Alyssa Rayman-Read

Alyssa Rayman-Read is a former American Prospect writing fellow.

Recent Articles

Conflict Over Kashmir

Asia | Europe and Russia | Middle East and Africa | The Americas The World Responds Column Archive Asia Heightened Tensions in Kashmir India and Pakistan are precariously close to the brink of war over the long-disputed Kashmiri region of India. The conflict heated up after a suicide attack on the Indian Parliament December 13 that India blamed on Pakistani terrorists. Today, the Indian government is mobilizing troops at its border with Pakistan while calling on the Pakistani government to crack down on militants; diplomatic relations between the two countries have chilled. And the Bush Administration, allied with the Pakistani government since September 11, is carefully prodding Pakistan to arrest alleged terrorists, testing the fragile alliance. Asian newspapers flow with praise and criticism for the Indian government's actions. The Times of India extols Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vaypayee, saying he has "once again proved that he can rise above commonplace political rhetoric...

Rebuilding on Splintered Foundations

Asia | Europe and Russia | Middle East and Africa | The Americas The World Responds Column Archive Asia Rebuilding on Splintered Foundations Although Hamid Karzai's interim government has taken residence in Kandahar, few Afghani citizens have faith in its success; after two decades of chaos, many people in Afghanistan have no memory of an effective national government, remembering instead a decade of civil war, five years under the thumb of the Taliban, and a country where distrust and factionalism have replaced cohesive national identity. While the last of the Taliban soldiers flee across borders, into caves, or into submission, Karzai and his cabinet must try to repair the damage left in their wake, a task that many Asian journalists worry may be wholly impossible. The Pakistani English-language newspaper Dawn paints a particularly bleak picture of Afghani affairs, describing the interim government as a "sham 'coalition' government run by the Northern Alliance." One columnist argues...

Gurl Power

On the Internet, the year 2000 was the year of the female. The number of women using the Web surpassed men for the first time last year, according to a study released by Media Metrix/Jupiter Communications in August. And girls between the ages of 12 and 17 make up the fastest-growing group of Web surfers. Web use by teenage girls is up 125 percent from 1999. Sites like gURL.com are part of the phenomenon. Described by The New York Times as "a frank, detailed, and zealously nonjudgmental take on all aspects of girlhood," gURL.com is the most popular Web site for female teens in the United States; it claims visits from 40 percent of all American girls online. The tone is one of encouragement. Recent features include "Looks Aren't Everything: A Love/Hate Look at Beauty Culture" and advice from the "Help Me, Heather" column. Such Web sites ( ChickClick.com and CitizenPhoebe.com are also popular) are touted as safe places for frank discussion, partly because...

Girl Wanted: Must Be Able to Mange

Feeling idealistic? The following job description recently appeared online at www.idealist.org , a global directory of opportunities at mostly left-leaning nonprofit groups. Perivate Secretary to the Chairman IHRC Job Category: Administration Type: Full time Description: The International Human Rights Commission need one Special private secretary to the excelleny World Chairman for long term (10 years) full time. Who will travel, stay and live with him all the time, she will organize his all meetings, travel plans, and family and organizational issues. Please do not apply for this job if you are not ready to relocate and spend all your time with the chairman, The commission will provide all benifits. Age of Applicant should be from 22 years to 28 years, should be female, indepandent, confident, and know all the skills of office mangement. Please send your C.V, along with your date of birth, copy of Pass port and passport size phot via e-mail only. We will consider and get back to you...

The Sound of Silence

"I am here today in the United States to testify about the impact of the global gag rule," declared Susana Galdos Silva, the co-founder of Movimiento Manuela Ramos, a women's health organization in Peru that receives family-planning funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This was last July. She was speaking, with full awareness of the irony, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Only months earlier, Congress had voted to uphold the Bush administration rule that prevents Galdos from testifying at home. Peru, where abortion is illegal, has the second-highest maternal mortality rate in South America, Galdos told the senators, and unsafe abortions account for nearly one-quarter of it. "It is estimated that 60 percent of all pregnancies in Peru are unwanted," she said. "And 30 percent of all pregnancies end in abortion despite Peru's restrictive law... . Every year, 65,000 Peruvian women are harmed to the point of needing hospitalization due to...

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