Category: Middle East and North Africa

WATCH: Jon Stewart Talks with Al Jazeera’s Sue Turton About AJ Journalists Still Imprisoned in Egypt

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

compiled by ISLAMiCommentary (via THE DAILY SHOW) on JULY 21, 2014:  Jon Stewart interviewed Doha-based Al Jazeera English correspondent Sue Turton on Monday, July 21.  In June , an Egyptian judge found six Al Jazeera journalists, including Turton, guilty of allegedly broadcasting false news reports. Turton and two other journalists escaped Egypt before they could be […]

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Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

[ 1 ] July 22, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, for DUKE TODAY on JULY 22, 2014:  Omid Safi, (pictured) a prominent Islamic studies professor and scholar, joined the faculty of Duke this month as director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). As the new William and Bettye Martin Musham Director for Islamic Studies, Safi will oversee DISC, […]

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Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

Above is coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict last night on MSNBC’s Hardball. NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel gives a frank answer as to how much of a “pinpoint” operation the Israeli incursion into Gaza actually is. (If it doesn’t play CLICK HERE) by *JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 22, 2014 *updated 3:40p:  There’s been growing criticism […]

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Iraq: ISIS Abducting, Killing, Expelling Minorities (targeting Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Turkmen, Shabaks)

Iraq: ISIS Abducting, Killing, Expelling Minorities (targeting Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Turkmen, Shabaks)

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014 |

by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on JULY 19, 2014:  (Duhok) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) is killing, kidnapping, and threatening religious and ethnic minorities in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Since capturing Mosul on June 10, 2014, the armed Sunni extremist group has seized at least 200 Turkmen, Shabaks, […]

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It’s Not You, American Muslims, It’s Me (Haroon Moghul)

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014 |

by HAROON MOGHUL for ISLAMIC MONTHLY on JULY 19, 2014:  President Obama has one shot left at a foreign policy milestone. Things haven’t otherwise been going his way. Something beyond pretty speeches and decisions he cannot justly claim responsibility for, like withdrawing from Iraq. And that something is Iran. If Obama can get a deal, […]

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Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

[ 0 ] July 18, 2014 |

Northwestern University Professor and Vice President of Kids4Peace International Yakir Englander on the Urgency of Deeper Healing in Israel/Palestine by Yakir Englander for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 18, 2014: Serious illness calls for first aid, then sometimes surgery, followed by healing the source of the disease. If you ask which is most important, I’d say you can’t have one […]

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WATCH: Vice News Speaks to Abu Khdeir’s Father — “I Don’t Ask for Revenge”

[ 0 ] July 17, 2014 |

by DANNY GOLD for VICE NEWS on JULY 16, 2014:  On the night of July 2, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year old Palestinian from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, was abducted and killed by a group of right-wing extremist Israelis. The attack was in apparent retaliation for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli […]

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WATCH: Palestine in 1896

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |

video shared by WILLIAM DALRYMPLE (@DalrympleWill) on JULY 12, 2014:  This shows the first film footage taken in Palestine, and was shot by the Lumier Brothers. — University of Michigan Middle East historian Juan Cole posted on his blog Informed Comment a synopsis of the demographics of the time: Kemal Karpat wrote that according to the […]

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Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

[ 1 ] July 14, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2014: In a series of posts to Twitter in early July, the Islamic extremist group known as Islamic State (formerly ISIS) called for the death of Kuwaiti-born Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, the creator of the superhero comic book The […]

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From Ibrahim to Khalil: Healing Through the Flames, American Islam and Palestine/Israel (Omid Safi)

From Ibrahim to Khalil: Healing Through the Flames, American Islam and Palestine/Israel (Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] July 14, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on JULY 12, 2014:  When we look at the world today, we see a world on fire. When we look at the Muslim ummah, we see an ummah on fire. Palestine on fire. Iraq on fire. Syria on fire. Pakistan on fire. Myanmar on fire. Egypt on fire. […]

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