India’s census girl problems
The 2011 census for India showed the population of the country has risen to 1.21 billion — adding the equivalent of five Canadas, or 181 million people — during the past decade, the Wall Street Journal reports. A troubling detail in the numbers: the ratio of girls to boys under the age of six is 914 girls to every 1,000 boys.
The census figure also records this statistic as the lowest since the country’s independence in 1947....Female feticide, pre-sex selection techniques, attitudes toward the girl child and traditional social practices such as the heavy gifts demanded from the bride’s family by the groom’s family at the time of a wedding are some of reasons driving the increasingly skewed sex ratio.
New York Times photographer: “It’s what I do”
Lynsey Addario writes about being a woman working in a war zone:
When I was in Libya, I was groped by a dozen men. But why is that more horrible than what happened to Tyler or Steve or Anthony — being smashed on the back of the head with a rifle butt? Why isn’t anyone saying men shouldn’t cover war? Women and men should do what they believe they need to do.
In Libya, CIA works with rebels
The Post’s Karen De Young and Greg Miller write:
Officials said Wednesday that President Obama has issued a secret finding that would authorize the CIA to carry out a clandestine effort to provide arms and other support to Libyan opposition groups.... The CIA’s efforts represent a belated attempt to acquire basic information about rebel forces that had barely surfaced on the radar of U.S. spy agencies before the uprisings in North Africa. Among the CIA’s tasks is to assess whether rebel leaders could be reliable partners if the administration opts to begin funneling in money or arms.