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Liberia’s Difficult Path Toward Reconciliation

Liberia’s Difficult Path Toward Reconciliation

| July 23, 2009

Having emerged from a long and violent civil war, President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia try to inch their way toward a just peace, while former president Taylor is on trial for war crimes against the citizens of a neighboring country. More »

What’s Behind the Rise of Women’s Philanthropy?

What’s Behind the Rise of Women’s Philanthropy?

| July 14, 2009

The author, a veteran fund-raiser, explains new data on women’s generosity—and how the projects they support strategically expand possibilities for women and girls around the world. More »

Dancing on the Side in Senegal

Dancing on the Side in Senegal

| July 6, 2009

The author celebrated her 73rd birthday in a way she could hardly have imagined—surrounded by women who would now be able to draw water year-round in their own village. More »

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 »