Category: Human Rights & Gender

Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

Above is coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict on July 21 on MSNBC’s Hardball. NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel gives a frank answer as to how much of a “pinpoint” operation the Israeli incursion into Gaza actually is. (If it doesn’t play CLICK HERE) by *JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 22, 2014 *updated July 24, 2014:  There’s […]

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Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

[ 0 ] July 18, 2014 |

Northwestern University Professor and Vice President of Kids4Peace International Yakir Englander on the Urgency of Deeper Healing in Israel/Palestine by Yakir Englander for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 18, 2014: Serious illness calls for first aid, then sometimes surgery, followed by healing the source of the disease. If you ask which is most important, I’d say you can’t have one […]

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WATCH: Vice News Speaks to Abu Khdeir’s Father — “I Don’t Ask for Revenge”

[ 0 ] July 17, 2014 |

by DANNY GOLD for VICE NEWS on JULY 16, 2014:  On the night of July 2, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year old Palestinian from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, was abducted and killed by a group of right-wing extremist Israelis. The attack was in apparent retaliation for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli […]

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Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

[ 1 ] July 10, 2014 |

If the French nation is truly secular, why does it not purge its Catholic national favoritism? After all, only about 20 percent of all French people consider themselves devout.   by CLAUDIA KOONZ for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 10, 2014:  The recent European Court of Human Rights decision to uphold the French ban against niqabs (full-faced veils, showing only […]

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‘Never Wholly Other’: The Qur’an and Religious Pluralism in America (Jerusha Lamptey)

‘Never Wholly Other’: The Qur’an and Religious Pluralism in America (Jerusha Lamptey)

[ 1 ] July 9, 2014 |

by JERUSHA T. LAMPTEY for ISLAMiCommentary on July 9, 2014: In the United States, interreligious collaboration has grown substantially in the last decade. While not triggered by September 11th, the horrific tragedy and trauma of that day certainly increased awareness of the need for interreligious collaboration. This has led to many interfaith dialogues aimed at […]

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James Dorsey: World Cup Boosts Iran’s Image and Highlights Political Sports Battles

James Dorsey: World Cup Boosts Iran’s Image and Highlights Political Sports Battles

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER (blog) on JUNE 24, 2014:  It didn’t take long for it to emerge that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shared an understanding of soccer’s political utility with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s militant and conservative policies he hopes to reverse. Like Mr. Ahmadinejad, Mr Rouhani, a […]

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A Miscarriage of Justice in Egypt

A Miscarriage of Justice in Egypt

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 24, 2014: * updated JUNE 27, 2014 Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted today, Monday, June 23, on charges of broadcasting false news and aiding a terrorist organization (referring to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood).  The journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, have been imprisoned in […]

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Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim May Be Free, But Is She Safe? The Real Problem with Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim May Be Free, But Is She Safe? The Real Problem with Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

by BRIAN PELLOT for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on JUNE 23, 2014:  Last month I discussed the heart-wrenching case of Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant Sudanese woman sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for marrying a Christian man and refusing to renounce her faith. Human rights groups, government representatives and prominent faith leaders rallied to condemn the […]

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Academics and Diplomats Call for US to Suspend Non-Humanitarian Aid to Egypt; Demand Release of Political Detainees

Academics and Diplomats Call for US to Suspend Non-Humanitarian Aid to Egypt; Demand Release of Political Detainees

[ 0 ] June 20, 2014 |

via JADALIYYA on JUNE 19, 2014:  In an unprecedented statement, over forty senior academics and career diplomats including more than a dozen former presidents of the most important professional association for scholars of the Arab and larger Muslim world, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), have signed a letter to US President Obama and Secretary […]

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The End of ‘Both Sides’: Israel’s Occupation of the West Bank is Indefensible

The End of ‘Both Sides’: Israel’s Occupation of the West Bank is Indefensible

[ 0 ] June 17, 2014 |

by MAX FISHER for VOX on JUNE 17, 2014:  JERUSALEM — There is a pleasant fiction in the United States and parts of Israel that the Israel-Palestine conflict exists in a sort of suspended animation, on pause and simply awaiting diplomatic resolution. But the truth is that the conflict, which over the decades has included several […]

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