News briefs for week of May 4, 2009

This week, a Saudi expatriate’s campaign to promote debate about women drivers, a female architect in Turkey designs that country’s newest mosque, and thousands more flee fighting between the Taliban and Pakistani forces in the Swat valley.

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The Guardian’s First Lady faux pas

A recently published article in The Guardian (UK) focuses on the achievements of Zahra Rahnavard, who happens to be the wife of a political opponent of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad. Once again, an extraordinary woman is defined only by her connection to her husband.

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News briefs for week of April 27, 2009

This week, a “let’s get her fat” protest in Saudi Arabia (along with the divorces of child brides there), an interfaith effort to prevent deportation of a Muslim student and his family, and cruel and unusual torture in Iraq.

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