The name of the film, #chicagoGirl, came from an online threat Basatneh received.
To the young girls now joining ISIS, she would say, “Seek help and try to talk to family members about it. Syrian people and girls their age are struggling for freedom. They should be on the right side of history.”
Basatneh hopes more people will see #chicagoGirl and realize that the Syrian people are the ultimate victims of the civil war.
“I love the film. I love it,” she said. “And I want the children of the martyrs and children of the victims and the activists that died 20 years from now to see this documentary and think, “Oh, my God, my dad and my mom have suffered so much for me to live in such a free country and a democratic country.'”
For her part, Basatneh wants to use her freedom to get a Masters in international human rights and work for a global agency helping children.
“Since I was very little, my dad always said that the greatest weapon I could have is a degree,” she said.
She believes that in the end, Syrians will live in peace.
“We’re walking in a very dark tunnel, but at the end of the tunnel we see the light," Basatneh said. "We just don’t know how long that tunnel is."
For nearly 30 years reporter Dan Popkey has been pounding the streets of Boise and haunting the halls of the Statehouse, covering politics and the Legislature for the Idaho Statesman. That career started on the police beat, but led him to such high-profile stories as the sex scandal surrounding former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig—which earned him a Pulitzer nomination in 2007—and, more recently, taking on a larger role as a commentator on Idaho politics.
According to an announcement from Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador's office Aug. 29, Popkey, 55, is moving on from the Statesman to serve as press secretary for the Republican House member, known for frequent appearances on national television programs. As of July 6, Labrador has appeared nine times on NBC's Meet the Press.
Making note of Popkey's long experience as an observer of state politics, Labrador stated that "Dan will help me better communicate my message to constituents and the media."
For his part, Popkey applauded Labrador's "independence, integrity and fierce commitment to setting our nation's fiscal house in order," and said he is "thrilled with the opportunity to apply what I've learned to help advance our state's priorities in Washington."
Popkey will remain in Idaho, running Labrador's national press operations from the congressman's office in Meridian. According to the Statesman, Popkey's resignation from the paper is effective immediately.
Netfllix, which saw record usage and critical acclaim in 2013, is trying something new for 2014: subscription fees based on the number of users per account.
According to an offer posted on its website, Netflix is offering some new customers plans that provide access on as many as four screens, letting household members watch different shows at the same time. The monthly prices range from $6.99 to $11.99.
In essence, Netflix is looking for ways to curb account-sharing, which chisels away at Netflix's revenue stream from is approximate 40 million subscribers.
Currently, standard Netflix streaming costs $7.99 per month.
But Netflix runs the risk of a number of its customers downgrading to one-screen for $6.99 a month.
“If consumers who would have taken the $7.99 plan now sign up at $6.99, that all comes out of their profit margin," media business analyst Richard Greenfield told Bloomberg Businessweek. "This is not the next pricing move investors were expecting.”
Netflix was the top-performing stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index for 2013, nearly quadrupling its value while seeing record subscriber growth.
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Facebook suffered another systemwide outage this morning, preventing users form posting status updates.
On its desktop platform, users were hit with the following message when trying to update statuses:
"There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes."
Users of the Facebook iPhone app didn't receive an error message, but status messages were never published.
According to mashable.com, "this one seems global—we've tested it from several IPs and received the same message."
During the outage, Facebook users were unable to share webpages or content with one another, nor could they upload photos or create photo albums.
By mid-morning, the errors appeared to be fixed, but that didn't prevent users from complaining on Twitter.