Month: March 2012

Credit: Alexander JE Bradley (Photo via Facebook.com) Is standing around naked the best way to protest against the oppression of women by radical Islam? This group of ladies seems to think so. FEMEN, the Ukrainian feminist collective made famous for its topless street protests, organized a breast-baring demonstration in front of the Eiffel Tower in […]

(Photo via ifex.org) It’s a sobering reminder that rape is often used as a weapon of war: an initiative called Women Under Siege is tracking reports of sexual violence against women in Syria as the ongoing uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime continues. “We are gathering reports of rape, sexual assault, and groping—as well as […]

(Photo via alarabiya.english.com) I think another revolution is in order. An Egyptian court has ruled in favor of a proposal put forward last month by Al-Nour Party MP Younis Makhioun to ban pornographic websites in Egypt. (Quick! Someone tell Rick Santorum.) Makhioun reportedly argued that porn sites have “taken Egypt’s youth down an immoral path […]

Photo credit: @TrellaLB Fellow Tweep @AntoninGregorie brought to my attention today a report from the National News Agency that falsely claims NOW Lebanon met with Information Minister Walid Daouk about his proposed electronic media draft law, dubbed the “Lebanese Internet Regulation Act” or LIRA by local bloggers. In addition, the French version of the article went even further […]

Syria’s Al-Dunya television station has accused the FC Barcelona football team of helping smuggle weapons to opposition activists in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Their proof? A clip from Real Madrid’s match with Barcelona in which Lionel Messi takes on four Real Madrid players before passing the ball to Carlos Pedro, who then […]

(Photo via abcnews.go.com) The grandson of prominent Egyptian actor Omar Sharif admitted Sunday in an article published in The Advocate that he is both gay and half-Jewish. “I write this article in fear. Fear for my country, fear for my family, and fear for myself,” Omar Sharif Jr. writes. “My parents will be shocked to […]