I don't usually bother to write about fresh news or international events with which I'm not familiar. It's way too easy to just be dead wrong about everything.
Sometimes spreading the word of a relatively unknown but heinous crime is more important than being right on every detail. Apparently, ten days ago, 234 girls were abducted from a school in Nigeria by an extremist Muslim religious group called Boko Haram. From what the media and wikipedia say, their name can be translated as "western education is sinful", and their main self-appointed duty is to go around their area of Nigeria intimidating and punishing Muslims and others who aren't quite rabidly Muslimy enough for their taste.
There hasn't been a whole lot of media coverage on this...the first I heard about it was a facebook link to an article on a blog. Please check out the following links.
This is a far more important issue, both to the victims and their families, and to the human race as a whole, than any of the idiot crap I've seen in the local and national media in the last few days. Our "news" media is too busy wondering about the exact quantity of racism in things some assholes say and calling that "awareness" and "social justice issues", while young women are being kidnapped by the hundreds for daring to seek a bare minimum of the rights we all share in the West. Fuck that shit. Some issues are great for fodder for lazy bloggers like myself to mull over, not for news organizations to pass of as serious issues and real news, while ignoring huge events just because they are far away.
This is a real social justice issue. This is a real political issue. This is a real issue for the religious and the non-religious, male and female, liberal and conservative or whatever else. All of us.
There is of course an online petition to raise awareness of the issue. It won't bring any victims home, but it can help get the word out and increase public pressure for the Nigerian government to do something other than pretend it isn't happening. If there's something you can do, even if just spread the word, please consider doing it.