Posts Tagged ‘women’s rights’

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“Against individualism, the Fascist conception is for the State; and it is for the individual in so far as he coincides with the State . . . . It is opposed to classical Liberalism . . . . Liberalism denied the State in the interests of the particular individual; Fascism reaffirms the State as the true reality of the individual.”
–Mussolini, The Doctrine of Fascism

Apple, Google Both Hosting Saudi Government App That Lets Men Track Women, Restrict Their Travel

“allows for male Saudis “to specify when and how women can cross Saudi borders, and to get close to real-time SMS updates when they travel.” Absher can be used to restrict which destinations Saudi women can travel to, as well as prevent them from traveling anywhere outside the country at all, and the SMS notification system is used to alert the men if the women try to leave on their own.”

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Every year a handful of actually important films come out, and of course my position is that those are the ones you should watch. If you haven’t yet seen Selma, then add it to your queue. Suffragette is the British version another women’s voting struggle film: Iron Jawed Angels, with Hillary Swank.

Both are similar, and both are based on true events. The terroristic nature of the government is a central factor that pushed people to go to further extremes to achieve basic rights. These governments have long, bloody histories of gross injustice.

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Carey Mulligan is a composite of various suffragettes drawn into the movement. The story lags a bit, as it is slow paced and dramatic with much nuance and detail. Iron Jawed Angels was tighter and more of a sustained war.

Women will appreciate that it was written, produced and directed by women, with all the…

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Inside the Weird World of an Islamic ‘Feminist’ Cult

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After some ideological sniping the other day, concerning Miley Cyrus, here is something to actually take note of: Nicole Kidman fighting to help impoverished women around the world.  Notice the complete absence of ideology, and the simple practical nature of the struggle to improve the lives of women and push for equal treatment…

 

I am proud to represent UN Women on this wonderful occasion. Thank you Variety and Lifetime for acknowledging the work done by this important organization. Simply put, UN Women works so that half of humanity–women–can finally enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men.

I became involved because I was raised by a feminist mother who planted the seed early in me to speak out against the fact that women are so often treated differently than men. She was very clear with me: she said stand tall, do not settle for less than what is fair. Discriminating against more than 50 per cent of the population just because they are female is terribly unfair.

But it is also not very smart.

We know that when women have money, they invest more in their children, and therefore in our future. But in many countries, women cannot own land and have no access to credit. And almost everywhere they earn less than men for the same work. We also know that where women have a say in politics, they put more emphasis on social issues, on education and the environment. But only one in five Parliamentarians worldwide is female. And by the way: companies –and this includes the film and television industry, of course– with more women in management positions turn a significantly higher profit. Only 21 women, however, lead Fortune 500 companies.

UN Women is a smart organization, and I have seen with my own eyes what they can do: they go and work directly with women in countries around the world. They support women to get elected into office and help them to have viable options to earn a living for themselves and their children. Right now, in conflict zones like Syria, where women and children are particularly affected, UN Women is rendering much-needed assistance to respond to women’s humanitarian needs. UN Women supports women in Syria and elsewhere to make their voices heard.

I have also seen UN Women address what to me is the greatest injustice and outrage of all: violence against women. No matter how long I devote my time to this, I will never be able to comprehend and I will never accept that one in three women and girls will be raped, beaten or otherwise abused in their lifetime. UN Women supports local organizations, right at the grassroots, to provide shelter and support for survivors of violence. It works to change laws so that there can be no impunity for violence and it works with youth to prevent violence from happening in the first place.

I am asking you today: join me in advocating for women’s rights, wherever you are, whatever you do. Support UN Women to fulfill its mission and vision of a world in which women can live free from discrimination and violence.

Thank you!

 

 

Wow — this was unexpected.

 

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Robert Parry takes on Charlie Wilson’s War, and the Hollywood fictional foreign policy that nearly always kowtows to official spin. As always, I have a healthy skepticism of Parry’s own take, but he seems to have come back to hard factual reality lately. Good.

“Yet, as deputy assistant secretary to the Air Force, J. Michael Kelly, put it, “the most critical special operations mission we have … is to persuade the American people that the communists are out to get us.“”

The film made it seem like Wilson was instrumental in getting this Mujahadeen resistance started, when in reality he didn’t even get involved until 1985, six years after radical Islamic terrorists were sponsored under Carter/Brzezinski to destabilize pro-Soviet Afghanistan.

…Hiding the unspeakable realities of the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan was almost as high a priority as concealing the U.S.-backed slaughter in Central America. Reagan’s pet “freedom fighters” in Afghanistan as in Nicaragua were tainted by the drug trade as well as by well-documented cases of torture, rape and murder.

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…The problem, as Avrakotos explained, was that the Afghan mujahedeen [Reagan’s “freedom fighters”] routinely tortured and then murdered any Soviet soldier who fell into their hands, except for a few who were kept around for anal rape.

…Despite this knowledge about the true nature of the Afghan “freedom fighters,” the Reagan administration — and the “Charlie Wilson’s War” moviemakers — concealed from the American people the inhuman brutality of the jihadists who were receiving billions of dollars in U.S. and Saudi largesse.

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Parry concludes with one hell of a detailed history of the conclusion of the Afghan/Soviet War.  He destroys the myth of “abandonment” used by DC to keep garrisons in nation after nation.  The Taliban was a creation of the Pakistani ISI.  The Pakistani ISI was a creation of the CIA, and this massive money spigot.

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Coincidentally, today Globalresearch has an in-depth analysis of women’s rights used as an occupation pretext, and the real history of the US government fomenting Jihad and financing extremist textbooks through USAID to teach children Islamic fundamentalism.

Women of Afghanistan – BEFORE 30 YEARS OF USG ‘HELP’

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Afghan Women Today – Under Sharia Law

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Thanks Charlie Wilson!

From Afghanistan to Syria: Women’s Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA

“The [Madrassa school textbook] primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books…

The White House defends the religious content, saying that Islamic principles permeate Afghan culture and that the books “are fully in compliance with US law and policy.

…The [USAID] agency removed its logo and any mention of the U.S. government from the religious texts, AID spokeswoman Kathryn Stratos said.”

 

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’”These gentlemen (the Taliban) are the moral equivalents of America’s founding fathers.” -Senile Ghoul R. Reagan

 

 

A pure political film about the women’s suffrage movement.  This could be Hillary Swank’s strongest performance of her career.  The film was an HBO TV movie and never released theatrically, although it should have been.

Swank plays Alice Paul, the key person who turned around the women’s movement in the late teens.  Her sacrifices and unyielding determination energized women across the nation and shamed a government into relenting and passing a Constitutional Amendment.  This is an emotionally engaging portrayal of the struggle, where the suffragettes are battered from all directions.  Even the original national women’s union moves to silence Paul and her rabble rousers, causing a split in the movement. 

Hostility grows as America enters the war in Europe.  The idea of protesting a “wartime president” riles up men, the police, and the rest of the government.  They resort to brute force and unconstitutional persecution.  So driven and unwavering, Paul refuses to back down.  Despite incarceration and political repression amounting to torture, she fights to the end to achieve voting rights for all Americans.  This film should be shown in schools as a slice of real history that isn’t much talked about.

Aesthetically, the movie takes a modern turn with a contemporary soundtrack.  Somewhat like A Knight’s Tale used modern music over a Renaissance period story, here the music and the editing techniques remain in our world today while telling the history.  If the tunes were accurate, scratchy, mono recordings of the period it would not have worked as well for modern audiences.  This is a slick, hard political battle that resonates today, and the film’s choices remind us how history doesn’t end.

Iron Jawed Angels on Netflix.