Monthly Archives: April 2012

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April 30, 2012

Why Are Some American Academics Legitimizing the Iranian Regime?

Repressive regimes the world over are fond of offering press and academic junkets to pliable Western journalists and professors. The mere presence of intellectuals from the free world allows tyrants to burnish their otherwise stained reputations and overcome their sense …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Iran, Middle East

The Face of Mideast Feminism

Egyptian-American pundit Mona Eltahawy and I share the same coordinates—liberal and secular—on the ideological map of the Middle East. We also share numerous friends among Arab and Iranian journalists. When I first began publishing pieces about the region, Eltahawy kindly …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Middle East, Spotlight
April 27, 2012

Audio: Qatada and Britain’s Battle with the Euro-Rights Court

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Posted in Event Audio, Human Rights, Jordan, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

Something not so light for the weekend

A short blog today, but containing some links that should serve as a reminder as to not only why the al-Qaeda threat matters so much, but why it is a long way from defeated.
‘The Plot to Bring Down Britain’s Planes’, …

Posted in Terrorism & Security, The Scoop

Assad’s thugs are raping and impregnating women in Syria

One of the least explored aspects of the Syrian regime’s repression is the raping of women. Various human rights monitors have documented cases of sexual violence perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad’s security forces against men, many of them young boys as …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Middle East, Spotlight, Syria
April 26, 2012

Mona Eltahawy’s bold wake-up call to global feminism

Mona Eltahawy’s recent essay in Foreign Policy on cultural misogyny in the Arab world is like a shot of espresso after endless cups of weak coffee. At a time when the women’s rights movement in the West equates feminist struggle …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Middle East, The Scoop
April 25, 2012

Guarded Optimism

If you follow European politics, you will be familiar with the popular protests against austerity that have been so visible in struggling Southern countries such as Greece. This week marked a new departure in public anger against national savings drives: …

Posted in Democracy & Development, France, Spotlight, The Scoop

Audio: ‘The World’s Most Closed Nation: Exposing Crimes against Humanity in North Korea’

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Posted in Event Audio, Human Rights, North Korea

‘The World’s Most Closed Nation: Exposing Crimes against Humanity in North Korea’

The world’s most closed nation has recently celebrated the centenary of its founder, Kim Il Sung, known as ‘the Great Leader’, and marked his 29 year-old grandson Kim Jong Un’s succession to the leadership following the death of the ‘Dear …

Posted in Asia, Democracy & Development, Event, Human Rights

Why food security is not just a problem for the Third World

Perhaps, just perhaps, the message is starting to get through: the era of cheap food in abundance is over. Figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that food prices went up by 4.6 per cent …

Posted in Economy, United Kingdom
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