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More from German street artist #Ken 'Plotbot Ken' in #Berlin

More from German street artist #Ken 'Plotbot Ken' in #Berlin | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Apocalyptic Street Art by German street artist #Ken 'Plotbot Ken' in #Berlin

#stencil #art #streetart #graffiti http://t.co/yKh2KcZ7ad

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Rein In the Saudi Religious Police

Rein In the Saudi Religious Police | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Anger at abuses by the zealous mutaween has hit a boiling point in the kingdom.
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The backlash on creative resistance in the Middle East at the hands of the mutaween has attracted some bad press for the Saudis. 

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Muftah - Competing for the Most Useless Stereotype of Muslim Women

Muftah - Competing for the Most Useless Stereotype of Muslim Women | SAMENA | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, Pew Research Center claimed to reveal “how people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public.” Utilizing data from a recent survey conducted by University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Pew created a graphic depicting...
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The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated | SAMENA | Scoop.it
A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.
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Look! An Arab speaking Hebrew - Week's End

Look! An Arab speaking Hebrew  - Week's End | SAMENA | Scoop.it
We are surprised at a hijab-wearing Egyptian woman speaking Hebrew because she blurs the clear boundary that must separate enemies.
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What a 'period of calm' looks like in the Occupied Territories

What a 'period of calm' looks like in the Occupied Territories | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Three months after the last major Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, the "period of calm" is only "calm" for Israel.
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Press TV

Press TV | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Iran's television network, broadcasting in English round-the-clock. Based in Tehran.
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This is Iran's international news site.  Worth a look to understand the government. 

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Malala Yousafzai- the 15 year old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head - Imgur

Malala Yousafzai- the 15 year old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head - Imgur | SAMENA | Scoop.it
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funny how my procrastination lead to something educational

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Ms. Cerniglia's comment, February 20, 2013 9:28 PM
Great find, Jack! Productive procrastination.
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Ahmadinejad claims Iran is already a nuclear state, but has no plans to strike Israel 

Ahmadinejad claims Iran is already a nuclear state, but has no plans to strike Israel  | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that Iran is a nuclear power and should be treated as such in an interview with an Egyptian newspaper on the eve of his visit to Cairo.
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Medvedev: Assad's chances of retaining power in Syria are shrinking

Medvedev: Assad's chances of retaining power in Syria are shrinking | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Russian prime minister suggests Syrian president's days could be numbered, according to interview transcript
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Algeria hostage crisis uncertain after deadly raid

Algeria hostage crisis uncertain after deadly raid | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Islamic militants claim some hostages, captors die in bloody military assault trying to free dozens held at gas plant
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Saudi King Invites Women To Join The Debate ... From Another Room : NPR

Saudi King Invites Women To Join The Debate ... From Another Room : NPR | SAMENA | Scoop.it
During his rule, King Abdullah has introduced a series of reforms directed at women. But there are still sharp limits. The monarch has now named women to a top advisory body, but they can't gather in the presence of the men.
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Times of Oman | News :: Afghan Youth Orchestra plays for peaceful future

Times of Oman | News :: Afghan Youth Orchestra plays for peaceful future | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Afghan Youth Orchestra plays for peaceful future
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Oman's internationally renowned newspaper explores one form of creative resistance in Afghanistan

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What is the Neturei Karta?

Neturei Karta is an international organization of Orthodox Jews dedicated to the propagation and clarification of Torah Judaism.
Ms. Cerniglia's insight:

Neturei Karta is the organization of Orthodox Jews we talked about in class last week, related to the various factions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  This is from their about page and offers some interesting information on the reasons for their position: 

 

Neturei Karta oppose the so-called "State of Israel" not because it operates secularly, but because the entire concept of a sovereign Jewish state is contrary to Jewish Law.

All the great rabbis who in accordance with Jewish Law opposed Zionism at its inception did not do so merely due to consideration of the secular lifestyles of the then Zionist leaders or even for their opposition to Torah heritage and rejection of its values and practices, but due to the fact that the entire concept of a Jewish state is in direct conflict with a number of Judaism's fundamentals.

 

Condemnation of and segregation from anything connected to or affiliated with the so-called modern day "State of Israel" is based on the Talmud, the key fundamental doctrine of the Oral Tradition handed down by G-d to Moses on Mt. Sinai. The Talmud in Tractate Kesubos (p. 111a), teaches that Jews shall not use human force to bring about the establishment of a Jewish state before the coming of the universally accepted Moshiach (Messiah from the House of David). Furthermore it states that we are forbidden to rebel against the nations and that we should remain loyal citizens and we shall not attempt to leave the exile which G-d sent us into, ahead of time.

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Land for Peace (of Mind)

Land for Peace (of Mind) | SAMENA | Scoop.it
An Israeli government plan to relocate the Bedouins of the Negev desert is as simple and sensible as it is tricky to implement.
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Photo Contest - You had me at {Hello} | US Center for Citizen Diplomacy

Photo Contest - You had me at {Hello} | US Center for Citizen Diplomacy | SAMENA | Scoop.it

The Basics

 

Categories:

There are two contest categories.

 

1. Individual – If you have participated in an activity (organized or casual) that helped you meet and interact with people from another part of the world, teaching you about their culture and allowing you to share yours, we invite you to enter photographs as an individual.

 

2. Organization – If your organization runs programs to promote cultural exchange between U.S. citizens and the rest of the world, either internationally or locally, we invite you to enter photographs as an organization.

 

Guidelines:

1. Individuals and organizations are allowed to enter a maximum of five photographs each.

 

2. This contest is open to individuals and organizations that are based in the United States.

 

3. All entries must be original.

 

4. Photos must be digital, high resolution, and submitted in .jpeg format.


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iEARN-USA's curator insight, July 9, 2013 6:55 PM

iEARN-USA is a proud member of the United States Center for Citizen Diplomacy and we encourage all iEARN-USA members and partners to submit photos from the past 25 years of iEARN programs, projects, and events to the USCCD before August 9. 

 

[Photo above: Global Studies group from Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh, PA, with friends from Iran at the iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit Doha, Qatar, July 1-6, 2013. Photo by Michael-Ann Cerniglia.]

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Through Her Eyes

Through Her Eyes | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi The graphic memoir Persepolis sends us to the time of the Islamic Revolution as we follow Marji, growing up in a war ridden country. We first meet Marji when she is si...
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A book review of Persepolis from this month. 

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Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls | Video on TED.com

Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today.
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Support the Malala Fund | Vital Voices

Support the Malala Fund | Vital Voices | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Update: Watch video of Malala speaking out for the first time since the shooting,"I want every girl, every child, to be educated."
Ms. Cerniglia's insight:

Watch the video to hear her speak out for the first time since the shooting. 

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Iranian Official: Israel Will Regret Syria Strike | TIME.com

Iranian Official: Israel Will Regret Syria Strike | TIME.com | SAMENA | Scoop.it
(DAMASCUS, Syria) — A top Iranian official visiting Damascus on Monday said Israel will regret its "latest aggression" on Syria and said the entire Muslim world should be ready to defend the Syrian people.
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Egypt's Government Scrambles to Contain Violence, 31 Killed

Egypt's Government Scrambles to Contain Violence, 31 Killed | SAMENA | Scoop.it
In Zagazig, near the Delta hometown of President Mohamed Morsi, clashes between pro- and anti-government forces broke out Sunday
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Teaching Quran to escape Syria torture horror

Teaching Quran to escape Syria torture horror | SAMENA | Scoop.it
Unable to witness horrific abuses, intelligence officer flees to hometown to teach Islam to children instead.
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Who is behind mystery spy devices dropped over Syria?

Who is behind mystery spy devices dropped over Syria? | SAMENA | Scoop.it

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
On December 14, residents of a small town in northern Syria reported seeing unidentified aircraft circling overhead, and dropping several small items attached to mini-parachutes.

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