The CRIME Report follows civil rights in the Middle East.  Among its stories this edition, @ Revolution: A Page from Khomeini’s Playbook

Ayatollah Khomeini is best known as the stern face of the Islamic Revolution that took over Iran in 1979. But the founding icon of Iran’s Islamic Republic is rarely recognized as… a pioneer of nonviolent strategic activism in the Middle East. At least in route to gaining power – and certainly not in exercising power – Khomeini and his movement mastered the art of nonviolent confrontation to mobilize grassroots support and respond strategically to repression by the Shah’s regime. Now, thirty years after Khomeini’s revolution, Iranians are again taking to the streets and reviving many of the Ayatollah’s own techniques – only this time to protest the actions of the regime he founded…

Dangerous Music: Singing Senator’s CDs Seized

Maalouma Mint El Meydah, a Mauritanian musician, senator and civil rights activist (previously featured in The CRIME Report) has scared the ruling regime… with her music. A few weeks ago, she performed at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Arts in an effort to promote her lifelong quest of highlighting Mauritania (and its civil rights challenges) in the global music scene. As she was returning home from Senegal, border agents detained her and seized her luggage full of copies of her new album. In a clear violation of the parliamentary immunity afforded to her as a senator, Maalouma’s music was confiscated without explanation, compensation, or a criminal charge…

More on these and other stories at the link.

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