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[9 Aug 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s <em>Infidel</em> – A Review

Akhila Kolisetty
“Is  Hirsi Ali’s Islam the same as Islam everywhere? I think not. There are different interpretations. I think there must be room for feminism, even in Islam.”
I have almost finished reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Her provocative book describes her heartrending journey from childhood to adulthood. As a child, she lived in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. She grew up Muslim, endured brutal beatings from her mother, did all the housework, and slowly pursued her education. As a child, she was forced to undergo female genital …

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[27 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Despite Violence in Norway, a Better Europe

Brian Mann
“Cultures are opening, nations are evolving.  And bit by bit were are proving that murderers such as Breivik and bin Laden are nothing more than sad little crackpots frightened by change.”
I’m just home from a three-week trip through Europe, my first extended visit to that part of the world — where I used to live and work and study — in a quarter century.
My return coincided with the savage murder in Norway of dozens of people by Anders Breivik, a white supremacist who hoped to spark an …

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[27 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
Islamophobic Words Spiral into Deeds

Joshua Stanton

“Islamophobia is not merely confined to a war of words against Muslims. Islamophobic words, of which Breivik shared many in his 1,500-page document, often spiral into deeds.”
The mass-murder in Oslo last Friday was tragic. At least 90 innocents — many of them youth — are already dead, and authorities fear that the death toll may continue rising.
Evidence is mounting that a right-wing extremist, Anders Behring Breivik, carried out the attack at least in part to spark a “civil war“against Muslim migrants to Europe and the left-wing governments that, …

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[21 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
Choosing Nonviolence in the Green Movement, Part 2

Ariana A.S.*
Editor’s Note: Connection Point Manager Najuan Daadleh continues her interview with Iranian activist Ariana A.S.  (Read Part 1 here.)
ND: What is your personal vision for the future?
AAS: I don’t believe in revolutions and sudden change.  We already had one.  A revolution is much more dangerous than a reform,  so I am a supporter of the reform process. I support starting with reform of the constitution rather than overthrowing the government. I don’t want to see Ahmadinejad as the president and I don’t see him as the president, and I …