Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Washington Post on the murder of Nahed Hattar, quoting my piece

In The Washington Post, Ishaan Tharoor wrote an excellent report on the murder of prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, and quoted my piece on the writer’s murder. In his post, Tharoor highlighted how an Egyptian TV host Hani Nahhas outrageously … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016-Week 38 ( Sept 19-25)

Top Headlines Hundreds feared dead after a migrant boat capsized off the Egyptian coast Egypt’s Sisi meets with Clinton, Trump in New York Egypt cancels zero ergot wheat policy amid mounting pressure  Main Headlines  Monday Egypt’s GASC cancels third wheat … Continue reading

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Nahed Hattar, Jordan, and the Muslim World

Nahed Hattar, a 56-year-old Christian Jordanian writer has been murdered. He was shot three times outside a court in Amman, where he was facing charges of sharing a cartoon deemed to be “offensive” to Islam. Hattar was arrested in August … Continue reading

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Turkish journalists now queue for jail: ‘We are not afraid, we will criticize…’

Originally posted on TEMPORAL:
Update: An arrest order was issued Thursday night on Ahmet Altan, who was released after almost two weeks in police custody. Another dark page in the post-coup Turkey was unfolded early Thursday morning, with the Kafkaesque…

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 37 ( Sept 12-18)

Top headlines Mexico reaches compensation deal for victims of 2015 bombing in Egypt TNT traces on EgyptAir plane debris split investigators US Congressmen call for Aya Hegazy’s release from prison Egypt freezes assets of several human rights advocates Clinton to … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 36 ( Sept 5-11)

Top Headlines Egyptian police ‘investigated’ Giulio Regeni days before his murder Egypt names six provincial governors, mostly ex-generals A newly-established militant group published a video of footage from a an attack against a security checkpoint in Menoufiya governorate Court orders … Continue reading

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Muslims, France, and the war on shorts

  Photo via UK’s Independent/ Getty Images In the wake of the Burkini war, a violent skirmish of altogether different proportions has surfaced in France. In the southern French city of Toulon, two women wearing shorts were verbally assaulted as … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 35 ( Aug 29 – Sept 4)

Top Headlines Egyptian parliament passes bill designating FGM a felony imposes stricter penalties ‪ Egyptian parliament approves new church building law Administrative Court rejects banning social media Egyptian army to sell baby formula to fight monopoly practices Egypt announces postponement … Continue reading

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Essentializing Islam will not stop Islamophobia

( A woman wearing Niqab in France- Via AFP) The cynical glee with which the Western media publicly flaunts — and generalizes — the practice of Islamic customs has become a disturbing pattern. The Hijab, Nigab, and Burkini have now … Continue reading

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