to go further News Abuses against journalists range from arbitrary arrest to murder. Fifteen Iraqi journalists have been killed in the past six months. Seven were killed in personally targeted attacks, five were killed in a suicide attack on Salaheddin TV in Tikrit in December, and three were the collateral victims of suicide bombings or car bombs.Radio Babel journalist Raji Hamadallah was badly injured on 23 March when gunmen fired shots at him and then fled.Soldiers arrested Saeed Abdulhady, the newspaper Al-Mootamar’s news editor, in a humiliating manner, without a warrant or explanation, outside the University of Baghdad on 15 April. A warrant was issued on 4 March for the arrest of Al-Baghdadiya TV director Aun Al-Khashluk and Anwar Al-Hamdani, the host of the TV station’s “Ninth Studio” programme, on charges of “disturbing public order and inciting chaos and inter-communal violence”. The programme often contains revelations about corruption involving senior government officials. As they are based in Egypt, they have not been arrested.According to the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory ( JFO ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, there were 328 cases of abuses against journalists in 2013: 103 journalists were arrested, 162 were obstructed while trying to access information, 63 were the victims of violence and four were attacked by armed groups. A total of 71 complaints were filed against media and journalists, and four media were suspended Read the observations and recommendations on freedom of information in Iraq that Reporters Without Borders has prepared for Iraq’s Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council during its 20th session in November 2013. RSF_en Help by sharing this information There has been a disturbing evolution in the violence against journalists, who are being targeted not only by jihadi group such as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) but also by Iraqi authorities.In a statement on 30 April, UNESCO said: “Political tension, instability, the war in Syria and the ineffectiveness of the authorities and security forces are all negative factors that are having an impact on the safety of journalists and media independence in Iraq.” News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa News December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation Journalists were the victims of obstruction, threats and violence during Iraq’s 30 April parliamentary elections, the first since the withdrawal of US troops in late 2011. Violence by jihadi groups and inter-communal tension of a political and sectarian nature marked the security climate.“We are very concerned about the threats and attacks against journalists in Iraq, both by security forces and armed groups, and we urge the authorities to take appropriate measures to guarantee the safety of media personnel,” said Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders head of research. The attacks on media personnel have occurred in a climate of complete impunity. The Iraqi authorities have taken no effective measures to guarantee the safety of journalists, despite repeated requests by local and international organizations. On World Press Freedom Day (3 May), the United Nations voiced “deep concern” about the safety of journalists in Iraq. Attacks and obstructionAt least four media workers were injured on 28 April by an explosive device placed in a bus carrying journalists to cover the elections in Al-Mawsal, 400 km north of Baghdad. Radio Siwa reporter Ahmed Hiali, who was injured in the shoulder and leg, told the Doha Centre for Media Freedom from his hospital bed that the police gave them no protection and did no more than transport them to hospital after the explosion.Police prevented an Al-Baghdadiya TV crew from entering polling stations in Al-Anbar, 100 km west of Baghdad, on 28 April. This is the region where, last January, the authorities imposed a news blackout on the army’s offensive against Sunni insurgents, especially in the cities of Fallujah and Al-Ramadi (LINK).Unidentified individuals prevented an Al-Hurra TV crew from covering a protest in Karbala on 24 April against abuse of authority affecting teachers in the region. In a press release, Al Hurra reporter Iman Bilal said she had been “attacked, insulted and prevented from covering the demonstration by a group stationed nearby.”Deadly security climate May 7, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mounting dangers for journalists in Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more
Yolanda and Dionicio Ortiz never had the chance to attend college. But the couple, who came to the U.S. from Guatemala and Mexico, respectively, instilled the value of education in their four children, encouraging them to work hard and dream big.Their youngest daughter, Yesenia, graduated from Harvard last year, following her sister, Lucerito Ortiz ’10, as the second in the family to complete studies at the College. Yesenia concentrated in women, gender, and sexuality, and has started a career in the nonprofit sector, currently working with marginalized communities in Latin America.Yesenia credits the University’s Financial Aid Initiative for making Harvard welcoming to students of all economic backgrounds. More than half of undergrads receive financial aid, and students whose families earn less than $65,000 pay nothing.“There are so many different experiences, dynamics, and identities represented at Harvard that historically were not there. It can be these unique points of view that challenge Harvard to grow,” said Yesenia.Harvard students hail from all 50 states, and more than 100 countries, reflecting a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. First-generations students make up 15 percent of undergrads. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William Fitzsimmons was a first-generation student when he graduated in 1967. Harvard “is lucky to have such students as Yesenia,” he said.“First-generation students provide constant lessons in perseverance to fellow students, and are reminders that talent is universal, but opportunity is not,” he said.In her time on campus Yesenia forged meaningful friendships with students of similar and not-so-similar backgrounds. Her experiences in and out of the classroom affirmed her belief in the importance of education for social impact. Her decision to work in nonprofits stemmed from a desire to help others overcome obstacles like those her parents faced.“I hope I can truly and firmly say that I’ve done everything I can to minimize what I consider unnecessary and unjust struggle, and to impact and better the lived experiences of others,” she said.Her mother added: “It’s very hard, especially for Latin Americans, as we are used to being together and having our children with us. But we shouldn’t clip their wings. You have to let them fly so they can achieve a better future for themselves.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Banter between a group of friends over pizza and beer one Saturday night 70 years ago led Howard Liebman, of Hicksville, to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II that coming Monday.The 90-year-old retired lieutenant colonel was 19 years old when he joined the fight, starting out as an airborne radio operator. Shortly after, while flying for the first time in Boca Raton, Fla., he realized it was his calling.“The flying bug bit me,” Liebman recalled. “This is what I had to do.”Liebman and a group of fellow WWII vets—as well as veterans of other wars—gathered to recount their war experiences at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Hicksville on Tuesday following a Veterans Day parade. Out of 16 million Americans who served in WWII, only about one million are left. Many of those live on Long Island, which is home to one of the largest populations of veterans in the nation.Liebman’s friend, 91-year-old Sheldon “Shelley” Okin of Levittown, a fellow WW II veteran, noted the importance of remembering those who served.“I lost a lot of good friends of mine,” said Okin. “It’s not that I honor them because I could’ve been a casualty myself…[It’s] for the simple reason we fought to honor democracy [and] freedom of speech, so it’s important we continue to honor a democracy that represents veterans.”Liebman said that he flew more than 2,500 hours, completed 35 missions, received air medals four times, eight battle stars and two foreign declarations from the Chinese government and Philippines Liberation, said Liebman.Dropping flyers in Japan warning civilians of the atomic bomb was his final mission. Afterward, he flew to Hawaii and back home to New York, he said.“I was in New York when Japan surrendered,” Liebman recalled. “I’m walking down Broadway and strange women were kissing me and men were dragging me into bars!”In 1945, as a radar navigator bombardier flying a B-29 Superfortress, Liebman flew against targets in Japan, Singapore, Manchuria, Sumatra and China.“It was scary, of course, and missions were long. A lot were 20 hours [and] you don’t sleep, believe me,” Liebman said. “They gave you Benzedrine, today it’s Dexedrine, so when you are in a combat area you are alert because you can’t afford to be asleep.”It didn’t always go smoothly. On one particular mission, while flying 9,000 feet over Burma, Liebman’s plane crashed after a mechanical failure, killing two crew members. Australia soldiers and Indian Sikhs rescued Liebman and the rest of his squad, carrying them back to the Americans, he said.“It was a good day for a bailout. It was high noon [and] there wasn’t a cloud in the sky,” said Liebman. “But you don’t plan for emergencies so we lost two of our men.”Being in combat during World War II took a psychological toll on soldiers. But, for many veterans, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) went undiagnosed for years, said Liebman.“In 1946, I first reported it, and that’s when they told me my nervous stomach [will go away] and [my] hearing will come back,” said Liebman. “I didn’t fully [recover]. Still to this day, I have hearing aids and bad problems in my stomach.”Although he is being treated for PTSD, Liebman continues to struggle. But it could have been worse. According to Liebman, only 30 percent of his crew returned home.“When you get home after combat, you are uncomfortable because you’re not used to civilian life anymore, and you do dumb things like when an airplane flies over, you duck under because you’re used to being bombed,” said Liebman. “It’s very traumatic because you lost your closest friends, and when you come back you are almost afraid of making friends.”By retelling their stories, Liebman, Okin and their fellow veterans do their part to honor the memories of those who served. And for those still deployed overseas in current conflicts, yellow ribbons remain tied to trees in support of the troops.
The original programme consists of a series of in-person courses organised into different levels of complexity, from the grassroots to the elite, focused on the specialties of women’s football.According to NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode: “The NWFL and La Liga have identified common grounds in our goals and vision for the future. Progress has been made and grounds covered in our partnership with La Liga since we signed the MOU in 2018.“Although a lot of work has gone into the activation points of the MOU in the last few months, the training-the-trainers programme is the first engagement entry point into many more activations to come within the scope of our MOU.“Our goal here at the NWFL is simple and direct and it aligns with La Liga’s, “to be a global league brand and among the best women leagues in the world”.La Liga Delegate in Nigeria, Guillermo Pérez, said “At La Liga, we are extremely happy about the success of this first edition of the online master classes.NWFL is one of our key partners in Nigeria and, activating the MoU between both entities, was one of our priorities for this season. The fact that Nigeria was the first country in which we’ve trained through this new format and methodology, proves how important Nigeria is in La Liga’s international development and how committed we are to the local football development. We hope this will be the first activation of many more to come with NWFL.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In its continued commitment to women’s football, Spanish La Liga recently provided two Master-class sessions for coaches of the Nigerian Women Football League.La Liga has through this has further strengthen the relations between both institutions with these online classes, within the existing MoU with the highest competition in the African country, the NWFL.These sessions consisted of some adapted and selected contents that are part of a new comprehensive programme developed by La Liga, called “La Liga Women’s Football Coaching Methodology”.