The declaration of the War on Terror has done much to shed light on the plight of women in the Muslim world. Since, western feminists have actively chided the unfathomable illiteracy rates in nations like Afghanistan, the long dark robes covering women’s bodies in theocratic Muslim regions, the choking of freedom on account of not being able to drive in Saudi Arabia, and perhaps the most harrowing of all, the mutilation of young girls private parts thus preventing them from enjoying their sexualities as adults in parts of the African continent. The war on Muslim patriarchy has given the broader feminist movement a sense of common purpose. It has also provided them with a strong sense of what and who they are not. Read the rest of this entry »
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Since yesterday it appears Mona Eltahawy has had her hands full fending off the massive outrage her Foreign Policy article entitled “Why do they hate us? The real war on women is in the Middle East” provoked. Even much to the dismay of disappointed feminists, her tweets suggest those disagreeing with her have not bothered to provide intelligible debate. However, it was pretty clear, even yesterday, this was certainly not the case.
I realise Mona has likely been quite swamped with responses. But her tweeting patterns suggest that she is responding mainly to two types of people: those that are lauding her work, and those that have been shamelessly slandering her. The problem is that there is a whole host of people in between who want to engage with her intellectually and respectfully while explaining to her precisely why they disagreed so deeply with her piece. Read the rest of this entry »
The original version of this article was published at www.cageprisoners.com
Our persistent concern with the threat of terrorism recently brought the public eye to Toulouse, France. On 19th March, a gunman opened fire on the premises of a school killing 4 – including 3 young children – the same gunman, it is believed, having previously killed 3 French Soldiers. Two days later, a standoff ensued between police and the suspected killer, 23-year-old mechanic Mohammed Merah, who the French police and media claimed was an “Islamic extremist” inspired by Al Qaeda having travelled both to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In the days after, a standoff between French police and Merah ending with his death, Muslims worldwide braced themselves for a backlash. Read the rest of this entry »
Published here are two of three interviews that I conducted to write my report entitled Anonymous: How Techies Became Terrorists. Since the publishing of my interview, I have seen twitter buzzing with tweets calling out the folks at “YourAnonNews” for their apparent “ego-fag” behaviour. I am not wholly aware of where this is coming from, but I have become somewhat annoyed at seeing my work used as “evidence” in order to advance some of the infighting between Anonymous actors.
My work stands alone. I was offered these interviews by members and former members of the “CabinCr3w” many months ago – in fact, in November to be exact. Read the rest of this entry »
As a part of a grander body of research, chapter two of our fuller report is intended to explore how counter terrorism broadly affects Britain, as opposed to the misleading idea that counter terrorism only affects British Muslims, has been submitted to the UK Home Office for a policy consultation on counter terrorism stop and search.
Philip Brennan’s and my research found that counter terrorism stop and searches, as defined by Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (now suspended and replaced by Section 47A), disproportionately targeted ethnic minorities, especially the black community. To be specific, in looking at 187,671 stop and searches between 2008 and 2009 in all of London, including stops and searches conducted both by City Police Read the rest of this entry »
Today marks 1 year since I started my blog AmericanPaki.
This blog piece is to acknowledge my readers and followers. The year has been absolutely incredible and has far exceeded my expectations.
I started AmericanPaki as a relatively simple and experimental concept. From that, its scope has broadened farther than what I had ever expected. I have my readership to thank!
Many of you have noticed and commented that I have not been as active on AmericanPaki as of late. There is a very good reason for this that I shall now explain to all of you. Read the rest of this entry »
The original version of this article appeared on the Peace in Kurdistan campaign website.
2011 marked the shift manyMiddle Eastobservers had been anticipating. Since their formation, nations stretching between the Maghreb and beyond theLevanthave endured decades of authoritarian rule. Mohamed Bouazizi’s self immolation within the last year in Tunisia was the ground breaking spark producing an unprecedented defiance to the status quo and has since made revolutionary language requisite to discourse all over the Muslim world – a much needed air of refreshing change.
As protesters demanded fair elections, freedom of speech and expression, Read the rest of this entry »
The original version of this article appeared at “Inside Islam“
They say the onset of authoritarianism happens through a process of incrementalism. If indeed that is the case, I have missed a lot in the 6 years I spent in the United Kingdom away from the United States.
My first few years in the UK were spent wallowing in my new identity as a Paki. In much of the time I spent wallowing, I did a great deal of idealizing my former American Muslim life – one of relative privilege compared to Muslim life in other parts of the world, including Europe.
The following was a guest blog I wrote for the ACLU’s PrivacySOS site
In 2010, the director of Cageprisoners, former Guantanamo detainee, Moazzam Begg, hired me to work on a project he had been formulating for about a years’ time: How the UK’s anti-terrorism laws affect wider British society. I have been working with Moazzam as my boss for 18 months now.
Contrary to what the right wing American websites will attempt to tell you about the organization, Cageprisoners is in fact a London based non-governmental organization (NGO) and a human rights group. Read the rest of this entry »
The original version of this article was published at Cageprisoners.com
16-year-old girl next door Emily Kay Six is not the “new face” of American terrorism. Rather, she is the quintessential American terrorist.
What did this rather docile looking, church going, volunteer enthusiast high school student from Ottumwa, Iowa do to land behind prison bars on conspiracy to commit terrorism charges? Six was plotting against her fellow classmates at school.