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NEWS BRIEF Afghan Women, Kagan, Indonesia

May 27, 2010

Afghan Women And The Media: Is Their Story Being Told? 5/26/10 Huffington Post: The media needs to keep vigilant tabs on how the Afghan government deals with women's issues. There are a number of difficulties facing women journalists in Afghanistan, very few of which make it to top-level roles. The most "significant story" in Afghanistan is "the story about women." As Marshall Clerk, Kagan Was Wary Of Conservatives 5/25/10 Kansas City Star: As a young lawyer working for Justice Thurgood Marshall, Elena Kagan repeatedly expressed her concern that a conservative Supreme Court was looking for ways to cut back on the rights of women, criminal defendants and prisoners. Tight Pants Ban Takes Effect In Indonesia's Aceh 5/27/10 NPR: Authorities in a devoutly Islamic district of Indonesia's Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect Thursday. Former 'Us Weekly' Editor To Head 'Hollywood Reporter' 5/26/10 Daily Finance: The Hollywood Reporter just hired Janice Min, the former editor of Us Weekly, to oversee their marquee title. Crisis Places Focus On Beleaguered Agency’s Chief 5/25/2010 New York Times: S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, director of the federal agency charged with ensuring the safety and environmental security of offshore oil rigs, is described as smart, tenacious, persistent and tough, but is uncertainty about whether she is up to the task of remaking the Minerals Management Service, an agency widely recognized as one of the most dysfunctional in government. Scandal Rattles Politics In South Carolina, Again 5/25/10 New York Times: Only two weeks before a highly competitive Republican primary for governor, the candidate, State Representative Nikki Haley, has been hit by charges, leveled by one of her supporters, that she had an “inappropriate physical relationship” with him three years ago. Service Chiefs Seek To Delay Vote On Gays 5/26/10 New York Times: The chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines  objected on Wednesday to a compromise plan to repeal the military’s ban on allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly, a position that put them at odds with President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Abortion Reporting Bill Veto 5/26/10 Ms. Magazine: The Oklahoma state legislature overrode Governor Brad Henry's veto of a bill that will require doctors to report detailed information about patients seeking abortions to the government yesterday. Sister Margaret’s Choice 5/26/10 Sister Margaret was “automatically excommunicated” because she assented to an abortion of a pregnancy of a 27-year-old mother of four suffering from a serious complication called pulmonary hypertension that created a high probability that the strain of continuing pregnancy would kill her. For Peru And American Inmate, Much Is Changed 5/26/2010 New York Times: When Lori Berenson was jailed in Peru on terrorism charges over 14 years ago, she was a fiery young leftist from New York. Now that Ms. Berenson, 40, has been granted parole from a women’s prison in Lima, Peru’s capital, both she and the nation that imprisoned her have changed in significant ways. West Bank rabbi bans women from local election 5/26/10 BBC: Rabbi Elyakim Levanon of the Elon Moreh settlement, near Nablus, said women lacked the authority to stand for the post of local secretary. A Mother’s Catch-22 5/25/10 The Nation: When Congress and Bill Clinton decided to end "welfare as we know it," they made a deal with the poor folks who were being cut loose from their AFDC checks. Go out and find a job. Government will help by providing a modest subsidy to pay for child care. Most mothers with small children couldn't go to work without it. Now, that promise is gradually being withdrawn. The Pill Most Popular Birth Control Worldwide 5/27/10 NPR: The pill is still the No. 1 contraceptive for American women, but it's even more popular in other countries, according to the first government report comparing nations. Doctors Reverse Stand On Circumcision 5/26/2010 New York Times: The American Academy of Pediatrics has reversed its decision last month regarding the practice of female circumcision by immigrants from some African, Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. Rheumatoid Arthritis ‘On The Rise In Women’ 5/26/10 BBC: One of the most common forms of arthritis is on the rise among women in the US, according to a study. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota say rheumatoid arthritis cases rose 2.5% between 1995 and 2007, after 40 years of decline, but fell among men in the same 12-year period. Sex And The City 2 Has More ‘Sex’ But Not As Good 5/26/10 Washington Post:"Sex and the City 2" -- an enervated, crass and gruesomely caricatured trip to nowhere -- seems conceived primarily to find new and more cynical ways to abuse the loyalty of its audience, and uses feminist arguments to preempt the criticism it so richly deserves. Ex-College Athletes Teach Girls The Ropes 5/27/10 Washington Post: To provide girls with role models in their sports, Cohen and Korson hire women to coach in their girls' programs. In Tennis, Fashion Police Look The Other Way 5/26/10 New York Times: Venus Williams has created quite a stir at the French Open by playing in a lacy, see-through black dress that she designed.