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WMC Daily News Brief - Jane Eisner, Racism/Sexism Limits, Israeli-Syrian Rescue

July 1, 2008

Eisner Breaks Glass Stelya at Jewish Forward 7/1/08 Women's eNews: Jane Eisner took over as editor of the Forward in June, becoming the first woman to run the 111-year-old Jewish progressive newspaper. When asked what kind of mark she'd like to make, she looks back to the paper's activist heyday. Obama-Clinton Contest Revealed Limits of Racism, Sexism 7/1/08 Boston Globe: To hear some of Hillary Clinton's disappointed supporters tell it, half of America just told her to "Iron my shirt." When the history of the great first black/first woman primary is written, it will probably record that the Clinton-Barack Obama race was far from the worst moment in American race and gender relations. In fact, it revealed more about the limits of racism and sexism. Israeli-Syrian Cooperation Rescues Kidnapped Prostitute 7/1/08 Peace may seem distant, but cooperation between Israel and Syria has already begun. In a rare operation, an Israeli organization assisted in locating a Russian woman who was held against her will in Damascus and forced to work in prostitution. Israel Denies Mistreating Gaza Reporter 7/1/08 Reuters: Israel denied on Tuesday allegations by a Palestinian journalist that he was abused and injured by Israeli security personnel while on his way home to the Gaza Strip after receiving a journalism award in Britain. Chinese Reporter Gets 4-Year Sentence 7/1/08 Kansas City Star: A reporter for a U.S.-based news Web site was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of illegal weapons possession and public disorder, his lawyer said Tuesday. A New Campaign Charge: You Supported Clinton 7/1/08 NY Times: There are tensions in a handful of races around the country as Democratic incumbents with large African-American constituencies try to soothe resentments and anger incited by their support for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Even after Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton embraced in Unity, N.H., on Friday and sought to put their divisions behind them, some strains are still evident closer to the ground. Obama's Sister Helps Reach Out To Asian-Americans 7/1/08 AP: The throng of Asian-American donors drew closer, drinks in hand, to hear Barack Obama's sister describe the wide arc of his life: beyond politics and Chicago, into his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii. Mo. Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Cyberbullying 6/30/08 MSNBC: Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt signed a bill Monday outlawing cyberbullying, just miles from where a 13-year-old girl committed suicide nearly two years ago after being harassed on the Internet. Abortions Drop in Wisconsin for 2007 6/30/08 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Fewer women in Wisconsin had abortions for the fourth year in a row in 2007, the lowest recorded number since 1974, according to a recent state report. Lisa Boyce, of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said the reduction in abortion rates is a testament to the organization's efforts to increase access to birth control and information for women. Ethiopia: Govt Provides Boost for Undernourished Children, Women 7/1/08 AllAfrica.comThe United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday received a donation of US$ 589,970 from the Government of Greece, it said in a statement. The contribution directed to a unique program designed to address the immediate causes of malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women, according to the statement. 'We Used To Get Coal For Our New Mums' 7/1/08 BBC: Mona Williams, 90, recalls that one of the areas where she worked was extremely poor and she and colleagues had to care for the mother's social as well as her medical needs. "Everything was still rationed in the early 1950's and we had to carry special certificates to make sure the women got what they needed like coal," she said. Mother's Junk Food 'Harms Child' 6/30/08 BBC: Eating a poor diet when pregnant or breastfeeding may cause long-lasting health damage to the child, animal studies suggest. The Least We Can Do For The World's Women 6/30/08 Pocono Record: For the seventh year running, the administration announced it will withhold $39.7 million authorized by Congress for the United Nations Population Fund, an agency that supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health care programs in 154 nations. Female Side of Global AIDS Fight 6/30/08 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: HIV/AIDS issues are faced by thousands of women around the globe. Dr. Sharon Hiller says unless these women can find an effective way to keep from getting AIDS, they have to forgo their own dreams so they can be available to take care of others. U.S. Black Maternal Hazards Tied to Social Stress 6/29/08 Women's eNews: Regardless of their age, marital status, education or early prenatal care, African American women are more likely to bear premature and low-birth-weight infants, those under 6 pounds, whose survival odds are below the U.S. norm. Gillian Anderson acquires 'Gellhorn' 6/30/08 Variety: Gillian Anderson will star in and produce a biopic of Martha Gellhorn, a trailblazing female war correspondent who covered conflicts from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam and weathered strife in personal relationships that included a failed marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Living Up to a Name Despite Life's Obstacles 7/1/08 NY Times: Queen Quedith Earth Harrison did not expect to jump an 11th barrier in the women's 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic track and field trials, especially one that was human. Running outside in Lane 8, Harrison had to sidestep a fallen competitor between the 9th and 10th hurdles Sunday. She avoided contact, maintained her speed, charge and finished second in 54.60 seconds. Backstroke Record Lasts Only Until Next Race 7/1/08 NY Times: For about two minutes, Hayley McGregory was on top of the world. Swimming in the second-to-last heat of the preliminaries for the 100-meter backstroke at the United States Olympic trials Monday, McGregory, a 22-year-old from Texas, clocked a time of 59.15 to break the world record by six-hundredths of a second.