Category: Politics & Current Events

American Muslims: A Vibrant History, Misplaced Hatred (by Michael Sliwinski)

[ 0 ] August 3, 2015 |

by MICHAEL SLIWINSKI for LAWSTREET on AUGUST 2, 2015: The United States is a patchwork of cultures so diverse that large groups can often go under the radar unnoticed or unidentified. That is, until a tragedy brings that group to the forefront. American Muslims in particular have repeatedly been branded as terrorists throughout history, most recently after a terrible […]

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Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

[ 0 ] August 2, 2015 |

by KUBILAY YADO ARIN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 2, 2015:  According to the Turkish military, two Turkish soldiers were killed today and 31 wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey near the border with Iran, reported major news outlets. The military blamed Kurdish militants from the PKK for the attack. Last weekend, as Turkish and […]

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The Iran Deal and the Power of Rhetoric (by Shalom Goldman)

The Iran Deal and the Power of Rhetoric (by Shalom Goldman)

[ 0 ] July 30, 2015 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 30, 2015:  Opinion polls and election results indicate that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s rhetoric — which compares the Islamic republic of Iran to the Nazi regime and the recently-signed accords with Iran (the P5+ 1 agreement ) to the Munich pact of 1938 — has played well within Israel. Netanyahu’s characterization of the agreement signed in […]

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WATCH: Syrian DJ Hello PsychAleppo- Shahba (Official Music Video)

[ 0 ] July 29, 2015 |

via hellopyschaleppo on JULY 11, 2015:  Syrian DJ Hello PsychAleppo mixes old and new music and animation in this, his recent video. Co-commissioned by Shubbak, the British Council and The Space. (A new digital commissioning programme to support displaced Syrian artists has been launched by The Space and the British Council.)    

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The Political Consciousness of the Selfie (Rebecca Stein, Negar Mottahedeh, Adi Kuntsman)

The Political Consciousness of the Selfie (Rebecca Stein, Negar Mottahedeh, Adi Kuntsman)

[ 0 ] July 28, 2015 |

They’re about more than narcissism; they’re also tools for political self-identification. a Q&A with REBECCA L. STEIN, ADI KUNTSMAN, and NEGAR MOTTAHEDEH via STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BLOG, JULY 2015: In 2013 that silver fox of the lexicographical world, the Oxford English Dictionary, proclaimed that “selfie” was the word of the year and recorded that its […]

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Kubilay Yado Arin: “Pressing Need for Compromise on Turkish-Kurdish Issue”

Kubilay Yado Arin: “Pressing Need for Compromise on Turkish-Kurdish Issue”

[ 0 ] July 27, 2015 |

UPDATE ON TUESDAY JULY 28:  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara could not continue the peace process with the Kurds amid continuing attacks against Turkish targets. by **JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, with KUBILAY YADO ARIN, on JULY 27, 2015:  As Turkish and U.S. officials reportedly worked on a plan to […]

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WATCH: Southern Kentucky Gun Shop Declares “Muslim-Free Zone”

[ 0 ] July 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via FOX 19 NOW and CAIR on JULY 23, 2015:  A Southern Kentucky gun shop (in the US)  has declared a “Muslim-free zone,”  which CAIR-Cincinnati Rep says is illegal and un-American. CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) had previously announced it is seeking a US Department of […]

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CSIS REPORT: The Arab-US Strategic Partnership and the Changing Security Balance in the Gulf

[ 0 ] July 24, 2015 |

Joint and Asymmetric Warfare, Missiles and Missile Defense, Civil War and Non-State Actors, and Outside Powers by ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN, WITH ASSISTANCE OF MICHAEL PEACOCK for CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES on JULY 13, 2015:  REPORT ABSTRACT: The ongoing confrontation with Iran, the war against ISIL, the instability in Iraq, the Civil war in […]

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Evangelicals, Muslims Denounce Franklin Graham’s Anti-Islamic Views

[ 0 ] July 24, 2015 |

by SARA WEISSMAN for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on JULY 23, 2015:  WASHINGTON (RNS) An evangelical pastor from Texas joined American Muslim leaders Thursday (July 23) in denouncing recent anti-Muslim comments by evangelist Franklin Graham as they announced upcoming efforts to build bridges between their religious communities. In response to the killing of five service members in Chattanooga, […]

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WATCH: Why My Own Father Would Have Let IS Kill Me (via BBC)

[ 0 ] July 23, 2015 |

via BBC NEWS on JULY 23, 2015:  The group that calls itself Islamic State (IS or Isis) has a special punishment for gay people – it kills them by throwing them off high buildings. Taim, a 24-year-old medical student, tells the story of how he only escaped this fate by fleeing from Iraq to Lebanon. […]

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