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Islam, Patriarchy And The State: How Sexual Repression Corrupts Society

Op-Ed: Moroccan author and political scientist offers a subtle thesis: sexual repression is a gateway to corruption and political repression.

Secret love in Marrakesh (Emanuele UbO)
Secret love in Marrakesh (Emanuele UbO)
Omar Saghi

CASABLANCA - The link between sexual repression and political repression might seem like a stretch. And yet there is a clear connection between the two, and subsequently, between sexual and political liberation.

Before being comfortable with his body and his relationships, a teenager goes through a few months or years of transgression. He hides, lies and sneaks out of the house. He seeks out healthy confrontations with his peers, as well as parents, teachers, and others – all of which will help him grow into someone important.

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Inside Russia’s Revival Of Stalinist “Filtration Camps”

Though different than concentration camps constructed by Nazis, the “filtration” facilities nevertheless are a return to another brutal history, reopened under Putin, and ramped up since the invasion of Ukraine.

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Anna Akage

"It was like a true concentration camp."

This is how Oleksandr, a 49-year-old man from Mariupol, described where he and his wife Olena were taken in by Russian security officers. Speaking to a reporter for the BBC, the couple was fingerprinted, photographed and interrogated for hours, and their phones searched for material that could somehow identify them as “Nazis.”

But there is another name given to that these locations, and the process, that have been set up to handle Ukrainians taken into custody in areas occupied by pro-Russian separatists: They’re called: “filtration camps.”

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