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Returning “ISIS Brides”- What happens now?

  What should be done about the women who joined and married ISIS fighters? It’s estimated that as many as 1,000 Western women may have left to join the Islamic State, but recent military losses in Syria have pushed them into an ever-shrinking pocket, destabilizing ISIS families. Now, some women …

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Rahaf al-Qunun : A Saudi Woman’s Flight to Freedom

Early this year, the story of a young woman fleeing abuse and persecution grabbed the attention of the world. Rahaf al-Qunun had escaped Saudi Arabia and arrived safely in Thailand, but she had yet to win her freedom. Saudi women are not allowed to leave the countries without a male …

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Blasphemy Briefing and Where We Stand Today

December was eventful for blasphemy and blasphemers – here are some highlights from around the world. Earlier in the month, 66-year-old lecturer Jon Dowling was stabbed to death outside a university in France in his last year before retirement. The murderer claimed that the lecturer’s jokes about Islam in part …

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Are US Courts Protecting FGM?

  In late November, news outlets, prominent politicians and social media united in uproar against the ruling of a senior US district judge on a hot-button topic. The judge found a federal law banning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) unconstitutional, dismissing charges against two doctors accused of performing the practice on …

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