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[21 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Why Kill Women and Children in Syria?

Barbara F. Walter
United States
“How could killing women and children help Assad stay in power? The answer is fairly simple. The game Assad is playing is a game of intimidation.”
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On May 25th the Syrian Army and its thugs killed over a hundred civilians in the town of Houla. What was most shocking and puzzling is that most of the victims were women and children, many shot at point blank range. Most attribute this massacre to the brutality and heartlessness of the Assad regime. This is true. But it is also part …

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[20 Jun 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
What the World Does Not Know about Us

Maya El Helou
Beirut, Lebanon
“I want to make one thing clear: we women in Lebanon are NOT victims. Our tenacity and resilience, which we have gained through our own process of self-empowerment, allow us to continue waging a battle against patriarchy, which exists across the world and in many different religious contexts.”
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In 2010, the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism made a series of ads to encourage people to come to Lebanon as tourists. One of these ads shows a man remembering his time in Lebanon with flashbacks of girls wearing bikinis, …

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[19 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Imagine You Are a Haitian Refugee

Melanie Gould
Dominican Republic/United States

“To those feminists who struggle for a voice and power in the developed world, perhaps you may find liberation in experiencing the power these women inherently possess.”
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Imagine your home to be an 8 x 8 tin shack, shared with 6 people, with no windows or light. Imagine the feeling of the reflected heat inside this house, under the blaring sun of a summer day in the Dominican Republic. Imagine watching your children suffer from hunger and dehydration and caring for a baby with constant diarrhea whose belly …

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