Posts tagged Middle East


iNakba, an interactive app that documents destroyed Palestinian villages, reveals a hidden world.


Interesting.

iNakba, an interactive app that documents destroyed Palestinian villages, reveals a hidden world.

Interesting.

globalvoices:


As a young girl I wasn’t able to find my desired streetwear. I would always think, why should I be forced to follow a specific format when it comes to street clothing? Why shouldn’t I put on something that is likeable and at the same time doesn’t clash with the Islamic dress code?

For years, Iran’s young women preferred foreign, mostly western clothing brands. That’s starting to change.
Iran’s New Wave of Women Fashion Designers

globalvoices:

As a young girl I wasn’t able to find my desired streetwear. I would always think, why should I be forced to follow a specific format when it comes to street clothing? Why shouldn’t I put on something that is likeable and at the same time doesn’t clash with the Islamic dress code?

For years, Iran’s young women preferred foreign, mostly western clothing brands. That’s starting to change.

Iran’s New Wave of Women Fashion Designers

Via fishingboatproceeds:

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diegueno:

This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document. Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:
Guaranteed equality between men and women
A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
An established right to due process and protection from torture
In one stroke,
Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!Congratulate the Legislators!MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document! (via Three Cheers for Tunisia’s Revolutionary Constitution!)


Yes.

Huge moment for Tunisia, which has persevered through terrorist attacks and assassinations. The hard work doesn’t end today, of course, but this is a great day nonetheless.

Could this be the first successful Arab democracy? 

Via fishingboatproceeds:

riceflavor:

diegueno:

This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document. 

Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:

  • Guaranteed equality between men and women
  • A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
  • A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
  • A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
  • An established right to due process and protection from torture
In one stroke,
Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.

This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!

Congratulate the Legislators!

MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!

Yes.

Huge moment for Tunisia, which has persevered through terrorist attacks and assassinations. The hard work doesn’t end today, of course, but this is a great day nonetheless.

Could this be the first successful Arab democracy? 

From thepoliticalnotebook:

In case you weren’t aware, the fabulous Dirty Wars documentary A) was just nominated for an Academy Award and B) is on Netflix Instant. 
[List of Academy Award nominees]
[Dirty Wars]

From thepoliticalnotebook:

In case you weren’t aware, the fabulous Dirty Wars documentary A) was just nominated for an Academy Award and B) is on Netflix Instant. 

[List of Academy Award nominees]

[Dirty Wars]

thepoliticalnotebook:

Check out this brief on political science assessments of the Syrian civil war, compiled by the Project on Middle East Political Science. It contains 18 memos by some very good scholars of conflict, insurgency and civil war about different aspects of the Syrian war and prospects for its future trajectory. 
A summary of the findings at Foreign Policy.
[PDF]

thepoliticalnotebook:

Check out this brief on political science assessments of the Syrian civil war, compiled by the Project on Middle East Political Science. It contains 18 memos by some very good scholars of conflict, insurgency and civil war about different aspects of the Syrian war and prospects for its future trajectory. 

A summary of the findings at Foreign Policy.

[PDF]

newsweek:

Kurt Eichenwald on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and if they are really as big a threat as we’ve been led to believe. http://mag.newsweek.com/2013/10/04/the-phantom-menace.html

Worth reading.

newsweek:

Kurt Eichenwald on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and if they are really as big a threat as we’ve been led to believe. http://mag.newsweek.com/2013/10/04/the-phantom-menace.html

Worth reading.

Via globalvoices:

On October 26, thousands of Saudi women have vowed to defy the kingdom’s ban on female driving.
Saudi Women Will Drive - Meet the Activists Defying the Ban

Via globalvoices:

On October 26, thousands of Saudi women have vowed to defy the kingdom’s ban on female driving.

Saudi Women Will Drive - Meet the Activists Defying the Ban

By the end of this episode, I’ll be seen by many as a terrorist sympathizer, a Zionist tool, a self-hating Jew, an apologist for American imperialism, an orientalist, fascist, socialist CIA agent and worse. So here goes nothing.
CNN’s Anthony Bourdian visits Israel and the Palestinian territories for this show, “Parts Unknown,” and explains the Israel-Palestine conflict over food. I’ve heard the episode is great and that he explains it all very strongly.  (via shortformblog)

This should be awesome. I’ve used some Bourdain episodes in some classes (particularly the US-Mexican border episode of “No Reservations”).

foreignaffairsmagazine:

If you think Syria’s bad now, just wait until Assad finally wins the war.http://fam.ag/14mBZqj  (Photo: Reuters)

Yikes.

foreignaffairsmagazine:

If you think Syria’s bad now, just wait until Assad finally wins the war.

http://fam.ag/14mBZqj

(Photo: Reuters)

Yikes.

theatlantic:

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Fall Lands Turkey an Unexpected Ally: Kurds

Today, Turkey and Egypt recalled their ambassadors from each other’s capitol, signaling a major downturn in bilateral ties. At the same time, Turkey’s influence in Cairo seems to be winding down.
Indeed, Turkey’s ambitious drive to become a Middle East power by influencing the region’s Muslim Brotherhood-inspired parties appears to have been upended. The Brotherhood has fallen from government in Egypt, failed to elect its candidate to lead the Syrian opposition, and has been sidelined in Libya. Qatar, which had hitherto allied itself with Ankara to fund MB-style parties, appears to be changing its heart after an unexpected change in leadership.
With the MB clinging to power only in remote Tunisia, Ankara has turned to an unexpected Middle East ally: Kurds, an ethnic group the Turkish government has historically been at odds with. Turkey’s goal this time, though, is not to shape the region, but simply to shield itself from massive Middle East instability.
Read more. [Image: Azad Lashkari/Reuters]


This seems really interesting.

theatlantic:

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Fall Lands Turkey an Unexpected Ally: Kurds

Today, Turkey and Egypt recalled their ambassadors from each other’s capitol, signaling a major downturn in bilateral ties. At the same time, Turkey’s influence in Cairo seems to be winding down.

Indeed, Turkey’s ambitious drive to become a Middle East power by influencing the region’s Muslim Brotherhood-inspired parties appears to have been upended. The Brotherhood has fallen from government in Egypt, failed to elect its candidate to lead the Syrian opposition, and has been sidelined in Libya. Qatar, which had hitherto allied itself with Ankara to fund MB-style parties, appears to be changing its heart after an unexpected change in leadership.

With the MB clinging to power only in remote Tunisia, Ankara has turned to an unexpected Middle East ally: Kurds, an ethnic group the Turkish government has historically been at odds with. Turkey’s goal this time, though, is not to shape the region, but simply to shield itself from massive Middle East instability.

Read more. [Image: Azad Lashkari/Reuters]

This seems really interesting.