7:49 AM, Dec 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Zeina Karam of AP writes that:
Extremists are working to excise women from public life across the territory controlled by the Islamic State group, stretching hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo in the west to the edges of the Iraqi capital in the east.
Treatment of women can be physically brutal as when:
At least eight women have been stoned to death for alleged adultery in IS-controlled areas in northern Syria …
At least 10 women in Mosul have been killed for speaking out against the group…
It starts early, with young girls being reminded, emphatically, of their place. As when:
… gunmen came to the all-girls' elementary school in the Iraqi city … with a special delivery: piles of long black robes with gloves and face veils, now required dress code for females in areas ruled by the Islamic State group.
"These are the winter version. Make sure every student gets one," one of the men told a supervisor at the school.
12:04 PM, Nov 17, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
As Saudi Arabia undergoes its slow process of change, the matter of women and motor vehicles remains crucial. On October 24, Saudi women were summoned by a social media campaign to take to the roads in cars they own, typically, but do not drive.
8:15 AM, Jul 2, 2014 • By ELLEN BORK
In a 2007 article in THE WEEKLY STANDARD, “Let a Hundred Flowers Be Crushed,” the Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, told of being followed by security agents every year around the anniversary of the June 4, 1989 massacre of democracy protesters. Pu responded by ushering the agents to a conference room at his law firm and screening The Lives of Others, the 2006 Oscar winning film about an East German Stasi agent who protects the playwright he is spyin
7:31 AM, Jun 23, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
With much of the Obama administration's foreign policy in tatters, John Kerry is clear on at least one goal he hopes to achieve by the end of his time as secretary of state: having lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors representing the United States.
12:20 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
Sometimes a handshake is more than just a handshake. When President Obama warmly embraced the late Hugo Chávez at the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, he lent respectability to a brutal autocrat who had crippled Venezuelan democracy, terrorized his political opponents, and supported both the Iranian theocracy and the Colombian FARC. When then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hugged Ecuadorean leader Rafael Correa during a visit to Quito in 2010, she made Correa seem like a normal democratic president, rather than a thuggish Chávez acolyte who had persecuted independent journalists and gravely weakened his country’s public institutions.
12:15 PM, Sep 24, 2013 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
In his speech today at the United Nations, President Obama continued his administration’s odd and somewhat schizophrenic policy with respect to freedom, human rights, and democracy.
6:10 AM, Jul 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a war veteran, gave an optimistic speech about Afghanistan yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives:
7:44 AM, Jul 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Human Rights Foundation has released a statement slamming pop star Jennifer Lopez for receiving "$10 million for serenading crooks and dictators from Eastern Europe and Russia." HRF is a human rights organization, which questions 5 recent performances by the singer.
7:22 PM, Jun 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a statement, press secretary Jay Carney says the U.S. respects the Iranian election and congratulates the Iranian people.
11:18 AM, Jun 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Earlier this week, the brother in-law of Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
6:31 PM, Jun 6, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Thursday, at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Gary Robbins delivered another response to the "many concerns" expressed by Russia about the ongoing hunger strike by many of the terrorist detainees at the Guantánamo Bay facility:
“We want this [election] to be free and fair. There’s a lot of ways to, of course, define that.”2:01 PM, May 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
May 13, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 33 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The massacre of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, last December rightly sparked a national conversation about policies that might be enacted to prevent such atrocities in the future. But where is the national conversation in response to the massacre of innocents carried out in Philadelphia by Kermit Gosnell?