Category: FEATURES

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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DISSECTING BENEDICT

| May 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Pope Benedict’s recent trip to Israel is disconcerting to say the least. Traveling to Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, the Pope brought with him a message of reconciliation between interfaith groups – namely Muslims and Jews. He urged them to “reject the destructive powers of hatred and prejudice.” While this act may be heralded […]

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Q & A: Muslim Women

| May 7, 2009 | 0 Comments
Q & A:   Muslim Women

May 5, 2009 Sacramento’s Paul Smith comes forward with a few questions that have been on his mind. These lingering questions were perhaps magnified ever since a local paper featured a story on a local Islamic school reverberating stereotypes often associated with Muslim women. PS: What is the deal about a woman being raped and […]

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Ahmadinejad uses Christ to Attack West

| December 28, 2008 | 0 Comments
Ahmadinejad uses Christ to Attack West

In a so-called “Alternative Christmas Message”, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahamdinejad (prounounced ah-maud-deen-a-jahd) denounces the leaders of ‘expansionist’ states, saying that the world suffers because the leaders of such nations have strayed from the message of the prophets. Ahmadinejad makes special mention of Jesus, saying that “if Christ were on earth today undoubtedly he would stand […]

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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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Ready, Set, Blow: Media’s Obama Hype Inflates Public Perception of Politician

| November 2, 2008 | 0 Comments
Ready, Set, Blow: Media’s Obama Hype Inflates Public Perception of Politician

With November 4th mere moments away, I really wanted to take a closer look at this idea of “Obama Hype” and see what all the fuss is all about. The deeper I dug, the more I saw, the uglier it got. Scanning magazine covers, I found at least 20 covers glorifying Obama front and center, […]

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Obama’s Superhero Syndrome

| October 28, 2008 | 0 Comments
Obama’s Superhero Syndrome

  A few road blocks are encountered when trying to discuss the over-the-top associations used to hype Obama. The minute you say “Obama”, all defenses go up and you can’t really get a truthful answer to any question you might ask. You get the answer most have been shown to see. So I went about […]

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Obama Escalating Racism

| October 16, 2008 | 0 Comments
Obama Escalating Racism

The 2008 election finds its biggest challenge to be the people’s perception of Barack Obama.  The American people, the deciders of the next president of the United States, see Obama through the filter of race and image. Proving non-racist attitudes Too many Americans have been swayed by the image of things and by the obvious […]

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