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News in Asia

Here are some of the events and stories that have happened over the past week. [Trigger warnings for rape and violence.]

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Friday News Bites: Teenage Brains! Supersized Saturn! Lady Ghostbusters!

Happy Friday, everyone! In addition to all the sciencin’ and entertainment news, we have some politics-related stories to cover, so let’s get started:

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This Week in Misogyny

This Week in Misogyny

Oh, dearies, it was another week of fuckery in the world. Between Rolling Stone throwing a source under the bus when inconsistencies rose in her story (cue gloating from the “false accusations!!1!” crowd), a misguided storyline on The Newsroom, and the usual assortment of random awfulness, it’s hard to see the good news. Of which there’s a […]

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News in Asia: Workers’ Struggles Edition

For this week’s edition, I thought I’d highlight the struggles faced by workers around Asia and the various strikes taking place in different countries. I’ll also include a handful of other important events. 

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This Week in Misogyny

This Week in Misogyny Goes Hulksmash!

I wish I were here to bring you good news, but that’s in short supply this week. What I’ve got instead is abortion bullshit, rape apology/victim-blaming, more things that feminism has ruined, a Nice Guyâ„¢, and the woman who wants to feed him to sharks. Actually, that last story kinda made my day. (As usual, […]

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You Complete Me Internet

Dispatches from Ladyblogland: Dance Like You Mean It

This week had a strong mix of analysis, fun and dancing.

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News in Asia

Hey y’all! This week is going to be a short and sweet, a la news appetizers Asian style. Hope everyone has a good week.

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International Women's Issues

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 […]

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Sports

Women to Watch in London 2012: Sarah Attar

Your feminist-friendly guide to the women of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. This week, one of the first women to ever represent Saudi Arabia: Sarah Attar.

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Sports

Olympics: Guor Marial

Before I just jump right into Olympic stats, I wanted to talk about Guor Marial.

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Perspectives

About A Bomb

When reading Middle Eastern news, one must always ask themselves this question, “Who will get rich and who will get hurt?” The answer, though often predictable, gives a clear and concise way to sort through the muck that can be weighed down by the region’s heavy censorship laws and long-winded official reports.

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International Women's Issues

Saudi Women Take The Keys

“My wife is ready to go to prison without fear,” tweeted Mr. Al Qahtani. Meanwhile his wife, Maha, tweeted her adventure of driving down King Fahd Road. “I decided the car was mine,” she wrote. Like many other Saudi women, Maha spent Friday the 17th protesting the decades-long ban on women driving within the kingdom. […]

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International Women's Issues

Saudi Women Get Behind the Wheel

Imagine living in a country where you were not allowed to get behind the wheel of a car. Even further, you were banned from taking public transport because the segregation of the sexes made it immoral to be jammed into a hot bus next to your male compatriots. No, to get around you either needed […]

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A Troubling Silence in Bahrain

It was only three weeks ago that tens of thousands of demonstrators went marching through the streets of Bahrain. They were congregating at Pearl Roundabout, protesting at the embassies and camping out to hold their ground.

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Brutal Crackdows Reach Bahrain

Protests in Bahrain, which had remained relatively peaceful in the last week or so, turned deadly in late hours of March 15th and 16th. Around 500 protesters who had been camping at Pearl Roundabout (basically a smaller version Tahrir Sq.) were woken up with not just gunfire, but helicopters, tanks, and a huge police presence […]