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Mexican Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Law, Citing Human Rights

Debbie Billings - RH Reality Check - September 9, 2008 

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

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Isabel Reynolds with Naoto Okamura and Linda Sieg - Reuters News - Monday 8 Sept, 2008 
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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

VONG SOKHENG and SEBASTIAN STRANGIO - The Phnom Penh Post - Wed 27 August, 2008 

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

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James Orr and agencies - The Guardian - Tuesday 26 Aug, 2008
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 . . .  

And from the Rady Archives:
Fox News Attacks 'Lesbian Air America Host'

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 ...


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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.

She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.

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