“Not in my name” Muslims say

A group of young British Muslims have joined the fight back against Islamic State militants with a video and social media campaign.

After the murder of David Haines and kidnapping of Alan Hemming, the East London-based group Active Change Foundation decided to voice their anger.

They set up the #notinmyname campaign to spread the word that British Muslims reject IS, its ideology and actions and to show that IS do not represent the Islamic faith or the Muslim community.

Hanif Qadir, founder of ACF. said: “The murder of an innocent man has no justification in any religion or walk of life.

“These terrorists ISIS are not true Muslims, they do not practice the true teachings of Islam; peace, mercy and compassion, and they are the enemy of all mankind.”

via ▶ Not in my Name – Muslims against ISIS – YouTube.

Emma Watson makes UN speech for gender equality

Emma Watson Tells Men It’s Time To Fight For Gender Equality – YouTube.

Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an emotional and powerful speech at the United Nations headquarters on Saturday to help launch the HeForShe gender equality campaign.

Here are some extracts from her speech asking for equal rights for men and women:

We want to end gender inequality and to do this, we need everyone involved. This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN. We want to try to galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change”

the more I’ve spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”

for the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.”

I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.”

But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality. These rights, I consider to be human rights”

Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued les by society despite my needing his presence, as a child, as much as my mother’s.”

We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. “

We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.”

If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists that I spoke of earlier and for this, I applaud you.”

I am inviting you to step forward to be seen and to ask yourself, ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?'”

Hello Kittie plane!

EVA Air’s Hello Kitty Jets – from Taïwan to Singapore.

1. Hello Kitty Check-Ins

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The Hello Kitty theme runs through your entire flight experience, starting with your check in. So get your cameras ready from the beginning! If you’re flying back from Taoyuan Airport (Taipei) Terminal 2, you can do a self check-in at the Hello Kitty kiosks.

2. Hello Kitty Boarding Passes!

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Following which you will get a Hello Kitty boarding pass.

3. Hello Kitty Boarding Gate!

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This is the Hello Kitty boarding gate, which will definitely have you going “awwww” before being compelled by your inner fangirl to purchase some souvenirs.

4. Hello Kitty Cabin Crew!

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The cabin crew completes the themed experience with a baby pink Hello Kitty apron that will make you swoon.

5. Hello Kitty Toilets!

b2ap3_thumbnail_watermarkkitty-5-Copy.jpgEVA Air and Sanrio meant it when they said ‘full service Hello Kitty jets’ because you’ll have Kitty and friends even during your toilet breaks.

6. Hello Kitty In-Flight Food!

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This kittified tray feels like an endless maze with its multiple courses and totally Instagram-worthy appearance.

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You even get Hello Kittie pillows to sleep on!

More details: https://sg.news.yahoo.com

 

What can YOU do on Mandela Day?

The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good.  “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

Individuals and organisations are free to participate in Internaitonal Mandela Day as they wish.

You can find your way to spend 67 minutes on Mandela Day (July 18th) to help others and make a better world!

You have over two weeks to prepare for Mandela Day…

Here is a link to the official website where you can register your personal action :

http://www.mandeladay.com/

 

Hugging experiment

▶ Jung von Matt/Limmat: Pro Infirmis Get closer. – YouTube.

When this handicapped man, Fabian, rides on the bus, some people will not want to sit next to him. When he wears a bear costume everyone wants to hug him…

What they are saying in this campaign is: get closer, don’t be afraid of handicapped people, everyone should be able to get hugs without a disguise!