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[12 May 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Eman Al-Obeidy: A “Libyan Logo” for the Women of East Libya

Interview with Amany Mufta Ismail by Anna Therese Day
In late March, 29-year-old Libyan student Eman Al-Obeidy caught the world’s attention when she burst into a Tripoli hotel to inform Western media of her alleged detention, torture, and rape at the hands of Gaddafi’s forces. After a series of further police detentions, heavily censored interviews, and virtual house arrest in Tripoli, it was announced earlier this week that Eman Al-Obeidy has successfully fled Libya with the help of two defecting military officers. Her story has put a face to the many crimes against …

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[10 May 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
On Being Relevant: Sexuality, Gender, and Nationalism in Palestinian Society

Haneen Maikey
Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society is a national, community-based and grassroots organization that works with LGBTQ Palestinians throughout Israel and the Palestinian occupied territories. Al-Qaw’s director, Haneen Maikey, discusses how she and others are bringing sexual diversity into the mainstream and building a broader platform for justice within Palestinian society.
Can you elaborate on the name of your organization, Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society?
Most simply, Al-Qaws means rainbow in Arabic. That is the banal part of the name. We refer to “sexual and gender …

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[28 Apr 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
My Jerusalem

Carol Daniel Kasbari
Carol Daniel Kasbari is a consultant for change organizations and a veteran facilitator for ethnic groups in conflict. She has managed conflict mediation activities and programs with Israeli and Palestinian educators, leaders, youth, and media professionals since 1994 through local and international organizations.
Here she describes Jerusalem, the city that opens her heart and then shuts it.
Jerusalem made me who I am today. I’ve spent half of my life in this city—18 years of searching and trying to belong, still without any success.
Born in Nazareth to a Palestinian family, …

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[25 Apr 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Bahrain Made Personal: One Woman’s Story of Her Missing Father

Aseel Ibrahim Sharif interviewed by Anna Therese Day

22-year-old Aseel Ibrahim Sharif is the daughter of Ibrahim Sharif, the Secretary General of Bahrain’s secular opposition party and one of the hundreds of activists detained under the Bahraini government’s recent crackdown.
An activist in her own right, Aseel participated in Bahrain’s initial mid-February protests in Manama’s Pearl Roundabout. She describes herself as “one of the hundreds of women who voiced their opinion.” As she explained, “Nobody is silent in this movement.” Aseel’s activism was taken to a new level when her father …