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Thursday, April 26

  1. page Films on Iraq edited ... Battle Ground: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge on GNN >Here is a trailer for the above mentio…
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    Battle Ground: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge on GNN
    >Here is a trailer for the above mentioned movie
    This is a late addition to this site. I found this movie only recently and thought that it would be worth while to mention. This is a film that discusses the lives of Iraqi insurgents. The movie is not out for public viewing yet but, seemed rather interesting to read about. The site below is the films official site.
    Meeting Resistance

    *all videos posted here are courtesy of YouTube
    *Back to Iraq Main Page*
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Wednesday, April 25

  1. page Morocco Jamie Reflection edited The activist movements toward gaining political representation for Moroccan women were the most in…
    The activist movements toward gaining political representation for Moroccan women were the most interesting to me. It seems that this will be an important issue to follow in the future. I contributed to most of the pages on the wiki concerning Morocco, but I focused especially on politics, education, and the Moudawana.
    This project has been a constant reminder that we have to dig deeper to find the issues that affect people at a grassroots level, rather than go with our assumptions. Each woman in each of these countries (including the US) has had a unique experience, but no matter how different these experiences might be, they all represent what it means to be an Arab or an Arab American woman.
    And, finally, just wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed this class--everything from the discussions to comedy Fridays to the baklava!

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  2. page Jeanine's Reflections edited Jjones22-Jeanine The information that I received about Syria was very potent to my understanding o…
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    The information that I received about Syria was very potent to my understanding of the struggles of women in Arab countries. Arab feminism is not an oxymoron and women in Arab American countries have been struggling for equality through feminist activism for many years. I am enlightened and humbled by the amount of information I have received, especially about Syrian women. Syrian women have struggled to regain gender equality in spike of French and British colonization and were an avid part of the resistant to regain their countries political freedom. The amount of information out there regarding Syrian feminism can be hard to find, but it is out there. I did notice that a lot of the information regarding Syria and the status of women comes from outside and western sources like the United States CIA Factbook or the United Nations website. Which in my opinion is very unfortunate. But I must attest that it may be hard to find because of the language difference and most of the information is most likely written in Arabic and has to be translated. But once I started researching in different locations I was able to find a lot of information. I was really interested to learn about the many ways of feminist activism and the numerous organizations that have evolved because of it. Writing is the biggest avenue within Arab feminist activism that can lead to a greater understanding of each women's individual experience. The numerous text within the books we have read including "Food for Our Grandmothers" and "Opening the Gates" have been very enlightening need to be publicized more throughout the world. These women need to be given more credit and admiration for their work to liberate women and give others understanding about feminists movements. Writing is a freedom of expression that cannot be hindered by outside forces as the mind is free to express whatever it wants to. But there are institutional forces that have hindered women from achieving an education and being able to read and write, which is a sense of power and freedom. Women in Syria have come a long way from dealing with French colonization and struggling for equal opportunities in everyday life. The indicators of women's status was very eye opening for me and helped me make a connection to the readings and the effects things like religious laws have had on these women's experiences. The stories from "Opening the Gates" where very interesting and I was able to connect the restrictions that these women have experienced with the the stories they were able to tell. I also was able to connect the issues for Syrian women with all of the other countries that we explored. Each country, though unique in its relationship to women and its history of oppression, had similar topics that effected them differently but yet in similar ways. Although war in Iraq is more prevalent than in Syria, Syria has still been affected by the war and have taken in refugees from the war. Arab American feminism is truly connected through the similar experiences of these women as they loose their country identity and are lumped together as Arab Americans. Their similar experiences and the experiences of their relatives are similar and have caused them to form organization here in the United States to form a link of solidarity. I have taken all of this information that I have learned to heart and it has given me empathy towards others experiences. It has also caused me to want to know more about Arab countries and the experiences of women and the feminism that it has brought about. Most of all I am determined to teach others what I have learned and ingrain it into my career as a Diversity Consultant to help debug the stereotypes that exist about Arabs, and especially Arab women.
    I contributed to many of the pages and the topic pages. I contribute to the Syria Information, Syria Feminist Suggestions, The indicators of Women's Status and the introduction page. I also contributed to the War/Violence, Education, Colonization, Activism, Literature, and Relationship to International Feminism topic pages.
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  3. msg There's something missing... message posted There's something missing... Why didn't you guys post any information in your history regarding Syria's invasion of Lebanon (and…
    There's something missing...
    Why didn't you guys post any information in your history regarding Syria's invasion of Lebanon (and the occupation?
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  4. page Yve's Reflection edited ... From doing research on Syrian feminism I learned that through their form of activism they form…
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    From doing research on Syrian feminism I learned that through their form of activism they formed organizations and wrote, even if their writings had the writing stylings of a man. Syrian women, along with the connection to Lebanese women, show their activism through their writings and telling their experiences through other forms of art. I also learned that Syrian women and Syrian men both played a pivotal role in the modernization and development of Syria. The equality and gender equity of Syrian women is actually grounded in the Syrian constitution and policies. Within those policies, civil, commercial, and labor codes grant the equal rights of women in their relationship with men. But in Western society that information is unknown. There were positive reflection on the status of women as more women became ministers, judges, ambassadors and prosecutors.
    I designed the time-line and made the connections to Lebanon. When I tried to find information about Syrian history it was difficult, I then looked at the Lebanon page and looked at their history and was able to outline, chronologically, the time-line of Syrian with connection to Lebanon. I found the video clips of the wonders of Syria, we used this for our presentation at the end.
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    an oxymoron. And like African-Americans and other minority groups, the writers and artists from Syria, even other Arab Feminists, do not speak for their entire culture. Under the
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  5. page Palestine and Israel edited ... Picture courtesy of: <http://www.machsomwatch.org/images/Tulkarm/Picture_030.jpg> April …
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    Picture courtesy of: <http://www.machsomwatch.org/images/Tulkarm/Picture_030.jpg> April 18, 2007.
    Sources Cited
    Ha'aretz - Israeli newspaper, online English edition
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