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Rehabilitated Ocelots Freed In Colombia

BOGOTA — Colombian authorities released two ocelots back into the wild on March 25, after they were nurtured for six years in a rehab centerdesigned to resemble their natural habitat,El Espectador reported.

The 8-year old cats were set free in the Monquentiva reserve outside the town of Guatavita northeast of Bogota, as a delegation that included Environment Minister Gabriel Vallejo López looked on. One of the cats was handed over to authorities in 2009 by a family from Tenjo outside Bogota that had bought it as a baby and kept it as a pet. They decided to call environmental authorities when the kitten grew too large and began preying on their chickens.

The other ocelot was handed in by a family that had found it wondering alone after its mother was presumably killed by hunters. The district of Guatavita includes a reserve that's home to large animals, including at least 18 spectacled bears and two pumas. Authorities track their presence and numbers from secure rooms, one of which was shown to the minister. He stressed the role of local residents in protecting wildlife, and urged people to understand the consequences of removing animals from their habitats.

Photo: Colombia Ministry of Environment

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Mahsa Amini, Martyr Of An Iranian Regime Designed To Abuse Women

The 22-year-old is believed to have been beaten to death at a Tehran police station last week after "morality police" had reprimanded her clothing. The case has sparked the nation's outrage. But as ordinary Iranians testify, such beatings, torture and a home brand of misogyny are hallmarks of the 40-year Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Firouzeh Nordstrom

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TEHRAN — The death in Iran of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini — after she was arrested by the so-called "morality police" — has unleashed another wave of protests, as thousands of Iranians vent their fury against an intrusive and violent regime. Indeed, as tragically exceptional as the circumstances appear, the reaction reflects the daily reality of abuse by authorities, especially directed toward women

Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian girl visiting Tehran with relatives, was detained by the regime's morality patrols on Sept. 13, apparently for not respecting the Islamic dress code that includes proper use of the hijab headscarf. Amini was declared dead two or three days after being taken into custody. Officials say she fainted and died, and blamed a preexisting heart condition. But neither her family nor anyone else in Iran believe that, as can be seen in the mounting protests that have now left at least three dead.

For Amini's was hardly the first arbitrary arrest, or the first suspected death in custody under Iran's Islamic regime.

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