Archive for May 19th, 2012

COLUMN: Mansur – Women will be the losers in Arab spring

- May 19th, 2012

Women stand to lose most in Arab Spring

by Salim Mansur

The monthly journal Foreign Policy recently published an essay by Mona Eltahawy titled “Why Do They Hate Us?”

Eltahawy is an American of Egyptian origin, a graduate from the American University in Cairo with a master’s degree in journalism, who publishes views on politics and culture inside the Arab world.

In the large amount of reporting from and about the Middle East, Eltahawy’s writings convey the perspectives, and hurt, of Arab and Muslim women trapped in the web of a patriarchal culture with its endemic misogyny and violence. Her recent essay was written after her own traumatic experience last November in Cairo.

There she was assaulted, groped and beaten by goons linked to security forces in Tahrir Square where the so-called “Arab Spring” gathered pace and toppled Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship. Read more…

COLUMN: Coren – Obama is far from brave for endorsing gay marriage

- May 19th, 2012

Obama panders to Hollywood on gay marriage

by Michael Coren

President Barack Obama has changed his mind about same-sex marriage again, partly after discussing the issue with his daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10.

Nice. Now we wait for the Congressional Medal of Honor to be awarded to the “awesome cute guy” from One Direction. Can you imagine how the media would have reacted if Obama had said he’d decided to preserve the definition of marriage after chatting to the kids, or if a Republican president had used a similar line to justify a policy? Read more…