Category Archives: Dictatorships

Mona el-Tahawy and Leila Ahmed discuss FP “Why do they hate us” piece

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9Z0DB2XOoHc

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More on the Armenian Genocide

A personal account based on the documentary “Grandma’s tattoos”, for more information see http://phillyimc.org/en/open-letter-suzanne-khardalian-filmmaker-%E2%80%9Cgrandma%E2%80%99s-tattoos%E2%80%9D .

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Mona el-Tahawy on Lack of Women’s Progress and the Firestorm that followed

Here is an article that appeared in Foreign Policy, which sent Twitter, FB, and all forms of social media buzzing:  http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us?page=0,0 discussing “the real war on women.” For an example of a response, see http://neocolonialthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/a-response-to-mona-el-tahawy/

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Arab Spring is frosty for Women According Qatari Author

In an interview with al-Jazeera, a Qatari author discusses the (non)impact the Arab Spring on women:  http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2012/04/201242111373249723.html .

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Armenian Genocide update

After reading Bastard of Istanbul, I thought you might find this update interesting:  http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=267286  It discusses how many countries and even states within the US have recognized the Armenian Genocide.

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A Subjective View of the Iranian Revolution in Dalia Sofer’s The Septembers of Shiraz

Dalia Sofer recreates her heartbreaking childhood story illustrating the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution in her novel, The Septembers of Shiraz. Sofer’s story is inspired by her own childhood story and takes place in the 1980’s in the United States, … Continue reading

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Passionate Plea for Student Participation

As ECU gears up for its Open House next month, this article by my friend and colleague Khaled Fahmy struck me as fascinating, pleading for student participation in politics: http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/709376

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“Amreeka” Film Showing 4.18.2011

On Monday, April 18, 2011 the Ethnic Studies Program hosted a film showing of the film Amreeka. Amreeka is the story of an immigrant family’s journey to the US and their introduction to American culture. It also a continuation of … Continue reading

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Female protesters forced to take “virginity tests”

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/24/egypt-soldiers-tortured-female-protesters-gave-virginity-tests-following/?intcmp=obnetwork

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Libyan Woman claiming rape faces charges

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/29/libyan-woman-claimed-qaddafi-troops-raped-facing-criminal-charges/?intcmp=obnetwork

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