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Keeping eye on democracy movements and ongoing democratization efforts throughout the world
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Arab Spring puts women's rights in the spotlight

Arab Spring puts women's rights in the spotlight | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - At a pre-wedding evening party in central Tripoli, a group of Libyan women sing traditional songs to the beat of a drum as they prepare to apply henna to the bride's hands and feet.

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Far-fetched fatwas on the rise

Far-fetched fatwas on the rise | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Good judgement and common sense should be the order of the day when it comes to dealing with such edicts...
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Israeli secular, religious ministers hold heated debate over women's rights

Israeli secular, religious ministers hold heated debate over women's rights | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Likud's Limor Livnat warns that exclusion of women leads to violence against women; Shas minister Nahari: We must respect those who find women's singing offensive.
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'100 lashes if you don't die laughing' and 3 other Muhammad controversies

'100 lashes if you don't die laughing' and 3 other Muhammad controversies | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The offices of a French satirical magazine were bombed early today, after the periodical published an issue about the Arab Spring with a caricature of the prophet Muhammad. The magazine featured the Muslim prophet as a “guest editor” for the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, threatening “100 lashes if you don't die of laughter!”

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Morocco announces pay hikes for imams

Morocco announces pay hikes for imams | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A salary increase for imams aims to curb the spread of fundamentalist ideas in Moroccan mosques.
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Who’s Burning Palestinian Mosques in the West Bank and Israel?

Who’s Burning Palestinian Mosques in the West Bank and Israel? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There have been six torchings in the West Bank and Israel in the past two years—but not a single indictment. Dan Ephron reports.
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Saudi woman executed for sorcery

Saudi woman executed for sorcery | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A Saudi woman has been executed for practising "witchcraft and sorcery", the country's interior ministry says...
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Saudi Arabia's Religious Police Outlaw 'Tempting Eyes'

Saudi Arabia's Religious Police Outlaw 'Tempting Eyes' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia has announced that it has the right to cover women's eyes—'especially the tempting ones.'...
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The Cruelty Of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Reformist’ King

The Cruelty Of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Reformist’ King | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The king of Saudi Arabia is once again making headlines for overturning a court ruling that sentenced a woman to ten lashes for driving a car. For many, this is further proof that King Abdullah is a force for moderation and reform. Fareed Zakaria, for example, has called the Saudi dictator a “man of wisdom and moderation.” Then again, the king could also have considered stopping the recent beheading of Abdul Hamid Al Fakki for the crime of “sorcery.” Instead, he chose to do nothing. While the residents of Salem in 1692 would be proud, modern pundits would do well to hold their praise for the monarch.

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