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April 1, 2016

c. 1905-191Mata HariDancer, courtesan, scapegoat, spy?

by Alex Q. Arbuckle

c. 1905

IMAGE: HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES

A courtesan, I admit it. A spy, never! I have always lived for love and pleasure.
MATA HARI

Born in 1876 in the Netherlands, Margaretha Geertruida Zelle married an affluent Dutch Colonial Army captain at the age of 18. In 1897, she moved with him to the island of Java, where they had two children.

Her husband was an abusive and resentful alcoholic. To distract herself from the unhappiness of her marriage, Zelle buried herself in the study of Indonesian culture and traditions, including dance.

The marriage slowly deteriorated, and after returning to the Netherlands, the couple separated in 1902. Zelle moved to Paris, where she found work as a circus equestrian, artist’s model and exotic dancer.

Capitalizing on the growing fad for “Oriental” performances, Zelle adopted the stage name Mata Hari — Malay for “eye of the day” or “sun” — and concocted an elaborate fictional persona. She claimed to be an Indonesian princess trained in exotic rituals and Hindu dances.

She combined her appropriated aesthetic with her own bawdy sense of confidence and promiscuity, performing elaborate striptease dances which made her an instant sensation.

1906

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1906

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1906

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1906

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c. 1905

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c. 1905

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c. 1905

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‘Forced sex with dog’: 98 Central African Rep. girls report shocking abuse by UN peacekeepers

© Siegfried Modola

An advocacy group has released horrifying details of how at least 98 Central African Republic (CAR) girls were allegedly sexually abused by international peacekeepers.

The report was released by AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization, on Wednesday. The group said that MINUSCA, the UN’s peacekeeping mission in CAR, met with local leaders and victims “who reported that troops from France and Gabon have sexually abused several girls in their province.”

The group cited three CAR girls who said that they, along with a fourth girl, were raped by UN peacekeepers.

The girls said they “were tied up and undressed inside a camp by a military commander from the Sangaris force (the French military intervention in CAR) and forced to have sex with a dog,” the group wrote

After the rape, each girl was reportedly given 5,000 Central African Francs ($9).

“The three girls interviewed sought basic medical treatment. The fourth girl later died of an unknown disease. One of the survivors said that she was called ‘the Sangaris’ dog’ by people in the community.”

According to the group, the alleged perpetrators “left CAR, returning home in 2015.”

Also the organization mentions one more case of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a Congolese UN peacekeeper.

The girl’s mother told police that the peacekeeper “raped her daughter in a hotel room at 4pm on Monday, March 28, 2016.”

“When police questioned the accused in the presence of his UN military commander, the soldier confirmed that he ‘had sexual intercourse’ with the victim several times, and paid her between 2,000 and 3,000 Central African Francs [$3-5dollars].”

The report was sent directly to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who immediately issued a response, expressing his horror.

“I am shocked to the core by the latest allegations of abuse by international forces in the Central African Republic. Our focus must be on the victims and their families. We are talking about women and young children who have been traumatized in the worst imaginable way,” Ban said in a statement, released by UN.

He added that these crimes by UN peacekeepers “only fester in silence.”

full story RT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kidnapped by Isis at 15: ‘I never thought I’d see the day when I was free’

Photo credit: Amar International Charitable Foundation

By Holly Young

“It was a lovely life. I had a big family and there was always a lot of laughter,” says 16-year-old Nihad Alawsi, speaking about her Yazidi community in northern Iraq. “I’m one of 18 siblings, but I was always my dad’s favourite.” She remembers the weddings, when the girls would get their hair and make-up done, and the days spent as a little girl drawing pictures of the flowers breaking through the Iraqi landscape.

Then came the day that cut short her childhood. Speaking via a translator, Nihad’s breathing quickens as she describes “that black morning” when 28 members of her family and others in her village fell into the hands of Isis. At 15, Nihad became one of the thousands of victims in the largest single mass kidnap of women and girls this century.

“They killed men,” says Nihad. “They didn’t want the older women so they either killed them on the spot or chased them out of their homes. They kidnapped us girls, raped us, and took our babies.” The Yazidi community has been specifically targeted by Isis. In 2014 an estimated 5,000 were taken; 3,500 are thought to be still missing.

Nihad was sold as a sex slave to an Isis fighter. “I was raped and beaten continuously for two weeks,” she says describing the beginning of her 15 months in captivity. “They took us first to Syria and then back to Mosul in Iraq.” She met many other Yazidi girls along the way who spoke of the relentless forced movement, as they were endlessly sold and resold, back and forth between Iraq and Syria. Sometimes they were sent as “gifts”: “The men think it is fun to exchange women. One girl I met had been resold 15 times.”

full story at The Richard Dawking Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cop plays hopscotch with homeless girl after rich neighbors snitch on her ‘suspicious’ behavior

© Huntington Beach Police Department
Video of ‘Officer Friendly’ playing hopscotch with a homeless girl in the affluent California community of Huntington Beach is all the rage on mainstream media channels, but few noticed the original reason why the cop was there.

Turns out, anonymous neighbors tried to ‘shop’ the girl and her mother to police.

They rang the authorities to complain about a “suspicious occupied vehicle” Wednesday, rather than doing the neighborly thing by going out to offer assistance.

Officers Zach Pricer and Scott March were dispatched to “investigate”.

Fortunately, they decided not to criminalize them, which is often the reaction by authorities, but instead March contacted the Homeless Task Force while Pricer started teaching the girl how to hopscotch.

The video, which was filmed by March, has been viewed more than 750,000 times.

Comments below the Facebook post reveal a number of people in the area know the mother and daughter.

One commenter recognized them from church and said they had been attending services for years.

“They have lived in their van for a while. Very nice and respectful mom and daughter,” another commenter said.

While most of the comments were gushing with joy at the sight of a police officer playing hopscotch, as opposed to shooting unarmed civilians, another commenter got real.

“Wait. People know this mother/daughter living situation AND they attend a local church AND they’ve been homeless for years? Why hasn’t anyone offered employment or a place to stay for a while, while they save a little money and get back on their feet?” read the Facebook comment.

full story at RT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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