Category: Americas

David Schanzer: Patriot Act Reforms Sufficient to Protect Privacy, Prohibit Governmental Abuse

David Schanzer: Patriot Act Reforms Sufficient to Protect Privacy, Prohibit Governmental Abuse

[ 0 ] May 28, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 28, 2014:  Steve Hartsoe of Duke’s Office of News & Communications spoke with national security expert and Duke professor David Schanzer today about the fate of the USA PATRIOT Act. It is set to expire on May 31, 2015. “I am in favor of allowing this program […]

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All-Male Nonsense (by Kecia Ali)

All-Male Nonsense (by Kecia Ali)

[ 0 ] May 28, 2015 |

by KECIA ALI for FEMINISM AND RELIGION (BLOG) on MAY 26, 2015:  A brilliant site has been making the rounds of social media:allmalepanels.tumblr.com. I became aware of it just in time to suggest a post: an all-male symposium at Cambridge Muslim College on the future of the madrasa. The original article, since removed, touted its diverse participants, but as someone observed, […]

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U.S. Border Questionnaire: Is Anyone in Your Family a Martyr? (by Murtaza Hussain/The Intercept)

[ 0 ] May 28, 2015 |

by MURTAZA HUSSAIN for THE INTERCEPT on MAY 27, 2015:  “Do you have any relatives or friends who have been martyred fighting in the defense of your beliefs?” If you’re a Muslim-American, these are some of the questions you might hear from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials while at a port of entry crossing […]

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Is it the US that isn’t stepping up to fight Daesh/ ISIL? (by Juan Cole)

Is it the US that isn’t stepping up to fight Daesh/ ISIL? (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] May 28, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MAY 26, 2015: Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s blunt remarks on Sunday about the Iraqi army not having the will to fight have ruffled feathers in Baghdad and Tehran, and Vice President Joe Biden was constrained to call Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and reassure him that the […]

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The PATRIOT Act Can’t Keep America Safe from Right-Wing Violence (by Charles Kurzman)

The PATRIOT Act Can’t Keep America Safe from Right-Wing Violence (by Charles Kurzman)

[ 0 ] May 27, 2015 |

by CHARLES KURZMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 27, 2015:  With the “USA PATRIOT Act” set to expire at the end of the month, you might expect supporters of domestic surveillance to tout the take-down of the biggest plot of violent extremism America has experienced so far this year. Not the plot by two men who […]

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WATCH: US Muslim Soldiers Honored on Memorial Day

WATCH: US Muslim Soldiers Honored on Memorial Day

[ 0 ] May 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 24, 2015:  Arlington Cemetery Gravestones Honor America’s Fallen Soldiers Of Every (And No) Faith (Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post, May 24, 2015) On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who have died in service for their country. At Arlington National Cemetery, these fallen soldiers lie side by […]

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“Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf” (via the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence)

“Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf” (via the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence)

[ 0 ] May 20, 2015 |

via (U.S.) OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE on MAY 20, 2015:  On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin. The release, which followed a rigorous interagency review, aligns with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with […]

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Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen gather for Battle of Ramadi (by Juan Cole/Informed Comment)

Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen gather for Battle of Ramadi (by Juan Cole/Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] May 20, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MAY 20, 2015:  Al-Zaman (The Times of Baghdad) reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) […]

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Is U.S. Foreign Policy Making Americans Less Safe? (Micah Zenko for CFR)

[ 0 ] May 20, 2015 |

by MICAH ZENKO for POLITICS, POWER AND PREVENTIVE ACTION (COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS BLOG) on MAY 19, 2015:  Senior U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials increasingly warn of the threat of “lone wolf” individuals attempting terror attacks within the United States. These potential perpetrators are characterized as externally motivated, but predominantly self-directed in plotting and attempting acts […]

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How Christian Behavior Online Might Fuel A New Kind of Terrorism (by Benjamin Corey for Patheos)

How Christian Behavior Online Might Fuel A New Kind of Terrorism (by Benjamin Corey for Patheos)

[ 0 ] May 19, 2015 |

by BENJAMIN COREY for PATHEOS “FORMERLY FUNDIE” BLOG on MAY 19, 2015:  Did you know that your Facebook behavior might be fueling a new kind of terrorism? For all of our talk of terrorism, we rarely talk about what actually causes terrorism other than canned one-liners that aren’t always accurate. I think most often the root causes are […]

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