Mein Kampf, Israel/Palestine, Child Marriage, Female Circumcision, and Female Afghan Politician Gunned Down By Taliban For Women’s Rights Work

April 23, 2009 at 9:33 am | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Palestine Israel Most Palestinians and Israelis willing to accept two-state solution, poll finds:

“The results indicate that 74% of Palestinians and 78% of Israelis are willing to accept a two-state solution on an option range from ‘tolerable’ to ‘essential’, while 59% of Palestinians and 66% of Israelis find a single bi-national state ‘unacceptable’.”

India Hitler’s Mein Kampf Seen As Self-Help Guide For India’s Business Students:Donald Duck reading Mein Kampf

Management Today questions the effectiveness of Mein Kampf as a management self-help guide.

“Even if you can stomach the vitriol, paranoia, militarism and crude racism, the book is so long and tedious that even Hitler’s ally Mussolini didn’t manage to plough his way through it, once apparently dismissing it as ‘a boring tome that I never been able to read'”

Saudi Arabia Saudi official moves to regulate child marriages:

“Days after a Saudi judge upheld the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a man 39 years her senior and blocked a divorce, the kingdom’s justice minister said he plans to enact a law that will protect young girls from such marriages”.

The case, which has drawn criticism from local and international rights groups, came to light in December when [judge, Sheikh Habib] al-Habib declined to annul the marriage on a legal technicality. The judge ruled that the girl’s mother — who is separated from the girl’s father — was not the girl’s legal guardian and therefore could not represent her in court, [lawyer for the girl’s mother] al-Jutaili said.

The girl’s father, according to the attorney, arranged the marriage in order to settle his debts with the man, who is “a close friend” of his. At the time of the initial verdict, the judge required the girl’s husband to sign a pledge that he would not have sex with her until she reaches puberty.

Iraq Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan to outlaw female circumcision:

Iraqi Kurdish four-year-old Shwen screams during her circumcision in Suleimaniyah on April 14, 2009. The parliament in Iraq’s northern autonomous region of Kurdistan is preparing to outlaw female circumcision, according to a woman MP and a doctor who had long battled to halt the widespread practice. The German non-government group Wadi carried out research in 201 villages in the autonomous provinces and in the predominantly Kurdish Kirkuk area in September. It found that 3,502 out of 5,628 women and girls surveyed had been mutilated — an average of more than 62 percent. While widespread in the African continent, it is not known how female circumcision was introduced into northern Iraq. The practice, encouraged by some clerics, does not appear to exist in other parts of the country. By Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images.

Afghanistan Sitara Achakzai, Female Afghan Politician, Gunned Down By Taliban For Women’s Rights Work:

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmedi, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Sitara Achakzai memorial

Gunmen killed Sitara Achakzai outside her home in Kandahar city and then drove off, said Matiullah Khan Qateh, police chief of Kandahar province. He said the four men drove up on two motorcycles and shot Achakzai as she was getting out of her car.

Achakzai, a dual German-Afghan citizen, spent the years of Taliban rule in Germany and returned to her native country to fight for women’s rights, said Shahida Bibi, a member of the Kandahar women’s association who worked with Achakzai.

A member of Kandahar’s provincial council, Achakzai was vocal in encouraging women to take jobs and encouraging them to fight for equal rights, Bibi said.

A memorial has been held by Achakzai’s mother, two sisters and extended family in Markham, northeast of Toronto.

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