Yearly Archives: 2011


Thursday, October 27th, 2011 -

By Lamees Hafeez, UK. I am a proud Muslim Woman, not a “raghead”- though appearances may be deceiving considering I have just cycled the past 4 miles in a very rainy Manchester, on a not so flat road, with the (…)

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FEMYSO sets to Empower Youth Across Europe

Friday, September 2nd, 2011 -

The heated topic and discussion of integration is never one I choose to enter. I see no use in it. Why? It’s simple. The third generation of Muslims are an integral part of what makes Western society – they are (…)

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Ramadan 2011, at the time of Tunisian Revolution

Monday, August 29th, 2011 -

Do you know Boutbila ? This character that brings many memories back and remains rooted in the Tunisian heritage. A character that almost becomes inseparable from the month of Ramadan! Boutbila, the awakener, with his typical instrument, who brings to (…)

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Where to take the Fight? Part 1.

Saturday, August 20th, 2011 -

Orwell and Huxley wrote two prophetic novels of dystopia whose concepts are commonly invoked in political commentary as a way of alerting and warning against their possible fulfillment. Though Orwell’s 1984 is the much more heralded, and though we, as (…)

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Tunisia After Revolution

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 -

Once off the plane, the pilot announces a humid 42°c temperature. Summer is hot in Tunis.
My first steps on the motherland soil and already a wet breeze lightly caressed my cheek as a welcome. Other passengers trudge off the place, (…)

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Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 -

‘A Pakistani Muslim and an Israeli Jew. One confined room. Many cameras. The name of the game: discuss each other’s stereotypes. There’s only one way this show can go, right? Wrong.’ By Lamees Hafeez, from Manchester (United Kingdom)

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“A mad man, not Islamic-terror”

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 -

The face of modern terrorism? Or just another stereotype? My condolences to the people of Norway who have now also become victim to the whims of terrorism which is fast becoming a less exclusive club of cities subject to such (…)

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A European army with tarbuch: 100 years of Spanish Regulares

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 -

The attire suggests an Arab origin: a red tarbuch on the head, a white sulham hanging down the back from the shoulders. The faces raise doubts. Are the soldiers Arabs or Europeans, or maybe both? But despite the strong first impression, the parading troops are not Arab, or at least do not belong to an Arab army.

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Germany’s future is green

Norderstedt mosque in Germany
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 -

It’s now nearly about 6 months ago when everyone talked about the catastrophe Fukushima. Today it seems to be almost out of our minds. Even though it already has been the second incident of its kind. In Japan they are still fighting to get the damaged reactors under control. First Tschernobyl and now recently Fukushima. Both of them had and still have disastrous consequences for their close environment and its people.

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Back-up plan

Saturday, May 28th, 2011 -

The birth rate is still dropping, the greying of society is reaching peak levels and there is a lack of highly educated staff. While the people they have educated no longer feel like serving the country that makes them feel unwelcome.

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