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One of our own is safe again

In the news today Joshua Boyle, a prolific wikipedia contributor, who was kidnapped and imprisoned by the Taliban, for five years, was rescued earlier this morning.

Boyle made something like 70,000 edits, from late 2004 to late 2010, his focus including topics related to terrorism and counter-terrorism.

During the course of his research he met, and later married, Omar Khadr's sister Zaynab Khadr. After their divorce Boyle married an American, Caitlin Coleman, and the pair embarked on a trip around the world, stopping off to work for non-governmental organizations. In October 2012 the pair were kidnapped by the Haqqani Network. Their kidnappers demanded the release of members of their family and other leaders of their network, who faced death sentences, in Afghanistan.

Several videos of Boyle and Coleman were released. Family members found it chilling that they could hear the sounds of the shackles they were wearing, in the video. Coleman bore three children, during their time in captivity, Boyle helping deliver his children, in the dark, with the aid of a flashlight. In his letters to his family Boyle described trying to play the game of "Beautiful Life", with his children -- referring to the Italian film where a father tries to hide the horror of living in a Nazi death camp from his young son, by pretending all the horrific elements were part of a game.

At one time Boyle, Coleman, and several other American captives were part of the negotiation that saw Bowe Bergdahl swapped for the Taliban Five. Former special forces leader Jason Amerine testified before a Congressional Committee over his frustration over his superiors losing interest in rescuing them.

Boyle was injured by shrapnel, during the rescue.

So, one of our own is safe again. Geo Swan (talk) 18:51, 12 October 2017 (UTC)

They are a Wikipedian...? Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 19:18, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
Yes. The Globe and Mail quoted him, in 2009, saying he had written much of the wikipedia's coverage of terrorism and counter-terrorism, and I can conform that. Geo Swan (talk) 21:27, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
I believe the film is titled Life Is Beautiful. Aditya(talkcontribs) 06:22, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Subscription transfer

I have a couple of resource subscription that came through Wikipedia (High beam, British Library etc.). But, since I am pretty inactive these days and free subscriptions are a rare commodity, is it possible to transfer my subscription to somebody else? Somebody who could do more justice to the subscriptions. There's a long waiting list, if I am not wrong.

p.s. I will be applying again for the subscriptions when I come back in my full capacity. Aditya(talkcontribs) 06:08, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Emirates

Hi, I will be organising a Wikipedia photo competition "Wiki Love Emirates" in the UAE from 20th October to 20th November. We are planning to run a CN banner for the users/visitors on English Wikipedia from the UAE during the competition period. If anyone have any suggestion or concerns, please raise here. --Saqib (talk) 08:54, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

When I first read the title I thought that it was about this Emirates. Ruslik_Zero 20:08, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Help classify, please

Can an uninvolved editor please classify the article on Fur bikini of Raquel Welch? Aditya(talkcontribs) 19:18, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Ok, I assigned it to C-class. Ruslik_Zero 20:09, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. Aditya(talkcontribs) 01:59, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

Challenge: 100 years of Finland

On December 6th 2017 Finland will celebrate her 100th birthday. To mark the occasion, Wikimedia Suomi organises a public editing competition during November. The goal of this is to improve and translate articles from a list of 100 topics related to Finland into as many languages as possible. Subjects range from Jari Litmanen to Finnish sauna, from Tove Jansson to Maternity package. The list is here.

To participate, create an account in Wikipedia (if you do not have one yet), and register on this page. Winners will receive prizes, other participants may be granted other levels of recognition.

Welcome to participate ! --Tappinen (talk) 15:35, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

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