Lady Gaga wearing some pink nightmare of a Burqa

Lady Gaga’s Burqa: appropriation ≠ liberation

Gaga’s appropriation of Burqa is not women’s emancipation. Appropriation is not liberation. No, this is nothing short of taking the projected image of an “other” (Burqa-wearing women), pretending to free them from prison of otherness and plunging them into an abyss of anonymous hypersexualization.

RNS photo by Omar Sacirbey

Muslim immigrants at home key to U.S. image abroad

(RNS) When U.S. diplomats are looking to improve the image of the U.S. in the Muslim world, are they spending too much time overseas? Some experts say the opinions of Muslim immigrants and students here at home are far more influential. By Omar Sacirbey.