Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese writer and poet. In 2010 she published I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of An Angry Arab Woman which is a really interesting, sometimes a somewhat confusing and contracting book. Dutch TV had an interview with a new darling of Western media.
A weekly round up of writings on the Internet, some relevant for my research, some political, some funny but all of them interesting (Dutch/English). (As usual to a large extent based upon suggestions from Dutch, other European, American and Middle Eastern readers. Thank you all.)
Ondanks een negatief advies van Raad van State zet de regering haar plan voor een verbod op de boerka, gezichtsbedekkende kleding door. Een kort overzicht.
Why do researchers pick up a particular theme? How does their own life history influence their choices. We often assume and assert that our interest in particular topic is only motivated by the desire to do science. Often of course this is not entirely true. Jessica Stern, a leading expert on terrorism and radicalization, wrote a book. Her book Denial: A Memoir of Terror. About her own coming to terms with being raped as a teenager. She tries to extend her own personal experience to her research on terrorism by focusing on shame and humiliation. A brave account.
Israeli PM Netanyahu visited the Netherlands. In his speech in the Portugese Synagogue of Amsterdam which you can watch here, Netanyahu refers to the critique on Israeli policies with regard to the Palestinians and Iran as a ‘theatre of the absurd’. But for his opponents his equation of jewishness with Israel and his views on Palestinians and Iran would equally amount to be part of a theatre of the absurd.
De afgelopen 23 jaren heeft SSR hulp verleend aan remigranten en slachtoffers van achterlating en huwelijksdwang. Als het steunpunt wegvalt, valt daarmee ook de basis weg voor de eerste primaire hulp en begeleiding. Dit is fataal voor deze kwetsbare groepen. Het huidige kabinet Rutte heeft echter geen geld over voor deze noodzakelijke voorziening.
Syria’s Torture Machine is a documentary made by the British Channel4 is gruesome and heartbreaking but how to interpret the images shown?
Proefschrift van Fiore Geelhoed – Purification and Resistance: Glocal Meanings of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Netherlands – over fundamentalisme onder moslims in Nederland.
Visual anthropologist and photojournalist Ruben Salvadori made a fascinating account of how journalists in East Jerusalem seek, inform and creates drama and sensationalism. Seeing is believing, right?