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The Distress of Iraqi Prostitutes in Syria Print E-mail
Potential prostitution customer watches some Iraq women joylessly dance under the clubs lights.

Al Waref Institute's Focus

“Women's Rights Are Human Rights”-- Famous Speech by Hillary Clinton, Beijing, China, the 5th of September,1995.

Syria has accepted between 700,000 to over a million refugees from Iraq who are fleeing ongoing ethnic and religious violence.  Syria does not legally permit its Iraqi refugees to work. Many of these refugees are women who have turned to one form of work, albeit illegal, in order to survive and support their families -- prostitution.

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The Exploration of Love and Identity Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 August 2009 14:49

Book of the Month
Review by Jennifer Young

Marah Bukai’s “O” book is a unique collection of poignant poems, delving into the infinite anomalies of the world. Tackling issues of religion, sexuality, and self identity, Bukai accentuates the injustice and hypocrisy plaguing today’s humanity.

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Can A Christian Learn from Ramadan? Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 15:01

By Yvonne R. Davis, Member of Al Waref Advisory Board
Courtesy Huffington Post

What can Christians learn from Muslims during Ramadan? Is there wisdom that can be obtained from the 30-day fast – one of Islam’s five Pillars?

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Satellite Moon & Ramadan Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 August 2009 08:18

By Richard Mc Sweeney- Al Waref Advisory Board
Exclusive for Al Waref

Assalamu alaikum - Peace be with you.
These nights when I gaze up at the moon my mind is transported back to lovely Jeddah, and to the privilege I had of having witnessed the sacred month of Ramadan in the Holy Land.

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The Soft Power Print E-mail

By Brian R. Parkinson, Ph.D.
Al Waref Exclusive
The recent events in Iran produced two distinct reactions in the United States.  On the one hand, some political pundits (generally on the political right) thought that President Obama should take a firmer stance condemning the aggressive actions of the Iranian government following what was clearly a very flawed and fraudulent election.

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Liberal Syrian Intellectual Georges Tarabishi: Without Secularism, There Can Be No Democracy Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 03:36
George Tarabishi
This interview was conducted by the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Georges Tarabishi, a prominent liberal Syrian intellectual living in France, spoke about democracy in the Arab world, the fundamentalist challenge, and secularism. He argued that just as secularism emerged in Europe as a remedy to Protestant-Catholic sectarianism, so it is needed in the Arab world to overcome sectarian divisions and pave the way for a democratic future.
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The Drama of the "lslamists" Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 July 2009 18:58

By Tarek Heggy
Exclusive for Al Waref

I have often tried to imagine a scenario in which what I call the 'Islamists' will have achieved all their objectives. The scenario assumes that Osama bin Laden or someone like him get their way and proceed to impose their vision of what the Muslim world should be on the rest of us.

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Separation of Religion and State in the Muslim World Print E-mail
 

By Elias Aoun
Exclusive for Al WAref
What does “the separation of religion and state” mean? To avoid any misunderstanding about what a person is suggesting, proposing, or opposing, it would be wise to define the terms being used..  What does “the separation of religion and state” mean?

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