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Solidarity from the Islamic world

I hope Israelis can find some encouragement in these photos, posted as part of an “I Stand with Israel” Facebook campaign.

Islamic Ideology Council (IIC) and family/personal laws of Pakistan

This is a guest post by Assia Bandukda
As an ordinary Muslim of Pakistani origin I am baffled by the recent recommendations of Islamic Ideology Council (IIC) to the Pakistani legislature to remove the current minimum age of marriage as well as the limitation on polygamy because the present restrictions are deemed un-Islamic. Currently the minimum [...]

Christians in Pakistan

Today the Reverend Rana Khan gave a very informative talk at St Paul’s Cathedral about the plight of religious minorities in Pakistan, drawing on his own experience of unwelcome changes in his country.
As a child Rana Khan had been sent to stay with distant relatives so that he could attend a Christian school, but returned [...]

Droning on: Amnesty and the efficacy of drone strikes

This is a cross-post by Mugwump
As the evidence I’ve previously presented shows: drones rarely kill civilians and they are quite effective at reducing terrorism. This shouldn’t be surprising: there is a general trend for Western military action to cause very little civilian loss and the latter proposition is only surprising to people who still believe in the [...]

More on the persecution of the Ahmadis in Pakistan

A disturbing post highlighting anti-Ahmadi feeling in Pakistan.
The Radd-i-Qadianiyat Conference was held at Jamia Naeemia. The participants were told they had a duty to wage a holy war against Ahmadis. The audience which included a large number of students of the Jamia, vowed to wage ‘jihad’ against Ahmadis through their writings, speech, charity funds and [...]

A modest proposal: Humayon Dar on slavery

Dar’s recent article, published in the Express Tribune, opens:
It is politically incorrect to argue for efficiency of slavery or its modern form, bonded labour, but following the academic tradition set by Robert William Fogel and Stanley L Engerman in their fiercely debated book “Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery” (1974), [...]

Bullets, books & pens: relativizing the education of Malala

This is a cross-post by Jacobinism

The wise saying, “The pen is mightier than sword” was true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them . . . That is why they are blasting schools every day. Because they were and they are afraid of change, afraid of the equality [...]

Egyptian boy frightens China’s rulers

A Taliban commander in Pakistan has written a bizarre letter to Malala Yousafzai expressing “shock” at the attempt to kill her but “explaining” why it was necessary.
Just as the Taliban fear the dangerous influence of a teenage girl with a desire to learn, Chinese officials are frightened by a smart and articulate Egyptian boy with [...]

Video clip: Malala addresses the UN

This is a cross-post by Homo Economicus
Small part of the address that Malala gave the United Nations (full transcript in link)
The wise saying, “The pen is mightier than sword” was true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of [...]

Standing up against clerical fascism at home and abroad

This is a guest post from Howie’s corner
At the weekend millions of ordinary Pakistani men and women defied the threats of the Taliban and went to the polls to cast their vote. A small number paid for that right with their lives.  They are not alone:

In Bangladesh thousands of supporters of [...]