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Statistics on Violence Against Women All Over the World

An estimated 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States annually for sexual exploitation or labor (US Central Intelligence Agency, 2000).

  • One in five women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime (WHO 1997).
  • In USA a woman is raped every 90 seconds (US Department of Justice, 2000).
  • Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds (UN Study on the Status of Women, Year 2000).
  • Up to 70% of female murder victims are killed by their male partners (WHO 2008).
  • In Kenya more than one woman a week was reportedly killed by her male partner while in Zambia, five women a week were murdered by a male partner or family member (Joni Seager, 2003).
  • In the Russian Federation 36,000 women are beaten on a daily basis by their husband or partner, according to Russian non-governmental organizations (OMTC, 2003).
  • More than 135 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation and an additional 2 million girls and women are at risk each year (6,000 everyday) (A, UN, 2002).
  • 82 million girls who are now aged 10 to 17 will be married before their 18th birthday (UNFP).
  • In India there are close to 15,000 dowry deaths estimated per year. Mostly they are kitchen knives designed to look like accidents (Injustice Studies, Vol. 1, November 1997).
  • 4 million women and girls are trafficked annually.
  • An estimated one million children, mostly girls, enter the sex trade each year (UNICEF).
  • A study in Zaria, Nigeria found out that 16 per cent of hospital patients treated for sexually transmitted infections were younger than five (UNFPA).

Gaddafi claims he is fighting terrorism

Muammar Gaddafi’s forces have recaptured the important coastal towns and Zawiyah Misrata from insurgents, according to state television in the country.

Government forces have said the messages also recaptured the oil city of Ras Lanuf, and was in the morning on the way to the country’s second largest city, Benghazi. The messages are not confirmed from other sources.

Benghazi has been the center of the insurgency against Muammar Gaddafi’s 41 year old regime in the past two weeks. Eyewitnesses reported the heavy shooting in the city of Tripoli on Sunday morning, but it was unclear who was behind the shooting. At the same time drove Gaddafi supporters around honking cars in the Libyan capital.

“I can assure you that there is no ongoing fighting in Tripoli,” said a spokesman for Gaddafi’s regime.

Gaddafi himself asks in an interview the UN or the African Union investigate the riots in the country. “I want a commission of inquiry from the UN or the African Union come to Libya. They should be allowed to work freely without our intervention,” the Libyan leader said, in an interview with French magazine Le Journal du Dimanche.

Gaddafi, who has ruled the country since 1969, can not understand why the outside world not watching the events in Libya with the same eyes that he himself, and he calls for Western support instead of condemnation. “I am surprised that no one understands that this is a fight against terrorism,” he said in the interview.

“Security Services our work. We have helped you a lot in recent years. So why do we get no help back, now when we fight terrorism in Libya,” he said.

British soldiers

London newspaper The Sunday Times writes that the rebels in Libya has taken a group of British commandos captured.

The eight soldiers belonging to the British SAS and special forces escorting a British diplomat when they were captured. The Diplomat was sent to eastern Libya to meet the rebels, but something went wrong. Libyan sources said told the newspaper that the eight soldiers were taken to the rebel-controlled city of Benghazi for questioning.

The British soldiers’ presence must have upset leading Libyan dissidents, who ordered them locked up in a military camp. The rebels fear that Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi will use the soldiers’ presence as evidence of a Western intervention in the country and use this to gather support among the people.

The soldiers escorted the British diplomat, should have been sent to the area to facilitate a more high-level visits as part of Britain’s plan to give the rebels diplomatic recognition.


In Tripoli, residents woke up to the deafening gunshots Sunday morning. The authorities denied that there was fighting in the city, however, was shot volleys meant as celebration. Gaddafi’s forces had retaken several towns rebellion, was notification.

“I assure you, I assure you. There is no fighting in Tripoli. Everything is safe. Tripoli is 100% under control. What you hear is fireworks. People dancing in the streets, dancing in the square,” said government spokesman Ibrahim Mussa told Reuters.

At the same time says a rebel leader told Reuters that more rebels are on the way to Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, about 500 kilometers from Tripoli. He said fighter jets have launched attacks on rebels.

The major fighting took place Saturday in Zawiyah, where it is reported that at least 30 people were killed. Fighting in the city was intense, “says a contact in the British newspaper the Observer.

“You must tell the world what is happening. Sniper shoots at anything that moves, “a doctor said to Washington Post calling the attack a massacre. “They shoot civilians. They attack us from all sides,” he said.


Important Events on March 7

March 7Clean Monday (Gregorian calendar, 2011);Teachers’ Day in Albania; Casimir Pulaski Day in Illinois (2011)

José Paranhos, Viscount of Rio Branco

  • 161 – Following the death of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aureliusand Lucius Verus agreed to become co-Emperors in an unprecedented arrangement in the Roman Empire.
  • 1850 – In support of the Compromise of 1850, United States Senator Daniel Webster gave his “Seventh of March” speech, which was so unpopular among his constituency he was forced to resign.
  • 1871 – José Paranhos, Viscount of Rio Branco(pictured), became Prime Minister of the Empire of Brazil, starting a four-year rule, the longest in the state’s history.
  • 1914 – Prussian William of Wied began his short reign as sovereign prince of the newly independent state of Albania.
  • 2009 – The Kepler space observatory, designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, was launched.


World News Headlines of March 7

Egypt protesters attacked by ‘armed civilians’ in Cairo

Egypt’s Revolution Bowen: Bumpy ride Inside the Brotherhood Final moments before the fall Can military meet demands? Pro-democracy activists in Egypt have been attacked by men in plain clothes, armed with knives, outside the interior ministry in Cairo, reports say….

US apology for Afghan deaths ‘not enough’ -Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told General David Petraeus, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, on Sunday his apology for a foreign air strike that killed nine children last week was “not enough”. At a meeting with his security advisers at which Petraeus was present, Karzai said civilian casualties by foreign troops were “no…

Ireland to be ruled by coalition after election ends party’s reign

Economic collapse and an international bailout of Ireland spur the election rout of Fianna Fail, in power for nearly 80 years. Fine Gael and Labor Party leaders are set to form a coalition government and vow to cut Ireland’s massive budget deficit. Share By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times…

Ivory Coast crisis worsens as police loot homes of new cabinet

Government-in-waiting targeted amid fears of civil war over rival claims to presidency President Alassane Ouattara remains under UN guard with his cabinet.

Kadafi forces ambush, push back Libyan rebels

Opposition forces trying to reach Surt, the hometown of Moammar Kadafi, retreat to the desert outpost of Ras Lanuf after a ground and air assault….

Japan’s foreign minister Seiji Maehara quits over donation

JAPAN’s embattled government has suffered another major blow, with Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara falling victim to a donation…

New Egypt minister takes over after offices stormed

CAIRO – A new Egyptian interior minister took office on Sunday pledging to restore public confidence in the police a day after protesters stormed several state security buildings. In an acceptance statement carried by the state MENA news agency, Mansur al-Issawi said he would take “all necessary measures to restore confidence between citizens and…

Libya: resolute rebels vow to fight or die

From dentists to shopkeepers – they grab any weapon they can in their thirst for revolution Gunmen opposed to leader Muammar Gaddafi man a checkpoint in the centre of the city of Zawiyah Photo: AP By Adrian Blomfield, on Brega beach and Nick Meo in Benghazi 10:52AM GMT 06 Mar 2011 Comments Amid the cacophony of the battle below, the low, sinister…

Ten Lessons for American Workers from the Homestead Strike

“The man who dies rich dies a disgrace.” Andrew Carnegie By the end of the 19th century, a growing number of people in America were becoming increasingly concerned about a glaring aspect of capitalism: the overwhelming power of monopolies and an ever increasing gap between the very rich and…

China’s Wen delivers “State of the Union”

BEIJING, March 5 (Reuters) – Premier Wen Jiabao delivers China’s version of a “State of Union” address on Saturday. In a prepared text of his speech to the annual parliament session, Wen said that fighting inflation was the government’s top priority and warned about the impact of loose monetary policies in wealthy economies.

Latest World News

Rebel forces regroup in Libya Khaleej Times

SAS-backed Libyan diplomatic mission ends in humiliation The Guardian

Dad, sister go extra mile to fight disease Boston Herald

Kadafi regime reports success but rebels say they still hold Zawiya, Misurata The Los Angeles Times

Missing still being reported – police NZ Herald

3 Bangladeshis Die During Evacuation From Libya The New York Times

Battle for Libya intensifies Al Jazeera

Libya: UN appoints envoy and agrees humanitarian visit BBC News

Outpouring of help for slaying victims’ families San Fransisco Chronicle

113 arrested in Hong Kong protest Irish Times


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