Marry-Your-Rapist Laws are Falling

Throughout the Middle East, women’s rights groups have strived to repeal longstanding laws that allow rapists to avoid criminal prosecution if they marry their victims. The laws were built around patriarchal attitudes that link a family’s honor directly to a woman’s chasity, in which the marriage option is aimed at shielding the victim’s family from “the scandal.” Parliamentary votes are expected this summer in Lebanon … Continue reading Marry-Your-Rapist Laws are Falling

Erdogan Calls for End of Qatar Blockade

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about his objections to the blockade of Qatar by fellow Middle Eastern countries during a two-day visit to the region. Erdogan is currently in Saudi Arabia and will visit Kuwait then Qatar as he tries to resolve the dispute. Erdogan called the isolation of Qatar as inhumane and goes against Islamic values, comparing it to a death sentence. Both … Continue reading Erdogan Calls for End of Qatar Blockade