‘Het onderscheid tussen islam en politieke islam is niet legitiem’

President Erdogan van Turkije. Bij het onderscheid tussen islam en islamisme kan men kritiek leveren op het islamisme, zonder kritiek te hebben op de islam an sich. Op deze manier wordt vermeden dat een gehele religie bekritiseerd wordt. Deze nobelheid impliceert echter niet de legitimiteit van het onderscheid. Dat betoogt student psychologie en islamologie Timon Dias. Het doel van het bedrijven van wetenschap is het zo correct mogelijk kunnen duiden van de realiteit. In maatschappelijke context ziet de wetenschap het veelal als taak te zorgen dat gewichtige discussies in de juiste termen en formuleringen worden gevoerd. Dit geldt ook voor … Continue reading ‘Het onderscheid tussen islam en politieke islam is niet legitiem’

Excuses leger Egypte over behandeling vrouwen

Een Egyptische vrouw houdt de foto waarop de mishandeling te zien is omhoog De Opperste Raad van het Egyptische leger heeft spijt betuigd voor de behandeling van vrouwelijke betogers. De legertop reageerde op de ophef die in Egypte en in het buitenland is ontstaan over beelden van militairen die de kleren van een gesluierde betoogster wegrukten. In een verklaring stelde de legertop dat militairen vrouwelijke betogers met respect moeten behandelen. Het leger liet weten dat maatregelen volgen tegen militairen die verantwoordelijk zijn voor geweld tegen vrouwen. Honderden vrouwen waren in de hoofdstad Caïro de straat opgegaan om te protesteren tegen … Continue reading Excuses leger Egypte over behandeling vrouwen

Clashes as Israeli forces raid Tulkarem, nearby camp

An Israeli soldier fires tear gas at Palestinian protesters during a demonstration near Ramallah TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles raided Tulkarem and its refugee camp Tuesday afternoon, witnesses said, and clashes erupted between the troops and locals. Witnesses said five Israeli army vehicles moved into the eastern area of the city where clashes erupted. Palestinians threw rocks at the troops fired bullets and tear gas grenades in return. The vehicles were also seen in the Tulkarem refugee camp. No detentions or injuries were reported. (www.maannews.net / 20.12.2011) Continue reading Clashes as Israeli forces raid Tulkarem, nearby camp

United Nations expert slams Israel over lack of freedom of expression

After a visit to Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Israel as part of a 12-day fact-finding mission by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue, the independent United Nations human-rights expert urged authorities in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to lift restrictions to freedom of expression. He stressed that these are curbing minority views and dissenting opinions, and they prevented journalists and human rights defenders from reporting on rights violations. La Rue said: “Truly democratic societies are measured by their respect of human rights, … Continue reading United Nations expert slams Israel over lack of freedom of expression

182 states back Palestine right to self-determination

NEW YORK (Ma’an) — The UN General Assembly adopted on Monday a draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, according to Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour. The resolution, says Mansour, was adopted by a vote of 182 in favor to seven against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the US), with three abstentions (Cameroon, South Sudan, and Tonga). Mansour highlighted that the resolution would have the UN General Assembly reaffirm the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine. It would also urge all … Continue reading 182 states back Palestine right to self-determination

Arab Spring puts woman’s rights in the spotlight

A woman with her face painted in the colors of the Kingdom of Libya flag attends a protest against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. By Marie-Louise Gumuchian TRIPOLI (Reuters) — At a pre-wedding evening party in central Tripoli, a group of Libyan women sing traditional songs to the beat of a drum as they prepare to apply henna to the bride’s hands and feet. Clapping her hands to the music as she waited for the bride to appear, 23-year-old Sarah Burruin said she has just one wish for women in the new Libya. “I want women to be equal,” the engineering student said. … Continue reading Arab Spring puts woman’s rights in the spotlight

Great Britain Donates £14.6 to Further Education in Gaza

During an official visit by the Department for International Development (DFID) to Gaza, the United Kingdom has pledged millions to help alleviate the pressure facing United Nation schools across the Gaza strip, with the money being earmarked to build a dozen new schools, and provide places for up to 24,000 students, half of whom will be girls. UKAID Emblem, photo by eauc.org.uk International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, visited Gaza for the first time, to asses the work the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is doing in educating the children of the Gaza Strip. Seeing the desperation and the … Continue reading Great Britain Donates £14.6 to Further Education in Gaza