Photo of the Week: Day 1 post-massacreSami Kishawi • #Sabra and Shatila •

Photo of the Week: Day 1 post-massacre

Photo credit: Unspecified AFP Photograph
Date taken: September 19, 1982
Location: Sabra Refugee Camp, Beirut, Lebanon

A Palestinian woman cries while civil defense workers remove the body of her relative from the rubble of her home in the Sabra refugee camp in the hours following a three-day massacre that claimed the lives of thousands.

Under the order and protection of the Israeli military, Christian Phalange forces carried out a three-day slaughter of the populations in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon, killing more than 3,000 Palestinian civilians in chilling, ruthless fashion. Declared three months later by the United Nations as a deliberate act of genocide, the massacre, which began on September 16 and lasted until September 18, sought to cause as much lasting damage and trauma as possible. Aside from the execution-style killings, many male bodies were castrated, many women were torn up their torsos, and the limbs of infants were found scattered in piles of garbage. Hundreds of men were ushered away from their homes and, in many accounts, toward a stadium, never to be heard from again. Meanwhile, Israeli military personnel keeping ongoing tabs on the massacre did nothing but encourage further bloodshed.

Unless one has survived something of this nature in the past, it is impossible to fathom just how dark those three days must have been. Just the name itself is enough to send chills down one’s spine. Personally, it took many years for me to finally read up on the Sabra and Shatila massacre. I’ve written about that here: The element of familiarity that rears its ugly head in Sabra and Shatila. But the more I learn, the more unfathomable it all becomes. How does one rebuild after something so horrific?

Topless protest sees women ‘free the nipple’ in 60 cities around the world.well done girls i am with you all the way.

Nipples were freed all around the world this weekend
Around fifty people took their tops off on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile for two hours yesterday, to stand up to women’s right to go topless all over the world (Picture: Rex)

Nips were freed across the world yesterday.

The 8th annual GoTopless Day took place in 60 cities around the world as part of the ongoing campaign to free the nipple.

‘Our goal is for equal gender topless rights to be enforced worldwide, freeing women’s nipples,’ said Rachel Jessee, the actress and model who leads theGoTopless group in NYC, where a topless pride parade took place on the streets of Manhattan.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Rachel Jessee speaks into a microphone as she bares her breasts in the GoTopless pride parade in Bryant Park Manhattan August 23, 2015 in New York City. The GoTopless group fights for women to have the same constitutional right that men have and go topless in public. It is currently legal to go topless in New York City. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Rachel Jessee speaks at the GoTopless pride parade in Bryant Park, Manhattan (Picture: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Despite the fact it has been legal for anyone to walk around topless in New York since 1992, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton are currently trying to get topless, body-painted women banned from the city’s Times Square, declaring them ‘a nuisance’.

GoTopless Day 2015 Parade in New York City Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 23 Aug 2015 Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.com **Not available for publication in Germany, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia**

A GoTopless Day parade took place in New York (Picture: Wenn)

Several streets in mid-Manhattan were blocked to traffic yesterday so around 300 topless protesters could parade through the city.

GoTopless Day 2015 Parade in New York City Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 23 Aug 2015 Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.com **Not available for publication in Germany, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia**

Around 300 men and women walked topless through NYC (Picture: Wenn)

In Edinburgh, approx. 50 people took their tops off and staged a sit-in protest on the Royal Mile for two hours.

Around fifty people, mostly women, take their tops off on Edinburgh's Royal Mile for two hours, to stand up to women's right to go topless all over the world. "Free The Nipple" is an expression of body equality and freedom of expression. August 23 2015

Fortunately, the weather was warm in Edinburgh yesterday (Picture: Rex)

The Scottish weather, fortunately, held out for them.

Around fifty people, mostly women, take their tops off on Edinburgh's Royal Mile for two hours, to stand up to women's right to go topless all over the world. "Free The Nipple" is an expression of body equality and freedom of expression. August 23 2015

Men and women in Edinburgh called for an end to the sexualisation of women’s bodies (Picture: Rex)

Around fifty people, mostly women, take their tops off on Edinburgh's Royal Mile for two hours, to stand up to women's right to go topless all over the world. "Free The Nipple" is an expression of body equality and freedom of expression. August 23 2015

The Scots staged a sit-in for around 2 hours (Picture: Rex)

Many of the protests took place in the US, where GoTopless Day takes place every year on the closest Sunday to Women’s Equality Day ( August 26), the date in 1920 when American women earned their right to vote.

MORE: Miley Cyrus gets naked to support the Free The Nipple campaign

In Washington, one women stood topless in front of the White House, posing as the Statue of Liberty.

Topless activist Kaila J. walks through the rain following a "Free the Nipple" demonstration in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire August 23, 2015. Hundreds of bare-breasted women are expected to converge on a popular New Hampshire beach on Sunday to push for greater acceptance of topless sunbathing, much to the consternation of some local residents and officials.REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Topless activist Kaila J. walks through the rain following a “Free the Nipple” demonstration in Hampton Beach (Picture: REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

And at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, bare chested men and women defied the rain to take part in a photocall showing their support for the Free the Nipple movement, which fights against female oppression and censorship around the world.

Topless activists pose for photographs for onlookers during a "Free the Nipple" demonstration in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire August 23, 2015. Hundreds of bare-breasted women are expected to converge on a popular New Hampshire beach on Sunday to push for greater acceptance of topless sunbathing, much to the consternation of some local residents and officials. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Topless activists pose for photographs during a ‘Free the Nipple’ demo in New Hampshire (Picture: REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

The Free the Nipple campaign was started by US actress, director and activist Lina Esco, with a little help from pop provocateur Miley Cyrus, in protest against the fact that in America it is still illegal, a criminal act, for a woman to be publicly topless in 37 states.

GoTopless spokeswoman Rachel Jessee said: ‘It’s liberating and empowering for women to free their bodies from repression. Freeing nipples and bodies frees minds as well, restoring self-image and self-esteem.’

Mother proudly posts portraits breastfeeding her THREE-YEAR-OLD son

beautiful ,loving and expressive, personally 3years ,bit late for weening but if she is fine and he is then iam .As regards doing it in public that is fine with me .

Arizona-based photographer Jade Beall is posed with her preschool age son Sequoia, who is is breastfeeding, in the photo that was shared on her Facebook…
WHY DOES CIVILISED HUMANKIND FIND BREAST FEEDING DISTASTEFUL? WHATEVER THE AGE,In 99% of third world countries mothers feed their children as and when they can ,in public out of public but it is not a problem . It is the civilised religious desease infected people whose puritanical ways effect their judgement, .I do not find breast feeding in anyway distasteful it is so perfectly natural.

Lord Janner ‘abused children in Parliament’ claims Labour MP Simon DanczukChild abuse campaigner says Leicestershire police had told him how the peer ‘violated, raped and tortured – some in the very building in which we now sit’

OK mobo i am cut and pasting , this shit needs to be published, and those on other blogs that love the royals should take note., These guys get away with abuse and torture, literally seems to be ok . Take lord archer for example ex-convict , liar, thief, sent to jail , but not a problem , He is wonderful . what is a few lies  when your in court under oath .Nothing according to our blogger .

So what is your opinion of Lord Janner?he must be OK? hey he is a lord like archer beyond reproach are the ROYALS . A  claim of child abuse and torture no less , performed in the houses of parliament. NO NO CANNOT BE CORRECT! I HEAR YOU SAY .HE IS A LORD .!

Child abuse , tec term dark place to go , In England that is an act performed with a minor  under the age of 16 .

Oh while we are at it how come it is only me and other celebs that speak out about Israel that get slagged off by you , (SHOUTING NOW)WHAT ABOUT ALL THE SENSIBLE COMPASSIONATE JEWS THAT WANT THE PALESTINIANS TO BE GIVEN THEIR LAND BACK AND SET FREE.you chose to ignore them say nothing you do, not a word , THEY ARE RELATED TO YOU ARE THEY NOT?JEWS!GOOD JEWS , KIND JEWS , NOT FUCKING ZIONIST JEWS of ISRAEL.

OOOH NOW WE (THAT IS YOU are going to play the anti semetic card are you not?)

This is what happens when you get me to post, please note the fucking grammar and spelling is correct. USE THE SPELL CHECK you! , MIND ,you, you NEED MORE THAN THAT TO GET YOUR STUFF READABLE !Thank you by the way i have enjoyed this , must do it more often.

Oh nearly forgot please correct you statement about who is the mayor of Marbella and which party is now controlling  , egg all over your orange face !!!!I told you that you would be laughing on the other side of your face, hmm is that your arse ? don,t know.?

So back to  lord janner, read the article .

Lord Janner abused children inside the Houses of Parliament, an MP has claimed as the allegations against the suspended  peer intensify.

Simon Danczuk, the Labour MP for Rochdale who has played a leading role in efforts to expose historic child sex abuse in Westminster, said Leicestershire police had told him how the peer “violated, raped and tortured – some in the very building in which we now sit”. He was speaking under parliamentary privilege.

He made the startling claim in a Westminster Hall debate in which MPs debated the Crown Prosecution’s decision earlier this year not to press charges against Lord Janner despite finding “sufficient evidence” to prosecute him on 22 offences of historic paedophilia.

Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, outraged child abuse campaigners by deciding against charging him due to the severity of his advanced dementia.

Simon Danczuk has said the allegations against Lord Janner are 'stomach-churning'Simon Danczuk has said the allegations against Lord Janner are ‘stomach-churning’The latest claims made against Lord Janner come after Mr Danczuk revealed that he had urged Ed Miliband to throw Lord Janner out of the party five months before the party eventually suspended him. He sent a letter to the former Labour leader in October last year with details of the “stomach-churning” evidence disclosed to him by senior members of Leicestershire police.

Mr Danczuk accused Mr Miliband of having “failed to act quickly and efficiently” and called on the Labour party to expel him.

Lord Janner’s family has insisted he is “entirely innocent of any wrongdoing”.

Alleging that Lord Janner’s crimes were conducted at the very heart of British politics, Mr Danczuk told MPs: “The shocking thing is that the CPS admits that the witnesses are not unreliable, it admits that Janner should face prosecution, but refuses to bring a case.

“I know the police are furious about this and rightly so. Anyone who has heard the accusations will be similarly outraged.

“I have met with Leicestershire Police and discussed the allegations in some detail. Children being violated, raped and tortured – some in the very building in which we now sit.”

He added: “If Lord Janner really is too ill to face prosecution, then why can’t the courts establish this with a fitness to plead process?

“This would clear up doubts that still linger, for example why he was still visiting parliament on official visits after he was declared unfit to face justice.”

The decision not to charge Lord Janner due to his illness was heavily criticised by police and MPs alike. Leicestershire Police said there was credible evidence that he had committed “some of the most serious sexual crimes imaginable”. More than a dozen people came forward with claims of abuse relating to the former Leicester West MP.

A group of cross-party MPs, co-ordinated by Mr Danczuk,claimed in a letter that the decision was “damaging public confidence” in the justice system and urged her to reconsider her decision.

IS FELIPE VI OF SPAIN A CLOSET QUEEN?¿?¿King Felipe VI becomes first Spanish monarch on a gay magazine cover

King Felipe VI becomes first Spanish monarch on a gay magazine cover

KING Felipe VI

KING Felipe VI has become the first Spanish monarch to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

A special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine features the royal in a very regal pose, with a grey suit and arms crossed.

Felipe has now cemented his reputation as a firm favourite with Spain’s LGBT community, after also becoming the country’s first monarch to meet with LGBT representatives during his first week in office in June 2014.

“King Felipe is part of a generation that has lived through the persecution of LGBT people…to the beginning of the first collective movements of activism,” reads the article.

“However, there is still much to do and Felipe VI faces a great challenge. But for the moment, he is off to a good start.

“For the first time, a head of state in Spain listened to demands of activists against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Felipe VI took over from his father Juan Carlos, when the former king abdicated last summer.