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WMC Daily News Brief: Laura Ling and Euna Lee, Untested Rape Kits, Saudi Arabia

March 31, 2009

The WMC is moving to a new Chelsea location!  Our new address is 151 West 25th Street Suite 12F, New York, NY 10001.  Due to the move, we will be unable to receive email Tuesday 3/31 and Wednesday 4/1. Laura Ling, Euna Lee, US Journalists Captured In North Korea, Will Be Tried For Illegal Entry 3/30/09 AP via Huffington Post: Two American journalists detained at North Korea's border with China two weeks ago will be indicted and tried, "their suspected hostile acts" already confirmed, Pyongyang's state-run news agency said Tuesday. L.A.'s Untested Rape Kits Represent Lost Justice 3/31/09 Women's eNews: Human Rights Watch released a report Tuesday finding that Los Angeles County has at least 12,669 untested rape kits sitting in storage facilities. Sarah Tofte, a researcher for that study, calls it a case of major injustice to rape survivors. Women In Saudi Media Under Fire 3/31/09 Gulf News via Thirty-five prominent Saudi figures have warned the minister of culture and information against the prominence being given to women in the media. They described the projection of women in the media as a "phenomenon exceeding proper bounds of Sharia". Katie Couric Up For The Summit 3/31/09 NY Daily News: Katie Couric and the "CBS Evening News" team are off to London to cover the Group of 20 summit, an event she describes as President Obama's "first exposure on the world stage." Detroit’s Daily Papers Are Now Not So Daily 3/31/09 NY Times: Monday — of all days — was the long-planned first day of the newspapers’ new strategy for surviving the economic crisis by ending home delivery on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Newspapers Retrench Amid Industry Turmoil 3/31/09 AP via Boston Globe:  Four major US daily newspapers sported makeovers yesterday as they grapple with life in a world of digital news. Local TV, Radio Face Even Tougher 2009 3/31/09 Advertising Age: Local media continue to absorb a good part of the brunt of this recession. A new study from financial-analysis firm SNL Kagan forecasts that local TV stations and radio broadcasters will suffer through two years of ad-revenue downturns, with 2009 declines widening from those in 2008. Sun-Times Media Group Files For Bankruptcy 3/31/09 Chicago Sun-Times: Sun-Times Media Group Inc., owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and many suburban newspapers, today voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the aim of reorganizing operations, settling a tax liability and making the company fit for a buyer. Rights Group Makes Kazakh Media Appeal 3/31/09 AP via Boston Globe: A prominent watchdog group has called on Kazakhstan's government to stop pursuing independent reporters with libel suits. DNC Chair Infuriates Abortion Backers 3/31/09 Tim Kaine, the Virginia governor and President Barack Obama's hand-picked choice as the head of the Democratic National Committee, infuriated abortion-rights groups Monday by signing legislation that gives abortion foes a long-sought victory. She-roes Visit Washington To Share Victories Working With Women In The Sex Sector 3/31/09 RH Reality Check:  Does U.S. foreign policy combat HIV and trafficking, or combat women working in the sex sector? Obama's Aunt Becomes Symbol In Immigration Debate 3/31/09 AP via NY Times: Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt lost her bid for asylum more than four years ago, and a judge ordered her deported. Instead, Zeituni Onyango stayed, living for years in public housing. NAMIBIA: Gender Legislation Futile If Not Implemented  3/30/09 IPS: Namibian women’s rights activists say existing gender legislation has failed to improve women’s lives because it is not being implemented widely enough. Last August, Namibia signed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) gender protocol but politicians have yet to ratify it. RIGHTS: Cuba Launches Anti-Homophobia Campaign 3/30/09 IPS: You could hear a pin drop and uncomfortable glances went round the room when the moderator of the debate invited contributions from the floor. A law student finally broke the silence, appealing for education to be a two-way street, so that homosexuals can "help us to accept them." COTE D'IVOIRE: Rape A Daily Menace For Rural Women 3/30/09 IRIN: Women in villages around Korhogo, northern Côte d’Ivoire, dare not walk to their fields alone for fear of rape. DEVELOPMENT: Global Coalition Backs New U.N. Gender Body 3/30/09 IPS: An international coalition of over 300 women's organisations and human rights groups, representing more than 50 countries, is lending its support to a proposal aimed at creating a strong new women's body at the United Nations. AFGHANISTAN: Food Aid Not Reaching Most Vulnerable Women, Children 3/31/09 IRIN: Despite a July 2008 joint emergency appeal for US$404 million to help the most vulnerable 550,000 pregnant and lactating women and under-five children in Afghanistan, nutritious food aid - specially fortified food -is yet to reach those in need. Stephen Lewis Suggests A Link Between Poverty And Violence Against Women 3/29/09 The Daily Observer (Canada): The combination of grinding poverty and violence against women form a "malevolent brew of horror" which needs to be dealt with decisively at all levels if there is to be any progress to eliminate both. Janet Jagan, Chicago Native Who Led Guyana, Dies at 88 3/30/09 NY Times: Janet Jagan, a daughter of a middle-class family from Chicago who became enmeshed in anticolonial politics in Guyana and rose to become the first woman to be president of that South American nation, died Saturday in Georgetown, the Guyanese capital. Ignoring Evidence, Mexican States Move To Increase Abortion Restrictions 3/31/09 RH Reality Check: Despite highly restrictive policies, the number of abortions performed in Mexico increased by one-third (from 533,000 to 875,000) between 1990 and 2006, according to a new study. Benefits Of Mammogram Under Debate In Britain 3/31/09 NY Times: The conventional wisdom about breast cancer screening is coming under sharp attack in Britain, and health officials there are taking notice. A Dip In The Sex Drive, Tied To Menopause 3/31/09 NY Times: Concern about the safety of hormone replacement has all but obscured one of the most pressing concerns for women of a certain age: the effects of menopause on their sex lives.  A Libido Drug For Women? 3/31/09 NY Times: Since testosterone is the “libido hormone” for both men and women, therapists have long pondered the effectiveness and safety of providing testosterone treatments for postmenopausal women who have lost interest in sex. Frances Blaisdell, ‘Girl Flutist’ Who Opened Doors, Dies At 97 3/31/09 NY Times: Frances Blaisdell, a flutist who played her way into what was then the male world of orchestral music, becoming one of the early women to play a woodwind instrument with the New York Philharmonic, died on March 11 in Portola Valley, Calif. She was 97. Purdue Women Regain Balance After A Season Full Of Stumbles 3/31/09 NY Times: Every time she leaves a game, Purdue guard Jodi Howell rides a stationary bike to keep her aching, surgically repaired knees limber.