Thursday January 26, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the killing of Algerian law student Amel Zenoune-Zouani who was then just 22 years old. Amel was murdered by the Armed Islamic Group, the Daesh of the 1990s, for bravely refusing to give up her studies. Her story is told in Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here and in the final part of the TED talk “When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism.” Please help remember Amel, whose name means hope in Arabic, and stand with those continuing her struggle for education and against extremism around the world today.
It is a record of unbelievable courage and defiance, yes, also of timorousness and surrender, of self-sacrifice and betrayals, of arrogance and restraint, intelligence and stupidity, fanaticism and tolerance – in short, a document of Truth at its most forthright and near unbearable, the eternal narrative of humanity that illustrates, the axial relation between the twin polarities called Power and Freedom which, I persist in pointing out, stand out as the most common denominator of human history. Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature
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