Category: Regions

Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

[ 0 ] September 18, 2014 |

via UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The brutality of the extremist militants who call themselves “The Islamic State” is a strategy in itself and must be met by powerful counter-measures that address the core causes of the conflict, said Manal Omar, USIP’s associate vice president for the Middle East and Africa, […]

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Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish People says NYPD

[ 0 ] September 18, 2014 |

Vandals damaged classrooms, drew obscene pictures and damaged Qurans at the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center in Westchester County. (News report above from News 12 in New York)  ALSO: by COLLEEN LONG for NBC NEW YORK on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  Suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people have increased in the city (New York City) […]

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Palestinian Public Weighs in on Pres. Elections, Summer War in Gaza, Peace Process

Palestinian Public Weighs in on Pres. Elections, Summer War in Gaza, Peace Process

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

via MIDDLE EAST MONITOR on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  A poll conducted after Israel’s latest military operation in Gaza has shown that nearly half of the respondents expected Palestinian reconciliation to fail, despite 87.6% assessing the degree of unity among Palestinian factions to be “good” during the offensive. It also found that out of the 82.5% […]

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Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

“Both Fatah and Hamas, the main Palestinian parties, have forged over the years a self-celebrating militant narrative, intimately linked to Gaza, and any academic research has to deconstruct this narrative before addressing the core issues of the historical process.” — Jean-Pierre Filiu  Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and […]

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China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice (Trial Starts Today)

China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice (Trial Starts Today)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

Ilham Tohti Could Face Sentence of 10 Years to Life via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  (New York) – The prosecution of China’s most prominent Uighur scholar, the economist Ilham Tohti, is a disturbing example of politicized show trials and intolerance for peaceful criticism, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial only serves […]

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Let’s Tweet About Sex? Frank Talk About Teen Health, LGBT Rights, and Family Planning in Indonesia

Let’s Tweet About Sex? Frank Talk About Teen Health, LGBT Rights, and Family Planning in Indonesia

[ 0 ] September 16, 2014 |

Columbia University graduate student Sarah Wall interned this summer at a youth center in Indonesia where sexual education and reproductive services were administered to at-risk teens by SARAH WALL for ISLAMiCOMMENTARY on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014: Would you be surprised to see a devout Muslim female coworker tenderly embrace a transgender woman in a green, sparkly […]

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The Unknown Known: Documentary Tackles Unrepentant Iraq War Architect Donald Rumsfeld

The Unknown Known: Documentary Tackles Unrepentant Iraq War Architect Donald Rumsfeld

[ 0 ] September 16, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: I thought this documentary was particularly timely given the geopolitical situation in Iraq and Syria right now. The documentary itself is available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and on DVD. Below is the trailer and interview with the film’s director Errol Morris.  by AMY GOODMAN and JUAN GONZALEZ for DEMOCRACY NOW (PART 1 of INTVW […]

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Nasta‛liz: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Sackler Gallery until 3/22/15)

Nasta‛liz: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Sackler Gallery until 3/22/15)

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY, SEPTEMBER 2014:  Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy September 13, 2014–March 22, 2015 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the fourteenth century in Iran and remains one of the […]

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Pew: Growing Concern about Rise of Islamic Extremism at Home and Abroad

Pew: Growing Concern about Rise of Islamic Extremism at Home and Abroad

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

More Prioritize Security over Civil Liberties in Anti-Terror Policies by PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR PEOPLE & THE PRESS on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: EXCERPT: The public has become more worried about Islamic extremism. Six-in-ten (62%) are very concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world, which is the largest share dating back to 2007. […]

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WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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