Hillary Clinton’s State Department Would Not Label Nigerian Boko Haram as Terrorists

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Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State of the United States received assessments and urging from the CIA, FBI, the Justice Department, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, General Ham, and some members of Congress … to designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

Opponents to designating Boko Haram were concerned that adding the group to the FTO list would make the United States and Western interest more of a target and would enhance Boko Haram’s status among extremist groups. The opponents were  21 U.S. based African studies academics, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell, some members of the State Department, the Nigerian government, and Scholars on Twitter.

As Secretary of State of the United States Hillary Clinton’s leadership is open to  question. Secretary Hillary Clinton seems to have disregarded the assessments and urging from the CIA, FBI, the Justice Department, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, General Ham, and some members of Congress.

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The Story About the Wrong Photos in #BringBackOurGirls

Who are the girls in the photos being used on the Twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls in support of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram? The photos were used without permission of the photographer Ami Vitale. The girls in the photos are not Nigerian schoolgirls but instead are girls in Guinea-Bissau.

Ami Vitale took the photos to show the hope and resilence of people in Guinea-Bissau. The BBC removed the photos from the related blog post on the BBC website. However Chris Brown has not removed the photos.

Using those photos without permission is a huge infringement and misrepresentation of the girls in the photos,  their families, and the photographer.  The photos should be taken down by those who used them without permission.

There were three photos that were taken from either my website or the Alexia Foundation website, and someone made these images the face of the campaign….

There are many times when I get upset when people take my photos without permission, but this isn’t about that. I support the campaign completely and I would do anything to bring attention to the situation. It’s a beautiful campaign that shows the power of social media. This is a separate issue.

This is about misrepresentation.

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Boko Haram threatens to ‘sell’ kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

The fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls, that were kidnapped in April by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has turned even more nightmarish when the leader of Boko Haram announced plans to sell them.

“I abducted your girls,” the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in the 57-minute video.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful”, has been waging a bloody insurgency to establish sharia law in northern Nigeria.

“I have kidnapped a girl in an school with Western education and that bothers you. I say that Western education must end – it must end! The girls must leave and get married,” he said.

Shekau also threatened to sell the girls.

“By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace,” he said in the video, which starts off with Islamist fighters lofting automatic rifles and shooting in the air as they chant “Allahu akbar!” (“God is great”). France24

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