themadpoker: (never giving up)
I've found these two articles useful primers for beginning to understand what's happening in Libya and Bahrain right now.

What's Happening in Libya: Explained

What's Happening in Bahrain: Explained

I also found this news round-up on tumblr. It's current as of yesterday.

If you're looking for ways to help, Avaaz.org is currently working to black out proof the protests. They're a really good social justice organization in general, so you may want to sign up for their newsletter to stay updated on their work.

Both Al Jazeera and Jadaliyya are offering coverage of the protests. This article on Libya is being continuously updated, it's current as of two hours ago.

If you know of other organizations offering coverage or aid please feel free to contribute links in the comments. I'll edit this post to add anything else in.

EDIT: Online petition to the UN to send help to Libya.

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Feb. 5th, 2011 12:24 pm
themadpoker: (reading)
Why Mubarak Is Out In order to understand where Egypt is going, and what shape democracy might take there, we need to set the extraordinarily successful popular mobilizations into their military, economic and social context. What other forces were behind this sudden fall of Mubarak from power? And how will this transitional military-centered government get along with this millions-strong protest movement?

I found this article incredibly helpful in giving me context for understanding who all the players involved in the protest are. Jadaliyya and Al-Jazeera are the best sources for Egypt coverage I've found so far (if you know any other sites doing good work please let me know). I've been watching the news and reading The Toronto Star and the disparity in useful analysis/information is very clear.

Sigh

Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:07 am
themadpoker: (sadface)
Another Palestine news article. Ignore it if you like. )

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/03/gaza-israel-hamas-bush

I'm not even mad, I don't expect any better from Bush. Still praying daily for a ceasefire, if you have time I'd appreciate it if you sent a prayer Palestine's way.
themadpoker: (support palestine)
So you know what's been irritating me lately? The news coverage on the Gaza bombings. I get most of my info from online international newspapers and I was curious to see how it was being covered on the TV here. So after watching here are the general impressions I got:

- The Israeli bombings are a - certainly not reasonable but partially justified - response to terrorist attacks from Hamas
- It's an equal conflict
- Palestinians are not allowing reporters into Gaza

:@ So guys. Which of these are laughably incorrect and show a distinct bias in reporting? I will give you a clue, impression 2 in particular induces in me deep rage. Here is another clue: it's not the only one. A third: try checking the death counts on each side.
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Thea Lim would like to know why no one cares. As would I. Aside from the two links I posted the other day and one I'll link to in a second there's been virtually no coverage of the incident. Nothing on the major news networks. I wonder what the response would've been if it was a church of children gassed? I suspect the news would've devoted at least 5 minutes to talk about it.

The police don't believe it was hate crime. Are you kidding me? Really? Obviously, the attacker just picked the mosque because it was a random building. Or his arms got tired of carrying the gas. Or maybe he just hurled it a random window, to exercise his pitching arm. There's no significance that children at a place of worship were attacked. None at all.

Original linkage for those who missed it yesterday.
themadpoker: (serious face)
Muslim Children Gassed at Dayton Mosque After "Obsession" DVD Hits Ohio

I'm going to admit something. I saw this headline linked on my f-list and I almost skipped reading it. Because it was horrible and I just - I don't know. It hurt to see.

Another article on the same - nothing about Obsession DVD though

I think I'm going to go make du'aa for those children.

Oh come ON

Jul. 30th, 2008 01:07 pm
themadpoker: (the truth about forever)
Five year old Adriel Arocha is being blocked from attending school in a Houston-area school district because he has long hair that he has been growing in his Native cultural tradition that “violates” this school’s dress code rules.

... ;_;

Here's another post with parts of the dress code written out.

His dad gave a DNA sample to prove their Native American roots and explained why they don't cut their hair. What more proof can he give that his kid should be included in the religious exception?

Off-topic but looking over the dress code rules, I couldn't have gone to that school for kindergarten without shaving my hair. :/ I mean I cut it right now but when it's normal length my only options are an Afro or cornrows. I always wore cornrows which meant there would be a minimum of 7 parts to it (with really really thick braids. Usually I have 10).
themadpoker: (Default)
Umm. You're kidding me, right? Because the true test of your citizenship is your clothing?

GAH. This story makes me seriously unhappy. I know a girl who decided she wanted to wear the niqab (she's 15 right now I think although I don't know when she made the decision. I met her at the Reviving the Islamic Youth conference last year and she was wearing it then). It was her own decision, not her family's. And I really can't see any valid way you could make the connection between her wearing the niqab and practicing radical Islam. Apparently they know how in France though.

“She has adopted a radical practice of her religion, incompatible with essential values of the French community, particularly the principle of equality of the sexes,” the ruling said.


Really? I mean let's just ignore the assertion that wearing a niqab is a radical practice (and the implication that they have the right to arbitrarily decide what constitutes a radical practice and ban it despite it not having any impact on anyone beside the wearer herself) and look at that bit about equality of the sexes.

So. How is it practicing gender equality to deny the ability of a woman to make her own choices? Because Ms. Silmi pretty clearly states the niqab is her own choice.

“They say I wear the niqab because my husband told me so,” she said. “I want to tell them: It is my choice. I take care of my children, and I leave the house when I please. I have my own car. I do the shopping on my own. Yes, I am a practicing Muslim, I am orthodox. But is that not my right?”


That can't possibly be true ma'am. There's no way you would voluntarily adopt a practice you view as part of your religion. Particularly not one I think promotes gender inequality. Obviously your husband choose for you. You poor oppressed thing.

Also in answer to your question? No.

I wouldn't want to be a Muslim in France. =(

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