Human Rights

Kemal Kurkut survived Isis suicide bomb but couldn’t survive Turkish police

The young student who was shot dead by a police officer ahead of the Kurdish Newroz celebration in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province, had survived the Ankara train station massacre perpetrated by the… KOMnews New details continue coming to light in the killing of fine arts student Kemal Kurkut, who died after being shot by police at a… Kemal Kurkut survived… Read More »

Australia moves to weaken hate speech laws

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to water down language in discrimination law sparks debate on freedom versus tolerance John Power Asia Times A push by the Australian government to water down controversial hate speech laws has highlighted tensions between freedom of speech and racial harmony in one of the Asia-Pacific’s most multicultural nations. Prime Minister Malcolm… Australia moves to… Read More »

The sweep of perpetual famine?

The media is presenting us with images of the mother of all famines, stretching from Yemen to Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and northern Nigeria. Jonathan Power Arab News There have been bad famines in the not-so-distant past, such as the Ethiopian one in 1985 that triggered rock star Bob Geldof to organize a global popular response. In 1974 at… The sweep of… Read More »

Women must mentor other women. It’s never been more urgent

After 108 years of celebrating ‘our’ day, women need to change the way they look at the world, so that the world can change the way it looks at us. Muthoni Thang’wa Daily Nation Otherwise we will begin to sound like a broken record. International Women’s Day… Women must mentor… Read More »

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

On March 14, the European Court of Justice made a controversial ruling, stating that companies are permitted to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols such as the Islamic headscarf. Riada Asimovic Akyol Al Monitor The decision from Europe’s top court came after two women were fired because they refused to take off their headscarves at workplaces in France and Belgium. Many right-wing political… European court ruling… Read More »

The politics of water insecurity

To achieve universal water security, we need to let politics and culture drive water planning as much as economy does. Majed Akhter Al Jazeera News This March 22, World Water Day, we focus attention on global issues of water access. The statistics are not comforting. The poorest ninth… The politics of… Read More »

The Other Women’s Movement

They voted for Donald Trump. Cathy Young Foreign Policy Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not… The Other Women’s… Read More »

7 Religious Women Explain How Their Faith Empowers Their Feminism

‘People say to me, doesn’t your faith oppress you?’ Nitya Rajan The Huffington Post As part of our All Women Everywhere month, we asked seven women of faith whether their belief helps or hinders their… From battling stigma to fighting for their rights in the workplace, each woman explains, what has been at times, an “uncomfortable” journey to balance their faith with… 7 Religious Women… Read More »

What Canada’s ‘Yellow Peril’ teaches us about this migrant moment

History has plenty to tell us about this moment of fraught borders—and about the consequences of racist government… Christine Sismondo MacLeans It’s September 7, 1907, and a parade has just started on Main Street, just outside Vancouver’s City Hall, with hundreds marching to the tune of “Rule… The song was a strange choice, given that the… What Canada’s ‘Yellow… Read More »

Erdoğan vows to reinstate death penalty as referendum opponents face ‘attacks and imprisonment’

In the build up to the referendum, the Turkish President promised he will introduce the death penalty in a campaign that has caused a… Hanna Yusuf Independent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Saturday that he will reinstate capital punishment “without hesitation”, ahead of the… Speaking at a televised rally in Canakkale, the leader of the… Erdoğan vows to… Read More »