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When Christine Lagarde Talks, Everyone Listens



Christine Lagarde at IMF Headquarters, Photo by IMF

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 01:14 AM EDT, 27 September 2012 WASHINGTON, DC – Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund, Managing Director is arguably the most powerful woman in global finance next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel is noted for her role in trying to resolve the Eurozone debt crisis, as leader of Europe’s […]

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German Thalidomide Manufacturer Apologizes



Thalomid Birth Defect Children, Photo by Teclo

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 00:25 AM EDT, 2 September 2012 LONDON: Nearly 50 years ago an estimated 10,000 children worldwide were born with birth defects that left its victims limbless or with flipper like appendages. The cause of these gross malformations was a drug called Thalidomide which was manufactured by the German company Grunenthal […]

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Muslims & Jews Unite Against German Circumcision Ban



Israeli Doctor's Perform Adult Male Brit Milah, Photo by Israel 21c Internal

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 22:58 PM EDT, 13 July 2012 COLOGNE, Germany – On 29 June 2012 a doctor in Cologne circumcised a 4-year old Muslim boy at the behest of his parents. His family is part of a community of 120,000 Muslims who inhabit the region and practice Khitan, the Islamic rite of […]

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Legarde’s IMF Jenga Gambit



Christine Legarde

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 00:49 AM EDT, 22 February 2012 FRANCE, Paris – In the latest Greek Tragedy, aka the ‘Greek Deal,’ the Troika seems determined to ignore the adage of “not pouring good money after bad.” Greece, Ireland and Portugal are the first three countries in the euro zone to agree to ‘bailout’ […]

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Wangechi Mutu | Kenyan Artist



Painting by Wangechi Mutu, Kenyan Artist

My Dirty Little Heaven is an ambitious exhibit by Kenyan-born, New York based artist Wangechi Mutu. Chosen as the 2010 Artist of the Year, Mutu’s installation is the first show in the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin Museum selected on the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council.

Mutu’s portfolio of work explores the objectification of women in the entertainment and advertisement industries. In a recent interview, Mutu recounted how the impetus for creating My Dirty Little Heaven resulted from as a dearth of realistic portrayals of women in the media. This was particularly evidenced by the images that adorned the covers of magazines, movies, commercials, etc. in which rarely if ever could she find herself or any other women. Within the African-American spectrum the issue was even more skewed and pervasively misogynistic. Women are portrayed as prostitutes, mannequins or props to make male entertainers appear more virile, thus diminishing them both.

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