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[5 Mar 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Women, Culture, and Identity in Qatar – Part 2

Michele La Morte-Shbat interviewed Sherifa Hammam, a 22-year-old Qatari woman and law student attending Swansea University (in Wales) about life in Qatar, a tiny Arab Gulf country (the size of Connecticut), with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.  Qatar is rich in natural gas and Western-friendly, with campuses affiliated with six prominent American universities (including Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Weill Cornell, and Northwestern, among others) that cater to young Qataris and others in the Gulf region. 
This interview centers primarily on the effects of Western culture on this …

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[5 Mar 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Women, Culture, and Identity in Qatar – Part 1

Michele La Morte-Shbat interviewed Sherifa Hammam, a 22-year-old Qatari woman and law student attending Swansea University (in Wales) about life in Qatar, a tiny Arab Gulf country (the size of Connecticut), with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.  Qatar is rich in natural gas and Western-friendly, with campuses affiliated with six prominent American universities (including Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Weill Cornell, and Northwestern, among others) that cater to young Qataris and others in the Gulf region.

This interview centers primarily on the effects of Western culture on this …

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[4 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]
The Third Intifada Has Begun: United Nonviolent Resistance

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder
“Our responsibility in the West is to inform ourselves and answer to our conscience in the thoughtful ways that work for us.”
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Rami Elhanan says meetings between peace-loving Israelis and Palestinians will achieve little if they’re only about getting together for “hugs, kisses, and hummus.” What is needed is the commitment to action. Rami, an Israeli, and Bassam Aramin, Palestinian, are calling for a united nonviolent third intifada of Palestinians and Israelis.
Interviewed together by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now television February 26, Bassam said, “For many …

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[4 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]
My Role in the Syrian Revolution

Dr. Rufaida Al Habash
Hama, Syria
“I am looking for a job, for a house, for freedom in my home, Syria.”
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Married at the age of 18, I moved from Damascus to Hama in 1976. Religious freedom was in the city of Hama on its height, which encouraged me to start my work in my house, and actually began educating girls and interpreting Quran for them. Because of the bloody massacre and incidents of deadly violence that occurred in Hama in 1982, all religious activities stopped in mosques, all the lessons, and I …