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WMC News Brief: Beck, Army, Female Circumcision

September 23, 2009

Beck to Couric: Obama Better Than McCain, Hillary Better Than Both 09/22/09 Time: In an online excerpt, Couric throws some political names at Beck, and "Hillary Clinton" elicits an interesting response, above. Interesting, but maybe not surprising. First Woman Ascends To Top Drill Sergeant Spot 09/22/09 NY Times: On Tuesday, the Army will make Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa L. King, 48, commandant of its drill sergeant school here. It is a first. No woman has run one of the Army’s rigorous schools for drill instructors. Catholic Church In Australia Seeks Refugee Status For WYD Pilgrim 09/23/09 catholic News Agency: The Catholic Church in Australia is trying to secure refugee status for a young Kenyan woman who came to Australia for World Youth Day and wants to stay because she claims that she will be circumcised and forced to marry if she returns to her country. Death Threats, Via Text Msg, Scare Congo Reporters 09/23/09 Women's eNews: Three female radio reporters in Bukavu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, have received death threats via a cell phone text message. That's spreading a chill in a city where three male journalists have been killed since 2007. 'Her Campus' Not Suitable For All Women? 09/23/09 Daily Pennsylvanian: Penn women and college females everywhere have a new guide for college life, but not everyone thinks it's necessary. GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Whitman Launches Radio Ads 09/23/09 LA Times: The former EBay executive's campaign advertises on stations across the state. She has already given $19 million to her campaign to woo Republican voters. Funding Commitments For Women Announced At Clinton Global Initiative 09/22/09 RH Reality Check: The formal start of the Clinton Global Initiative, which begins with a plenary featuring President Obama, President Clinton, President Michelle Bachelet of Chile and others, is less than an hour away.  But there have already been announcements of commitments to and calls for funding for women and girls. A U.S. Envoy Makes A Case For The U.N. 09/22/09 NY Times: Ms. Rice, a senior foreign policy adviser on the Obama campaign, was the senior director of the National Security Council’s Africa desk in the Clinton White House before becoming the top State Department official for the continent. Ms. Smith And The Washington Game 09/22/09 NY Times: M. Patricia Smith was a smart choice to be the United States Labor Department’s solicitor, the department’s third-ranking official. As the New York State labor commissioner, she has shown sound and innovative leadership, particularly through her crackdowns on minimum-wage and overtime abuses. Tony Blair’s Wife Advises Support For Women In Oklahoma City 09/23/09 NewsOK: Women and men must work together to improve economic and social conditions for women across the world, said Cherie Blair, a human rights lawyer and the wife of the United Kingdom’s former prime minister, Tony Blair. The 25 Most Powerful Women In Banking 09/23/09 Wall Street Journal: At the top of the US Banker list, for the third straight year, is Heidi Miller, J.P. Morgan’s CEO of Treasury and Securities Services. One notable newcomer to the list is BBVA Compass retail chief Shelaghmichael Brown, who helped with that bank’s recent acquisitions in the US. Barbies Help Protect Women In Need 09/23/09 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Western Pennsylvania Doll Club will donate the money to Allegheny Power and pay the electrical bills for Victim Outreach Intervention Center, the American Association of Lost Children, and anyone else who needs a hand through the winter. Women's Happiness: What We Know For Certain 09/23/09 Huffington Post: Women are less happy than they were forty years ago, as compared to men, and b) as women get older they get sadder--and I asked what might be causing these trends. Honduras: Women's Group Says Airports Are Closed 09/23/09 People's Weekly World Newspaper: While President Manuel Zelaya is calling for dialogue and urging the population in resistance to the coup to take peaceful action, the de facto government – presided over by Roberto Michelleti – just minutes before 4 p.m., Sept. 21, decreed a national curfew taking effect at 4 p.m. and lasting until 7 a.m. the following day. After Uproar, Unesco Rejects Egyptian 09/22/09 NY Times: A Bulgarian diplomat, Irina Bokova, was elected Tuesday night as the new director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Mexican Women Fight "Personhood" Laws 09/22/09 RH Reality Check: 150 Mexican women from the state of Morelos filed a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), asking the tribunal to analyze Morelo’s constitutional reform which defined personhood as beginning at the moment of conception, and to declare Mexico as responsible for the violation of human’s rights of women. Campaign Aims To Curtail Women's Rights 09/23/09 The Toronto Star: The birds of `pray' who will be targeting women's clinics in Canadian cities for the next 40 days really don't care about saving lives. Pro Mujer: Journey Towards Women's Empowerment In Latin America 09/22/09 Huffington Post: Lynne Patterson, an American school teacher, and Carmen Velasco, a Bolivian professor in psychology, wanted to use their shared passion and expertise to help the poorest women in Bolivia achieve economic and social well-being. New Wardrobe Brings Freedom To Women In Swat 09/23/09 NY Times: Now the Taliban are mostly gone, driven out by a military operation this summer, and the women of this northern Pakistani city, the largest in the Swat Valley, are returning to public life. African Union Awards Women Scientists, Welcomes New EU Funding Opportunities 09/23/09 Zikkir:  On 9 September, the African Union Women Scientist Regional Awards were presented in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. EU Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potocnik participated in the ceremony, commending the four laureates for their role in building the ‘new African Society’ and addressing the problems still facing women scientists in Europe. Internet Cafe In Baghdad Caters To Women 09/22/09 USA Today: The computer craze is relatively new to Iraq, exploding across the country after the 2003 U.S. invasion toppled Saddam Hussein from power. Under Saddam, there were two Internet cafes in Baghdad, both government-owned and closely monitored. Now there are thousands of computer hangouts in Baghdad. For Some Women, Recession Means Having Few Children 09/23/09 Washington Post: The recession is apparently prompting more women to try to delay having babies, according to the first survey aimed at documenting the effects of the economic downtown on childbearing. Exercise For Moms-To-Be May Help Them Avoid Having Bigger Babies 09/22/09 LA Times: Babies are being born bigger, which isn't necessarily a good thing -- a high birth weight is associated with numerous complications for both mother and child, plus obesity. Women With Atrial Fibrillation Are At Significantly Higher Risk Of Stroke And Death Compared To Men 09/23/09 Science Daily: Even though the incidence of atrial fibrillation is higher in men than women, a review of past studies and medical literature shows that women are more likely than men to experience symptomatic attacks, a higher frequency of recurrences, and significantly higher heart rates during atrial fibrillation, which increases the risk of stroke. In TV Series, Some Reality On Weight 09/22/09 NY Times: NBC has taken a new dramatic series to challenge conventional notions about dieting and willpower, and to more accurately depict the emerging science of weight loss. Confessions Of An "Abortion Addict" 09/22/09 Salon: Irene Vilar is a self-described “abortion addict.” In her forthcoming memoir, "Impossible Motherhood," she claims to have had 15 procedures. Back To The Scary Future And The Best-Seller List 09/22/09 NY Times: They are her characters and her catastrophes, but Margaret Atwood says she sometimes frightens even herself when her imagination gets going. Canada's Women's Basketball Team Hopes To Keep World Streak Alive 09/22/09 Canadian Press: Canada's women's basketball team ended a drought that had lasted more than a decade when it qualified for the 2006 world championships.