Two Standards of Detention - By Amy Goodman, Jul 8, 2009 - Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion zealot charged with killing Dr. George Tiller, has been busy. He called the Associated Press from the Sedgwick County Jail in Kansas, saying, “I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal.” Charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault, he is expected to be arraigned July 28. AP recently reported that Roeder has been proclaiming from his jail cell that the killing of abortion providers is justified. According to the report, the Rev. Donald Spitz of the Virginia-based Army of God sent Roeder seven pamphlets defending “defensive action,” or killing of abortion clinic workers. Spitz’s militant Army of God Web site calls Roeder an “American hero,” proclaiming, “George Tiller would normally murder between 10 and 30 children ... each day ... when he was stopped by Scott Roeder.”
Why Is a Leading Feminist Organization Lending Its Name to Support Escalation in Afghanistan?- By Sonali Kolhatkar and Mariam Rawi, AlterNet. Posted July 8, 2009. Years ago, following the initial military success of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the temporary fall of the Taliban, the people of Afghanistan were promised that the occupying armies would rebuild the country and improve life for the Afghan people.Today, eight years after the U.S. entered Kabul, there are still piles of garbage in the streets. There is no running water. There is only intermittent electricity in the cities, and none in the countryside. Afghans live under the constant threat of military violence.
Brave New Foundation Releases Its Fifth Rethink Afghanistan Installment and Focuses on How Bombs Are Not Solving Women's Issues in the Region - CONTACT: Brave New Foundation - Los Angeles - July 8, 2009 - While feminist organizations in the United States such as Feminist Majority have advocated for military escalation as a way to protect women's rights in Afghanistan the reality on the ground is a different one. Brave New Foundation's fifth installment of its Rethink Afghanistan documentary series highlights Afghan women voices who have publicly denounced U.S. airstrikes and bombings. The video challenges several myths surrounding the US occupation of Afghanistan, specifically that the US occupation has helped liberate Afghan women from Taliban oppressors.
Western Media's Obsession with Beautiful Iranian Women Skews Coverage of Iran - By Latoya Peterson, Women News Network. Posted July 7, 2009. - Images are driving the Western response to the Iranian elections. The media, hampered in their ability to report from the ground, has elected to go with citizen videos and photographs of the rising civil unrest. One early narrative that emerged, before the demonstrations against the results of the election, was of a beautiful Iranian woman, in modern clothes, wearing a loose headscarf and casting her vote.
On the Airwaves: Muadi Mukenge on Sexual Violence in the Congo- GFW Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Muadi Mukenge, highlighted the brutality that women face in the Congo on a recent edition of the “Morning Show” on KPFA 94.1 FM. Listen to the interview segment on the Congo (stream/download audio and scroll to 1hr.15min for the segment )
Behind the Facade - By Bob Herbert for The New York Times, July 4, 2009 - Meeting Michael Jackson in the mid-1980s was one of the creepier experiences of my life. I was an editor at The Daily News and had to present him with an award in a large room with just a handful of onlookers and a photographer at Madison Square Garden. I wasn’t put off by the fact that Jackson, then in his mid-20s, couldn’t make small talk. Lots of people have trouble with that. There was something about his overall behavior that weirded me out. He seemed, even then, to be a person who was trying with all of his being to step outside of reality and leave it behind.
Sarah’s Straight Talk - By Gail Collins for The New York Times, July 4, 2009 - Truly, Sarah Palin has come a long way. When she ran for vice president, she frequently became disjointed and garbled when she departed from her prepared remarks. Now the prepared remarks are incoherent, too.“And a problem in our country today is apathy,” she said on Friday as she announced that she would resign as governor of Alaska at the end of the month. “It would be apathetic to just hunker down and ‘go with the flow.’ Nah, only dead fish ‘go with the flow.’
It Came from Wasilla - By Todd S. Purdum for Vanity Fair, August 2009 - Despite her disastrous performance in the 2008 election, Sarah Palin is still the sexiest brand in Republican politics, with a lucrative book contract for her story. But what Alaska’s charismatic governor wants the public to know about herself doesn’t always jibe with reality. As John McCain’s top campaign officials talk more candidly than ever before about the meltdown of his vice-presidential pick, the author tracks the signs—political and personal—that Palin was big trouble, and checks the forecast for her future.
Sarah Palin Resigns: Is She Fleeing Scandal? - Posted by Tana Ganeva, AlterNet on July 4, 2009 - Sarah Palin has announced that she is resigning as Governor of Alaska. At a news conference from her house this morning, the Alaska Governor said that she will give up her post in the next few weeks. Many observers expected Palin to announce that she was not seeking re-election -- a prediction fueled by recent speculation that the Governor was preparing for 2012 Presidential bid.
Now, Sarah’s Folly - By Maureen Dowd for The New York Times, July 5, 2009 – Washington - Sarah Palin showed on Friday that in one respect at least, she is qualified to be president. Caribou Barbie is one nutty puppy. Usually we don’t find that exquisite battiness in our leaders until they’ve been battered by sordid scandals like Watergate (Nixon), gnawing problems like Vietnam (L.B.J.), or scary threats like biological terrorism (Cheney).
Palin's Last Act: Parental Consent — By Clara Jeffery | for Mother Jones, July 4, 2009 - As I tweeted yesterday, when MoJo was reduced to a twitter-only operation, the day before Sarah Palin annouced her resignation, one of Alaska's top public health officials was forced out for butting heads with Palin over social issues, specifically a provision that would require that girls under the age of 17 obtain parental consent before getting an abortion. Beverly Wooley, state public health director, was the second official to be forced out over this issue. The state's chief medical officer, Jay Butler, left in late June. Both made the critical mistake of wanting to present scientific evidence on the impact of parental consent laws to the state Senate. They never got the chance; the Senate "ran out of time." From the Anchorage Daily News:
VIDEO. "Deliver Us From Evil": The Amorality of the Catholic Church - By Greta Christina, Greta Christina's Blog. Posted July 4, 2009. - It's not like I didn't know this stuff. I knew it. But somehow, this movie made it real, and bore the full reality of it in on me, in a way that it hadn't been before. "Deliver Us From Evil" is a documentary about the extensive child- molestation scandal in the Catholic Church.
Sex and the modern girl: Are we witnessing a new age of female sexual assertiveness? - By Charlotte Philby for The Independent, 4 July 2009 - Paloma lives in the basement of a tall, regal-looking building on a smart street in west London. Hers is a spacious studio flat with a neat patio area, just big enough for a potted herb garden and wrought-iron table with matching chairs.
Boobs, bulimia and breakups: Does female confessional journalism really harm women? - By Amanda Fortini for Salon.com, Jul. 03, 2009 | Have you heard? According to a recent article in the Guardian, there is a “new and very weird” genre of writing on the rise. This is called “female confessional journalism.”
Zombie rape flick: Horror, porn or both? / People are abuzz over a film about an undead hottie who becomes a sex slave to teen boys - Tracy Clark-Flory for Salon.com, Jul. 02, 2009 | Word is that "Deadgirl" is the hottest indie horror flick of the year. It's said by some to be one of the smartest and most original American thrillers in recent memory. So, when I heard that the extended trailer had been leaked to the Web, I eagerly took a peek and found that the ingenious concept being heaped with so much praise was ... zombie rape. As in, two high school losers find a naked girl zombie chained to a table in the basement of a deserted mental institution and decide to rape her repeatedly, mutilate her body and pimp her out as a sex slave. I guess the five-film "Saw" epic and two "Hostel" installments weren't enough to satisfy the demand for torture porn?
Political Foolishness and Teen Pregnancy - Posted on July,2009 on Truthdig.com, By Marie Cocco -It hardly seems worth mentioning that the search for role models of sexual rectitude has gone pretty badly lately. That famous poster of Farrah Fawcett—her golden locks tumbling around her shoulders and her gleaming smile offering a girl-next-door counterpoint to the suggestiveness of her red swimsuit—sure makes it look as though, by comparison, the 1970s were an era of wholesomeness.
VIDEO: "The Daily Show" on the burqa ban / Senior women's correspondent Kristen Schaal on Islamic garb, the torture of high heels and the joys of mayonnaise - Sarah Hepola for Salon.com, Jul. 02, 2009, Jul. 02, 2009 | Last night, "Daily Show" senior women's correspondent Kristen Schaal made another hilarious, absurd appearance, this time to chime in on France's controversial proposed ban on the burqa. "Is Sarkozy right?" asked Jon Stewart. "Does the burqa lower the status of women?"
Designer Vaginas: Is Female Circumcision Coming Out of the Closet? - Posted on Jul 2, 2009-By Gbemisola Olujobi - As a circumcised and sexually fulfilled African woman, when I consider the fuss that female circumcision has attracted to Africa over the years and the wind of labiaplasties and genital rejuvenations currently sweeping across Europe and America, I cannot help but ask in the words of Dr. Deborah Tolman, professor of social welfare at Hunter College School of Social Work, “What happened in the last three years to make [these] women’s labias so big that they can’t walk around with them?”
Another day, another abortion party / An essayist caricatures pro-choicers drinking and dancing on a fetus' grave – by Tracy Clark-Flory for Salon.com, Jul. 09, 2009 | I hadn't heard of an abortion party until today. That's despite growing up in the liberal sanctuary of the San Francisco Bay Area and attending a passionately feminist women's college. I've seen women unabashedly announce "I had an abortion" to friends and strangers alike, out loud and on T-shirts and bumper stickers, but an abortion party is an entirely new concept to me. Yet, somehow, several conservative bloggers seem perfectly unsurprised, albeit outraged, by the personal essay on Alternet that introduced me to the concept of such a shindig. That's because it's just the sort of thing they imagine we evil, unfeeling, baby-hating pro-choicers do for fun: We abort fetuses, then throw parties!
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Women I dated, when I was a man / I kept hoping love would transform me. But, secretly, I longed to be female - By Jennifer Finney Boylan from Salon.com, Jul. 02, 2009 | Editor's note: The following is excerpted from the book "Love Is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships and Broken Hearts," a collection of essays edited by Michael Taeckens and published this month by Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. - With Maeve it ended with a big fight. This was back when I was still a man. "I never know what you're thinking," she said. We were at a bar in Baltimore, eating potato skins. "I mean, what the fuck. Who are you, anyway, when you're out of my sight?"
We're all intersex: The author of "Between XX and XY" on people born neither male nor female -- and why everyone's a little bit of both - By Thomas Rogers for Salon.com, Jul. 07, 2009 | In the fall of 1998, Lisa May Stevens, a 32-year-old from Idaho, went on a camping trip. Stevens had been told for most of her life that she was a boy, but in her 20s had discovered the truth about her sex -- that she had been born a hermaphrodite, and that doctors had conducted surgeries on her genitalia as an infant. After learning the news, she consulted her priest, who said that while God usually condemns suicides, for her he might make an exception. A decade later, on the third day of her camping trip, she put a pistol under her jaw and pulled the trigger. Gerald N. Callahan, an associate professor in the microbiology, immunology and pathology department at Colorado State University, uses this heart-wrenching anecdote to open "Between XX and XY," his new book about people who are born neither male nor female (at least in the traditional sense of those words).
Mexico Accused of Torture in Drug War / Army Using Brutality To Fight Trafficking, Rights Groups Say - By Steve Fainaru and William Booth for Washington Post , July 9, 2009 - Puerto Las Ollas, Mexico -- The Mexican army has carried out forced disappearances, acts of torture and illegal raids in pursuit of drug traffickers, according to documents and interviews with victims, their families, political leaders and human rights monitors. From the violent border cities where drugs are brought into the United States to the remote highland regions where poppies and marijuana are harvested, residents and human rights groups describe an increasingly brutal war in which the government, led by the army, is using harsh measures to battle the cartels that continue to terrorize much of the country.
Task Force Recommends Overhaul of U.S. Immigration System – By Spencer S. Hsu for Washington Post , July 8, 2009 - Congress and the Obama administration should overhaul the nation's immigration system in response to national security and other concerns, leaders of a bipartisan task force urged today while cautioning that the timing of such an overhaul would likely depend on an economic recovery. An independent Council on Foreign Relations panel, co-chaired by former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) and former Clinton White House chief of staff Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty III, recommended that the country end strict quotas on work-based immigrant visas to maintain its scientific, technological and military edge.
Cuba: Las que miran a la tierra - Por Dixie Edith - En Cuba, poco a poco, muchas mujeres vuelven los ojos a la tierra y asumen funciones consideradas tradicionalmente típicas del ámbito masculino. Esa es la historia de Ramona Hernández Pérez y Yelennis Ronda Peña, dos cubanas residentes en la provincia de Holguín, a más de 740 kilómetros al oriente de La Habana, quienes tras varios años de ser amas de casa decidieron incorporarse a la producción agropecuaria.
Perú: Los bosques nos dan la vida - Por Julia Vicuña Yacarine - Las mujeres, en la amazonía peruana, son quienes se encargan de cuidar el espacio que habitan. Ellas poseen y conservan conocimientos ancestrales que transmiten a las nuevas generaciones y son las que, junto a sus compañeros, resisten y denuncian el proceso de degradación ambiental provocado por la deforestación y contaminación de las empresas petroleras. "Los madereros tumban los árboles, grandes y chicos, malogrando el medio ambiente no sólo para los pueblos indígenas, sino para el Perú.
Colombia: Comunicación contra la violencia hacia las mujeres - Por Ángela Castellanos Aranguren - Por primera vez Colombia está siendo impactada simultáneamente por tres diferentes estrategias de comunicación sobre las violencias contra la mujer. Se trata de campañas que, sin proponérselo, han coincidido en el tiempo debido a la urgente necesidad de sensibilizar, concientizar e informar sobre el maltrato contra las colombianas. De acuerdo con la Fundación Plan, una ONG dedicada a la infancia y adolescencia, cada hora 20 niñas son víctimas de maltrato y diariamente 100 mujeres son golpeadas por sus parejas. Décadas atrás estas agresiones no se contabilizaban. Desde los años noventa se empezaron a reunir y a estudiar.
Guatemala: Transexuales, despreciados en la sociedad - Por Alba Trejo - Los ven despectivamente, son tratados con asco y reducidos a la categoría de personas sin derechos. No tienen acceso a hospitales, son objeto de burla y reciben golpes en las calles por transformar su cuerpo de hombre a mujer. Muchos, incluso, han muerto asesinados a sangre fría. Así vive la comunidad transexual en Guatemala. Una descripción que, aunque cruel, ilustra la realidad de al menos unos 7.000 de ellos. "Porque vivir en una sociedad cargada de machismo y discriminación, y dejar aflorar un comportamiento sexual distinto con el que se nace, es someterse a la burla, al rechazo y al desprecio", asevera Johana Ramírez, quien dirige la Organización de Transexuales (Otrans) Reinas de la noche, en este país centroamericano.
El Salvador: Nuevo gobierno enfoca políticas a favor de las mujeres - Por Carolina Pérez - El Salvador abrió el pasado primero de junio una nueva etapa de su historia con la asunción de Mauricio Fúnes, del Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), como el primer presidente de izquierda, 17 años después de firmados los acuerdos de paz que pusieron punto final a la guerra civil (1980 y 1992). Fúnes derrotó en los comicios presidenciales al candidato del partido de la derecha Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA), al obtener un 51,27 por ciento de los votos. Entre los nuevos funcionarios del gabinete de gobierno destacan la presidenta del Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Pública, Aída Santos de Escobar; la ministra de Trabajo, Victoria Marina de Avilés; la viceministra de Medio Ambiente, Lina Pohl; la ministra de Salud, Isabel Rodríguez; y la viceministra de esa cartera, Violeta Menjívar. La diputada Lourdes Palacios, del FMLN, manifestó que el actual gobierno ha incorporado a mujeres aptas para desarrollar su trabajo. "En el equipo hay mujeres profesionales con amplia trayectoria en el desempeño de sus funciones", indicó la congresista.
Emos: Al apartarse de los conceptos estereotipados de masculinidad, son despreciados por otros, expresa Jonas Engelmann / Al apartarse de los conceptos estereotipados de masculinidad, los emos son despreciados por otros- Dpa, Hamburgo, 5 julio.- La palabra emo puede no significar mucho para el promedio de los padres. Sin embargo, deberían estar al tanto si quieren comprender el más reciente fenómeno de música y moda, que puede interesar a algún adolescente cercano. La escena emo –que deriva su nombre de una popular corriente musical, más melódica, expresiva y emocional del rock– frecuentemente se confunde con el visual kei o vk, que también se inspira en el cómic manga japonés. El nuevo estilo juega con los tradicionales roles de género y frecuentemente se expresa en un look andrógino.
Crean esperma a partir de células troncales de embrión masculino / Es maduro y funcional por completo, pese a que se elaboró en un tubo de ensayo, expresan/ Permite concebir esperanzas de que algún día los varones infértiles podrían procrear hijos – por Jeremy Laurence para The Independent, publicado en La Jornada, julio 8, 2009 - Científicos crean por primera vez esperma humano en laboratorio. Este avance extraordinario, que hasta hace pocos años pertenecía al reino de la ciencia ficción, hace concebir esperanzas de que algún día los varones infértiles, aunque sean incapaces de producirlo, podrían procrear hijos.
MEXICO: Busca Interpol a 9 por incendio en guardería / La prima de Margarita Zavala, entre los dueños y representantes de la estancia de Hermosillo boletinados como presuntos responsables de la muerte de 48 niños - Gustavo Castillo García para La Jornada, julio 8 2009 - El gobierno de México solicitó a Interpol la detención de nueve presuntos responsables de la muerte de 48 niños por el incendio ocurrido el pasado 5 de junio en la Guardería ABC, en Hermosillo, Sonora. La solicitud se expidió a las policías de 178 naciones para que los propietarios o representantes legales de la citada estancia infantil sean aprehendidos en cuanto sean detectados, dado que existe un mandamiento judicial en su contra por diversos delitos, principalmente por homicidio culposo.
México, con el índice más alto de violencia entre jóvenes: OCDE / La violencia contra las mujeres y grupos vulnerables es una práctica que ha crecido de manera alarmante entre los jóvenes – por Mariana Norandi para La Jornada, julio 9 2009 - De acuerdo con datos de la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico (OCDE), de sus 23 países miembros, México tiene el índice más alto de violencia entre jóvenes de secundaria. Uno de cada tres estudiantes considera que la secundaria es un lugar inseguro; uno de cada tres, que sus compañeros son peligrosos, y cuatro de cada 10, que la colonia donde viven no les genera tranquilidad.
Indagará EU abusos de militares mexicanos en la lucha antinarco / Si se prueban, el Congreso de ese país podría congelar millones de dólares de la Iniciativa Mérida - David Brooks para La Jornada, Washington, 9 de julio. - El zar antinarcóticos, el Departamento de Estado y legisladores expresaron preocupación por las cada vez más numerosas acusaciones de abusos contra derechos humanos –incluidas tortura, desapariciones y violaciones sexuales– cometidos por militares en la lucha antinarco en México.