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Learn to Draw - Graphite Pencil Drawing Tutorial. Work In Progress - Step-by-Step Title: "Inner Beauty" Size: 18" x 14" Medium: Charcoal, Graphite, Carbon on White Paper Step One:

Learn to Draw - Graphite Pencil Drawing Tutorial.

Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Was Drawn to Politics by Dad. Correction Appended: Oct. 17, 2012 Malala Yousafzai is only 14 years old, but she has always come off as preternaturally mature, able — even at 11 — to talk about serious issues like education and terrorism and her native Pakistan’s troubled relations with India.

Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Was Drawn to Politics by Dad

Girl basketball players in Saudi Arabia need sneakers, a net, and courage. JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — In Saudi Arabia, there are many restrictions on what a woman can and cannot do.

Girl basketball players in Saudi Arabia need sneakers, a net, and courage

Now, a group of women and girls in the kingdom are pushing back by playing basketball. Women's basketball is becoming popular in the Middle East's largest country. Women are using basketball to push for greater rights on and off the courts in Saudi Arabia. Malala Yousafzai. Apes have rights too, court rules. A court in Argentina has decided that an ape has the same rights as a human.

Apes have rights too, court rules

It is the first time a court has ruled that. Human rights were granted to a female orangutan. She lives at the Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina. Education for Girls. Teen Activists and Issues. Iqbal Masih. Polar Bears and Climate Change. Abby Reiman Just Made Virginia Safer for Animals. Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools will no longer have “torture trays” hidden in the dark shadows of classrooms, thanks to rockin’ animal activist and high school junior Abby Reiman!

Abby Reiman Just Made Virginia Safer for Animals

Abby on left. :P. Farmers weigh in on undercover video at Wisconsin dairy. MILWAUKEE — Incidents of sick and injured dairy cows being slapped, poked and forced to their feet with heavy machinery — while not common — may not be that unusual, according to farmers and others who viewed an undercover video this week from the Wiese Brothers Farm in Brown County, Wis.

Farmers weigh in on undercover video at Wisconsin dairy

While not defending practices such as suspending a disabled cow in the air with a mechanical lift, farmers said parts of the video could be explained as necessary actions. Sometimes you can sneak up behind a downed cow, scream at it, and scare the animal into getting back on its feet, said Paul Rozadowski, a dairy farmer from Stanley.

“When you have a downed cow with milk fever, you have to try and get her back on her feet as soon as possible. Otherwise, the muscles in the back of her legs turn to mush and she will never get up again,” Rozadowski said. Brown County District Attorney David L. Six states get into an egg fight with California's new law. WASHINGTON — California is being sued for a law it passed.

Six states get into an egg fight with California's new law

Californians voted to prevent the sale of eggs in California that come from hens kept in cramped cages. And now six states are suing California. The clearest proof we’ll ever get that our planet is falling apart. Every once in a while, a chart or statistic or image comes along that reminds us, all over again, why it is that this global warming thing is so terrifying.

The clearest proof we’ll ever get that our planet is falling apart

This week, it was those darn walruses, who — after a summer when Arctic sea ice was at its sixth-lowest level on record — mobbed an Alaska beach in the largest such haul-out ever observed there. Salon was on the story. So, too, was pretty much everyone else who writes about climate issues, and we were all trying to get across the same basic idea: Those 35,000 walruses with nowhere else to go are climate change. U.S. to give greater protection to chimpanzees. WASHINGTON — The U.S. government wants to give better protection to chimpanzees.

U.S. to give greater protection to chimpanzees

Right now, only chimpanzees in the wild are listed as endangered. Captive chimps, like pets and those in research labs, are only listed as threatened. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a plan. It wants to count both wild and captive chimps as endangered, because animals of the same species should have equal protection. Voting to give bears a fair chance. NEW YORK — It's been a big news year for bears, especially in Maine.

Voting to give bears a fair chance

Voters there face a question on Nov. 4 that has troubled other states with large numbers of bears. Maine wants to keep its bear population low. Yet at the same time animal rights groups are trying to outlaw certain hunting methods that would help it do just that. Girl basketball players in Saudi Arabia need sneakers, a net, and courage. Malala Fund Blog - Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Speech. Join Malala in seeing #TheLast at Malala.org Let us become the first generation to decide to be the last that sees empty classrooms, lost childhoods, and wasted potential.Let this be the last time that a boy or a girl spends their childhood in a factory.Let this be the last time that a girl is forced into early child marriage.Let this be the last time that an innocent child loses life in war.Let this be the last time that a child remains out of school.Let this end with us.And let us begin this ending…. together…. today….. right here, right now.

Topics: #TheLast Nobel Peace Prize youtube.com I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban (Book) Malala Yousafzai (Award Winner) video. How One Student Got Her School District to Ban Glue Traps. Thanks to Abby Reiman, a passionate young animal advocate and 11th-grade student, the public schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, will no longer have glue traps on their campuses!

In case you weren’t already aware, glue traps are inhumane “pest control” devices that consist of a board coated with a sticky adhesive designed to ensnare any small animal who wanders onto its surface. The victims of these devices aren’t limited to mice and rats—birds, frogs, insects, and even kittens are easily caught in these torture traps. Animals stuck on the surface experience slow and agonizing deaths. SeaWorld, activists make questionable claims on killer whale life spans.

ORLANDO, Fla. — In the middle of “Blackfish,” the scathing documentary about SeaWorld’s killer whale program, an activist says the whales in SeaWorld parks die early while their counterparts in the wild live as long as humans. The claim, which goes unchallenged in the film, is a powerful contrast, meant to suggest that the giant marine mammals suffer when forced to live in man-made pools. Yet SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. says its killer whales have life spans equivalent to those of wild orcas, an assertion the company makes to show that it provides a healthful, stimulating environment for the 29 orcas it owns at four marine parks — the largest captive collection on the planet.

The truth is not nearly as simple as either side claims. The fact is that scientists don’t know for sure how long killer whales live. Obama goes after the ivory trade to protect African elephants. WASHINGTON — The United States is cracking down on the sale of ivory. It's an attempt to stop the unlawful hunting of elephants in Africa. The animals are poached, or illegally killed, for their tusks.

Those tusks are made into ivory gifts or art. Elephants and other animals could be wiped out if nothing is done. President Barack Obama announced a plan to stop the ivory trade on Tuesday. "We're seeing record-high demand for wildlife products," said Grant Harris. I am Jazz. Climate Change Impacts & Threats. ARKive - Discover the world's most endangered species.

Acting "like a girl" should not be an insult. Jazz Jennings. Slavery at its worst in Africa; U.S. is no saint either. JOHANNESBURG — Slavery persists in the world. It is even still found in the United States, a new report said Thursday. But nowhere is it worse than in Africa. Nearly 30 million people are enslaved around the world, according to the Global Slavery Index. Of the 50 countries where slavery is at its worst, 38 are in Africa, it said. Mauritania has the poorest record.

Many West African countries have slavery. Children Bought And Sold West Africa has a long, sad history of slavery. The index was created by anti-slavery group Walk Free Foundation. In many African countries, children are sold into labor by poor rural parents. The risks of becoming a slave are high in many African countries, the report said.