What’s Current: Huma Abedin finally kicks Anthony Weiner to the curb

Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner
Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner (Image: Getty Images)

After being caught in the midst of yet another affair, Anthony Weiner’s wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, has finally had enough and announced their separation.

Homa Hoodfar, an anthropologist at Concordia University who has been imprisoned in Iran since June, was recently hospitalized. Her family says she is barely conscious and can hardly walk or talk.

French prime minister suggests that naked breasts are more representative of France than a headscarf. “Marianne has a naked breast because she is feeding the people! She is not veiled, because she is free! That is the republic!” Manuel Valls said at a government rally.

Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer found guilty of three felony sexual assault charges, will be released from jail after only three months on Friday, September 2nd. He originally received a six-month sentence but is being let out due to “good behavior.”

On Monday a bill, inspired by Turner’s lenient sentence, was passed in California to add mandatory prison sentences for certain sexual assaults. The Los Angeles Times reports:

“Under current California law, those convicted of rape using additional physical force must serve time in prison. This measure would require the same punishment for sexual assaults of those unconscious or incapable of giving consent due to intoxication.”

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  • Well of course Turner had good behavior in prison. Were there any women there for him to attack?

  • Karla Gjini

    I was wondering about Homa Hoodfar, hadn’t seen anything lately in the news. It’s so unfair.

    “The charges were never presented to her lawyer and instead were published in the Iranian press, quoting the prosecutor as saying Hoodfar was “dabbling in feminism”. A court set terms for her to be released on bail, but her lawyer’s numerous attempts to post bail have been ignored.
    …Amnesty International weighed in on Tuesday, calling Hoodfar a prisoner of conscience and contextualizing her detention against what it called a “broad and chilling crackdown against women’s rights activists and researchers” in Iran.”

  • lagattamontral

    Thanks for bringing up Homa Hoodfar; many of us here are so worried about here and there is little we can do.

    • Meghan Murphy

      I know. It’s so awful — I know so many feel just helpless (myself included).

      • lagattamontral

        Yes, I know many progressive Iranians here, including the Machouf-Khadir clan. Of course Amir Khadir is better known, not just because he’s a man but because he’s in a “higher office” as a Québec MNA, but his spouse Nima Machouf was also a progressive city councillor and the whole clan counts many extraordinary feminist women, including the elders and the very young women.

        People are sick to death here; remember Zahra Kazemi, photographer and activist who was raped, tortured and murdered by the Iranian régime: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahra_Kazemi She was also a middle-aged woman and mother of an adult son who would normally have been treated with respect in a patriarchal society; she was persecuted for her work.

  • Natasha Chart

    A woman feeding people with her own body is an image of freedom to this guy? Free is the last thing you are when you’re breastfeeding, even if everything goes really well.