Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Free Women in Egypt?

Ms. Logan surrounded by some of her attackers moments before she was brutalized

The majority of Egyptian women who report sexual victimization also report wearing Islamic garb

Lara Logan and Egyptian Liberation -Jeff Jacoby

The despicable sexual attack on CBS correspondent Lara Logan in Cairo's Tahrir Square wasn't shocking at all.

According to a 2008 survey by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, 83% of native Egyptian women and 98% of women visiting from abroad have experienced public sexual harassment.

More than half the Egyptian women reported being molested every day. And contrary to popular belief, most of the victims were wearing modest Islamic dress.
(Boston Globe)

Female Circumcision: 90 Percent of Women in Egypt?
-Evelyn Leopold

91 percent of Egyptian females aged 15-49 years old may have been circumcised, most of them when they were young and could not protect themselves. The surveys are conducted by the U.S.-based Macro International every 5-6 years.
(Huffington Post)

Little Hope of Democracy as Arab Despots Overthrown  -Kevin Myers

Across the Western world, as massacre and oppression mark the last days of secular Arab despotisms, there is almost silence. Had the butchery of Tripoli or Cairo or Yemen taken place in Israel, hundreds of thousands of protesters in European capitals would have been denouncing the cruel Jews.

Had U.S. journalist Lara Logan been grabbed and sexually violated by a mob of Israeli men, feminists across the world would rightly have been protesting. But she was instead the victim of a frenzied sex attack in Cairo by a score of Arabs, and there is accordingly silence.

In an ever-changing world, some things never change: to some in the West, the only real villains in the Middle East can only ever be Jewish.
(Irish Independent)

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