>I turned the laptop on this morning to complain that my foot still hurts and that I also seem to have been eaten alive by some nasty bugs (my legs and arms have itchy red welts all over them, which began appearing on Christmas day and I am hoping are not from bedbugs...), but then I found out that Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. The first female leader of a Muslim nation, she continued to have thousands of supporters although she was dogged by corruption scandals and power-hungry. Some of this is no doubt due to the popularity of her father, but I was always fascinated by her. She seemed to break down barriers. I only hope that this sad event leads to something positive outcome - more democracy or increased women's rights - somewhere in the world.

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