Category: Security & Civil Liberties

WATCH 10/27 at 5:30: Safi, Jentleson, Schanzer and Maghraoui Hold Public Conversation on MidEast

WATCH 10/27 at 5:30: Safi, Jentleson, Schanzer and Maghraoui Hold Public Conversation on MidEast

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014: With a war raging in Syria that’s spilled over into Iraq, militant groups jockeying for attention and control, and a sobering post-Arab Spring reality that’s seen traditional alliances upended, political Islam scrutinized, and dissent stifled, four Duke faculty members will put the latest developments and […]

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Dispatches From a Muslim in Ottawa

Dispatches From a Muslim in Ottawa

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by CHELBY DAIGLE for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014:  I’ve been asked to write this piece by the Editor of ISLAMiCommentary, a public scholarship forum and outreach initiative managed by the Duke Islamic Studies Center. As the Editor in Chief of Ottawa’s Muslim Community Newspaper, Muslim Link, I would never claim to speak on behalf […]

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No Single Pathway to Terrorism: Scholars John Horgan and David Schanzer Reflect on the Ottawa Attacks

No Single Pathway to Terrorism: Scholars John Horgan and David Schanzer Reflect on the Ottawa Attacks

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014:  This morning, as part of an academic visit to Duke, renowned terrorism scholar and criminal psychologist John Horgan sat down with Duke University public policy professor and national security expert David Schanzer for a taped conversation about yesterday’s terrorist attack in Ottawa, Canada and what […]

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WATCH: Christine Fair on “Fighting to the End: Pakistan’s Way of War”

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

via WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL (DC) on OCTOBER 20, 2014:  Since its founding in 1947, the army of Pakistan has dominated the state, embroiling the country in an enduring conflict with India over Kashmir. Despite repeated losses, the Pakistani army remains committed to achieving its military goals in the region. The employment of non-state actors in […]

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White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

[ 0 ] October 22, 2014 |

by SAHAR AZIZ for THE HUFFINGTON POST on OCTOBER 1, 2014:  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has captured international attention as the world witnesses in horror its brutality. Notwithstanding that most of ISIL’s victims are Muslim, its atrocities are reinforcing false stereotypes that something is inherently violent about Islam. As a […]

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Ebola & Immigrants and Muslims, Oh My! Operating the Fear Machine (by Rebecca Gordon)

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

by REBECCA GORDON for INFORMED COMMENT on OCTOBER 17, 2014:  Like many people around the world, four-star Marine General John Kelley is really worried about Ebola. But he’s not worried about the more than 4,000 people who have died of the disease in western Africa. And he’s only tangentially worried about people dying in this country. […]

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Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for AGENCE GLOBAL on OCTOBER 18, 2014:  NORMAN, Oklahoma — Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He said that the […]

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Omid Safi: Love and Justice in an Age of Empire; American Muslims, America and the Civil Rights Movement

Omid Safi: Love and Justice in an Age of Empire; American Muslims, America and the Civil Rights Movement

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

via AICUSA (AMERICAN ISLAMIC COLLEGE) on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  Dr. Omid Safi delivered this lecture at the American Islamic College on October 7, 2014: “Love and Justice in an Age of Empire: American Muslims, America, and the Civil Rights Movement” Safi is Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center. (Dr. Safi starts speaking at 01:11) […]

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Big Expectations, Human Rights Challenges Ahead for Indonesia’s New President

Big Expectations, Human Rights Challenges Ahead for Indonesia’s New President

[ 2 ] October 17, 2014 |

So much for ‘Invisible’ Indonesia: Joko Widodo will be inaugurated as the new president of Indonesia on October 20, carrying with him the hopes of his nation and the world.  (Above) Indonesian journalist/human rights activist Ahmady speaks with UNC-Chapel Hill geography professor Christian Lentz about the latest developments in Indonesia. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary […]

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The Tunisian Exception (by L. Carl Brown)

[ 0 ] October 15, 2014 |

by L. CARL BROWN for INFORMED COMMENT on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  What has made Tunisia’s transition from authoritarian government, for all its ups and downs, more successful than those of its Arab neighbors? It will soon be four years since December 17, 2010 when Muhammad Bu Azizi from Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia immolated himself in […]

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