December 31, 2013

Slow Progress for Egypt's Girls

Robyn Urback, National Post

The Associated Press

In June of this year, 13-year-old Egyptian girl Suhair al Bata’a died in a village near Cairo after undergoing a circumcision performed by a doctor. Though female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) was made illegal by the Egyptian government in 2008, the barbaric custom is still widely practiced throughout the country and few of the perpetrators are ever prosecuted. While many families are now abandoning traditional circumcisers or dayas in favour of accredited medical professionals, the emotional and physical scars for Egyptian girls — some as young as four years old — are still horrific.

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December 27, 2013
As Obama Dithers, North Africa Unravels
John Bolton, NY Daily News
America has several significant strategic stakes in North Africa. First is preventing Al Qaeda and other terrorists from increasing their influence or even seizing control of African states they can convert into bases for... more ››
December 27, 2013
Can Muslim Lands Learn to Tolerate Christianity?
Michael Gerson, WaPo
In some parts of the world, Herod's massacre of the innocents is a living tradition. On Christmas Day in Iraq, 37 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian districts of Baghdad. Radical Islamists mark -- and stain -- the... more ››
December 27, 2013
Egypt's Military Criminalizes Opposition
Washington Post
Three years have passed since the first sparks that led to the Arab Spring, a wave of revolt against authoritarian regimes that unleashed hopes for democracy in a region long without it. But events this week showed that Egypt has... more ››
December 27, 2013
Is Egypt Headed Back Toward Civil War?
Max Boot, Commentary
If Egypt’s new military rulers–pretty much the same as the old, only more truculent–want to ignite a civil war, they’re going about it the right way. more ››