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This is a lightly edited transcript of the December 29, 2017, year-end Best of CounterSpin episode.
A culture that tolerates various forms of abusive and predatory behavior, whether it’s silence amid a culture of sexual harassment or blind patriotism toward dubiously justified wars, has lost its moral compass.
Decent [Trump] may not be, but he does give unambiguous voice to the (usually more subtle) ways in which women are judged for their looks and often dismissed as incompetent because of them.
Solnit draws on an equation that has preoccupied women writers from Virginia Woolf to Audre Lorde: that silence is a form of marginalization.
In continuing to violate nations and people at will, the U.S. could very well qualify as a pandemic in its own right.
The 1979 Islamic Revolution stripped Ebadi of her judgeship after it banned women from holding the position, forcing her to stay home and raise her two daughters. A decade later, she opened a law firm and became vocal against the country’s laws that discriminate against women and others.
Hakimi: The title of the book, which was taken from this last landay, is an epigraph of the lives of women indentured from birth by a patriarchal culture. The perils they face in their homeland, however, are not only inflicted by the men in their society, but also, as many landays show, by foreign military forces.
Tomgram: Ann Jones, The Never-Ending War. Jones has been remarkably, consistently, undeniably ahead of the curve on the conflict, a reality reflected in her revelatory look at the deeply personal costs of America’s second Afghan War in her now-classic book, “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story.” Tom Engelhardt
Activist Rachel Moran talks about her new book “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution.”
For example: We may be familiar with Nellie Bly as a muckraking journalist, but unaware that she beat Phileas Fogg’s fictional record of going around the world in 80 days.
Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally, is supporting many of the same terror groups the United States claims to be fighting in its so-called “war on terror.” By Mnar Muhawesh Mint Press News September 23, 2015 U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, meets with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, right, at Al-Salam […]
Lee Fang: Civil Rights Group Backed by Telecom Industry Seeks to Block Net Neutrality, Instantly Contradicts Itself
From the article: MMTC has gone to bat for other major media companies, arguing in 2011 that minority communities would benefit from the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. After urging support for the deal, MMTC received at least $350,000 from Comcast.
Miller: What’s striking about ViCAP today: the paucity of information it contains. Only about 1,400 police agencies in the U.S., out of roughly 18,000, participate in the system. The database receives reports from far less than 1 percent of the violent crimes committed annually.
From the article: “If you run they will kill you, so you just close your eyes so you don’t see the rapes.”
From the article: For hundreds of thousands of women and girls envisioning a better, less violent life, the future is about as clear as a dark body of water lapping at the edge of a splintering wooden boat. Now that these women and girls have already made the treacherous crossing of the Mediterranean, it remains to be seen whether the land on which they have arrived—the land on which they have staked everything—will support them.
“Pain at sunrise, regrets at sunset – dawn or dusk, life isn’t fair anymore.”
Jones: Afghan and foreign commentators who sought to explain the public outcry that followed her death often claimed that a nation already traumatized and deeply depressed by never-ending wars had been retraumatized by the crime. But trauma commonly shuts down the sufferer, numbing the emotions and blunting the compassion that binds us to others. The murder of Farkhunda did just the opposite. People said it cut them like a knife. It made them feel again. Men described their hearts as “bleeding.” Women spoke of being “emptied” of tears. They wept for Farkhunda — and for themselves.