Category: Surveys & Studies

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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US State Department Releases Digital Publication on ‘American Muslims’

US State Department Releases Digital Publication on ‘American Muslims’

[ 0 ] April 3, 2014 |

via US STATE DEPARTMENT on APRIL 1, 2014:  The US State Department released it’s 2014 digital publication “American Muslims” on April 1, 2014. BY CATEGORY: English  عربي  DOWNLOAD: PDF Here are individual links to its contents below: Who Are American Muslims? Unity Through Diversity: The American Identity Islam and the United States Muslim Immigration American Muslims: Diverse, Valued, Vital […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media and Power in Turkey (Freedom House Report)

Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media and Power in Turkey (Freedom House Report)

[ 0 ] February 14, 2014 |

by SUSAN CORKE, ANDREW FINKEL, DAVID J. KRAMER, CARLA ANNE ROBBINS, NATE SCHENKHAN for FREEDOM HOUSE, FEBRUARY 2014:  EXCERPT from EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In November 2013, a Freedom House delegation traveled to Turkey to meet with journalists, NGOs, business leaders, and senior government officials about the deteriorating state of media freedom in the country. The delegation’s objective was […]

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Anti-Muslim Sentiment Rising in the U.S: What Is Happening to Religious Tolerance?

Anti-Muslim Sentiment Rising in the U.S: What Is Happening to Religious Tolerance?

[ 0 ] February 13, 2014 |

by CHARLES KURZMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 13, 2014: Islamic terrorism has proved to be a relatively small threat to public safety in America since 9/11. Isolated individuals have engaged in sporadic violence such as the Boston Marathon bombings, but radicalization has remained far more limited than security officials feared. A report issued this month […]

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First UN Report on Children in Syria’s Civil War Paints Picture of ‘Unspeakable’ Horrors

First UN Report on Children in Syria’s Civil War Paints Picture of ‘Unspeakable’ Horrors

[ 0 ] February 6, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on FEBRUARY 4, 2014:  4 February 2014 – Syrian children have been subjected to “unspeakable” suffering in the nearly three years of civil war, with the Government and allied militia responsible for countless killings, maiming and torture, and the opposition for recruiting youngsters for combat and using terror tactics in civilian […]

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Pew: Coke, “America the Beautiful,” and the Language of Diversity

Pew: Coke, “America the Beautiful,” and the Language of Diversity

[ 0 ] February 6, 2014 |

by NEHA SAHGAL for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on FEBRUARY 3, 2014:  Coca-Cola’s “It’s Beautiful” ad, that aired during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, sought to portray ethnic diversity in the U.S. by featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in several languages. The many different kinds of people in the ad – Hispanics, cowboys, Muslims, Jews and Asians […]

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Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in  2012-2013 (HRW)

Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in 2012-2013 (HRW)

[ 0 ] February 1, 2014 |

via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (REPORT: RAZED TO THE GROUND: SYRIA’S UNLAWFUL NEIGHBORHOOD DEMOLITIONS IN 2012-2013) on  JANUARY 30, 2014:  SUMMARY EXCERPT:  Since July 2012, Syrian authorities have deliberately demolished thousands of residential buildings, in some cases entire neighborhoods, using explosives and bulldozers, in Damascus and Hama, two of Syria’s largest cities. Government officials and pro-government […]

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Pew: More Now See Failure than Success in Iraq, Afghanistan

[ 0 ] January 31, 2014 |

Little Partisan Gap in Views of Whether U.S. Has Reached Goals via PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR PEOPLE & THE PRESS on JANUARY 30, 2014:  After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the public does not think the United States has achieved its goals in either country. About half of Americans (52%) say the […]

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David Schanzer and Ray McGovern on Obama’s NSA Domestic Surveillance Reform Plans

[ 0 ] January 23, 2014 |

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the NSA?  by ALEX GRANADOS for WUNC’S THE STATE OF THINGS on JANUARY 23, 2014: When ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed how the National Security Agency collected data on Americans, the uproar was deafening. Last week, in response to the outrage, President Barack Obama announced plans for some reforms […]

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Pew: How People in Muslim Countries Prefer Women to Dress in Public

Pew: How People in Muslim Countries Prefer Women to Dress in Public

[ 0 ] January 15, 2014 |

by JACOB POUSHTER for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on JANUARY 8, 2014:  An important issue in the Muslim world is how women should dress in public. A recent survey from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research conducted in seven Muslim-majority countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey), finds that most people prefer that a woman completely cover […]

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