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Jul.17.2008
Several news items caught my eye this week. . . The parents of the late Du'a Khalil Aswad (see http://www.redroom.com/blog/ellen-r-sheeley/the-dishonor-killing-dua-khalil-aswad and http://www.redroom.com/blog/ellen-r-sheeley/book-launch-nothing-but-red) accepted 40 million Iraqi dinars (a little...
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Jul.06.2008
I had hoped to blog about another area of Jordan today, describe its beauty, tell a tale about it, and link to some photographs.  But when I performed my daily ritual of Googling for dishonor killing news, I discovered that a 25-year-old Clayton County, Georgia woman named Sandela Kanwal was...
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Jul.05.2008
The headline in yesterday's Daily Mail reads, "Sharia law SHOULD be used in Britain, says UK's top judge."  I'm not making this up. . .have a look for yourself: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1031611/Sharia-law-SHOULD-used-Britain-says-UKs-judge.html#addComment The bewigged one...
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Jul.04.2008
Below is an account of the latest Jordanian dishonor killing.  It's been fairly widely reported in the print media so, in memory of my late friend Pammy, I'm choosing the version her former employer published.  It's short and not very sweet, but what strikes me about this one are, well, three...
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Jun.27.2008
Maybe there's yet hope for us all! There was a dishonor killing in suburban Toronto in December 2007.  A 16-year-old school girl named Aqsa Parvez was strangled to death by her father, Muhammad.  Her "crime"?  Acting too Western.  In the weeks preceding her death, Aqsa had argued with her...
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Jun.26.2008
As is probably the case with most writers, I get mail from my readers.  Fortunately, mine has been overwhelmingly favorable.  The only "hate" mail I've gotten has been from so-called upper class women in Jordan and activists in the region (there is overlap and cross fertilization between...
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Jun.19.2008
For some time now, I've been waging battle with myself.  When I lived in Jordan, images of dishonor killings never appeared in print media.  Not the victims as they appeared in life.  Surely not the victims after their slaughters.  And not the perpetrators because, after all, their transgressions...
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Jun.18.2008
Yesterday Amnesty International in London announced its 2008 media awards.  Its new media award had to be given posthumously because its recipient, 45-year-old journalist Sahar al Haideri, was gunned down in her home city of Mosul, Iraq for reporting a series of stories about dishonor killings, the...
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Jun.15.2008
Almost every day I go online and Google for news about dishonor killings.  It's a bleak and grim ritual, but one I feel compelled to do in honor of all the victims, and one that keeps me ahead of the curve as an activist/humanitarian. Somehow I stumbled upon this case: http://www.ajc.com/metro/...
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Jun.10.2008
I am a shutterbug.  Not a good one, but I like having photographic evidence of my daily life.  When I am in my dotage and losing some of my marbles, my pictures will help me while away the time and jog my memory about my adventurous youth. When I was living and working in Jordan, I snapped...