News in Asia

This week’s edition is full of quick links as I’m in the middle of making lasagna for the New England portion of the family who are used to the good stuff. Wish me luck! Also, trigger warnings for rape and violence. Continue reading News in Asia

“Horrendous, Barbaric, and Inhumane”: Savita’s Death Ruled Medical Misadventure

The inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar concluded in Galway last week with a verdict of medical misadventure. The day of the verdict would have been her 5th wedding anniversary. Continue reading “Horrendous, Barbaric, and Inhumane”: Savita’s Death Ruled Medical Misadventure

Saudi Arabia and the Olympics: A Hesitant Step Forward

The 2012 Olympics are finally making sex equality a priority. For the first time in the history of the games, the International Olympic Council put pressure on every country to bring female delegates to compete. And it worked! The last three holdouts from the Beijing games in 2008–Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia–succumbed to international leaning and submitted female athletes. Saudi Arabia was the last holdout. It took being threatened to be ousted from the Olympics for them to finally agree to send women–two women, in fact. Sarah Attah will be running the 800-meter, and Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani will be competing in Judo. Or, at least, she may be. Continue reading Saudi Arabia and the Olympics: A Hesitant Step Forward