middle east

An Interview with Palestinian leader, Haidar Abdel Shafi

Summer/Autumn 2001

Dr Haidar Abdel Shafi was born in Gaza in 1919. He is a widely respected left Palestinian leader who is critical of the Oslo Agreements and the undemocratic tendencies of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah faction of the PLO. Shafi is a leader of the Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation, an organisation created to fight for… Read more »

Surma Hamid: an organiser for Iraqi women’s rights speaks out!

Summer/Autumn 2001

On November 3, the Committee in Defence of Iraqi Women’s Rights (CDIWR) put out a call to protest the mass killings of Iraqi women accused of prostitution. On orders from Saddam Hussein, women and girls are being hunted down and publicly beheaded. Accused of “dishonouring the country,” they are Saddam’s scapegoats in a ruthless campaign… Read more »

Interview with the Working Women Organisation of Pakistan

Winter/Spring 2000

Merle Woo, Asian-American poet and member of Radical Women in San Francisco, once wrote a poem based on a news item from China. Qi Deying, a 77 year old grandmother living in Shaanxi Province, had been attacked by a leopard while working in a field. She “grabbed the leopard by the ears, wedged its jaw… Read more »