Gamble everything for love, if you're a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn't reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at mean-spirited roadhouses.
It's no surprise that the Yemeni government brutally beat and injured numerous women celebrating the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tawakul Karman in the streets of the capitol, Sanna'a, today. This same regime, led by the much vilified Ali Abdullah Saleh, has routinely attacked, injured, and killed peaceful protesters who have dared to speak … Continue reading Tawakul Karman and the Women of Yemen Who Stand For All of US
I’m watching Of Gods and Men. It’s about a group of French Trappist monks who chose to stay in their community rather than flee to safety during the Algerian civil war. They were kidnapped in 1995 by terrorists, but their death was never explained. Some have argued that Algerian soldiers killed them during a botched rescue … Continue reading Of Gods and Humans
I was glad to see that the NYTimes had the sense to publish this letter from TAINA BIEN-AIMÉ, Executive Director, Equality Now, about a recent article that misrepresented women's rights in Yemen. “Offended Yemeni Women Protest President’s Remarks” (news article, April 17), you noted that Yemen’s conservative customs concerning women are not legislated as in neighboring Saudi … Continue reading Yemeni Women's Rights
Where are the brave, feminist women and men who helped to bring down Mubarak in Egypt, and who have long been agitating against Saleh in Yemen, now? About a quarter of the million protesters who brought down the Egyptian dictator were women. Tawakul Karman, who has led anti-government protests at Sana'a University for years, … Continue reading Whither the Revolution for Women in Egypt and Yemen?
Did you know that "Sufism provides answers to some of the most complex issues in the contemporary Muslim world, where youth comprise the majority of the population"? This is great news. Listen to this: Moroccan youth are increasingly drawn to Sufism because of its tolerance, its fluid interpretation of the Qur’an, its rejection of fanaticism … Continue reading Sufism May Save the World
And look, now, after we thought we were done, at least for a while, with that demented, logic- and syntax-challenged, gun-toting white wacko who calls herself "feminist" while training her rifle's cross-hairs on democratically elected politicians who support all women's right to sovereignty over their bodies, we're suddenly beset with a radical extremist Christian who is going around the country spreading hatred for Muslims. Have you tuned into Brigitte Gabriel yet?
Egypt Watchers should read Paul Amar's informative article, which explains how progressive social forces are changing the country, and why Suleiman and conservative business interests will have to work with them. Here's a snippet: It is crucial to remember that this uprising did not begin with the Muslim Brotherhood or with nationalist … Continue reading Why Egypt's progressives win – Opinion – Al Jazeera English
I hope you have all been following the truly astounding events unfolding in Egypt, where thousands upon thousands of protesters thronged into the streets for the sixth consecutive day to demand an end to the government of President Hosni Mubarak, which most view as corrupt and repressive. Many protesters have been shot, and the military has … Continue reading Brave Egyptian Women Protest Against Tyranny: Egyptian Revolt, Day 6
At last the New York Times wakes up to the revolutionary action going on in Yemen. But there is nary a word about توكل كرمان, Tawakul Karman, the feminist activist and head of Women Journalists without Chains, who on January 23 was arrested (without a warrant) and jailed by the authorities for organizing a protest against … Continue reading Muslim Feminists Disappear from the Headlines: on Tawakkol/Tawakul Karman