Topic archives: islam

Behind the veil of Afghanistan’s women

September 21, 2009

Despite the billions pumped into the war in Afghanistan, women's rights have barely changed since the rule of the Taliban, claims Globe and Mail, in an in-depth report on women in the conservative city of Kandahar.

Burying Saudi Arabia’s past

September 10, 2009

Saudi Arabia is rich with untouched treasures, just waiting to be dug up and studied, but the country's ban on displaying or even discussing non-Islamic relics makes it a difficult and sometimes dangerous proposition for archaeologists.

Clive James gets it wrong on feminists, Muslims, Australians, you name it

September 8, 2009 2

Clive James has joined the chorus of voices railing against both Islam and Western feminists, in an article that champions two Australian “dissidents” -- Pamela Bone and Helen Garner, writes Shakira Hussein.

Guess who’s coming to Obama’s Ramadan dinner?

September 2, 2009

US president Barack Obama has invited Israel's US ambassador to the presidential Ramadan dinner, proving that he is serious about changing US relations with the Muslim world, writes David A. Harris.

Malaysia’s image takes a hit over caning

August 24, 2009

32-year-old Malaysian mother of two Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno is soon set to face six lashes with a cane for drinking beer in a bar, as mandated by the country's Islamic laws. The case calls Malaysia's reputation as "moderate" Muslims into question, says the WSJ.

The warped logic of banning al-Manar

August 11, 2009 2

There are many good arguments for and against allowing the Lebanese Hezbollah-run TV station al-Manar to be broadcast in Australia, writes : but those put forward by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council aren't any of them.

Join Captain Jasper aboard the Saucy Swan!

Join Captain Jasper aboard the Saucy Swan!

August 7, 2009 8

And have your poopdeck swabbed for marsupial chlamydia

Essay: the thin light shone by Rebiya Kadeer

August 3, 2009 1

It seems so long ago that we thought of the Chinese as the "nice" communists, writes Peter Craven.

Costello shows little faith in the possibilities of education

July 29, 2009 3

Peter Costello thinks Christian schools should only have Christian teachers. Perhaps he could learn a thing or two from many of Australia's Muslim schools, says Irfan Yusuf.

Iran’s religious cleansing

July 24, 2009

Political dissidents aren't the only people facing brutal treatment in Iran: the country's non-Muslim minorities are regularly persecuted by both state and society. So why doesn't the West take notice?