‘Women, Life, Freedom!’: Protests Expand Throughout Iran After Death of Jina Mahsa Amini by Morality Police

Written by Bushra Bani-Salman September 26, 2022 Jina Mahsa Amini was a 22 year old Kurdish woman from East Kurdistan/ Western Iran visiting Tehran with her family when she was taken into custody by the morality police for allegedly violating the government’s modesty policies. Iran has had a mandatory hijab and loose-clothing policy for all... Continue Reading →

Updates from the Middle East

Written by Bushra Bani-Salman October 17, 2022 Turkey’s parliament passes new legislation restricting free speech.  In recent years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been less forgiving to political dissent and has even called social media a threat to democracy. The new law allows the government to jail journalists and social media users for spreading information... Continue Reading →

FIFA World Cup in Qatar Shows Double Standards

Written by Bushra Bani-Salman December 5, 2022 Qatar is about the size of Connecticut, with less than three million people residing in the country, and 88 percent of the population are foreigners. The tournament in the country was questioned due to the country’s disapproval of LGBTQ people, as well as their mistreatment of migrant workers,... Continue Reading →

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