the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS in Libya associated with a
broader political project of cleansing the region of religious minorities?
Would this not deserve demonstrations of solidarity?
Why is it that the homeland always rejects its most erudite children? Latefa Guemar pays tribute to the feminist writer remembered for her intellectual honesty and unflinching
stance against Algerian patriarchy, even from beyond its borders.
religious fundamentalism is a dangerous political activity. It is not a
distraction from ‘real’ politics - the demands of social justice and civil liberties - but a pre-condition
for achieving them.
of distancing ourselves from terrorist crimes, as progressive Muslims we should
confront the ultra conservative, violent Wahhabi/salafi version of Islam
that is practised by both professional terrorists and despotic nations like
The responses by Saadia
Toor and Deepa
Kumar to Meredith
depend on a one-dimensional and tired discussion of a collusive feminism as the continuing source of
justifications for imperialism.
We are facing a political threat, a totalitarian Islamist threat that manifests in terrorism. Journalists are defending something which is elementary to our democracy: our freedom to
breathe and to laugh.
The column Saïd Mekbel published the day before he was assassinatedin 1994remains sadly topical today - recalling murdered
journalists everywhere. Republished in tribute to the people killed today at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
Faced with unequal power relations at the negotiating
table and authoritarian consolidation, a member of the 50-committee explores how feminist voices achieved leverage when drafting the 2014 Egyptian Constitution to include article 11.
The last known message from the Egyptian activist Zainab Mahdy reads, " It's like we're digging in water...There is no
justice…I am aware of that…there is no victory coming…we are just lying to
ourselves so that we can live."
Sexualised and gender-based violence in Iraq,
highlighted in recent weeks in relation to ISIS atrocities, has been at the
heart of sectarian and authoritarian politics and developments since 2003. How
can we talk about it and mobilise against it?
Poverty, misogyny, and Christian fundamentalism in El Salvador lie behind the prison sentences of up to forty years handed down to seventeen women who were arrested for the crime of abortion, but sentenced for murder.
The war on women continues to manifest
itself in different forms and intensity globally; tarnishing all societies with
a ‘bloody stain’. In Iran, hard-liner interpretations of Islamic principles dictate
gender norms, violation of which can be fatal.
article on "imperialist feminism" accuses the US women's movement of
being a cheerleader for American empire from the war in Afghanistan to the
present. Is this a sectarian strategy that misses the target and attacks the liberals instead of the right?
Central to the resurgence of Sinhala Buddhist
nationalism in post-war Sri Lanka is a redefinition of gender role and
identities. Familial ideology is a key pillar of
this discourse with serious adverse implications for women and gender
Access to justice is being denied in the UK in the
shadow of neoliberalism and religious fundamentalism. Minority women are being denied the right to participate in the wider
political community as citizens rather than subjects.
Recipients of humanitarian awards often
invite controversy. In Pakistan, religious and political identities are valued
more than the contributions of such recipients. Malala Yousafzai may have the Nobel Peace Prize, but she
remains the target of criticism from Pakistani conservatives and also many
is being challenged in several Sub-Saharan African states which have long
guarded it as a principle of governance. Its preservation is important for
the protection of women's citizen rights from religious
La laïcité est mise à l’épreuve dans plusieurs États d’Afrique
subsaharienne qui l’ont gardé comme principe de gouvernance. Or sa préservation
est importante pour les femmes, car elle permet de protéger leurs droits
citoyens de toute intervention religieuse qui n’a jamais été aussi
conservatrice et liée à la ‘droitisation’ complice du politique.
The Secularism Conference taking place in London this weekend is a chance to
hear activists who are
transforming human rights. As western
academics teach that secularism has had its day, many activists from the global
south consider that it is vital to oppose the religious right.
must conceptualise the epidemic levels of sexual violence in post-revolutionary
Egypt at least partly as “state violence”, and resist the state’s attempt to
selectively appropriate women’s rights. Every post-revolutionary Egyptian regime has the blood of women on
many of us watch in horror as ISIS advances, and fundamentalist ideas spread
across religious traditions around the world, Maryam Namazie and Marieme Hélie-Lucas - secular feminists from
Iran and Algeria - told Karima Bennoune why they are convening the
Conference in London.
When the UN Human Rights Council meets this week to discuss the
human rights situation in Sudan, will member states condemn the targeted
attacks on civilians and mass forced displacement caused by Sudanese forces? Or will they
keep sending a strong signal that Sudan can, and will, continue to get away
On the 20th anniversary of the fundamentalist
assassination of Algerian educator Salah Chouaki, Karima Bennoune translates
his warning - so relevant today - about the need to be uncompromising in the
battle against the very ideology that motivated his murder.
What is the ideology motivating alleged “warriors of God” to
“trample Islam underfoot in the name of Jihad”? Algerian anthropologist
Mahfoud Bennoune explored this question in 1994, offering an analysis of the
political beliefs motivating “throat-slitting emirs” still much-needed today.
jihadists like “Islamic State” follow in the footsteps of fundamentalists who
have afflicted Muslim majority societies since the 12th
century. Algerian anthropologist Mahfoud Bennoune revisited that history
in order to strategize against jihadists - a task which remains essential.