First in an ongoing series on women and Islam

“Human rights.” I hear that phrase a lot from the liberal side of the spectrum, usually coupled with “the US is abusing human rights” or “Israel is abusing Palestinian human rights.” I’d like to focus a bit on human rights too.

Because Islam has been open about the fact that it would like to impose Sharia worldwide, I think it’s important that we start focusing on a less touted aspect of women’s rights: the abuse visit on women unlucky enough to live under Sharia, rather than western, law. So, this is the first in a series of videos I intend to post that highlight abuses against women under Sharia law. This one is a 2005 television interview in Bahrain with a women’s right activist. It’s fascinating, she’s an extraordinarily brave woman, and the male interviewer’s increasing discomfort is almost funny:

Hat tip: Lulu

UPDATE:  Fascinating.  In the time since I posted this morning, the entire series of YouTube videos that MEMRI uploaded regarding women’s rights (or the lack thereof) and Islam has been removed.  The videos’ removal is almost as interesting as the videos themselves.  Little Green Footballs often blogs about YouTube’s tendency to bow to Islamists and Leftists in order to purge videos that these groups deem offensive.  I guess we just saw that in action.

7 Responses

  1. Uh, I don’t see any video.

  2. Wait, found it. (Needed a plug-in.)

    Wow, powerful stuff! A dozen women like her and the mullahs would scatter like frightened birds.

  3. This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.

    YouTube seems to lately been removing anti-Leftist material.

    There are obviously lobby groups on the internet that specifically lobby YouTube to remove these kinds of videos.

  4. I guess it’s possible that “anti-leftist material” is the same as the proprietary property of the broascast networks. Or to paraphrase, they got their sorry asses sued.

    http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/031307-viacom-slaps-google-with-1b.html

  5. Viacom should actually be paying google, because in our day and age, nobody has the time to sit in front of the idiot tube to watch “Viacom videos”.

  6. MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures.

    I don’t think any of them do Arab translations or 1985 old interviews with Soviet defectors. Although it could be a good pretext so to speak.

    Analyzing network motivations and actions is a strange affair because finding the human operators behind such orgs as Youtube and even Amazon, is rather non-transparent. The CEOs are out that, but the ones making the day to day decisions ala bureacracy, are pretty important in themselves.

  7. […] and videos about women’s rights (not) under Sharia Yesterday, I attempted to post a video in which a Bahraini women’s right activist talked on Bahrain TV about issues affecting women […]

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