Month: March 2010

Watering Your Neighbor’s Garden: The Global War On Baby Girls

According to Chinese State media, when local residents first discovered the bodies of 21 babies along the riverbank, they thought they were toys. The babies, who ranged in age from newborns to several months, had hospital tags linking them back to the Affiliated Hospital of Jining Medical University, a city in eastern China. It is …

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Too Powerful or Too Black? The Fall of White House Staffer Desirée Rogers

The dust is still settling in Washington after the resignation of White House Staffer and close Obama insider, Desirée Rogers. As Social Secretary to the Obamas, the task at hand for Rogers was to project the glamor of the First Couple. The New York Times credits Rogers with “personifying the fresh, new-generation approach that the …

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The Price Of Excluding Women: World Economic Forum Tracks Gender Pay Gaps

In continuing with celebrating Women’s History Month, I think it is important to shed light on the sheer stupidity of many nations, especially in the “Developing World”, to not tap into women as a major resource. Obviously this has huge implications for the economies of these countries. A few years ago, the United Nations released …

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The Case of Japan’s Princess Masako: Sons Over Daughters

The other day, I was reading this post about how Japan’s Princess Aiko has been missing school because of bullying by some boys at her elementary school. While this news is disturbing in itself, what caught my attention was the reference the article made to Aiko’s mother, Princess Masako. Anybody remember this woman? Her story …

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Latest US Pledge To Pakistan: A $50 Million PR Move?

I was on Russia Today (RT) television live yesterday evening discussing how effective I think Obama’s recent $50 million dollar pledge to “reverse anti-American sentiments inside Pakistan” through Pakistani media will be. As a Bangladeshi, I know firsthand about the hundreds and hundreds of amazing programs USAID has not just in South Asia, but around …

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The Real Questions We Should Be Asking “Lady Al-Qaeda”

It is always a good recipe for the media to sexualize the mystique which surrounds the ever  elusive Muslim woman: Is she a burqa-clad victim of her own religion, or a strong woman of choices who is forever fighting off labels and stereotypes? Or is she a supportive partner to her terrorist male counterpart, plotting …

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