by Noorjahan Akbar
In Afghanistan, there is little effort to combat derogatory and belittling portrayals of women in media. Women’s organizations focus on more tangible and urgent atrocities such as gender-based violence and women’s political participation. Recently, I wrote about Western influence on Afghan media and how it contributes to the commodification and sexualization of women in advertisements and music videos. But, women are also using media to change perceptions and represent themselves accurately. In many ways, women are reclaiming their place in media after decades of censorship, silence, and war. One of the biggest ways women are doing so is through music.
by Kirstin Kelley
“Our choice is simple: either we break the alliances or they will break us.” This is the parting thought Nomi Prins leaves us with in her latest book, All the Presidents’ Bankers, which explores 100 years of relationships between presidents and the Big Six bankers. In 2008 and 2009, people around the world witnessed firsthand what being broken by the banking system could mean as millions lost their homes, livelihoods, incomes, and way of life with little warning. They were all victims of an unscrupulous relationship between Presidents, Treasury Secretaries, and banking executives over generations that overlooked the needs of the people in order to amass huge profits for themselves.