Adele Stan

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief. Follow her on Twitter: @addiestan

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Can Black Women Save the Liberal Coalition?

Black women are the Democrats' most loyal voters. In a primary where race runs head-on with gender, can they save liberals from themselves?


At the Women's Media Center Web site, Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom examine the presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton against the backdrop of the passionately lived career of Bella Abzug, the late congresswoman and world-renowned women's rights leader. (Levine and Thom recently published a delightful oral history of Abzug's life as a public figure.)


Here in the loud cluster of audio equipment and colorful characters known as radio row at the Manchester (N.H.) Radisson, this morning was marked by a veritable swarm of Clinton surrogates, including (but not limited to) longtime advisor Ann Lewis, Women's Outreach Director Dana Singiser, moneyman Terry McAuliffe, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and my Jersey homeboy, Rep. Bill Pascrell.


Working out of the Talk Radio News Service row here in Manchester, New Hampshire, I ran across Pat Buchanan, who, 12 years ago, delivered quite a surprise to G.O.P. leaders when he won the 1996 New Hampshire primary. Yesterday afternoon, when he finished up a long interview with a Boston radio station, I tailed after him and his lovely wife, Shelley, as they made a break for the parking garage.

Benazir Bhutto: An Imperfect Feminist

However disappointing Bhutto was in her actions on behalf of Pakistan's women, she was a potent symbol of their potential empowerment. And symbols matter.

Female supporters of Pakistan's slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto take part in a candle light ceremony in Lahore, Pakistan. (AP Photo/K M Chaudary)

From the moment she appeared on the international scene, she was destined to be an icon. To the West, Benazir Bhutto, the first democratically-elected woman to lead a Muslim nation, looked like a Disney drawing of a beautiful fairytale princess from an animated fable set somewhere in the mysterious Orient. Deftly wielding her Ivy League education, she had plenty of intelligence to accompany her beauty and charm, as well as an uncanny ability to synthesize the aspirations of her South Asian nation with the longings of its Western patrons.