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A Week in Links #9

September 14, 2010

Hunter S. Thompson wrote about the ‘War on Terror’ in September 2002.

Egyptian Chronicles lists some of the forgotten victims of 9/11 – the Muslims that were murdered on that day.

Lynne Miles and Laurie Penny both write about new information available in the case of Israeli  Sabbar Kushur convicted of ‘rape by deception’.

Subir Ghosh on the scientifically baseless ‘finger test’ carried out on rape victims in India as required by the state.

Laura Woodhouse reports that the Labour Party have rejected a proposal for a 50:50 gender split in the shadow cabinet.  How could any other ratio represent the electorate?

Peter Beaumont and Saeed Kamali Dehghan highlight women human rights defenders in Iran.

Omid Memarian interviews ‘Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, daughter of Iran’s powerful Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and a prominent advocate of the Green Movement’.

A Safe World For Women carries an article about Sarah Shourd, the hiker who has been imprisoned for a year in Iran without charge.  Sarah is much more than ‘a hiker’ as her blog shows which references her activism all over the world.

Amy Davidson on torture and legal justice with reference to Binyam Mohamed.

Shuddhabrata Sengupta compares security forces’ actions in Kashmir with those carried out in Abu Gharaib following a video released on YouTube.

Amelia Hill writes about Doctor Cordelia Fine’s new book ‘Delusions of Gender‘ which ‘explodes experts’ consensus of major differences between male and female brains hardwired at birth’.  Fine was interviewed on Woman’s Hour alongside Professor Melissa Hines, which you can hear here, Chapter Four.

An exerpt from Professor Lise Eliot’s new book ‘“Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps–And What We Can Do About It.” More from Newsweek.

Trans Youth Takes On World writes about transphobia on Big Brother and how the hatred of Nadia Almada has been engineered by Channel 4.  I watched the year that Nadia won and she was one of my very favourite contestants on BB.  Shame on Channel 4!

Human Rights Watch identify the snag in a new law to be implemented in Libya which ‘extends Libyan nationality to children born to Libyan mothers and foreign fathers’

From the Irish Times, ”Minister for Science Conor Lenihan is to officially launch a book exposing the “fiction of evolution”.  It would be funny if it wasn’t so goddamn pathetic.

Stephen Moss interviews Deborah Cavendish, the dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the last remaining Mitford sister.

And now for a bit of beauty, Santigold’s L.E.S. Artistes:

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