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Investigative Work & Politics

Why Turkey is Backsliding on Women’s Rights: The ruling Justice and Development Party’s policies on women’s rights look great on paper, but feminists are disappointed at the lack of implementation, and horrified at Prime Minister Erdogan’s patriarchal rhetoric.

Turkey’s Many Disabled, Long Shunned by Society, Play New Role in Politics: Turkey’s 8.5 million disabled citizens have long been ignored by politicians and shunned by society.  In this year’s general elections, political parties running disabled candidates tried to appeal to this long-neglected sector of the population., June 2011

With Reelection, Turkey’s Islamist Party may Further Consolidate Power: The ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party will lead the parliament in rewriting a new constitution for Turkey. Worrying signs of growing intolerance for dissent could signal more authoritarian, centralized days ahead., June 2011

Is Rape Inevitable in War?: When the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced he was investigating mass rape by Libyan forces, one had to wonder: does conflict necessarily give rise to mass rape?  Several researchers have found predictors that go beyond the usual explanations., May 2011

The Berlusconi in Us All: Bunga Bunga’s Real Meaning: You’ve heard the term, but do you really know what it means? A nosedive into the racism, sexism and corruption embodied by Berlusconi’s “bunga bunga” party lifestyle.

After the Mideast Uprisings, Will the Arab League Finally Lead?: The Arab League called for a no-fly zone in Libya.  Is this the first and only constructive thing it’s done in its 65-year history?  Published on, March 2011

Laugh, O Revolution: Twitter and Facebook, sure.  But Egyptians had an ancient weapon up their sleeve when it came to unseating Mubarak: their legendary sense of humor.  Possibly the most fun story to write, ever.  Published in, Feb. 2011

Naji Hamdan’s Nightmare: Investigates the torture and imprisonment of a Lebanese-American citizen in Abu Dhabi, allegedly at the urging of the United States government, published in The Nation, March 2010

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