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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 31 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood calls it beautification

Via Deeyah, via Mona Eltahawy: Azza El Garf of the Freedom and Justice Party – the Muslim Brotherhood party – disapproves of the ban on FGM. She condemns the notorious “virginity tests”  that military officers and doctors are accused of perpetrating on a group of female  protesters in March 2011. But she disagrees with Egypt’s 2008 ban …

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Mar 31 2012

On second thought, let’s keep women down after all

From the F Word – The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) and Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) have released a joint statement on the failure of the United …

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Mar 31 2012

Livingstone promises to cement London

Glory for Ken Livingstone: Iran’s Press TV reports Ken Livingstone to make London a beacon of Islam Ken Livingstone, Labour party’s candidate for mayor of London has promised to turn London into a “beacon” for the words of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) in a sermon at one of the British capital’s mosques. …

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Mar 31 2012

Galloway’s dog whistle

In a letter or pamphlet before the election: God KNOWS who is a Muslim. And he KNOWS who is not. Instinctively, so do you. Let me point out to all the Muslim brothers and sisters what I stand for: I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have. Ask yourself if you believe the …

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Mar 31 2012

Her family refused to attend her funeral

A young woman of 19 in Mersin, Turkey, Hatice Ferat, ran away from home to live with her boyfriend. Her brother Mahsun did not approve. Mahsun visited her in her new home and invited her out to take a walk along the beach. He then lured her in[to a] secluded area, slit her throat, stabbed her …

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Mar 31 2012

Who me?

Rock Beyond Belief is going on right now. Toooot! Dan Fincke has a post saying that, and that Ed Brayton is the MC, and that he had a good time hanging out with Ed at the Reason Rally, and that Jessica Ahlquist rocked the Reason Rally, and that you can buy evil little thing T …

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Mar 31 2012

Items

Two things. One, will someone please explain to me how Republicans keep getting away with playing the “anti-elitist” “I hate Harvard/Yale/people who speak French” card when they themselves went to Harvard or Yale and speak French? How did Bush keep getting away with it? I’ve never understood that. Andover, Yale, Harvard Business School, grandfather a …

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Mar 30 2012

A confrontational mindset

Rachel Maddow on Fresh Air the other day. On why she came out in the Stanford student newspaper when she was 17 “I think because I was 17 and incredibly cocky and full of myself, and I thought that everything I had to do had to make a statement. I think I had a confrontational …

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Mar 30 2012

Leo in Geneva

Leo Igwe has an excellent article about religious laws versus human rights, which I think is a statement he made to the UN Human Rights Council a few days ago. Leo has very concrete, in your face, up close and personal experience of the relationship between religious “laws” and human rights, since he spends much of …

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Mar 30 2012

Sliding back

Shannon Rupp went to a “Wellness show” in Vancouver. The Wellness Show — or as I think of it, Current Trends in Snake Oil — attracts an audience of about 30,000 to see a disparate collection of businesses hoping to find new customers in the demographic that’s chasing wellness… Office assistants act like barkers pulling …

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