“The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine. These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square.” —An Egyptian general admitting, in May, that protesters had been forced to submit to “virginity checks”. Our briefing illustrates that in Egypt and Tunisia women are both hopeful and fearful about what the Arab revolutions might mean for them.
“By its end, most people would agree, the 20th century was an American century. Mitt Romney says that he wants the 21st century to be American too. That seems a little greedy.” —Mitt Romney’s unimaginative blueprint for America’s foreign policy will hardly set the world on fire. And that may be a good thing: you do not want an American foreign policy that sets the world on fire. All the same, there are two jarring aspects to Mr Romney’s caution.
“The collapse of marriage among blacks is well documented, but not the sexual, psychological, emotional and social toll this has taken on black women. Seven out of ten are single. Of the others, many are forced into “man-sharing”.” —Two out of every three black marriages in America fail, about twice the rate of white marriages. Black women are the “most unmarried” group in American society: one professor is trying to work out why.