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Zakia Salime: Gender and Sexuality in the Arab Uprisings

Zakia Salime is a scholar of sociology and women and gender studies, whose work focuses on the fascinating intersection of feminist and Islamist politics. Her bookBetween Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (2011) examines the interplay between global concepts of human rights and localised alternatives. In so doing, the study reveals how these complex negotiations have led to the feminization of the Islamist movement one the one hand, and the Islamization of the feminist movement on the other. If you’re sick of reading simplistic arguments about the subjugation or otherwise of Muslim women, Salime is a breath of fresh air. Her work forgoes the common conception of Islam and feminism as inherently antagonistic doctrines, and reframes Muslim women as agents negotiating global policies and building alternative understandings of rights.

Lefty Lions Ralph Nader and Elizabeth Warren Are Plugging New Books

warrenJust a few days after Chelsea Clinton announced at the Lower Eastside Girls Club that she’ll soon make Bill & Hill grandparents, Liberal Dream Week continues with a pair of progressive pols putting in appearances at Barnes & Noble Union Square.

Tonight at 7 p.m., five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader will promote his new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. A bookseller at the store said Nader will most likely give a reading and sign copies.
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Cornel West Praises Catholic Anarchist, Thinks Obama Is ‘Not Worth Breakdancing Over’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Cornel West dropped into the East Village’s Maryhouse on Friday to deliver a holy-rolling birthday tribute to Dorothy Day, the Catholic-anarchist writer who would’ve turned 116.

Decked out in his signature tux, West described Day as a “God wrestler” who was “broke as the Ten Commandments financially” but “spiritually as rich as anyone could imagine.”
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Hasidic Williamsburg Is Full of Thompson Twins, But Not Quite Completely

Check out the New York Times map depicting the outcome of Tuesday’s mayoral Democratic primaries and you can pretty much guess what Williamsburg looks like. A clear line separates the north and south sides, revealing a politically (and otherwise) divided neighborhood. Whereas Bill de Blasio won the gentrified section north of Broadway, Bill Thompson swept the Hasidic-dominated section south of Broadway and east of Williamsburg Street.
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Some Bushwick Seniors Had to Salsa Alone After Vito Lopez Stood Them Up

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

A small group of protesters and a festive group of old folks congregated today at the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center in Bushwick. The seniors were there to party with a salsa DJ while the protesters looked for a man who would never show up: Vito Lopez.
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Watch a Creepy Clown Reenact Rand Paul’s 13-Hour Filibuster (Yep, All of It)

When Rand Paul spoke for nearly 13 hours against the nomination of CIA director John Brennan and Wendy Davis railed for more than 11 hours against HB2, they weren’t clowning around.

Not so much with Rachel Mason. The artist and musician has turned Paul’s epic filibuster into political theater, as it were, by dressing up as one of her signature characters, FutureClown, and reenacting the 13-hour stand in a video now on view at Envoy Enterprises. And she’s not done yet: on Wednesday, FutureClown will perform a surprise filibuster from history in the basement of the Lower East Side gallery.
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