I did find it very interesting that Barack doesn't invite women to play in his basketball game yet, after he gets his lips busted in Friday's game, he shows up on the court on Sunday to play his daughters. Apparently, he's attempting to get back on the horse. Or at least the pony.
Aswat al-Iraq has an important article entitled "41% of women in Iraq's Kurdistan circumcised:"
Some 41% of the women in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region were circumcised, a survey conducted by the region’s health ministry revealed on Sunday.
“The issue of female circumcision is hyped up by the media. However, a recent health ministry survey said 41% of the women in the Kurdish cities of Arbil and Sulaimaniya were circumcised while the practice did not exist at all in Duhuk,” Jameel Rasheed, the ministry’s health department director, said during a press conference in Arbil.
Want to explain to me how, after seven years, the US had no impact on that issue. Oh, that's right, the US didn't use the posts in Iraq -- diplomatic -- to promote women. The military did. They didn't do it in what appears to be a pro-active or intentional manner. It just appears that they had job slots open and, when they had a qualified woman, they plugged her into the slot. But the State Department couldn't even do that.
The way you address the issue is you provide an alternative as well as education.
But they don't know what they're doing -- either the US or the KRG -- and so the women of Kurdistan will continue to suffer.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):