Month: February 2016

  • Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women That Are Transforming the Arab World

    [This is my perception of Katherine Zoepf’s presentation at the New America Foundation on January 21. 2016 regarding her examination of the complex lives of young women living in the Arab Muslim world. She is the author of Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women That Are Transforming the Arab World. This is not a verbatim transcript and […]

  • News and Analysis (2/29/16)

    “Based on experience, they cannot take big steps because of the greater influence of hard-liners in the government, however I feel happy” – Aida Ghorbani, advertising and PR firm employee: Iranian Reformists Win All Capital Seats in Strong Showing (Christian Science Monitor) He quickly expressed sympathy for students who died in a car crash, victims of the San […]

  • News and Analysis (2/27/16)

    “[T]he House Judiciary Committee passed a Republican-authored bill approvingly citing Hafez al-Assad’s 1980 crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood — which culminated in the 1982 Hama massacre, a mass killing of civilians that indirectly presaged the current civil war”: House Republicans: Syria’s Dictator Banned the Muslim Brotherhood, Why Shouldn’t We? (Vox) A “Palestinian journalist who has […]

  • News and Analysis (2/24/16)

    “Syria’s main opposition group said it has yet to commit to a U.S.-Russian plan to stop fighting in Syria on Saturday, underlining rebel doubts over a deal they fear will not prevent Russian air strikes against them”: Syrian Opposition Yet to Agree to Fighting Halt (Reuters) “The order, which Wood’s lawyers posted online, says that Wood […]

  • News and Analysis (2/21/16)

    Waters once “visited the security barrier separating Israel from the Occupied Territories spraying a signed message from his seminal work ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, which read: ‘We don’t need no thought control’ … [and] soon joined the BDS movement”: Roger Waters: Pink Floyd Star on Why His Fellow Musicians Are Terrified to Speak Out Against […]

  • News and Analysis (2/18/16)

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that “at least 15 people who were killed when strikes hit a bakery … near the border with Iraq on Tuesday,” and that 15 others including 3 children were killed in air  raids on Thursday: At Least 38 Killed in U.S.-led Strikes in Syria’s Hasaka over 48 Hours: […]

  • News and Analysis (2/15/16)

    Don’t want your teenager exposed to violence? This judge’s solution is to make her watch more television. Wait! What? Court Wants Muslim Teenager at Risk of Becoming a Jihadi Bride in Syria to Watch More TV to ‘Learn About the Wider World – Including Football and Boys’ (Daily Mail) After learning of the emergency shortfall, the […]

  • News and Analysis (2/13/16)

    True jihad. How do young American Muslims “mark the one-year anniversary of the slaying of three Muslims in Chapel Hill”? With demonstrations? Retaliation? Guess again. The answer is with love, by feeding  their neighbors … Central Ohio Muslim Youths Deliver Hot Meals to Mark Anniversary of NC Slayings (Columbus Dispatch) … while the victims’ families […]

  • News and Analysis (2/10/16)

    “More than 4,600 academics from across the globe have signed an open letter protesting against the death of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge PhD student from Italy whose body was found on the outskirts of Cairo bearing signs of torture”: Thousands of Academics Demand Inquiry into Cairo Death of Giulio Regeni (Guardian) A kindly shop owner […]

  • News and Analysis (2/8/16)

    The provost’s apology to Hawkins elicited rejoicing, but after the president’s  later letter announcing announcing Hawkins’ departure, one professor wrote on Facebook that he “will be wearing black in class the rest of the semester”: Wheaton Will Not Fire Professor over Muslim Worship Comments, but She Will Leave College (Washington Post) Examples of successful Musli entrepreneurs are […]

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