Category: Security & Civil Liberties

Speaking Out Against Hate: A Note to Americans from a Yemeni Muslim Student

Speaking Out Against Hate: A Note to Americans from a Yemeni Muslim Student

[ 0 ] June 28, 2016 |

by SAFAA AL-SAEEDI for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 28, 2016:  Can we have an honest conversation; Yemeni to American ? Though many of you want to believe that Muslims are peaceful and they should be treated justly, I understand that at the same time you can’t make sense of all the atrocities committed in the name […]

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New Manual Identifies Community Policing Strategies to Prevent Violent Extremism

New Manual Identifies Community Policing Strategies to Prevent Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] June 24, 2016 |

by JACKIE OGBURN, PRESS RELEASE, SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY on JUNE 21, 2016: DURHAM, N.C. — A new manual designed for police departments identifies a set of promising practices for using community policing to prevent violent extremism. “Creating a comprehensive community outreach program can build the kind of trust necessary to combat violent extremism,” […]

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LISTEN: Naming the Enemy (with John Esposito and Shadi Hamid)

[ 0 ] June 21, 2016 |

via INTERFAITH RADIO on JUNE 16, 2016: After the horrific Orlando shooting on June 12, media coverage quickly turned to reports that the killer was Muslim, and just as quickly, a political spat erupted over whether to attribute the attack to “radical Islam.” Even President Barack Obama weighed in, saying he thinks the phrase plays […]

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WATCH: Obama goes on tirade against Trump over ‘dangerous’ Muslim ban, ‘radical Islam’

WATCH: Obama goes on tirade against Trump over ‘dangerous’ Muslim ban, ‘radical Islam’

[ 0 ] June 15, 2016 |

via CNN on JUNE 14, 2016:  Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama lit into Donald Trump Tuesday, turning the tables to make the impassioned case that Trump is the one who’s un-American. Obama’s extraordinary denunciation of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was about far more than a personal intervention on behalf of Hillary Clinton in the ugly […]

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LISTEN: Schanzer on the Attack in Tel Aviv and (unrelated) ISIS on the Defensive

LISTEN: Schanzer on the Attack in Tel Aviv and (unrelated) ISIS on the Defensive

[ 0 ] June 14, 2016 |

WPTF’S SCOTT BRIGGAMAN and DAVID SCHANZER for ON SECURITY on OCTOBER 28, 2015: In the latest installment of On Security, Scott Briggaman speaks with Professor David Schanzer about the Terror attack in Tel Aviv and Netanyahu’s visit to the restaurant where the attack occurred. They also ISIS on the defensive in Sirte (Libya), Falluja (Iraq) […]

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Muslims Respond to Mass Shooting at an Orlando Nightclub

Muslims Respond to Mass Shooting at an Orlando Nightclub

[ 0 ] June 13, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 13, 2016: *UPDATED ON JUNE 14, 2016 American Muslims were quick to condemn the mass shooting over the weekend at the popular gay nightclub “Pulse” in Orlando, Florida that left at least 49 dead and 53 injured, some critically. The New York Times (and other outlets) reported that during a series of […]

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The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

[ 3 ] June 12, 2016 |

by ALI OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 30, 2016:  In March 2016 Payam Feili, a young Iranian poet, took refuge in Israel because he faced persecution in his home country for being openly gay. Feili’s situation is not unique for many LGBTQ individuals in the Middle East. Homosexuality is a crime in nearly two dozen […]

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Ideologues in Charge in Israel: What Can Palestinians and Israeli Arabs Expect Next?

Ideologues in Charge in Israel: What Can Palestinians and Israeli Arabs Expect Next?

[ 0 ] June 6, 2016 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 6, 2016: What does the latest political shift to the Right within Israel’s ruling coalition portend for Palestinians and Israeli Arabs ? Signaled by the May 26th appointment of two-time Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister, this shift to the Right is at present more symbolic than policy-oriented. But in a country where there […]

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Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 23, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 23, 2016:  How did the rise of nation-states in the 20th century doom religious diversity and pluralism in the Middle East?  And, can pluralism be recovered to heal and transform the Middle East?  Veteran journalist Nicolas […]

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WATCH: A Conversation about War and Writing with Matt Gallagher

[ 0 ] May 16, 2016 |

a discussion about “boots on the ground” in contemporary American military conflict  via DUKE UNIVERSITY FORUM FOR SCHOLARS & PUBLICS on MAY 1, 2016:  Last month Duke Divinity School student and veteran Naval Officer Giovanna Meek moderated a conversation with acclaimed author and Army veteran Matt Gallagher about his experiences being a soldier and a writer. […]

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