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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

On Islam and Gender Equality, CJR Rewind: Novak on Novak. Top US 50 War Criminals,

Critical Thoughts on Islam, Rights and Freedom in Malaysia is a collection of Ahmad's essays published over the years on the Malaysian activist website . A major focus of the book is a critique of patriarchal interpretations of Islam and an articulation of what could be called a gender-sensitive Islamic theology ( kalam ) and jurisprudence ( fiqh ). In this way, Ahmad seeks to provide an Islamically-grounded argument for gender equality. This she does for broadly two reasons: as a strategy to develop consensus on women's rights, speaking in an ‘Islamic' language in order present gender justice as Islamically acceptable, even mandated, to believing Muslims; and as a reflection of her own personal religious consciousness and conviction as a Muslim woman.

Ahmad believes that in a Muslim-majority country like Malaysia, working for gender justice from within an Islamic paradigm is indispensable, since public discourse is heavily conditioned by Islam, a phenomenon that gender activists can ignore at their own peril. To do so would render them irrelevant to most Muslims, and lay them open to the charge of being ‘irreligious' and of allegedly ‘undermining Islam'. There is thus an urgent need to enter the realm of Islamic discourse and seek to promote gender-justice using appropriate Islamic arguments. At the same time, Ahmad suggests, this strategy is not a substitute for secular human rights activism for gender justice. Rather than seeing the two approaches as necessarily mutually exclusive, she argues for a synergy through which they can work together in tandem for common goals, considering them to be options depending on the situation at hand. On Islam And Gender Equality By Yoginder Sikand

Longtime D.C. political columnist Robert Novak died today at age seventy-eight. This review of Novak's autobiography originally ran in the July/August 2007 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. The best story that Bob Novak broke during Watergate was about the eighteen-and-a-half-minute gap on a tape, and he got it the same way he got many of his scoops in those...
CJR Rewind: Novak on Novak

These are men and women who helped to launch wars of aggression or who have been complicit in lesser war crimes. These are not the lowest-ranking employees or troops who managed to stray from official criminal policies. These are the makers of those policies
Top 50 US War Criminals By David Swanson

Its a full time occupation trying to unravel the reasons Americans remain in the dark. What seems ( to any intelligent outside observer ) like sheer stupidity and arrogance is in reality an almost inescapable indoctrination process that begins before you are born, and ends some time after your dead Anatomy Of American Ignorance - Anatomy Of American Ignorance – Part 1 By Bill Noxid

In a little over 30 years the anti-racist, anti-war Labor Party of the Whitlam era has become a racist, pro-war, pro-coal, pro-pollution Apartheid Labor Party - Australia has reverted de jure and de facto to the Apartheid Australia of the bad old days when White Australia - together with US, UK and Apartheid Israel supported Apartheid South Africa Apartheid Australia : 70 Asians Dont Equal One White By Dr Gideon Polya


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