Category: Human Rights & Gender

David Schanzer on the Bogus Defense of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’

David Schanzer on the Bogus Defense of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

by DAVID SCHANZER for THE HUFFINGTON POST on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  Despite irrefutable evidence in the Senate Intelligence Committee report that the CIA engaged in grotesque acts of torture in the years after 9/11, a group of former CIA directors and officials have taken to the airwaves to claim these actions were justified as a […]

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WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

Elif Shafak has a new book out called “The Architect’s Apprentice” — “an exuberant tale of a young boy’s twisting fortunes in 16th-century Istanbul” which “conveys deeper truths about human experience.” (reviewed by Rebecca Abrams in The Financial Times). Watch Shafak’s 2010 TED Talk above.  via TED, JULY 2010:  Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them […]

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A Sin-Sick Soul in Need of Redemption (by Omid Safi)

A Sin-Sick Soul in Need of Redemption (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] December 11, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on DECEMBER 11, 2014:  Blow after blow, it comes. The violence all around. In Ferguson, Michael Brown’s body bleeds on the ground for hours. Hands up. Don’t shoot. Eric Garner is choked to the death by the very police force sworn to protect us. I can’t breathe. Tamir Rice, […]

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WATCH: Moazzam Begg on the CIA Torture Report and the Outsourcing of Torture to Arab States

WATCH: Moazzam Begg on the CIA Torture Report and the Outsourcing of Torture to Arab States

[ 0 ] December 11, 2014 |

Following on from a damning report on “harsh interrogation techniques” used by the CIA, CAGE’s Moazzam Begg, talks to Sky News Tonight about his experiences of torture at the facility. by TOM FINN for MIDDLE EAST EYE on DECEMBER 10, 2014:  On Tuesday Mozzam Begg, a British Pakistani citizen and former Guantanamo bay detainee, was […]

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CIA Torture Report Released: Was the Agency’s Interrogation Program a Mistake?

CIA Torture Report Released: Was the Agency’s Interrogation Program a Mistake?

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN on DECEMBER 9, 2014 :  Today the US Senate Intelligence Committee released an extensive report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. According to The Washington Post the “exhaustive, five-year Senate investigation of the CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects renders a strikingly bleak verdict of a program launched in the […]

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The Self-Righteous Indignation of Muslim Women (in Hijab)

[ 0 ] December 4, 2014 |

by NT for ISLAMIC MONTHLY on DECEMBER 2, 2014:  I grew up in a fairly culturally desi house where Bollywood, mehndi (hand painted red designs), actor Salman Khan, girlylehngas (those brightly colored intricate shirt with skirts embroidered in gold colored ribbons) and other strong cultural symbols ruled our day-to-day routine.  Religion was not explicitly mentioned […]

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WATCH: Susannah Heschel on the Prophetic Life of Abraham Joshua Heschel

[ 0 ] November 26, 2014 |

via DUKE CENTER JEWISH STUDIES on NOVEMBER 24, 2014:  Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) discusses her father’s (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) legacy as a human rights activist and his archives, which have recently opened here at Duke in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in this lecture from 10/20/2014.

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New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

Academic publication introduces readers to the history of Islam in Nigeria, and tackles the Boko Haram insurgency; internal splits of the Salafi movement in Nigeria; dynamics generated by the mobilization for ‘political Sharia’ in the years 2000s; contemporary and varied Islamic movements and trends (Tijaniyya, Salafism, Shiism) that are the protagonists of a constant (and usually non-violent) […]

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Sarah Ager on Reclaiming the Radical Feminism of the Qur’an

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by SARAH AGER for THE GIRL GOD (BLOG) on NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  “As a feminist, how could you willingly subject yourself to such a misogynistic religion?” It’s disheartening to think how many times I’ve been asked this question since I converted to Islam. However, given my own misgivings towards the status of women in Islam […]

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Volleyball Federation Sanctions Iran in New Assertiveness on Women’s Sporting Rights (by James Dorsey)

Volleyball Federation Sanctions Iran in New Assertiveness on Women’s Sporting Rights (by James Dorsey)

[ 0 ] November 13, 2014 |

by JAMES DORSEY for TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on NOVEMBER 11, 2014:  The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has warned Iran that it would be stripped of its right to host the 2015 Under-19 men’s world volleyball championship if it bans women from attending matches. The warning signals a new assertiveness driven by the […]

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