“Love Jihad” – Correcting Desire through Narrative

This Monday, a young Indian woman, from the northern province of Uttar Pradesh, retracted a statement made in August, which had accused a Muslim man of abducting, raping, and forcefully converting her to Islam for marriage. According to Thea Walsh, the notion of “love jihad” can be viewed as a nationalist ploy to promote a singular definition of belonging in Indian society.  

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Child Soldiers in the CAR

 Today across the globe there are approximately 300,000 children armed with AK-47s and hand grenades participating in domestic conflicts.  Although these conflicts occur in developing nations in South America and Asia, they are often focused in Africa, and today in particular, in the Central African Republic. This rapid mobilization of child soldiers has been alarming for the international community as it tries to reconcile this new threat and the ratification of treaties and peace accords that delineate expectations for the rights and protection of children around the world.

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Where is the US?

After a divisive campaign and polemical debates, this week France became the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage. Last week, New Zealand was the 13th. France became the ninth country in Europe, following even staunchly Catholic Portugal and Spain, to legalize same-sex marriage. The wild protests and fierce support have illustrated a contentious dichotomy in French … Continue reading Where is the US?