Category: Themes

Only 4% of Drone Victims in Pakistan Named as al Qaeda Members (Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

[ 0 ] October 31, 2014 |

by JACK SERLE for THE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM on OCTOBER 16, 2014:  As the number of US drone strikes in Pakistan hits 400, research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism finds that fewer than 4% of the people killed have been identified by available records as named members of al Qaeda. This calls in […]

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Omid Safi: In Praise of Halloween’s Ability to Connect Neighbors

Omid Safi: In Praise of Halloween’s Ability to Connect Neighbors

[ 0 ] October 31, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on OCTOBER 30, 2014:  The High Holy Days are upon us. No, not that one. The high holy days of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And with that, come the culture wars again. Some pundits — Muslim, Christian, Jewish, etc. — issue annual statements about the pagan origins of Halloween, […]

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Why Did Islam Disappear From Hip-Hop? (via Vocativ)

Why Did Islam Disappear From Hip-Hop? (via Vocativ)

[ 0 ] October 31, 2014 |

Data shows that references to Islam in hip-hop lyrics, once pervasive, are at an all-time low—while rappers are talking about Christianity more than ever. Why has rap forsaken one god for another? by ADAM K RAYMOND for VOCATIV on OCTOBER 27, 2014:  Back in July, reclusive Roc Nation rapper Jay Electronica emerged from self-imposed exile […]

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Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani

[ 0 ] October 31, 2014 |

Sparks Debate on What is Politics? by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on OCTOBER 30, 2014:  When Ramazan Kizil established Dalkurd FF, one of Europe’s most successful immigrant soccer teams, in a remote town in northern Sweden, he dreamt of one day raising the Swedish and the Kurdish flag alongside […]

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Student’s Notebook: What Can You Do that Siri Can’t Do?

Student’s Notebook: What Can You Do that Siri Can’t Do?

[ 0 ] October 30, 2014 |

Advice on How to Get Started on an International Development Career by AMBER WATSON for ISLAMiCOMMENTARY on OCTOBER 30, 2014: “20 years ago, I was in your exact position,” Ben Orbach, director of America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, told a group of Duke undergrads interested in international development careers, but with this modern challenge – “What can you […]

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WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

[ 0 ] October 30, 2014 |

via FRONTLINE (PBS) on OCTOBER 28, 2014:  Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY HERE  

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Egyptian Campuses and Soccer Emerge as Flashpoint in Resistance to President Al Sisi

Egyptian Campuses and Soccer Emerge as Flashpoint in Resistance to President Al Sisi

[ 0 ] October 29, 2014 |

by JAMES M. DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on OCTOBER 28, 2014:  Soccer fans exploiting stadia as contested public space emerged more than three years ago as a key force in anti-government protests that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and opposition to subsequent military rule. With stadia closed to spectators for […]

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Execution of Young Woman a Bloody Stain on Iran’s Human Rights Record (Amnesty International)

Execution of Young Woman a Bloody Stain on Iran’s Human Rights Record (Amnesty International)

[ 0 ] October 28, 2014 |

by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL on OCTOBER 25, 2014:  Execution of young woman a bloody stain on Iran’s human rights record The execution of Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari who was convicted after a deeply flawed investigation and trial is an affront to justice, said Amnesty International today. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was executed in a Tehran prison this morning. She […]

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WATCH LIVE Oct. 29 at 12p: Duke’s Robin Kirk Chats with MSF Historian Laurence Binet

WATCH LIVE Oct. 29 at 12p: Duke’s Robin Kirk Chats with MSF Historian Laurence Binet

[ 0 ] October 28, 2014 |

Binet’s research includes primary source evidence of decisions taken by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) during critical moments such as the Ethiopian famine, Rwanda and Zaire during and after the genocide, Somalia in the early 1990s, Chechnya in the early days of Putin, and others. compiled via FORUM FOR SCHOLARS & PUBLICS on OCTOBER 28, […]

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WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

[ 0 ] October 28, 2014 |

compiled via DUKE ISLAMIC STUDIES CENTER and the DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL, OCTOBER 2014: America, Islam, and the Legacy of Dr. King Today Join us on Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 from 7p-8p in Westbrook 16 (or Watch Live Online) for a lecture by Duke Islamic Studies Center Director Omid Safi. The prophetic tradition, led by Martin […]

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