Category: Middle East and North Africa

Christmas and Muslims?

Christmas and Muslims?

[ 0 ] December 19, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on DECEMBER 19, 2014:  Muslims and Christmas? Here is a video, a couple of articles, and a resource about Muslims and the Christmas season. WATCH: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Jaffa Mark the Beginning of the Christmas Season (The Jerusalem Post, December 2014): EXCERPT: Arab Christians in the Israeli […]

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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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The Aftermath of Gaza & the Future of Two States: A Journalist’s Perspective

The Aftermath of Gaza & the Future of Two States: A Journalist’s Perspective

[ 0 ] December 17, 2014 |

“The French philosopher Ernest Renan once defined a nation as “a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors.” And while that arguably applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, my sense is that the deterioration we are witnessing results from something else — the growing human distance […]

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Activists Hold Mass at the Barrier Blocking Bethlehem

Activists Hold Mass at the Barrier Blocking Bethlehem

[ 0 ] December 17, 2014 |

by RYAN RODRICK BEILER for ON FAITH on DECEMBER 11, 2014:  If the wise men came to Bethlehem today, they might have a hard time reaching the Christ child. As one popular satirical Christmas card purportedly by the British street artist Banksy depicts, the magi might now find their way blocked by the Israeli separation barrier […]

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Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

“Religious violence is, firstly, violence sponsored or performed by individuals or groups who self-define and are identified by those around them as religious. Secondly, these actors account for their violence in a religious language, invoking religious symbols and referencing religious norms and values.”– Gideon Aran by GIDEON ARAN for CONTENDING MODERNITIES (blog at University of […]

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David Schanzer on the Bogus Defense of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’

David Schanzer on the Bogus Defense of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

by DAVID SCHANZER for THE HUFFINGTON POST on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  Despite irrefutable evidence in the Senate Intelligence Committee report that the CIA engaged in grotesque acts of torture in the years after 9/11, a group of former CIA directors and officials have taken to the airwaves to claim these actions were justified as a […]

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WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

Elif Shafak has a new book out called “The Architect’s Apprentice” — “an exuberant tale of a young boy’s twisting fortunes in 16th-century Istanbul” which “conveys deeper truths about human experience.” (reviewed by Rebecca Abrams in The Financial Times). Watch Shafak’s 2010 TED Talk above.  via TED, JULY 2010:  Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them […]

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Whatever Happened to Winning Hearts and Minds? (by HRW’s Benjamin Ward)

Whatever Happened to Winning Hearts and Minds? (by HRW’s Benjamin Ward)

[ 0 ] December 12, 2014 |

European governments risk adopting the same counter-productive approaches towards the latest Islamist groups and fighters as they did against al-Qaeda. by BENJAMIN WARD for OPEN DEMOCRACY on DECEMBER 10, 2014:  Listening to the debate in Europe on the threat from the extremist group Islamic State (IS) and returning fighters feels like Groundhog Day. Its black-and-white […]

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WATCH: Spiderman’s New Nemesis — Cairo Living

[ 0 ] December 12, 2014 |

via BBC TRENDING on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  He’s used to beating all challenges and challengers, but life’s become tough for Spider-Man – he’s now a toktok driver negotiating the busy streets of Cairo. This imagining is the work of a young Egyptian photographer, Hossam Atef, 20, whose photos of an actor in the superhero’s costume […]

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A Sin-Sick Soul in Need of Redemption (by Omid Safi)

A Sin-Sick Soul in Need of Redemption (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] December 11, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on DECEMBER 11, 2014:  Blow after blow, it comes. The violence all around. In Ferguson, Michael Brown’s body bleeds on the ground for hours. Hands up. Don’t shoot. Eric Garner is choked to the death by the very police force sworn to protect us. I can’t breathe. Tamir Rice, […]

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