Nojoud Nasser, the 8-year-old Yemeni kid who took her own pint-sized self to court to get a divorce from her 30-year-old pedophile husband, has won, but the Yemeni parliament does not really see any point in passing laws to prevent parents from selling their elementary school-aged daughters to pervs, perhaps because, even though the average marriage age has fallen to fourteen, it's still a lot higher than 10, which it was a few generations ago. But one crusading politician, the Islah Party's Fuad Dahaba, is pressing for a law. "If it is my personal opinion I believe 18 is the right age, because marriage is such a big responsibility," he says. Eighteen! What a mensch. We Googled him. And! We learned about a run-in he had with another sort of fearless Arab heroine that kinda tells you a lot about the Middle East, God, & life, etc.!
Mr. Dahaba is a leading advocate of the poor and disenfranchised and proponent of sharia law who, just two months ago, backed the attempt to scare Syrian chanteuse Asala Nasry from performing in the country on the basis of Yemen's new fatwa on all concerts. After being threatened with the "same fate as Benazir Bhutto" by the local Al Qaeda branch, Ms. Nasry came anyway, saying, you know, if she can hack it in Algeria she can hack it in Yemen. What with God to protect her and all. And he did.