Category: History and Anthropology

The Aftermath of Gaza & the Future of Two States: A Journalist’s Perspective

The Aftermath of Gaza & the Future of Two States: A Journalist’s Perspective

[ 0 ] December 17, 2014 |

“The French philosopher Ernest Renan once defined a nation as “a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors.” And while that arguably applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, my sense is that the deterioration we are witnessing results from something else — the growing human distance […]

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WATCH: Matthew Cook on What Happened to Sindhis in Post-Partition India ?

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (at DUKE UNIVERSITY) on DECEMBER 2, 2014:  Professor Matthew Cook fields questions during his Wednesdays at the Center lecture, “Socio-Cultural Continuity and Language Shift Among Sindhis in India”. Professor Cook is a Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies and teaches in the Department of Language and Literature and the […]

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Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties

Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

“Unlike the hostage-taking in Australia, which was just a tragedy produced by a lone nut-job, the attack in Peshawar has geopolitical implications and really is the work of persons organized to pressure civilians on policy by routinely blowing them up–the very definition of terrorism.” — Juan Cole, in Informed Comment, December 16, 2014 by JUAN […]

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David Schanzer on the Bogus Defense of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’

David Schanzer on the Bogus Defense of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

by DAVID SCHANZER for THE HUFFINGTON POST on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  Despite irrefutable evidence in the Senate Intelligence Committee report that the CIA engaged in grotesque acts of torture in the years after 9/11, a group of former CIA directors and officials have taken to the airwaves to claim these actions were justified as a […]

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John Jeffries Martin: Abolition of Torture is a Centuries-Old Struggle

John Jeffries Martin: Abolition of Torture is a Centuries-Old Struggle

[ 0 ] December 11, 2014 |

by JOHN JEFFRIES MARTIN for PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on DECEMBER 11, 2014:  The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program this week quickly stirred up a white-hot debate on the use of torture to extract information from our enemies. And though there is great passion on both sides, this is not a […]

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Tarek Osman: Imagining a New Arab Order

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

by TAREK OSMAN for CAIRO REVIEW on DECEMBER 3, 2014: The Arab World is witnessing ideological, sectarian, and ethnic conflicts. The region has not experienced such polarizations in at least a century. As governments are no longer serving as arbiters among competing interest groups, the state has lost legitimacy. Violence is on the rise across […]

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WATCH: Stephen Kinzer and Joshua Landis on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East –Just Stay Out?

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

“Middle Eastern societies finally need a chance to try and resolve their own problems. These countries are facing serious kinds of conflicts but conflict has produced all kinds of civilizations. War produced the United States. Religion kept Europe in the Dark Ages for a thousand years. Out of that came the Enlightenment. You cannot reshape these […]

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Amir Hussain: The Outer Edges of Islam

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

by AMIR HUSSAIN for the UC OBSERVER (United Church Observer, Canada), DECEMBER 2014:  So, what do you think about ISIS?” The question was posed at the end of September by an agnostic colleague at the Jesuit university in Los Angeles. The query was directed at me, no doubt, because I’m the lone Muslim theology professor on […]

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GOP Squirms at Release of CIA Torture Report, Warns of “Violence” (Juan Cole), plus Duke prof. Charlie Dunlap Jr.’s Take

GOP Squirms at Release of CIA Torture Report, Warns of “Violence” (Juan Cole), plus Duke prof. Charlie Dunlap Jr.’s Take

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

(So Why Did They Torture?) by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on DECEMBER 8, 2014:  Outgoing House Intelligence Committee head Mike Rogers (R-MI) was on Candy Crowley’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, speaking against releasing any details concerning CIA use of torture in the period after the September 11 attacks. The Senate report is […]

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Can Pope Francis Bring Christians and Muslims Closer Together?

Can Pope Francis Bring Christians and Muslims Closer Together?

[ 0 ] December 4, 2014 |

by RUTH GLEDHILL for CHRISTIANITY TODAY on DECEMBER 4, 2014:  Religious leaders are heralding a new dawn in Muslim-Christian relations following the three-day visit by the Pope to Turkey. Although some Muslims in Turkey criticised his decision to pray alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, described later by the Vatican as a […]

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