Tag: Mid-East

Court Martialed for Getting Pregnant

What the…? A US Army general in northern Iraq has defended his decision to add pregnancy to the list of reasons a soldier under his command could face court martial. It is current army policy to send pregnant soldiers home,…

Goodbye Goodbye

My last day as a guest blogger!  I want to thank the Feministe regulars for sharing your corner of the interwebs with me.  Thank you to the readers who read my posts, and especially thank you to those of you…

One Book I Won’t Be Reading

The East, the West and Sex by Richard Bernstein. The Slate review is actually pretty good. It points out Bernstein’s troubling view of women, and “Eastern” women in particular — with “East” apparently meaning Africa, Asia and the Middle East.…

Iran and Women

It’s been a busy week for me and so I haven’t been doing as much meaty blogging as I would have liked, but I wanted to point you all in the direction of two Iran-related articles of note: 1. Iran’s…

Where were women in Obama’s Cairo speech?

Peter Daou has a great piece up at UN Dispatch about Obama’s speech in Cairo, and the emptiness of his rhetoric surrounding women’s rights. Obama is certainly not in an enviable situation: The previous administration paid lipservice to women’s rights…

Abu Ghraib Abuse Allegations Include Rape

By now, you’ve likely heard of the most recent allegations regarding U.S. soldiers’ abuse of Iraqi prisoners: they include rape and other sexual assault, of both female and male detainees, and there may be photographs of the assaults among those…

300 Women March for Rights in Afghanistan

I’m sure that you’ve already seen this elsewhere, but it’s certainly worth posting again. Yesterday, 300 women in Afghanistan marched in the streets to protest a new law which affects the Shia minority of the population.  It says that a…