Archive For April 29, 2019

2019 Peace Prize Nominees With A Better Claim Than Greta Thunberg

2019 Peace Prize Nominees With A Better Claim Than Greta Thunberg

Receiving the Nobel Peace prize is a life-changing award. Alfred Nobel said that it should be given those who “shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind”, and while Greta Thunberg’s is an undeniable force and her movement much appreciated and noted, she has not generated a direct benefit on a global level that advances…

Nothing ‘Free’ About Intersectionality

Nothing ‘Free’ About Intersectionality

We have gone from viewing censorship as a tool of repression to facing an outright free speech crisis in the world, and it is extremely concerning. Gone are the days when Socrates gave his life for the good fight against restrictive moralizing censors or when the abolitionist Frederick Douglass championed women’s suffrage during the mid-19th…

Iran Cracks Down On Activists

Iran Cracks Down On Activists

On June 13, 2018, Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent writer, human rights lawyer and activist, was abruptly re-arrested and taken to the Evin prison. She had already been arrested in 2010 and 2012 when she defended activists who took part in a national mass protest in 2009. This time her offense was defending numerous women who…

White Wednesday Movement Protesting Iran’s Imprisonment Of Female Activists

White Wednesday Movement Protesting Iran’s Imprisonment Of Female Activists

Today was a protest for women’s freedom and all those unjustly jailed in Iran. The protest called on the Iranian authorities to release all those unlawfully detained and unjustly imprisoned, repeal all laws infringing on women’s freedom of choice and immediately repeal the use of torture and the lashing of Nasrin Soutodeh and other innocent…

Saudia Arabia Continues To Violate International Human Rights Laws

Saudia Arabia Continues To Violate International Human Rights Laws

Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world as the country and regularly detains and executes dozens of pro-democracy people considered as “enemies of the kingdom”. The Saudi monarchy operates with no functional judiciary system in place, still treats women as inferior to men from the moment they are born and…

Julian Assange Arrested In London

Julian Assange Arrested In London

First of all, let us not forget why Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy for a near decade; in 2012 he, Assange, sought refuge with the Ecuadorian authorities when British courts ordered him extradited to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual assault case – think rape, not harassment. At the time Swedish…

David Cameron Exposed Syria To ISIS

David Cameron Exposed Syria To ISIS

In 2011, then UK Prime Minister David Cameron spearheaded a NATO-backed military invention in Libya. While successful in its mission to oust the Libyan dictator and his 41-year rule in the country, it also left Libya in a power vacuum ruled by militias struggling for majority power, as the Islamic State group established a stronghold…

Iran Is The Hub For Sex-Reassignment Surgeries

Iran Is The Hub For Sex-Reassignment Surgeries

Iran, a country where being homosexual is punishable with death, also happens to be the center of sex reassignment in the Middle East. Yes, ironically sex-change operations are not only legal but also subsidized by the Iranian government. Before the Islamic revolution, there was no real legislation on transgender people; however, things changed largely due…

House Votes To End Financial Support For Saudia Arabia

House Votes To End Financial Support For Saudia Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s de-facto leader is not the promised charming face of reform that has seduced the international stage with his promises of economic and social reforms in the conservative kingdom. He emerged as a feminist reformer after he lifted the ban on women driving almost 2 years ago but the hypocrisy was exposed after it…

Haftar: “We Are Coming, Tripoli, We Are Coming”

Haftar: “We Are Coming, Tripoli, We Are Coming”

Tensions are escalating in Libya; a country which has not had a stable government since Qaddafi was forced from power, in fact, it, has two governments in different parts of the country and right now the powerful warlord of one of them, Khalifa Haftar, is making a power play for complete control. Ever since the…