Pakistan's war within

Karachi, Paksitan's southern port city and financial capital, witnessed an unnerving coincidence earlier this month: While reports of Taliban militants -- on the run from conflict zones in the north -- infiltrating Karachi started trickling in, the city saw a simultaneous rise in threats and cases of harassment against women. Women have reportedly been approached by men -- sometimes armed -- and asked to cover up or stay home. Others have been threatened with dire consequences for freely roaming the streets or dressing "inappropriately".   ...more

Soldier85, thank you for your support, but really, all kudos to the Pakistani women who are ...more

Interview with Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International

With finances a little tight this year, I've had to reduce the number of organizations I'm donating to in 2009. One of the ones I am continuing to support is Women for Women International. ...more

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The Radical Act of Knitting: Mothers Warm Hearts World-Wide

Calling all knitters for peace!  Can a cozy inspire positive change?  Can it do more than warm our bodies but also warm our hearts?  Maybe not one cozy but perhaps 4,000 can.  Individuals and groups all over the world in places like; Turkey, the United States, South Africa, Chile, France, and even people in my home town are knitting their way towards a 150' quilt to drape across the fence in front of the White House that promotes peace during CODEPINK's historic Mother's Day event and vigil. ...more

I remember knitters gathering squares for quilts after natural disasters and the "wombs on ...more

On Torture

I've been following, at a distance, the "debates" on torture.  Since I'm in a race against time to finish (in draft ) The Doves by May 31 (I finished Chapter 19 yesterday), I've pretty much punched out of current events.  My husband, the writer Philip Gold, sends me articles he thinks I should read, such as this one on Russian death squads ...more

The Holocaust: My Visit to Dachau, a Concentration Camp

Last Week, someone asked me the question, "What is the most memorable place you've ever been?" For me, it occured on July 5, 1995. I know the exact date, because it was the day after my 18th birthday. The place: Dachau Nazi Concentration Camp. (Survivors on Liberation Day: April 29, 1945) ...more

Well it's not going to kill you

I am totally confused. I was just trying to get my regular blog listed and I ended up here HELP!  ...more

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The Battle Against Sexual Predators in the US Military

A woman who joins the US military probably expects to be exposed to life-treatening situations, traumatic violence and harsh living conditions. She probably doesn't expect to be raped by her comrades in arms. ...more

I don't know what to say and this makes me so angry I just stare at the screen in silence. ...more

Religulous among friends

I'm having the best day. I've gotten to spend the day with one of my bestfriends and got  to finally see Religulous. I would totally do naughty things to Bill Maher *drools* I did some major damage on the MAC website today. I got some much needed foundation, lipstick and eye shadows. I'm a lipstick whore LMAO I love the Mac Long wear pro or whatever it's called. Gotta have that kiss proof and everything else proof lipstick *wink* I spent part of yesterday clipping coupons. I have become a total coupon whore. I even got 2 FREE bottles of Suave lotion. ...more

Protest in Toronto Sparks Dialogue on Media's Responsiblity to Cultural Communities

There is a bit of irony in this image: Sitting on a Streetcar on Monday afternoon, I whizzed through one of Toronto's busiest intersections to see a large number of Sri Lankan young men and women, standing by the side of the street holding Canadian and Tamil Tiger flags. ...more

Well, I often complain about the lack of international news and I'm not Canadian, so it's ...more