Category: Politics & Current Events

WATCH: Jon Stewart Talks with Al Jazeera’s Sue Turton About AJ Journalists Still Imprisoned in Egypt

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

compiled by ISLAMiCommentary (via THE DAILY SHOW) on JULY 21, 2014:  Jon Stewart interviewed Doha-based Al Jazeera English correspondent Sue Turton on Monday, July 21.  In June , an Egyptian judge found six Al Jazeera journalists, including Turton, guilty of allegedly broadcasting false news reports. Turton and two other journalists escaped Egypt before they could be […]

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Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

[ 1 ] July 22, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, for DUKE TODAY on JULY 22, 2014:  Omid Safi, (pictured) a prominent Islamic studies professor and scholar, joined the faculty of Duke this month as director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). As the new William and Bettye Martin Musham Director for Islamic Studies, Safi will oversee DISC, […]

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Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

Above is coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict last night on MSNBC’s Hardball. NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel gives a frank answer as to how much of a “pinpoint” operation the Israeli incursion into Gaza actually is. (If it doesn’t play CLICK HERE) by *JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 22, 2014 *updated 3:40p:  There’s been growing criticism […]

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FBI Entraps American Muslims in Terrorism Sting Operations (reports from Human Rights Watch, Columbia U, Al Jazeera)

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014 |

via AL JAZEERA on JULY 20, 2014:  Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit takes you inside the shadowy world of FBI informants and counterterrorism sting operations. Following the 9/11 attacks, the FBI set about to recruit a network of more than 15,000 informants. Al Jazeera’s investigative film tells the stories of three paid FBI informants who posed […]

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Iraq: ISIS Abducting, Killing, Expelling Minorities (targeting Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Turkmen, Shabaks)

Iraq: ISIS Abducting, Killing, Expelling Minorities (targeting Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Turkmen, Shabaks)

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014 |

by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on JULY 19, 2014:  (Duhok) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) is killing, kidnapping, and threatening religious and ethnic minorities in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Since capturing Mosul on June 10, 2014, the armed Sunni extremist group has seized at least 200 Turkmen, Shabaks, […]

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PEW: Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly

PEW: Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014 |

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups: Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals rated warmly, atheists and Muslims more coldly  by PEW RESEARCH RELIGION & PUBLIC LIFE PROJECT on JULY 16, 2014:  Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to […]

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It’s Not You, American Muslims, It’s Me (Haroon Moghul)

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014 |

by HAROON MOGHUL for ISLAMIC MONTHLY on JULY 19, 2014:  President Obama has one shot left at a foreign policy milestone. Things haven’t otherwise been going his way. Something beyond pretty speeches and decisions he cannot justly claim responsibility for, like withdrawing from Iraq. And that something is Iran. If Obama can get a deal, […]

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China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2014:    The common saying that “you are what you eat” suggests that food is closely tied to one’s social identity—and what one eats and when can often be key indicators of particular ethnic and/or religious traditions. Therefore, the gradual erosion of a […]

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Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

[ 1 ] July 14, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2014: In a series of posts to Twitter in early July, the Islamic extremist group known as Islamic State (formerly ISIS) called for the death of Kuwaiti-born Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, the creator of the superhero comic book The […]

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From Ibrahim to Khalil: Healing Through the Flames, American Islam and Palestine/Israel (Omid Safi)

From Ibrahim to Khalil: Healing Through the Flames, American Islam and Palestine/Israel (Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] July 14, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on JULY 12, 2014:  When we look at the world today, we see a world on fire. When we look at the Muslim ummah, we see an ummah on fire. Palestine on fire. Iraq on fire. Syria on fire. Pakistan on fire. Myanmar on fire. Egypt on fire. […]

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