Category: Eurasia

Report: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire

[ 0 ] April 22, 2014 |

by THOMAS CAROTHERS and SASKIA BRECHENMACHER for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE, FEBRUARY 2014:   REPORT “Closing Space: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire” SUMMARY EXCERPT) After seeing its reach increase for decades, international support for democracy and human rights now faces a serious challenge: more and more governments are erecting legal and logistical barriers to […]

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A New Easter Tradition: Eggs With a Turkish Flavor

A New Easter Tradition: Eggs With a Turkish Flavor

[ 0 ] April 19, 2014 |

by DR. LACHIN HATEMI for FOUNDATION FOR PLURALISM on APRIL 19, 2014:  A fascination with eggs and their perfect form inspired Peter Carl Fabergé, who was a renowned jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court. Fabergé created a total of 50 Imperial Easter Eggs for Russian emperors from 1885 to 1917, which became an Easter […]

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WATCH LIVE April 17-19: 5th Annual Conference on the Study of Islamophobia (UC Berkeley)

[ 0 ] April 17, 2014 |

via UC BERKELEY:  2014 Theme: Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge (WATCH LIVE HERE and ABOVE; Friday April 19′s session begins at 11:30a PACIFIC TIME and GOES UNTIL 5:45p– SEE BELOW FOR SCHEDULE) Join us free of charge for the Fifth Annual International Islamophobia Conference April 17-19, 2014 on the legendary Berkeley campus, the location with […]

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Shalom Goldman on Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

Shalom Goldman on Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

[ 0 ] April 16, 2014 |

“For Putin, a former ardent Communist and KGB officer, to speak of the baptism of Prince Vladimir and his “spiritual feats” as the basis for his claim to Crimea is strange indeed. But it is, in fact, no stranger than the remarkably similar claims to the West Bank  made in the past few years by […]

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The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |

As John Brennan, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, said in a public talk in March 2014, “Syria has a real army” that is “a large conventional military force with tremendous firepower.” It benefits significantly from Iranian and Russian advice and new training in urban warfare as well as from the infusion of non-Syrian combat manpower, […]

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WATCH LIVE ! 1130 AM EST FRIDAY, APRIL 11: Gen. Raymond Odierno and Duke’s Peter Feaver Discuss Afghanistan, Iraq, and More

WATCH LIVE ! 1130 AM EST FRIDAY, APRIL 11: Gen. Raymond Odierno and Duke’s Peter Feaver Discuss Afghanistan, Iraq, and More

[ 0 ] April 10, 2014 |

WATCH LIVE ! SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY: Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno will discuss national security and military affairs Friday, April 11, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The talk takes place at 11:30 a.m. in Sanford 04 and is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Science Drive […]

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US State Department Releases Digital Publication on ‘American Muslims’

US State Department Releases Digital Publication on ‘American Muslims’

[ 0 ] April 3, 2014 |

via US STATE DEPARTMENT on APRIL 1, 2014:  The US State Department released it’s 2014 digital publication “American Muslims” on April 1, 2014. BY CATEGORY: English  عربي  DOWNLOAD: PDF Here are individual links to its contents below: Who Are American Muslims? Unity Through Diversity: The American Identity Islam and the United States Muslim Immigration American Muslims: Diverse, Valued, Vital […]

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Could Twitter Spell the End of Erdoğan?

Could Twitter Spell the End of Erdoğan?

[ 0 ] March 24, 2014 |

by ERDAĞ GÖKNAR for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 24, 2014:  Claiming that Twitter has not responded to Turkish court requests to suspend specific accounts, the Turkish communications directorate blocked Twitter last Friday. Ruling Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted as saying, “Twitter schmitter, we’ll put an end to them all. The international community can react […]

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Erdağ Göknar: The Theater of Conspiracy in the Run-up to Turkey’s Elections

Erdağ Göknar: The Theater of Conspiracy in the Run-up to Turkey’s Elections

[ 0 ] March 14, 2014 |

by Erdağ Göknar for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 13, 2014:  The novel Snow by Nobel-prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk exposes the logic of Middle Eastern nationalism. Not surprisingly, political conspiracy has a prominent role to play in it. Turkish realities and their ideologically colored representations are constantly switching places in the novel. As a result, it becomes harder […]

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International Women of Courage: Resilience on the Front Line

International Women of Courage: Resilience on the Front Line

[ 0 ] March 7, 2014 |

via US INSTITUTE OF PEACE and US DEPARTMENT OF STATE on MARCH 5, 2014:  Remarks from the 2014 International Women of Courage Awardees On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Institute of Peace co-hosted a panel session featuring remarks from the ten 2014 International Women of Courage Awardees at USIP. This was […]

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