 5, feminist icon Gloria Steinem suggested on Bill Maher’s HBO program that women have been coming out in droves for Sanders not because of their appreciation for the candidate, but out of a primal attraction to men.“When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’” she told Maher. (She later released on apology on her Facebook page.)Two days later, it was Albright, another former Secretary of State, who got into the mix while stumping for Clinton in New Hampshire.“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done,” Albright, 78, said. “It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”A laughing Clinton applauded Albright’s biting critique, which many Sanders supporters perceived as flippant.“A special place in hell?” Peters wrote on her Facebook page with a link to Albright’s comments. “Albright and Steinem must think they can insult women into voting for their girl…That itself is insulting to any feminist.”The women who gathered on Tuesday said that Sanders’ message simply resonates more with them than Clinton’s.Their collective enthusiasm stemmed from discovering pockets of like-minded people on an Island that seemingly runs a deep red. The recognition of their commonality has been fostered on social media and cemented through organizing and participating in Bernie-centric events, such as the upcoming march for Bernie in New York City on Feb. 27. Their passion was reminiscent of the groundswell of grassroots support that propelled then-Sen. Barack Obama to the White House in 2008. Yet, they were disappointed by what they perceived as Obama’s abandonment of the progressive agenda once he was elected.Wendy Hoder is a 57-year-old activist and former Democratic committee person who was practically raised from birth to be politically active by her libertarian father, who used to take her as a child to protest such initiatives as the Stony Brook sewage treatment plant, which was polluting Port Jefferson Harbor. Disillusioned with the crop of Democratic candidates, Hoder had decided to sit out the current election—before Sanders threw his hat in the ring. Then everything changed.“When I heard he was running, I was like, ‘Viva la Revolution!’” she said to the laughter of the Bernie-enthusiasts surrounding her.Revolution, however, was something close to the heart of Sandra Garay Avila, whose family fled El Salvador following a bloody civil war. She has seen firsthand the political upheaval that comes from a vast disparity in the distribution of wealth.“It was something like 14 families owned 60 percent of the land,” said Avila. “I always compare it to this country. I see everything that’s going on around here. I look around and say this country’s not headed in the right direction.”Sanders’ message of combatting income inequality speaks to the heart of Avila’s fear in a way that Clinton–or any Republican–does not.“It’s going to be interesting to see what the future of the Democratic Party will look like if Bernie gets the nomination,” said Terry Kalb, a retired teacher from Wading River, referring to Long Island’s Democratic Party, which unequivocally supports Hillary Clinton.“There are plenty of people hurting on Long Island,” Kalb continued. “There are plenty of people barely clinging to an existence on Long Island. It’s not just the Gold Coast Democratic Party. So the same kind of revolution that has to happen in Washington is going to have to happen in our smaller communities and in the party system in New York.”They believe Sanders is just the candidate to reshuffle the political deck as we know it.(Featured photo credit: Bernie Sanders presidential campaign)last_img read more

Tipp unchanged for All Ireland semi-final clash

first_imgFollowing on from last week’s thrilling Munster Final victory over Cork, Tipp Under 21 football manager Tommy Toomey and his management team have named an unchanged starting 15 for Saturdays All Ireland semi-final against Dublin.Captain Colin O’Riordan leads the charge at midfield with Steven O’Brien, while up front man of the match from the Munster final Ian Fahey and last week’s debutant Kevin O’Halloran will be looking to add to their growing status.In defence the impressive Evan Comerford will hold station between the posts once more as he provides cover for a solid backline. Throw-in at O’Connor Park in Tullamore is at 4 o’clock on Saturday and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with John Kennedy Motors, Main Toyota Dealer, Clonmel.last_img