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Trailer of the Week: Religious Terror and Implications

January 18th - Trailer of the Week

Rescuers and residents gather at the site of two blasts at a market in the central city of Jos on Tuesday.
Deadly blasts continue to stoke concerns about security despite the government's vow to fight the Boko Haram Islamists

Boko Haram uses 10-year-old girl suicide bomber - where is  international media and protection?

Nigeria - After last weeks’ massacres on the towns of Baga and Doron Baga Boko Haram used a 10-year-old girl as a bomb-detonator. At least 19 people were killed when the young girl, thought to be aged just 10, exploded outside a market in Maiduguri, the state capital of neighbouring Borno. "The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old," a police source said. Later on that day a car exploded outside a nearby police station in the city, killing the driver and a policeman. The vehicle was being escorted to the facility after being stopped earlier at a checkpoint. And still the world stays silent.  The UN Security Council hasn't even issued a Presidential Statement on Nigeria.

Watch the documentary The Displaced - a documentary about Nigerians turned into refugees inside their country by Boko Haram.


Misuse of Charlie Hebdo massacre by right-wing demonstrators in Germany

Berlin - A public clash about immigration and integration in Germany heated up on Monday as opposing marches took shape - one denouncing the perceived threat posed by Islam, the other a public vigil for an open and tolerant society.    

Justice Minister Heiko Maas urged the anti-Islamic movement Pegida march organisers in Dresden not to "misuse" the deadly attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine. Pegida has been accused of trying to capitalize on the terror attacks, and of misusing the massacre in Paris in order to equate Islam with Islamism, thus, stirring up anxiety and xenophobia among Germans.    

In response to Pegida, counter-protests have been gaining momentum, with 35,000 people turning out on Saturday in Dresden against the right-wing demonstrators.

The Land Between by Melissa Rue & Rale Sidebottom - A young girl tries to help an Iraq Veteran emerge from the nightmare of war.
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Blogger Raif Badawi: 1,000 lashes against freedom of expression

Paris/Saudi Arabia - Last Sunday the tips of world politics marched in solidarity with the victims of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. When looking up the list of the visiting dignitaries (BBC) one name stands out: Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Nizar Madani had decided to act for freedom of the press.    

This seems quite strange. Because two days before the demonstration in Paris, and two days after the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a dreadful sentence was carried out in Saudi Arabia: the blogger Raif Badawi was flogged publicly. 50 lashes met his back and legs.     

In May 2014, Raif Badawi was jailed for 10 years, sentenced to 1,000 lashes to be carried out over 20 weeks and a lifetime ban from appearing on media outlets once he is released. He was sentenced for violating Saudi Arabia`s information technology law and insulting Islam through the creation of 'Saudi Arabian Liberals,' a website meant for social and political debate in Saudi Arabia.  Raif is one of many activists in Saudi Arabia persecuted for openly expressing their views online.

Wadjda by Haifaa al-Mansour - An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.
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