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The Foreign Policy Essay: Al Qaeda’s Re-launch in South Asia (C. Christine Fair)

The Foreign Policy Essay: Al Qaeda’s Re-launch in South Asia (C. Christine Fair)

[ 0 ] September 22, 2014 |

by C. CHRISTINE FAIR for LAWFARE (BLOG) on SEPTEMBER 21, 2014:  On September 30, 2014, the head of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, released a video in which he declared a revivified and more ambitious al-Qaeda presence in South Asia. This ostensibly newly branded franchise of al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent is called the Jamā‘at Qā‘idat al-Jihād […]

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WATCH: 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Poet-Translator Khaled Mattawa Talks About His Work

WATCH: 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Poet-Translator Khaled Mattawa Talks About His Work

[ 0 ] September 22, 2014 |

via MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, SEPTEMBER 2014:  Khaled Mattawa is a cultural ambassador and poet-translator of Arabic poetry giving voice to a vast literature largely unknown in the Western hemisphere. In masterful translations that evoke the rhythm and cadence of Arabic, he renders the beauty and meaning of the poems accessible to an English reader. He has […]

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Syria and the Emergence of Grassroots Artistic Production (Leila Nachawati)

Syria and the Emergence of Grassroots Artistic Production (Leila Nachawati)

[ 0 ] September 22, 2014 |

by LEILA NACHAWATI for openDemocracy on SEPTEMBER 22, 2014:  Of all the changes crystallizing around the ideals of the Arab uprisings, the ones that are unquestionably positive are those in the creative and expressive arenas. While the entire region is witnessing an artistic renaissance that can be linked to the emergence of Arab theatre during the […]

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WATCH: Bruce Jentleson Explains Obama’s ISIS Strategy

WATCH: Bruce Jentleson Explains Obama’s ISIS Strategy

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 18, 2014:  What is Obama’s strategy for combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria? How successful has the U.S. administration been in forming a global coalition to counter the growing ISIS threat to the region? Bruce Jentleson, Professor of Public Policy at Duke University and a Wilson […]

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Paying Tribute to American Muslim Trailblazer, Tayyibah Taylor

Paying Tribute to American Muslim Trailblazer, Tayyibah Taylor

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

“She was a tireless advocate for Muslim women, a mentor and role model to countless Muslims in America and abroad. A learned and spiritual woman, she was a firm believer in Allah’s mercy, she was a pioneer woman who spoke and wrote about Islam and spirituality, often when the only prominent voices in the American […]

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David A Siegel: Going Beyond Military Force to Defeat ISIS (The Hill)

David A Siegel: Going Beyond Military Force to Defeat ISIS (The Hill)

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by DAVID A. SIEGEL for THE HILL on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014:  I have in this space previously argued that “hearts and minds” approaches to counterrorism and counterinsurgency are superior in many cases to those based on military force, even taking into account the incredible expertise and professionalism of our armed forces. The planned response to […]

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The War Department’s WWII Advice Booklet for Soldiers Headed to Syria (via Slate)

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by CHRIS A. SMITH for SLATE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The Vault is Slate‘s history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. In 1942 the American war machine was in high gear, and soldiers were shipping out across the globe—often to places […]

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REPORT: Most Iranians Say It’s Necessary for Iran to Have Nuclear Energy Program

REPORT: Most Iranians Say It’s Necessary for Iran to Have Nuclear Energy Program

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

Iranians show a readiness to support their government making a deal on Iran’s nuclear program that includes some key steps sought by P5+1 countries, while also being strongly opposed to some of the limitations that the United States has been seeking. — CISSM/UTCPOR Report  by EBRAHIM MOHSENI, NANCY GALLAGHER, and CLAY RAMSAY for CISSM/UTCPOR (CENTER […]

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Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

[ 0 ] September 18, 2014 |

via UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The brutality of the extremist militants who call themselves “The Islamic State” is a strategy in itself and must be met by powerful counter-measures that address the core causes of the conflict, said Manal Omar, USIP’s associate vice president for the Middle East and Africa, […]

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Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish People says NYPD

[ 1 ] September 18, 2014 |

Vandals damaged classrooms, drew obscene pictures and damaged Qurans at the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center in Westchester County. (News report above from News 12 in New York)  ALSO: by COLLEEN LONG for NBC NEW YORK on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  Suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people have increased in the city (New York City) […]

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