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WMC News Brief:  Journalism, Abortion Funding, Morocco

September 11, 2009

The Story Behind The Story 09/10/09 The Atlantic: The collapse of journalism means that the quest for information has been superseded by the quest for ammunition. A case-study of our post-journalistic age. Abortion Funding Next Big Showdown? 09/11/09 Politico: President Obama said Wednesday night that under his health care reform plan “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.” But legislation making its way through Congress would allow a government-run insurance plan to cover abortions. Morocco Uses Torture To Silence Sahrawi Activists 09/10/09 Pambazuka News, Africa: Moroccan security agents abducted and tortured a 19 year-old Sahrawi woman on 27 August for being a human rights activist. Media Group To Research New Methods For Ratings 09/11/09 NY Times: “It’s a new media ecosystem, yet the industry relies on old media metrics. This simply can’t continue,” Laura Desmond, the global chief executive of the Starcom MediaVest Group, which is a member of the council, said in a statement. DC Comics Revamped Under A New President 09/10/09 NY Times: Diane Nelson, who among other duties has overseen the Harry Potter franchise at Warner since 1999, was appointed president of DC Entertainment. Does Wall Street Need More Women? 09/10/09 CBS: Report Shows Hedge Funds Run by Women Outperformed Those Run by Men, Whose Risk-Taking May Have Fueled Financial Meltdown. Unmarried Women Hit Hard By Poverty 09/10/09 American Progress: 59 percent of adults in poverty are women; and 13 percent of all adult women are in poverty. Three-quarters of these women are women on their own. Powerful Women: How They Do It All 09/11/09 CNN: Everyone wants to know how high-achieving women balance work and family. Three top executives share their stories. Afghan Women Police Battle Taliban 09/11/09 AP: Tales of heroic feats already abound - one woman was honored with a police award after reportedly karate-kicking a detonator from the hands of a would-be bomber. Taliban Leader Who Decried ‘Western Women’ Is Captured 09/11/09 NY Times: In an interview broadcast on British television at that time, Mr. Khan listed the presence of female soldiers from NATO countries in the region as one of the Taliban’s grievances that the Pakistani government had not addressed. In Middle Of Crisis, Somali Women Find Tuition Aid 09/10/09 Women's eNews: In spite of Somalia's worst humanitarian crisis in 18 years, almost 200 women are taking advantage of scholarships to attend university in an effort aimed at meeting one of the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals. Rome Conference Seeks End To Violence Against Women 09/09/09 Voice Of America: Delegates from around the world are in Rome for a two-day international conference exploring violence against women. In Sudan, A Fashion Statement That Spoke For All Women 09/10/09 Miami Herald: "I'm happy for all the people who supported me in Sudan ... and all over the world," Hussein, a 34-year-old journalist, said in a phone interview. 'Women Without Men' Brings Dissident Iran To Venice 09/11/09 Daily Star, Lebanon: Iranian video artist Shirin Neshat has made her first feature film about women’s lack of freedom and growing political involvement in 1953 Iran, but she said the story had strong parallels with the situation today. Pregnant Women Taking Part In New H1N1 Vaccination Trials 09/10/09 USA Today: Pregnant women this week will offer up their arms for the start of the latest trial of a new swine flu vaccine, the government said Wednesday. Exercise Tailored To A Hijab 09/10/09 NY Times: As a Muslim woman in the United States, Ms. Shearson has found it difficult to stay fit while adhering to her religious principles about modesty. Women Waiting For Their Viagra 09/11/09 Baltimore Sun: Men these days have little reason to let ED ruin a romp in the bedroom. Women, on the other hand, might not be as eager to celebrate. Ellen Degeneres To Replace Paula Abdul As ‘American Idol’ Judge 09/09/09 Broadcasting & Cable: DeGeneres will sit alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi throughout the competition when the new season kicks off in January. In Toronto, Directing Is Clearly Women’s Work 09/11/09 NY Times: From the tattoo on Diablo Cody’s bicep to Lone Scherfig’s leopard-spot pumps, it was impossible not to notice: The 34th Toronto International Film Festival opened on Thursday with the women in charge. ‘The Veil Should Not Be A Barrier Between Women’ 08/31/09 The National: The writer and campaigner Rabina Khan talks about her drive to dispel the myths and stereotypes about the hijab, and how her latest project, which documents the views of Muslim and non-Muslim women on the subject, is helping to promote a new understanding. Women Hold The Power On ‘True Blood,’ ‘Hung’ 09/11/09 Boston Globe: Featured in the second season of HBO’s “True Blood,’’ Maryann Forrester has brought all kinds of wicked primal energy to the screen. Geri Launches Campaign To Help Nepali Women 09/11/09 Times Of India:  The English singer has been in the country since Sep 6 and is using the opportunity to visit females living in the south-west of the country and raise awareness of the gender-based violence women are facing there, reports Stringer’s Long, Rewarding Trip To Hall Of Fame 09/10/09 NY Times: Those who know Stringer, the women’s basketball coach at Rutgers, said this was the predictable result of an emotional overload that been building since February, when she learned that she was being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Friendly Rivals Square Off In Women’s Semifinals 09/11/09 NY Times: Serena Williams came back to beat Kim Clijsters in 1999, and charged to her first of 11 Grand Slam titles at age 17. Theirs would become an uneven but not unfriendly rivalry as they ascended on divergent paths to No. 1.