Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles


Barack Obama and John Edwards now seem to agree with Hillary Clinton on the subject of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. At least they agree in principle with the answer she gave two weeks ago at the NBC debate, which was that it was a public safety issue that it was an understandable solution in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. But now Hillary is solidly against driver's licenses for those whom Dennis Kucinich correctly described as "undocumented" -- and not "illegal" -- immigrants. Edwards, however, said he doesn't accept that comprehensive immigration reform is impossible, and Obama said something triangulational that I've already forgotten. --Adele M. Stan


Chris Dodd just made a lovely speech about ending the shrillness of the debate between the Democrats, and suggested that he was the one who could bring the party together. Of course, he's spent the last several weeks suggesting that the frontrunner -- who happens to be a woman -- was not electable (most likely because she is a woman). So I guess he'll be bringing together the men in the party. That's who really counts, no? --Adele M. Stan


So says John Edwards . "...not even me," he said of himself. Then he went on to bash Hillary Clinton on her vote on the resolution regarding Iran and her acceptance of campaign cash from lobbyists, with the word "corruption" slung around. Then when Hillary took issue, he raised his eyebrows and pursed his lips. Very Church Lady . --Adele M. Stan

Hatin' on Hillary

Here's a look at Hillary Clinton's most vocal critics, helpfully sorted into categories. The question remains: Who hates her most?

In the swirling mix of conviction and emotion that is politics, it's often easy to mistake resentment for reason, or vice versa. Nowhere is that more true than when looking at reaction to the presidential candidacy of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY). There are, indeed, principled reasons for a liberal not to embrace Clinton as her candidate, not least among them the New York senator's vote on the resolution that gave the president the go-ahead to invade Iraq. But among Hillary's most vocal critics, the reaction is something more visceral. The anti-Hillary vitriol from certain corners is to be expected. The religious right, after all, draws much of its power from its antifeminist agenda. I've long contended that the right's hatred of Bill Clinton stemmed not from his sexual misdeeds but from the fact that he married That Rodham Woman -- and didn't seem to have a problem with her spouting off, sounding smart, lawyering around. Nor did he seem to be henpecked; in fact, he seemed to be...


Among the lawyers and opposition figures rounded up, jailed or placed under house arrest is Asma Jahangir (sometimes spelled Jehangir), Pakistan's best-known feminist and human rights activist. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement calling for the release of Jahangir, currently the UN's special rapporteur for religious freedom , along with the other political detainees. In 1980, Jahangir, with her sister, Hina Jalini , opened Pakistan's first women-owned law firm, which became the center of opposition to the infamous Hudood Ordinance pronounced by the last U.S.-backed Pakistani dictator, Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq , the man who hanged Benazir Bhutto 's father. The Hudood Ordinance was trumpeted as a form of Islamization, but was, in essence, a declared war on women. Jahangir gained national fame defending a young, blind woman who was jailed after having been raped, charged with the crime of zina (extramarital sex). This was a common occurrence in Pakistan at the time, as...