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May 27, 2014 Rebelling Against Abuse, Afghan Women See Signs of Change

QUOTE: Her violent act [burning her husband--Ed.]has unexpectedly brought quiet expressions of support from other Afghan women, some of whom say they are fed up with lives of abuse with no recourse....Humaira Mohammedi, who recently stepped down as the head of the women’s shelter in Baghlan and is now working on human rights issues, believes that women are being driven to speak out by desperation and anger rather than any sense of empowerment.

New York Times
Oct 11, 2013 Pakistani Girl, a Global Heroine After an Attack, Has Critics at Home

QUOTE: speculation grew that Ms. Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, might win the Nobel Peace Prize....But after a week of intense news coverage, during which she released her memoir and won a prestigious European award for human rights, Ms. Yousafzai’s stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world — everywhere, it seems, except at home.

New York Times
Dec 05, 2012 Rape is shredding Syria's social fabric

QUOTE: Honor killings, forced marriages and divorce are just a few of the ways shame is destroying lives in Syria. There is also suicide when the shame becomes too much to bear....The unending "dishonor" and manipulation of Syrians through sexualized violence is committed by all sides, although the majority of our reports indicate government perpetrators.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 26, 2012 Saudi Arabia's unsolicited monitoring of women's travels draws activists' outrage

QUOTE: In recent years, much has been made of the fact that Saudi Arabia is the sole remaining country in which women still have not been given the right to drive. But restrictions experienced by Saudi females extend to far more than just getting behind the wheel. In the deeply conservative kingdom, a woman is not allowed to go to school, get a job, or even travel outside the country without first obtaining the permission of her male "guardian," or mahram.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 14, 2012 Adultery, an Ancient Crime That Remains on Many Books

QUOTE: This is yet another example of American exceptionalism: in nearly the entire rest of the industrialized world, adultery is not covered by the criminal code. Like other state laws related to sex — sodomy, fornication, rape — adultery laws extend back to the Old Testament, onetime capital offenses stemming at least partly from a concern about male property.

New York Times
Aug 31, 2012 The Evolution of Fairness

QUOTE: A multimedia investigation asks: Can examining how inequality began in a hunter-gatherer society teach us how to fairly share the costs and consequences of how we use diminishing natural resources?

Pacific Standard
May 08, 2012 Tortured Afghan teen on attackers: 'The same should be done to them'

QUOTE: Under Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, women were banned from classrooms, politics or employment. Women who wanted to leave home had to be escorted by a male relative and were forced to wear burqas. Those who disobeyed were publicly beaten....Rights groups have cited advances since then....But stories of honor killings, poisoned wells at girls schools and disfigurements persist.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 13, 2012 Iraq’s Tribal Chiefs Step Into the Breach With Swift Justice

QUOTE: in the interplay among tribal chiefs, elected officials and security forces, a new Iraq is taking shape. It may be buttressed by new ideas of democracy, but it is still very much dominated by the centuries-old customs and swagger of tribal leaders, quick to welcome outsiders with offers of sweet chai and platters of kebab and chicken but capable of swift acts of justice that can supersede those of any court.

New York Times
Dec 17, 2011 Karzai: Freed rape victim has choice to marry attacker

QUOTE: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that a rape victim freed from prison after he intervened on her behalf has the right to make her own choice about whether to marry her attacker....Karzai said the West should have confidence in Afghanistan's judicial processes after international forces withdraw.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 03, 2011 Refugees face organ theft in the Sinai

QUOTE: Bedouin smugglers involved in people trafficking are also believed to be stealing organs from refugees who are unable to pay their demands for large amounts of cash to take them into Israel.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 30, 2011 In Afghanistan, Rage at Young Lovers

QUOTE: It was the beginning of an Afghan love story that flouted dominant traditions of arranged marriages and close family scrutiny, a romance between two teenagers of different ethnicities that tested a village’s tolerance for more modern whims of the heart...An angry crowd of 300 surged around them, calling them adulterers and demanding that they be stoned to death or hanged.

New York Times
Jun 04, 2011 Efforts to Ban Circumcision Gain Traction in California

QUOTE: When a group of activists proposed banning circumcision in San Francisco last fall, many people simply brushed them aside. Even in that liberal seaside city, it seemed implausible that thousands of people would support an effort to outlaw an ancient ritual that Jews and Muslims believe fulfills a commandment issued by God... Activists say the measures would protect children from an unnecessary medical procedure, calling it “male genital mutilation.”

New York Times
May 11, 2011 Activist battles Kenyan tradition of rape 'beading'

QUOTE: Intricate beaded necklaces are a symbol of the Kenyan nation. But to young Samburu girls, the necklaces are a symbol not of national pride, but something much darker, that can lead to rape, unwanted pregnancies -- and even the deaths of newborns...

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 11, 2011 A Rite of Torture for Girls

QUOTE: (Infibulation) is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide, with three million girls mutilated each year in Africa alone... The challenge is that this is a form of oppression that women themselves embrace and perpetuate.

New York Times
Feb 15, 2011 Bedouin Smugglers Abuse Africans Held for Ransom, Israel Group Says

QUOTE: About 1,000 African migrants trying to cross the Sinai Desert from Egypt into Israel have been systematically beaten, raped and held captive for ransom in the past year by the Bedouin smugglers they hired to help them make the journey, an Israeli advocacy organization said Tuesday.

New York Times
Dec 17, 2010 U.S. must draw the line at pedophilia in Afghanistan

QUOTE: The president should inform our representatives in Afghanistan that although we shall continue to put up with much that we do not condone, there are limits to our accommodations. We shall neither finance nor protect a regime that refuses to act against large-scale sexual abuse of children.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 27, 2010 South Korea’s Collective Shrug

QUOTE: Most people now accept North Korea’s responsibility for the sinking that killed Mr. Mun and 45 other sailors....[South Koreans'] urge to give the North Koreans the benefit of the doubt is in marked contrast to the public fury that erupted after the killings of two South Korean schoolgirls by an American military vehicle in 2002...

New York Times
May 27, 2010 Pediatricians now reject all female genital cutting

QUOTE: The American Academy of Pediatrics has rescinded a controversial policy statement raising the idea that doctors in some communities should be able to substitute demands for female genital cutting with a harmless clitoral "pricking" procedure.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 16, 2010 Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture

QUOTE: Conflicts start because of an insult to a tribe's honor, which requires a rite of revenge known as badal. The fighting continues until scores are settled and the combatants are exhausted. It's the mechanism of conflict resolution that's intriguing, in terms of U.S. strategy. Reconciliation begins with a process of repentance...

Washington Post
Oct 14, 2009 Case of runaway convert leads to Muslim-Christian clash

QUOTE: the plight of Fathima Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teenager who says her Muslim father threatened her life after she converted to Christianity and ran away to Florida, is also part of a new and growing challenge to Western jurisprudence: How to reconcile restrictive Eastern cultural and religious codes with Western freedoms of religious expression and guarantees against gender discrimination.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 26, 2008 Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan

QUOTE: In their efforts to win over notoriously fickle warlords and chieftains, [CIA] officials say, the agency's operatives have used a variety of personal services. These include pocketknives and tools, medicine or surgeries for ailing family members, toys and school equipment, tooth extractions, travel visas, and, occasionally, pharmaceutical enhancements for aging patriarchs with slumping libidos

Washington Post
Dec 24, 2008 Afghans and U.S. Plan to Recruit Local Militias

QUOTE: Taking a page from the successful experiment in Iraq, American commanders and Afghan leaders are preparing to arm local militias to help in the fight against a resurgent Taliban. But along with hope, the move is raising fears here that the new armed groups could push the country into a deeper bloodletting.

New York Times
Dec 07, 2008 Iraqi Women, Figting for a Voice; Activists Confront Dual Powers of Religion, Tribalism

QUOTE: In their quest for stability in Iraq, U.S. officials have empowered tribal and religious leaders, Sunni and Shiite, who reject the secularism that Saddam Hussein once largely maintained. These leaders have imposed strict interpretations of Islam and enforced tribal codes that female activists say limit their freedom and encourage violence against them.

Washington Post
Aug 22, 2008 Yemen confronts plight of child brides: Widespread poverty and deep-rooted tradition keep young girls at risk for early marriage.

QUOTE: UNICEF warns that soaring inflation rates and high food prices threaten to turn increasing numbers of young girls into child brides, as families struggle to survive.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 11, 2008 Operation Lets Muslim Women Reclaim Virginity

QUOTE: The domestic drama has gripped France. The groom, an unidentified engineer in his 30s, left the nuptial bed and announced to the still partying wedding guests that his bride had lied...The next day, he approached a lawyer about annulling the marriage. The bride, then a nursing student in her 20s, confessed and agreed to an annulment...In secular, republican France, the case touches on several delicate subjects: the intrusion of religion into daily life; the grounds for dissolution of a marriage; and the equality of the sexes.

New York Times
Jun 10, 2008 After 100 Years, Tribe’s Ancestors Head Home

QUOTE: T“Our people are humans; we aren’t tokens,” said Chief Vern Jacks, who heads the Tseycum First Nation, a tiny native tribe from northern Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. With the museum’s full consent, the Tseycum tribe will be repatriating the remains of 55 of their ancestors to Canada this week.

New York Times
Mar 31, 2008 Who Are We? New Dialogue on Mixed Race

QUOTE: Being accepted. Proving loyalty. Navigating the tight space between racial divides. Americans of mixed race say these are issues they have long confronted, and when Senator Barack Obama recently delivered a speech about race in Philadelphia, it rang with a special significance in their ears.

New York Times
Nov 20, 2007 As order slides, Palestinian women face honor killings: Rights activists say such murders have increased as a result of the worsened security situation, and press for a new law.

QUOTE: Particularly galling to many here is the fact that a man who admits to murdering a female relative for reasons of honor can be sentenced to as little as six months in jail. Palestinians say that policy is based on an old Jordanian law, which still holds in the West Bank: Article 341 considers murder a legitimate act of defense when the killer acts "in defense of his life or his honor."

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 05, 2007 Drawing a Line Between Enduring Harm and Legitimate Fear (Sidebar)

QUOTE: The board acknowledged, for instance, that women who have been subjected to forced sterilization are routinely granted asylum even though that procedure, like genital cutting, cannot be repeated. The board, which is part of the Justice Department, rejected the reasoning of a 2005 decision by the federal appeals court in California, which refused to deport a woman who had been subjected to genital cutting in Somalia.

New York Times
Jan 21, 2007 Expelled Bushmen Return Home: Botswana Opens Reserve After Losing Court Battle

QUOTE: Several dozen Bushmen who had been expelled from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve have returned there under a landmark court ruling giving the traditional hunter-gatherers rights to land they and their ancestors occupied for thousands of years.

Washington Post
Dec 10, 2006 Lebanon's Shiites Grapple With New Feeling of Power: Despite Gains, Sense of Vulnerability Persists

QUOTE: There is a joke heard in Khiam and elsewhere in Lebanon, itself a bitter critique of the days when the community was rural, marginalized and illiterate, dominated by a traditional elite of reactionary clergy and landowners with feudal Ottoman-era titles. Shiite peasants went to the home of a prominent Shiite clan leader and asked him to build a school. He looked at them, confused and a little surprised. His reply: Wasn't it enough that his own son was going to school and getting an education?

Washington Post
Aug 19, 2006 Mohels to Mozambique: The case for genital mutilation

QUOTE: The strongest argument against circumcising babies to prevent HIV is that they're too young to consent, and they won't be at risk for the virus till they're grown. But we vaccinate babies all the time. Should we treat circumcision like a vaccine?

Dec 21, 2005 Sunni, Secular Groups Demand New Vote: Claims That Iraqi Ballot Was Rigged Threaten to Derail Government, Boost Insurgency

QUOTE: Sunni and secular political groups angrily claimed Tuesday that last week's Iraqi national election was rigged, demanded a new vote and threatened to leave a shambles the delicate plan to bring the country's wary factions together in a new government.

Washington Post
Nov 22, 2005 Kenyans Calmly Vote on New Charter: Quiet Prevails After Tumultuous Campaign; Changes Would Boost President

QUOTE: Until recently [in Kenya--Ed.], tribal tensions had decreased under Kibaki's rule. But the constitutional campaign revived them...

Washington Post
Nov 06, 2005 A Gender Jihad For Islam's Future

QUOTE: In the communities where we live, we have begun challenging customs that deny women rights from the mosque to the bedroom: gender segregation, mandatory veiling, forced early marriages, clitorectomies, polygamy, death for sex outside of marriage, domestic violence and strict domestic roles....challenge the ways in which Islam has been distorted by sharia rulings issued mostly by ultraconservative men.

Washington Post
Aug 08, 2005 From Superstition to Savagery: Women Accused of Witchcraft Face Violence in Rural India

QUOTE: At sundown, Pusanidevi Manjhi recalled, nine village men stormed into her house shouting, "Witch, witch!" and dragged her out by her hair as her six small children watched helplessly.

Washington Post
Jul 05, 2005 Israel's Bedouin 'Spies' Fear Reprisal in Gaza

QUOTE: ...nearly 100 Dahaniya residents claim that the government is "discriminating unlawfully" against them because they are Arabs. The petition says the Israeli government "owes them a legal, moral and human debt to care for their security and well being" after years of having "acted actively to promote the security of the state."

Washington Post
Mar 25, 2005 World divided on ethics of Terri Schiavo case

QUOTE: From the Netherlands, where euthanasia and assisted suicides are legal and common, to India, where no doctor is allowed to deny lifesaving treatment to any patient, no matter how hopeless, governments are struggling to draft ethical and practical laws governing so-called mercy killing.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 21, 2002 Lego Site Irks Maori Sympathizer

QUOTE: A website for fans of Lego's Bionicle action figures has come under attack from a person angry at the use of Maori words on the website.

Nov 29, 2001 AIDS and Death Hold No Sting for Fatalistic Men At African Bar

QUOTE: The women are so powerless that dumping even a violent lover can be difficult. There are few jobs here, and men are expected to give their girlfriends money that helps support their parents and siblings.

New York Times
Oct 21, 2001 The Roots: Afghan and Pakistani Tribe Lives By Its Own Set of Rules

ABSTRACT: Short profile of the independent, militaristic culture of the Pashtun tribe, the dominant ethnic group in Afghanistan and northwest frontier area of Pakistan.

New York Times