Shocking photos emerge of suspected Isis fighters held like battery chickens in overcrowded prison

Hundreds of detained Mosul men claim they have been wrongly rounded up and forced to suffer inhumane conditions. Arresting photos of men suspected of fighting on behalf of Isis in Mosul being held in overcrowded and stifling hot conditions in a nearby prison have emerged as the Iraqi security forces struggle to clear the city … Continue reading Shocking photos emerge of suspected Isis fighters held like battery chickens in overcrowded prison

The Future of Al-Aqsa, the Future of Palestine

By Miko Peled In a heroic act of resistance, Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem refuse to go through metal detectors to enter the Holy Sanctuary and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Placed by Israel following the killing of two Israeli soldiers who were manning a checkpoint leading to the Sanctuary, the metal detectors are an act of provocation, … Continue reading The Future of Al-Aqsa, the Future of Palestine

Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU Fresno

Introduction Why did Fresno State cancel a search for a professorship named after Edward Said? University says procedural errors occurred, but scholars say it didn't like the pool of Middle Eastern finalists with Palestinian research portfolios.  ~ Colleen Flaherty Learn what prompted the current director, Vida Samiian, professor of linguistics and former dean of the … Continue reading Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU Fresno

Open Letter to CSU President Castro: Attack on Academic Freedom

June 2, 2017 OPEN LETTER Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., M.P.P. President, California State University, Fresno Harold H. Haak Administrative Center Henry Madden Library, 4th Floor, Room 4104 5200 N. Barton Ave., M/S ML48 Fresno, CA 93740 Phone: (559) 278-2324 presidentjic@csufresno.edu Dear President Joseph I. Castro: I am writing out of concern that the interview process … Continue reading Open Letter to CSU President Castro: Attack on Academic Freedom

The Latest Assault On Academic Freedom: Fresno State University

Arab and Muslim academics need not apply? By Dr. Hatem Bazian As salaamu alaykum, The late Edward Said was and is a legendary figure in academia, as well as a stalwart defender and amplifier of Palestinian, Arab and Muslim voices. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so deeply disturbing and disheartening to hear that … Continue reading The Latest Assault On Academic Freedom: Fresno State University

An Open Letter To Secretary DeVos

By Chris Yang Secretary DeVos, Concerning your attitude and answer, or should I say lack of an answer, toward Representative Clark’s question about a school receiving federal school vouchers that also explicitly discriminates against LGBTQ+ students and/or students from LGBTQ+ households: You are wrong. Just flat out wrong. 100% wrong. Wrong beyond all belief. Wrong … Continue reading An Open Letter To Secretary DeVos

Let's Not Turn Inward In The Era Of Trump

  Let's Not Turn Inward To believe our lives are inextricably linked with others is lovely. To live out that belief can be hard. It becomes difficult to set priorities when so much is under attack. People make decisions about this all the time. With money: pay rent or buy food? With energy: fight for … Continue reading Let's Not Turn Inward In The Era Of Trump

The Voice Of The Earth: Help Us Hear The voice

Cognitive Liberty Recommended Reading Roszak offers a way forward out of the paralyzing crises of our times. He challenges us to return to our "inherent intimacy with nature" and "innate animistic sensibility." The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology by Roszak What is the bond between the human psyche and the living planet … Continue reading The Voice Of The Earth: Help Us Hear The voice

Pope Francis: “Who is my neighbor?”

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORLD MEETINGS OF POPULAR MOVEMENTS IN MODESTO (CALIFORNIA) [16-18 FEBRUARY 2017] (10 FEBRUARY 2017) Dear Brothers and Sisters, First of all, I would like to congratulate you for your effort in replicating on a national level the work being developed in the World Meetings … Continue reading Pope Francis: “Who is my neighbor?”

Standing Rock: Protesting Is Not Terrorism

URGENT: Proposed Law Would Charge Protesters With Terrorism Take A Stand With Us and Sign The Petition. This is a disaster. A new law proposed by a State Senator in Washington would allow the authorities to charge protesters with "economic terrorism," and slap them with serious felony charges that could lead to jail time, just … Continue reading Standing Rock: Protesting Is Not Terrorism