Category: WORLD

Hijab and Children: Australia’s Bullied Six Year Old Shows How Children Are Subject to Religious Indoctrination

| October 26, 2010 | 0 Comments
Hijab and Children: Australia’s Bullied Six Year Old Shows How Children Are Subject to Religious Indoctrination

  Last week in Australia, a six year old girl was temporarily suspended from her school bus service after reacting angrily against a little boy who was bullying her about her headscarf. Aside from the bullying issue and whether the punishment was fair, the issue I’d like to raise is whether it’s appropriate for a […]

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

| October 17, 2010 | 0 Comments
A Letter From the Grave, David Ben-Gurion Calling on Benjamin Netanyahu

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

| October 6, 2010 | 87 Comments
Israel, The Good Enemy

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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Reflecting on Germany’s “Day of Open Mosques”

| September 28, 2010 | 0 Comments
Reflecting on Germany’s “Day of Open Mosques”

In the old days when you were under attack, you’d pull up the drawbridge and lock the gates. In today’s time, it’s the exact opposite move that helps you win battles. In the battle of perceptions and the rising animosity against Islam on many fronts, many Muslims are realizing the value of reaching out to […]

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Children of the Taliban | by Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

| May 26, 2010 | 0 Comments
Children of the Taliban | by Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

  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

| December 10, 2009 | 0 Comments
Jerusalem Divided: Palestine to Receive Stake in Jerusalem

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?

| December 3, 2009 | 0 Comments
Can 30,000 More Troops “Fix” Afghanistan?

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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Between Culture and Corruption: The Story of Assiya Rafiq

| July 29, 2009 | 0 Comments
Between Culture and Corruption: The Story of Assiya Rafiq

By Nicholas D. Kristof Source: NY Times MEERWALA, Pakistan  – After being kidnapped at the age of 16 by a group of thugs and enduring a year of rapes and beatings, Assiya Rafiq was delivered to the police and thought her problems were over. Then, she said, four police officers took turns raping her. The […]

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Q & A: Representation of Muslim Women in the British Press

| June 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

UK Journalist Charlie Francis-Pape researched the ethics around the representation of Islamic women in the British press.  The following is a Q & A session between Ms. Francis-Pape and Shireen Qudosi.THE PRESS AND ISLAM CFP:  Do you think the general British public understand Islam? SQ: With exception, I feel they have a very limited perspective […]

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A Look at Who’s Who in Iran

| June 19, 2009 | 0 Comments
A Look at Who’s Who in Iran

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

| June 16, 2009 | 0 Comments
Iranian Citizens React to Rigged Election

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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Ahmadinejad Struggles to Secure Second Term

| May 26, 2009 | 0 Comments
Ahmadinejad Struggles to Secure Second Term

With Iran’s upcoming June 12 presidential election, a quick trace over Ahmadinejad’s steps shows a failing leader desperate to secure a win. At his May 25 press conference in Tehran, the Iranian leader carefully positions himself against a sky backdrop in a see-through attempt to project himself as visionary. It was at this time that […]

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Muslim Cries Against Sarah Maple Drown out Aisha Duhulow’s Cries for Help

| November 8, 2008 | 0 Comments
Muslim Cries Against Sarah Maple Drown out Aisha Duhulow’s Cries for Help

Over the last month, Muslims on the streets and on social networking sites have been expressing their hatred for Sarah Maple.  But hardly any of those uttered a word of Aisha Duhulow. Recent spotlight in the art world has been on Sarah Maple, whose viewpoint on being a Muslim in a Western society has drawn […]

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