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Sixteen stories about incredible women so you can work to make every day International Women's Day. Ten books for IWD. The day itself was complicated in the U.S. -- there were reasons to strike, and reasons not to. When you make Jews afraid, you only prove we are human. Related: the graveyard shift. You may want to marry this dying woman's husband. The Alt-Left is a problem too. How today's visa restrictions could impact tomorrow's America. The dangers of Feminism Lite, per Chimamanda, who should probably think long and hard about her comments on trans women. Unpublished Jane Austen. Two words: Solnit. Profile. The British Empire carried out horrifying crimes against humanity and no one should ever be proud. Ruby Tandoh is a gem. Butch is beautiful. The marines are a horrible place to be a woman, as I'm sure will shock no one. The man who turned gay rights into a weapon for Islamophobes. Anxiety for highly productive people. Jhumpa Lahiri on writing is always worth reading. Some Eileen for you. Joan Didion is annoyingly good, and here is some insight into South and West. The paradox of being a queer gentrifier. Black cowboys are fighting erasure. Non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon on making TV history and gender identity. Nike hijab. This is the Russia Americans are so afraid of, the one they feel the need to turn into an enemy.  On disability, trans identity, and exhaustion over bathrooms. Why is Vermont so white? Anthony Stewart Head, on the feminism of Buffy.

Seen in Washington, D.C. © E.A. Crunden

Seen in Washington, D.C. © E.A. Crunden


Around the Globe

Africa. A really horrifying amount of hunger news -- Eight people died in a stampede in Zambia over food aid. Somalia's famine crisis is worsening. Cuts to bread subsidies are spurring fury and sparking riots on Egypt. In an attempt to bring in more money, South Sudan is charging up to $10,000 for foreign work permits, a move that will be counterproductive and discourage people from coming to fill jobs that the country needs (namely, aid workers.) Libya is spiraling back into civil war. It seems that Black lives don't matter in xenophobic South Africa. Nigeria's president returned home from the UK, but reportedly needs to 'rest', which isn't comforting given concerns about his health. 

Americas. Panama's former dictator is in critical condition after brain surgery. Bolivia's president will travel to Cuba for an operation. The wall dividing Argentina and Paraguay is a shrine to failure. Canada too is seeing a rise in antisemitism. One Canadian town is very sorry for its pink tap water. The American president claimed (sans any evidence) that his predecessor had tapped the phones at Trump Tower during the 2016 election -- and called for a congressional investigation. He also signed the next Muslim ban, which looks much like the first, except that Iraq has notably been taken off the list of banned countries and a few other alterations have occurred. (Hawaii has challenged the ban.) Republicans are getting set to completely destroy American health care, something that was never great to begin with. Trump told Planned Parenthood to stop providing abortions if it wants federal money and PP was like lol no. The U.S. is considering separating children from their parents at the border. A Sikh man was shot (but survived) in Seattle in what appears to be a hate crime. The UN slammed the U.S. over its treatment of Native peoples. Introducing THAAD. Wikileaks and the CIA.

Asia. A South Korean court ousted Park Geun-hye from office; the president's downfall following a bizarre scandal has been ongoing for months. Nothing to see here, just North Korea's potentially intercontinental missile tests. Malaysia (where Kim Jong Nam was assassinated) and North Korea are duking it out the old-fashioned way -- with travel bans. Five Pakistani soldiers were killed in militant raids across the border, in Afghanistan. Iraqi troops have retaken several government buildings in Mosul (they were previously held by the Islamic State.) A Thai 'red shirt' leader was jailed for insulting the monarchy. At least 30 people were killed when the Islamic State stormed a hospital in Kabul dressed as doctors. A new Israeli law bars foreign critics from entering it. Tajik women have some thoughts about the state of their 'equal' rights. The U.S. is putting marines on the ground in Syria. Attacks in eastern Burma left numerous people dead -- an ominous indicator that violence is returning to areas of the country that aren't Rakhine state, where the persecuted Rohingya are based.

Europe. Scandal-plagued French presidential candidate François Fillon fought on this week. Sinn Fein, Ireland's main Catholic nationalist party, just scored a huge victory in Northern Ireland. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany of Nazi-era practices after the latter halted Turkish political rallies on its soil. RIP, Azure Window of Malta. Russian women scaled the Kremlin to strike a blow against patriarchy. Scottish independence could be coming. At least five people were injured when a man went on a rampage with an axe at a German train station. 



To watchWhen We Risethe new miniseries from ABC, has a deeply outdated format, numerous gaping flaws, and an imperfect script. However, you should watch it. Why? This is queer history by queer people for queer people. Trans characters are played by trans actors. Real queer people gave their input, and the main three characters all survive. I know the bar is low, but queers don't get a lot in this world, and we do have this. (I recommend Hulu if you, like me, do not own a TV and are confused by the concept.)

To make: A cake! This weekend marks a birthday for one of my best friends, and has me in cake mode. My own birthday will coincide with the Jewish holiday of Pesach (Passover), something that has occurred numerous times before and will happen again (to break down what this means for the goyim: I've spent a lot of more-or-less gluten-free birthdays.) I'm putting off those cake thoughts. For now: lemon cake looks good. Or maybe chocolate?


Quote of the Week

“What about men having to purchase prenatal care? I’m just . . . is that not correct? And should they?” -- Rep. Joh Skimus (R-IL), who thinks men should probably not have to pay for prenatal care

Fun Fact

International Women's Day has its roots in socialism, far more so than the U.S. likes to admit. On March 8, 1917, female textile workers began to protest in Russia, in a move that would eventually spark the Russian Revolution. The day was popularized throughout the communist world for years, but did not became a global celebration until 1975, when the UN established IWD as a reality. To the surprise of no one, the day has been less popular in the U.S., in no small part because of lingering Cold War animosity (something that is starting to look a lot like present day.) Activists and the internet, however, are making the day hit home for many Westerners -- as is the movement known as the Women's March.