Category: Politics & Current Events

Pew: Growing Concern about Rise of Islamic Extremism at Home and Abroad

Pew: Growing Concern about Rise of Islamic Extremism at Home and Abroad

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

More Prioritize Security over Civil Liberties in Anti-Terror Policies by PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR PEOPLE & THE PRESS on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: EXCERPT: The public has become more worried about Islamic extremism. Six-in-ten (62%) are very concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world, which is the largest share dating back to 2007. […]

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WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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A Decline and Fall: What the History of the Safavid Empire Can Teach Us

A Decline and Fall: What the History of the Safavid Empire Can Teach Us

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

“If you want to run an empire, the best possible way is to have unity through diversity. You don’t chop off heads, you bring people in, you invite them to convert. If they don’t, well, God will take care of that but in the meantime, they pay higher taxes.” Professor Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware  by […]

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WATCH: Classified Pages of a 9/11 Report May Implicate Key U.S. Ally (via PBS)

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by JEFFREY BROWN for PBS NEWSHOUR on SEPTEMBER 11, 2014:  Thirteen years since September 11, 2001, some revelations of a joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks remain classified. But some lawmakers argue the secret pages reveal little about national security and a great deal about Saudi Arabia’s role in the attacks. Lawrence Wright, whose […]

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Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for CHINA BRIEF (Volume: 14 Issue: 17) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: Following deadly attacks in Beijing, Kunming and Urumqi over the last year, the Xinjiang government has intensified its efforts to regulate Uyghur religious activities. The provincial government has once again reinforced its ban on Ramadan fasting for Uyghur […]

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American Muslims Reaffirm Fatwa Against Extremism

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

  via MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:   (Washington DC – 9/8/2014) – On Wednesday, Sept. 10, American Muslim Imams, leaders, and organizations will hold a national summit and press conference with national and regional community leaders. We have also invited law enforcement to the National Press Club to address the escalation […]

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Ella Lipin: Understanding ISIS’s Apocalyptic Appeal

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by ELLA LIPIN for COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (MIDDLE EAST MATTERS BLOG) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  President Barack Obama’s expected announcement today of a long-term military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) follows an unusually grizzly few months of territorial conquest and seemingly barbaric behavior. To the outside world, this period […]

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Since 9/11, Fewer Americans Say Terrorism Top Problem (Gallup)

Since 9/11, Fewer Americans Say Terrorism Top Problem (Gallup)

[ 0 ] September 10, 2014 |

Government and the economy most commonly cited problems now by REBECCA RIFKIN for GALLUP on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  Four percent of Americans currently mention terrorism as the most important problem facing the U.S. Although low on an absolute basis, it is the highest percentage naming this issue since May 2010. Mentions of terrorism have been […]

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WATCH : President Obama Addresses the Nation on ISIL (plus analyses by Duke professors)

[ 0 ] September 10, 2014 |

via THE WHITE HOUSE on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 *UPDATED SEPTEMBER 11, 2014:  President Obama delivered an address to the nation on the threat posed by the terrorist group ISIL. — RELATED:  Several Duke professors participated in a live Twitter chat during President Obama’s speech tonight. In his address, the president explained to Americans his strategy for fighting […]

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WATCH LIVE AT 5p: Amb. Daniel Benjamin and Fran Townsend Discuss the Evolving Terrorist Threat (#DukeTerrorTalk)

[ 0 ] September 10, 2014 |

TWEET ABOUT THIS LIVE-STREAMED TALK #DukeTerrorTalk or Tweet @DukeSanford and/or @ISLAMiComment via TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY (Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill/RTI International consortium) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  The 2014 Robert R. Wilson Lecture this year is a discussion between two leading counterterrorism experts from the Bush and Obama administrations. Fran Townsend, former chair of the Homeland Security […]

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