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In her own words, Ayaan Hirsi Ali responds to the public statement of Brandeis University.

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In her own words, Ayaan Hirsi Ali responds to the public statement of Brandeis University. Read her response here: http://wwsg.com/response-by-ayaan-hirsi-ali-to-the-statement-from-brandeis-university

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The BBC have cut a line from a play about “honor” killing in the Muslim community, causing a complaint from the playwright.

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The BBC have cut a line from a play about “honor” killing in the Muslim community, causing a complaint from playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti who accuses the broadcaster of “extraordinary” censorship. Bhatti explains the controversial line: “At the end, a character says: ‘There is so much pressure in our community, to look right and to behave right.’ The compliance department came back and said, ‘we don’t want to suggest the entire Muslim community condones honour killings.’” Bhatti’s episode is called Heart of Darkness.

Read more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9836164/BBC-cuts-honour-killing-play-to-avoid-misrepresenting-Muslim-attitudes.html

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Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani activist who won international acclaim for her work promoting peace, and two other young girls were shot and seriously injured by the Taliban on Tuesday, police and hospital officials said.

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Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani activist who won international acclaim for her work promoting peace, and two other young girls were shot and seriously injured by the Taliban on Tuesday, police and hospital officials said.

Link: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/09/14311107-peace-prize-winning-girl-shot-by-taliban-to-be-sent-abroad-for-treatment-pakistani-president-says?lite

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In Newsweek, Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about the importance of defending freedom of speech against attacks.

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In Newsweek, Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about the importance of defending freedom of speech against attacks.

Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/09/16/ayaan-hirsi-ali-on-the-islamists-final-stand.html

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A girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan may have been framed by Muslim cleric.

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A girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan may have been framed by Muslim cleric. Under Pakistani law, anyone who speaks ill of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad commits a crime and faces the death penalty.

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For her courage and her commitment to freedom, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been awarded the Axel Springer Honorary Prize by the Axel Springer Academy in Berlin, Germany.

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For her courage and her commitment to freedom, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been awarded the Axel Springer Honorary Prize by the Axel Springer Academy in Berlin, Germany.

Via:[http://ahafoundation.visibli.com/share/E5eVWa]

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In an interview with Canada’s Globe and Post, Ayaan discusses freedom of expression and religious freedom.

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In an interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, Ayaan discusses freedom of expression and religious freedom.

Via:[http://ahafoundation.visibli.com/share/GreKX7]

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Reporting FGM in Liberia gets journalist threats

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Tribal leaders in Liberia in Western Africa have threatened a local journalist with female genital mutilation (FGM) after she published an investigative work that revealed some two out of three girls in the country are victims of the cutting practice.

Via:[http://bikyamasr.com/61666/reporting-fgm-in-liberia-gets-journalist-threats]

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Tunisia blasphemy trial becomes battleground for freedom of expression

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In Tunisia, a blasphemy trial has become a battleground for freedom of expression vs. Islam.

Via:[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/world/africa/tunisia-navigates-a-democratic-path-tinged-with-religion.html?hp]

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In a display of brute strength by Egyptian Islamists, a Christian student accused of posting a drawing of Muhammad on Facebook has been arrested by Egyptian authorities

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Egyptian authorities have detained a Coptic Christian student accused of posting a drawing of Islam’s prophet on Facebook that triggered two days of violence in southern Egypt.

Via:[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45833888/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.Tv9IGiP5-cs]

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