May 30, 2008
Huda Azra Ibrahim Nunu, a Jewish female lawmaker has been named as one of Bahrain’s ambassadors in what vould be called a first in modern Arab history.
It’s not known where she will be posted, rumors in the news suggest Nunu is slated to become her country’s ambassador to the United States. Bahrain, a small Arab island nation in the Persian Gulf, has had zero diplomatic relations with Israel while there has long been political hostility between Arabs and Jews over Israel.
A decree King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued on Wednesday named Nunu an ambassador.
Bahrain is predominantly Shiite Muslim but has Sunni rulers. It is pro-American and hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. Nunu, a legislator in Bahrain’s Shura Council, is a member of a Jewish community that numbers around several dozen out of a total population in Bahrain estimated to be around 700,000.
May 30, 2008
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Researchers have produced aerial photos of jungle dwellers who may be among the few remaining peoples on Earth who have had no contact with the outside world.
The photos, taken from a small airplane in a remote corner of the Amazonian rainforest, show men outside thatched huts. Their necks are craned upwards, pointing their bows toward the air .
The photos were published on website of The National Indian Foundation, a government agency in Brazil. It tracks “uncontacted tribes” (indigenous groups) that are thought to have had no contact with outsiders and seeks to protect them.
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May 30, 2008
The Vatican announced Thursday (via a general decree) that it will excommunicate anyone who attempts to ordain a woman as a priest and the woman herself, effective immediately. The decree was signed by Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith.
Regina Nicolosi, a program coordinator for Roman Catholic Womenpriests, who was ordained two years ago, did not find it compelling, threatening, or persuasive. “We have come not to take that too seriously,” said Nicolosi, a priest who is a married mother and grandmother living in Red Wing, Minnesota. Her group is composed of 40 to 50 women priests, none of whom are recognized by the church hierarchy. “It’s one of the very last patriarchal hierarchies in the western world, and I don’t know when they will be ready to let go of that.”
Even if she is excommunicated, she will continue her work as a volunteer in a nursing home who celebrates mass in small groups , she said. She is predicting that the church’s resistance will backfire. “This is bringing more and more women into our group, and I think we’re getting more support from Catholics who are saying this is getting ridiculous,” she said.
May 30, 2008
Three teenagers, two 17 and one 16, who were accused of forcing girls as young as 12 into prostitution have reached plea agreements and been sentenced to a juvenile detention center. The agreement will keep them in detention no longer than their 19th birthdays. In exchange for their pleading guilty, prosecutors dropped other charges, including human trafficking. Charges against others allegedly involved in the ring are pending in adult court.
The prostitution ring was discovered in August after a woman was caught offering men sex with a 14-year-old girl for $50. The teenagers were arrested in January after they had taken the girl to a convenience store to have sex with the owner, a regular customer of the ring, according to police. The teen pimps are suspected members of the Varrio Central gang. Court documents suggest the teens that pleaded guilty befriended runaways and other girls with unstable homes. They would take the girls to regular customers or finding new ones by walking through apartment complexes.
Furthering the graveness of the crimes, the gang members beat and sexually assaulted them and threatened their families if the girls refused to have sex for money, police said. One of the girl’s mother said, “These girls have to live with what happened for the rest of their lives,” said the mother, who was not named to conceal the identity of her daughter. “These boys aren’t going to serve much time. I don’t think that after a year and half, they’ll be ready to get back into society.”