Human Rights

Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

27 Aug, '167 Comments

Today, I choose to reflect on our village Duraz’s siege from my own perspective. We are having to suffer long queues of cars to report to a police checkpoint – one of only two for a village and an area that hosts over 20,000 residents – to get home.

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How to deal with hate

How to deal with hate

3 Jun, '161 Comment

Here’s a small example of how two brave women took it upon themselves to do the right thing and stood up to a hateful Islamophobe. They give us a clear and good example of how to deal with hate: Both the racist and the young woman were customers at this ice-cream parlour. But the women […]

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The Hostility of the Middle East to Freedom of Expression

The Hostility of the Middle East to Freedom of Expression

12 Sep, '154 Comments

Here’s a riddle: if you heard the following, which country of region or the world would immediately jump up at you? A female artist and activist serving a 12-year prison sentence is facing additional charges, including “indecent conduct,” after shaking her male lawyer’s hand. South America? China? Belarus? Georgia? USA? No. I bet the region […]

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Pop Quiz: How Sectarian are You?

Pop Quiz: How Sectarian are You?

6 Sep, '154 Comments

How sectarian are you, is a question that I’ve often thought of and produced a few traits that might indicate the level of sectarianism in a person. A recent article by Ghanim Alnajjar in Alwasat newspaper; however, has written a good comprehensive list which could be used to judge the level of a person’s sectarianism […]

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The Death of Arab Consciousness 

The Death of Arab Consciousness 

3 Sep, '150 Comments

So much unnecessary loss of life. At the root of it, one group believes they and only they are right. The others are worthless creatures who should be exterminated. Those people, who I believe fueled war and strife in Syria and elsewhese will not be moved by the horrible images and their conscience one single iota, […]

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