Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves…But Nobody Seems to Notice

Recently, Ahmedinejad’s closest aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, made comments that Iran must work to fight against the oppression of women where the religious framework of Islam would allow it. The Guardian article calls women’s rights a divisive topic in Iran, which is true. However, the sexist laws mentioned are those that involve the requirement to cover following the 1979 Islamic revolution, failing to mention inequalities in other areas, such as personal status laws.  This reduces the … [Read more...]

Online Activism: Can it Work?

MMW thanks Ali Eteraz for The Huffington Post tip. Last week, Peter Daou at The Huffington Post wrote about the use of the internet's growing and powerful use as an activist medium. He stated that "[o]ne universal aspect of effective activism is raising awareness and there's no doubt that the web is an ideal tool to do that..." He continued to say that the rise of the internet as a tool of activism is "transformative, not just because it is a web-driven enhancement of traditional political and … [Read more...]


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