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: Tuesday, Jan. 3
- Panetta Set to Slash Pentagon Budget: The Defense Secretary plans to unveil a shrunken budget this week, part of a deal to cut $450 bil from military spending.
- Newt: Romney’s a Big Liar: There goes the “no negative campaigning.” Gingrich is in 4th place in the latest Iowa polls.
- Taliban Confirms Qatar Peace Talks: The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced that it plans to open a political office in Qatar in order to hold talks with the U.S.
- Murdoch Supports Santorum on Twitter: After a few mistakes on the microblogging site, Murdoch successfully used his account to support Rick Santorum on Monday night, saying it was “good to see santorum surging in Iowa.”
- Arab League Calls for Syria Ceasefire: “Gunfire should be stopped and there are snipers,” said Nabil Elaraby, secretary-general of the Arab League.
Photo: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return from Christmas vacation in Hawaii with their daughters Sasha (2nd L) and Malia (R). (Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images)