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This Happened — July 12:  Malala Yousafzai Is Born

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist and Nobel laureate known for her advocacy of girls' education and women's rights was born on this day in 1997 in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. She gained international prominence after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012.

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How did the Taliban try to kill Malala Yousafzai?

On October 9, 2012, while Malala was traveling home from school, a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus and shot her in the head and neck. She sustained severe injuries but survived the attack. Malala's assassination attempt sparked international outrage and drew attention to the issue of girls' education and the oppressive actions of the Taliban.

How did Malala Yousafzai become an activist?

Malala became an advocate for girls' education at a young age and spoke out against the Taliban's efforts to deny education to girls in her region. She started blogging anonymously for BBC Urdu under the pen name Gul Makai, sharing her experiences and advocating for girls' rights. Her activism gained global attention, and she became a symbol of the struggle for education rights.

What awards and honors has Malala Yousafzai received?

Malala Yousafzai has received numerous awards and honors for her activism and advocacy work. In 2014, she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, jointly awarded to her and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children's rights activist. She has also received honorary Canadian citizenship, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and various other prestigious awards recognizing her courage and dedication to education rights.

What is the Malala Fund?

The Malala Fund is a non-profit organization founded by Malala Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. The fund aims to promote education and empower girls around the world, particularly in regions where girls' education is restricted or neglected. The organization works through advocacy, grant-making, and supporting local education initiatives to create opportunities for girls to receive quality education.

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Murdoch Resignation Adds To Biden's Good Luck With The Media — A Repeat Of FDR?

Robert Murdoch's resignation from Fox News Corp. so soon before the next U.S. presidential elections begs the question of how directly media coverage has impacted Joe Biden as a figure, and what this new shift in power will mean for the current President.

Close up photograph of a opy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run

July 7, 2011 - London, England: A copy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run July 11, 2011 amid a torrid scandal involving phone hacking.

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Michael J. Socolow

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America on Jan. 20, 2021.

Imagine if someone could go back in time and inform him and his communications team that a few pivotal changes in the media would occur during his first three years in office.

There’s the latest news that Rubert Murdoch, 92, stepped down as the chairperson of Fox Corp. and News Corp. on Sept. 21, 2023. Since the 1980s, Murdoch, who will be replaced by his son Lachlan, has been the most powerful right-wing media executivein the U.S.

While it’s not clear whether Fox will be any tamer under Lachlan, Murdoch’s departure is likely good news for Biden, who reportedly despises the media baron.

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