FEMEN: You’re Doing It Wrong

An edited version of this post has been published on Al Akhbar English FEMEN: You’re Doing It Wrong Paola Salwan Daher and Joseph Daher A lot has been said and written about FEMEN, and now that their publicity stunt has died out a bit (until they find another struggle to coopt/another feminist of color to … Continue reading

Body and Mind: A Tale of Women’s Oppression

This article was first published on the Young Feminist Wire http://yfa.awid.org/2013/01/body-and-mind-a-tale-of-women%E2%80%99s-oppression/ I find writing about women’s body image, self-esteem and their relationship to their bodies extremely complex and risky. Complex, because so many factors, both internal and external, play a role in how women view their bodies and themselves, and risky, because falling into clichés is … Continue reading

L’Egypte après le vote sur la constitution ou la lutte continue

traduction de la photo : à gauche le grand “monstre” dit “je suis les Frères Musulmans” et à droite l’enfant dit “je suis la révolution” version allongée de l’article publié dans le Journal Solidarités : http://www.solidarites.ch/journal/d/article/5646 Le projet de Constitution défendu par les islamistes au pouvoir en Égypte a été approuvé par 63,8 % des votant(e)s, … Continue reading

Trade union struggles in the Middle East and North Africa

article published in : http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article2849 and translated in English from this article in French published in December 2012: https://cafethawrarevolution.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/les-luttes-syndicales-dans-les-revolutions-arabes/ Since the outbreak of the revolutionary in January 2011 and even before that, trade unionists, like workers throughout the region, played an important role in the struggles and the fall of the dictators. Remember that it was the … Continue reading

“النموذج التركي” والثورات العربية

جوزف ضاهر ترجمه‫/‬ته الى العربية‫:‬ وليد ضو المصدر‫:‬ le courrier منذ بداية السيرورة الثورية في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في كانون الثاني 2011، وخاصة مع الانتصارات التي حققتها حركة الإخوان المسلمين في مصر وتونس، قدّمت وسائل الإعلام والحكومات الأخرى في المنطقة نموذج الحكم في تركيا بزعامة حزب العدالة والتنمية كنهج ينبغي اتباعه. من الواضح أنه منذ … Continue reading

Thou Shalt Not Wear This: The pursuit of controlling women’s bodies

  The ad jumped at me. A pair of heroic, photoshoped breasts clad in a bra, with the slogan underneath: Thank You, Prima Donna. Of course, the woman whose breasts belonged to was nowhere in sight. She didn’t need to exist: the company was selling you a bra for your breasts to make them look … Continue reading

On Keeping the Nasawiya Cafe Independent and Self-Funded

As Nasawiya’s membership gets wider, the need for debate and conversation within the collective remains as important as ever. This is why it is crucial to define clearly what Nasawiya stands for, and why certain directions and choices are taken and made by the movement. More particularly, discussions have arose with regards to the Nasawiya … Continue reading