Category: Human Rights & Gender

In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 20, 2014:  Charlie Dunlap Jr, a professor of the practice at Duke Law School and executive director of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, said today that ISIS “has grossly miscalculated” in its execution of freelance journalist James Foley. Foley was abducted in northern Syria in […]

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Let’s Call ISIS “The Un-Islamic State” (Arsalan Iftikhar)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by ARSALAN IFTIKHAR for THE ISLAMIC MONTHLY on AUGUST 20, 2014:  Dear ISIS & Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, You are not “The Islamic State.” There is nothing Islamic about beheading foreign journalists, indiscriminately targeting religious minorities and instilling wanton terror within the general civilian population where your terrorist thugs operate. FULL ARTICLE Arsalan Iftikhar is an international […]

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Don’t BS the American People About Iraq, Syria, and ISIL (Brian Fishman)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by BRIAN FISHMAN for WAR ON THE ROCKS on AUGUST 20, 2014:  The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the seriousness required to counter them. Unfortunately, much of the political discourse about the Islamic […]

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WATCH — Ziaddun Yousafzai: My Daughter Malala

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014 |

via TED2014, filmed MARCH 2014:  Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in […]

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USIP Offers Strategic Peacebuilding Course (online)

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014 |

via UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE, SUMMER/FALL 2014:  This course seeks to equip learners with the ability to build and utilize a more comprehensive and strategic approach to constructing a just peace. (October 6 – November 2) Instructor: George Lopez, Vice President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute […]

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New India PM Modi Talks Economy, Security, Women’s Safety, Growth, Communal Harmony, Foreign Relations.

[ 0 ] August 15, 2014 |

via FOREIGN POLICY (“SOUTH ASIA DAILY” E-ROUNDUP) on AUGUST 15, 2014:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian prime minister born in independent India, addressed the nation on India’s 68th Independence Day from New Delhi’s Red Fort on Friday (Livemint, Indian Express, NDTV, BBC). Unlike his predecessors, Modi gave an extempore speech without consulting notes […]

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Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity (Shabana Mir)

Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity (Shabana Mir)

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on AUGUST 4, 2014:  In the post 9/11 era in which Muslims in America have increasingly felt under the surveillance of the state, media, and the larger society, how have female Muslim students on US college campuses imagined, performed, and negotiated their religious lives and identities? […]

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WATCH: Yazidis Rescued by Aid Helicopter (CNN)

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

via CNN on AUGUST 11, 2014:  Ivan Watson Monday journeys to Dohuk where Yazidis rescued from the Mount Sinjar siege have been taken by Kurdish forces. (Video above) Related  A helicopter carrying aid to stranded Yazidis in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday August 12, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers, including […]

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Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

[ 0 ] August 8, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2014:   Some academic resources/books on Yazidis, via Sociology of Islam Listserv and scholar Asil Nasir Dyck: 1) Asil Nasir Dyck, British travel accounts on the Yazidis of Northern Iraq, 1800-1850, [M.A. thesis], History and Archeology, American University of Beirut, 1974. 2) Sami said Ahmed, […]

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