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On Malala Yousafzai & the Importance of Examining Narratives

I think Adnan Rasheed’s best points were made when he asked, "If you were shot [by] Americans in a drone attack, would [the] world have ever heard updates on your ...

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Defeating the Enemy: A Response to Khalid Saghieh

So, no, we were not sleeping with the enemy but we were sleeping. Fortunately we have now woken up with a much larger number of people fed up with the ...

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Welcome to Free Syria

The government had lost control of Taftanaz near the start of the revolution, and an intricate system of popularly elected councils called tansiqiyyat had been created over the past year—“like ...


Al-Jazeera Interview with Bassam Haddad

Bassam Haddad is co-editor of Jadaliyya

Syria: The Other Side

Jeremy Scahill on Syria

Published on Jun 3, 2013 Related articles Greenwald, Scahill Vow To Unmask NSA’s ...

Understanding the Syrian Revolution Under 4 Minutes

Published on Mar 6, 2012 In which John Green provides some historical context ...

Decoding the Syrian Propaganda War

I’ve met beer-guzzling Syrian rebels who carried the black Al Qaeda flag, ...

Iran’s Cinematic Revolution

Through the quality their work and the passion of their artistic achievements, ...

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When I ran out of birth control in Iran

  I recently had to extend my trip to Iran and ran out of birth control. No biggie, I thought, contraceptive pills are easily found in pharmacies throughout the country and you don’t even need a prescription. I walked into a pharmacy in Tehran two nights ago, showed the pharmacist my own birth control pills […]

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The Veils of Democracy: Into the thought-experiment of Steal this Hijab

How do we organize ourselves in a horizontal manner that brings to bear all the different voices of our society in a way that people are able to each participate as they can, freely, but with equal power and equal say. Although I am aware that we live in a world where this notion appears as wishful thinking; I also feel we live in a world where it is necessary for us to figure out the questions of liberation, equality, fairness, justice in our communities – or perish.

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#resistankara: Notes of a Woman Resisting

Thousands of women filled the streets and squares in Ankara and took them back: spraying anti-teargas solutions in someone’s eyes, picking up the trash, advising people not to use swear words, but still talking, screaming, not keeping silent, swallowing, and walking, and walking again.

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Striving for Muslim Women’s Human Rights

by Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons I am a practicing Muslim and an Islamic scholar who received my Ph.D. with a focus on Islamic law and women from Temple University in 2002.[1] I came into the tradition via Sufism, the Mystical Stream in Islam. It was my great fortune to meet and study with a Sufi Master from Sri […]

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Despotism or Feminism

Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist specializing in Islamic law, gender, and development. She is currently Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, University of London. In this lecture, Dr. Mir-Hosseini explores the Islamic feminist movement’s potential for changing the terms of debates over Islam and gender, arguing that the […]

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Equal Education, Unequal Pay

It’s 2012 and close to four years after the Lilly ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law. Surely, the gender wage gap has been closed, right? Wrong. Even with moves toward equalizing pay between men and women, men still make almost 20% more than women in nearly all industries. This is despite the fact […]

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The Arab Spring: The end of postcolonialism

These variations on the theme of delayed defiance hinge on the idea that the revolutions are simultaneously a rejection not just of the colonial oppression they have inherited but, a fortiori, of the postcolonial ideologies that had presented and exhausted themselves as its antithesis in Islamist, nationalist or socialist grand narratives.

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Nasrin Sotoudeh Writes From Evin Explaining Reason For Her Hunger Strike

From public and social groups, specifically the Mourning Mothers that have lost their children in the 2009 Movement (I had the honor of representing few of them), to the Mothers for Peace and the women’s rights activists, from the political prisoners that I have the honor of having endured imprisonment with them, to my dear cellmates that endured the hardships associated with my hunger strike, and of course, my husband and my young daughter who endured great sufferings.

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Incarcerated Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian: Over 1,100 Individuals On Death Row In Rejaei Shahr

Originally posted on persianbanoo:
Incarcerated journalist, Mehdi Mahmoudian has written a report on the situation of the death-row prisoners in Rejaei Shahr prison. Mehdi Mahmoudian, a member of the Participation Front Party and the Society for the Defense of Prisoners Rights had exposed horrific and deadly conditions in the now closed Kahrizak prison. He had…

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A Report From The Burial Of Blogger Sattar Beheshti Killed Under Torture In Custody

Originally posted on persianbanoo:
35 years old blogger, Sattar Beheshti was arrested on October 30 at his home in Robat Karim. His family was contacted by authorities on November 6th informing them of his death in custody without giving any further explanation or the cause of death. Sattar Beheshti Following is an interview with an…

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