Dossier: Squeezed – Space for Civil Society — Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany

  Photo: Niklas Hughes. This image is licensed under Creative Commons License. Civil society is part and parcel of all political processes, be they national or international. It can shape political processes, successfully oranise political participation, uncover corruption and human rights abuses – and it will demand accountability from state actors. But all across the…

Köln: Kontroverse um Absage von israelkritischer Ausstellung-(In German, Due to the protest of Israeli Embassy, City of Cologne cancel the exhibition “Breaking the Silence”, But the exhibitors demand for the freedom of expression)

In Köln sollte eine Ausstellung über das Vorgehen der israelischen Armee gegen die Palästinenser gezeigt werden. Dagegen protestierte die israelische Botschaft. Daraufhin sagte die Stadt die Schau ab. Nun protestieren die Aussteller. Sie fordern freie Meinungsäußerung. Der Kölner Dom im Rheinland © Ben Fredericson (xjrlokix) auf flickr.com (CC 2.0), bearb. MiG Um die Absage einer…

Merkel pledges to protect Muslim faith in an ‘undivided’ Germany |Hollande: Muslims are ‘victims of fanaticism’ — Deutsche Welle de

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has addressed the recent Paris attacks, describing the freedom of the press as one of society’s greatest treasure. She also said that Islam belongs to Germany as much as Judaism. Opening her address to the German parliament on Thursday morning, Angela Merkel said that the Germany stood alongside France in solidarity…

New Delhi, 10-12 October: Religious pluralism and freedom of expression in India, Europe and other countries — Reset-Doc org

New Delhi, 10-12 October: Religious pluralism and freedom of expression in India, Europe and other countries ***** Download: 10-11-12 October 2013 – CONFERENCE PROGRAM (pdf) Venice-Delhi Seminars, 10-12 October 2013 Venue: India Habitat Centre and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India The Venice-Delhi Seminars are Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations project, in cooperation with the Jamia Millia…

Lowe’s becomes target of anti-bigotry campaign after pulling ads from All-American Muslim – by Bryan Farrell at Waging Nonviolence War org

Last month, TLC debuted a new reality show called All-American Muslim that follows the daily lives of five families in Dearborn, Michigan–home to the largest mosque in the United States. According to the show’s website, “Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within…

On Progress In Afghanistan – By Daud Khattak at RFERL Org

Girls and boys studying together, a novel approach August 18, 2011 Who says Afghanistan has not made progress in the past 10 years? Though not by leaps and bounds, even a naive observer can see visible change in the country’s politics, freedom of expression, human rights and even health, schooling, and communications.A recent four-day sit-in…

Introduction: Teaching the Middle East after the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions… Beyond Orientalism, Islamophobia, and Neoliberalism – by Jadaliyya Reports

  [Participants during the conference. Photo by Bassam Haddad.]   May 13-14, 2011, George Mason University “Teaching the Middle East after the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions…Beyond Orientalism, Islamophobia, and Liberalism,” a conference sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, and by the…

China: Ran Yunfei’s Blogging for Political Change – Globel Voices

The Deutsche Welle International Blog Awards, as GVO writer Filip Stojanovski and Juliana Rincón Parra have written about, is one of the most prestigious awards for online content producers. Organized by German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, it features 17 categories with winners chosen in two ways – those by the jury and those by Internet…

Chinese Police Detain Famed Artist, Activist – VOA News

  Photo: AP Ai Weiwei arrives at the Wenyuhe court to support fellow artist Wu Yuren during his trial in Beijing (File Photo – November 17, 2010)   One of China’s best-known artists, activist Ai Weiwei, was detained in Beijing Sunday as he tried to board a flight for Hong Kong, and police later raided…