Category: Eurasia

What Happens to Your Body When You Fast?

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

Muslims around the world are fasting this month for Ramadan  via EMEL MEDIA:  Fasting from sunrise until sunset for 30 days certainly has a physical impact, but what really happens to your body when you fast? (emel media commissioned this video to find out: www.emel.com)

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Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem

[ 0 ] June 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 27, 2014:  *The Muslim community in America and around the world are observing the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don). The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking at the end of July. [NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months […]

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Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JUNE 18, 2014:  As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. Moreover, ratings for Iran in several Middle Eastern nations have declined significantly […]

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WATCH: Muslim Headscarves in Europe, the Crucifix, the Courts, and Popular Media

[ 0 ] June 10, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 10, 2014:  Claudia Koonz, a Professor Emeritus of History from Duke University, delivered a fascinating presentation on “Muslim Headscarves and the European Court of Human Rights” this Spring during a workshop at Duke University on “Reasonable Accommodations: Minorities in the Globalized Nation States.” Koonz laid out four 1990s case […]

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Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

[ 1 ] June 9, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 8, 2014:  The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently. Iraq had parliamentary elections, Libya’s parliament voted for a new prime minister, and Egypt and Syria had presidential elections. This summer, Turkey will have elections. It would be nice […]

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I-Wei Jennifer Chang: The Iran Sanctions and South Korea’s Balancing Act

I-Wei Jennifer Chang: The Iran Sanctions and South Korea’s Balancing Act

[ 0 ] June 6, 2014 |

by I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE on JUNE 2, 2014:  Following the recent progress on the Iranian nuclear issue and the subsequent easing of sanctions, South Korean businesses are reengaging the Iranian market. A South Korean trade delegation visited Iran on March 9, 2014, to expand bilateral trade ties in the mining, industrial, […]

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Silenced, Expelled, Imprisoned: Repression of Students and Academics in Iran

Silenced, Expelled, Imprisoned: Repression of Students and Academics in Iran

[ 0 ] June 2, 2014 |

by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL on JUNE 1, 2014:  This report is based on research that Amnesty International conducted using a wide range of private and public sources. This included in-depth interviews with more than 50 individuals, both women and men, with direct knowledge of Iran’s universities and system of higher education, including former students and academic […]

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WATCH: President Obama at Westpoint Commencement — “America Must Lead”

[ 1 ] May 29, 2014 |

via WHITEHOUSE.GOV/YOUTUBE on MAY 28, 2014:  President Obama traveled to West Point to congratulate the newest officers in the United States Army and to reflect on America’s foreign policy agenda. Related: See and listen also to comments on the speech by Duke University Political Science and Public Policy Professor Bruce Jentleson News Tip: Obamas Foreign […]

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China’s New Silk Road Strategy

China’s New Silk Road Strategy

[ 0 ] May 22, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT (MERIP) SPRING 2014 ISSUE: In the current issue of Middle East Report, we write about the strategic logic of China’s increasing investment in teaching Middle Eastern languages, particularly Arabic, Persian and Turkish. A key goal of the push for Middle Eastern […]

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China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

[ 0 ] May 21, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT (MERIP) SPRING 2014 ISSUE:  Though the People’s Republic of China has extensive commercial ties in the Middle East, its three strategic partners in the region are Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. It is not surprising, therefore, that the major Middle Eastern […]

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