Alaa Faroukh insists he is the future. The jovial psychologist with a toothy smile, who can quote Freud as easily as he can recite the Quran, is speaking from his airy Amman clinic, located one floor below the headquarters of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, the very movement he left. Faroukh is symbolic of a shift sweeping through parts of the Arab world.
?All of you who have come in right now are coming into a business that?s right at the very beginning,? Mr. Davloor tells the three dozen employees gathered at company headquarters in Kincardine, a municipality of about 11,000 on Lake Huron. Adam Schacher, a team lead hired six months ago, breaks in.
The long-awaited criminal trial for the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres sputtered to a halt before it could begin this week, underscoring the prevalence of violence against environmental defenders and widespread impunity across Latin America. Here in one of the world?s most dangerous places for environmental defenders, their murders rarely result in anyone being held accountable, observers say. The appeals could delay the case for days ? or possibly months ? but Cáceres? family say it is the only way to ensure true justice for the victim and her accused killers.
On a weekend in October of 1991, more than 20 million American households watched as Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. In her testimony, Ms. Hill, a law professor, described numerous instances of Mr. Thomas using inappropriate sexual language and making unwanted overtures when she worked for him at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 1980s. Thomas denied any wrongdoing and famously described the proceedings as a ?high-tech lynching.? In the end, the Senate voted 52-48 to confirm him.