The UN estimates that one in five women in Iraq suffer from domestic abuse, in a society where a woman leaving her husband for any reason is considered grounds for punishment.
One rights group says cases of abuse appear to be on the rise since the fall of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein nearly nine years ago.
But even for women who do manage to escape their abuse, there are few places in the country they can go to seek refugee.
Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf has this exclusive report from the capital, Baghdad.
This war included the longest siege in modern times. http://www.WatchMojo.com looks back at the events that led to the Bosnian War, as well as some of the key dates and events that occurred during this conflict.
Teachers have one more reason to smile after they signed a deal to join a new medical scheme.The deal was signed by the Kenya National Union of Teachers and the minister of medical services bringing to rest a long tussle that saw teachers down their tools.Medical Services Minister Professor Anyan’g Nyong’o says the cover will cover over 250,000 teachers in the country together with their families.
Samira turns to her faith and fashion when it comes to increasing fertility.
In the Canadian province of Quebec a furious public debate has erupted over Muslim women who wear the niqab – face veil.
Out of over 200,000 Muslims in Montreal in Quebec, only a few dozen women wear the niqab, but under a proposed new legislation they could be barred from receiving public services.
Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Montreal where the debate has divided the Muslim community. (18 April 2010)
Charlotte Buchen traveled to Pakistan to report on traditional and modern music as a 2010 IRP Fellow. In this video, Buchen discusses a Pakistan beyond terrorism by exploring the religious and popular music the country produces.
However, Buchen found, violence does play a significant role in the lives of musicians, who find it increasingly difficult to make a living when the shrines at which they perform are being targeted by extremists.
“We must prepare ourselves for the reality that in 30 years there will be 50 million Muslims living in America.”
DJ Academe loves bullshit, especially offensive bullshit.
The video presents mostly legitimate fertility and migration stats showing decline in Europe and growth among Muslims. The narrator’s dire tone indicates exactly how we should feel about too many Muslims. (Not good.)
The stats are presented with a laughable framework based vaguely “on research.” According to this video, no culture in history has ever maintained itself after falling to a fertility rate of 1.9. Several European countries have fertility rates below 1.9, and Muslims have high fertility rates, so Muslims are taking over the world from Europeans (or Christians or white people or something).
This argument is based on so many distortions of demography, history, and culture that dissecting them would make for a great homework assignment.
The Pakistani government is once again trying to reform the country’s religious schools, locally known as madrassas.
Critics argue that they have failed to teach students a wider curriculum, and have become a nursery for future extremists.
But those who run the schools, and the students themselves, strongly disagree.
Australia often bills itself as a multicultural country – but the relationship between new and old residents is not always a smooth one.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas takes a look at how the latest immigration debate is affecting the country’s Muslim community.