Bali first emerged onto the tourist scene back in the seventies, when hippies dropped in to indulge in psychedelic trips and frivolous naked bathing. Long before that, a Californian couple setup the first hotel next to Kuta beach in the thirties, which wasn’t much more than a wooden shack, but the few guests that stayed enjoyed the lush surroundings in relative obscurity until the couple shut up shop and moved on.
With her daughter sleeping nearby, a California woman was brutally clubbed inside the family home. She subsequently died. At first police thought it was a hate crime. The latest speculation seems to indicate otherwise.
As the world watches, women in Afghanistan continue to be killed at an alarming rate. While some of the ill-treated have fallen prey to domestic violence and pious extremists, others have suffered from the actions of American forces. For women, there is no safe haven in Afghanistan.
The house that Sahar built: Amid the senseless killing, one girl’s life is celebrated by the first Internet café for Afghan women.
Though some progress has been achieved, women in Afghanistan continue to be victimized by tribal ethnocentrism, the politics of war and a patriarchal society that openly embraces misogyny as a tool of repression. One group of daring women has defied the suicide bombers, encroaching military and centuries-old traditions by opening an Internet café, in honor of a girl who tried to stand up for her rights, only to be murdered.
Tragic ending for courageous acid attack victim
Kidnapped brides: “This has to end”