Majed el-Shafie of One Free World International Makes a Plea to Save Yazidis

By Jennifer Breedon Thursday, November 3, 2016 Jennifer Breedon joined with the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow and other partners in a press conference hosted by One Free World International (OFWI). The purpose of the conference was to speak about the ongoing Yazidi genocide in Iraq and call on Canada’s government to do more to

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The Scapegoats of Mid East Politics

Thursday, February 23, 2017 “They hurt Yazidis.” “They hurt Christians.” Both comments were made to me about the Kurds during my time in Iraq by differing political and interest parties. Yet, it wasn’t from any Christian or Yazidi in the region that I heard such comments. A recent article titled “Kurds’ move to keep Yazidi,

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Exclusive From the Front: How 10 Villagers Held Off 70 ISIS Jihadis

Ibrahim was distressed. As a village farmer, father and husband he had continued to hear reports about a new militant group headed right their way. Iraqi Central forces and Kurdish Peshmerga were busy trying to gather forces and learn about what was needed to fight this new extremist militant group. Reports had come in that

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The Horror and Irony of an Attack Against Christians on Palm Sunday

BY JENNIFER BREEDON Sunday, April 9, 2017 – Egypt is seven hours ahead of us in time. So while most Christians in North America were soundly sleeping with Palm Sunday church outfits laid out on their dresser, the Coptic Christians of Egypt—roughly 9 million people—were gathering into their ancient churches to celebrate Palm Sunday. But

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Three Ways You Can Help Immigrants to Assimilate in the US

BY JENNIFER BREEDON Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – Syrian refugees arrive in the U.S. after spending five years in a refugee camp in Turkey (Illustrative Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) The evidence strongly points towards a lack of assimilation of Western values as a common denominator among jihadists — not forms of inequality like poverty, lack

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Kurdistan Independence Referendum and Why It Matters so Much

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 The recent rejuvenated referendum on Kurdistan Independence will likely draw a few questions from people. Namely (1) What does “Statehood” mean and what is required to gain it? (2) Why does an independent Kurdistan really matter? And (3) Is it really helpful to have another independent government in the Middle East in

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Jennifer Breedon Interviews FGM Attorney in Egypt

BY JENNIFER BREEDON Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Reda Eldanbouki is an old friend of Clarion Project. He heads the Women’s Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness (WCGLA) in Egypt. The organization deals with women’s issues in general and FGM and early marriage in particular. The center advocates for equality in the eyes of the law. The WCGLA

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Misleading Headlines The New 9/11 Report

Monday, July 18, 2016 – When the classified “28 pages” of the 9/11 report were released, headlines mirrored each other with one sentence: “No conclusive ties of Saudi government backing.” Most people would read that headline and assume closure of the issue in relation to the 9/11 hijackers. However, the pages show that the Saudi

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Obama Turns Blind Eye to Iranian Offenses in UN Speech

By Jennifer Breedon Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – In 2015, President Obama stated that Iran’s “support for terrorism” and “its use of proxies to destabilize parts of the Middle East” was problematic, despite the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear deal) that had been reached by that time that allowed Iran access to millions

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Why “Killing an Idea” Takes More than Airstrikes

By: Jennifer Breedon September 27, 2016 – When I started law school, my passion for the Middle East and human rights prompted me to take on the added task of writing my first legal journal article that sought to tackle the question of coining a “universal definition” for terrorism. ISIS had begun its blood-lust mission

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