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What We're Reading | June 22, 2012

Article by George W. Bush Presidential Center June 22, 2012 //   2 minute read

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi continued her European trip this week, delivering her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo 21 years after being awarded the prize. She asked for humanitarian support and investment in her country to help with Burma’s democratic transition, saying, “Our own determination can get us so far; the support of the people of Britain and the peoples around the world can get us so much further.” (Voice of America) Despite the blow back against testing, accountability is not in full retreat: Bill McKenzie sat down with the Bush Institute’s Director of Education Reform, Kerri Briggs, to discuss the Institute’s newest education initiative, Advancing Accountability – which monitors how states are changing their accountability systems and analyzes what those changes mean for students. (The Dallas Morning News, Bill McKenzie) Shifts in women’s fashion have often reflected cultural changes here in the United States, and the same can be said for women in the Middle East. Though the shifts are far more subtle, they may signal even more significant changes. “Although men remain dominant and women's rights are severely limited by Western standards, there are signs of incremental change in education and politics, as well as fashion. Like the decorations on the abayas (traditional robe), the movement is often nuanced and visible only on the fringes.” (CNBC)