Category: Science, Tech, Media & Social Media

WATCH: Trailer for Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” movie

[ 0 ] October 7, 2014 |

via OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE FOR “ROSEWATER” :  Based on a true story, ROSEWATER marks the screenwriting & directorial debut of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal. 11/14/2014 Description The feature film Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, […]

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Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] October 6, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on OCTOBER 6, 2014:  Where do we stand with respect to suffering? What do we have to say when hatred and violence finds a ready audience in global images, and love and tenderness are exiled to a private realm? What does it mean to be rooted in a prophetic […]

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Freedom of Expression for Some (by Haiyun Ma and I-wei Jennifer Chang)

Freedom of Expression for Some (by Haiyun Ma and I-wei Jennifer Chang)

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

Chinese academic given life in prison for Uyghur website while radical Han separatist and nationalist web site flourishes by HAIYUN MA and JENNIFER I-WEI CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary: The sentencing of a Uyghur economics professor, Ilham Tohti, on September 23 shocked many people including human rights groups and scholars of Xinjiang studies. Mr. Tohti, a critic […]

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Glenn Greenwald/The Intercept: How Former Treasury Officials and the UAE are Manipulating American Journalists

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

by GLENN GREENWALD for THE INTERCEPT on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014:  The tiny and very rich Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar has become a hostile target for two nations with significant influence in the U.S.: Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Israel is furious over Qatar’s support for Palestinians generally and (allegedly) Hamas specifically, while the UAE […]

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Uyghur Scholar/China Critic Ilham Tohti Sentenced to Life in Prison

Uyghur Scholar/China Critic Ilham Tohti Sentenced to Life in Prison

[ 0 ] September 23, 2014 |

  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014:  ISLAMiCommentary, which has featured many stories about Tohti and the Uyghur plight, will have some scholarly analysis on this later. Meanwhile read/watch this below BBC News report: via BBC NEWS on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014: China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life A court […]

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Syria and the Emergence of Grassroots Artistic Production (Leila Nachawati)

Syria and the Emergence of Grassroots Artistic Production (Leila Nachawati)

[ 0 ] September 22, 2014 |

by LEILA NACHAWATI for openDemocracy on SEPTEMBER 22, 2014:  Of all the changes crystallizing around the ideals of the Arab uprisings, the ones that are unquestionably positive are those in the creative and expressive arenas. While the entire region is witnessing an artistic renaissance that can be linked to the emergence of Arab theatre during the […]

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Let’s Tweet About Sex? Frank Talk About Teen Health, LGBT Rights, and Family Planning in Indonesia

Let’s Tweet About Sex? Frank Talk About Teen Health, LGBT Rights, and Family Planning in Indonesia

[ 1 ] September 16, 2014 |

Columbia University graduate student Sarah Wall interned this summer at a youth center in Indonesia where sexual education and reproductive services were administered to at-risk teens by SARAH WALL for ISLAMiCOMMENTARY on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014: Would you be surprised to see a devout Muslim female coworker tenderly embrace a transgender woman in a green, sparkly […]

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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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Amina Wadud: Muslim Separatists and The Idea of an “Islamic” State

Amina Wadud: Muslim Separatists and The Idea of an “Islamic” State

[ 0 ] September 8, 2014 |

Since the horrible events in the US on September 11th 2001 I have experienced an overwhelming tendency of Muslim apologia. Any time anyone who identifies as Muslim commits horrific acts, Muslim civil organizations and community leaders have been quick to not to condone these acts. Sometimes they use the language “this is not Islam”. This […]

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LISTEN: The ISIS Social Media Attack (weighing in: Shane/NYT,Tufekci/UNC, Skinner/ex-CIA, Arquila/Naval Postgraduate)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

by TOM ASHBROOK for WBUR/ON POINT) on SEPTEMBER 3, 2014:  Another beheading of an American journalist by ISIS. Steven Sotloff, 31. The orange outfit. The killer in black. The desert. The knife. It’s hideous, stomach-turning. Beyond infuriating. And it’s on the web. Social media. This summer, ISIS has rampaged across the desert, taking turf, claiming a “caliphate,” […]

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