Category: Security & Civil Liberties

LISTEN: How Jihadis Recruit in America (Schanzer, Greenberg, Levin on MPR)

LISTEN: How Jihadis Recruit in America (Schanzer, Greenberg, Levin on MPR)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO/MRP NEWS WITH KERRI MILLER on APRIL 22, 2015:  On Sunday, six men were arrested in Minnesota and California on federal terrorism charges. They are accused of conspiring to travel to join ISIS in Syria–and the arrests are the result of a lengthy FBI surveillance […]

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Can Moroccan Government Purge Extremism From Islam? (via US News & World Report)

Can Moroccan Government Purge Extremism From Islam? (via US News & World Report)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

The African nation of Morocco is fighting ISIS and the Houthis abroad while trying to brand a counterinsurgency plan at home. “(Duke University political science professor) Abdeslam Maghraoui considers Morocco’s attempts to reform domestic religion against extremism as inherently flawed: Terrorists rarely operate openly in public mosques like those Morocco is trying to regulate, and […]

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LISTEN: Human Traffickers Find Easy Prey Among Myanmar’s Minorities (PRI)

LISTEN: Human Traffickers Find Easy Prey Among Myanmar’s Minorities (PRI)

[ 0 ] April 20, 2015 |

by AXEL KRONHOLM for PRI/AMERICA ABROAD MEDIA on APRIL 18, 2015:  It’s been 47 days since Abdul, a scrawny Rohingya male in his 40s, sent his 14-year-old daughter Dildar away from the Internally Displaced Persons camp where they’d been living in squalid conditions with little food or health care. Dildar left on a fishing boat crammed with other […]

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WATCH: Ambassador Robert Ford on Iraq’s Security Situation

WATCH: Ambassador Robert Ford on Iraq’s Security Situation

[ 0 ] April 20, 2015 |

via MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE with AMBASSADOR ROBERT FORD on APRIL 17, 2015:  April 17, 2015- Ambassador Robert Ford discusses Iraq PM Abadi’s objectives during his visit to Washington, D.C. last week, and the current security situation in Iraq. Ford is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria.   […]

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Adm. Mike Mullen (via Politico): Why I Like The Iran Deal (Sort Of)

[ 0 ] April 17, 2015 |

by ADM. MIKE MULLEN (RET) for POLITICO on APRIL 16, 2015:  The nuclear agreement between the international community and Iran already stands as a remarkable if incomplete achievement. As in all such deals, the devil surely lies in its details and in implementation. I like the phrase “Distrust but Verify.” And yet the real significance […]

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Shana Marshall: The Egyptian Armed Forces and the Remaking of an Economic Empire

[ 0 ] April 16, 2015 |

by SHANA MARSHALL for CARNEGIE MIDDLE EAST CENTER on APRIL 15, 2015:  The Egyptian military has gained unprecedented power since overseeing the ouster of two Egyptian presidents, Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and Mohamed Morsi in 2013. With its major political rivals sidelined, more than $20 billion in Gulf aid, and widespread domestic support for General-Turned-President […]

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Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 1): Negar Mottahedeh on the Background to “Rosewater”

Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 1): Negar Mottahedeh on the Background to “Rosewater”

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 10, 2015:  Duke University literature professor Negar Mottahedeh set the scene for “Rosewater”  — a feature film about the real-life imprisonment of Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari following his coverage of the 2009 Iran elections — at a public screening of the film last month.  Released in November […]

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Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 2): Phil Bennett & Negar Mottahedeh on the Lessons of “Rosewater”

Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 2): Phil Bennett & Negar Mottahedeh on the Lessons of “Rosewater”

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

Scholars discuss the power and limits of bearing witness — as traditional or citizen journalists — and the government’s use of social media as a tool of control and repression. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 10, 2015: *updated on April 13, with new information on the Rezaian case Last month Duke University […]

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WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

CHARLES WELLER speaks at the ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING(At GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) (recorded on March 19, 2015):  Dr. Weller’s talk focused on four main, interrelated dimensions of the impact of the Crimean and Ukrainian Crises on the Central Eurasian Islamic World: (1) The response of the Crimean Tatar community and impact on Russo-Tatar relations within […]

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