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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Iraqi women and the right to self-determination
By Minnie Bruce Pratt

As fierce resistance to the U.S. occupation of Iraq continues, both the Bush administration and liberal Democrats continue to use the excuse of “democracy” to justify invasion, the murder of tens of thousands of Iraqis and installation of a puppet government.

Now it appears that progressive laws which had guaranteed women’s rights for decades may be wiped out of Iraq’s new draft constitution as a direct result of U.S. violation of Iraqi sovereignty. The progressive laws, instituted after the Iraqis overthrew British colonialism in 1958, granted women the right to choose their own husbands and to have divorce cases heard by a judge, among other freedoms.


At 2:21 PM, Blogger a.c. said...

Nice to see that others in the blog-o-sphere are talking about this from a pro-feminist perspective. [I analyze it here.]

I am finding that in many progressive discussions, the struggles of Iraqi feminists are being completely ignored. For example, the usually quite politically astute Lenin has an in-depth (and quite interesting) discussion of political Islam without mention of how it's affected women in Iran and now in Iraq.

I hope you don't mind if I post a link to your blog on mine.

At 4:22 PM, Blogger kari said...

not a problem. thank you for reading it.


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