Category: Security & Civil Liberties

Aerial and Panoramic Views Show Devastation in Gaza

Aerial and Panoramic Views Show Devastation in Gaza

[ 0 ] September 2, 2014 |

by ALI ABUNIMAH for THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA on AUGUST 30, 2014:  The video above, published by the Gaza-based video production company MediaTown, shows an aerial view of the devastated Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. On 20 July, the area was subjected to indiscriminate artillery bombardment by Israel that was so intense that it shocked even US […]

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Obama Approach on Foreign Policy is ‘Not Tough Enough’ Say 54% of Americans

[ 0 ] August 29, 2014 |

As New Dangers Loom, More Think the U.S. Does ‘Too Little’ to Solve World Problems:  54% Say Obama Approach on Foreign Policy Is ‘Not Tough Enough’ by PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR PEOPLE & THE PRESS/USA TODAY on AUGUST 28, 2014:  A large majority of Americans think the world is a more dangerous place than it […]

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WATCH/FOLLOW: American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism

WATCH/FOLLOW: American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014 |

MPAC Presents Safe Spaces Campaign to Prevent Violent Extremism compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) PRESS ADVISORY on AUGUST 27, 2014:  (Los Angeles – 8/27/2014) – On Thursday, Aug. 28, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a press conference with law enforcement officials and national community leaders at […]

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Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 27, 2014:  These were the top ten most-accessed original pieces on ISLAMiCommentary this summer. 1.Five Years Since ‘New Muslim Cool’, Hispanic Muslims Growing Segment of US Muslim Religious Culture (by Julie Poucher Harbin, Duke University)  2.Looking Beyond the Safety of the Hate Narrative (by Yakir Englander, Northwestern University) […]

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Robert Kaplan: Terrorism as Theater

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014 |

by ROBERT KAPLAN for STRATFOR’S GLOBAL AFFAIRS WITH ROBERT KAPLAN on AUGUST 27, 2014:  The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley […]

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More Assertive US Action in Syria “Long Overdue” (Bruce Jentleson)

More Assertive US Action in Syria “Long Overdue” (Bruce Jentleson)

[ 0 ] August 25, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via DUKE NEWS on AUGUST 25, 2014:  Syria warned the United States on Monday not to extend its air war against radical Islamist militants into Syria. Bruce Jentleson, a former senior advisor to the US State Department and current public policy professor at Duke University says “a shift […]

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Freedom House: Azerbaijan’s Violent Crackdown on Human Rights Activists

Freedom House: Azerbaijan’s Violent Crackdown on Human Rights Activists

[ 0 ] August 25, 2014 |

by FREEDOM HOUSE (STATEMENT) on AUGUST 22, 2014:  In response to the brutal attack on Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Ilgar Nasibov, Freedom House issued the following statement: “The horrific physical assault on Ilgar Nasibov, a journalist, is the latest trauma in a rapidly and radically deteriorating human rights situation in Azerbaijan,” said David J. Kramer, […]

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The Military Diminishment of Judaism (by Shalom Goldman)

The Military Diminishment of Judaism (by Shalom Goldman)

[ 1 ] August 25, 2014 |

In our time, Judaism, in all of its magnificent complexity and subtlety, has been reduced to supporting “team Israel” — whatever its policies or methods. by SHALOM GOLDMAN for PATHEOS on AUGUST 20, 2014:  Yes, American Jews, according to the 2013 Pew study, retain a strong sense of distinct identity, despite their distancing themselves from […]

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LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on ISIS and the Murder of James Foley

LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on ISIS and the Murder of James Foley

[ 1 ] August 22, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via WWL RADIO NEW ORLEANS (RADIO HOST TOMMY TUCKER INTERVIEWS BRUCE JENTLESON) on AUGUST 21, 2014:  WWL Radio host Tommy Tucker talks to Bruce Jentleson, a Duke Prof. of Public Policy & Political Science and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, about the beheading […]

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In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 20, 2014:  Charlie Dunlap Jr, a professor of the practice at Duke Law School and executive director of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, said today that ISIS “has grossly miscalculated” in its execution of freelance journalist James Foley. Foley was abducted in northern Syria in […]

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