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READ: Book-reading appearance by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer turned into a noisy political event

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riot1Source: The Oakland Tribune

A book-reading appearance by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., became a noisy political event Friday evening when protesters showed up outside a Danville book store. About 100 people, many with picket signs, covered the sidewalks outside Rakestraw Books on Hartz Avenue and chanted such slogans as “Boxer must go” and “Save our freedoms.” Boxer, accompanied by security personnel, was there to read excerpts from her political novel, “Blind Trust.” A smaller Pro-Boxer contingent also was there. Frank Yee, of Danville, bottom right, was among the protesters at the scene.

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August 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm

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READ: New Rule; Afghanistan passes ‘barbaric’ law diminishing women’s rights…

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blindjusticeSource: Guardian.co.uk

Rehashed legislation allows husbands to deny wives food if they fail to obey sexual demands

Afghanistan has quietly passed a law permitting Shia men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husbands’ sexual demands, despite international outrage over an earlier version of the legislation which President Hamid Karzai had promised to review.

The new final draft of the legislation also grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers, and requires women to get permission from their husbands to work.

“It also effectively allows a rapist to avoid prosecution by paying ‘blood money’ to a girl who was injured when he raped her,” the US charity Human Rights Watch said.

In early April, Barack Obama and Gordon Brown joined an international chorus of condemnation when the Guardian revealed that the earlier version of the law legalised rape within marriage, according to the UN.

Although Karzai appeared to back down, activists say the revised version of the law still contains repressive measures and contradicts the Afghan constitution and international treaties signed by the country.

Islamic law experts and human rights activists say that although the language of the original law has been changed, many of the provisions that alarmed women’s rights groups remain, including this one: “Tamkeen is the readiness of the wife to submit to her husband’s reasonable sexual enjoyment, and her prohibition from going out of the house, except in extreme circumstances, without her husband’s permission. If any of the above provisions are not followed by the wife she is considered disobedient.” Read More

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August 14, 2009 at 2:25 pm

READ: 40 Years Later; Woodstock…

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woodstockSource: Rollingstone

Forty years ago this weekend a farm in upstate New York was transformed into the backdrop for one of the most significant concerts in rock history. Rolling Stone was on the scene then and we’re back now with a look at the music and mud that made August 15-17, 1969 a magical cultural moment. Read More

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August 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm

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