Category: Asia

Malaysia Picks Up Pieces After Back-to-Back Plane Tragedies (A Conversation with the Ambassador)

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014 |

“I had just lost the last election by 201 votes out of 80,000 in my constituency in Bachok, when one day I got a call from the prime minister asking me to take this job,” said Awang, who had been the deputy minister of finance. “I told him, ‘I’m not a diplomat.’ He laughed and […]

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WATCH/FOLLOW: American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism

WATCH/FOLLOW: American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014 |

MPAC Presents Safe Spaces Campaign to Prevent Violent Extremism compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) PRESS ADVISORY on AUGUST 27, 2014:  (Los Angeles – 8/27/2014) – On Thursday, Aug. 28, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a press conference with law enforcement officials and national community leaders at […]

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Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 27, 2014:  These were the top ten most-accessed original pieces on ISLAMiCommentary this summer. 1.Five Years Since ‘New Muslim Cool’, Hispanic Muslims Growing Segment of US Muslim Religious Culture (by Julie Poucher Harbin, Duke University)  2.Looking Beyond the Safety of the Hate Narrative (by Yakir Englander, Northwestern University) […]

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Freedom House: Azerbaijan’s Violent Crackdown on Human Rights Activists

Freedom House: Azerbaijan’s Violent Crackdown on Human Rights Activists

[ 0 ] August 25, 2014 |

by FREEDOM HOUSE (STATEMENT) on AUGUST 22, 2014:  In response to the brutal attack on Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Ilgar Nasibov, Freedom House issued the following statement: “The horrific physical assault on Ilgar Nasibov, a journalist, is the latest trauma in a rapidly and radically deteriorating human rights situation in Azerbaijan,” said David J. Kramer, […]

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WATCH: Carl Ernst on Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

WATCH: Carl Ernst on Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

[ 0 ] August 19, 2014 |

via YOUTUBE, MAY 7, 2014:  UNC-Chapel Hill Islamic Studies Professor Carl W. Ernst gave a talk this past Spring (May 7, 2014) called “Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World” at the International Council for Middle East Studies in Washington DC. It was the First Annual Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’ Commemorative Lecture of the International Council For Middle East Studies. […]

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Jihadism in Central Asia: A Credible Threat After the Western Withdrawal From Afghanistan?

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014 |

by BAYRAM BALCI and DIDIER CHAUDET for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on AUGUST 13, 2014:  The states of Central Asia—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—are closely watching the political situation in Afghanistan, a neighbor with whom three of them share a border. This situation concerns them very deeply. Central Asian governments view with alarm and […]

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WATCH — Ziaddun Yousafzai: My Daughter Malala

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014 |

via TED2014, filmed MARCH 2014:  Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in […]

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New India PM Modi Talks Economy, Security, Women’s Safety, Growth, Communal Harmony, Foreign Relations.

[ 0 ] August 15, 2014 |

via FOREIGN POLICY (“SOUTH ASIA DAILY” E-ROUNDUP) on AUGUST 15, 2014:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian prime minister born in independent India, addressed the nation on India’s 68th Independence Day from New Delhi’s Red Fort on Friday (Livemint, Indian Express, NDTV, BBC). Unlike his predecessors, Modi gave an extempore speech without consulting notes […]

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At UN Assembly, Ban Ki-Moon Urges an End to ‘Senseless Cycle of Suffering’ in Gaza

[ 0 ] August 6, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on AUGUST 6, 2014:  6 August 2014 – As the temporary ceasefire continues to hold in Gaza, senior United Nations officials today urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, and called on the 193 Member States to respond to calls for emergency humanitarian funding. In an informal meeting […]

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