Category: Middle East and North Africa

The Making of the Modern, Muddled, Middle East (by David Schoenbaum/Wilson Quarterly)

[ 0 ] May 25, 2015 |

Why and how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more equal than all the others. by DAVID SCHOENBAUM for THE WILSON QUARTERLY, SPRING 2015: Everything is very simple, said Carl von Clausewitz. But the simplest thing is difficult. He was talking about war, but he could as easily have been talking about “The Eastern Question” — 19th […]

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WATCH: Dawn Chatty on Dispossession & Forced Migration in the Arab Middle East

[ 0 ] May 25, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 25, 2015:  Dawn Chatty, director of the Oxford Refugee Studies Center, spoke last month at Duke University on “Dispossession and Forced migration in the Arab Middle East.” Her presentation took place as part of Duke University’s Middle East Refugees Awareness Week, April 8-17, 2015 and was based on a […]

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WATCH: Inside War-Torn Yemen: Sanaa Under Attack

WATCH: Inside War-Torn Yemen: Sanaa Under Attack

[ 0 ] May 22, 2015 |

by YOUSEF MAWRY/VICE NEWS on MAY 20, 2015:  For more than six weeks, nine countries led by Saudi Arabia have been carrying out airstrikes on Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation. Whole neighborhoods have been destroyed and communities reduced to rubble. According to the United Nations, the strikes, targeting Iranian-backed Houthi rebel positions in the […]

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Omid Safi: The Power of a Glance (for On Being)

Omid Safi: The Power of a Glance (for On Being)

[ 0 ] May 22, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on MAY 22, 2015:  The Cappadocia region of Turkey looks like the landscape of the Flintstones. Something ethereal, something lunar, and somewhat otherworldly. There’s everything from natural hikes to hot air balloons to one of the oldest Christian monastic communities in the world. UNESCO has designated the collection of […]

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Rebecca Stein on “Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age” (Book Q & A)

Rebecca Stein on “Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 21, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary  — Q & A with REBECCA STEIN — on MAY 18, 2015: Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford University Press, April 2015), by scholars Adi Kunstman and Rebecca Stein, has been called “a pioneering book, showing how information and communication technologies have turned into wartime arsenals, and […]

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ISIS Control of Palmyra Sends ‘Shockwaves’ Through Archaeological Community

ISIS Control of Palmyra Sends ‘Shockwaves’ Through Archaeological Community

[ 0 ] May 21, 2015 |

  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 21, 2015:  ISIS militants captured the historic city of Palmyra in Syria this week and were reported today to have entered the archaeological ruins there — what UNESCO has named a world heritage site. Watch the BBC report above.  Professors Carol Myers, Eric Meyers, and Kevin Butcher […]

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“Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf” (via the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence)

“Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf” (via the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence)

[ 0 ] May 20, 2015 |

via (U.S.) OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE on MAY 20, 2015:  On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin. The release, which followed a rigorous interagency review, aligns with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with […]

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Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen gather for Battle of Ramadi (by Juan Cole/Informed Comment)

Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen gather for Battle of Ramadi (by Juan Cole/Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] May 20, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MAY 20, 2015:  Al-Zaman (The Times of Baghdad) reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) […]

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Is U.S. Foreign Policy Making Americans Less Safe? (Micah Zenko for CFR)

[ 0 ] May 20, 2015 |

by MICAH ZENKO for POLITICS, POWER AND PREVENTIVE ACTION (COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS BLOG) on MAY 19, 2015:  Senior U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials increasingly warn of the threat of “lone wolf” individuals attempting terror attacks within the United States. These potential perpetrators are characterized as externally motivated, but predominantly self-directed in plotting and attempting acts […]

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A House in Fez, A Home in Morocco

A House in Fez, A Home in Morocco

[ 0 ] May 19, 2015 |

Duke study abroad students read “A House in Fez” and find a temporary home in Morocco  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 19, 2015:  On May 16 eight Duke students arrived in Morocco — ready to embark on a six-week, two-course Duke in the Arab World (DAW) program in which they will “have the opportunity […]

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