Hunger Pains

It's only 11:28 AM and I am hungry.  When the hunger pains intensify, I remember that Nasrin is suffering much more than I am. Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, described her conditions in solitary confinement, saying, “There are no facilities in solitary confinement. She was just given a book, her eyeglasses, and a heating pad. She is currently … Continue reading Hunger Pains

Tawakul Karman and the Women of Yemen Who Stand For All of US

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

Yemeni Women's Rights

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

Nonviolence vs. U.S. Support for Repression in the Middle East

Some things that the brave protestors in the Arab and Persian worlds have taught us: 1.  Non-violence is the most effective weapon against violence. As Gene Sharp notes in "From Dictatorship to Democracy" Since 1980 dictatorships have collapsed before the predominantly nonviolent defiance of people in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Slovenia, … Continue reading Nonviolence vs. U.S. Support for Repression in the Middle East

Brave Egyptian Women Protest Against Tyranny: Egyptian Revolt, Day 6

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

Muslim Feminists Disappear from the Headlines: on Tawakkol/Tawakul Karman

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

Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen

What is happening in Yemen and why should we care?  Tawakul Karman, a feminist activist was arrested today for her role in student demonstrations against the government last week.  She and her husband, Mohamed Ismail al-Nehmi, were making their way home yesterday evening when the police came for her.  He has no idea where she … Continue reading Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen