When they ask: “Why Do you Teach your Children Hate?”

Rafeef Ziadah‘We teach life, sir’, London, 12.11.11

sternchenproductions on Nov 13, 2011

RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Canadian-Palestinian spoken word artist and activist. Her debut CD Hadeel is dedicated to Palestinian youth, who still fly kites in the face of F16 bombers, who still remember the names if their villages in Palestine and still hear the sound of Hadeel (cooing of doves) over Gaza.

Africa: From Cairo to Damascus – the New Social Network

Ian Potts

4 April 2011

Mobile phones and social connectivity sites are offering marginalized groups a new voice, and have become the primary medium behind waves of democratic revolution surging throughout the Middle East.

“Social media played an essential role to mobilize youths, and they were the engine of this revolution,” Nihad Abu El-Komsan, head of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights told MediaGlobal, “They took their freedom from the internet to the street; community now is freedom for the whole nation.”

Amateur photographers have used their mobile phones to record protests and their aftermath, with streams of graphic images depicting the wounded and dead posted to YouTube and Twitter. The Facebook group, The Syrian Revolution 2011, called for a “Week of the Martyrs,” a country-wide protest, to honor the recently slain and oppose the al-Assad government. Continue reading

Women in Yemen have found their voice

By Afrah Nasser

SANAA, Yemen—Traditionally in Yemen, women are literally not allowed to raise their voices. Even calling out in the street to attract someone’s attention is considered unacceptable.

But in recent weeks, many women in the country have discovered their voice as they joined in the revolution that has not only swept the country but the region as well.

Women’s participation in this revolution started on a very small scale. Continue reading