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WMC Daily News Brief - China, Obama, Iran

July 30, 2008

IOC Admits Internet Censorship Deal With China 7/30/08 Reuters via NY Times: Some International Olympic Committee officials cut a deal to let China block sensitive websites despite promises of unrestricted access, a senior IOC official admitted.  Journalists have this week complained of finding access to sites deemed sensitive to China's communist leadership blocked. Obama Meets With Key Women 7/30/08 LA Times: Barack Obama met privately Tuesday with a group of women leaders, seeking their endorsement and also raising a sore point -- the issue of gender bias in his Democratic primary fight with Hillary Rodham Clinton. Iranian Kurds 'Victims Of Repression' 7/30/08 Kurds living in Iran are suffering "intensifying" levels of repression, human rights group Amnesty International has warned. The report notes, Kurdish women suffer a "double discrimination" because of their gender. It documents cases of forced or early marriages, honour killings and domestic violence. Hold the Escapism; We Need Some Real News 7/30/08 Womens eNews: After spending too much time worrying about Christie Brinkley's divorce and the fight at a WNBA basketball game, Sandra Kobrin confesses she needs help getting back to what's really going on. She needs an escape from escapism. Cablevision Completes Newsday Buy from Tribune 7/29/08 Broadcasting and Cable: Cablevision Systems said Tuesday that it concluded its acquisition of a 97% stake in suburban New York newspaper Newsday from Tribune. The deal's price tag was previously put at $650 million. Fix Pick: Obama, McCain and the Troop Visit That Wasn't 7/29/08 Washington Post: Ever since Barack Obama skipped a visit to wounded soldiers at a medical center in Germany, John McCain and his campaign have been doing their darndest to keep the story alive.Surrogates have been dispatched to cable news programs, conference calls denouncing Obama have been organized, ads have been launched. Same-Sex Marriage Barrier Nears End in Massachusetts 7/30/08 NY Times: Massachusetts moved closer to erasing a hurdle that blocked most out-of-state gay men and lesbians from marrying here.  Following a vote by the state Senate, the House of Representatives voted to repeal a 1913 law that prevented Massachusetts from marrying out-of-state couples if their marriages would not be legal in their home states. Feinstein Still Questions U.S. Attorney's Staff Moves 7/30/08 LA Times: Five months after the sudden dismantling of the public corruption unit in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, questions are still being raised in Washington, D.C., about the controversial move. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has been exchanging letters with a top Justice Department official over the unit's disbanding. A New Attack On Birth Control 7/30/08 Boston Globe: Under the guise of rules to protect antiabortion nurses and doctors from discrimination in hiring, a proposed new regulation would expand the definition of abortion to include any form of contraception that can work by stopping implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus. Black Women Embrace Tech Gadgets 7/30/08 Detroit News: Black women are more likely than other female consumers to spend time using technology, and they view cell phones and the Internet as tools of empowerment and self-expression, a study finds. Yale Students' Lawsuit Unmasks Anonymous Trolls, Opens Pandora's Box 7/29/08 Wired: AK-47 was one of a handful of students heaping misogynist scorn on women attending Yale Law School in 2007, in posts so vile they spurred a national debate on the limits of online anonymity. In an unprecedented federal lawsuit aimed at punishing the posters, lawyers for two female Yale Law School students have ascertained AK-47's real identity. South Africa's Pillay Is New Human Rights Chief 7/28/08 Reuters: The U.N. General Assembly on Monday unanimously confirmed South African judge Navanethem Pillay as the world body's new human rights chief. Pillay, who will succeed outspoken Canadian Louise Arbour, is a judge at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Zambia: Help Women Stranded in Mali 7/30/08 THE ordeal of being abandoned and stranded in a foreign country is traumatizing.  These are dehumanizing situations many Zambian women have found themselves in after being abandoned by their West African husbands. Younger Women, Older Men Happier 7/30/08 UPI: Younger women are happier as younger adults than men, but later in life men are the happier of the two genders, a U.S. and British researcher say. The study, published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, finds happiness is most linked to the stability of a person's family and finances. China's Female Artists Quietly Emerge 7/30/08 NY Times: While the art market has become a powerhouse industry and produced a pantheon of multimillionaire artist-celebrities, there are no women in that pantheon.  If any woman qualifies as a power artist on the current male model, Lin Tianmiao probably comes closest. WNBA Tops In Pro League Diversity 7/30/08 Salt Lake Tribune: The WNBA has received the first A-plus given in Richard Lapchick's annual diversity report card on race and gender. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport study, which grades professional leagues on the number of participating women and minorities, shows women own three WNBA teams, up two from 2007. Women's Golf: 'Door Is Not Closed' 7/30/08 Salt Lake Tribune: Sorenstam, speaking before her final major at the Women's British Open, will be quitting golf at the end of the season. Fully recovered from her long-term back injury, Sorenstam has won three titles this season, has twice been runner-up and has also finished third and fourth.