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Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Winner, Calls Donald Trump’s Remarks on Muslims ‘Full of Hatred’

By Alan Rappeport
Malala Yousafzai in Birmingham, England, on Monday.
Malala Yousafzai in Birmingham, England, on Monday.Credit Paul Ellis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Donald J. Trump’s contentious proposals on Muslims are reverberating around the world. The latest to denounce them is Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

“Well, that’s really tragic that you hear these comments which are full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others,” Ms. Yousafzai, 18, said in an interview with Agence France-Presse on Tuesday.

Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who is leading in most polls, has called for tougher surveillance of mosques and proposed a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the United States. The ideas have stirred bipartisan backlash and have been compared to some of the darkest moments in American history, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the establishment of Japanese internment camps in World War II.

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stands in solidarity with Nigerians & people around the world calling for action to

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I hope Americans appreciate the ferocity and dedication with which these girls pursue education and how hard their parents work to provide it only to lose them this way.  We take our educational opportunities for granted too easily and often.

These students are like girls in any country where education for anybody is at a premium and where the girls are the last in line.  They know they are privileged to be in school,  live up to that privilege very seriously, and always know their stuff.

They are very goal-oriented. Being the child bride of thugs is not among their objectives.  They are planning to study medicine, international studies, law, education, nursing, business and marketing,  etc.

They are so far out of their environment right now.  This is so alien to them.  We need to make a lot of noise about this – make people aware.

Media coverage has been paltry.  These are not passengers on a long-missing airliner (covered) or children known dead on a ferry (covered).  They are alive, in danger, and need to be rescued.  This needs much better media coverage.

Raise your voice, please.  Inform. Participate and follow.

@BringGirlsBack 

#BringBack OurGirls

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‘Malala Day’ marked in Pakistan, amid security fears

By Reuters

As Pakistan marked “Malala Day” in a global day of support for the teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, security fears in her hometown meant her schoolmates could not honor her in public.

Taliban hit men shot Malala Yousafzai on her school bus a month ago in Mingora in Pakistan’s north-western Swat Valley in a cold-blooded murder attempt for the “crime” of campaigning for girls’ rights to go to school.

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