Category: Middle East and North Africa

What Makes Jerusalem So Holy? (BBC)

What Makes Jerusalem So Holy? (BBC)

[ 0 ] April 18, 2014 |

by ERICA CHERNOFSKY for BBC NEWS on APRIL 17, 2014:  While Christians around the world are enjoying the Easter holiday, Jews everywhere are celebrating the holiday of Passover – a convergence of festivals which traditionally sees a surge in pilgrims to Jerusalem. The BBC’s Erica Chernofsky takes a closer look at why this city is […]

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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 18′s session begins at 9 AM PACIFIC TIME– 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 a reputation […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Security, Civil Liberties, and Community Partnerships in Focus This Week

[ 0 ] April 17, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 17, 2014:  National security, the extent of the threat of homegrown terrorism in our cities, and tensions between law enforcement policies and civil liberties came into sharp focus this week. Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, allegedly committed by brothers radicalized by […]

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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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Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

“The best thing is when you pass out, because then the pain stops.” – University student detained in Hama  via UN OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER ON HUMAN RIGHTS, APRIL 14, 2014:  INTRODUCTION: Victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment languish in official and makeshift detention facilities throughout the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria). […]

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Duke Students Create Their Own “Arab Spring” Graffiti on Campus as Part of Class

Duke Students Create Their Own “Arab Spring” Graffiti on Campus as Part of Class

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

by ElIZA WARNER for ISLAMiCommentary and DUKE TODAY on APRIL 15, 2014:  The graffiti I painted (above) at the east campus bridge was inspired by the events occurring in the Middle East since 2010. In “The Arab Spring” (PoliSci 222), a course covering the developing issues in the region taught by Duke professors Abdeslam Maghraoui […]

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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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Cassandra’s Curse: No True Allies for Egyptian Women

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

by NESREEN SALEM for TAHRIR INSTITUTE FOR MIDDLE EAST POLICY on MARCH 28, 2014:  Cassandra, the legendary princess of Troy whose name meant “she who entangles men,” was a beautiful woman. So beautiful was she, in fact, that the Greek god Apollo wanted her for himself. In order to seduce her, he granted her the gift […]

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Behind the Checkpoint: Jasiri X in Palestine

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

shared via NewBlackMan (in Exile) on MARCH 28, 2014:  1Hood Media Presents In “Behind the Checkpoint, Part I” Jasiri X (above) shares his experience of traveling to the Palestine and Israel with a delegation commissioned by the Carter Center. Behind the Checkpoint explores issues of the region and the people who live there.  

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Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 11, 2014:  Joel S. Migdal is one of America’s leading scholars on the Middle East, and his scholarship is on display in his new book, Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2014).  Shifting Sands is an […]

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