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Archive for February, 2007

Don’t Burn Women

A tiny town in Québec has taken a brave stand against the stoning or burning of women. Canada has apparently been overrun with such acts as immigrants arrive from Muslim countries, to the point that ordinary Canadians are in danger of developing a taste for them.

Collision Course

The U.S. is stationing two aircraft carrier battle groups in the Persian Gulf and may soon send a third to the region. The U.S. is shipping anti-missile batteries into the region, and the only nation it makes sense to use them against is Iran….

Same Old Country

Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and keeper of the blog formerly known as Moorish Girl, writes about the Nichane and Aboubakr Jamaï censorship cases for the New York Times and concludes, “Without freedom of expression, Morocco’s reforms are merely a varnish. Underneath it lies the same old country.”

Democracy and Its Obstacles

It will take a lot more than voting to make change happen. Either the king will do it in a top-down way, or it will take massive political mobilization at the grassroots, following a Gandhi-like consciousness-raising movement, and that isn’t ready to happen yet.