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NEW VOICE RECORDING OF BOKO HARAM CAPTIVE LEAH SHARIBU BRINGS HOPE August 29, 2018 by Lindy Lowry in Africa, Stories of Persecution

A new audio recording released by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram reveals that kidnapped 15-year-old Leah Sharibu is alive. The 35-second recording was published by Nigeria’s online newspaper The Cableon Monday. In it, Leah makes a passionate plea to the Nigerian government for her freedom in her native Hausa language: “I am Leah Sharibu, the girl that was abducted from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi. I am calling on government and people of goodwill to get me out of this problem. “I also plead with the members of the public to help my mother, my father, my younger brother and relatives. Kindly help me out of my predicament. I am begging you to treat me with compassion, I am calling on the government, particularly the president, to pity me and get me out of this serious situation. Thank you.” Leah Sharibu before she was kidnapped on Feb. 13, 2018. In the recording, Leah pauses several times, suggesting she was reading from a written text. The Nigerian govern…

MACC recovers RM27.4 million allegedly taken by spy agency officers; looking for another RM22 million (NST TV)-

MACC recovers RM27.4 million allegedly taken by spy agency officers; looking for another RM22 million (NST TV)
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has recovered RM27.4 million of the RM49.5 million believed to have been taken by senior officers of the so-called Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO).
The money, in the form of RM980,000 and US$6.4 million (RM26.4 million), was recovered following the arrests of the officers and the head of MEIO, Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the cash was seized from several locations.
“These include a condominium in Cyberjaya, the office of a certain person of interest in the case... (it is) from the exposure of the case in the Prime Minister’s Department.
“We are still looking for the remainder of cash of about US$5 million (RM20.6 million) of the US$12 million which was believed to have been taken,” he told reporters here.
Azam said, following the arrests…

ثورة 1924 بعيون يابانية ---------- د. محمد سعيد القدال

ثورة 1924 بعيون يابانية
د. محمد سعيد القدال
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لم يخطر على بال ثوار 1924م ان حركتهم سوف تلقى اهتماماً من باحثين في اليابان، ذلك البلد القصي على ساحل المحيط الهادي، ولكن يبدو أن في تلك الحركة ما يثير اهتمام الباحث. فتصدت له اليابانية يوشيكو، واختارت بعضاً من بحثها ودراسات أخرى جمعتها في كتاب بعنوان: «علي عبد اللطيف وثورة 1924م: بحث في مصادر الثورة السودانية. وتولى مركز الدراسات السودانية في القاهرة نشره في العام 1997م، وكُتبت له المقدمة التالية: تعتبر الدكتورة يوشيكو كوريتا الباحثة اليابانية الوحيدة التي تعمقت بجهدها الاكاديمي في تاريخ السودان. بل لعلها تشمخ بين الباحثين السودانيين
والاجانب في هذا المضمار، وقد امضت سنوات في السودان جوَّدت فيها لغتها العربية مخاطبة وقراءة وكتابة.
وجاست بدأب بين الوثائق والكتب،واتصلت بالشخصيات ذات الوزن التاريخي مسجلة أحاديثهم بصبر وتؤدة، حتى إمتلكت ناصية بحثها الذي حصلت به على درجة الدكتوراة من جامعة
طوكيو في اليابان.
ويشتمل الكتاب على ثلاثة أبحاث للدكتورة كوريتا جمعتها في كتاب واحد لما يربط بينها من صلات متشابكة ولأنها تكمِّل بعضها الب…

Mental Health, Madness, and Psychiatry: a study guide and annotated bibliography

General Introduction to the Study Guide This reader is a study guide and a work book for those who are familiar with some ideas, images, or theories of madness or “mental illness” (and perhaps also psychiatry), but feel a lingering skepticism and doubt about what they mean. What are the first images that come to your mind when you think of the word “madness?” If it’s more familiar, go ahead and substitute the word “insanity” or “craziness” for “madness”. What about “mental health,” “mental disorders”, “chemical imbalances”, and “delusions”? Can you think of any other words that seem related to these, but are missing? It is more important than ever that we all talk about what “mental health” is and how we relate to it. Let’s look at some basic facts. The number of people who are diagnosed with a mental disorder is steadily growing every year, especially when looked at globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 450 million adults have a diagnosable mental disorder…

The Underbelli Podcast #4 – Approaching New Pathways in Mental Health

Episode 4 of the Underbelli: Beyond Psychiatry and Self-Care – Approaching New Pathways in Mental HealthThis episode is comprised of a reading Sasha Durakov did first in Minneapolis in July and then in Chicago in August, with some minor changes to account for the switch to an audio format. The description read: ‘Many of us are familiar with some ideas, images, or theories of madness, “mental illness”, and perhaps also psychiatry, but feel a lingering skepticism and doubt about what they mean. In this episode, we will attempt to challenge common beliefs about mental health; present the problem of madness in an open, nuanced way informed by the voices and stories of people with lived experience; and to introduce the audience to alternative ways of responding to and approaching madness and to provide the materials and direction to help foster new discussions and practices in mental health (and hopefully some reading groups!). Go here for the free study guide.’ What follows is a transcript o…