In 1982, when she was just 17 years old, Houda al-Habash opened the doors to her Koran school for women and girls at the Al-Zahra Mosque in Damascus, Syria. Houda is representative of a pioneering generation of women in the Middle East who have begun to study Islam within the mosque like their fathers, uncles and brothers — a trend that is reshaping the region. We made the film because despite the influence of schools like Houda’s, stories about them are still rare.
In the film, inside her organized and lively school, Houda teaches her students about women’s rights within Islam and encourages them to take their secular education seriously.… Seguir leyendo »
Late last month Andrzej Poczobut, a journalist in Belarus, was indicted on a charge of libel against the country’s president, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, after publishing a series of articles that questioned the execution of two men convicted of bombing a Minsk subway station.
This latest news may seem a setback from April, when the European Union pressured Mr. Lukashenko into freeing a prominent dissident, Andrei Sannikov. And yet anyone who took hope from Mr. Sannikov’s release was deluded: both cases, and dozens of others, are all part of the system by which Mr. Lukashenko maintains his 17-year-old regime.
Belarus remains Europe’s last dictatorship, as the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called it in 2006.… Seguir leyendo »
A couple of months ago we visited Juarez, Mexico, a city right across our border — yet so far away.
The scene was almost surreal: We got off the plane and were met on the tarmac by a convoy of armored cars and open-back trucks swarming with police. The officers were “policía federal.” Like the ones you hear about, they carried machine guns and wore masks to hide their identities. They hung off the backs of their trucks, alert, constantly swiveling as they surveyed the landscape.
They were looking for violent criminals. Meanwhile, everyone we met with — civil society leaders, nonprofit activists, private-sector officials and young people — was looking around for answers.… Seguir leyendo »
Tema: Ansar al Din, bajo la influencia de al-Qaeda en el Magreb Islámico y ambas en coordinación con el Movimiento para la Unicidad y la Yihad en África Occidental (MUYAO), ejercen control social sobre Tombuctú, Gao y Kidal y otras poblaciones en la misma zona del Sahel, situación que de consolidarse evolucionaría hacia un foco múltiple de amenaza terrorista para África septentrional y Europa occidental, incluida España.
Resumen: Nada menos que tres organizaciones armadas se encuentran implicadas, pese a las diferencias que tienen entre sí y a su tamaño relativamente reducido, en la formación de un verdadero condominio yihadista en el norte de Mali.… Seguir leyendo »
South Florida is an important market for Chile. In 2011, Chile was positioned as Miami’s eighth commercial partner. However, we want to grow that relationship by 2015, when 100 percent of trade between Chile and the United States will be tax free. Miami would benefit from this.
In 2011, total trade between Chile and Miami reached $4.6 billion. We’re expanding our exportable offerings so that we can please the market and gain the place we strive for as a trade partner. Currently, the main food products exported to Florida are seafood, fresh fruit, wine, juice and chicken, respectively. However, in the United States, Chilean supply is diversified with all kinds of fresh fruit, salmon filets, wine, poultry and cattle, olive oil, powdered milk, olives, pisco, etc.… Seguir leyendo »
In November 2010, a Muslim doctor in Germany carried out a circumcision on a four-year old-boy at the request of his parents. A few days later the boy started bleeding and was admitted to Cologne’s University hospital who reported the matter to the police. Last month, after a lengthy legal battle, a judge in Cologne outlawed male circumcision as being against the best interests of the child.
Muslim and Jewish groups have been understandably outraged. This week, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel set herself against the court ruling by telling members of her CDU party that “I do not want Germany to be the only country in the world in which Jews cannot practise their rites.” It beggars belief that a German chancellor ought to have to utter such a sentence.… Seguir leyendo »