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So Much for the Arab Spring

(364) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:39 AM

So much for the Arab Spring. In Cairo, Egyptian history appears to have completed a bloody full circle. First the crowds filled Tahrir Square to demand the end of a military-backed dictatorship. Then, just two years later, the crowds filled Tahrir Square again to demand the restoration of a military-backed...

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How to Honour the Victims of "Honour Killings"

(59) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 11:04 AM

After deliberating for only 15 hours, the jury in the Canadian Shafia "honour killing" trial returned a verdict: all three defendants guilty of first-degree murder. For the premeditated murder of teenage daughters Zainab, Sahar, and Geeti, and first wife Rona, Mohammad, Tooba Yahya, and Hamed Shafia will now begin serving...

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Will Latest "Muhammad" Firebombing Cause More Self-Censorship?

(8) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 1:03 PM

The Paris offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo were firebombed Wednesday, the same day the magazine released an issue caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad on its cover. The new issue, which previewed online on Monday, names the Prophet as its "guest editor" in a mock tribute to...

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Honour Killings Go Beyond Mere Homicide

(145) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 4:37 PM

Horrific details of an alleged mass honour killing emerged in a crowded Ontario courtroom last week: Three young sisters and their polygamous father's first wife were murdered in the name of religious purity, according to the Crown prosecutor: A staged car accident, plotted and executed, allegedly by the...

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Get Ready to Compete With the Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt Could Chart a 'Third Way'

(297) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- In 1985 as a teenager in Kenya, I was an adamant member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Seventeen years later, in 2002, I took part in a political campaign to win votes for the conservative party in the Netherlands. Those two experiences gave me some insights that I think...

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The iPod and the Queen, the Kindle and the King

(169) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 6:15 PM

It was not an April Fools' joke. When President Barack Obama met with the Queen of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, he gave her an iPod. Last week, I was half expecting the president to show up in the Middle East laden with Kindles.

He could have started with a...

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