Iraqi Actors Replay the Tears and Terrors of War

The Iraqi premiere of the play “Nine Parts of Desire” by Heather Raffo opened painful war memories. For players, the playwright and the audience it was a chance to face the past together, in a safe place, and share the benefits of healing catharsis.

Women’s Groups in China Warily Tap New Media

Many of the approximately 100 women’s rights groups that formed in China around the time of the landmark 1995 U.N. women’s rights conference in Beijing lag in their use of new media. Several activists say tools like Twitter and social networks are essential to shaping public opinion and improving the perception and status of women in China.