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President Obama meets king of Morocco
Obama and Morocco’s King Meet at White House
President Barack Obama hosted Morocco’s King Mohammed VI at the White House on Friday for talks on furthering democracy in the Middle East and countering violent extremism.
Arriving at the White House, the king was greeted by a military honor guard that lined the driveway to the West Wing. In the Oval Office, Obama and King Mohammed made no public remarks before photographers were ushered out.
Ahead of the meeting, the White House said Obama planned to discuss U.S. support for democratic and economic reforms in Morocco and efforts to promote reform in the Middle East and Africa. Cooperation on countering violent extremism was also on the agenda, the White House said. Fighting terrorism in North Africa is a major U.S. national security priority.
“The U.S. has made clear that Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic and credible and that it represents a potential approach that could satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Western Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
Malala Yousafzai awarded European prize for freedom of thought
(A video from The Guardian is after the article – click on the link to view it)
16 years old Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago after campaigning for better rights for girls in Pakistan, has received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg.
The 50,000 euro ($65,000) prize is considered Europe’s top human rights award.
“I am hopeful the European Parliament will look beyond Europe to the suffering countries where people are still deprived of their basic rights, their freedom of thought is suppressed, freedom of speech is enchained,” Ms Yousafzai said.
“Many children have no food to eat, no water to drink and children are starving for education. It is alarming that 57 million children are deprived of education… this must shake our conscience.”
She began her speech with a famous quote from 18th Century French philosopher Voltaire: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
She said children in countries such as Pakistan “do not want an iPhone, a PlayStation or chocolates, they just want a book and a pen”.
MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) gave her a standing ovation.
You can see her and listen to parts of her speech here :
Malala Yousafzai awarded Sakharov prize for freedom of thought – video | World news | theguardian.com.
Domestic violence to women
Terre des Femmes “The Truth” – YouTube.
This German campaign wants to show that 1 in 4 women are victims of domestic violence in their country (most of them are beaten up by their partner). Say NO to violence!
Pakistan’s Malala makes a speech to the UN.
Pakistan’s Malala takes education plea to UN – YouTube.
Malala Yousafzay is a Pakistanese girl. This winter, she was shot in the head by Talibans in her country because she wanted girls to be educated.
She was sent to England to be operated on and she was saved. She was given British nationality for her and her family.
Last week, on her 16th birthday, she went into the UN (= ONU in French) building to give a speech about education.
She said : “one child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.” and “Education is the only solution”.
She said she forgives the person who tried to kill her. She also said she wants education for the children of the terrorists as well as for all children.
This is a short extract. If you want to listen to the full speech you can go here :
Are Black youths in danger in the USA?
After Trayvon Martin was shot last February in Florida by George Zimmerman, some people said that young Black men wearing hoodies risk being shot by people who think they may be criminals for no reason.
The person who killed Trayvon said he was acting in self defence. He was acquitted last week (July 13th) by a jury who declared him not guilty.
Some people think this is a racially prejudiced case and should be revised, others say that there was no evidence to condamn George Zimmerman.
A petition has been signed by hundred thousands to ask the Justice Department to investigate.