Fundamentalism and Terrorism
Humiliated by corrupt and violent power, young people rebel from Tunis to Cairo. They say no to the old regimes, but also to fundamentalist options. Politologist and Islam expert Mahmoud Hussein analyzes this movement for freedom in the pages of Le Monde.
In Italian magazine L'Occidentale (The Westerner) the journalist states that, after the murder of Salman Taseer, the Pakistani governor who advocated the repeal of the blasphemy law, it may be right "to broaden the definition of Righteous among the nations to include all those people who risk their lives to help others regardless of their religious creed".
Reza Khandan, the husband of Shirin Ebadi's lawyer and a human rights advocate as well, was led to Evin prison. Authorities set a 50,000 dollar bail.
The Pakistani leader Salman Taseer was murdered by one of his bodyguards in Islamabad. The killer said he murdered him because he was against the blasphemy law by which Asia Bibi is risking her life. The crime might hamper the Country's effort to maintain stability facing the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.
The 26th section of Tehran's Islamic Tribunal condemned the Iranian director Jafar Panahi to serve six years in prison, with the prohibition to make films or leave the Country for at least the next 20 years.
The art gallery "Verso Arte contemporanea" features the exhibition He kills me, he kills me not by Parastou Forouhar. Her artpieces deal with freedom of thought, the fight for women's rights, and the dictatorship. The artist's parents were two political opponents savagely murdered by the regime.
Fundamentalism and terrorism
ideology and violence against human rights
The Arab spring started in 2011 in Magreb and the anti-governmental demostrations in Iran and then Syria, Yemen, Bahrein and other Mid-Eastern countries, with the subsequent bloody crackdown, have marked the political defeat of the Qaedist movement led by Osama Bin Laden, who in the meanwhile was traced in Pakistan and killed in the assault of the US special forces inside his hideout.
September, 11 2001 had caused a sharp turn in the relations between the West and Islam, characterized by a growing mistrust in the reciprocal perception.