Peace Links: No, this is really happening
Most of the articles that struck me this week were along the lines of “this horrible thing is actually happening.” People try to silence or reframe horrible truths for myriad reasons, including expediency and convenience. The authors below work against that impulse in stories from Afghanistan, the internet, and the two Sudans.
- Wronging Rights nearly always hits it out of the park, but this post on the slavery of young girls in Afghanistan is especially compelling. Una Moore reveals the horrors of the traditional practice of Baad, while also calling the New York Times on their traditional practice of not calling slavery, well, slavery. Check it out.
- “It seems that not only have the ideas of women been lost, but so has an awareness of the social forces which have worked so hard to keep them buried. In the battle for the right to define reality we need to remember the behaviours of those doing the silencing as much as we need to recover the voices that have been lost.” Read more about silencing and abuse to women’s voices online from the Gender Across Borders blog.
- Interesting take on reporting from unsafe areas from Texas in Africa. What are reporters’ biases, and should they reveal their plans when twitter is available, even if you are in danger?
- And finally…. If you’ve made it through all that doom and gloom, how about perusing this yummy Crete food?