Saudi Women Awarded Voting Rights

smiling-saudi-womenThe women of Saudi Arabia are rejoicing in 2 newly awarded freedoms.

Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote,” announced Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.

The announcement came at the annual Shura Council, the upper house of Egyptian dual-chambered Parliament. As reported by Al Jazeera, activists and intellectuals have long called for a boycott of the ballot excluding women from participation in elections.

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China Smackdown On U.S.

Following Standard & Poor’s downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, China – the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt – demanded the U.S. government to “confront its addiction to debt,” and “come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making are finally gone.”

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China's Premier Wen Jiabao

China predicts “global financial turbulence if the US fails to learn to “live within its means.”

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What do you think about this?

Do we Americans live within our means?

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Israel Bans Boycotts

No more demonstrations against the state of Israel or its West Bank settlements.

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So ruled the Israeli Parliament last week in legislation, passed by 47 votes to 38, which effectively makes academic, cultural, or economic boycotts against the state or “any area under its control” (i.e. occupied territories, such as Palestine) illegal and punishable by law.

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Critics view Israel’s ban on boycotts as an attack on democracy, and freedom of expression, while supporters say the law is “aimed at countering calls in Israel and abroad for cultural and economic boycotts against settlements in the West Bank, occupied land Palestinians want for a state.”

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What do you think about this law?

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No YouTube?

 you-tube-censored-china-logoYouTube banned!

Can you imagine?

If you lived in China, you wouldn’t have to.

According to an NPR interview with University of Michigan computer science professor, Alex Halderman, China is YouTube-free.

Internet censorship is a fact of life there. But Halderman has come up with a way to help Chinese citizens find their way to the Tube.

It’s called Telex, and he helped develop this system which can subvert Chinese government blocks.

Says Halderman, “So if you’re in China, and you want access to a banned site like YouTube, you just type YouTube.com into your browser, and the Telex station will see that connection, and disguise it as something innocuous. You might be watching YouTube, but to a censor, it will just seem as if you’re visiting a harmless, non-blocked site.

I’m getting James Bond vibes.

What about you?

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What do you think about China’s YouTube ban?

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The Long & Short of It

Did you ever wonder where hair extensions come from?

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All that long, thick, luxurious hair adorning the heads of more and more women around the globe?

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Al Jazeera explores the roots (pun intended) of hair extensions in this absorbing news documentary Hair India

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How do you feel about hair extensions?

Did this documentary change your view?

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