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Today, CNN released an interview with a young woman, calling herself “Khadija,” who left ISIS after confronting the organization’s – and her own – brutal violence. She tells her captivating story of life in ISIS’ female-only brigade, called al-Khansaa, from beneath layers of black, gauzy fabric, carefully explaining that she is worried about swinging away from Islam just as hard as she swung into it. Check out the full ... Read More
  I've been known to troll the depths of the internet from time to time in search of recipes involving excessive amounts of Nutella. It's not often that I come across a post that contains both a photograph of a chocolate-hazelnut crepe next to an AK-47. It is exactly this kind of radical dichotomy that summarizes much of the experience for the women of ISIS, as well as their online presence.      The terror group, which stands for The ... Read More
  These days, celebrity sex tapes pop up all over with a surprising amount of ease. Topless (and bottomless, as was the case with a certain N.Y.C. mayoral candidate) photos can be found leaked all over Twitter, sending the Internet into a frenzy. Videos can cause even more of a stir. Some people have even turned the release of their more, er, intimate moments into an empire. I’m looking at you, Kim Kardashian. But a sex tape that gives the viewer ... Read More
Hearing about the horrific violence and political turmoil in Syria has greatly saddened me, as well as raised questions about the background of the country. How, I wonder, has day-to-day life been for Syrians, and particularly for Syrian women, while being ruled by an oppressive military regime for the past 40 years?     The beautiful documentary “The Light In Her Eyes” opens a window into the changing roles of girls, women, and Islam in ... Read More
If you follow world news at all, you probably know that things look pretty bleak in Syria these days. The violence there is bloody and ongoing, and the international community seems unsure of the best way to restore a sense of stability. But a new documentary shows that there is another, more positive, revolution taking place in Syria, at least in regards to one woman’s efforts to educate young girls and to change attitudes about women’s relationship ... Read More
Marie Colvin, a legendary reporter and true badass, was killed yesterday by Syrian shelling in rebel stronghold Homs. Colvin was respected by all as one of the most courageous correspondents of her generation. She dedicated her life to disseminating stories from war zones, refusing to water down the information for mass media consumption. In her long career with the Sunday Times of London, Colvin was known to throw herself into the fray of conflicted regions, ... Read More
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