Adnan Rasheed, de Bertrand Russell van Peshawar

Adnan - allah“IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST MERACIFULL AND BENEFICEINT!”

(trommelgeroffel)

Van Bertrand Russell de filosoof-logicus-mathematicus begrijp ik te weinig. Ik hou wel van Bertrand Russell de populaire filosoof-opiniemaker en historicus. Ik vind het dan ook leuk om hier en daar op een Russell-flimpje of een Russell-quote te stoten. Soms op onverwachte plaatsen:

Bertrand Russell writes in his book the impact of science on society, “diet, injections and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable and any serious criticism of power that be will become psychologically impossible”. This is why…

De man die hier Russell citeert, is Adnan Rasheed. Rasheed is een van de drijvende krachten achter de Arabische Lente in Tunesië, een intellectueel pur sang, die in de geest van Russell meerdere generaties Tunesiërs uit alle lagen en van alle gezindten wil opstuwen in een brede, democratische en seculiere volksbeweging en die pleit voor gelijke rechten en…

Nee hoor, Adnan Rasheed is een van de grote Taliban-leiders in noordelijk Pakistan. De man die een brief schreef aan Malala Yousafzai (waaruit ik hier citeer), naar aanleiding van haar speech voor de Verenigde Naties. Om haar te verzekeren dat ze de laffe maar mislukte moordpoging niet moet opvatten als een kritiek op haar vraag naar scholing, maar wel als een kritiek op haar onislamitisch en dus provocatief schrijfgedrag. Kwestie van dringend de nodige nuance aan te brengen in de Malala-controverse.

First of all please mind that Taliban never attacked you because of going to school or you were education lover, also please mind that Taliban or Mujahideen are not against the education of any men or women or girl. Taliban believe that you were intentionally writing against them and running a smearing campaign to malign their efforts to establish Islamic system in swat and your writings were provocative.

Om af te ronden — veel valt hier niet aan toe te voegen en die brief van Rasheed maakt me misselijk  — gooi ik het even over een andere boeg. Wat die man schrijft na het Russell-citaat, is ook heel dubieus. Ik herneem en vul aan, in donkerzwart:

Bertrand Russell writes in his book the impact of science on society, “diet, injections and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable and any serious criticism of power that be will become psychologically impossible”. This is why we have the reservation on so called polio vaccination program.

Adnan Rasheed en zijn ideeën vormen dus niet alleen een bedreiging voor kinderen die degelijk onderwijs willen, maar voor kinderen, punt. Deze man lijkt mij trouwens in staat om Russells Why I am not a Christian? aan te halen als een reden om moslim te worden.

De polio-samenzwering is dus nog steeds populair bij bepaalde radicalen, ook in Pakistan. Sana Saleems artikel Muslim scholars fight to dispel polio vaccination myths in Pakistan is niet het meest recente, maar wel een van de betere stukken hierover.

[Ctrl-P] Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the UN General Assembly

MalayaMalala Yousafzai (°1997) werd wereldberoemd toen ze op 9 oktober 2012 in het hoofd en de nek werd geschoten door Talibanstrijders die haar activisme te bedreigend vonden. Malala voerde (en voert nog steeds) actie om jonge moslimmeisjes in Pakistan (en elders) een kans op onderwijs aan te bieden.

Op 12 juli 2013 sprak zij de Verenigde Naties toe. En als zij spreekt, dan moet de wereld luisteren.

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Honourable UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon, respected president of the General Assembly Vuk Jeremic, honourable UN envoy for global education Mr Gordon Brown, respected elders and my dear brothers and sisters: Assalamu alaikum.

Today is it an honour for me to be speaking again after a long time. Being here with such honourable people is a great moment in my life and it is an honour for me that today I am wearing a shawl of the late Benazir Bhutto. I don’t know where to begin my speech. I don’t know what people would be expecting me to say, but first of all thank you to God for whom we all are equal and thank you to every person who has prayed for my fast recovery and new life. I cannot believe how much love people have shown me. I have received thousands of good-wish cards and gifts from all over the world. Thank you to all of them. Thank you to the children whose innocent words encouraged me. Thank you to my elders whose prayers strengthened me. I would like to thank my nurses, doctors and the staff of the hospitals in Pakistan and the UK and the UAE government who have helped me to get better and recover my strength.

I fully support UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his Global Education First Initiative and the work of UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and the respectful president of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremic. I thank them for the leadership they continue to give. They continue to inspire all of us to action. Dear brothers and sisters, do remember one thing: Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.

There are hundreds of human rights activists and social workers who are not only speaking for their rights, but who are struggling to achieve their goal of peace, education and equality. Thousands of people have been killed by the terrorists and millions have been injured. I am just one of them. So here I stand, one girl among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.

Dear friends, on 9 October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. And my dreams are the same. Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I am here to speak for the right of education for every child. I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all the terrorists and extremists. I do not even hate the Talib who shot me.

Even if there was a gun in my hand and he was standing in front of me, I would not shoot him. This is the compassion I have learned from Mohamed, the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. This the legacy of change I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

This is the philosophy of nonviolence that I have learned from Gandhi, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learned from my father and from my mother. This is what my soul is telling me: be peaceful and love everyone.

Dear sisters and brothers, we realise the importance of light when we see darkness. We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced. In the same way, when we were in Swat, the north of Pakistan, we realised the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns. The wise saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” It is true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them. This is why they killed 14 innocent students in the recent attack in Quetta. And that is why they kill female teachers. That is why they are blasting schools every day because they were and they are afraid of change and equality that we will bring to our society. And I remember that there was a boy in our school who was asked by a journalist: “Why are the Taliban against education?”He answered very simply by pointing to his book, he said: “A Talib doesn’t know what is written inside this book.”

They think that God is a tiny, little conservative being who would point guns at people’s heads just for going to school. These terrorists are misusing the name of Islam for their own personal benefit. Pakistan is a peace-loving, democratic country. Pashtuns want education for their daughters and sons. Islam is a religion of peace, humanity and brotherhood. It is the duty and responsibility to get education for each child, that is what it says. Peace is a necessity for education. In many parts of the world, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorism, war and conflicts stop children from going to schools. We are really tired of these wars. Women and children are suffering in many ways in many parts of the world.

In India, innocent and poor children are victims of child labour. Many schools have been destroyed in Nigeria. People in Afghanistan have been affected by extremism. Young girls have to do domestic child labour and are forced to get married at an early age. Poverty, ignorance, injustice, racism and the deprivation of basic rights are the main problems, faced by both men and women.

Today, I am focusing on women’s rights and girls’ education because they are suffering the most. There was a time when women activists asked men to stand up for their rights. But this time we will do it by ourselves. I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women’s rights, but I am focusing on women to be independent and fight for themselves. So dear sisters and brothers, now it’s time to speak up. So today, we call upon the world leaders to change their strategic policies in favour of peace and prosperity. We call upon the world leaders that all of these deals must protect women and children’s rights. A deal that goes against the rights of women is unacceptable.

We call upon all governments to ensure free, compulsory education all over the world for every child. We call upon all the governments to fight against terrorism and violence. To protect children from brutality and harm. We call upon the developed nations to support the expansion of education opportunities for girls in the developing world. We call upon all communities to be tolerant, to reject prejudice based on caste, creed, sect, colour, religion or agenda to ensure freedom and equality for women so they can flourish. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave, to embrace the strength within themselves and realise their full potential.

Dear brothers and sisters, we want schools and education for every child’s bright future. We will continue our journey to our destination of peace and education. No one can stop us. We will speak up for our rights and we will bring change to our voice. We believe in the power and the strength of our words. Our words can change the whole world because we are all together, united for the cause of education. And if we want to achieve our goal, then let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.

Dear brothers and sisters, we must not forget that millions of people are suffering from poverty and injustice and ignorance. We must not forget that millions of children are out of their schools. We must not forget that our sisters and brothers are waiting for a bright, peaceful future.

So let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first. Thank you.

Bron: The Independent

Vrouwmenschen en wetenschap

Berchem, den 11 April 2013

Mijne Heeren!

nytIn een elektrische courant van den Amerikaan lazen wij over jonge deernen die hun leven willen riskeren om enige tijd achter de schoolbanken te kunnen doorbrengen. In noordelijk Brits-Indië en Afghanistan, zo melden ons de Nieuw-Amsterdamsche Tijdingen, hebben diepgelovigen reeds tweehonderd scholen moeten sluiten omdat ze vergeven waren van de jonge vrouwmenschen. Ook hebben wij moeten vernemen dat Malala Yousafzai, een der ergste activistes uit de Noord-West-Grensprovincie, na een eerder incident, nog steeds niet van plan is om in den huwelijksboot te stappen. Zij volhardt koppig in haar eis tot scholing, de vranke vrumme! (Girls Who Risk Their Lives for Education, New York Times, den 8 April 2013)

Dr V. Shiva

Maar, Mijne Heeren, niet alleen in het land van den Mohammedaan of in onze voormalige Afrikaansche koloniën roeren zich de ‘moderne’ vrouwmenschen. Ook onze eigen beschaafde wereld wordt meer en meer overspoeld door agressieve suffragettes en hatelijke vrouwlieden die steeds luider, steeds gewelddadiger een andere plaats opeisen dan den haard. We moeten hier evenwel aan toevoegen dat het niet overal kommer en kwel is. In India, bijvoorbeeld, wordt de opstanding der vrouwluiden bestreden door menschen als Dr. V. Shiva, een kloeke man naar ons hart!

Terug naar onze contreien, terug naar onze Westerse beschaving. Tot mijn schaamte heb ik moeten vaststellen dat ook ik het slachtoffer ben geworden van een achterbakse vrouwentruc! Tot en met vandaag las ik met veel plezier in het Boek der Gezichten de rubriek I fucking love science, een verzameling prettige en uiterst interessante weetjes. Door het enthousiasme zetten de artikels steevast aan tot verder gezoek en gesnuffel in de Groote Google Fichenbak.

E. Andrew

Edoch, mijn verbazing was even groot als mijn teleurstelling, toen ik vernam dat de oprichter van deze rubriek, E. Andrew, een vrouwmensch is! Door haar vrouwenlisten én de misleidende, scabreuze titel wist zij in minder dan een jaar tijd ruim 4,5 miljoen volgers aan zich te binden! De reacties van haar publiek op het nieuws dat zij van de vrouwelijke kunne is, waren hardvochtig maar rechtvaardig. In een gesproken dagblad van den Amerikaan probeerde zij zich later te verantwoorden voor haar slinkse daden. Tevergeefs, zo dunkt ons.

Kortom, Mijne Heeren, hoed u voor kortharige vrouwen met rood haar!

Nog erger is het elektrische blad Double X Science! Een pagina vol mannelijke leden, vrouwelijke euh, dingen, flamoezen, en pamfletten om de vrouwlui aan te zetten tot scholing en educatie, dus tot ongehoorzaamheid en opstandigheid. Lees en huiver:

Welcome to Double X Science, the online science magazine for women. This site exists to bring science to the woman in you, whoever she is, whatever she does. Our goal is to bring evidence-based science stories and angles on science specifically of interest to the female-gendered audience. That audience might be XY or XXY or XYY or XO or XX and that gender might vary from day to day, but all are welcome here. Biology doesn’t offer a shorthand for “female gender,” but if you’re feeling XX-y with or without a double X, we’ve got science for you.

 

Nog dichter bij huis is de de feministische tsunami al helemaal ingeslagen, met vérstrekkende gevolgen. Gisteren stootte ik toevallig op én een interwebpagina voor vrouwen, én op het archief van de reeks Alles voor de wetenschap (Canvas) en tot mijn verbazing werden ook daar vrouwen aan het woord gelaten, te weten de moleculair biologe Christine Van Broeckhoven en de wiskundige Ingrid Daubechies.

Dus, Mijne Heeren! Wij moeten dringend…

Mijne Heeren?

 

Is daar nog iemand?

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P.S.  Harvard President Drew Faust delivers her lecture, Educate Women; Change the World, at Ewha Womans University in South Korea.