Raza Raheel: Islamic Feminist & Reformer

Raza Raheel

Raza Raheel

Raza Raheel is an Islamic feminist and reformer from Pakistan living in Canada. She is an eloquent advocate for gender equality for Muslim women. So, of course, she is the object of death threats.

The death threats come from what she regards as radical Islam, and she includes considerably more people than ISIS. Where the practice of Islam includes the oppression of women, female genital mutilation, and the intense persecution and execution of LGBTs, she fights for reform. Islam is practiced this way by hundreds of millions of people in many countries.

Our perspective on civil rights– human rights–  needs to include more than America.  The way people stood up for racial, gender, and orientation equality here in the U.S. people need to stand up for people dominated by radical Islam. Drone strikes are not a strategy for fostering change in hundreds of millions of people.

A possible model for this is the anti-apartheid movement. End financial relations with these countries.

Islamic feminist reformers are core leaders for making things better for everyone. Raza’s efforts are of particular note.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Listen, read.

Their Jihad… Not My Jihad! A Muslim Canadian Woman Speaks Out

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“Follow The Bleater” by John Shirley

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Interesting assessment of the psychological afflictions of young trumpeters, They’ve been dominated (and not in the fun way) by the magic of a dark shaman. Not abracadabra magic,  magical thinking in the sense of inducing decision-making by manipulation of the subconscious.

John Shirley is a great writer of philosophical speculative fiction.  Also great action stuff like Halo stories.  Buy something:

http://www.amazon.com/John-Shirley/e/B001HOK8RS

A better title for this blog post is “The Subconscious Mind is the Real Power of Politics.”

Follow the bleater: Donald Trump and the power of the subconscious

Us, them – yes, that’s an appeal to unconscious racism. Threatened people, worried about their future, look for scapegoats; xenophobic instinct arises. They are afraid of the future-of poverty, of competition for money. “Us! Them! Me, Gold, Me, Behold, billions-behold, Gold!”


Rudy Rucker: Stratocaster

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Sooo worth reading. He was sick 🙁 but got better 🙂

Rudy’s Blog

So last week I was in the hospital for hip surgery for three nights. I was really sad and anxious about going in there. Infection in my hip joint and they took out all the hardware, and I’ll be on intravenous antibiotics for six weeks, and then they put a new hip back in.