Category: MIDDLE EAST

Egypt’s Al-Azhar University Sees Freedom as a “Ticking Time-Bomb.”

Egypt’s Al-Azhar University Sees Freedom as a “Ticking Time-Bomb.”

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Source: CounterJihad While the average Muslim will tell you Islam is a flawless faith passed from the Heavens to mankind in timeless perfection, the reality is that Islam is one of the most hybrid, evolving (and devolving) faiths. It is deeply complex. Much of what is seen as “Islam” today is Islamic law and interpretation […]

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A Syrian Refugee Wedding

A Syrian Refugee Wedding

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Lauren Wolfe Source: The Nation Inside a furniture-free caravan in the Jordanian desert, sixteen women and girls and a plump boy wedge themselves in a circle around a 15-year-old girl and a woman doing her hair. The hairdresser combs through one-inch sections, spraying on a fixative before twisting them into elaborate shapes. The girl, […]

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‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Lauren Wolfe Source: The Atlantic Alma Abdulrahman is lying gaunt and unable to move anything below her diaphragm in a hospital bed in Amman. Some bedsores have become so deep she’s having surgery tomorrow. Screws hold together her upper vertebrae, and cigarette burns pock her right shoulder. Her voice fades in and out, hoarse […]

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Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

| May 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

In a male-dominated society that has for years been controlled by the ultra-conservative Taliban, the emergence of the first female village chief took everyone by surprise. After being ridiculed by male villagers for wanting to occupy political office, Zarifa Qazizadah, the mother of 15 children, managed to become the mayor of Naw Abad, a village […]

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The Tragedy of Iran

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

From a Glorious Empire to an Orwellian State….What Went Wrong?  The Islamic Republic of Iran today is governed by a rigid majlis of mullahs who spend hours debating such engrossing topics as whether it is halal for women to wear blue jeans, or if dogs desecrate a Muslim’s household. They break for prayer, debate, then […]

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Jordanian Police Atrocities Against Palestinians, a Message to Israel?

Jordanian Police Atrocities Against Palestinians, a Message to Israel?

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jordanian Police Atrocities Against Palestinians, a Message to Israel? With the advent of the new batch of Wikileaks classified documents, came a cable issued by the U.S. Embassy in Amman that reported “bullying” practiced by the fans of al-Faisali Soccer Club (predominantly East-Bank Jordanians) against the fans of al-Wihdat Soccer Club representing enthusiasts of Palestinian […]

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A Letter From the Grave, David Ben-Gurion Calling on Benjamin Netanyahu

A Letter From the Grave, David Ben-Gurion Calling on Benjamin Netanyahu

| October 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Background: In a time of distorted efforts for peace with an unclear vision in sight, a Palestinian writer, Mudar Zahran, tries to envision conventional wisdom by impersonating a man who was involved in Arab Israeli conflict right from the beginning.  This is a letter Zahran has imagined Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben–Gurion, would write […]

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Israel, The Good Enemy

Israel, The Good Enemy

| October 6, 2010 | 87 Comments

Israel’s relationship to the Palestinians has always been globally approached with standardized heavy criticism made to Israel.  The main charges waved in Israel’s face have always been “the Disapropriate use of force” and “discrimination”. Israel’s critics, either willingly or out of ignorance, choose to overlook the way many Arab countries mistreat Palestinians. Some Arab countries […]

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Children of the Taliban | by Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Children of the Taliban | by Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

| May 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

  Children of the Taliban     Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. About Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:  Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy makes documentary films. She’s the founder of the Citizens Archive […]

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Questioning the Sustainability of Shas

| January 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Shas: A Look at Israel’s Political Party and Its Role in the Future Development of the State   The modern state of Israel is as much a nexus of paradox as it is a homeland for Jews. It is a state born from a movement that had been so long defined by religious messianic hope, […]

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Jerusalem Divided: Palestine to Receive Stake in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Divided: Palestine to Receive Stake in Jerusalem

| December 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

EU’s Call for a Two-State Capital Fails Logic Originally written for and featured in REVOLUTION Islam · December 10, 2009 As if Jerusalem were stock that could be divided among shareholders –  butapparently that’s what EU ministers must think of one of the holiest cities to the three largest monotheistic faiths. In an effort to […]

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Can 30,000 More Troops “Fix” Afghanistan?

Can 30,000 More Troops “Fix” Afghanistan?

| December 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

As Obama shows he doesn’t have greater problem solving ingenuity than his predecessor, the chant of “Hope and Change” is now recognized for the gimmicky election relic that it is.  Post 9-11, not only did the U.S. Government fail to attack the root of the problem, they failed to target the right country. 9-11 was […]

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A Look at Who’s Who in Iran

A Look at Who’s Who in Iran

| June 19, 2009 | 0 Comments

Iran’s seat of power, the Ayatollah, gives his first official speech since last week’s historical post election protests.  Before you listen to the speech, get caught up on who the key players are and check out BBC’s guide on “Who’s who in Iran”. A response to Ayatollah Khamenei’s speech will follow shortly. WHAT YOU SHOULD […]

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Iranian Citizens React to Rigged Election

Iranian Citizens React to Rigged Election

| June 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

The epic response from hundreds of thousands of Iranians bears witness to the fact that many Iranians cannot be represented by the theocratic and political leaders currently cemented in place. This surge of expression highlights the will and determination of the Iranian people and their refusal to lay dormant in this obviously rigged election that […]

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