Category: Human Rights & Gender

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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WATCH: How Tunisia Can Be an Example of Good Governance to the Region—and Beyond

WATCH: How Tunisia Can Be an Example of Good Governance to the Region—and Beyond

[ 0 ] November 12, 2014 |

via OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS on NOVEMBER 3, 2014:  In December 2010, demonstrations broke out in Tunisia demanding the resignation of one of the most repressive regimes in the region, led by President Ben Ali. The demonstrations were triggered by the widespread corruption, lack of freedoms, and poor living conditions in the country. A year after […]

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LISTEN: Tufekci and Mottahedeh Talk YouTube, Net Neutrality & Social Movements

LISTEN: Tufekci and Mottahedeh Talk YouTube, Net Neutrality & Social Movements

[ 0 ] November 4, 2014 |

“Algorithmic filtering is not a vague concern. It’s a clear example why net neutrality is a human rights issue; a free speech issue; and an issue of the voiceless being heard, on their own terms.” — Zeynep Tufekci in The Message (Medium.com) by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 4, 2014:  Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant […]

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WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

[ 0 ] October 30, 2014 |

via FRONTLINE (PBS) on OCTOBER 28, 2014:  Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY HERE  

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Execution of Young Woman a Bloody Stain on Iran’s Human Rights Record (Amnesty International)

Execution of Young Woman a Bloody Stain on Iran’s Human Rights Record (Amnesty International)

[ 0 ] October 28, 2014 |

by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL on OCTOBER 25, 2014:  Execution of young woman a bloody stain on Iran’s human rights record The execution of Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari who was convicted after a deeply flawed investigation and trial is an affront to justice, said Amnesty International today. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was executed in a Tehran prison this morning. She […]

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WATCH: Duke’s Robin Kirk Chats with MSF Historian Laurence Binet

WATCH: Duke’s Robin Kirk Chats with MSF Historian Laurence Binet

[ 0 ] October 28, 2014 |

Binet’s research includes primary source evidence of decisions taken by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) during critical moments such as the Ethiopian famine, Rwanda and Zaire during and after the genocide, Somalia in the early 1990s, Chechnya in the early days of Putin, and others. compiled via FORUM FOR SCHOLARS & PUBLICS/DUKE TODAY on OCTOBER […]

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WATCH: Safi, Jentleson, Schanzer and Maghraoui Hold Public Conversation on MidEast

WATCH: Safi, Jentleson, Schanzer and Maghraoui Hold Public Conversation on MidEast

[ 0 ] October 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 27, 2014*Updated October 28 : With a war raging in Syria that’s spilled over into Iraq, militant groups jockeying for attention and control, and a sobering post-Arab Spring reality that’s seen traditional alliances upended, political Islam scrutinized, and dissent stifled, four Duke faculty members will put the latest […]

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