Don’t weep for me, Mama

By Halima Islam

“Mama, I sat there alone, trembling with fear that the men in the heavy black boots were coming for me next. Mama, I wanted to scream, cry, do everything in my control for you to come and save me but I knew they would turn their weapons on me. I wanted to save . . . → Read More: Don’t weep for me, Mama

The cruelest man in American politics

As many of us wade through the horror of the Senate torture report, it’s hard not to think back to a time when the man who ran the country explained to us in plain language what he was doing. I’m talking about Vice President Dick Cheney, of course, the official who smoothly seized the reins . . . → Read More: The cruelest man in American politics

A failure from all sides

There are moments in life when everything loses its meaning and words become shallow. Today is that day when over 130 children, in a Peshawar school, were sacrificed for the political agenda of terrorists. It is not failure of just the state or intelligence agencies it is failure of all of us as . . . → Read More: A failure from all sides

Forced conversions to Hinduism in India – banned on Christmas?

Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have said they will not allow Hindu nationalist groups to hold a religious conversion ceremony on Christmas Day.

Mohit Agarwal, senior police official in Aligarh town where the ceremony is planned, said “strict action” would be taken against the organisers.

Conversions are legal if they do not . . . → Read More: Forced conversions to Hinduism in India – banned on Christmas?

The battle over women’s bodies and lives in Chechnya

Chechen women have to be very careful about what they wear because of Ramzan Kadyrov’s ‘virtue campaign.’

Don’t wear too little but don’t wear too much’ is how one could sum up Chechen women’s situation in terms of clothing. They are now obliged to wear a headscarf in official buildings but forbidden to wear a . . . → Read More: The battle over women’s bodies and lives in Chechnya

History of American torture

Torture American-Style

George Bush: Governor Death now the Torture President. Photo (right) has become the harrowing symbol of imperialist occupation of Iraq. The prisoner at the U.S.’ Abu Ghraib concentration camp is being subjected to sleep deprivation torture, threatened with execution if he falls off the box.Photos: (left) Morry Gash/AP, (right) courtesy of The . . . → Read More: History of American torture

Escaping the miseries of oppressive Hinduism

Recently, RSS, the extremist Hindu organisation, proudly announced the conversion of 350 Muslims as part of its ‘Ghar Vapsi’, or Return to Home programme. It is also planning to convert 4,000 Christians at Christmas as part of the same drive. According to reports, these mass conversions are being induced by promises of government housing and . . . → Read More: Escaping the miseries of oppressive Hinduism

CIA torture, American energy and economy – The big picture

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The perception regarding women

The rape of a young woman by a taxi driver in Delhi has again left the city and the country traumatised, and searching for answers on how to end this tide of violence against women.

Despite rising levels of education, gender awareness (the 16 Days of Activism to end gender violence are being marked in . . . → Read More: The perception regarding women

A plea to the government of Pakistan from Guantanamo Bay

By Ahmed Rabbani

My crime was that I spoke Arabic. When the Americans were offering ransom money for handing over Arabs to them back in 2001, someone accused me of being one and my fate was sealed. I spent two years being tortured by the CIA in secret prisons in Afghanistan before I was flown . . . → Read More: A plea to the government of Pakistan from Guantanamo Bay