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I noticed many comments arguing about American, UK and Russian involvement - What about Islamic countries coming together and acting as a single voice? Why are Muslim countries not getting involved to stop Muslim killing Muslims? Muslim need to stop Muslims from putting Islam in danger Muslim countries need to stop depending on the West and then turn around and blame the West for problems in the Middle East.
Syria is a majority Islamic country with a civil war that has turned into a religious war. It’s time that the OIC, GCC and others get involved; use their money, and resources to bring about peace in the region. All benefit from this. The fundamentals of running a country with diverse population are available so Muslims need to learn from their history when Bagdad was great - Mosque, Churches and Synagogues stood side by side.
Stop blaming the West for Syria's problem and start looking at regional solution.
3 days, 11 hours ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Agree with the sentiment that the FP should have more important things to write about e.g. the OIC and its importance or lack of. As traveler to over 42 countries including Cuba, Ethiopia, Vietnam and others the political state is not too much a concern. If anything the countries' political orientation is a hindrance for visa, flights and using credit cards. Also, moving from one country to another e.g. Armenia after visiting Azerbijan or trekking from Pakistan to India. I would have travelled more if not governments were more open to travel and the need for a Danish or Singapore passport was not so crucial. These passports among the best to travel on.
9 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/01/leftist_planet
@RafaSantos @Rose Could you provide some evidence of this please? I would like to know where women are forced not to wear traditional dress. The Arab press contains articles e.g. http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/an-arab-dress-code-we-have-one-we-just-have-forgotten showing that national dress are not worn by nationals in Arab countries. I could provide articles from Saudi Aramco World and others revealling a lot about the misunderstanding of Arab and Muslim women dress code. Again the legistating what a women or anyone can wear is wrong. Cultural awareness campaign probably but not legal means. That means you support French ban on the Niqab and any plans to outlaw the black Abaya in Europe or America. Respect goes both ways
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/06/25/saudi_women_can_t_have_it_all
@Rose Marie In some muslim countries western women wear head scarves because they MUST, Iran, Saudi for example. In other muslim countries they are harassed into wearing one. Try walking around Jeddah without a scarf and see what happens. Even in UAE the government is considering a dress code for foreigners. This cause just highlights the hypocrisy is the Islamic world. Wnating two oppossing things and then trying to cover up.
Interesting article. I would like to have read more on what could be done. Perhaps women need to be more proactive in teaching their children what is right/wrong, culture vs. religion, respect/responsibility, obligation/choice, etc. After all these men have mothers. In the Middle East, as an expat, I found women not speaking out even when given the opportunity. Women conduct most circumcisions on other women. The Muslim Arab guys I spoke too usually say their mothers do not teach them anything but leave it for their fathers hence perpetuating a cycle of ignorance. Women can start by encouraging their children to be more questioning – this helps in many other ways. Arab Muslim women – especially those in the Gulf – need to spend quality and quantity time with their children and not have the maid do it. Muslim women need to get organize using tools available e.g. web, schools, newspapers, clubs, etc. Muslim women go to Universities but do they put what they learnt in practice at home, mosque, etc. Reasoning and Logic is a great start. Muslim women need to stop complaining and start doing by means available starting with their children and their home.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us