Islam and Women’s Rights

If you’ve spent time in a Moslem country you’ve seen the huge gulf between the west and Islam regarding women. It is unimaginable what the world must be like behind veil, a burka, a black gown that heats you like an oven under the Middle East sun. Or to have your sexual organs cut away…

Female Mutilation: Is it time to boycott Indonesia?

A little girl is pinned to the ground while adults saw off her genitals with a chunk of broken glass. Another newborn girl has her clitoris sliced off at a “Women’s Health Clinic”. The night before her arranged wedding, a fourteen-year-old girl is mutilated with a rusty ceremonial sword. This is Indonesia, a nation of…

Hawaii’s Den of Thieves

Hawaii’s Den of Thieves by Mike Bond Adapted from Testimony before the Hawaii County Planning Council on Political Corruption in Hawaii January 8, 2013 Aloha, Council Members, I come to speak not just for myself but for my entire ohana [family]. The haole [European] side of our ohana has been on the Big Island since…