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Women in the Middle East: Past and Present

Read the entire introduction to UCLA professor emerita Nikki Keddie’s new book,  “Women in the Middle East: Past and Present.”

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The Good News Behind the Bad for Middle Eastern Women

Nikki Keddie, one of the nation’s leading Middle East scholars, argues that despite Western stereotypes, women in many Middle Eastern countries are making great strides in terms of civil liberties and legal rights. But America’s disastrous occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan threaten to undo much of the progress.

  • Also: read the book’s introduction or read the entire first chapter (.pdf file)
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    Susan Estrich: Taking Temperatures

    A new poll measures Americans’ attitudes toward potential presidential candidates in terms of warmth, with Rudolph Giuliani and Barack Obama leading the pack.  This could be an interesting election after all.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Time to Face Facts in Iraq

    Bush made his bed with the Iraq quagmire. Now he has to deal with the consequences: diplomacy with Iran and Syria.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


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    Robert Scheer: Learning to Live With the Ayatollahs

    How in the world did George W. Bush manage to turn Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader” of “Axis of Evil” Iran, into a prophet of peace in the Middle East?

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    The Africa You Need to Know

    The Western media love to portray Africa as a backward, famine-plagued caricature, but the world’s second most populous continent has more to offer than tragedy.

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    Women in Afghanistan

    With the resurgence of the Taliban, women in Afghanistan are once again rated by the United Nations as being “among the worst-off in the world.” Learn more about their plight in the companion piece to Christian Parenti’s larger article,  “Afghan Autopsy.”

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    Rep. Dennis Kucinich Tackles Healthcare

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks with Truthdig about the state of healthcare in America, his bill with Rep. John Conyers to provide universal coverage and why progress is inevitable: “It is going to happen, because there is an awareness that government has failed the American people in this regard, and it’s an economic issue, it’s a moral issue and it’s central to who we are as a nation.”

  • Exclusive: For the first time, the Ohio congressman describes his behind-the-scenes struggle with the party to overcome corporate influence and promote healthcare reform.

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    Susan Estrich: New Orleans on My Mind

    I went to New Orleans last week to debate Newt Gingrich. That was the easy part.

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    Jabari Asim: Overcoming the Stigma

    In advance of World AIDS Day, a new anthology confronts the stigma of HIV in the black community.

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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