Feminist author Margaret Atwood, 60, best known for her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, received Britain’s top prize for fiction writing—the Booker Prize. Atwood had been nominated three times before, but won this year with her tenth novel, The Blind Assassin. The Handmaid’s Tale envisions a future in which right wing extremists seize control of the country and impose draconian, misogynistic laws on women. Published in 1985, it eerily predicts a regime that is in many ways similar to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Media Resources: New York Times – November 12, 2000
3/25/2015 Afghan Woman Beaten to Death for Burning Koran - A 27-year-old woman â€Žwho reportedly burned a copy of the Koran inside of a riverside shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive on Thursday.
Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with bricks and sticks and repeatedly kicking her. . . .