NADIA MURAD: A YAZIDI VOICE AGAINST SLAVERY

by Rene WADLOW

Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad, now a United Nation Goodwill Ambassador on Trafficking of Persons, is the co-laureate of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.  In 2014 when she was 21, she and her neighbors in a predominantly Yazidi village in the Simjar mountainous area of Iraq were attacked by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  These forces were following a pattern of targeted killings, forced conversions to Islam, abductions, trafficking of women, sexual abuse and slavery.

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CYPRUS: TOWARD A NON-TERRITORIAL CON-FEDERATION?

by Rene WADLOW
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has named Jane Hall Late, currently in charge of dealing with sexual exploitation within the U.N. system as the new U.N. representative for consultations on long-divided Cyprus.  She is to report the status of her consultations to the U.N. Security Council in late September.

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“JOURNEY INTO EUROPE: TURBULENT AND MIGHTY CONTINENT”

This piece is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the new book,
“Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity”.

 Chapter 1 – Europe: Turbulent and Mighty Continent

by AKBAR AHMED
“In that encounter in the gloomy basement in Athens, I witnessed the problems of Europe today. I saw the need to conduct a detailed study of Europe based on fieldwork to look at precisely these issues. I saw the desperate need to discover a paradigm or method for the future that would allow Europe’s different cultures and peoples to understand one another better in order to live together in peace and harmony. To do so, we needed to locate an effective conceptual frame for our study in the context of the social sciences. I thus consulted the scholars who could best guide us.”

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