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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Birthed from Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War; Book Review by Tom Kerr

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Killing planeloads of pregnant Nigerian women by Elisa Slattery

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Zambia: Curbing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence by Nada Ali

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Reading The Times by Merle Hoffman

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Filming to Shatter the Stigma by Jennifer Baumgardner

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Re-enslaving African American Women by Loretta Ross

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Stopping the Terror: A Day to End Violence Against Prostitutes by Annie Sprinkle

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Justice still awaits terror victims in Algeria by Malika Zouba

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
The Dangerous Complacency of Victory by Merle Hoffman

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
San Francisco Could End Terror, Witch-hunting and Criminalization for Prostitutes with Prop K by Rachel West

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
The Terror … and Error … of Sarah Palin by Writers Kathryn Joyce, Esther Kaplan and Sunsara Taylor share their thoughts about Sarah Palin, below, with an introduction by Cindy Cooper, editor.

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Art and politics: Interpretations by Women by Linda Stein, Art Editor

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Terror in Our Homes: Violence Against Women in Zimbabwe by Tawanda Mudzonga

On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
The Water We Swim In: Rescuing Ourselves by Ellen Snortland

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Birthed from Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War; Book Review
by Tom Kerr

In a new book anthology, Birthed from Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War (Fulcrum Books 2008), the phenomenon of war is insightfully explored by more than 60 award-winning women writers. War, as experienced, observed and defined by the …
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Tom Kerr is a freelance writer based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Also see Daughter, The New Face of War, a play excerpt by Cassandra Medley in this edition of On the Issues Magazine.

See Honor Killings and Human Bombs, Abuses Old and New by Jan Goodwin in this edition of On the Issues Magazine.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Killing planeloads of pregnant Nigerian women
by Elisa Slattery

Fifty-nine thousand women die every year from pregnancy-related causes in Nigeria, a number second only to that of India. One Nigerian professor equated the frequency of maternal death with “a planeload of Nigerians crashing everyday without survivors.” If a plane full of pregnant women fell out of …
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Elisa Slattery is the Regional Manager and Legal Adviser, Africa Program, at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York.

Also see The Terror of Motherhood in Somaliland and Women’s Rights to Safe Care by Edna Adan Ismail in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

See Reading Poems by Girl Mothers in Sierra Leone, poetry by Kirsten Rian in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Zambia: Curbing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
by Nada Ali

The news of the opening of a hospital-based crisis center in Kabwe, Zambia, to address the complex needs of women survivors of sexual and gender-based violence was music to my ears; given that in 2007 I listened to heart-wrenching accounts by Zambian women, including women living with HIV. …
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Dr. Nada Ali is Africa Researcher at the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. She can be reached at alin@hrw.org.

Also see Terror in Our Homes: Violence Against Women in Zimbabwe by Tawanda Mudzonga in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

See What is a Woman Worth? The Global Storyis the Feminization of a Pandemic” by Marcy Bloom in “HIV-AIDS and Misogyny” by On The Issues Magazine, Spring 2008.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Reading The Times
by Merle Hoffman

It was interesting to open the Sunday New York Times and see that Nicholas Kristof had discovered the differing meaning of terrorism in women’s lives. His column, Terrorism That's Personal, filed from …
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Merle Hoffman is the publisher and editor-in-chief of On The Issues Magazine.

Also see Sarah Palin and the Apocalypse by Merle Hoffman in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

See The Terror-Submission Backlash by Susan Faludi in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Filming to Shatter the Stigma
by Jennifer Baumgardner

I was finishing a writing and film project breaking through the contemporary silences about abortion experiences when a photographer acquaintance said, "You know what else is a common secret? Rape." I knew she was right.

The goal of the abortion project, Read More…


Jennifer Baumgardner is the author of Abortion & Life and Look Both Ways. See more about I Was Raped at iwasraped.net.

Also see RAPE NEW YORK by Jana Leo in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

See Media Tools Counter War Violence by Ariel Dougherty in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Re-enslaving African American Women
by Loretta Ross

I have spoken on many campuses in the wake of the “Genocide Awareness Project,” which displays posters at colleges to create controversy among young people about Black abortion. Students are understandably confused when presented with seemingly fact-based information that claims that Black women …
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Loretta Ross is the National Coordinator of
SisterSong,
a national coalition of 80+ women of color and allied reproductive justice organizations headquartered in Atlanta. Ross researches and writes extensively on African American women and abortion and co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, a book on the history of the activism of women of color.

Also see Anti-Abortion Terror Tactics Take a Toll by Eleanor J. Bader in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

See The Dangerous Complacency of Victory by Merle Hoffman in the Café in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Stopping the Terror: A Day to End Violence Against Prostitutes
by Annie Sprinkle

In 2003 “Green River Killer” Gary Ridgeway confessed to having strangled ninety women to death and having “sex” with their dead bodies.

He stated, “I picked prostitutes as victims …
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Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D. www.anniesprinkle.org was one of the movers and shakers of the sex positive feminist movement; a prostitute/porn star turned artist/sex educator. Her current project is the Love Art Laboratory where she and her partner, Elizabeth Stephens, do collaborative community art projects that generate and celebrate love. Love is the new sex! Contact dec17@swopusa.org for more information about the December 17 march in Washington.

Also see, Works Hard for Her Money: Feminists and Prostitutes, our Summer 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.com.

See Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle by Norine Dworkin in the Fall 1992 edition of On The Issues Magazine, in our free archives.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Justice still awaits terror victims in Algeria
by Malika Zouba

Years of terror at the hands of religious fundamentalists have left bruises beyond remedy for women in Algeria , even as women led the struggle to fight back against their vicious tactics seeking to enforce gender inequality.

From symbolic annihilation of women’s bodies by forcing …
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Malika Zouba is an Algerian journalist and translator and women human rights activist. Her stories relate to women confronting fundamentalism and to the issue of veil in France.

Also see Honor Killings and Human Bombs by Jan Goodwin in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

See Media Tools Counter War Violence Against Women by Ariel Dougherty in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
The Dangerous Complacency of Victory
by Merle Hoffman

In the midst of my elation, shared with so many others, over the election of Barack Obama -- the transcendence of the moment, the breaking of the racial barrier and a new puppy in the White House -- I remembered that there is a complacency that can result from victory. This is the sensation that …
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Merle Hoffman is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of On The Issues Magazine.

She is the Founder, President and CEO of CHOICES Women’s Medical Center.

Also See: Sarah Palin and the Apocalypse by Merle Hoffman in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

See: Merle Hoffman Editorials.

See: Anti Abortion Terror Tactics Take A Toll by Eleanor J. Bader in this edition of On The Issues Magazine

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
San Francisco Could End Terror, Witch-hunting and Criminalization for Prostitutes with Prop K
by Rachel West

On election day many hope for a transformation away from the politics of war, greed and repression. Many San Franciscans also hope for a transformation for sex workers and our families, away from violence and criminalization.

Proposition K on the San Francisco ballot calls for the …
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Rachel West is a spokeswoman for the San Francisco-based US PROStitutes Collective (US PROS), part of the International Prostitutes Collective, and works with the “Yes on Prop K” campaign. She was appointed to the San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution.

See Terror for Women Exists Throughout History, Across Cultures by Mahin Hassibi in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Also See Works Hard for Her Money: Feminists and Prostiutes, the Summer 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.com

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
The Terror … and Error … of Sarah Palin
by Writers Kathryn Joyce, Esther Kaplan and Sunsara Taylor share their thoughts about Sarah Palin, below, with an introduction by Cindy Cooper, editor.

As I stood listening to Sarah Palin speak inside a stadium of 6,000 or so in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 20, the theme of What is Terror for Women in this edition of On The Issues Magazine, came to mind. In this setting, the most …
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Also see Sarah Palin and the Apocalypse by Merle Hoffman in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Art and politics: Interpretations by Women
by Linda Stein, Art Editor

In this edition of On The Issues Magazine on What is Terror To Women, the artwork of Martha Rosler is featured, as well as selections from several other artists -- Siona Benjamin, Anne Sager and Carol Hunt -- whose work relates to the theme. These works represent …
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Linda Stein is Art Editor of On The Issues Magazine, and a sculptor, public artist, educator and activist. Her work can be found at www.LindaStein.com.

Listen to a discussion of the artwork by Stein and editors of On the Issues Magazine on Blog Talk Radio here.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
Terror in Our Homes: Violence Against Women in Zimbabwe
by Tawanda Mudzonga

Zimbabwe has always been ruled by fear and violence. Our political history reveals government again and again forcing its will on the people. This has had an unlikely trickle down effect into each and every household where women fight a losing battle for their humanity.

Ian Smith …
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Tawanda Mudzonga is a writer and sociologist who grew up in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. She is currently working on a memoir that explores Zimbabwe's political and social history. She lives in New York.

Also See: Terror for Women Exists Throughout History, Across Cultures by Mahin Hassibi in this edition of On the Issues Magazine.

See Terrorizing the Loved Pets of Women by Carol J. Adams in this edition of On the Issues Magazine.

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On The Issues Magazine - Fall 2008
The Water We Swim In: Rescuing Ourselves
by Ellen Snortland

Women are terrorism experts. Females all over the world, in developed and developing countries, deal with the possible threat of male-on-female violence daily — it is the most common, insidious and often unexamined form of terrorism there is. And yet, how many of us know how to defend ourselves …
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Ellen Snortland is a non-practicing lawyer, performer, playwright, columnist and documentary film-maker. See the trailer to the “Beauty Bites Beast” documentary here or visit her web site, www.snortland.com.

Also see: Sallie Bingham in this issue of On The Issues Magazine

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