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What is the State of Women’s Rights in Cyprus?

FRIDAY FILE: How do women fare in the prosperous Mediterranean nation of Cyprus?


What Happened to Women's Rights in America?

Women’s rights in America are only halfway home.


Elana, Sonia, Ruth and the Court

Well, this is fun. Three women, not zero, or one, or two, but three now sit on the Supreme Court. Three seems formidable. Somehow one seems like a token gesture, when all the rest remain men. And two seems tokenish because what can two do. But three—three is a third of the Court. Three is also an odd number and it seems like one might be moving to something of consequence.


Counting the Cost of Machismo

PARIS — When Alexandra Pascalidou, a Swedish-Greek writer and television host, joked on a Greek cooking show that dad rather than mom might make dinner for the children, her producer, she recalled, yelled into her earpiece to “cut that feminist nonsense.”


USA: Legal doubts surface as court extends California gay marriage ban

Federal appeals court extends the block on gay marriage in California but opens question of who can appeal Prop 8 ruling


Beautiful Women Used to Obscure the Horrors of War

Today,* Time hits newsstands with a photo of a beautiful young woman with her nose cut off. Western photography, war, and beautiful "victims" have a long and fraught history.


Costa Rica: Gays Unite Against Referendum on Civil Unions

Human rights organisations and the gay community in Costa Rica have joined forces to try to block a referendum on a law for civil unions between partners of the same sex.


Israel: Jewish Women Take On the Orthodox

Jerusalem is a city blessed but also cursed by its own holiness. No more so than here at 'Ground Zero', the religious epicentre within the walled Old City, beneath the most disputed holy site -- the Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary as known to Muslims, Har Habayit or the Temple Mount for Jews.


Nora Shourd and Iran Mothers of Prisoners of Conscience

TEHRAN: Outside the prison walls of ward 350, in the IRI – Islamic Republic of Iran’s Evin Prison, a group of brave demonstrators hold placards and pictures of their loved ones who are part of a hunger strike.



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