Category: Science, Tech, Media & Social Media

Women’s Equality: Constitutions and Revolutions in Egypt

Women’s Equality: Constitutions and Revolutions in Egypt

[ 0 ] May 2, 2016 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for POMEPS/WOMEN AND GENDER IN MIDDLE EAST POLITICS WORKSHOP on MARCH 11, 2016:  Many criticisms of the 2012 Egyptian constitution revolved around its presumed violations of women’s rights. The media, research institutes, and human rights organizations blamed the Islamism of the government of Muhammad Morsi for jeopardizing women’s “personal liberty” and civil […]

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UNC, Duke Students Talk Science & Turkey with Nobel Prize Winner Aziz Sancar

UNC, Duke Students Talk Science & Turkey with Nobel Prize Winner Aziz Sancar

[ 0 ] April 4, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 4, 2016:  The people from the Nobel Committee called UNC-Chapel Hill professor Aziz Sancar at 5am on October 7, 2015. His wife Gwen, also a UNC-Chapel Hill professor was already up ahead of an early class. “Gwen is Texan and Texans are Texan. So, she recognized the […]

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How Not to Fight Terrorism: Lessons from Belgium, Turkey, and Maybe the USA

[ 0 ] March 28, 2016 |

by JOHN A. TURES for THE HUFFINGTON POST on MARCH 25, 2016:  EXCERPT: Then there’s Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who loudly boasts that he “warned” countries that ISIS would attack the West. But it’s Erdogan’s policies that are helping enable ISIS to succeed. Much has been made about Turkey being hit repeatedly by terror attacks, […]

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Juan Cole: How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Fringe Terrorist Group Attacks

Juan Cole: How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Fringe Terrorist Group Attacks

[ 1 ] March 24, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 23, 2016: 1. Stop calling Daesh “the Islamic State.” They are manipulating you. They aren’t a state and they aren’t Islamic. If some fringe cult took over some villages in Mexico and called itself “The Vatican,” then committed terrorism, would journalists blithely say on air “Today, the […]

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Italian Islam in Mainstream TV: Either Invisible or Visibly Othered

Italian Islam in Mainstream TV: Either Invisible or Visibly Othered

[ 0 ] March 2, 2016 |

by MOHAMMED HASHAS for RESET DOC on MARCH 1, 2016:  This piece reflects on reputed Italian TV programmes and how they tackle issues of terrorism, Islam and Muslims. Reference will especially be made to these particular programmes and dates, though they do not differ from what I have seen from them for the last six […]

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LISTEN: David Schanzer on the Apple vs. FBI Debate over iPhone Information

LISTEN: David Schanzer on the Apple vs. FBI Debate over iPhone Information

[ 0 ] March 1, 2016 |

WPTF’S SCOTT BRIGGAMAN and DAVID SCHANZER for ON SECURITY on FEBRUARY 25, 2016: In the latest installment of On Security, Scott Briggaman speaks with Professor Schanzer about the spar between Apple and the FBI over access to iPhone information. Scott also speaks with David about the Syrian Cessation of Hostilities and the Iranian Election. Music […]

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WATCH: What Do You Think When You Look at Me? (Dalia Mogahed TED talk)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2016 |

via TED.COM, FEBRUARY 2016:  When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her faith in the media — […]

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WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] February 18, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 18, 2016:  In November I had a chance to sit down with policy analyst, journalist, and scholar Raza Rumi at the ISLAMiCommentary office of the Duke Islamic Studies Center and speak to him about countering violent extremism in the Middle East and in Pakistan, and the plight of […]

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Crossing Lines: Dress Codes and Gender Non-Conformity in the Middle East

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

by BRIAN WHITAKER for AL-BAB (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 8, 2016: While there is much debate about the rights of women in the Middle East and the rights of gay and lesbian people have also begun to attract some attention, consideration of transgender rights is long overdue. In a region where gender segregation is widespread and […]

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