Nov 242008

When I was a kid, we were taught that the military was  supposed to defend the citizens of this country. They forgot to mention that one glaring exception is if you happen to be the spouse of a member of the military, then apparently, you are on your own, as this report in the New York Times documents once again.  When Adriana Renteria  pressed charges against her husband Sgt. Carlos Renteria after he had severely injured her, the case ended up in military jurisdiction after a Texas prosecutor was assured that the Army would take action.

Despite assurances from the Army that Rentaria would be prosecuted, he was sent back to Iraq before that could happen.  His wife says she was told,

“Honey, we are not going to bring a soldier back who beat on his wife a couple of times or because you feel things weren’t done correctly.”

According to Maj. Nathan Bond, public affairs officer at Fort Riley (where Rentaria had been transferred after the incident), as far as the issue of whether Sgt. Rentaria should have been deployed before he could be tried,

“We are in the business of fighting a war, and we let very little interfere with that.”


“The accusation of domestic violence is taken very seriously,”

in the military according to Maj. Bond.

Like hell it is.  Despite reams of reports and countless Congressional hearings and programs put in place with much hoopla, the military is indeed in the business of fighting a war, a war against women.

That war is being fought against women within the ranks, the spouses and partners of military personnel and most especially against the women who live in the countries we invade who become much more vulnerable to violence in the aftermath of of our waging war.  The Christian Science Monitor has an excellent article regarding the huge surge in violence against women in Iraq in the aftermath of our invasion of their country that looks at the horrendous difficulties faced in providing desperately needed help to these women.

 November 24, 2008  Posted by on November 24, 2008 Comments Off on The Military Once Again Defends The Country By Allowing Its Soldiers To Abuse Their Spouses
Nov 212008

Hey guess what–if you believe in a woman’s right to have an abortion, you–yes you–are the reason that illegal immigration is a problem.  Kudos to the fine folks on a Missouri legislative panel for determining that,

“(A)bortion is partly to blame because it is causing a shortage of American workers.

The report from the state House Special Committee on Immigration Reform also says that “liberal social welfare policies” have discouraged Americans from working and have encouraged immigrants to cross the border illegally.”

According to Rep. Edgar G.H. Emery (R), the panel’s chairman,

“”You don’t have to think too long. If you kill 44 million of your potential workers, it’s not too surprising we would be desperate for workers.”

National Right to Life estimates that there have been more than 47 million abortions since the Supreme Court established a woman’s right to an abortion in its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. The immigration report estimates that there are 80,000 fewer Missourians because of abortion, many of whom now would have been in a “highly productive age group for workers.””

Vivirlatino points out the racist dick in brain-ness in the above line of reasoning:

“It seems that the value of a uterus is linked to if your pussy has papers.”

“None of those abortions belonged to Latina single mothers or undocumented women? Or are those ok because this is really about the right/white kind of workers? What statement is being made of who is the “American worker” or the potential American worker. Do unwed Latina women who birth citizens on this side of the U.S. border help create a new American workforce or is the real deal that our babies are on a whole different career track? “

 November 21, 2008  Posted by on November 21, 2008 Comments Off on VivirLatino: It Seems That The Value Of A Uterus Is Linked To If Your Pussy Has Papers
Nov 212008

During the last week, we have witnessed world leaders  discussing the economy over  $500 wine and automobile company execs flying to Washington in private corporate jets to beg lawmakers to bailout their ailing companies.  And then in this week’s contest for the most unspeakably elitist Let Them Eat Cake economic delusional behavior  the Clare Booth Luce Institute which has just issued its “Pretty in Mink 2009” calendar is a clear winner. What really can you say?
Fortunately, there are indeed  women who get it, now if only we would listen to them:

“Women are being disproportionately affected by the U.S. mortgage crisis and economic plunge, said a panel of women leaders Wednesday, urging a strong woman-focused response from the federal government.”

“(Women, according to) Sara Mersha, the executive director of Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) in Rhode Island, are part of what she calls the “economic Katrina.”

Mersha spoke along with other women’s rights advocates at a teleconference sponsored by the Ms. Foundation for Women called, “Lifted Up or Left Out? Economic Stimulus Policy that Benefits Low-Income Women.” The experts discussed the challenges facing women in the United States today and policies that could make a difference.

Mersha said the current sub-prime mortgage crisis is similar to the 2005 hurricane not only in terms of scale — the number of people affected — but also who is being hit the hardest. She said that in Rhode Island, most of the foreclosures and evictions are happening in poor communities and neighborhoods with African-American or Latino residents. DARE is doing a local research study concerning the crisis. While visiting homes being foreclosed, Mersha noticed another disturbing trend: “There are disproportionate numbers of women behind those doors,” she said.

The effects of the sub-prime mortgage crisis on women are exacerbated by other, pre-existing problems, according to the panelists. Sara Gould, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation, said that out of the 37 million Americans living in poverty, 27 million are women and children. In fact, she added, single mothers and their families are more likely to live in poverty than any other demographic group in the United States.

Fully two thirds of the minimum wage and below-minimum wage workforce in the United States are women, said Gould. For many of these workers, the laws are inadequate to protect their rights” Continue reading »

 November 21, 2008  Posted by on November 21, 2008 1 Response »
Nov 202008

From IRIN:

“Soaring insecurity in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has raised fears of a new wave of sexual violence in a region termed “the worst place in the world to be a woman” by aid workers.

During the first six months of 2008, there were more than 5,000 reported rape cases in the flashpoint province of North Kivu, according to data collected by doctors at health centres. The true figure is likely to be far higher, as women are too traumatised or afraid of stigma to seek help.

One hospital specialising in sexual violence in Goma, capital of North Kivu, admits on average four women a day – making more than 18,000 since it opened in 2003.

In neighbouring South Kivu, the UN reported 27,000 sexual assaults in 2006. It is impossible to say how many cases there have been across the country but based on anecdotal evidence, doctors say numbers are rising.

With the recent surge in fighting between the government army and rebels led by renegade general Laurent Nkunda, many more women – and some men – will likely have fallen victim to Congo’s notorious reputation for the use of rape as a weapon of war.”

Continue reading »

 November 20, 2008  Posted by on November 20, 2008 Comments Off on Rape Crisis In DRC Likely To Get Worse
Nov 192008

“A new report from Amnesty International  exposes rape, domestic violence and sexual harassment against women in Armenia:

Women told Amnesty International how they were beaten by their husbands or other family members; how they were raped and verbally abused; how they were controlled and prevented from meeting their parents and friends. Over a quarter of women in Armenia have been hit or beaten by a family member and about two thirds have experienced psychological abuse, yet the state fails to prevent, investigate and punish violence against women, says the report.

Amnesty International’s report No pride in silence: Countering violence in the family in Armenia, looks at individual case studies and examines the background to these pervasive abuses – that in Armenia, social attitudes among both men and women largely accept and even vindicate violence against women. Other hurdles include the stigmatisation of rape victims, reluctance by police to investigate domestic violence cases and a lack of shelters and support for abused women.

The Armenian authorities are failing to provide women with options to leave violent relationships by not putting into place a functional system of either initial protection against violence in the family or longer term support through employment and housing.

Amnesty is urging the Armenian authorities to combat violence against women in all its forms through the implementation of legislative, institutional and public educational strategies and more specifically to:

  • Criminalise domestic violence through the adoption of a specific law;
  • Implement a cross-agency approach including police, health workers, the judiciary, shelters and crisis centres and non-governmental organizations;
  • Increase the public awareness of violence against women as a widespread criminal offence and human rights violation.

The report is part of a series of publications issued within Amnesty’s global “Stop Violence against Women” campaign, which was launched in March 2004. The campaign urges governments to comply with their obligation under international human rights law to counter discrimination against women and girls. Violence against women is a global phenomenon affecting in one form or another nearly one in three women and Amnesty has exposed violence against women in countries from the USA, France and Spain to Russia, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine and Turkey.”

 November 19, 2008  Posted by on November 19, 2008 1 Response »