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Feb.17.2009
The Middle East Quarterly just published a timely article by Ms. Phyllis Chesler about the differences between dishonor killings and domestic violence.  The article contains some interesting charts of cases in North America and Europe, though I can tell by eyeballing them that she's missed some of...
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Feb.14.2009
In a hideous irony, the Pakistan-born founder and CEO of Bridges TV--launched in the USA in 2004 to portray Muslims in a more favorable light--was charged with second-degree murder in the grisly beheading death of his wife on Thursday, February 12th, in Orchard Park, NY. Aasiya Hassan, age 37 and...
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Jan.28.2009
There are reports that Ms. Ghada Jamsheer, President of the Women's Petition Committee, a Bahrain based organization that advocates for women in sharia law courts, is one of the more recent victims of a vicious, sustained, state-sponsored harassment campaign.  The reports state that, while she was...
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Dec.01.2008
A 16-year-old Arab-Israeli mother from Ramle, Dalia Abu-Ghanem, is believed by police to have been murdered by her brother, Mohammed.  She has been missing for two weeks, having fled her home due to alleged spousal abuse. Nine other members of Dalia's family have been murdered in dishonor killings...
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Nov.19.2008
I've blogged about the January 2008 dishonor killings of the beautiful and promising Said sisters, Amina and Sarah, in suburban Dallas (http://www.redroom.com/galleryimage/amina-18-and-sarah-17-said-usa). Last month the FBI, in a wanted poster of the prime suspect, the girls' father, Yaser Abdel...
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Sep.01.2008
Depending on location, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan either began yesterday or begins today or tomorrow.  It depends on the sighting of the new moon during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.  Globally, more than a billion Muslims observe Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam (the...
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Jul.26.2008
In my daily Googling, I came upon these two commentaries about Senator Barack Obama, his recent visit to the Middle East, and his supposed frontrunner candidate for Muslim liaison. This is not to bang on Senator Obama, but to highlight how difficult it is to find leaders who take human/women's...
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Jul.26.2008
For those who may be interested, FOX News will be airing a documentary called "Murder in the Family:  Honor Killings in America" at 8 p.m. EDT tonight, July 26th, and 8 and 11 p.m. EDT tomorrow, July 27th.  More details can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,391531,00.html
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Jul.20.2008
This poor teenager was trussed and tortured to death simply because he was a Christian sending text messages to a Muslim girl.  Surely there are better options.  :-( http://www.bosnewslife.com/asia-pacific/pakistan/3710-muslims-kill-christian-teenager-for-courting Muslims Kill Christian Teenager...
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Jul.19.2008
Many in the West don't realize it, but gays are too often the targets of dishonor crimes.  Sadly, this young man, Ahmet Yildiz, 26 years old, was shot to death in Istanbul, Turkey just five months after coming out to his family: http://www.redroom.com/galleryimage/ahmet-yildiz-26-turkey Since his...