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Friday, October 19, 2012

'Spy of the West': Al-Qaida, Taliban struggle to justify attack on Pakistani teen - World News

The Taliban, al-Qaida and conservative groups in Pakistan have
launched an unprecedented effort to justify the attack on teenager
Malala Yousufzai and to calm the reaction against her shooting.


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BBC News - Big Bang: Is there room for God?

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1 in 30 Americans Identify as LGBT

3.4% of Americans identify as LGBT

Of note in the latest Gallup survey, released Thursday, is the fact that non-whites are more likely to identify themselves as LGBT than whites, which challenges common belief that large numbers of the community are white, male and wealthy.

The Gallup poll showed that 4.6% of African-Americans identify as LGBT along with 4% of Latinos and 4.3% of Asian-Americans. Only 3.2% of white Americans say they are LGBT.

More women — 3.6% — identified as LGBT than men — 3.3%. That means 53% of the LGBT community are women.

And, perhaps not surprisingly,  younger adults between the ages of 18 and 29 were more than three times as likely as seniors 65 and older to identify as LGBT — 6.4% of younger Americans said they were LGBT versus 1.9% of older people.

Pakistani schoolgirl can stand, communicate

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

In Jerusalem, even street naming can be divisive

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NYT: Same-Sex Marriage Support Has Grown Among Latinos, Survey Finds;jsessionid=42F29095A86CA087D0FC3C968DDEEA2A?f=110

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Activists: 'Devastation' after mosque bombing

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SUBMISSIONS CALL! Totally Radical Muslims' Zine, Vol 2 (Deadline 11/15/12)

Subject: SUBMISSIONS CALL! Totally Radical Muslims' Zine, Vol 2 (Deadline 11/15/12)



Are you a queer, trans and or radical muslim with a story to tell?  of course you are!  share your writings, poetry, art and more through Totally Radical Muslims' Zine!  

After the raging success of our first zine, Islamophobia: A Bitchin' Zine, the Totally Radical Muslims' crew is back at it with volume two aiming at telling stories of resistance, resilience and continued struggle.  

We want to hear from you!  

Get on it and get at us if you're interested!  

Help spread the word!  

a Totally Radical Muslim

Volume 2: "Karbala Fired Resistance Stories"

the first zine was about being heard and speaking up.  broadly proclaiming our experiences, bitchin really, about islamophobia and doing it with humor, art, poetry and image.  

in our second edition, we'll focus our attention on stories of resistance and resilience.  the title of the second zine is "Karbala Fired Resistance Stories".  we hope to print by spring 2013. 

inspired by the yearly traditions of muharram and the stories of karbala which exemplify social justice, resistance to oppression, courage to change and strong solidarity, our second zine will show the strengths of our backs and the power of a determined heart.  

we invite submissions that show: your own process and struggle; how you have overcome adversity; ways you have healed; and stories that hold meaning to your inspired work.  

we encourage you to draw upon social justice movement history that inspires you, spiritual practices that energize you, community resources that stabilize you, and a political grounding that visions you. 

Expectations and Values

expectations we have and values we want upheld in submissions: 

* intersectional and anti-oppression lens (this is not the time to play oppression olympics, folks) 

* speak your truths, take care of your safety, be creative (pseudo names are useful, if needed) 

* work towards community building and breaking isolation 

* our stories are colored within a context of islamophobia - air your laundry, and be mindful of how the piece will be read 

* islamophobia falls within a continuum of oppression, honor the histories of other oppressed peoples


we do not edit your work.  this is our commitment to honoring individual voice and storytelling.  we are however, discerning in maintaining a political frame and may decide that your piece does not fit within our projects vision and intent 

* all submissions must be UNDER 800 words 

* art pieces need to be formatted to fit 5.5 x 8.5 (standard sheet of paper folded)

* blog posts can be audio/video files (talk to us about your idea before submitting)

we especially welcome submissions from voices often left out of muslim discourse: queer and trans, black, youth, disabled, shia (bohri, ismaili, ithna-asheri) ahmadi,  poor and working class

* submissions must be received by THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2012
submit your pieces to: islamophobia dot zine at gmail dot com

salam and metta, 

"To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political, in its most profound way."  — June Jordan

Immigrant, gay rights groups form alliance — and meet resistance among some Latinos

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Seeing a Homosexual Agenda, Christian Group Protests an Anti-Bullying Program -

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Millions of children face Malala's fight for an education

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The Young Teenagers Like Malala That You'll Never Meet

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pakistan Sends Girl Shot by Taliban to UK for Care - ABC News

Right-wing Islamic parties and organizations in Pakistan that regularly pull thousands of supporters into the streets to protest against the U.S. have less of an incentive to speak out against the Taliban. They share a desire to impose Islamic law in the country — even if they may disagree over the Taliban's violent tactics.

Pakistan's mainstream political parties are also often more willing to harangue the U.S. than direct their people power against Islamist militants shedding blood across the country — partly out of fear and partly because they rely on Islamist parties for electoral support.

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Exclusive: The Aga Khan, Women and Development: The Path of Education - The Huffington Post

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Valentine's Day Across the Muslim World (2012)