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Diplomat Artist Buzz: Two years earlier, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey’s class at Montclair State University produced a video asking then what has now become the key to the answer: “Is Education a Human Right?”

Women in Nepal.
5 Most Dangerous Countries for Women
Recommended by Susan Sacirbey – Excellent, well-documented article by Khushbu Kapadia, ‪#‎StudentDiplomat‬ from Montclair State University that should be required reading for anyone interested in social justice & human rights. Read on to find out the five most dangerous countries for women.

Ersin Faikzade Music for Peace Concert

ERSIN FAIKZADE, Diamond Child of Turkey, Goodwill Ambassador, Diplomat Artist performs in multinational PEACE CONCERT in Islamabad, Pakistan. Concert objective is to institutionalize PEACE DAY & support people affected in Balochistan.

Polio & Vaccines?

When saving children’s lives means more than cricket stats between Pakistan and India. The real heroes are the doctors, nurses, and courageous healthcare providers.

Young Woman Takes on the World

“The terrorists thought that they would change our aims & stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear & hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. My dreams are the same.”

The Taliban are the false “jihadis.” The real struggle (jihad or crusade) is now being waged by Malala Yousafzai and millions of others who see education and knowledge as their future rather than ignorance and blind obedience to those would impose themselves as the new deity. Young Malala now is in a British hospital fighting for her life. If she survives this immediate ordeal, therevwill be another long and trying effort to regain some normalcy in her life – Malala faces many neurological and reconstructive surgeries as well as months/years of rehabilitation.


Countering Those Who Promote “War of Civilizations”:

Malala has given hope and perspective to Pakistanis where the Taliban had defined themselves as the “jihadis.” Pakistanis have come together around the cause of Malala. Now through her personal victimization, Malala has become the national and global struggle for a new jihad/crusade – for education of all and the struggle for equal opportunity for women/girls. The term “jihad” has been usurped and misused by extremists in both the Islamic world and outside – a negative association has been quickly affixed by those clamoring for a “war of civilizations.”

Misappropriating Jihad/Crusade:

It is a sad statement upon the state of the Islamic world when school girls are targeted for assassination, education is vilified and denied, and the term “jihad” is associated with violence. The word “jihad” has very similar meaning to “crusade” in the English speaking world. Jihad like crusade can and most frequently today indicates a peaceful struggle to better society and/or oneself or against injustice. Violent resistance may be part of jihad or crusade but is not defining – what is crucial is the nature of the cause. The cause of Malala and that of girls’ education and empowerment is for individuals and society both right and righteous.

Women’s Education & Islam in Historical Context Seen as Complementary:

Malala has had the support of her family and most notably her father. They inspired her to reach for her dreams to become a medical doctor. She has now inspired a country, Pakistan. Malala’s jihad though also is working to redefine the Muslim World. It needs to bring about a reevaluation of priorities and misapplication of both labels and values. It is not though something new that is needed – the Taliban are the modern carcinogen seeking to catalyze with obsolete and un-Islamic standards the domination of superstition over knowledge, men over women. My late mother, Dr. Aziza Sacirbey (Alajbegovic-Sacirbegovic) attended a Muslim girls’ school (now Gazi Husref-Begova Medresa pre & during WWII) in Sarajevo which both inspired and prepared for higher studies and degree in medicine. Aziza was a devout practicing Muslim who taught me prayer and the teachings of Islam. Aziza was also a progressive woman who did not see being a practicing medical doctor supporting women/girls rights to be in contradiction with her faith. To the contrary, education and intellectual questioning are a complement and critical to Islam. Dr. Aziza Sacirbey sought to save lives through both her medical work and political activism. During her life, and after her death, Dr. Aziza Sacirbey has inspired many and provided a fresh perspective on the virtues of free society and open thinking. In a similar light, today’s Malala (and her family) has sparked a new generation and new jihad/crusade for equal opportunity and education as being the foundation for a better life and more just future. As Malala faces a long personal struggle to recover from her physical and psychological wounds, it is up to us now to take on and further her jihad/crusade!

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Female empowerment is their enemy but apparently Taliban have targeted a 14 year-old Pakistani schoolgirl as she rode a school bus in the Swat Valley to suffocate the dream. Malala Yousafzai was shot in neck but doctors believe she is now of immediate danger.

Blog Report: CHARGE OF TERRORIST TO JUSTIFY ALL? By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
If you want to indict your enemy for blasphemy & sentence them to death or at least banishment from human rights, then accuse them of terrorism. Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister & sometimes Foreign Minister, Walid Al-Moualem, took platform of UN General Assembly to accuse opposition as a whole of terrorism.

Many want to present themselves as defenders of God, but again it appears that God is most abused by some of such would be enforcers. Blasphemy laws were basis for young Pakistani Christian girl to be accused for purportedly tearing pages of the Koran. –MORE–

Blog Report: IRAN NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY, By Ambassador Mo
Today is International Day Against Nuclear Tests, ironically same day UNSG Ban Ki-moon is in Tehran to attend the Non-Aligned nations meeting. It is perhaps one of the problems in trying to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear program when some of globe’s democracies are part of a very small handful of states who still refuse to adopt the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. –More–