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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · June
· · · · 14 (2 entries)

Mukhtaran Mai · In Pak­istan, al­leged­ly an al­ly of the West, Ms Mai was sen­tenced to gang rape to pun­ish her broth­er. She sur­vived, fought back, won in court, raised mon­ey, start­ed school­s. If the word “hero” has any mean­ing, she is one. The Asian-American Net­work Against Abuse of Women in­vit­ed her to lec­ture in the U.S.A. So the Pak­istani gov­ern­ment re­voked her right to leave the coun­try, put her un­der house ar­rest, and cut off her phone; mean­while, its courts are let­ting the rapists out of jail. The New York Times re­port­ed on the week­end that she was un­der ar­rest, but the BBC now says she’s free. This would be a good time to drop a line to your Con­gressper­son or Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment or lo­cal Em­bassy of Pak­istan. What­ev­er you think of Gen. Mushar­raf, he re­al­ly can’t do with­out Western sup­port. So we may not be able to save the world, but maybe we can save one brave wom­an. [Up­date: I wrote this last June; but some­times there’s good news.]
 
OpenSolaris Blogs Oh My · They told me they were go­ing to try to get lots of peo­ple to blog about the launch, but this is re­mark­able: this morn­ing they knew about 132 blog­gers and 215,000 word­s, and there’s an­oth­er dozen pieces ev­ery time I turn on my ag­gre­ga­tor. The com­mu­ni­ca­tions and cul­ture shift hap­pen­ing here is maybe just as in­ter­est­ing as OpenSo­laris it­self. Here­with ob­ser­va­tion­s, and point­ers to some par­tic­u­lar­ly sharp-edged sam­ples. A new thing is in the world ...
 
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