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It may seem well nigh impossible to ‘define’ Sufism, but it is easy to taste, feel, and experience, writes artist Pratiksha Apurv.

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Most people agree that a sufi is essentially a lover of God and that Sufism is one of the ultimate paths available for the seeker to dissolve himself into the very essence of the Divine. They also agree that Sufism essentially has very little to do with a particular religion or sect and, in fact, in its very core it also ensures that other religions remain vibrant. This is the beauty of Sufism, because anyone who falls in love with God is a sufi. He could be Hindu, Christian, Sikh or Muslim. A sufi could be Krishna or Jesus or Nanak. The love affair is not confined within the boundaries of religion. Nomenclatures in these religions could be different but all of them talk about the same love affairs, and ultimately, their relationship with the Divine.

True Meaning
When we use the words ‘sufi’ or ‘Sufism’, the images of dervishes performing their whirling dance come to mind. Here too, various orders follow different types of techniques, but essentially, all of them lead to the same divine love. And, when you get a little closer to this nectar called love, one starts to realise that it is impossible to define Sufism, but it’s easy to taste, feel, and experience it. One will not be able to know its true meaning unless one becomes a sufi — one who is thirsting to melt into Divinity.

I have tried to show this state of deep meditation or oneness with the Divine through my painting titled The Whirling Dervish, depicting the Tanoura dance that is generally performed by men wearing long colourful attire. A dervish whirling around his own axis, the centre, is not just dancing but charting a journey to let go and completely surrender to the Divine. The whirling creates an energy wherein the dervish melts into existence and becomes one with God. This cannot be explained through knowledge but only experienced.

As the Persian Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi said: “Dance when you’re broken open. Dance if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” This dance or state of deep unity or meditation emphasises that everything in the universe is within you and the search should be inside and not outside. That is why Sufism denies knowledge, arguing that knowing is possible but knowledge is impossible. Sufi masters have said it beautifully: Knowing is an experience but knowledge is a theory. This whirling or as some would call it ‘the ritual of love’ is actually the path of knowing. ‘Whirling’ is a state of khushu or humility when everything else disappears and humbleness descends in the heart — that very moment is enough to melt you into the Divine. Rumi says: ‘We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. The stars form a circle and in the centre we dance.’

There is a story about an old lady who, in search of truth, abandoned her birth religion and joined another belief. Initially, she felt different but as time passed she had this feeling of emptiness. So, she joined another belief hoping to find the answer. This search continued for some time and soon she realised that while worldly knowledge was gained, she did not find inner peace.One day, she went to meet Sufi Master Imam Jafar Sadik. The fakir listened attentively as she poured her heart out to him. He later asked her to go home and wait for his message. An hour later, she received a glass bottle with a note from the Master through his disciple. The bottle had sand in three different colours — red, white and black.The note carrying the message of the Master read: Remove the paper from the bottle that is keeping the coloured sand separate. She did that exactly. As soon as she pulled out the piece of paper, the sand mixed with each other and turned grey.

Bhakti Movement
‘Sufism’ can also be tasted in the Bhakti movement that started in the 15th century. Kabir, one of the Masters of the Bhakti movement and a sufi has described in his Beejak’s 43rd Shabad: “Pandit Mithya Karo Vichara, Na han Srishti na Sirjanhara.Thool sthool, Pawan Nahi Pawak, Ravi Shashi Dharni na neera. Jyoti Swarupi Kaal Na Unhawa, Vachan na ahi Sharira — Pandit you got it wrong. There’s no creation or creator there, no thick or fine, no wind or fire, no sun, moon, earth or water, no radiant form, no time there, no word, no flesh, no faith.”

Even much before the Bhakti movement, Mundka Upanishad indicated that the way towards God was through dissolving oneself, rather than pursuing knowledge. One of its verses says: “Naaymatma Pravachanen Labhyo, Naa Meghya Naa Bahuna Shruten. Yamevaishe Vrinute ten, Labhyasthaishya Aatma Vivarnate Swam — This Atman, the ultimate truth, cannot be attained by study of the vedas, intelligence, or by hearing sacred scriptures. He who chooses Atman, by him alone is Atman attained. Atman reveals its own real form to the seeker.”

Osho says, anyone who has come to know God, is a sufi…. Sufism is a special kind of magic, a rare kind of magic. It can be transferred only from one person to another and not from a book or through scriptures. He further says that you can read all literature that exists on Sufism and you will still be lost in a maze of words, unless you find a Master. Unless you fall in love with a Master, you will not have the taste of the Divine.

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The Emergence of Feminist Theology: Remembering our Roots by Judith Plaskow and Carol P. Christ


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Goddess and God in the World final cover designThis blog is an excerpt from our new book Goddess and God in the World which will be published by Fortress Press in just one week — on August 1. As we look forward to its release, we remember the critical works that started us on a journey of discovery that continues to unfold. In a jointly written chapter, we describe the beginnings of feminist theology.

Feminism was welling up from under during [the late 1960s]. We became feminists early in graduate school but did not discover feminist theology until we were preparing for our comprehensive exams. As Judith was later to write, feminism placed a question mark over absolutely everything for us: the maleness of God, the male authorship of the Bible, and the male perspectives from which virtually all theologies had been written. Three key essays set the stage for future work in the field, including our own. We have already mentioned these essays, but it is important to address the challenges they posed to traditional theology, and our own responses to them, in more detail here.

Valerie Saiving (Goldstein’s) groundbreaking essay “The Human Situation: A Feminine View” (1960) argued that the Neo-orthodox identification of sin with prideful self-assertion was based on masculine or male experience and ignored the female or feminine sin of self-negation. Men, Saiving suggested, need to undergo a complex and challenging process of differentiation from the mother by repeatedly proving their masculinity, while women grow to be women naturally, through the physical maturation of their bodies. The temptations of women thus have a different character than those of men and are better captured by terms such as triviality, distractibility, and dependence on others rather than pride. Judith challenged Saiving’s understanding of what constitutes “masculine” or “male” and “feminine” or “female” experience in her dissertation, insisting that the experiences of women are not the same in all times and places, but are rooted in specific situations, cultures, and histories. Nonetheless, the notion that the experience of the theologian matters and that gender matters in the construction of theology came to us as a revelation. Both of us have continued to assert that theology must be rooted in human experience, including the particular experiences of women in differing cultural situations.

The lecture Rosemary Radford Ruether delivered when we brought her to Yale Divinity School was later published as “Motherearth and the Megamachine” (1972). In it, Ruether explained that classical Greek thought, which became the foundation of Western theology, had separated mind from body, creating a set of oppositions that included rational and irrational, soul and body, spirit and nature, male and female. In each case, women were identified with the despised and subordinated side of the polarizations. “Man” was rational, spiritual, and able to transcend the body and nature, while “woman” was defined by her connections to the body and nature, and had a lesser rational capacity than man. These dualisms were encapsulated in the traditional opposition between “transcendence” and “immanence.” “Transcendence” refers to pure thought or pure spirit imagined to exist alone without dependence on the body, nature, or relationships with anything other than itself. “Immanence” refers to views in which the self and the world are understood through the body, nature, and relationships of interdependence. God has generally been understood to transcend the world, and men have been seen as capable of transcendence through rational thinking, while women have been understood to be trapped in immanence, mired in the body and nature. Ruether argued that women’s liberation would require the transformation of classical dualisms and a reintegration of the separated.

Ruether’s analysis provided support for our conviction that mind and body are connected and that the experiences of the body must become a resource for theology. It validated Carol’s insight that traditional theological ideas about the relation of women to men and the relation of body to mind are connected and confirmed her conviction that theologians must reexamine traditional ideas about the relation of God and human beings to nature. For Judith, Ruether’s talk shed light on the messages she had received about being too smart for a girl and encouraged her to explore the history of attitudes toward the body in Jewish, Christian, and feminist thought. Our recognition of the need to transform all of the classical dualisms in a new understanding of the relation of reason and feeling, mind and body, humanity and nature, transcendence and immanence, would be central to all of our future work.

In “After the Death of God the Father,” Mary Daly argued that the God who had been proclaimed “dead” by male theologians was the male God modeled on images of male power and authority. The traditional picture of God, Daly said, glorified the qualities of “hyper-rationality, ‘objectivity,’ aggressivity, the possession of dominating and manipulative attitudes toward persons and environment, and the tendency to construct boundaries between the self (and those identified with the self) and others.” Daly drew a strong connection between this understanding of God and the subordination and oppression of women, for “if God in ‘his’ heaven is a father ruling ‘his’ people, then it is in the ‘nature’ of things and according to divine plan and the order of the universe that society be male dominated.” Daly did not believe “the real” God was dead; rather, she predicted that, with the liberation of women, new and more authentic images and conceptions of God would emerge. This essay supported and clarified our nascent sense that a male God created by male theologians supported male domination and our conviction that the insights of women’s liberation had the power to change the world. In time, we would reject the image of God as a dominating male other and the conceptions of God that followed from such images, including notions of God’s transcendence, omnipotence, and omniscience, and we would develop new understandings of God rooted in our experiences as feminists.

These essays raised questions that we, along with many others, are still pondering today. How should we understand and evaluate theological traditions that were created almost exclusively by men? How would theologies written by women and informed by our experiences be different? Should we continue to participate in traditions that subordinated women and defined God as a dominating male other? Can traditions change, and are there limits to the changes that are possible?

The essays by Valerie Saving, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Mary Daly can be found in Womanspirit Rising.

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Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow are co-authors of Goddess and God in the World and co-editors of Womanspirit Rising and Weaving the Visions. Judith wrote the first Jewish feminist theology, Standing Again at Sinai, while Carol wrote the first Goddess feminist theology, Rebirth of the Goddess. Judith is co-founder of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Carol leads the Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete. Order their new book now.

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nytimes.com – QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced…

WORLD

On the anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, will diplomacy replace war?

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washingtonexaminer.com – Operation Desert Storm, which began 25 years ago this week, was, using the words of Teddy Roosevelt’s secretary of state, “a splendid little war.” Indeed it was if one’s criteria are success, strat…

WORLD

Cybergeddon: Iran readies cyber, ‘EMP’ war plans, defenses

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washingtonexaminer.com – An unusual alliance of national security experts that include a former CIA director and one-time spy Valerie Plame are warning the administration and Congress to act fast to block a growing “cyberg…

WORLD

UN official confirms Israeli soldiers launched attacks from inside Gaza school

middleeastmonitor.com – A senior UN official has confirmed that the Israeli military turned a school in the Gaza Strip into a military base during July’s ground offensive. The comments last week by Special Representative …

WORLD

Greece: Authorities Abuse Refugees on Kos

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doctorswithoutborders.org – Police are evicting migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from public areas on the Greek island of Kos and directing them into an ill-equipped stadium, exacerbating conditions for thousands of peo…

SCIENCE

Severely neglected dog rescued from Arizona shelter

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examiner.com – A dirty, heavily matted coat hid the festering wounds on one dog’s body who arrived this week at a metro animal shelter in Phoenix, Ariz. When staff at the facility shaved the long-neglected fur aw…

SCIENCE

The Sinister (or Left-Handed) Theatrical Duel

britishmuseum.org – The most common type of Museum number begins with the year of acquisition. The database standardises these numbers in the form, for example: 1887,0708.2427 (year: comma: block of four numbers – usu…

SCIENCE

Solar farms could make fertile habitats for bees and butterflies

greenbiz.com – The buzz about the puzzling mass demise of honey bees, monarch butterflies and other crucial pollinators has prompted plenty of personal protection pledges. Now, a movement is afoot to plant these …

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Miley Cyrus Discusses Double Standards In ‘Marie Claire’

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popcrush.com – Referring to Swift’s Vevo record-breaking video, Cyrus reveals during the interview, “I don’t get the violence revenge thing. That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because …

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Incredibly Kind Kids – The Fuentes Children

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huffingtonpost.com – Mario and Tara Fuentes are the parents of three incredibly kind kids. Michael, 10, Catherine, 9, and their youngest, Mario, 6, are all committed to doing acts of kindness and making sure their acti…

ENVIRONMENT

Naga youth join forces to protect forests

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undp.org – 22-year-old U Pay Ta Ru has become a voice for conserving forests. His village, perched high on the banks of the Chindwin River, is home to more than 200 ethnic Naga people. Traditionally, his comm…

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Anti-Abortion Group Continues Its Attack On Planned Parenthood With New Video

nationalmemo.com – An anti-abortion group’s campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood with deceptively edited and dubiously produced videos continues. The latest release from the Center For Medical Progress (CMP) is t…

BUSINESS

Starting small, saving big in Boven Digoel

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undp.org – OGENETAN VILLAGE, Iniyandit subdistrict, Boven Digoel regency, Papua – Yulia Bayup, 24, is a happy woman. She is the proud owner of two fishponds, having been provided with IDR 2 million (US$150) i…

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Trump Threatens To Fight #BlackLivesMatter Protesters If They Interrupt His Rallies (VIDEO)

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addictinginfo.org – Not one to miss even a single day of saying something that would get any other candidate immediately kicked out of the race, Trump spent a recent campaign rally suggesting he would physically fight…

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Failed revolution, failed state: Libya’s torment continues

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euronews.com – The rebel Libya Dawn forces have held the capital, Tripoli, for the last year, forcing the legitimate government to flee. In February they put on a show of strength ahead of a resumption of UN-brok…

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10 NASA Images That Will Inspire You – InformationWeek

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informationweek.com – The ubiquity of digital cameras makes it easy to overlook the glory of the visible world. Facebook in 2013 said users had uploaded more than 250 billion photos, and were adding 350 million photos p…

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Le massacre des prisonniers politiques en 1988 en Iran reste impuni – Maryam Radjavi

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ncr-iran.org – L’été 1988 fut l’apogée de l’horreur pour le peuple iranien qui a vu des milliers de prisonniers politiques pendus en quelques semaines dans les prisons du pays. Ces prisonniers qui purgeaient leur…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

“I’m Scared to Be a Woman”

hrw.org – This report addresses human rights abuses faced by transgender people in Malaysia. “Transgender” is an inclusive term for anyone whose sex assigned to them at birth—i.e., the designation as “female…

WORLD

Sudanese Army Troops Raped Over 221 Girls, Women in ‘House-to-House’ 3-Day Onslaught in Darfur, Says Leading Human Rights Group

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Nothing prepares you for being the daughter of ageing parents

theguardian.com – Old people’s wards are hell for old people. Geriatric wards are bedlam, bonkers, bananas. A toothless woman screaming when left alone, a cry that reaches the high hospital ceiling. A woman effing a…

LEISURE

JUNGLE SCHOOL

gogetfunding.com – The migrants living in appalling conditions in the tented settlement in Calais are getting no help from any of the EU governments. They have nothing and need virtually everything that we take for g…

LEISURE

Discussion with Leslee Udwin, Director of ‘India’s Daughter’

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sauravdutt.com – Whilst researching, writing and completing my latest book ‘The Butterfly Room’ I-like many around the world-was struck by the power, resolve and unflinching horror of the ‘India’s Daughter’ documen…

LEISURE

Migrants flock to tiny school built by 1 of their own

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bigstory.ap.org – CALAIS, France (AP) — The floor is sandy like the nearby dunes, the canvas roof is held up by tree branches covered in flowered cloth and the students seated at small desks are listening with soldi…

WORLD

Child Piracy – The Somali News Story You’re Not Being Told About

asafeworldforwomen.org – Somalia made headlines again on the 26th July as a bomb explosion outside the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu killed 13 people and injured more than 40 others. The attack, which was carried out b…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

A Journey With Mum – Called Alzheimer’s

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asafeworldforwomen.org – By Chris Crowstaff, founder of Safe World for Women. 13th June 2015. “It’s nice that we should all be friends, despite differences. What we want to hear about, around the whole world, is similariti…

LEISURE

The Second Hardest Thing I’ve Done

asafeworldforwomen.org – By Chris Crowstaff, founder of Safe World for Women. 11th August 2015. Friday 7th August was Mum’s birthday. She turned 79. Mum lives with our son in her bungalow, half an hour away by car. I went …

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Alzheimer’s – Looking on the Bright Side

asafeworldforwomen.org – By Chris Crowstaff, founder of Safe World for Women. 6th July 2015. OK this is relatively early stages but, at the moment, it is still possible for me to see Alzheimer’s in a positive light, at tim…

LEISURE

Expecting the Unexpected – Alzheimer’s

asafeworldforwomen.org – By Chris Crowstaff, founder of Safe World for Women. 20th June 2015. Reading about Alzheimer’s, it looks as though the condition progresses in a series of clear-cut stages, starting with a bit of c…

LEISURE

Dementia and the Importance of Family

asafeworldforwomen.org – By Chris Crowstaff, founder of Safe World for Women. 4th August 2015. My recent blogs started out being about Mum who has been diaignosed with Alzhemer’s Disease. But actually this one is at least …

LEISURE

Love, Joy and Alzheimer’s – A Day With My Mum

asafeworldforwomen.org – By Chris Crowstaff, founder of Safe World for Women. 15th July 2015. Today I took my mum for an ECG (electocardiogram) to check out her heart, to help the psychiatrist to prescribe the most appropr…

WORLD

Israeli Forces Kidnap 9 from West Bank Districts – International Middle East Media Center

imemc.org – WAFA correspondence stated that Israeli forces raided a Hebron city neighborhood, where they proceeded to detain a Palestinian after breaking into and ransacking his house. The detainee was identif…

WORLD

Mother of Ali Dawabsha’s Health Deteriorating, Possible Brain Death – International Middle East Media Center

imemc.org – (Press TV/Al Ray) Riham Dawabsha who was herself injured, and also lost her husband as a result of the attack, was put on a respirator at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, also known as Tel HaShomer …

WORLD

$35 million to UNRWA from Saudi Arabia – International Middle East Media Center

imemc.org – According to Ma’an, Yousef al-Bassam, Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development, said the donation aims to mitigate a funding crisis within UNRWA, which has threatened to delay the start …

WORLD

Pour la première fois depuis 1979, un journaliste d’un média juif américain a pu visiter l’Iran

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fr.news.yahoo.com – Le reporter du Jewish Daily Forward, une publication marquée à gauche, livre un reportage nuancé sur le pays et son rapport à Israël. Le Congrès américain devra se prononcer en septembre sur l’acco…

WORLD

Solidarité Socialiste avec les Travailleurs en Iran

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iran-echo.com – Dernière liste des prisonnières politiques Iraniennes détenues dans la seule prison d’Evin à Téhéran‎ La liste suivante comprend les prisonnières politiques, actuellement arbitrairement enfermées d…

WORLD

The Movement Against Solitary Confinement

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nymag.com – Earlier this summer, in considering the appeal of a longtime California death-row inmate named Hector Ayala, Justice Anthony Kennedy set aside the substance of Ayala’s appeal (it had to do with the…

WORLD

Iran Human Rights Documentation Center – Eleven Human Rights Organizations Condemn the Destruction of Sunni Place of Worship in Tehran

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iranhrdc.org – Eleven human rights organizations have condemned the destruction of a Sunni place of worship in Tehran in a statement and called on international organizations and Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rap…

WORLD

Iran Human Rights Documentation Center – Majid Moghaddam on Ward 8 of Evin Prison: “A Reminder of Kahrizak Detention Center”

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iranhrdc.org – Late last month Majid Moghaddam, a prisoner of conscience and former detainee at Kahrizak Detention Center was granted bail as his six-year sentence on charges relating to political crimes such as …

WORLD

Bangladesh Police Chief Tells Bloggers, “Don’t Cross the Line” · Global Voices

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globalvoicesonline.org – It has been five days since the assassination of secular blogger Niloy Neel but Bangladesh police authorities have made no significant progress investigating his murder. Neel was hacked to death by…

WORLD

I am a Jewish Iranian-American in favour of the nuclear deal

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theguardian.com – As an Iranian Jew raised in Tehran, educated in the United States, and a frequent visitor to Israel, the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran has pulled me in different directions. Like m…

WORLD

Iran refuses to free student activist Bahareh Hedayat after six years in jail

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theguardian.com – Seven years ago this summer, everything was set for the marriage ceremony of a young Iranian couple who had met and fallen in love at university. But on the day before the wedding, plain clothes of…

WORLD

In Iran, Anti-Baha’i Actions Hurt People and Business

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ihrb.org – The airwaves are still buzzing with news of the historic nuclear deal between six major world powers and Iran. As foreign corporations begin to consider the opportunities to do business in Iran, it…

WORLD

A Jewish Journalist’s Exclusive Look Inside Iran – News – Forward.com

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forward.com – Pasagardae, Iran —— In the heart of Fars Province on Iran’s high desert plateau in the South, a stark and bare large limestone tomb juts out of the landscape. It’s in the middle of nowhere. But the…

WORLD

Proof Iran Funding Hamas Gives the Lie to Obama Claims

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commentarymagazine.com – When asked repeatedly by Republicans about Iran’s repeated threats to destroy Israel during Congressional testimony about the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State John Kerry sighed and looked at h…

WORLD

Amid Crackdown, Putin Reportedly Plans Human Rights Award

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rferl.org – MOSCOW — Rights groups in Russia have been ensnared in a far-reaching government clampdown since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012, but some activists may soon get plaudits and eve…

WORLD

Jailed Iranian Artist Atena Farghadani Recipient of CRNI’s 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award

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cartoonistsrights.org – CRNI’s 2015 Courage in Cartooning award is being given to Iranian artist-activist Atena Farghadani.  Ms. Farghadani was jailed in Tehran in August of 2014 after publishing a cartoon in protest of p…

WORLD

Inside Syria: Kurds Roll Back ISIS, but Alliances Are Strained

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nytimes.com – HASAKA, Syria — Green drapes were drawn against the sun, cloaking the room where members of a Syrian Kurdish militia huddled around walkie-talkies, assiduously taking down GPS coordinates. Talal Ra…

WORLD

Israeli Generals Back Nuclear Deal With Iran — Split With Netanyahu – Breaking News – Forward.com

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forward.com – In remarks carried by several Israeli media outlets, an unnamed senior military officer said that if agreed by its June 30 deadline, the deal would provide clarity on the direction of Iran’s nuclea…

WORLD

Tehran May Be Planning a Foreign Policy Reversal

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chathamhouse.org – In many ways, Iran’s behaviour in its region over the past five years has been an exception to its usual rule. The narrow sectarian politicking that has shaped much of its foreign policy since 2011…

LEISURE

How Princess Reema Is Opening Doors For Women In Saudi Arabia

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fastcompany.com – “She comes from a country where women can’t drive, can’t go outside, can’t go to restaurants, can’t socialize, can’t, can’t, can’t . . .” This is how Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar A…

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Over a million evacuate after massive earthquake in Chile

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nypost.com – ILLAPEL, Chile — Thousands of residents of this small city in northern Chile were sleeping outside Thursday after a powerful earthquake destroyed their homes, a tremor that also forced more than 1 …

Vast Ocean Underlies Ice on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

news.nationalgeographic.com – A global ocean lurks inside Enceladus, Saturn’s saltwater-spitting moon—and that’s good news for alien hunters seeking an A-list extraterrestrial petri dish. After sorting through more than seven y…

Gay marriage to be recognised in Ireland before the end of 2015 – Independent.i

independent.ie – Gay marriages will be recognised in Ireland before the end of the year. Despite delays in publishing the liberalised laws following legal challenges, the Government said the legislation should be p…

A New Generation in Somalia

markgeoffreykirshner.com – In Somalia, there is a new generation of young female law students who hope to use their education to build a strong and fair justice system. UNDP, through the Rule of Law Access to Justice Project…

Iran regime ups internet censorship – Reporters Without Borders

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markgeoffreykirshner.com – Source: Iran regime ups internet censorship – Reporters Without Borders NCRI – Reporters Without Borders has condemned the Iranian regime’s increasing censorship of the Internet, including its cens…

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Hate speech legislation does not tackle radicalization: Quebec Bar Association

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montrealgazette.com – QUEBEC — The Quebec Bar Association added its voice Wednesday to those calling for significant changes to Bill 59. Human rights lawyer Pearl Eliadis said the Bar supports the bill’s principle — to …

State of Fear

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hrw.org – Since taking power in 1994, President Yahya Jammeh has ruled Gambia with often-ruthless repression of dissent, a tight clamp on virtually all independent media, and the use of state security forces…

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Why You Should Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend – Chelsea Krost

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chelseakrost.com – I’ve been a fan of Amy Poehler since her Saturday Night Live days, where she parodied everyone from former first ladies to Mickey Mouse-adorned teens. I’ve also watched her on all 6 (soon to be 7) …

As A Man Here’s Why I Believe Gender Equality & Women’s Rights Are Also My Fight

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girltalkhq.com – I write from the perspective of a man who cares very much about women’s rights, gender equality, and homophobia. I’ve written about these issues within the context and framework of South Asia and p…

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Chicago — MacArthur Foundation

macfound.org – Since 1978, MacArthur has invested nearly $1.1 billion in Chicago. Grants have supported more than 1,300 organizations and individuals in the region. MacArthur awards $10 million annually to more t…

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Istanbul Biennial commemorates Armenian genocide

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theartnewspaper.com – The 14th Istanbul Biennial, Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms, opened this week amid calls for all participating artists to suspend their work for 15 minutes in support of Turkey’s Kurdish minor…

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At least 3 dead in 8.3-magnitude earthquake off coast of central Chile

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kdvr.com – SANTIAGO, Chile — A powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile’s coast on Wednesday, triggering a tsunami alert and coastal evacuations. At least three people were killed President Michelle…

SDGs Will Only Succeed If They Can Succeed in Africa

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jeffrey Goldberg Debate Mass Incarceration

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theatlantic.com – I realized something about you earlier this summer, while we were both enjoying the scenery in that famed playground of the workingman, Aspen, Colorado. I was moderating an Ideas Festival debate di…

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Husband bars Iranian footballer from Asian championships

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theguardian.com – The captain of an Iranian women’s football team is to miss a forthcoming Asian championships because her husband would not allow her to renew her passport. In a case highlighting Iran’s discriminat…

Iran’s Ayatollah Suggests He May Not Be Around in 10 Years

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Leader tells IRGC to guard against western influence

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Woman Ex-prisoner Speaks Out About Evin Prison

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Efforts to Bring the Guards and Government Closer

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New Human Rights Violations Exposed in Iran, in Time with UNHRC Session – Iran Press Watch

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