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Saturday, October 13, 2012

MasterCard for Muslims points way to Mecca - Bottom Line


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BBC News - Tajik women face divorce epidemic

Tajikistan is among the few Muslim nations where men can divorce their wives by repeating the word "taloq" - divorce - three times. They can do it face to face, over the phone, or simply by sending an SMS text.

Even though the State Religious Affairs Committee outlawed the practice last year, it is still commonplace.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Pakistani clerics add voices to chorus of condemnation against girl’s attackers

Pakistani clerics add voices to chorus of condemnation against girl's attackers

Pakistani schoolgirls in Peshawar pray for the recovery of 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in a Taliban assassination attempt.

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CNN's Reza Sayah discovers that the teenage activist Malala Yousufzai shot by the Taliban is inspiring Pakistan children

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Catholic, a Muslim, and a Mormon Walk into a Marriage-Equality Campaign... by Brendan Kiley - Seattle Pullout - Marriage Equality - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fwd: Introducing DeQH - the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline

Please share widely with your contacts and friends.  This is a HUGE achievement for our communities!

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From: SoCal Satrang <>
Date: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Subject: Introducing DeQH - the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline

On National Coming Out Day, Thursday, October 11th, 2012, a coalition of South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organizations and individuals in the U.S. will launch DeQH, the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline. DeQH offers free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources by telephone for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe. The intent is to provide a safe and supportive ear for callers to share their concerns, questions, struggles or hopes through conversations with trained LGBTQ South Asian Peer Support Volunteers.

Callers can reach the helpline at (908) FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374), 8pm-10pm on Thursdays and Sundays, Eastern Standard Time [5-7pm PST]. Days and times will expand over time.

For general information, check out and contact

DeQH is a collaboration of South Asian LGBTQ groups and individuals around the nation including AQUA North Carolina, Hotpot! in Philadelphia, SALGA NYC, Satrang in LA, and Trikone San Francisco. Please contact us if your group is interested in joining our effort, and/or if you are interested in becoming a general volunteer or would like to be trained as a peer support volunteer.

All information in this email, including names, addresses, phone numbers, emails and locations are CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVATE, to be used only for the support and enrichment of Satrang and its members.

Please DO NOT USE the information in this email for any other reason, such as solicitation or harassment. Please respect the privacy of our members and forward this email with discretion only. If we find out that you have violated the privacy or confidentiality of Satrang or its members, we're going to sic Rashmi on you and you'll wish we used a lawyer instead, which we reserve the right to do as well if you really annoy us.

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"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

NYT: Frank Schubert and the Fight Against Gay Marriage

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In a first, Pakistani medical school will offer sex-ed

Religious and cultural values have traditionally prevented any formal
education on the birds and the bees..

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

'New radicals': Pakistan's Generation Y battles to shape country's future - World News

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Monday, October 8, 2012

BBC News - Obama's foreign policy: Is he hawk or dove?

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Muslims building bridges: Sexuality, diversity and faith by Shanon Shah | The Muslim Institute

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From The Washington Post: Saudis line up against Syria’s Assad

King Abdullah has denounced the Syrian leader with rare royal rage,
and his people have joined in..

Salafists urge ultraconservative Islam on post-Arab Spring governments

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Valentine's Day Across the Muslim World (2012)