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Florida County Keeps Confederate Flag

Florida County Keeps Confederate Flag

Taken on 2015-07-12

The Confederate Flag - a longstanding symbol racism and slavery from the United States Civil War was recently removed from the South Carolina State House in light of recent racially charged killings and social unrest. In one Florida county, however, locals touted the flag as a symbol of Southern Pride and national heritage. Marion County voted unanimously to keep flying the flag. The vote was followed by a heavily attended rally.

Source: Chia Head, Jean Esselink

Uploaded by cbarr3 on 2015-07-13

In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014

In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014

Taken on 2014-09-19

"Central African Republic has become a nation whose borders exist only on maps, where governmental authority is limited mostly to the 25 square miles occupied by the capital, Bangui, if that. Two years ago, mainly Muslim militias, known collectively as the Seleka, seized power, then plundered the country: from precious – diamonds, gold and ivory – to mundane – guns, cars, office supplies and food. A group of mainly Christian and animist militias later retaliated, and drove the Seleka into the countryside. Today, CAR is less a country than a collection of fiefdoms, ruled by gang-like armed groups, where religious, military, political and ethnic factions struggle for anything that might yield revenue. It’s a state “that has long ceased to exist,” the International Crisis Group said in a report earlier this year."

Source: VOA/Bagassi Koura

Uploaded by SamiGoat on 2015-05-17

ISIS killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority in August 2014

ISIS killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority in August 2014

Taken on 2014-08-10

A year ago, Islamic State militants (ISIS) attacked the Yazidi minority community in northern Iraq, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. More than 100,000 Yazidi fled Sinjar since August 2014 when ISIS first launched the attack. Many Yazidi women were kidnapped and enslaved and the men were butchered. Yazidi activists say they have gathered a list of at least 4,600 missing Yazidi women. Most of these women are sold to other ISIS members or put on the slave market.

Uploaded by Taylor on 2015-08-06

Chinese and Malayan Girls Taken by the Japanese to Work as "Comfort Women", Andaman Islands, 1945

Chinese and Malayan Girls Taken by the Japanese to Work as "Comfort Women", Andaman Islands, 1945

Taken on 1945-11-01

"The Japanese Army established the comfort stations to prevent venereal diseases and rape by Japanese soldiers, to provide comfort to soldiers and head off espionage. The comfort stations were not actual solutions to the first two problems, however. According to Japanese historian Yoshiaki Yoshimi, they aggravated the problems. Yoshimi has asserted, 'The Japanese Imperial Army feared most that the simmering discontentment of the soldiers could explode into a riot and revolt. That is why it provided women.'" Exact date unknown.

Source: Imperial War Museums

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

RAF Officer with Comfort Woman, Rangoon, Burma, August 1945

RAF Officer with Comfort Woman, Rangoon, Burma, August 1945

Taken on 1945-08-08

"A Chinese girl from one of the Japanese Army's 'comfort battalions' sits on a stretcher, awaiting interrogation at a camp in Rangoon. The uniform and insignia on the shoulder of the man next to her indicate that he is a Flying Officer in the Royal Air Force."

Source: Imperial War Museums/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

Dutch Comfort Woman Jan O'Herne Shortly Before Internment by the Japanese, Java, Indonesia, 1942

Dutch Comfort Woman Jan O'Herne Shortly Before Internment by the Japanese, Java, Indonesia, 1942

Taken on 1942-06-01

"Studio portrait of Jan Ruff O'Herne, taken shortly before she, her mother and sisters, as well as thousands of other Dutch women and children were interned by the Japanese Imperial Army in Ambarawa. Over the following months, O'Herne, along with six other Dutch women, were repeatedly raped, day and night, by Japanese military personnel." Exact date unknown.

Source: Australian War Memorial/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07