Angelina Jolie just published a piece on The Daily Beast about Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl who the Taliban shot in the head for publicly promoting girls’ education (she survived—but is in stable condition from her wounds):
As girls across Pakistan stand up to say “I am Malala,” they do not stand alone. Mothers and teachers around the world are telling their children and students about Malala, and encouraging them to be a part of her movement for girls’ education. Across Pakistan, a national movement has emerged to rebuild the schools and recommit to educate all children, including girls. This terrible event marks the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls’ education.
Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children. In classrooms and at kitchen tables around the world, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are praying for Malala’s swift recovery and committing themselves to carry her torch. As the Nobel Committee meets to determine the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, I imagine brave Malala will be given serious consideration.
Read the full piece by Angelina Jolie: We All Are Malala. (The above is just an excerpt.)
Frontpage: Wednesday, Dec. 28
Good morning, Tumblr! Gonna try numbers instead of bullet points today.
- Ron Paul Retains Iowa Edge: Public Policy Polling says Iowa is between Paul and Romney, with Gingrich in a distant third.
- North Korea Begins Kim’s Funeral: Tens of thousands of North Koreans braved the cold to see the hearse carrying their Dear Leader on Wednesday.
- Newt: I’d Never Vote for Paul: On CNN, Gingrich accused Paul of being a hypocrite about his allegedly racist newsletters. He also called Romney a Massachusetts moderate (burn) and laughed off his challenge for a one-on-one unmoderated debate.
- Iran Threatens to Block Oil Flow: Tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated on Tuesday when a senior Iranian official threatened to cut off its oil flow through the Strait of Hormuz if the U.S. moved forward with economic sanctions.
- Perry Changes Views on Abortion: In an effort to win the evangelical vote in Iowa, Perry said Tuesday that he no longer supports abortion under any circumstances, not even in cases of rape or incest.
Photo: Supporters of Pakistan’s slain leader Benazir Bhutto observe the fourth anniversary of her death in Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo)