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Check Out the New Opinion Piece by Correspondent Shahid in Pakistan

August 25, 2012

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Pakistan: A Pollutant Dualistic Society Where Rights Are Violated As a Matter of Right This article is written by Syed Muhammad Modassar Shahid, the only intention behind writing and publishing is to highlight and visualize the real social structure of the on-board culture of Pakistan, its political parties, policy both internal and external, popular and […]

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“Footprints”, A Film That Chronicles the Horrors Caused by Cluster Bombs Years Later in Laos and Afghanistan

July 20, 2012

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SnagFilms  has an online catalog of over 3,000 titles composed of mainly documentaries and independent films that cover a range of political, social, and cultural issues and awareness. Snagfilms is currently showcasing the heart -wrenching short film, Footprints. Footprints is a film that aims to raise awareness to the issue of cluster bombs dropped on […]

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Friendship Across the Border

July 9, 2012

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WRITTEN BY: Atif Yaqub If you have seen the whole world and could not visit the two great nations of India and Pakistan you have certainly missed something very special. India and Pakistan share a common border of nearly 1800 miles between them. Despite the recent conflicts and three wars between the two nations over […]

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Is This Where We Are Going?

July 9, 2012

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WRITTEN BY: Syed Muhammad Modassar Shahid   According to Karl Marx, the founder of communism, due to the clash of classes, society came into existence. To him the formation society and the state are just to secure the identity of BOURGEOISIE class and only for the humiliation and subjugation of the peasant or PROLETARIAT class. […]

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Unnecessary Restrictions

July 9, 2012

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DRAFTED BY: Syed Muhammed Modassar Shahid Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains. Unnecessary restriction means that there are many avoidable and un- needed less obstacles faced by many in society, hampering the livelihood and creativity, seizing of useful work or thoughtfulness.        Men shut their doors against a setting sun. […]

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2011, A Year Through Photographs

December 29, 2011

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2011 has been an incredible year. From the Arab Spring and Wallstreet protests to the Eurpean debt crisis and the death of Osama Bin Laden, 2011 has definitely been a year to remember. As we look back on the year and reflect, let us look back on the photos that captured those life changing moments […]

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Bahrain Authorities Arrest Blogger and Rights Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja During Protest in Manama

December 15, 2011

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BAHRAIN.— Authorities have arrested blogger and human rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja after security forces clashed with protesters during a demonstration in Manama. Al-Khawaja, daughter of a prominent opposition leader, and several other women had refused to leave a sit-in in the Budaiya roundabout. Al-Khawaja was handcuffed and taken away by police along with one other […]

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Teenager Killed by Police Car During Demonstration in Bahrain

November 26, 2011

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BAHRAIN.— Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of a teenage protester who was killed by a police vehicle during a demonstration in Juffair, Manama. The funeral procession for the 16-year-old victim was broken up by security forces firing tear gas into the crowds. Several people collapsed from tear gas inhalation. Alledgedly, Ali Youssef Bagdar […]

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Nearly Four Dozen Women Injured at a Rally Supporting Nobel Peace Prize Winner Tawakkol Karman

October 23, 2011

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YEMEN.— Nearly four dozen women were injured after government supporters attacked a rally celebrating Nobel Peace prize winner Tawakkol Karman. According to reports, pro-government supporters threw stones and bottles at the women as they marched in the south-western city of Ta’izz. “We were attacked by regime thugs with empty bottles and stones,” an organiser said. […]

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Women’s Rights Activist Faranak Farid in Critical Condition After Being Arrested and Severely Beaten

September 15, 2011

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IRAN.— Women’s rights activist and journalist Faranak Farid, was arrested by plainclothes officers on 3 September 2011 upon leaving her home on an errand in Tabriz. Allegedly, her charges were, “Insulting the Supreme Leader”, “Propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime”, and “Acting against national security”. Faranak Farid is a member of the Azerbaijani minority in […]

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Human Rights Organizations Condemn the Murder of Pakistani Journalist Munir Shakar

August 31, 2011

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PAKISTAN.— Irina Bokova, head of the UNESCO, has condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Munir Shakar and is calling on authorities to ensure his killers are brought to justice. “It is essential that the perpetrators of this crime be brought to justice as soon as possible,” said Irina Bokova. “Journalists must be provided with reasonable […]

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The UN Calls For An Investigation Into the Abductions and Killings of Journalists in Pakistan

August 19, 2011

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PAKISTAN.— The United Nations has urged the Pakistani Government to investigate numerous reports of abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings of journalists. Just last week, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights received a report on the disappearance of journalist, Rehmatullah. Just three days later the murder of Munir Shakir, a journalist in the […]

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Children in Gaza Set New World Record Just Hours After an Attack on the UNRWA Facility

August 2, 2011

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GAZA.— Just hours after 10 men attacked and vandalized the UN Relief and Works Agency facility in Gaza, Palestinian children attending the Summer Games at the UNRWA set a new world record. The UNRWA facility was being used to stage summer camps for children in the Gaza Strip. This is the fifth year that UNRWA has […]

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Five-Year Old Libyan Amputee Malaak Al-Shami Arrives in the U.S. for Rehabilitation Treatment

July 29, 2011

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LIBYA— On May 13th, five-year old Malaak Al-Shami was severely injured when a Grand rocket hit her bedroom wall in Misrata, Libya. The missile, launched by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, crashed into the bedroom while she was having an afternoon nap with her younger brother and sister. Malaak’s right leg was nearly severed, her […]

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Azerbaijan Intelligence Agency Forbids the Wedding of Student Activist Hadi Hamidi Shafiq

July 26, 2011

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AZERBAIJAN.— Hadi Hamidi Shafiq’s wedding was to take place in Tabriz with political and social activists from all over Azerbaijan attending the event. On July 20, 2011, Tabriz Intelligence Agency summoned the wedding banquet hall director and interrogated him about the scheduled event. The following day, Tabriz Intelligence Agency contacted the bride and the groom’s […]

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Female Journalists Continue to Fight For Women’s Rights in Afghanistan Despite Death Threats

July 23, 2011

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AFGHANISTAN.— Farida Nekzad constantly faces threatening emails and phone calls, and death threats are an almost daily reality for this Afghani writer. In fact, most local journalists who publish critical articles of Afghanistan’s local customs and national politics are subject to threats of kidnapping and death, especially woman writers. “You have to fight everyday,” Naksad […]

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Missing Iranian Blogger Arrested for Attempting to Write Editorial on Women’s World Cup

July 22, 2011

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IRAN.— On Sunday, July 10, 2011, four Iranian law enforcement officers entered Pegah Ahangarani’s house, taking her and some of her personal belongings into custody. The Iranian actress and blogger was arrested as she prepared to leave for Germany to write a blog for the Deutsche Welle radio station about the women’s football World Cup. Pegah Ahangarani […]

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Iranian Human Rights Activist Under Pressure to Give False Confession as a Condition of Release

July 21, 2011

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IRAN.— Reza Khandan, husband of imprisoned Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his wife is under intense pressure by security forces to give a false confession. “Confessions are meaningful only when an individual has committed a criminal act and then confesses. But […]

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International Organizations Condemn the Trial of Five Human Rights Bloggers in the UAE

July 20, 2011

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.— On Sunday, Amnesty International, the Arabic Network or Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Front Line Defenders, and Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a statement denouncing the trial of five bloggers, calling  for their release. The statement read, “UAE authorities should drop charges against five activists arrested after they called for democratic reforms.” Ahmed […]

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Released Bahraini Poet Forced to Sign Over Freedom of Speech as a Condition of Release

July 16, 2011

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BAHRAIN.— The Bahraini government has released Ayat al-Qurmozi, a Muslim poet, who was sentenced to one year in prison for reciting a poem critiquing the country’s ruling family. In February, the twenty-year-old teacher trainee, a student at the Teacher’s College of Bahrain, attended a pro-democracy rally in the Pearl Roundabout where she read a poem […]

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