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Jun 29, 2022, 6:49 AM
Abortion stigma and oppression of women
On June 24, in a historic decision with its widespread ramifications, the U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion upheld for nearly a half century. The ruling has sent shock waves among...
Apr 20, 2022, 4:06 PM
A rendezvous with a Ukrainian refugee in Prague
"I can’t even bury my mother, there are no remains left” were the words of 50-year-old Aliya Hryhorichenko, a Ukrainian refugee woman in Prague, who witnessed a calamity hit home in the Ukraine-Russia war when she received the news...
Apr 4, 2022, 7:20 PM
Holocaust distortion and antisemitism: Two sides of the same coin
On the 1st of April, news came out that Germany had sent a 93-year-old notorious Holocaust denier, Ursula Haverbeck, to jail for another term. Also referred to as the “Nazi Grandma” by the German media, Haverbeck refuses to acknowledge...
Mar 5, 2022, 7:13 PM
Ukraine crisis and dehumanization of non-white refugees
In the wake of the escalated tensions between Ukraine and Russia, over one million Ukrainians have fled the country since the start of the Russian attacks, crossing into Poland and other Central-Eastern European states. The ramifications from the incursion...
Feb 9, 2022, 5:31 PM
Antisemitism, Islamophobia and the need to fight together
“We have symbols, beliefs and religious commonalities that make us allies in many ways. Ensuring the safety of Jewish communities is a duty that we as Muslims must reinforce. If you are safe, then we are.” For a part of...
Jan 13, 2022, 6:28 AM
Pakistan: Where there is no end to antisemitic rhetoric
In Pakistan, antisemitic discourse is not always a consequence of any escalation in the long-drawn conflict between Israel and Palestine. Where such clashes definitely garner considerable attention and certainly fume sentiments in favor of the Palestinians and lead to...
Dec 15, 2021, 10:52 PM
A walk through Prague’s Josefov
It was once a Jewish ghetto where Jews from across Czechoslovakia and other parts of Europe settled after being barred from their native homes. Quaint, architecturally captivating and soul-stirring, to say the least, Josefov today is located near Prague’s...
Nov 25, 2021, 3:08 PM
Terezin, 80 years after first transfer to concentration camp
It was on November 24, 1941 when the first batch of Czechoslovak Jews was transferred from Prague to Terezin, a town about 50 kilometers North of Prague, which the Nazis declared to be a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp...
Oct 31, 2021, 2:55 PM
In Prague, Shoah stones matter more than you think
It was during a night stroll in Prague’s old town when I first came across a small brass plaque, almost looking like gold, fitted into a cobblestone pavement bearing the name Marek Frauwirth “born 1911” on it. The rest...
The writer is a journalist from Pakistan, mostly covering social issues and women's rights, and an Erasmus Mundus scholar currently based in Prague.