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France's crisis looms

France's crisis looms

PARIS, June 24 (UPI) -- It is starting to look as though France might be the country to watch this fall as the next phase of the European crisis unfolds.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Iran's Rohani didn't beat a single female rival

Iran's Rohani didn't beat a single female rival

(WOMENSENEWS)-- That's because he didn't face any. In this interview, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi explains how Iranian women keep registering as presidential candidates to protest the Guardian Council's decision to disqualify women for not meeting its definition of "rejal."
By Solmaz Sharif
'Comfort women' are old now, but still fighting

'Comfort women' are old now, but still fighting

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (WOMENSENEWS)-- An offensive comment by the mayor of Osaka has brought the issue of comfort women back to the surface. A survivors' group in the Philippines keeps the women's stories alive and is planning a rally to coincide with President Aquino's State of the Nation address.
By Iris C. Gonzales

A 'fudge' for France

PARIS, June 17 (UPI) -- Diplomacy has a language all its own but one of the most useful words is 'fudge' and it means that some creative language was used to keep the show on the road.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Fathers should act like fathers, not Mr. Moms

Fathers should act like fathers, not Mr. Moms

(WOMENSENEWS)-- "Father knows best" is long gone. But in an era of shifting gender roles, the maternalization of child care doesn't make sense either. For Father's Day, let's celebrate the complementary role that both parents play, with separate but equally fine styles.
By Elaine Heffner

Commentary: Global Peace Index

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- In the 2013 Global Peace Index of 162 nations, Iceland ranks first, Afghanistan last.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Child model advocates press for New York law

Child model advocates press for New York law

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)-- New York City lawmakers have agreed to propose legislation to protect child models. They hope the new law will take effect before fashion week in September. Media advocates have pressed this issue over the past year.
By Victoria Fitzgerald
Turkish protests rattle Erdogan's female loyalists

Turkish protests rattle Erdogan's female loyalists

ISTANBUL, Turkey (WOMENSENEWS)-- Turkey's anti-government protests are troubling for some of Erdogan's female supporters, who dominate his voting base. For other women, the protests are an outlet for anger at current policies and a break from the political repression that followed the 1970s mass unrest.
By Sisi Tang
For disabled teens, flirting can be easier online

For disabled teens, flirting can be easier online

{WOMENSENEWS}-- Social networking sites offer flirting and friendship opportunities to disabled teens who have difficulty leaving the house. "I wish they'd been around for me," says Danielle Sheypuk, a clinical psychologist who is also Ms. Wheelchair New York 2012.
By Maggie Freleng
Senate's immigration bill flags women's rights

Senate's immigration bill flags women's rights

(WOMENSENEWS)-- As the Senate prepares to take up the immigration reform bill on June 10, new research turns the headlight on gender bias in existing laws, including the Violence Against Women Act.
By Victoria Fitzgerald

Europe's blame game

LONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- Casting blame for the Great Recession used to be easy when everyone agreed it was all the fault of the bankers. But now the regulators and officials are blaming each other and the real issues are coming to the surface.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
UN Women's Lakshmi Puri: 'Priority is to power on'

UN Women's Lakshmi Puri: 'Priority is to power on'

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (WOMENSENEWS)-- At the sidelines of last week's major global forum on women's health, the interim leader of the 2-year-old U.N. superagency expressed pride in its startup phase of rapid institution-building and is focused on everything from field work to raising a target annual budget of $300 million.
By Juhie Bhatia
Ethiopian-Israelis make waves in new homeland

Ethiopian-Israelis make waves in new homeland

TEL AVIV, Israel (WOMENSENEWS)-- After decades of Ethiopian immigration to Israel, several black women now hold significant government posts and Israel recently crowned an Ethiopian as its national beauty queen. But hardship persists for women in these communities.
By Leigh Cuen
Femen activists detained as Tunis trial ajourns

Femen activists detained as Tunis trial ajourns

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)-- Three European activists face up to six months of prison for staging a topless protest in Tunis to demonstrate support for a Tunisian ally, Amina Sboui, who is facing legal problems of her own.
By Hajer Naili
Commentary: Kalb's 'The Road to War'

Commentary: Kalb's 'The Road to War'

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- “The Road to War -- Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed” is must reading to understand how the U.S. blew $2 trillion on two wars in the 21st century.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
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