Category: Human Rights & Gender

Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

“The best thing is when you pass out, because then the pain stops.” – University student detained in Hama  via UN OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER ON HUMAN RIGHTS, APRIL 14, 2014:  INTRODUCTION: Victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment languish in official and makeshift detention facilities throughout the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria). […]

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Cassandra’s Curse: No True Allies for Egyptian Women

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

by NESREEN SALEM for TAHRIR INSTITUTE FOR MIDDLE EAST POLICY on MARCH 28, 2014:  Cassandra, the legendary princess of Troy whose name meant “she who entangles men,” was a beautiful woman. So beautiful was she, in fact, that the Greek god Apollo wanted her for himself. In order to seduce her, he granted her the gift […]

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Behind the Checkpoint: Jasiri X in Palestine

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

shared via NewBlackMan (in Exile) on MARCH 28, 2014:  1Hood Media Presents In “Behind the Checkpoint, Part I” Jasiri X (above) shares his experience of traveling to the Palestine and Israel with a delegation commissioned by the Carter Center. Behind the Checkpoint explores issues of the region and the people who live there.  

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Omar Offendum Joins Duke MSA Students in “Slam for Syria”

Omar Offendum Joins Duke MSA Students in “Slam for Syria”

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

You are my … (Destiny) its hard livin in the West – when I know the East got the best of me … (Destiny) could be lookin in my eyes – but you’ll never really see the rest of me … (Destiny) can you hear me “maseeri” (my destiny)? … bi-lingual’s what im blessed to […]

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India’s Elections and the Muslim Vote

India’s Elections and the Muslim Vote

[ 0 ] April 6, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL 6, 2014: Indians start voting in the world’s biggest ever election on Monday, April 7, with Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi, a frontrunner for premier who has promised to revive the economy. AFP reports that Modi “accused India’s ruling Congress party on the eve of the vote […]

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“Afghanistan: The Next Phase” — What’s at Stake in the April 5 Elections and Beyond?

“Afghanistan: The Next Phase” — What’s at Stake in the April 5 Elections and Beyond?

[ 0 ] April 3, 2014 |

“There is a young and forward looking generation of youth that don’t want to associate themselves with the warlordism/the Civil War of the 1990s, that identify themselves as Afghans and don’t identify themselves necessarily along ethnic lines.  Afghanistan has a very robust and vital press compared to its neighbors I think. And they enjoy I […]

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The Anointment of Saint Francis Al-Sisi

The Anointment of Saint Francis Al-Sisi

[ 0 ] March 28, 2014 |

by CHARLES KURZMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 28, 2014:  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the military ruler of Egypt for the past nine months, is no ordinary candidate for president. He is a saint, or so say some of his supporters. A cleric at al-Azhar seminary likened him to ancient prophets. An eminent civic leader called him […]

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Pianist Malek Jandali on the Soft Power of Music and the Syrian Revolution

Pianist Malek Jandali on the Soft Power of Music and the Syrian Revolution

[ 0 ] March 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 30, 2014:    “After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is now one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child,” notes UNICEF in a new report. More than 10,000 children have been killed since the revolution began, and nearly 3 million have […]

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‘Egypt’s Miscarriage of Justice’ & Other Headlines on Egypt This Week

‘Egypt’s Miscarriage of Justice’ & Other Headlines on Egypt This Week

[ 0 ] March 26, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 26, 2014:  Egypt’s Miscarraige of Justice (by New York Times Editorial Board, March 24, 2014) EXCERPT: “Egypt has been on an alarming downward spiral ever since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Even so, the court verdict on Monday that condemned 529 Islamists to death for the killing […]

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Jamillah Karim: Muslim Women’s Dress, A Tool of Liberation

[ 0 ] March 25, 2014 |

by JAMILLAH KARIM for FROM THE SQUARE (BLOG) on MARCH 20, 2014:  It was in a black feminist/womanist course at Duke when I realized that black Muslim women fit squarely within black women’s tradition of navigating the complex of race, class, and gender struggles. Not, though, because there were any readings on black Muslim women. […]

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