Since racist Donald Trump was elected, bias incidents have spiked 400 percent in New York City. The most recent case proves that Trump inspires these xenophobic attacks. Last night three white thugs assaulted an 18 year-old Long Island woman wearing a head scarf at 10 pm on the 6 line and excused their criminal behavior by shouting, “Donald … More 3 White Thugs Harass Woman wearing headscarf on NY Subway, chant Trump’s name and call her ‘Terrorist”
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 … More Of Gods and Humans
I’m taking my son, Brendan, to Nepal, for two months this summer. At first he was really excited, but now he tells me that he does not quite understand why he feels so miserable about leaving the United States and going to teach English in a Buddhist monastery. He worries that he will not know … More Pittsburgh to Doha
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 … More 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, … More 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 … More Sufism May Save the World
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 … More Why Egypt’s progressives win – Opinion – Al Jazeera English
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 … More Muslim Feminists Disappear from the Headlines: on Tawakkol/Tawakul Karman
Yes, yes, it’s all very wonderful (and I sincerely mean this) that Tawakul Karman has been released from prison. And I admire and respect her call for greater freedoms of expression and for her leadership of Women Journalists for Change. It’s hard to stand up to a government that forces women–look at them–to shroud themselves … More Tawakul Karman Update
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 … More Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen
There is a lot that is right about Tony Porter’s “A Call to Men” speech, also a lot that is wrong. See also the website. What is right is the message. I like what he says. I preach what he preaches. I want my son to hear this. I want him to memorize every word. … More Can we talk about race? On Obama and Tony Porter.