Category: Business & Economics

Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on AUGUST 23, 2015:  The master narrative of much Western journalism is that the youth protests of 2011 have been replaced by civil war and terrorism. But while there is plenty of both in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya, in fact here and there in the region youth protests […]

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A Grim Anniversary for Palestinian Universities

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015 |

by ASMA’ JAWABREH and RASHA FAEKFOR for AL-FANAR MEDIA on AUGUST 17, 2015:  More than a year after the 51-day war last summer between Israel and Palestine, Palestinian universities are still suffering from the damage, and professors and students are struggling to cope. “I was not able to go back to my university last year,” […]

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Trita Parsi on the Real Iran — Not Netanyahu’s Caricature

Trita Parsi on the Real Iran — Not Netanyahu’s Caricature

[ 0 ] August 18, 2015 |

by TRITA PARSI for THE (JEWISH DAILY) FORWARD on AUGUST 17, 2015:  Over the course of the past 25 years, the image of Iran presented by the Israeli government has become increasingly simplistic, one-dimensional, void of any nuance — in short, incomplete at best and inaccurate at worst. The Iranian government itself has contributed greatly […]

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The President Announces a Historic Nuclear Deal with Iran

[ 0 ] July 14, 2015 |

via THE WHITE HOUSE on JULY 14, 2015:  President Obama delivers remarks to announce a historic nuclear agreement that will verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

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Deal! A Nuclear Agreement is Reached With Iran (Reaction is Mixed)

Deal! A Nuclear Agreement is Reached With Iran (Reaction is Mixed)

[ 0 ] July 14, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2015: Iran and a group of six countries led by the U.S. announced a historic deal today that places limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for international oil and financial sanctions relief. A skeptical U.S. Congress will have about two months to review the […]

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Amira Hass on Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Jew in an Occupied Land

Amira Hass on Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Jew in an Occupied Land

[ 0 ] July 6, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 6, 2015:  This past Spring Amira Hass, correspondent for Haaretz, spoke at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University. Hass, an Israeli who has won numerous awards for her reporting, has been covering the region since the early 90s. She lived in Gaza for three years and […]

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Pitfalls of Turkish-Chinese Relations in a Microcosm (by James M. Dorsey)

Pitfalls of Turkish-Chinese Relations in a Microcosm (by James M. Dorsey)

[ 0 ] July 3, 2015 |

by JAMES M. DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on JULY 3, 2015:  Turkish soccer player Alpaslan Ozturk’s decision to risk fame and wealth by expressing support for the embattled Turkic Uighur minority in Xinjiang reflects pressures in China’s ties to Turkey, its most complex relationship in the Muslim world and a […]

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At Ramadan, More Companies Accommodate Muslim Employees (via RNS)

At Ramadan, More Companies Accommodate Muslim Employees (via RNS)

[ 0 ] June 22, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on JUNE 19, 2015:  (RNS) An event earlier this month included a Ramadan quiz, a slideshow of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr commemorations, and a Pakistani and Mediterranean buffet dinner. But this was a not a meet-your-Muslim-neighbor event at the local mosque. It was the 13th annual multicultural Ramadan […]

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REPORT: The Global Refugee Crisis — A Conspiracy of Neglect (Amnesty International)

[ 0 ] June 18, 2015 |

via AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (PUBLISHED BY THE GUARDIAN) on JUNE 2015:  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In the past two years, the world has witnessed a growing refugee crisis. In 2013, for the first time since World War II, the number of those forcibly displaced from their homes exceeded 50 million. Millions more have since been displaced as a […]

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The Dark Side of Tunisia’s Success Story (by Maha Yahya)

[ 0 ] June 15, 2015 |

by MAHA YAHYA for REAL CLEAR WORLD on JUNE 11, 2015:  Tunisia may be the exemplar for democratic transition in the Arab world, but it has also seen 3,000 of its citizens drawn as recruits to extremist groups. This apparent enigma emerges from the country’s struggles with unemployment and poverty, but also – and perhaps […]

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