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Anne Rethinks ‘Flawless’, Third-Tier Male Photographers & Values That Matter

Eden Foods Files Suit Against Contraception Mandate, Citing Birth Control As Immoral. PLEASE!!! Anne Says: Don’t Support Eden Foods With Your Wallet!

Scandinavian Women Lead the World in Equality & Governing | Anne Sends Big Hugs to Helsinki, Finland

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Why Philadelphia Women Need the Earned Sick Days Bill

Izabel Goulart in Sign from Lilith That Anne Has Religious Morals After All

Gang of 10 Republican NM Women Want to Jail Rape Victims for 3 Years If They Abort

First Lady Michelle Obama in Jason Wu | The Feminine Feminist

Cameron Russell Says Privilege & Insecurity Make Modeling A Bad Career Choice

Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

Is Maison Martin Margiela’s H&M Collaboration Subversive in Nature?

Billionaires Going Rogue 2012 Election | Rise of Superdads | Over My Dead Body | Dating Goes Partisan

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Sailing Towards Ithaca As A Sensual Journey

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Fashion’s Hippie Love Trend Is Tied to Womanly Cultural Creative Values

50 Years Later, Marilyn Monroe Remains the Ultimate Smart Sensuality Blonde

Alfred Hitchcock’s Obsession: Sienna Miller As Tippi Hedren in ‘The Girl’

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: Female, 30-Something, Glamorous & Pregnant | Women’s IQs Now Higher Than Men’s

Cosa Bella’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ | Women of Harlot Babylon

Our Jewelry Expresses the Eroticism of Nature & Beauty of Woman

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Small Town Aryanna Strader Voters Like Cupcake Liners, Too

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For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

UniteWomen.org Calls Out PA (R) Congressman Joseph Pitts, Sponsor of HR 358 ‘Let Women Die’ Bill

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Elephants are Matriarchal and Kind to Females in the Animal World | Stop the Republican Disgrace of Elephants

Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2 Ps in a Pod by Anne

Franca Sozzani: Living Simply and Thinking Big | We Call It Cultural Creative Wisdom

Marloes Horst | Will Davidson | Harper’s Bazaar Australia March 2012 | ‘Wanderlust’

Research Review: Are Kids of Gay Parents Better Off With Mom & Imprisoned Dad?

Bro. Dennis on Ultra-Orthodox, Fundamentalist, Extreme Moralists as ‘Evil Incarnate’| 2Ps in a Pod

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Sunday
Jan102010

Malaysia's Christian Churches Firebombed Over 'Allah' 

Christians in Malaysia, Indonesia and Arabic-speaking countries have used the name ‘Allah’ for centuries, but fundamentalist Muslims in Malaysia say ‘no more’.

The one and only Allah is Muslim — according to the fundamentalists — and Christians can no longer appropriate the name of the great Muslim God Allah, as if belongs to them.

A high court in Malaysia ruled that a Catholic newspaper the Herald the right to print the Arabic word for God, Allah, following a long-running dispute with the government over the issue.

Both Al Jazeera and the NYTimes agree that the fireburnings of four Christian churches in Malaysia are four contained events, although there’s widespread concern about violence spreading and impacting Malaysia’s robust tourist industry.

oung girls at the Sabah cultural festival, May 2005, from the Rungus tribeThe existing ban had been aimed at a Catholic newspaper The Herald that serves a nationwide readership, but is focused mainly on the tribal communities in Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo Island, who had converted to Christianity more than a century ago.

The word Allah is not used my Christians practicing in larger cities.

The government said the use of the Arabic word might offend the sensitivities of Muslims who make up 60 per cent of Malaysia’s population. About 10 percent of Malaysians are Christians. Anne

Thursday
Jan072010

Saudi Religious Officials Say Ikhtilat Not Part of Islamic Law

We have a very important story out of Saudi Arabia, a profoundly relevant story for women living in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia is known for its vice-squad Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the men who patrol Saudi Arabia for any intermixing of the sexes.

Old souq at Gizan via Flickr’s retlaw snellacThe Economist writes that perhaps the separation of the sexes has been a mistake. In the past few months top religious officials, including the minister of justice and the head of the religious police in the Mecca region, which includes Jeddah, have declared ikhtilat a modern term not proscribed by Islamic law. Saudi jurisprudence has erred, they say, by confusing conservative tribal custom with the rules of sharia, thus lumping the innocent mingling of the sexes with the true sin of khulwa, meaning an unmarried, unrelated couple’s “seclusion” in a setting that could tempt devilishness. In support of this argument, they note that wives in the Prophet Muhammad’s time are known to have served male guests and that even today, Saudis rely on maids and drivers in a practical form of daily ikhtilat.

Ultra Conservative voices have been oddly muted, the Economist writes, perhaps because a noted cleric was sacked after criticising the co-ed policies at the magnificent new King Abdullah University for Science and Technology.

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Thursday
Jan072010

Nega Soltan's Grave Descrated Again

Supporters of the Iranian Government have desecrated martyr Nega Soltan’s grave for the second time. Photographs obtained by The London Times show that Soltan’s face has been pockmarked by bullets, even though her grave if under constant security.

Government officials don’t want Soltan’s grave to become a shrine.

This is the second tombstone put in place by Ms Soltan’s family, after the first one was smashed in mid-November. The London Times named the young activist their Person of the Year.

A new documentary produced by Iranian state television claims that Ms Soltan was an agent of the US and Britain and that her death was a hoax. It suggests that she squeezed fake blood over herself as she lay on the pavement but was then shot dead by her fellow conspirators in the car that took her away — presumably to silence her. via Neda Soltan’s grave defaced as Iran issues new internet restrictions.

Thursday
Jan072010

Looking:1990 | Gulf War | Black American Soldier | 6 Girls & Mom Walking to Turkey | Piece of Bread Gladly Given

Researching the resumption of Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga’s trial at The Hague, I found this spectacular photographic composition. Enjoy Aveen L (heart symbol)ve’s photostream on Flickr.

This photo is dedicated to a black American solider where I met way back in 1990 during the Gulf war between Iraq and Kuwait. As my family and I were trying to escape from the war in Iraq, searching for a safe place to live, finding our freedom in peace, we met a black American solider sitting on a rock eating a piece of bread as we‘re walking towards him, he looked at us, we looked back at him, he took out his piece of bread and give to my mother, and said “ have this bread, you have 6 beautiful girls”

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Thursday
Jan072010

Congolese Thomas Lubanga Trial Resumes at The Hague

Updated on Sat, September 11, 2010 by Registered CommenterAnne

A year after his trial began, the defense team of a Congolese warloard accused of turning children into deadly-forces soldiers began its presentation at the International Criminal Court.

The trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, also the first suspect to be arrested by The Hague-based ICC, also marks the first in the history of international law to see the active participation of victims in the proceedings, including child combatants.

Lubanga, founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, faces two counts of war crimes: conscripting and enlisting child soldiers into the military wing of his group and engaging them in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003.

The prosecutor’s handling of the case has been criticized by human rights groups. At points in the trial it appeared that all might collapse, leaving Lubanga to go free.

The defense team will present about 30 witness in the coming months, most who have not asked for additonal protection not to testify. Most of the prosecution’s 30 witnesses were granted protective measures, including voice and facial distortions and the use of pseudonyms.

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Monday
Jan042010

Pundits|Kristoff on Micronutrients for Pregnant Women

In today’s post World’s Healthiest Food, Nicholas Kristof interviews David Dodson, who with his wife Stephanie sold their 300-employee waste company and founded Project Healthy Children, an aid group that fights micronutrient deficiencies in Honduras (site of Kristof’s recent visit) and other poor countries.

Children in developing countries suffer from major physical traumas and debilitating birth defects, even having 10 to 15 points permanently shaved off their IQs, because their mother’s lack vital nutrients during pregnancy.

Kristoff explains the details.

Other groups offering aid of micronutrients to women are Helen Keller International and Vitamin Angels. I believe that to date American aid hasn’t included micronutrients, perhaps because they’re of little value to men and women haven’t been a direct focus of American aid, except to insure they don’t have access to birth control of any other programs that might undermine America’s pro-abstinence programs.