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Turkish Spring Despite Police Violence and Censured Media | Sampsonia Way Magazine

Turkish Spring Despite Police Violence and Censured Media | Sampsonia Way Magazine | Fearless, Ink. Columns | Scoop.it
Fearless, Ink. columnist Tarik Günersel shares his notes of an insider's view of the protests in Turkey.
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"Events have been progressing rapidly in Turkey these days. So much information is being released on social media as it’s happening that it’s difficult to keep track of it all. Other reports come in days after their events have occurred, and state media has all but ignored the protests. Because of the inconsistent timeline and the government’s misinformation, today it seems more important to relay my observations of what has been happening and how it is happening than when it all took place. What follows are my notes from this month on the Turkish Spring, the protests in Gezi Park, and the government’s response."


- Tarık Günersel

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Pakistan’s Ahmadis: Victims of Identity Theft | Sampsonia Way Magazine

Pakistan’s Ahmadis: Victims of Identity Theft | Sampsonia Way Magazine | Fearless, Ink. Columns | Scoop.it
Bina Shah discusses how the Ahmadis, a community of people in Pakistan, experience prejudice and bigotry that is actually codified under the law.
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"In Pakistan, there are about two million Ahmadis who live under the most stressful conditionsimaginable thanks to the Pakistani government’s myriad ordinances and constitutional amendments declaring them non-Muslims. Of course, there has always been tension between the Muslim orthodoxy and the Ahmadi community because of the differences in belief, but in order to curry favor with the religious clergy in 1974, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, changed the constitution so that it actually defined a Muslim as “a person who believes in the finality of Prophet Muhammed.” With a stroke of the pen, Ahmadis became non-Muslims, and lost their identity as Muslims forever more."


- Bina Shah

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Chinese Pathetique: Get a Room With Me, Leave the Kids Alone! | Sampsonia Way Magazine

Chinese Pathetique: Get a Room With Me, Leave the Kids Alone! | Sampsonia Way Magazine | Fearless, Ink. Columns | Scoop.it
Tienchi Martin-Liao discusses the public responses to the child molestation cases in Hainan and the attempted coverup by police and authorities.
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"Their revenge came soon, however. After Ye returned home to Guangxi Province, where she lives with her daughter, nine men and two women broke into the house and attacked her. Ye grabbed a kitchen knife and hurt three of the invaders in self-defense, but because of the violence she was taken away and detained by the police."


- Tienchi Martin-Liao

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The Son that Nobody Wanted | Sampsonia Way Magazine

The Son that Nobody Wanted | Sampsonia Way Magazine | Fearless, Ink. Columns | Scoop.it
Cuban novelist Ángel Santiesteban was sentenced to 5 years in prison on charges he maintains are fabricated. Now, he is live blogging his incarceration.
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"The free world knows of Santiesteban’s case, but doesn’t seem to be paying much heed to the crescendo of harassment that he has been suffering since he opened theLos hijos que nadie quiso blog. Such violations of fundamental rights worry the international intellectuals only when they occur in capitalist democracies, never when they take place in a left-wing dictatorship like Cuba."


- Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

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