Month: October 2010

Nobody’s ‘Basket Case:’ Bangladesh Leads The Muslim World by Example

Former National Security Adviser and US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger never supported the liberation of Bangladesh, famously declaring in 1971, the year Bangladesh won its independence from Pakistan, that “the place is and always will be a basket case.” In the years that followed it seemed as though Bangladesh had succumbed to this dehumanization. …

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The Arab Emirates: Where It’s Okay To Beat Your Wife and Kids

Seems like Emiratis have been working so hard over the past decade to make sure one main message gets across to the International Community: we are modern, we have money, come build in our desert. Not enough water for you? We will import it in. Too hot for your liking? We will fly in snow …

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The Best Place To Be a Woman: World Economic Forum Measures the Global Gender Gap

I had the opportunity to speak with Saadia Zahidi,  Head of the World Economic Forum’s Women Leaders and Gender Parity Program, and also one of the authors of the annual Global Gender Gap Report. The Global Gender Gap Report looks at 134 countries around the world and analyzes “how well they divide resources and opportunities …

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Jessica Valenti’s “New Normal” Reminds Us About Pregnancy Related Complications Everywhere

One of the main feminist blogs that I always read, and one of the first to publish some of my early posts, was Feministing. If you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend you check it out not only because it provides analysis on mainstream culture and women’s rights issues from the point of view …

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