Category: Politics & Current Events

Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

[ 0 ] November 21, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 21, 2014:  As of this writing, six world powers and Iran are trying to reach a nuclear deal. Iran has a Monday (November 24) deadline for a deal on curbing its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of UN sanctions. Talks were being held this week in […]

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Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the term du jour was “post-Cold War world.” But this spoke more to what the world wasn’t than what it was. Sept. 11 did its own redefinition with terrorism central, but crowded out so […]

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Jeremy Menchik on Governing Religion Democratically in Indonesia

Jeremy Menchik on Governing Religion Democratically in Indonesia

[ 0 ] November 19, 2014 |

by JEREMY MENCHIK for JAKARTA GLOBE on NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  Announcements by Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo that they plan to change the way that the government regulates religious affairs is a promising sign that the administration of President Joko Widodo will work to improve the rights of religious […]

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UAE Blacklists 82 Groups as “Terrorist”, including US Muslim Civil Rights & Advocacy Org. CAIR

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  What constitutes a terrorist organization? A wide-ranging list of 82 groups, named as “terrorist,” has been named by the United Arab Emirates. The breadth of the list — which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the UK-based Cordoba Foundation and the Council on […]

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UCLA Mideast Center Fights Smears

UCLA Mideast Center Fights Smears

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014 |

by JAMES GELVIN for INFORMED COMMENT on NOVEMBER 15, 2014:  Response to criticisms of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies The G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (hereafter CNES) of UCLA is one of the oldest such centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest, currently […]

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WATCH: David Schanzer & Tim Nichols on Guantanamo and the Use of Interrogation in US Counterterrorism Efforts

WATCH: David Schanzer & Tim Nichols on Guantanamo and the Use of Interrogation in US Counterterrorism Efforts

[ 0 ] November 14, 2014 |

The above Google Hangout was originally live-streamed on November 14, 2014  via RESPONDING TO 9/11 MOOC (COURSERA/YOUTUBE) on NOVEMBER 14, 2014:  Guest speaker Tim Nichols (visiting professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University) spoke with Duke public policy professor and terrorism expert David Schanzer about the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and the use of interrogation […]

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WATCH: How Tunisia Can Be an Example of Good Governance to the Region—and Beyond

WATCH: How Tunisia Can Be an Example of Good Governance to the Region—and Beyond

[ 0 ] November 12, 2014 |

via OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS on NOVEMBER 3, 2014:  In December 2010, demonstrations broke out in Tunisia demanding the resignation of one of the most repressive regimes in the region, led by President Ben Ali. The demonstrations were triggered by the widespread corruption, lack of freedoms, and poor living conditions in the country. A year after […]

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As Anti-Muslim Sentiment Rises, Scholars Continue to Be Asked the Same Questions

As Anti-Muslim Sentiment Rises, Scholars Continue to Be Asked the Same Questions

[ 0 ] November 11, 2014 |

Is anybody listening?  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 11, 2014: “Muslims in America and Europe say discrimination against them has seemed more pronounced after the Islamic State terrorists beheaded American and British journalists and aid workers. Hate-filled remarks on social media have also become more prevalent, especially since 9/11, when Facebook and Twitter […]

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Carl Ernst: Why ISIS Should Be Called Daesh — Reflections on Religion & Terrorism

Carl Ernst: Why ISIS Should Be Called Daesh — Reflections on Religion & Terrorism

[ 0 ] November 11, 2014 |

  “There is no reason to give militant groups credibility by taking at face value their extravagant claims to represent an entire religion.“ —– Carl Ernst, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Religious Studies  by LAURA FRATER and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 11, 2014: In his October […]

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The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement (by Mohsen Kadivar)

The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement (by Mohsen Kadivar)

[ 0 ] November 10, 2014 |

The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement Volume I: Papers, Letters and Declarations (2009-2014) Nedaye Sabz Rawayati as Jonbesh-e Sabz-e Mardom-e Iran Jeld-e Awwal: Neweshtarha (1388-93) Mohsen Kadivar (1959- ) E-book : November 2014 (preface below)  478 Pages — Download Full book in Persian  by MOHSEN KADIVAR (self-published book/on his blog), NOVEMBER 2014:  […]

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