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Maldives parliament passes first ever domestic violence bill. The bill, yet to become law, criminalises domestic violence and outlines punishments for violators and protections for victims. But does it go far enough? How much protection does it offer to women who report their husbands/partners for violence? What acts or omissions constitute domestic violence? Answers to these questions are important in an increasingly conservative Muslim society such as the Maldives.

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Syrian security forces attacked the parents of composer and pianist, Malek Jandali, because of his pro-opposition performances such as "Watani Ana (I am my homeland)". http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/24/world/meast/syria-jandali/index.html

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The world's worst humanitarian crisis is the famine in Somalia, and it's aggravated by mass rape. My column reports on my visit: http://nyti.ms/oG35lV Let me know what you think, especially about the end of the column where I respond to critics.

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"Since we often cannot see what is happening before our eyes, it is perhaps not too surprising that what is at a slight distance removed is utterly invisible" - Chomsky.

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Beautifully shot, heartbreaking real, the film presents the everyday horror we’re all sort of living with: global warming is real and it feels like the end of everything. Though there probably isn’t a more hot-button issue, except maybe healthcare and abortion, the subject has been so politicized here the conversation has almost stopped. It’s stopped because most of us are hopeless. But it’s also stopped because, as Shenk told me during the Patron’s Brunch, it doesn’t have a world leader, not here in America anyway. It certainly has a leader, and a charismatic one, in Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives.
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