Author Archive

The Jewel of Medina

“All this saddens me. Literature moves civilizations forward, and Islam is no exception.”



Jailed in Cairo

This not only violates the most basic rights of people living with HIV. It also threatens public health, by making it dangerous for anyone to seek information about HIV prevention or treatment.


Raped in Saudi Arabia

"My client is the victim of this abhorrent crime. I believe her sentence contravenes the Islamic Sharia law and violates the pertinent international convention…The judicial bodies should have dealt with this girl as the victim rather than the culprit."

Raped in Saudi Arabia

"My client is the victim of this abhorrent crime. I believe her sentence contravenes the Islamic Sharia law and violates the pertinent international convention… The judicial bodies should have dealt with this girl as the victim rather than the culprit."

Shot in the heart

"This soldier probably pushed Mr. Nagai first. This soldier then seemed to shoot him, judging from the angle of his gun."

Surfing for peace

"God will surf with the devil, if the waves are good…When a surfer sees another surfer with a board, he can't help but say something that brings them together."

Save Yourself by Telling the Truth

"The message being sent to Iranian scholars abroad is the same one being given to intellectuals at home: 'You are not welcome here anymore.'"


Pro-anorexia nation

"When you are actively in your eating disorder, you desperately want someone to understand, and a lot of time you find groups like the pro groups on Facebook that are supportive of you continuing your eating disorder."

Burying “the N-word”

"Today, we're not just burying the N-word, we are taking it out of our spirit, we are taking it out of our minds…To bury the N-word, we've got to bury the pimps and the hos and the hustlers. Let's bury all the nonsense that comes with this."

Free at last

“It was like being buried alive really, removed from the world and occasionally terrifying... It became almost hard to imagine normal life again…"

Fatwa frenzy

“We have to be clear what is at stake here…When each and every person's unqualified opinion is considered a fatwa, we lost a tool that is of the utmost importance to rein in extremism and preserve the flexibility and balance of Islamic law.”

The Pope backtracks

“The change highlights the importance of inter-religious dialogue.”

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, stating to the Italian newspaper La Stampa that the Vatican would rescind its previous decision and will restore the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue as its own department.