Links for 10/15/09

I’ve got one or ten blog posts in the wings, but it’s been a very busy couple of weeks, so in an effort to clear my Firefox session of its many open tabs, I share with you the things I’m reading and thinking about. Please comment feverishly!

  • The Committee to Protect Journalists has released an excellent report on the troubles faced by bloggers in the Middle East.  This is a personal area of interest for me, and I was fortunate enough to be able to chat with the author, Mohamed Abdel Dayem, while he was researching the report.  Worth a close read.
  • I’ve had this USA Today piece on hate speech open in tabs for over a week, and haven’t thought of anything productive to say about it yet.  If you read my blog, you know that I’m opposed to hate speech legislation of most kinds (though very much in favor of hate crime legislation involving violent acts), particularly those which police free speech.  Penny for your thoughts?
  • Two pieces on Sociological Images (one of my favorite blogs) caught my eye this week: One, on the debate over the cross that “memorializes soldiers” (David Weinberger also touched on that this week, and I solidly agree with his sentiments), and another on images of Saudi women at work (you can read my comment on the piece – just look for my avatar).  The latter post brings up the bigger issue of how Arab women are portrayed, something that I talk about all the time and won’t dive into now.

Comment away!

5 replies on “Links for 10/15/09”

It comes as no suprise that army headquarters and police stations have come under attack after the way the army has treated its own people. To kick and beat someone has no justification especially if the government claims to be democratic. A person is innocent unless proven guilty.

About the images of Saudi women–I agree with your comment–the pictures are misleading and hardly count as counterbalance. I do think it is something refreshing to show pictures of Muslim women in something other than burka and gun-toting/slogan-shouting poses or hauling water to (invisible) families. I am currently doing a study of images of the “Muslim world” in high school textbooks–and there is a noticable lack of pictures of women in everyday, normal work activities.

Just two days ago Kuwaitis women have their freedom to have their own passport. before women in Kuwaitis have no right to have passport!!..

as in Saudis the women have no right to have ID card.

What is really obvious here you need to be very concious when you talking about women rights in Islamic words and the customs and culture in some Islamic land.

As for Subah regime in Kuwait or Saudis these restricted regulations set by tribes culture have noting to do with Islam.

Leave you with some images another on images of Saudi women and other gulf states photos:

عالمة سعودية تكشف تقنية تخترق الجسم البشري

عالمة سعودية تشارك في انفجار كبير

الدكتورة حياة سندي

الكويتيات يحصلن على حق السفر

موزة المسند

Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned

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