Category: Human Rights & Gender

Can We Handle the Truth About Torture?

Can We Handle the Truth About Torture?

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

Real Life Lessons from 2011’s “Aaron and Ahmed: A Love Story” Set in Guantanamo Bay “Aaron and Ahmed” cover (Vertigo Comics) Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 23, 2015: In his 2011 review of the graphic novel Aaron and Ahmed: A Love Story, set […]

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When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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Rhetoric, Ideology and Organizational Structure of the Taliban Movement (USIP Report)

Rhetoric, Ideology and Organizational Structure of the Taliban Movement (USIP Report)

[ 0 ] January 6, 2015 |

by MICHAEL SEMPLE  for UNITED INSTITUTE OF PEACE on JANUARY 5, 2014:  This report examines the evolution of the Taliban case for armed struggle and the minimal adjustments Taliban rhetoricians made to cope with the impending political change in Afghanistan in 2014. It considers how the Taliban might make a case for peace, should they […]

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Scholar’s Notebook: Observations on “Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran”

Scholar’s Notebook: Observations on “Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran”

[ 0 ] December 28, 2014 |

Between Psychoanalysis as Practice and as Social Theory by TAMAR SHIRINIAN for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 29, 2014:  “Is psychoanalysis possible in the Islamic Republic of Iran?” This is the question that Gohar Homayounpour poses to herself, and to us, at the beginning of this memoir of displacement, nostalgia, love, and pain. Twenty years after leaving her […]

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WATCH: Christmas in Gaza 2014

[ 0 ] December 24, 2014 |

via MIDDLE EAST EYE on DECEMBER 24, 2014:  Christians in Gaza prepare to celebrate yet another Christmas under the Israeli imposed siege. Bishop Alexios of Gaza speaks to MEE about his hopes that the siege will one day be lifted so that both Christians and Muslims from Gaza can visit their respective Holy sites in […]

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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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