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Kenya protest over miniskirt attack

Monday 17th November , 2014

Both men and women showed solidarity with the woman who was attacked
Both men and women showed solidarity with the woman who was attacked

At least 200 people have protested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after a group of men tore off a woman’s clothes for wearing a miniskirt.

The protesters chanted “Shame on you” and handed out flowers at a bus rank where the attack took place, the BBC’s Anne Soy reports from the scene.

At a rival demonstration, about 20 men chanted “Dress up. We don’t want this.”

Kenya is a conservative society, where activists complain that women’s rights are often violated, our reporter says.

A mother’s group, Kilimani Mums, organised the protest after a video of the attack went viral on social media last week.

Protest in Nairobi, Kenya, over a woman being stripped for wearing a miniskirt (17 November 2014)
Activists say the government has not done enough to protect the rights of women
Protest in Nairobi, Kenya, over a woman being stripped for wearing a miniskirt (17 November 2014)
Both Christians and Muslims took part in the protest

It sparked outrage among Kenyans, with the hashtags#MydressMychoice and #strippingshame trending on Twitter on Saturday and Sunday, the local Daily Nation newspaper reports.

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KOREA-NORTH/CLINTONWhen, about a week and a half ago,  the story of a possible foiled attempt on our beloved Homegirl arose, many of us knew, but somehow, in the shock of the moment, perhaps forgot that active role the U.S. has played in combating terrorism in that region over a period of many years.   When this story broke on Monday,  US kills al-Qaida target in Somalia helicopter assault. it brought home dramatically the true situation that exists between our country and Somalia, with its fragile new government and terrorist strongholds hosting  modern-day pirates.

Today, among the press releases from Secretary Clinton’s State Department, was this:  Key Outcomes of 4th Plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia/  Hillary Clinton has done some tough talking about terrorism in Somalia and about the piracy that is home-based there.  She is not a neutral character to the terrorists.  She is part of the war – and a war is exactly what this is.

So IF there was an attempt on Hillary in Nairobi, in the context of the larger picture, it does not take a diploma from War College to know that, as in all wartime situations, discretion must be used by both the government and the press with regard to reportage.  Yes, yes, we embed press in combat, and they show you some amazing images of what happens on the battlefield.   My throat caught as I wrote that, remembering David Bloom.  But we never know the story that is withheld.  Routinely, sensitive stories are withheld by the press under military protocols in combat areas and war zones.

Given the nature of our involvement in Somalia, the possbility is that whether or not that story is true, releasing the story in some way interferes with special ops on a broader scope in Somalia.

At that, I will drop this issue.  We may never know the truth.  For me, under these circumstances, it is enough that our dear SOS came home healthy, happy, in one piece, and triumphant in her endeavors.  Knowing will not make me happier.  It could make me sadder.  I will not address this again unless the story receives official attention.

For me, for now, we have Hillary and she is superb.  I shall let the military do their job, and I’ll do mine, here: defending her against the lies.

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Two days ago,  many of us encountered this story at Secretary Clinton blog.  I hesitated to post about it here because I wanted to see it from more than the original Kenyan source, The Daily Nation, How plot to bomb Clinton in Kenya was foiled.  Well, this evening it popped up on my Love Hillary feed, and the source is Newsmax citing another Australian source, Islamists Plotted to Kill Hillary Clinton in NairobiThe Copenhagen Post also carried the story, Dane linked to terror plot against Clinton,  since one of the plotters carried Danish papers.

Although I DON’T work for Ben Bradlee, I really did want to have three sources on this before putting it up.  It is deeply disturbing, horrid!  Thank heavens the Kenyan anti-terrorist security and intel forces uncovered this plot which was foiled,  according to Newsmax, the last minute.

From the time she left for Africa, we have been saying on this blog that it was a very dangerous trip -in many, many ways, and it was frustrating that the American media chose to pay more attention to her dancing and the outburst in the Congo than to the hard messages she was delivering both vocally and with her presence in very hard, dangerous places.  This was no holiday cruise.  (It was even more frustrating that, with little information coming through the MSM, this blog went down due to internet problems during the last leg of that trip).

We have, in Hillary Clinton, an intrepid Secretary of State who serves selflessly (she really does not HAVE to work, you know).  She wants to make her contribution and is doing so with dedication and courage.  If there is one thing I never want to see, it is this wonderful woman who does so much for so many, stricken in any way that is preventable.  So I am thankful that the Kenyans foiled this plot.  I hope in her future travels, other countries are just as assiduous in protecting this very precious visitor.  She means the world to her Homegirls.

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