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We Are Not Witches!
Every year, Thousands of vulnerable children and elders are attacked and driven out of their homes or killed each year by family and neighbors who have been told they are "witches".
According to Yahoo News, at least four explosions rocked Gaza City early Sunday, targeting cars belonging to officials from Islamic factions, including the territory's Hamas rulers. There was no claim of responsibility, but speculation immediately centered on supporters of the Islamic State group who have been battling with Hamas and other Islamic groups in the small coastal strip.
Hamas recently launched a fierce crackdown on alleged IS supporters and witnesses said a freshly painted Islamic State group flag was seen at the site of the explosions.
According to BBC, Saudi security forces have arrested 431 suspected members of the Islamic State militant group, officials say.
They are accused of plotting suicide attacks on security forces and mosques in various parts of the country.
Most of the suspects are Saudi citizens, but they also include people from six nationalities, including Yemen and Syria, the interior ministry said.
Saudi Arabia is part of a US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS militants in Syria and Iraq.
According to Hindustan Times, Kenya's Westgate shopping mall reopened for business on Saturday in the capital, nearly two years after Somali Islamists massacred 67 shoppers and staff in four days of carnage.
The complex, Nairobi's most upmarket shopping centre and a magnet for the east African nation's growing middle class and expatriates, was badly damaged in the assault by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels and has undergone months of renovation.
Around 50 shoppers queued to be the first to pass through newly-installed metal detectors at the main entrance, after Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and Atul Shah, owner of the main regional supermarket chain Nakumatt, declared the mall back in business in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
According to Premium Times, A bomb has just exploded at the Eid prayer ground in Damaturu, Yobe state capital in Nigeria.
The Eid ground hit by the blast is located at an area called phase-one along Maiduguri Road.
A resident, Abdul Malik, told PREMIUM TIMES that "It happened at about 8am. Now we are being asked to return back home. Those that had gotten close to the Eid ground said many people were affected".
The two female suicide bombers included a 10-year-old girl, said Nigerian army spokesman Col Sani Usman.
According to BBC, Britain is committed to working with the US to destroy the "caliphate" set up by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, the prime minister has said.
David Cameron told US TV network NBC he wanted the UK to do more but said he needed to "take Parliament with him".
MPs voted against proposed military action in Syria two years ago.
Lord Richards, former chief of defence staff, called for a new strategy to defeat IS, saying he suspected ground troops would be deployed in the future.
By Pankaj Mishra
According to Bloomberg View, cultural revolutions are underway in two nation-states -- India and Israel -- founded by secular nationalists in the late 1940s. Right-wing demagogues, emerging in both countries from among previously unrepresented masses, seek to forge a new national identity by stigmatizing particular religious and secular groups.
There are eerie similarities between the Hindu thugs who assault Muslim males marrying Hindu women and followers of the far-right Israeli group Lehava (Flame), who try to break up weddings between Muslims and Jews.
More importantly, religious-political chauvinism is now amplified by figures in power as well. Last week, Israel's minister of religious services claimed that Reform Jews were not Jews. A minister in Narendra Modi's government has described Indian Muslims and Christians in India as "bastards."
By Kevin Schembri Orland - The Independent
Producer at Unifaun Theatre group who attempted to stage 'Stitching' back in 2009, believes the censorship board responsible "is toothless".
Adrian explained that the Board in charge of censuring theatre productions is now all bark and no bite. "Before 2012 we had to present a script to the censorship board and they would either classify it or ban it.
Since 2012, this stopped happening. We have our own script and we decide what classification to give it. This goes on the strength of the producer's opinion.
By Arslan Shabbir - AAI
Aisha was my cousin. She was very fond of singing and by the grace of nature she had an amazing voice.
She was a natural artist. And I remember the day when she ran off from her home and was killed by her husband. She was about to drag the honor of the family into the streets and onto the stage so nobody screamed on her death not even her parents.
A few days later when I told her brother we can raise our voice on her murder and in return he told me that it is Allah's will. Don't you know what Allah's prophet said?
"Any woman who perfumes herself and leaves her home is cursed by the angels and deprived of the blessings of the Almighty Allah until she returns home."
Women are not allowed to go out of the home. They are our honor. And if they cannot respect our honor it is better for them to stay in the grave.
There are a lot of Aisha's in the Muslim world waiting for their independence days. They are waiting for their freedom. They wish that a day should come when people will realize that they are humans not slaves. They wish that a day should come when people will understand that there is no difference between a man and a woman except physical. They wish that a day should come when their brothers will know that an idea can grow up in their sister's minds. They wish that a day should come when their parents will understand that there are emotions beneath their daughter's dresses.
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