Friday News Bites: Tunisia and Arizona Shootings, Voting Rights + More

Friday, Friday, once again. Let’s catch up with some of the news stories that caught my eye over the last week.

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News in Africa 11/08/2012

I am still getting over a nasty cold, so these news appetizers will be more like amuse-bouches since I don’t have much in me to write longer summaries. Please bear with me, and I’ll have more for you next week. Read More News in Africa 11/08/2012

International Women’s Issues: The Potential Challenge to Women’s Rights in Tunisia

Before we get in to this week’s column, I’d like to congratulate Saving Face, a documentary about acid attacks in Pakistan, for winning an Oscar last night. I strongly hope the success of this film brings attention (and, you know, funding) to the prevention of acid attacks and support to people who are survivors of this horrific phenomenon.

This week, I’m going to look at women’s rights over the past year in Tunisia. It’s been over a year since Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest of government corruption and oppression, sparking revolutions throughout North Africa and the Middle East, and causing the ousting of, at current count, four dictators. As the Arab Spring started in Tunisia, that’s where we’ll be examining today, especially because of both the role women played in the revolution, and the promises that were made in terms of women’s rights in that country a year ago. How many have been kept? Are women better off in Tunisia now than they were eighteen months ago? Read More International Women’s Issues: The Potential Challenge to Women’s Rights in Tunisia

Revolutionary Notes

Many around the globe are wondering what is going on in the Middle East. There is a plethora of information, coming in from all sides, and there’s little way to make heads or tails of it. Who is Mubarak? Is Yemen involved? What’s the Jasmine Revolution? Well, fear not gentle reader, as I will guide you through this maze and answer the top 5 questions I’ve received on this topic during the week. Shall we? Read More Revolutionary Notes

The Pursuit

The Middle East and the West have a lot of bridges to build when it comes to truly understanding each other. Yet one area which has seen substantial growth lies in the most abstract of principals. It’s something most Americans rarely contemplate but is seen as a revolutionary concept to much of the world: The pursuit of happiness. For most people living outside the States or Western Europe, pleasure is not expected and happiness is not something one is owed. Read More The Pursuit