Category: Human Rights & Gender

WATCH: Banksy Goes Undercover In Gaza To Support Struggling Palestinians

[ 0 ] March 2, 2015 |

by PRISCILLA FRANK for HUFFINGTON POST on FEBRUARY 26, 2015:  The anonymous street artist Banksy released a series of new works Wednesday in Gaza, all commenting on the dire situation of the 1.8 million Palestinian residents confined to the area. (SEE PHOTOS HERE) One of the works is a short documentary (WATCH ABOVE) posturing as […]

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Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on FEBRUARY 23, 2015 *Updated February 25 with Forum for Scholars & Publics video:  February 21, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. This weekend his life and legacy got widespread media attention. […]

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Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for REUTERS on FEBRUARY 18, 2015:  Earlier this month, Tunisia’s newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the […]

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Sacrificing Humans (by Ellis Goldberg for Nisralnasr and Jadaliyya)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by ELLIS GOLDBERG for NISRALNASR and JADALIYYA on FEBRUARY 23, 2015:  In recent months, to general horror, the Islamic State (in Iraq and Syria) has carried out many beheadings and one immolation.  So, too, have others loosely or closely affiliated with it, most recently of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.  These events have provoked significant […]

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Taking Shots at Those Who Call the Shots: Muslim American Political Cartoonist Katie Miranda Speaks Up

Taking Shots at Those Who Call the Shots: Muslim American Political Cartoonist Katie Miranda Speaks Up

[ 0 ] February 18, 2015 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 18, 2015: Currently based in Portland, Oregon, Katie Miranda is a Cartoonist-Calligrapher-Jewelry Designer-Illustrator-Activist. A hyphenate par excellence. “Comics and Dialogue” had a chance to talk with her about, among other things, her views on Islam and comics, Palestine and […]

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Soccer: Moulding the Middle East and North Africa (working paper by James Dorsey)

Soccer: Moulding the Middle East and North Africa (working paper by James Dorsey)

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by JAMES DORSEY for the S.RAJARATNAM SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (SINGAPORE) on FEBRUARY 12, 2015:  ABSTRACT: Nowhere in the world has sports in general and soccer in particular played such a key role in the development of a region than in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet, the nexus of sports, politics and society is one […]

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This Week: Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill to Host National Conference on Legacy of Malcolm X

This Week: Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill to Host National Conference on Legacy of Malcolm X

[ 0 ] February 16, 2015 |

PRESS RELEASE (DUKE UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF NEWS & COMMUNICATONS/JULIE POUCHER HARBIN), FEBRUARY 16, 2015: DURHAM, N.C. — Local and visiting scholars from a variety of fields will mark the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination (Feb. 21, 1965) with a public conference at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on […]

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Has Syria Become a Failed State? WATCH BBC’s Jeremy Bowen Intvw. with Pres. Assad

Has Syria Become a Failed State? WATCH BBC’s Jeremy Bowen Intvw. with Pres. Assad

[ 0 ] February 13, 2015 |

by JEREMY BOWEN for BBC NEWS on FEBRUARY 10, 2015:  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has defended his government’s actions in the region since the uprising against his rule, which erupted in 2011. In an exclusive interview with the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen, Mr Assad denied that his forces had dropped barrel bombs indiscriminately […]

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The Tragic Shooting of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha (#MuslimLivesMatter)

The Tragic Shooting of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha (#MuslimLivesMatter)

[ 0 ] February 11, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 11, 2015:* UPDATED FEBRUARY 15, 2015   Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was was arrested and charged in Tuesday’s fatal shooting of three students — Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha — at condominium complex near the University of North Carolina […]

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WATCH: Nathan Brown on Building a Better Post-Oslo Era

WATCH: Nathan Brown on Building a Better Post-Oslo Era

[ 0 ] February 10, 2015 |

by NATHAN BROWN for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on FEBRUARY 4, 2015:   There is little argument among Palestinians that they are in the midst of a political turning point. It is clear to all what they are turning away from: the Oslo era in which they were governed by a series of makeshift […]

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