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Islam and Human Rights

by Majid Rafizadeh Recently, I met a Syrian Salafist while speaking to Leaders of Democracy Fellows about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Islam and human rights violations in Syria. The individual who lives in Syria, and who seems to sympathize with Jubhat Al- Nusrah (Al-Nusrah Front), drew several distinctions between Islamic objectives of the global … Continue reading

Surprise Attack on Iran: Can Israel Do It?

Thomas Saether According to a report in March by the Israeli daily Haaretz, Israel continues to prepare for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Quoting anonymous members of the Knesset who were present during hearings on the military budget, officials in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) have allegedly received instructions to continue preparing for a … Continue reading

Egypt court sentences homosexuals to prison

By AFP AIRO — A court in Egypt sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison on Monday for practicing homosexuality, a judicial official said. Prosecutors had accused the men of holding “deviant parties” and dressing in women’s clothes. Three were sentenced to eight years and the fourth to three years in prison. … Continue reading

After Twitter, YouTube bans, Turkey targets Google

Turkish internet providers set up servers ‘masquerading’ as the search site, Google security expert warns By AFP WASHINGTON — Google says Turkey has been intercepting its Internet domain, redirecting users to other sites in the latest battle between Ankara and Web giants. In a weekend post on Google’s security blog, software engineer Steven Carstensen said … Continue reading

Iraqi Law Would Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Old Girls

Photo by ssoosay (CC BY 2.0) It’s nearly incomprehensible for people living in a modern, civilized society to fathom there are still countries where it’s perfectly acceptable for a 40-year-old man to marry a 10-year-old girl. Yet, it’s happening in India, Ethiopia, Nepal and dozens of developing countries. Iraq has recently put forth a controversial … Continue reading

After Twitter, Turkey moves to block YouTube

Ban comes after leak to video-sharing site of top-brass in Anakara discussing a military intervention in Syria By AP ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities were moving to block access to YouTube on Thursday following similar action against Twitter, the country’s state-run news agency said The ban comes after an alleged audio recording of a meeting between the … Continue reading

Sri Lankan Army admits torture of female recruits

Sri Lankan police stand guard as pro-government activists take part in a demonstration against a proposed US-led UN resolution to investigate Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes outside the US embassy in Colombo, in this March 8, 2014 photo. (AFP) COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military admitted on Saturday soldiers had abused and tortured female recruits, a … Continue reading

Obama BFF: Turkey PM threatens to ‘wipe out’ Twitter

“We will wipe out Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says,” premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an election rally in the western province of Bursa. (File photo: Reuters) AFP, Ankara Turkey’s combative prime minister warned on Thursday that he would eradicate Twitter after a number of audio recordings anonymously posted on social … Continue reading

Obama, the Bomb and the Fatwa

Written by : Amir Taheri When lobbying to prevent further sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, US President Barack Obama often refers to a fatwa, an Islamic religious opinion. According to Obama, the fatwa supposedly issued by “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei, confirms Tehran’s claims that its nuclear program is entirely peaceful. Obama does not … Continue reading

Obama BFF Erdogan threatens to ban Facebook, YouTube

Proposed Internet crackdown follows online publication of corruption allegations against Turkey’s PM   By Suzan Fraser   Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey. (photo credit: AP Photo/File) ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister has threatened drastic steps to censor the Internet, including shutting down Facebook and … Continue reading

4 accused gays whipped in Nigeria court

By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said. The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for homosexuality with … Continue reading