How to save Iraq's history
How to save Iraq's vanishing heritage
As cultural property crimes in Iraq reach new levels of depravity, the 'Association of Iraqi Academics' congregated in London on Saturday to explore ways of countering ISIL’s assault against Iraq's vibrant past.
A thick sense of mourning, melancholia, and anger filed the lecture theatre where an audience of approximately 150 listened to a disturbing review of their country's recent past.
Recurrent episodes of illegal digging, pillaging and reckless destruction have transformed Iraq's urban fabric beyond recognition.
Source: Your Middle East
Attacks against human rights defenders in Sudan continue
For the Sudanese government, human rights defender, Amin Mekki Medani, is a scary person.
Medani is the President of the Confederation of Sudanese Civil Society, Vice President of Civil Society Initiative, and former President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM). His international resume includes posts at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the West Bank and Gaza, legal advisor to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq and Afghanistan, Regional Representative for the OHCHR in Beirut, Lebanon, and Chief of Mission of the OHCHR in Zagreb, Croatia.
Instead of celebrating Medani’s important work, the Sudanese government is punishing him for calling for democracy and human rights at home.
Do women in Egypt actually want equality?
We often talk about how society enforces harmful gender roles on young women pressuring them to succumb to a life at home with the kids and killing their ambitions of achieving more. We often talk about how society’s norms destroy the grand plans young women have for their dreams. We often label women as the victims of what an unequal society deems ‘the right path’. But how often do we ask ourselves: Do women in Egypt actually want equality?
Source: Egyptian Streets