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“Afghan Star” And “Koran Star” Face Off In Afghanistan


“Afhgan Star,” Afghanistan’s answer to “American Idol,” is challenging religious traditions and promoting social change in this conservative country. The show, which allows people to vote on their fave singer via text, even lets women perform—check out this year’s only female finalist, Elaha Sorur, above. Last year, two gals made it to the end and one generated mega controversy when she danced, allowing her head scarf to slip down. After her performance, the singer got death threats and had to go into temporary hiding. Keep reading »

An Iraqi Girl Almost Becomes A Suicide Bomber

Rania Ibrahim, a 15-year-old girl, was found carrying a vest filled with 33 pounds of explosives in Baqouba, Iraq, last year. Those are the facts of the story we know. But there are two very differing accounts of how she got there. The U.S. patrol in Iraq says that Rania turned herself in after female relatives in her husband’s family strapped her down and put the vest on her against her will. But Iraqi police claim that they stopped Rania on the street because she was acting suspicious, and that’s when they discovered her explosive apparel. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed To The Supreme Court

  • Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed by the Senate in a 68-31 vote. After she receives the oath of office, Sotomayor will be the first Latina judge and third female judge to join the bench. [New York Times]
  • Chris Brown‘s sentencing for his assault of Rihanna has been delayed until August 27th. The judge on the case said she’d like for Brown to do hard labor as part of his community service. [TMZ] — That punishment’s a little better, but we still think Chris Brown should do some time to make the “don’t beat your girlfriend” message loud and clear.
  • Unfortch, yet another celeb got busted for allegedly beating a woman. Tom Sizemore, who starred in “Black Hawk Down,” was arrested last night for misdemeanor domestic violence against a female companion. In 2003, Sizemore was convicted of hitting his ex, Heidi Fleiss. [FoxNews] — Hitting women: hot in Hollywood right now?

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Lisa Ling Ready To Speak At Your College Campus

Lisa Ling’s speaking agency sure didn’t waste a second. Yesterday evening, not 24 hours after Lisa’s tearful reunion with her sister, Laura, one of the two journalists imprisoned in North Korea who Bill Clinton somehow managed to bring home, the email above popped into my inbox. I do a lot of programming at my college, and usually when I get a message about a speaker my gut response is, “Wow, that would be amazing.” But yesterday my reaction was more like, “Soon, much?”
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What Exactly Did Bill Clinton Do To Get Laura Ling And Euna Lee Released So Darn Quickly?

It’s as if Bill Clinton boarded a plane, showed up in North Korea, said “Abracadabra!” and had Laura Ling and Euna Lee home minutes later. The two Current TV reporters are officially back in America and have been reunited with their families. We are ecstatic to hear this amazing news, but are dying to know—what exactly did Clinton do to get them released so quickly? Our best theories after the jump. Keep reading »

Where Prostitutes Are More Trustworthy Than Politicians And Scientists

Insight China magazine conducted an online survey of 3,376 Chinese peeps about who they trusted. And their findings are pretty counter-intuitive—folks said that trusted prostitutes more than both government officials and scientists. In fact, prostitutes came in third place as a group, just above farmers and religious workers. The China Daily covered the study this week, saying, “Given the constant feed of scandals involving the country’s elite, this is not bad at all. At least [the scientists and politicians] have not slid into the least credible category which consists of real estate developers, secretaries, agents, entertainers and directors.” [AFP]

I don’t even know where to start with this one. It’s not that surprising that prostitutes beat out government officials who go nuts there with the censor-happy schtick. But prostitutes also beat out students and teachers. And what’s so bad about secretaries? Who would you guys rank as the most trustworthy? Frisky bloggers? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Keep reading »

Happy Birthday, Barack! Which Presidential Birthday Party Would You Rather Go To?

Today is Barack Obama‘s 48th birthday. It’s Tuesday, so he’s working, but we don’t feel too bad because he celebrated over the weekend by taking a trip to Camp David and brushing up on his bowling skills. He bowled a 144—pretty darn good for a dude who claimed a few months ago that his skills in the alley were on par with the Special Olympian. [Washington Post]

So, would you wanna bowl with Barack or kick it with a past prez on his big day? See how Barack’s birthday plans stack up. Keep reading »

“The Today Show” Tweets That Euna Lee And Laura Ling Have Been Pardoned

We’ll keep you posted as more news comes in, but it appears that Bill Clinton has done a kick ass job. [Twitter]

UPDATE: CNN has confirmed that North Korean President Kim Jong Il has pardoned American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling. Hooray! Keep reading »

Bill Clinton Visits North Korea To Free Laura Ling And Euna Lee

Bill Clinton to the rescue! Slick Willy is currently in North Korea, trying to negotiate the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who’ve been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for “illegal activity” after entering North Korea to report on Korean refugees. North Korea’s nuclear negotiator, Kim Kye Gwan, greeted Clinton at the airport, which has led many people to think that North Korea might try to use the women as a bargaining chip with the U.S. over their use of nuclear weapons. Bill insists that he’s avoiding that sticky issue, but even if he does get sucked into that debate, I gotta hand it to Bill, his timing is totally brilliant. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Il, is pretty sick—he may have pancreatic cancer, though people aren’t sure how bad it is because the government is so secretive. However, Kim Jong II is gonna be dying (pun!) for a photo shoot with the ex-prez. If he doesn’t make the photo-op, people are going to know he’s in really bad shape. [LA Times]

All of this sounds great—Clinton hopefully will be able to make some inroads in freeing Laura and Euna and do some reconnaissance work regarding North Korea’s government. But we do have one question—where’s Secretary of State Hillary? Keep reading »

“Birthers” Lawyer Brings The Crazy To MSNBC

Orly Taitz, the attorney for the birthers movement — those, uh, determined peeps who believe Obama is not a U.S.-born citizen — appeared on MSNBC yesterday and she was a whole lot of crazy. I really don’t know what she’s talked about, but it has something to do with the “real” Obama birth certificate being leaked (which all reputable news organizations have determined as false). MSNBC’s David Shuster and Tamron Hall can’t help but shake their heads in wonderment, but I, for one, want to know when American lawyers are going to start dressing like 1950′s rollerskating waitresses. Keep reading »

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