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Movement or Revolution? Learning From Developments in Iran

| July 2, 2009

Yesterday in Iran, presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi called the government illegitimate and asked for protests to continue. Iranian-American commentator Sahar Driver tells us that, whatever happens in the near future, the reform movement has already achieved significant gains. More »

Responsible Solidarity: An Appeal to the Public on the Matter of Iran

| June 26, 2009

The author urges us to stand against the violence threatening the masses of protesters in Iran, but to insist that our leaders not infringe on Iranian sovereignty—as has happened in the past. Her commentary is based on a speech she delivered on Tuesday at San Francisco City Hall. More »

The Iranian Election and the Global Politics of “Pretty”

The Iranian Election and the Global Politics of “Pretty”

| June 24, 2009

With reporting opportunities strictly limited in Iran, images carry the narrative, many of them focusing on young, attractive women. The author wonders about complexities hidden behind the emerging icons. More »

“Supa”: A Report from Kenya

“Supa”: A Report from Kenya

| June 22, 2009

The author, a medical doctor and writer, learned in an African village the truth behind the alarming worldwide maternal health statistics—when she was asked to treat a patient whose only resource was her mother, frantically urging her to “push.” More »

Addressing the Muslim World, President Obama Reached Well Beyond the Arab Dignitaries

| June 8, 2009

The author wonders if his pre-speech visit to a kingdom where women are oppressed weakens his appeal on behalf of women’s rights. More »

The Death of Abeer in Iraq: One Former Soldier Is Sentenced—What of Those in Command?

The Death of Abeer in Iraq: One Former Soldier Is Sentenced—What of Those in Command?

| May 22, 2009

A civilian jury has deliberated long hours over the fate of a former Army private in the March 12, 2006 assault and murder of Abeer al-Janabi and her family. His guilt has been determined in federal court. The author argues that it is up to us as citizens to prevent future crimes and protect our soldiers. This is the second of a two-part report on the Paducah, Kentucky trial. More »

The Death of Abeer in Iraq—What We Know Now

The Death of Abeer in Iraq—What We Know Now

| May 19, 2009

Four U.S. soldiers have been tried and convicted in military court for the March 12, 2006 assault and murder of Abeer al-Janabi and her family. Now, in the federal court trial of the last man accused, former Pvt. 1st Class Steven Green, information has surfaced that explains more fully what happened that day. This is the first of a two-part report on the Paducah, Kentucky trial. More »

In Iceland, Our Long-Sought Victory in Battling Human Trafficking

In Iceland, Our Long-Sought Victory in Battling Human Trafficking

| April 21, 2009

On April 17, the last day before Iceland’s parliament adjourned to prepare for elections on April 25, members passed a bill criminalizing the act of buying individuals for purposes of prostitution. Patterned on the Swedish law that addresses the demand fueling the commercial sex industry, the action was hailed as an historic moment in the international struggle against human trafficking. Via Equality Now, here is a dispatch describing the campaign from Gudrún Jónsdóttir, spokeswoman for Stigamot, a women's rights organization in Iceland. More »

Democracy and Pandora’s Box: Family Laws in Afghanistan

| April 20, 2009

For women in Afghanistan, the promise of democracy seems not to include equality, nor protection from the potential of domestic violence. Here, the secretary general of Parliamentarians for Global Action explains the politics behind the proposed oppressive law regulating Shia marriages. More »

Afghan Women to Obama: We Must Be at the Table!

| April 2, 2009

The author, a global affairs professor who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, talks to Dr. Masooda Jalal, a political leader and the subject of a new documentary. Her message: women must be involved in peace making; the Taliban and warlords are “only powerful because we allow them to be.” More »