Anne Frank Was A Bossy BFF • Honor Killings Rise In Southern Iraqi City

• In her book My Name is Anne, She Said, Anne Frank Jacqueline Van Maarsen, Anne Frank's best friend, claims that the noted diarist and Holocaust victim was an extroverted girl who made bossy demands on their friendship. • The Iranian government will set up marriage bureaus to help Iranians find suitable husbands and… » 12/01/08 5:30pm 12/01/08 5:30pm

Thanks To Your Guys, A Few Brave Women May Get Out Of Basra

Earlier this week we relayed the tragic story of Rand Abdel-Qader, the Basra teenager beaten to death by her father for nursing a crush on a British soldier, an act of "honor killing" for which he not only went unpunished by the police but went on to track down someone to murder his wife as well, for the sins of… » 6/06/08 6:30pm 6/06/08 6:30pm

Mom Who Fled Her Honor Killing Husband In Basra Shot Down On Street;…

For weeks the story of the lovelorn Basra teenager who was beaten to death by her father and brothers in a crime met with high-fives and applause by the local law enforcement authorities has…well, gone relatively unnoticed in the Western press, perhaps because it's so fucking depressing. And now it's over. Layla… » 6/02/08 12:30pm 6/02/08 12:30pm

Welcome To Basra, Where Beating Your Daughter To Death Gets You…

There are no photos of 17-year-old Rand Abdel-Qader or "Paul," the British soldier she fell in love with, so this will have to do, as it's an image we have probably all probably allowed to enter our hippocampuses when the teenage infatuation reaches such a crescendo it starts to seem impossible that it won't end… » 5/12/08 5:00pm 5/12/08 5:00pm

Barack Obama Would Rather Be Shooting Dunks And Fathering Illegitimate…

In a telling interview with the erudite Philadelphia radio program The Angelo Cataldi Show, Barack Obama said he would rather be Dr. J than president. (Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, gave some speech comparing herself to Rocky Balboa while wearing a fuchsia blazer.) Feminist hero Heidi Montag of The Hills announced her… » 4/02/08 10:00am 4/02/08 10:00am