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Zineb's War on Islamic Fascism

In August 2011, in the midst of the Arab Spring, Zineb El Rhazoui, a young Moroccan-French woman, stood in a packed forum on human rights in the Arab world and launched a strong attack against Driss El Yazami, the president of Morocco’s Human Rights Council, blaming him for ignoring the myriad oppressions inflicted on human rights activists in Morocco. Zineb, a self-proclaimed atheist, had already an impressive number of activism credentials to her name, including being cofounder of the Alternative Movement for Individual Liberties (known in French as MALI), which became famous for challenging the penal code criminalizing fasting in public during Ramadan. She was a journalist out of a job, too, and she was upset.

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Islam and the Enlightenment

As Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Arab and Muslim world are engulfed in flames, sectarian strife, social turmoil, and just plain misery, I keep wondering if these warring nations and factions will be ever get exhausted enough to sue for peace like the one signed in the German region of Westphalia in 1648. The Peace of Westphalia ended religious wars in Europe and paved the way for a brighter, more enlightened future. How long  would it take  Muslims to start  reexamining their prejudices and acquire the courage to walk away from their primitive traditions? For this is what an elite group of Europeans did in the 17th and 18th centuries. They gave us a chance to rescue ourselves, our societies, and our futures from the terrible despotisms of the past and guide us along the pathways of hope and freedom.

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