Steph Harman : ““When I heard Julia Gillard’s parliamentary speech addressing misogyny, it struck me that behind the politics there was a lot of personal feeling being communicated,” writes composer Rob Davidson, in the description which accompanies this delicious treat. “I wanted to put a frame around this slice of time, to heighten my [...]
If conservatives want to help the poor they should improve education, cut inequality, and ensure access to contraception.
The Guardian (Comment is free), By Jill Filipovic, January 30
It’s time for marriage promotion programs to die.
The first problem is that they don’t actually convince people to get married; nor do they get fathers to [...]
It is not surprising that Rush Limbaugh, spiritual leader of the Republican Party – the man who determines Republican ideology and who enforces obedience to orthodoxy within the party – now finds Pope Francis a “Marxist”. Pope Francis, spiritual leader to over one billion Catholics, has issued a direct assault on the [...]
Over the past few days in Sri Lanka, the heads of the British Commonwealth met. Except some chose to boycott it. Some had even left such as Gambia. Roger Boyes in the Times stated that it is a“a country club for corrupt leaders”
Sri Lanka was hoping hosting CHOGM would infer legitimacy for its government [...]
RT, October 24
Saudi Arabian authorities are threatening to forcefully suppress an Oct. 26 “protest drive” by women against a de facto ban on them driving cars in the country, citing bans on “illegal gatherings and marches.”
The “October 26 Driving” campaign led by Saudi women is calling for citizens to put the campaign’s logo [...]
(LATimes) – Marginalizing gay priests is wrong, but marginalizing women is still okay!
What if there is a much larger scandal lurking within their private lives? What if the “whole lot of therapy” was merely a ruse, a going through the motions. What if it was an act necessitated by the need “to get to a place where [Abedin] could forgive Anthony?” Not for engaging in a relationship [...]
Back in 2003 Kristof wrote Alone And Ashamed, highlighting one of my heroes, Dr Catherine Hamlin. It is pleasing to see that he still seeks to awaken the world to the fistula issue. Over the years the language used often tugs at our heart strings.
However, Maggie Bangser importantly counsels us in our mindset.
CBS, July 12
In her first public speech since being shot by the Taliban last year for simply attending school, Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist, Malala Yousafzai spoke at the UN headquarters in New York Friday, the day of her 16th birthday.
“The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions [...]
Back in the day, for those of you younger folk, Dustin Hoffman made a movie called “Tootsie.” It was a hilarious and touching movie about an actor who can’t get a gig, decides to become a woman to see if it helps, and scores a role on a soap opera. Hilarity ensued. But it was [...]
(Scholars&Rogues) – I’ve gotten called some awful things when I tell people that I’m both a practicing Catholic and an advocate for women’s choice – from baby killer to hypocrite. But hear me out.
I was raised with a strong sense of faith in a “cafeteria Catholic” family – that is, a family that picked [...]
It ain’t working.
That’s the way you do it.
Helped by a marathon speech, Texas Democrats have managed to block a bill that would shut most of the abortion clinics in the state.
Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis spoke for more than 10 hours, in a stalling speech known as a filibuster, at the state [...]
Wendy Davis Filibuster (liveblog from Slate- She is trying to remain standing until midnight local time)
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis
Occupation: Attorney, Business Owner Education: Texas Christian University, Harvard Law School Legislative Experience: Senate Member, 2009 – Present Hometown: Fort Worth Party: Democrat
Wendy Davis has been called “courageous,” “articulate and gutsy” and “inspiring” [...]
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You may recall the kerfuffle a few weeks ago over Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy to minimize her chances of getting breast cancer.
Not to be outdone, Michael Douglas has, well, made his own revelation, and one ups her:
LONDON – Actor Michael Douglas says that his throat cancer was caused by a virus he contracted [...]