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What Molly Ivors Says

May 31, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Except for the supporting Obama in the end, I agree with her analysis, so just go read . "It’s been especially perturbing to see the same lines of attack coming from the right and the left. One friend even said "Gee, I wonder if she really did kill Vince Foster?" in a bizarre recursion that [...]

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Full Frontal Feminism in Action

May 30, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

In a short video, Jessica Valenti shows us how it’s done. All the more reasons to go read Feministing and also Jessica’s books: Full Frontal Feminism and He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know .

Posted in Gender, Humor, Patriarchy, Prejudice, Sexism, Social Privilege, Structural Violence, Symbolic Violence | No Comments »

Judge Annulls Marriage Because Wife is Not A Virgin

May 29, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Yup, you read that right and it happened in France, via Le Monde . So here is the story: this Muslim guy marries a young woman who told her she was a virgin. On the wedding night, he discovers – shock and horror – that she is not. The guy brings the daughter back to [...]

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Pinochet-Era Soldiers and Secret Police Members Arrested in Chile

May 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

Via the Guardian , "A Chilean judge has ordered the detention of almost 100 former soldiers and secret police officers from General Augusto Pinochet’s regime as part of investigations into human rights abuses, according to reports. Among the 98 held are former employees of Pinochet’s notorious Dina intelligence service, which ran a series of secret [...]

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Exxon Finally Acknowledges the Inconvenient Truth

May 28, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

Via the Guardian , "The oil giant ExxonMobil has admitted that its support for lobby groups that question the science of climate change may have hindered action to tackle global warming. In its corporate citizenship report, released last week, ExxonMobil says it intends to cut funds to several groups that "divert attention" from the need [...]

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The Bush Administration Defeated in its Attempt to Undermine Anti-Cluster Bombs Treaty

May 28, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

Via Human Rights Watch , or, as I call it, "is there no issue on which this administration is not willing to take the most vile position, contradicting every standard of good global governance and just plain ol’ human decency"? I know… simple answer to simple question. Anyhoo, "US efforts to undermine a new treaty [...]

Posted in Global Governance, Human Rights, Mass Violence, Peace, Politics, Technology | No Comments »

European Sociology in the News: Why Girls Do Better in Schools

May 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Via Le Monde , this is a common topic for sociologists and for right-wing hacks. For the latter, poor boys, they whine, are doing worse in schools because their masculine nature (biologically encoded) are repressed by the feminized liberal teachers. Schools (especially public schools, of course) have been perverted by liberal and feminist values that [...]

Posted in Education, Gender, Identity, Patriarchy, Sexism, Social Causation, Social Selection, Symbolic Violence | No Comments »

Another Bookmark Bites the Dust

May 27, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

At this rate, I might actually be able to make a dent in my "to-read" ever increasing pile of books, which would be a nice side effect of this sorry state of affairs. This time, it’s David Brin (sorry, no link for that stuff), one of my favorite science-fiction writers. David Brin also has a [...]

Posted in Patriarchy, Prejudice, Sexism, Social Exclusion, Social Privilege, Symbolic Violence | 4 Comments »

Once a Minute, Somewhere in the World, a Woman Dies in Pregnancy or Childbirth

May 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

The most tragic part of this is that most of these deaths could be avoided, without too much trouble, as Kira Cochrane argues in the – ugh – …Life and Style section of the Guardian : "The story of Yeruknesh Mesfin’s death starts on the day of her birth, in an Ethiopian village so remote [...]

Posted in Development, Education, Gender, Globalization, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Patriarchy, Poverty, Sexism, Social Causation, Structural Violence | 4 Comments »

RIP Sidney Pollack

May 26, 2008 by and tagged ,

Via the BBC , "US film director and producer Sydney Pollack has died of cancer, aged 73. He won producing and directing Oscars for the epic romance Out of Africa, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, in 1985. He also directed Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, and The Way We Were, in which Redford partnered Barbra [...]

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Global Food Crisis – More Updates

May 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

I have posted extensively on the global food prices crisis (the latest post is here ) but the crisis is not over and there are still many stories to be told regarding the causes and consequences of this global disaster. first, let’s start with this Guardian handy summary of the 5 causes of the rise [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Free Trade, Gender, Global Governance, Globalization, Human Rights, Patriarchy, Poverty, Sexism, Social Causation, Social Stratification, Social Theory, Structural Violence | No Comments »

Golden Parachutes Denounced as “Social Plague”

May 25, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

Via Le Monde , the Ministers of Finances of the Euro Zone have issued strong statements regarding corporate executives compensations, calling them "scandalous" and they are looking at ways to curb such excesses. Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of The Eurogroup (an emanation of the Euro zone for coordination of different countries in economic and financial [...]

Posted in Economy, Global Governance, Globalization, Social Inequalities, Social Privilege | No Comments »

WWTSBQ 2.0 – A Neverending Series

May 25, 2008 by

My blog bookmark listing is getting thinner every day. That goes along with the shrinking respect I had for some bloggers in the past. Boy has this primary been a reality check. Here is someone who used to be one of my favorite bloggers, Hilzoy, subbing for Kevin Drum at the Washington Monthly : "This [...]

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Branching Out

May 25, 2008 by and tagged ,

Pamela Leavey, owner of the blog The Democratic Daily , has kindly invited me to cross-post there and I have accepted. I am honored to become part of a team that I admire as a reader. Regular posting will continue unabated here. But I recommend heading over to the Democratic Daily for liberal commentary, opinions [...]

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Taking Back What is Theirs – Ending the Predatory State

May 24, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

I have already written about the predatory state in the case of Gabon. But here is an interesting story of what happens when a government fights back and demands retribution for predatory governance by a previous administration. This is what is happening in Zambia (via the BBC ): "The Zambian government says it has recovered [...]

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