It’s Hard Being a Woman in Iraq

July 26, 2017

When it comes to women’s rights in Iraq, it is time for a radical shift. On July 25, police in northern Iraq found the body of a young woman, 25, who was murdered, burned and dumped on a rural road between the villages of Hizob and Grtik. It is reported that she was newly married and that her...

Who’s a “Bad Jew”?

July 26, 2017

Progressive Jewish groups are rising to criticize the Israeli occupation and fight fundamentalism in both Israel and the West. In the TV show Transparent, the Pfeffermans are an infuriating family. Mort, the patriarch, is transitioning to Maura, and much of the focus of the show is on the...

How Fake News Drives Public Opinion About Muslims

July 24, 2017

Images on social media play an important role in constructing fake news and driving the narratives that fulfil political agendas. Misinformation about Muslims — including refugees, immigrants and ordinary citizens — has been used to construct harmful narratives, reinforce existing...

India and the Right to Education

July 23, 2017

Indian children from disadvantaged backgrounds are still discriminated against when it comes to education. In India, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE Act) came into being in 2009 and became effective from April 2010. However, the government’s attitude toward its...

Music With the Gnaoua in Morocco

July 20, 2017

In Morocco, an annual music festival brings with it a cultural experience that lifts people’s spirits. At the end of June, the winds of the old port city of Essaouira move to the rhythm of Gnaoua music when the annual festival takes place. At this time, the small Moroccan city on the Atlantic...

When Good People Do Nothing…

June 30, 2017

Everyone with a stake in the future of America must take it upon themselves to assist those who are marginalized. “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it,” Albert Einstein is quoted to have...