Category: Asia

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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WATCH: Matthew Cook on What Happened to Sindhis in Post-Partition India ?

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (at DUKE UNIVERSITY) on DECEMBER 2, 2014:  Professor Matthew Cook fields questions during his Wednesdays at the Center lecture, “Socio-Cultural Continuity and Language Shift Among Sindhis in India”. Professor Cook is a Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies and teaches in the Department of Language and Literature and the […]

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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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The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 15, 2014:  A hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia has ended after a 17-hour siege by a lone gunman of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in the city’s central business district. Various media were reporting that the gunman is Man Haron Monis — an Iranian-born refugee and self-described cleric who’s been in […]

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James Longley’s “Kabul, Afghanistan” Exhibit Open at the Power Plant Gallery (12/9/14-2/20/15)

James Longley’s “Kabul, Afghanistan” Exhibit Open at the Power Plant Gallery (12/9/14-2/20/15)

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

“Jada-e-Maiwand, a vibrant neighborhood near the center of old Kabul, was a scene of fierce fighting and destruction during Afghanistan’s civil war. Twenty years later, the area remains only partially rebuilt: mud-brick homes flank open sewers, market stalls spill over from broad avenues, and winding alleyways reveal blacksmiths, corner grocers, bolani mongers, and bakers impaling […]

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CIA Torture Report Released: Was the Agency’s Interrogation Program a Mistake?

CIA Torture Report Released: Was the Agency’s Interrogation Program a Mistake?

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN on DECEMBER 9, 2014 :  Today the US Senate Intelligence Committee released an extensive report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. According to The Washington Post the “exhaustive, five-year Senate investigation of the CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects renders a strikingly bleak verdict of a program launched in the […]

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Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 27, 2014:  What if we have gotten Heaven all wrong? Many Christians, Muslims, and some Buddhists imagine a heavenly place as an eternal reward for the faithful. While this place is often described as a garden of serenity and tranquility, we often see many faithful arguing about who […]

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WATCH: Former Bush (43) Nat. Sec. Advisor Hadley on World’s Challenges

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

Julie Schoonmaker reports on a talk by President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, before about 200 people Tuesday night. by JULIE SCHOONMAKER for DUKE TODAY on DECEMBER 3, 2014:  Hadley discussed current challenges facing the Obama Administration from China to the Middle East. He also reviewed what he considered to be the […]

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Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Book Q & A)

Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 2, 2014 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 2, 2014:  Pakistan is a nation with a strong will to survive. It has endured political upheavals, ethnic discord, military dictatorships, and the challenges of religious extremism. In her new book, The Struggle for Pakistan: A […]

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WATCH: Deepa Kumar on the Islamophobia of “Homeland”

WATCH: Deepa Kumar on the Islamophobia of “Homeland”

[ 0 ] December 1, 2014 |

via THE REAL NEWS on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  Dr. Kumar tells Paul Jay that Muslim characters on Homeland are either terrorists, sympathizers of terrorists, or “good Muslims” which means pro-US.  CLICK HERE TO WATCH EXCERPT FROM TRANSCRIPT:   PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: So we’re going to talk about Homeland. And I guess–well, here’s a […]

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