Don’t Make Her Mad, Middle East Edition

Doha 12 - Your name can kill you

We’re used to seeing the Islamic world’s women as victims. From old-fashioned discrimination to rape, torture, mutilation and murder, it’s tough having two X chromosomes in some of the more regressive Moslem states, especially in the Middle East. But in the developing long war against the Daesh (or ISIS or…

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Women in the IDF: Still Not All-In

Doha 12 - Your name can kill you

Miriam has brought (don’t ask) to my attention an interview in today’s Los Angeles Times with Major General Orna Barbivai, Israel’s highest-ranking female officer and commander of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Manpower Directorate. In it, MGen Barbivai talks about some of the challenges of integrating two almost diametrically opposed groups…

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Miriam and the Border Police

Doha 12 - Your name can kill you

The recent flare-up in Gaza got me thinking about Miriam Schaffer – Our Heroine in Doha 12 – and her connection to that troubled area. Her experience ties directly into the history of women in Israel’s armed forces. We’ve all heard the stories of Israeli female warriors during the 1948…

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