Category: Middle East and North Africa

‘Our Grief, Trauma, Anger Will Not Make Us Abandon Our Humanity,’ Abbas Tells UN

‘Our Grief, Trauma, Anger Will Not Make Us Abandon Our Humanity,’ Abbas Tells UN

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014:  26 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this morning, President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas noted that he had embarked on a recently launched round of negotiations in good faith and with an open mind, strongly determined to reach a peace accord within nine […]

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Israel’s Netanyahu Warns Against ‘Militant Islam’; Denounces UN Rights Council

Israel’s Netanyahu Warns Against ‘Militant Islam’; Denounces UN Rights Council

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on SEPTEMBER 29, 2014: From the podium of the General Assembly today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world of the grave threat he said it faced from militant Islam’s desire to dominate the planet, be they Sunni extremists or Iran, defended Israel’s Gaza campaign as moral, and dubbed the […]

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Amal Alamuddin: The Anatomy of an Unfair Trial

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

by AMAL ALAMUDDIN for THE HUFFINGTON POST on AUGUST 18, 2014:  Sentencing a political opponent to death after a show trial is no different to taking him out on the street and shooting him. In fact, it is worse because using the court system as a tool of state repression makes a mockery of the […]

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Scholars & Activists Asked Obama Not to Meet With al-Sisi Last Week

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 30, 2014:  President Obama meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on September 27 when the leaders were both in NY for the 69th UN General Assembly. In remarks before their meeting President Obama said “the U.S.-Egyptian relationship has been an important cornerstone of our […]

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ISLAMiCommentary Celebrates Two Years!

ISLAMiCommentary Celebrates Two Years!

[ 1 ] September 29, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on September 29, 2014: Though many months in the planning, ISLAMiCommentary officially launched in October 2012. An outgrowth of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project, this forum for public scholarship is thriving and continues to grow. A humble to thank you to all of our readers, Facebook, […]

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Omid Safi: Engaging in the Public Discussion on Islam

Omid Safi: Engaging in the Public Discussion on Islam

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

Duke alumnus returns to lead Islamic Studies Center by GEOFFREY MOCK for DUKE TODAY on SEPTEMBER 25, 2014:  Omid Safi came to Duke two decades ago “a shy, geeky poor immigrant kid from Iran.” He returns now as a senior faculty member determined to repay a debt for allowing him “to dream dreams I didn’t […]

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WATCH: Can Iraq Survive?

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

via CHATHAM HOUSE and INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK TIMES on SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 *updated with Storify on September 26, 2014:  Overview In recent months, the Islamic State has made sweeping military advances and Baghdad has been paralyzed by political infighting. This discussion will focus on the viability of Iraqi state itself and the ethnosectarian tensions that seem […]

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Glenn Greenwald/The Intercept: How Former Treasury Officials and the UAE are Manipulating American Journalists

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

by GLENN GREENWALD for THE INTERCEPT on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014:  The tiny and very rich Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar has become a hostile target for two nations with significant influence in the U.S.: Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Israel is furious over Qatar’s support for Palestinians generally and (allegedly) Hamas specifically, while the UAE […]

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Jane Kinninmont: Why Arab States Are Supporting the US in Syria

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

“Greater military assertiveness by the Gulf countries, and Gulf cooperation with the larger armies in Egypt and Jordan, are key regional trends to watch. Gulf countries will remain keen to expand their own limited military capabilities and be less reliant on the US, just in case it is not always there to guard them.”  by […]

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Rouhani Calls For United Front Against ‘False’ Muslims Killing in Name of Islam

Rouhani Calls For United Front Against ‘False’ Muslims Killing in Name of Islam

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

“The pain is made greater when these terrorists spill blood in the name of religion and behead in the name of Islam…They seek to keep hidden this incontrovertible truth of history that on the basis of the teachings of all divine prophets, from Abraham and Moses and Jesus to Mohammed, taking the life of a […]

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