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WMC Daily News Brief: Censorship, Unmarried Mothers, Zeinab Sadiq Jaafar

February 2, 2009

 

The Rise Of Soft Censorship 

2/1/09

Washington Post: Illinois joins a growing list of places across the globe where media-government relations are often ruled by money, used as a tool to manipulate news coverage. This is a serious problem in countries where democracies are fragile and there is no culture of strong, independent news media.


2 Kids + 0 Husbands = Family 

2/1/09

NY Times: In 1960, unmarried mothers accounted for about 5 percent of births in the United States. Now they are having almost 40 percent of the country’s babies. About half of these women are on their own, and the other half are living with a man at the time of the birth.


Zeinab Sadiq Jaafar  

1/31/09

NY Times: Zeinab Sadiq Jaafar is one of 325 women among the 1,280 candidates competing for just 35 council seats in this southern Shiite city. The city is in full election fever, with posters, banners and billboards burying walls, bridges and lampposts.


NBC Has An Erin Burnett Problem 

2/2/09

Huffington Post: Journalists who are "embedded" on Wall Street and depend on Wall Street execs for access on a day-to-day basis are ridiculously unqualified to give the public good information about the economic crisis.  Indeed, NBC has an Erin Burnett problem.


Medvedev Meets Editor Of Newspaper Where Slain Journalists Worked  

1/31/09

NY Times: President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia held a surprise meeting on Thursday with the editor of Novaya Gazeta, an independent newspaper that has established itself as one of the Kremlin’s sharpest critics and that 10 days ago lost a 25-year-old reporter in what apparently was a contract killing.


ANALYSIS: Covering The Obama Girls? Use Kid Gloves 

2/1/09

Broadcasting and Cable: No sooner had Barack Obama been elected president last November than the news media began flogging a now familiar truism about the Obama presidency: It's the first time in a long while that young children will be in the White House.


Newspapers Fall On Deeper Cost-Cutting Measures 

1/30/09

Boston Globe: Newspaper stocks plunged Friday as several major publishers revealed deeper cost-cutting measures amid an exodus of advertising dollars to the Web and the recession's worsening of the industry's serious financial problems.


Speculation About Where Clinton Will Travel First  

1/31/09

NY Times: A secretary of state’s first foreign trip is always an event — steeped in symbolism and parsed for clues about how the new boss will conduct diplomacy. Mrs. Clinton’s celebrity lends the maiden voyage added glitter, but also the burden of great expectations.


Gillibrand Hints at a Change of Mind on Immigration  

2/2/09

NY Times: Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York’s new senator, suggested to Latino elected officials on Sunday that she would take the lead on some immigration issues — and perhaps quickly drop some positions that they considered objectionable. 


Gillibrand’s Grandmother Also Wielded Political Power, But From The Wings  

1/31/09

NY Times: When she was chosen to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate seat, Kirsten E. Gillibrand edged out the scions of two political families, the Kennedys and the Cuomos. What many New Yorkers may not know is that Ms. Gillibrand herself hails from a dynasty of sorts.


US Women Also Face Human Rights Struggles 

2/2/09

RH Reality Check: Women living in the United States cannot appeal to CEDAW when their rights are inadequately protected by US law because the United States still, almost 30 years after it came into force, has not agreed to be bound by the provisions of the Convention.


New Deal Slighted Women In Recovery Plans 

2/2/09

Women's eNews: 1933: Roosevelt's New Deal didn't provide full relief for women.


Iceland Names New Prime Minister 

2/2/09

NY Times: With the swearing-in of its first female prime minister on Sunday, Iceland became the first country to change its government as a direct result of the global financial crisis.  A political veteran who has served for long periods as social affairs minister, she also appears to be the modern world’s first openly gay head of government.


MIDEAST:  What An Aid Worker Saw, Then And Now

2/2/09

IPS: As fears rise of renewed violence in Gaza, Elena Qleibo, a French-Costa Rican aid worker from Oxfam, gives IPS a first-hand account of surviving Israel's three-week bombardment of Gaza.


Wail of Pakistan Girl Sounds Alarm of Abused Maids 

2/1/09

Women's eNews: Twelve-year-old Amina was so abused by the man in the house where she worked that neighbors called the police and helped save her. Advocates here say the law against child labor is widely broken and abuse of child servants is widespread.


Diary Of A Pakistani Schoolgirl (III)  

1/30/09

BBC: A Pakistani seventh grade schoolgirl is writing a diary after Taleban militants in the troubled north-western Swat district ordered schools to close as part of an edict banning girls' education.


WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: Presidents For Feminist Socialism 

1/30/09

IPS: "True socialism is feminist," and is already being built, said Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, standing next to three other South American presidents, all of them men, at a dialogue that took place Thursday at the World Social Forum (WSF).


A Crazy Dream  

1/31/09

NY Times: In the documentary film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a woman whose family had endured the agony of civil war in Liberia talks about a dream she had in 2003 in which someone urged her to organize the women of her church to pray for peace.


My Sister’s Keeper  

2/1/09

NY Times: These days, members worry about the future of Alapine, which is one of about 100 below-the-radar lesbian communities in North America, known as womyn’s lands (their preferred spelling), whose guiding philosophies date from a mostly bygone era.


A Fresh Start, But The Yelps And Tears Remain  

2/1/09

NY Times: When the Heartless Bastards’ demo CD arrived at the Mississippi offices of Fat Possum Records in 2003, it came with a hand-scribbled note: “My name is Erika, and I was born to sing and play guitar.”


You Just Can’t Keep the Girls From Jamming  

2/1/09

NY Times: In its earlier incarnation, which started in the mid-1930s, roller derby featured teams of professional skaters, men and women, whose races along a banked track were leavened by pratfalls and punch-ups. About seven years ago, roller derby resurfaced in Texas as an amateur, women-only game.


Williams Glides Past Safina For Fourth Singles Title At Australian Open  

1/31/09

NY Times: The women’s final had finished in less than an hour, and Serena Williams was walking down the hall in Melbourne Park lined with photos of past Australian Open champions, including her.

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