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‘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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Freedom of Expression for Some (by Haiyun Ma and I-wei Jennifer Chang)

Freedom of Expression for Some (by Haiyun Ma and I-wei Jennifer Chang)

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

Chinese academic given life in prison for Uyghur website while radical Han separatist and nationalist web site flourishes by HAIYUN MA and JENNIFER I-WEI CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary: The sentencing of a Uyghur economics professor, Ilham Tohti, on September 23 shocked many people including human rights groups and scholars of Xinjiang studies. Mr. Tohti, a critic […]

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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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Challenges Ahead for New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah

Challenges Ahead for New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

above Ted Talk by Ashraf Ghani — “How to Build a Broken State” — was filmed in July 2005.  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on September 30, 2014:  Ashraf Ghani — a former Johns Hopkins anthropology professor, former Afghanistan Minister of Finance and advisor at the World Bank, and co-founder of the Institute for State […]

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WATCH: Mu(sick) — One Woman of Color’s Spoken Word Piece on Music, Race and Gender

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

posted to YouTube on November 30, 2012:  Muslim spoken word poet Madiha Bhatti performs a powerful spoken word piece on music, race, and gender. More  

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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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WATCH: Hollywood Producer Ahmos Hassan on Movies and US Muslims

[ 0 ] September 29, 2014 |

via ARAB FILM FESTIVAL on SEPTEMBER 24, 2014:  An extract from the documentary series featuring the Chairman of the MPAC Hollywood Bureau, Ahmos Hassan, Emmy-winning TV producer and manager.

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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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