Mexican Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Law, Citing Human Rights
With an 8 (for) to 3 (against) vote in Mexico's Supreme Court, the April 24, 2007 law making abortion legal in Mexico, under any circumstance during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, is now deemed constitutional. On Thursday, August 28, 2008, eight justices agreed that the case of unconstitutionality brought before the Court by the National Attorney General's Office and the National Human Rights Commission against the new law was without basis. This landmark decision in Mexico means that the abortion law in Mexico City must be enforced; it also sets a strong legal precedent (known as jurisprudencia) for movements in other states throughout the country to adopt the same law... . . . read complete article . . .
First would-be female PM marks shift in Japan
Japan's Yuriko Koike by Reuters
TOKYO (Reuters) - Women may face a glass ceiling in their quest to get to the top in the United States but in Japan, an iron plate bars the way. That was the assessment on Sunday by former Japanese defence minister Yuriko Koike as she prepared to formally launch her bid to become the nation's first female prime minister... . . . read complete article . . .
Women in Cambodia to get more National Assembly positions
Despite politics remaining a male-dominated affair, increasing numbers of women are being given senior positions within the government, with a female deputy PM in the cards. WOMEN are playing a more prominent role in Cambodian politics, according to women's rights activists and female politicians, even though the new fourth mandate of the National Assembly will again be a largely male affair. Koul Panha, executive director for the Cambodian election monitor Comfrel, estimated that about 14 percent of the 123 seats in the incoming National Assembly will be taken by women... . . . read complete article . . .
Burma opposition leader 'frustrated' at UN's failure to change dictatorship
Aung San Suu Kyi at WNN, by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / EPA
The detained Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Photograph: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / EPA
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader, has begun a hunger strike in protest at the country's continued military rule, unconfirmed reports suggest. Suu Kyi, 63, who has been under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years, arrest for 13 of the past 19 years, is said to have rejected food delivered to her home. Nyan Win, spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD), said bags of food sent to Suu Kyi's heavily guarded house yesterday were not picked up... . . . read complete article . . .
By Brent Budowsky – OpEdNews – Tues 9 Sept, 2008
The sickness and dementia of a purported news network airing with smug laughs and happy chortles a naked appeal to hatred and bigotry in this attack on "a lesbian Air America host" is a low that even a Republican cable organization like Fox should never stoop to. This is war, Barack Obama, and you had better fight back.... Read complete article and comments ...