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Full Disclosure: A Strategic Choice But Also a Political One

The answers from disability services coordinators at the eight colleges my daughter Sam and I visited (almost all small, liberal arts programs) ranged from none at all to a couple dozen “after they come out of the woodwork by their senior year.” Of course none of these campuses really has no neurodiversity. Every service coordinator qualified her answer (they were ... Read More »

With PM’s Offering At Ajmer Sharif, Minister Delivers Message On Islam’s “Biggest Enemy”

The Urs festival is an annual festival held at Ajmer which commemorates the death anniversary of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today offered the ceremonial ‘chadar’ at Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s shrine in Ajmer on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Urs festival is an annual festival held at Ajmer which commemorates ... Read More »

Suspect in Quebec City mosque slayings pleads guilty

The man accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque has changed his mind and pleaded guilty. A Superior Court justice refused to accept the pleas Monday pending a psychiatric assessment. Alexandre Bissonnette originally pleaded not guilty to the 12 charges Monday morning but that afternoon announced he wanted to plead guilty. Superior Court Justice Francois ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia Allowing Women to Drive Is About Politics

While the decree is seen as a step in the right direction, many believe it is pure tokenism.  In an unexpected move that surprised everyone, including his own people, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has suddenly passed a royal decree permitting women to drive. His stunning decision comes after years of the ban, which was justified using ... Read More »

Religion Needs a Savior

Raised as a conservative, Sunni Muslim girl in Canada, Yasmine Mohammed said she was taught to always be in fight mode. “The first thing Islam teaches you is to not question, but follow,” she says. And what she had to follow was a “Muslim supremacy ideology” that called for violence against anyone who fell out of line and full armies ... Read More »

Taking a Bench to a Glass Ceiling

After nearly a year on the job, Hana Mansour Khatib says she is already seeing the impact she can make as the first female judge in Israel’s Islamic, or sharia court system. She says she has long witnessed many female plaintiffs remain quiet and instruct a lawyer or male relative to speak on their behalf in the Islamic courts, which ... Read More »

Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan shares draft on amendments to Triple Talaq Bill

The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), a group that was one of the petitioners in the Supreme Court seeking triple talaq ban, held a press conference on the issue on Monday. The move comes a day after the women’s wing of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) took out a rally to protest the Triple Talaq Bill in ... Read More »

Palestinians observe national mourning over Gaza deaths

Palestinians marked a general strike and a day of mourning on Saturday over the death of 15 Palestinians by Israeli gunfire during rallies demanding the right of return to refugees. Shops across the occupied West Bank shuttered their doors, universities and schools suspended their classes and most businesses observed the general strike. At least 15 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip ... Read More »

Greens attack new Liberal senator Jim Molan over ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Iraq

The Greens have launched an extraordinary attack on new Liberal senator and former military leader Jim Molan, accusing him of overseeing a “humanitarian catastrophe” while directing coalition forces in Iraq.  Senator Molan had been under fire from Labor and the Greens after sharing anti-Muslim videos posted by the UK far right group Britain First. But the Greens intensified their criticisms of ... Read More »

Sharia crackdowns in Aceh costing Indonesian transgender women their livelihoods

Transgender women in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province are losing their jobs and incomes in the wake of police raids that saw several beauty salons shut down. Several salons in northern Aceh remain closed more than a month after the raids, and some trans women who worked there have fled to Jakarta in fear. Other salons are still open but have ... Read More »