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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 01, 2012 Islamist to rally in support of Egypt's president
QUOTE: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was expected to be given the country's new constitution Saturday, a day after its approval by an Islamist-dominated assembly....Morsy sparked days of protests last week after he issued an order banning courts from overturning any decisions he has made since taking office.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 26, 2012 Saudi Arabia's unsolicited monitoring of women's travels draws activists' outrage
QUOTE: In recent years, much has been made of the fact that Saudi Arabia is the sole remaining country in which women still have not been given the right to drive. But restrictions experienced by Saudi females extend to far more than just getting behind the wheel. In the deeply conservative kingdom, a woman is not allowed to go to school, get a job, or even travel outside the country without first obtaining the permission of her male "guardian," or mahram.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 17, 2012 My Take: The danger of calling behavior ‘biblical’
QUOTE: The fact of the matter is, we all pick and choose. We’re all selective in our interpretation and application of the biblical text. The better question to ask one another is why we pick and choose the way that we do, why we emphasis some passages and not others.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 01, 2012 Saudi women going to Games is a sham
QUOTE: Saudi women in general are denied the right to practice sports. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prevents girls from taking part in sports in government schools.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 05, 2012 Israeli Identity Is at the Heart of a Debate on Service
QUOTE: On one level, the questions shaking the Israeli political system this week are pragmatic: how many ultra-Orthodox men and Arab citizens should be drafted into the military or national service, over how many years and how should those who resist be penalized?....At issue is not so much the pragmatic needs of the military, where integrating large numbers of Haredim promises to be more hassle than help, but a growing resentment over who serves the state and who reaps its rewards.
New York Times Feb 28, 2012 Judge’s dismissal of atheist's harassment claim against Muslim makes waves
QUOTE: A blog post by the group American Atheists disagrees. "That a Muslim immigrant can assault a United States citizen,” it says, “in defense of his religious beliefs and walk away a free man, while the victim is chastised and insulted... is a horrible abrogation."
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 23, 2012 White House, State Department condemn Iran on pastor's execution orders
QUOTE: Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian charged with leaving Islam, has received a local trial courts final verdict, according to sources close to his legal team, and may now be executed for leaving Islam....Citing the Iranian constitution, the [US Congressional] resolution "condemns the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran and its continued violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 12, 2012 Malaysia deports Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari
QUOTE: Malaysian authorities have deported a Saudi journalist accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a tweet. Police confirmed to the BBC that Hamza Kashgari was sent back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday despite protests from human rights groups.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Dec 21, 2011 In Islamic Law, Gingrich Sees a Mortal Threat to U.S.
QUOTE: Mr. Gingrich was articulating a much-disputed thesis in vogue with some conservative thinkers but roundly rejected by many American Muslims, scholars of Islam and counterterrorism officials. The anti-Shariah theorists say that just as communism posed an ideological and moral threat to America separate from the menace of Soviet missiles, so today radical Islamists are working to impose Shariah in a “stealth jihad” that is no less dangerous than the violent jihad of Al Qaeda.
New York Times Dec 17, 2011 Karzai: Freed rape victim has choice to marry attacker
QUOTE: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that a rape victim freed from prison after he intervened on her behalf has the right to make her own choice about whether to marry her attacker....Karzai said the West should have confidence in Afghanistan's judicial processes after international forces withdraw.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 22, 2011 Financing Questions Shadow Tunisian Vote, First of Arab Spring
QUOTE: [Tunisian] Liberals, facing an expected defeat by the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, charge that it has leapt ahead with financial support from Persian Gulf allies. Some Islamists and residents of the impoverished interior, meanwhile, fault the liberals, saying they relied on money from the former dictator’s business elite. And all sides gawk at the singular spectacle of an expatriate businessman who made a fortune in Libyan oil and returned home after the revolution to spend much of it building a major political party.
New York Times Jul 30, 2011 In Afghanistan, Rage at Young Lovers
QUOTE: It was the beginning of an Afghan love story that flouted dominant traditions of arranged marriages and close family scrutiny, a romance between two teenagers of different ethnicities that tested a village’s tolerance for more modern whims of the heart...An angry crowd of 300 surged around them, calling them adulterers and demanding that they be stoned to death or hanged.
New York Times Jul 11, 2011 All Hail the (Democratic) King (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: ...Morocco’s July 1 constitutional referendum may be the most significant development in the Arab world all summer. For the first time since the Arab Spring began, a population broadly embraced its leader’s reforms and scaled back antigovernment demonstrations.
New York Times Jul 06, 2011 Israel Debates Two-Day Weekends, and Its Lifestyle
QUOTE: Pretty much the entire Western world observes Saturday and Sunday as its weekend, and many in Israel would like to align the schedule here with that of the West....With nearly a fifth of the population Muslim Arab, a natural choice for the second day off would be Friday, the Islamic holy day.
New York Times Jun 17, 2011 Driving campaign for Saudi women challenges custom
QUOTE: a campaign demanding the right for women to drive and travel freely in Saudi Arabia. Though there are no traffic laws that make it illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, religious edicts are often interpreted as a ban against female drivers.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 11, 2011 A Rite of Torture for Girls
QUOTE: (Infibulation) is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide, with three million girls mutilated each year in Africa alone... The challenge is that this is a form of oppression that women themselves embrace and perpetuate.
New York Times Apr 04, 2011 Religion Does Its Worst
QUOTE: As for the killing itself — whether by infiltrated Taliban insurgents or not — it was a heinous crime against innocent people and should be denounced throughout the Islamic world, in mosques and beyond... Already, Muslims are victims in 14 percent of religious discrimination cases when they make up 1 percent of the population.
New York Times Mar 10, 2011 Chechnya: Women Forced to Wear Head Scarves, Report Says
QUOTE: Chechnya’s strongman Ramzan Kadyrov is forcing women to observe an Islamic dress code, while the Kremlin remains silent.
New York Times Mar 05, 2011 Women Fight to Maintain Their Role in the Building of a New Egypt
QUOTE: The challenge now, activists here say, is to make sure that women maintain their involvement as the nation lurches forward, so that their contribution to the revolution is not forgotten... It is an indication of the place of women here that Ms. Hassan was referring to the need for political gains and true equality, rather than some more basic rights denied to women in parts of the Arab world.
New York Times Feb 05, 2011 Afghan Rights Fall Short for Christian Converts
QUOTE: Such has been Mr. Mussa’s life since his arrest for converting to Christianity nine months ago in a case that illustrates the contradictions — and limits — of religious freedom in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s Constitution, established in 2004, guarantees that people are “free to exercise their faith.” But it also leaves it open for the courts to rely on Shariah, or Islamic law, on issues like conversion.
New York Times Jan 14, 2011 Joy as Tunisian President Flees Offers Lesson to Arab Leaders
QUOTE: The protests’ success gripped a region whose residents have increasingly complained of governments that seem incapable of meeting their demands and are bereft of any ideology except perpetuating power. The combustible mix that inspired them — economic woes and revulsion at corruption and repression — seemed to echo in so many other countries in the Middle East...
New York Times Jan 11, 2011 Tucson shootings don't quell debate over political rhetoric
QUOTE: Across the ideological spectrum, officials and activists agreed after Saturday's Tucson killings that it was time to soften the harsh edges of America's raucous national dialogue. But by Monday, a bitter debate had erupted over how to do it - and on whose terms.
Washington Post Dec 22, 2010 Rape victims fear being jailed in Mauritania
QUOTE: Mahjouba was raped in March on the nighttime streets of Mauritania's capital, but she will not bring charges against the man she says did it...According to a local U.N.-funded group working with the victims, the law criminalizes the women instead of their rapists -- and society ostracizes the women.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 12, 2010 Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility
QUOTE: Facebook took down a page used by WikiLeaks supporters to organize hacking attack...But it did not remove WikiLeaks’s own Facebook pages...illustrates the complexities that the company grapples with, on issues as diverse as that controversy, verbal bullying among teenagers, gay-baiting and religious intolerance.
New York Times May 26, 2010 Europe's burqa rage
QUOTE: The vast majority of Muslim women do not wear complete covering because the Koran mandates only modesty, not sartorial imprisonment. But at issue in Europe is not social disapproval; it is criminalization.
Washington Post May 25, 2010 Sacred and Secular Mix in Turkey’s Museums
QUOTE: The museum is nothing less than an attempt to shape a modern mythology in which Turkish history becomes part of a single coherent tradition culminating in the modern secular state. This effort to shape a tradition accounting for the triumph of the Turk may also be the reason for the way the 1915 massacres of Armenians are treated here.
New York Times May 21, 2010 Pakistan blocks YouTube a day after shutdown of Facebook over Muhammad issue
QUOTE: A simmering clash between free speech and religious sensibilities in Pakistan burst from the streets onto the Internet on Thursday, as the government blocked the video-sharing site YouTube and other pages it deemed "sacrilegious" to the nation's Muslim majority.
Washington Post May 04, 2010 Tearing Away the Veil
QUOTE: Through a legal ban, French parliamentarians want to uphold a principle that should apply to all: the visibility of the face in the public sphere, which is essential to our security and is a condition for living together. A few extremists are contesting this obvious fact by using our democratic liberties as an instrument against democracy. We have to tell them no.
New York Times Apr 30, 2010 How Much to Donate? God Knows
QUOTE: If we’re going to try to set standards that might offer guidance for us all, shouldn’t we look not just at what people earn but what they have? Once you do, it suggests a whole new way of thinking about what to give and a couple of ways to donate higher amounts more easily.
New York Times Apr 25, 2010 Indian Justice Inches Closer to Chapters of Violence
QUOTE: These two spasms of horrific sectarian bloodletting have stood as direct challenges to India’s status as a democratic, secular state governed by the rule of law. In both instances, senior officials of the party in power were accused of looking the other way or, in some cases, even orchestrating the bloodshed. In both cases, a mere handful of the killers were ever convicted. In both cases, the political fortunes of politicians accused of fomenting the violence flourished in the aftermath.
New York Times Nov 29, 2009 Swiss Ban Building of Minarets on Mosques
QUOTE: In a vote that displayed a widespread anxiety about Islam and undermined the country’s reputation for religious tolerance, the Swiss on Sunday overwhelmingly imposed a national ban on the construction of minarets...
New York Times Nov 14, 2009 Muslim groups express concern about seized mosques: Federal authorities don't accuse the mosques, which were seized as property of the Iran-linked Alavi Foundation, of any wrongdoing...
QUOTE: The forfeiture action,[by the federal government] however, is raising concerns about religious freedom among Muslims, many of whom already say government counterterrorism efforts unfairly tarnish the vast majority of law abiding Muslims.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 27, 2009 Extremism Spreads Across Indonesian Penal Code
QUOTE: Most of Indonesia still lives up to its reputation for a moderate, easygoing brand of Islam... But how Aceh [an Indonesian province] went from basic Islamic law to endorsing stoning in a few short years shows how a small, radical minority has successfully pushed its agenda, locally and nationally...
New York Times Oct 14, 2009 Case of runaway convert leads to Muslim-Christian clash
QUOTE: the plight of Fathima Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teenager who says her Muslim father threatened her life after she converted to Christianity and ran away to Florida, is also part of a new and growing challenge to Western jurisprudence: How to reconcile restrictive Eastern cultural and religious codes with Western freedoms of religious expression and guarantees against gender discrimination.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 18, 2009 During Ramadan, fasting isn't for everyone
QUOTE: Each year as Muslims across the world observe Ramadan... other members of the faith face the challenge and occasional awkwardness that comes with eating and drinking in public during daylight hours.
Los Angeles Times Sep 11, 2009 Post 9/11, Americans say Muslims face most discrimination: But many also see Islam as a violent religion, according to a Pew Forum survey.
QUOTE: Eight years after the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, Americans believe that Muslims face more discrimination than any other religious group in the US.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 27, 2009 To love, honour and obey in Mali: A new family law in Mali is causing a furore, partly because it no longer stipulates that wives have to obey their husbands.
QUOTE: Mali's current law specifically states that a wife must obey her husband, and that is the way things should stay says Mahmud Dicko, president of Mali's High Islamic Council.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Aug 18, 2009 Family Code Gets Nudge, but Women Seek a Push (Tangier Journal)
QUOTE: Despite an important reform of Morocco’s family code in 2004, pressed upon a reluctant Parliament by the young king, Muhammad VI, sex outside marriage is not recognized in Morocco, any more than homosexuality is.
New York Times Aug 17, 2009 The Muslim Madrassa Myth: The problem with Arab education goes beyond a few extremist schools.
QUOTE: [Middle Eastern] Government schools that do educate the masses are mind-numbing and anachronistic, utterly useless for helping graduates face global competition. And their failures are far more dangerous.
Newsweek Aug 17, 2009 Gay Men Targeted In Iraq, Report Says: Militias Blamed for Scores of Killings
QUOTE: Human Rights Watch will urge in a report to be released Monday that the Iraqi government do more to protect gay men, saying militiamen have killed and tortured scores in recent months as part of a social cleansing campaign.
Washington Post Aug 12, 2009 Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book
QUOTE: ...Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings [depicting Muhammad] that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included...
New York Times Aug 11, 2009 The Sheik Down: How the Pentagon bought stability in Iraq by funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to the country's next generation of strongmen.
QUOTE: Eifan is a beneficiary of what some American personnel call the "make-a-sheikh" program, a semiofficial, little discussed policy that since late 2006 has bankrolled Sunni sheikhs who are, in theory, committed to defending American interests in Iraq... It was also a reinstitution of a strategy started by Saddam Hussein, who picked out tribal leaders he could manipulate through patronage schemes.
Mother Jones Aug 10, 2009 Iranian Officials Call for Arrest of Opposition Leaders
QUOTE: Revolutionary Guard generals, top politicians and senior clerics have called for the arrest and punishment of opposition leaders, including defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi...
Washington Post Aug 10, 2009 Rights group criticizes Saudi Arabia's Al Qaeda reeducation program: The vaunted program is supposed to convince militants that Al Qaeda's ideology is un-Islamic. But Human Rights Watch says it violates international law.
QUOTE: Saudi Arabia's much praised rehabilitation program for terror suspects is under fire from the US-based Human Rights Watch because its participants are detained for lengthy periods without charges.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 09, 2009 Germans wary as mosque rises in Cologne: Plans to build the largest mosque in the country highlight a fundamental demographic change that some fear poses a threat to Europe's Christian culture.
QUOTE: Cloaked within complaints about noise, parking, and its [a large mosque planned to be built] possible impact on property values was the unease of a Germany that is coming to grips with a fundamental demographic change – the rise of its Muslim minority – and worried that it might pose a threat to Europe's Christian culture.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 03, 2009 'They Want to Destroy Christians' Spasm of Religious Violence Leaves a Pakistani Minority in Mourning, Frustration
QUOTE: Killing has become commonplace in Pakistan. But this attack [in Gojra] startled the country both for its ferocity and for its stark message to religious minorities.
Washington Post Jul 23, 2009 How to stay in charge: A special report on the Arab world
QUOTE: director of the Almishkat Centre for Research and Training in Cairo, Mr Fergany is no less furious with the Arab regimes, which he accuses of doing everything in their power to obstruct democracy and social justice. In most Arab countries, he says, the political order is oppressive and democracy a sham, a hollow system incapable of accommodating the vitality of the people.
Economist Jul 22, 2009 Rights Group Accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘Gross’ Abuses
QUOTE: The human rights group Amnesty International accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of using its campaign against terrorism as a facade for “a sustained assault on human rights...”
New York Times Jul 16, 2009 In Jerusalem, battle of Palestinian day camps
QUOTE: Teaching Islamic values and Palestinian pride are certainly among the top priorities at the "Better Tomorrow" camp; indoctrination and extremism are not, say [Basima] Alian and her boss, camp director Sufian Jadallah. But the camp is housed in an Islamist cultural center that Israeli police welded shut early last year, leaving behind a letter from the Interior Ministry.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 08, 2009 New UN report takes firm stand on women's rights in Afghanistan
QUOTE: The 'Silence is Violence' report documents the failure of [Afghanistan] state institutions to protect women from increasing violence in public spaces.
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