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NEWS BRIEF Net Neutrality, Credit Card Debt, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

August 9, 2010

A Net Game For Google? 8/7/10 New York Times: In last week’s controversy over whether Google and Verizon are hatching a deal to undermine net neutrality, it pays to look closely at their words. Both companies maintain that there is no deal and that no money will be paid for faster transmission of data. U.S. Law Puts Credit Card Debt Before Single Moms 8/8/10 Women’s eNews: The new financial regulatory overhaul is designed to protect consumers, but a 2005 bankruptcy law that can be particularly impoverishing for divorced women has been left intact. Iranian Facing Stoning Speaks: 'It's Because I'm A Woman' 8/6/10 Guardian: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani accuses authorities in Tehran of lying about charges in attempt to execute her in secret Beautiful Women Used To Obscure The Horrors Of War 8/8/10 Alternet: Today, Time hits newsstands with a photo of a beautiful young woman with her nose cut off. Western photography, war, and beautiful "victims" have a long and fraught history. Playboy About More Than Nude Women - Hefner 8/9/10 Stuff: Hefner steadfastly refuses to concede the charge that his magazine objectifies women, and insists that he was in fact at the forefront of women's rights. HP Drops On Hurd Resignation; Lesjak Inherits Slowing Growth 8/9/10 Bloomberg: CEO Mark Hurd left after a probe found inaccurate expense reports and a personal relationship with a contractor named Jodie Fisher, a former actress and reality TV contestant. 3 Women on High Court: Historic but Impact Unclear 8/8/10 New York Times:  Having three women on the court may not change the outcome of any cases. The justices, after all, regularly divide 5-4 along ideological lines in high-profile cases. Sotomayor's votes in her first year were very similar to Justice David Souter's, the man she replaced. Kagan is expected to vote much like Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired in June. Feminists At Fault? 8/9/10 New York Times: Mothers in the United States earn substantially less than women without children, and not just because they tend to take some time out of paid employment. David Leonhardt summarizes some important evidence that public policies are partly to blame in a recent column in The New York Times. Attractive Women 'Discriminated Against When Applying For Masculine Jobs' 8/9/10 Telegraph: Attractive women are discriminated against when they apply for traditionally masculine jobs, according to a new report. Blog Reveals Afghanistan Medic Karen Woo's Dedication 8/7/10 BBC News: Blog posts written by Briton Dr Karen Woo, named as one of 10 members of a medical team shot dead in Afghanistan, offer a human insight into the aid mission to the war-torn country. Pimps Force Mexican Women Into Prostitution in US 8/8/10 NY Times: Entire extended families exploit desperation and lure hundreds of unsuspecting young Mexican women to the United States to force them into prostitution. Zuma Backs Women's Rights 8/9/10 iAfrica: President Zuma said South Africa's primary focus was to improve access to socio-economic rights as enshrined in the country's Constitution. He said they were focused on socio-economic rights because the emancipation of women could not be separated from the fight to eradicate poverty and to improve access to basic services. In Jerusalem, Clash Between 21st Century Women and Orthodox Jews Takes Center Stage 8/8/10 Alternet: The issue of women praying in the heart of the Old City is also bringing dissent between Israel and liberal Jewish groups in the U.S. Abortion Ban Leading To Crisis In Philippines — Rights Group 8/9/10 Associated Foreign Press: A ban on abortion in the Roman Catholic Philippines has caused a human rights crisis, with more than half a million women unsafely terminating their pregnancies each year, a rights group said. Some Girls' Puberty Age Still Falling, Study Suggests 8/8/10 LA Times: Doctors and parents were stunned when research published more than a decade ago found American girls were beginning puberty at much younger ages, some as early as 7. A new study released Sunday suggests the average age at which puberty begins may still be falling for white and Latina girls. Jennifer Aniston: No Need To Wait For Mr. Right To Start A Family 8/9/10 Popeater: Jennifer Aniston does not believe that women have to wait -- or settle -- for a man to start a family.

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