Category: Middle East and North Africa

WATCH: The Conflict Over Covering the Conflict in Gaza (Colbert)

[ 0 ] August 1, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via COLBERT NATION on JULY 31, 2014  Watch (above) Stephen Colbert’s take on perceptions of media bias in coverage of the conflict in Gaza, and the difficulties over use of language in reporting on the conflict — including his referencing of a glossary by the International Press Institute (see […]

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Charles J. Dunlap, Jr: Will ‘Lawfare’ Define the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?

Charles J. Dunlap, Jr: Will ‘Lawfare’ Define the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?

[ 0 ] July 31, 2014 |

“Of all the laws of armed conflict, the most basic is the requirement that belligerents distinguish between combatants and civilians and attack only the former. Accordingly, in the present conflict, Hamas and Israel have sought to assign the other blame for the rising numbers of civilian casualties in an obvious effort to convince world opinion […]

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PEW: Erdogan Favorability Falls in Turkey, Middle East Ahead of 8/10 Election

PEW: Erdogan Favorability Falls in Turkey, Middle East Ahead of 8/10 Election

[ 0 ] July 31, 2014 |

Two studies from Pew on Turkey/See below: Support for Turkey’s Erdogan drops sharply in Middle East by JACOB POUSHTER for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on JULY 30, 2014:  With a presidential election just over a week away, a new survey finds that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support has declined sharply in his home country and around […]

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WATCH: Frontline Documentary ‘Losing Iraq’

[ 0 ] July 31, 2014 |

Frontline documentary trailer above  via FRONTLINE/PBS on JULY 29, 2014:  U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, ending America’s military commitment in the country. Now, chaos is once again engulfing Iraq. The team behind “The Lost Year in Iraq,” “The Torture Question” and “Bush’s War” takes a look at how we got here, what went […]

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WATCH: Egyptian Puppet Abla Fahita’s Music Video is YouTube Hit

[ 0 ] July 30, 2014 |

Song is available on iTunes: http://goo.gl/G4vy3l Official Music Video, starring Hassan El Shafei and puppet Abla Fahita, for song “Mayestahlushi.” The song is released by Basement Records,and was directed by Ali Ali. الفيديو الرسمي لأغنية مايستهلوشي – حسن الشافعي مع ابلة فاهيتا by HALA SAFWAT for AHRAM ONLINE on JULY 30, 2014:  A music video co-starring […]

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About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

[ 0 ] July 30, 2014 |

by ROBIN KIRK for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 30, 2014: Of all of the images of the destruction being visited upon Gaza and Israel, why did the picture of a girl retrieving her books from the rubble stop me cold? The image was originally posted, as far as I can tell, by the Palestinian Information Center […]

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Younger US Adults Divided over Israel Response in Conflict with Hamas (Pew)

Younger US Adults Divided over Israel Response in Conflict with Hamas (Pew)

[ 0 ] July 30, 2014 |

by PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR PEOPLE & THE PRESS on JULY 28, 2014:  EXCERPT: There are broad demographic divides in views of Israel’s response to the conflict that go beyond party identification. By about two-to-one (40% to 22%), more whites consider Israel’s response to the current conflict about right than say it has gone too far. […]

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Sally Howell on ‘Old Islam in Detroit’ (Book Q & A)

Sally Howell on ‘Old Islam in Detroit’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] July 29, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by *JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on July 29, 2014:  Muslims have a long and rich history in Greater Detroit, Michigan, but it has not been thoroughly documented – until now. Sally Howell brings this history to life in her new book out next month — Old Islam […]

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‘Qahera’ Webcomic Creator Deena Mohamed Talks Superheroes, Gaza, and Women

‘Qahera’ Webcomic Creator Deena Mohamed Talks Superheroes, Gaza, and Women

[ 0 ] July 29, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 29, 2014: Deena Mohamed, a nineteen-year-old Egyptian graphic design student, does more than draw or doodle: She is creating a legend. Based partially on her own and her friends’ experiences within Egyptian culture, Mohamed chose to combat sexism […]

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In US, Hamas Seen as More to Blame Than Israel for Current Violence (Pew)

In US, Hamas Seen as More to Blame Than Israel for Current Violence (Pew)

[ 0 ] July 28, 2014 |

Deep Partisan Divide in Reactions to Mideast Fighting by PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR PEOPLE & THE PRESS on JULY 28, 2014:  As fighting continues to rage in Gaza amid calls for a cease-fire, about twice as many Americans say Hamas (40%) as Israel (19%) is responsible for the current violence. Just a quarter (25%) believe […]

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