Gutterpoetry goes on a rant about a new Arab women’s forum in Beirut, which she describes as “an elitist club for ladies who lunch.” She writes of how when attending as a journalist last year she was given “a luxury leather note-book holder,” in “fashionable pink and brown,” and how the event took place at the ultimate symbol of opulent excess – the Intercontinental Phoenicia Hotel.
“Perhaps Nawf” didn’t get the memo, gutterpoetry writes, “that it is women who make up the bulk of the Arab world’s illiterate and impoverished citizens.” She writes of gilded doors, big name speakers instead of grassroots activists, and of the “gruesome parade of plastic surgery operations and couture outfits on the relatives of male political leaders than anything remotely to do with women’s empowerment.”
The post then goes on to discuss women’s issues in Lebanon, and the fact that miniskirts don’t necessarily translate into greater empowerment.
A really interesting blog about how ‘support for biotech food is not even a discussion in US diplomatic circles’ and how US diplomats have been trying to co-opt Vatican priests into providing a ‘moral imperative’ for GM food, in part as a way of swaying public opinion in Europe.
The blogger suggests the ‘strategy’ owes nothing to morality, or health, but rather reflects the interests of US owned GM food providers such as Monsanto.
Honor killing is one issue receiving lots of attention online, but Caledoniyya raises another which he believes is just as important – infanticide. He writes of an African women who have birth in an airport toilet. She killed the child, and then took a flight home. He suggests that the maltreatment of migrant workers in the Gulf has reached a new nadir – could this sort of thing be a consequence?