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WMC Daily News Brief: Mother Jones, Female Candidates, Gender Equality in Africa

March 25, 2009

3/24/09
San Francisco Chronicle: Thirty-three years after Mother Jones began as a nonprofit magazine, co-editor Monika Bauerlein jokes that "we're so out of date, we're hip."
3/25/09
Women's eNews: Female hopefuls are already throwing their hats into the ring for elections in 2009 and 2010, vying for vacated seats and challenging incumbents. Political observers say the interest from women could help boost their numbers in Congress.
3/25/09
Mail & Guardian: In November 2005 the African Union's Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa came into force. But underneath the protocols, conventions and resolutions the reality for women in many countries on our continent has not been great progress.
3/24/09
Wall Street Journal: A Democratic senator introduced legislation that would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofit organizations, a move that follows several of the nation's newspapers folding in recent months.
3/24/09 Queerty: Gay media watchdogs say "publishers need to adjust strategy or face extinction." But is that true? How close to Armageddon is gay media - and should we even care?
3/24/09
AP via Google:  The manager of an Afghan television network who refused to censor images of women dancing in short skirts and plunging necklines was arrested in what appeared to be a new sign of the government's struggle to define the role of Islam in a country once led by extremists.
3/24/09
Reuters: The father of a Iranian-American journalist imprisoned in Iran said on Tuesday that his daughter had become suicidal and threatened to mount a hunger strike as her confinement drags on.
3/24/09
Telegraph (UK): Two newspapers linked to Malaysia's leading opposition parties have been banned for three months - days before the country appoints a new prime minister.
3/25/09
AP via Denver Post: The Supreme Court must now determine what the scathing, 90-minute anti-Hillary Rodham Clinton movie actually is: a slashing journalistic documentary protected by the First Amendment, or a political attack ad that must be regulated by campaign-finance laws during election season.
3/25/09
RH Reality Check: Opponents of the Illinois state Reproductive Health and Access Act are stoking fears on abortion. But the vast majority of Illinois residents support this comprehensive, reproductive justice-oriented bill.
3/25/09
RH Reality Check: The Birth Control Protection Act, crafted to thwart future legal challenges to contraception, passed the Colorado House Monday.
3/24/09 NY Daily News: Gloria Steinem turns 75 Wednesday, and she has a lot to celebrate. And because of her, so do we.
3/24/09
BBC: A singer of narcocorridos and distinguished member of the Mexican narco aristocracy, Sandra Ávila Beltrán, known as the "Queen of the Pacific" uncovers the fact that more and more women are becoming involved in drug trafficking.
3/25/09
Times (UK): A Facebook campaign urging the 'loose women' of Bangalore to send their pink knickers in protest against Hindu extremism has caused an international stir
3/23/09
Concord Times (Sierra Leone) via AllAfrica.com: In Small Bo chiefdom Kenema district, as in much of Sierra Leone, women are still deprived of inheriting property left behind by their husbands.
3/22/09
Mail & Guardian: When 32-year-old Talatu Umar tested positive two years ago after the death of her husband, she ruled out the possibility of ever marrying again.
3/25/09
LA Times: A federal court ruling rightly criticizes the FDA's reasons for limiting sales of the Plan B pill and orders a remedy.
3/24/09
Bloomberg.com: Two types of a virus spread by sexual contact were confirmed in a study to be the most common causes of cervical cancer, spurring a debate on whether Merck & Co.'s Gardasil vaccine may someday change the need to screen for the malignancy.
3/24/09
NY Times: It has been 46 years since Sylvia Plath gassed herself to death in her kitchen, and it was worldwide news when her daughter Frieda Hughes announced that Plath's 47-year-old son, Nicholas Hughes, a fisheries biologist in Alaska, killed himself last week.
3/24/09
Times (UK): These days every club superstore sells branded clothing in skinny fits and pale pinks, but female football fans are not, as cliché would have it, a new phenomenon.
 

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