Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a controversial Somali-born American women’s rights activist, best-selling author, and former politician. She was born in Somalia in 1969 and was a devout Muslim in her youth but questioned the authority that limited women’s rights around her; today she is a devout atheist. As a young girl, she was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). When she was told by her father that she was to marry a distant cousin, she fled the country to claim asylum in Holland.
Once she arrived, she started working as a janitor but rose time and time again, eventually earning her position in Dutch parliament. She has since stepped down due to scandal surrounding her asylum application when she arrived in the country.
Ali founded the AHA Foundation that advocates against honour killings, child marriage, FGM, and women’s rights for girls in the United States. Her activism has achieved awards in free speech and moral courage form the Swedish Liberal Party and the Danish newspaper Jynllands-Posten. She was also listed as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2005.
The controversy surrounds her outspoken criticism of Islam with critics claiming her career is built on belittling Muslims and Islam.
( Excerpt From: Timothy Ferriss. “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World.”) “I’d often give this to my politician friends when I was in politics, and now I give it to students. One of the biggest lessons for me from this book is that so many bad ideas that lead to authoritarian consequences begin with good intentions. This is timeless wisdom...
Challenging currently accepted beliefs that have spurred the feminist movement, a heated examination focuses on the integrity of feminist efforts and cites flaws in the common arguments that are used in the struggle for female equality.
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The British Empire was the largest in all history: the nearest thing to world domination ever achieved. By the eve of World War II, around a quarter of the world's land surface was under some form of British rule. Yet for today's generation, the British Empire seems a Victorian irrelevance.
The text concentrates on a wide variety of phenomena which had occurred over the centuries prior to this book's publication in 1841. Mackay begins by examining various economic bubbles, such as the infamous Tulipomania - wherein Dutch tulips rocketed in value amid claims they could be substituted for actual currency - and various follies spread by word of mouth in urban areas.
Heroes and heroines are boring and forgettable, villains are much more interesting. Count Fosco in “The Woman in White,” by Wilkie Collins, is a clever villain; evil but likable. (Ayaan as quoted in the New York Times)