Category: Americas

LISTEN: Spreading Light This Holiday Season (by State of Belief Radio)

[ 0 ] December 22, 2014 |

by REV. WELTON GADDY for STATE OF BELIEF RADIO on DECEMBER 20, 2014:  This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, host Rev. Welton Gaddy broadcasts from Argot Studios in New York City. Despite grim news reports from this week, today’s guests share what a little common humanity can do. […]

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Christmas and Muslims?

Christmas and Muslims?

[ 0 ] December 19, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on DECEMBER 19, 2014:  Here’s  how some Muslims are approaching, thinking about, and even observing Christmas and the Christmas season around the world. WATCH: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Jaffa Mark the Beginning of the Christmas Season (The Jerusalem Post, December 2014): EXCERPT: Arab Christians in the Israeli […]

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WATCH: All About That Paste (parody)

WATCH: All About That Paste (parody)

[ 0 ] December 19, 2014 |

via REMY on NOVEMBER 26, 2014:  Fans of authentic hummus know what it’s REALLY all about (hint: it’s not bass…) Hope you enjoyed this parody!  Thank you for all your support! Please keep in touch! http://www.twitter.com/goremy https://www.facebook.com/pages/GoRemy… Original song by Megan Trainor.  Parody lyrics by Remy.  Music tracks and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom. LYRICS: […]

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Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

[ 0 ] December 18, 2014 |

Evaluating a Complex Landscape by ZEYNEP TUFEKCI for COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (Vol 68, No 1 Fall/Winter 2014) on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  SUMMARY: Recently, social movements have shaken countries around the world. Most of these movements have thoroughly integrated digital connectivity into their toolkits, especially for organizing, gaining publicity, and effectively communicating. Governments, too, have been […]

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The Aftermath of Gaza & the Future of Two States: A Journalist’s Perspective

The Aftermath of Gaza & the Future of Two States: A Journalist’s Perspective

[ 0 ] December 17, 2014 |

“The French philosopher Ernest Renan once defined a nation as “a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors.” And while that arguably applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, my sense is that the deterioration we are witnessing results from something else — the growing human distance […]

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Christians More Supportive of Torture than Non-Religious Americans

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

by SARAH POSNER for RELIGION DISPATCHES on DECEMBER 16, 2014:  A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that Americans, by a 59-31% margin, believe that CIA “treatment of suspected terrorists” in detention was justified. A plurality deemed that “treatment” to be “torture,” by a 49-38% margin. Remarkably, the gap between torture supporters and opponents widens between voters who […]

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Concerns that New DOJ Guidance on Profiling Don’t Go Far Enough

Concerns that New DOJ Guidance on Profiling Don’t Go Far Enough

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on DECEMBER 16, 2014:   Last week (12/8) the Justice Department issued new guidelines forbidding federal law enforcement agencies from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation. (Profiling based on race and ethnicity was already prohibited.) The new guidance also applies […]

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Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

“Religious violence is, firstly, violence sponsored or performed by individuals or groups who self-define and are identified by those around them as religious. Secondly, these actors account for their violence in a religious language, invoking religious symbols and referencing religious norms and values.”– Gideon Aran by GIDEON ARAN for CONTENDING MODERNITIES (blog at University of […]

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Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties

Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

“Unlike the hostage-taking in Australia, which was just a tragedy produced by a lone nut-job, the attack in Peshawar has geopolitical implications and really is the work of persons organized to pressure civilians on policy by routinely blowing them up–the very definition of terrorism.” — Juan Cole, in Informed Comment, December 16, 2014 by JUAN […]

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David Schanzer on the Bogus Defense of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’

David Schanzer on the Bogus Defense of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

by DAVID SCHANZER for THE HUFFINGTON POST on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  Despite irrefutable evidence in the Senate Intelligence Committee report that the CIA engaged in grotesque acts of torture in the years after 9/11, a group of former CIA directors and officials have taken to the airwaves to claim these actions were justified as a […]

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