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(VIDEO) 9/25/11: SAUDI ARABIAN WOMEN FINALLY ALLOWED TO VOTE, IT’S ABOUT DARN TIME; BUT STILL CAN’T DRIVE?

Today is a powerful and memorable day for women in Saudi Arabia.  The Saudi Monarch officially granted women the opportunity to not only vote, but the ability run in future municipal elections, beginning in 2015.  Saudi King Abullah made the announcement, after months of debate.

While this is a step in the right direction for equality, they still have a long way to go.  Not only are men and women required to abide by strict separation rules, women are still not allowed to drive.  They also have very few rights in making basic decisions and need a male family members approval to move forward. 

Women in Saudi Arabia have fought for more rights over the past twenty years, so this is truly an accomplishment.  But it’s amazing how far behind they are compared to the rights of American women and it makes us appreciate our privileges that much more.

It seems as though the year 2015 is decades away to me, but for the women of Saudi Arabia it must bring them hope that change is coming.  Good for them…it took long enough!

 
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(VIDEO) 2011: MICHAEL JACKSON VS. DR. CONRAD MURRAY; TRIAL BEGINS THIS WEEK

The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray vs. Michael Jackson is set to begin Tuesday 9/27/11.  Dr. Murray was accused of causing Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, but has pleaded “not guilty” of the lessor charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Viewers worldwide will be glued to the to the trial, in hopes that the beloved Michael Jackson is well represented. The Jackson family will also certainly be watching to see how well the prosecution does, in hopes of justice for MJ.

While Dr. Murray made some critical errors, stories of his need for cash and the $100K Jackson was paying him are resurfacing.  Was Dr. Murray’s desperation the cause of his greed and reckless behavior?  Should he be held responsible for Jackson’s death?  Well, only the jury will have the power to answer those questions. It will be interesting to see how the jury responds to the information supplied by the prosecution. 

We can bet this will be the O.J. Simpson trial of the decade.  And just as in the case of OJ, whether they find Murray innocent or guilty, it really won’t matter.  Because he will surely live the rest of his life in a prison within himself, having little to no support by most.

Will the jury let MJ’s pop status sway their decision?  Do you believe Dr. Murray should be convicted of this crime?  One things for sure, as a doctor, he should have at least known how to perform CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).

HOUSING MARKET 2011: TELL THE MEDIA TO “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR”

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(VIDEO) 2011: MEXICO BANS TWITTER & SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES USED TO UNDERMINE PUBLIC ORDER

WARNING: VIDEO INCLUDES GRAPHIC IMAGES

MEXICO: Veracruz’s State Assembly has banned the use of Twitter and other social networking sites, when used to undermine police authorities.  But the timing of the law could not have been worse.  The use of Twitter actually warned others, when witnesses used it to spread the word recently about a horrific scene. 

Many onlookers took to Twitter in advance of police arriving to the scene of masked gunmen dumping tortured dead bodies on the street during rush hour.  Several tweets were sent during this unbelievable act including; “Avoid Plaza Las Américas.”  Others tweeted, “There are gunmen.” “They’re not soldiers or marines, their faces are masked.”   They were suspected of being part of a high-profile drug gang, apparently sending a message to authorities once again.

While these type of warnings relayed via social media sites has become common during this wave of violence, there have also been false tweets as well.  This is a top reason that the Veracruz’s State Assembly  made it a crime to use Twitter and other social networks to undermine public order.  What’s amazing is that the law was enacted on the same day as this recent truck dumping incident.

While this is the first law enacted in Mexico to ban social media, basically when used to announce crimes, other cities are also considering a similar measure.  Mexico’s public officials complained that new technologies can also help spread rumors, but it seems like the good outweighs the bad in this situation.  If a few rumors are sprinkled in with the truth, and lives are saved along the way, isn’t it worth it to allow mass communication?

It makes many question their motives.  Have the drug lords and brutal gang members scared them into changing the rules?  Do they hope to keep the crime information out of the ears of other countries?  Or are they truly concerned about misinformation being spread?  What do you think?  Please weigh in.

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