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Fundamentalism and Terrorism

Pakistani Minister of Minorities killed - ha defended Asia Bibi, sentenced to death for blasphemy

After the murder of the Punjabi governor, tragic end also for Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Catholic government leader, a convinced advocate of interreligious dialogue who became a target of the fundamentalists in past December for opposing hanging of Asia Bibi.

Comment on what happened - Egypt analysis by Tarek Heggy

The Egyptian writer compares his Country and Tunisia pointing out several similarities and wonders what is going to happen after the current street revolts.
For the translation we thank professor Valentina Colombo.

After Tunisia Egypt

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.

Islam and the "Righteous among the Muslims" - article by Valentina Colombo

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".

Nasrin Soutoudeh's husband was jailed, too

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.

Punjab governor murdered

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.

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.

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Fatima Mernissi

writer, lecturer in sociology at the Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco