Category: Asia

Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

[ 0 ] April 29, 2016 |

OWhat it means for human rights and freedom of expression in Israel by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 29, 2016: Last week the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, spent four days in Israel as the very-well-received guest of the government. And, in a move unusual in the world of diplomacy, the Israeli government had […]

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WATCH LIVE: Sec. Kerry to Talk on Relationship Between Religion & U.S. Foreign Policy

WATCH LIVE: Sec. Kerry to Talk on Relationship Between Religion & U.S. Foreign Policy

[ 0 ] April 26, 2016 |

via U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT and JAMES A. BAKER III INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AT RICE UNIVERSITY on APRIL 22, 2016:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (8:30pm eastern) […]

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WATCH LIVE 4/22-23: UC Berkeley Conference on Islamophobia

[ 0 ] April 20, 2016 |

via UC BERKELEY CENTER FOR RACE AND GENDER ISLAMOPHOBIA RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION PROJECT (IRDP) at UC BERKELEY SCHOOL OF LAW on APRIL 22-23, 2016: The UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) presents “The 7th Annual Conference Islamophobia: Has a tipping point been reached?” — to be held at the […]

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For Scholars, No Easy Answers on World War I & the Transformation of the Middle East

For Scholars, No Easy Answers on World War I & the Transformation of the Middle East

[ 0 ] April 20, 2016 |

“We have to recognize that there are several shattered political visions that are still with us and there are several unhealed traumas or wounds – the Armenians, Kurds, Palestinians (for example)…we are still dealing with the long-term legacy of these unhealed wounds.” — Cemil Aydin, UNC-Chapel Hill by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL […]

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Amplify the Lovely: On Not Giving In to Terrorism (by Omid Safi)

Amplify the Lovely: On Not Giving In to Terrorism (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] April 1, 2016 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on MARCH 31, 2016:  Easter Sunday brings with it, for Christians, the victory of resurrection over death. The same morning witnessed a horrific terrorist attack in the magnificent Pakistani city of Lahore. The attack took the lives of some 72 unarmed, defenseless civilians, including 29 children who were playing […]

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The Dilemma of Christian-Muslim Relations in Pakistan

The Dilemma of Christian-Muslim Relations in Pakistan

[ 0 ] March 28, 2016 |

An attack on Sunday evening (March 27) in a busy park in the eastern city of Lahore, Pakistan, killed 70 people — mostly women and children out celebrating Easter. Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state but has a Christian population estimated at between 2 and 3 million. This essay below was published today in the Pakistan Christian Post. […]

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Juan Cole on the Fall of Palmyra to Syrian Regime Forces

Juan Cole on the Fall of Palmyra to Syrian Regime Forces

[ 0 ] March 28, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 28, 2016:  That massive Russian air strikes and a determined infantry and armor assault by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the ancient city of Palmyra could dislodge from it a few hundred or at most a couple thousand Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) fighters is not all that […]

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“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

[ 1 ] February 29, 2016 |

Afghan Refugee Gulwali Passarlay Opens Up About His Remarkable Year-Long Journey to the UK, in Conversation with Duke Students  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 29, 2016:  “Before I died, I contemplated how drowning would feel. It was clear to me now; this was how I would go: away from my mother’s warmth, […]

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WATCH: Profs. Feaver & Jentleson on How Trump, Sanders Stack up on Foreign Policy

WATCH: Profs. Feaver & Jentleson on How Trump, Sanders Stack up on Foreign Policy

[ 0 ] February 29, 2016 |

via DUKE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE on FEBRUARY 24, 2016:  How would Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump address national security and foreign policy if elected President? Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate the implications in this episode of Foreign Exchange. Peter Feaver is a professor of political science and public policy. From 2005-07, he […]

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WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] February 18, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 18, 2016:  In November I had a chance to sit down with policy analyst, journalist, and scholar Raza Rumi at the ISLAMiCommentary office of the Duke Islamic Studies Center and speak to him about countering violent extremism in the Middle East and in Pakistan, and the plight of […]

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