Category: Security & Civil Liberties

Al-Quds Islamic Studies Scholar Mustafa Abu Sway Calls for a Re-Focus on Israeli-Palestinian Peace 

Al-Quds Islamic Studies Scholar Mustafa Abu Sway Calls for a Re-Focus on Israeli-Palestinian Peace 

[ 0 ] March 2, 2015 |

“Often one might ask the question: Do we see the light at the end of the tunnel? I would say we don’t see the entrance of the tunnel because there’s a wall there separating us from the tunnel. We need to bring down this wall. And we need to see the tunnel as is in […]

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The Rhetoric of Similarity: Republicans, Complementarians, and ISIS (via Marginalia blog)

[ 0 ] February 27, 2015 |

by THOMAS J. WHITLEY for MARGINALIA (LA REVIEW OF BOOKS) on FEBRUARY 11, 2015:  First there was the response to President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast (I wrote a bit about that here), then there was the response to the response. I have noticed something of a trend in the latter responses and […]

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What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by BRUCE LAWRENCE for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  (RNS) Less than six months ago, few outside the Middle East knew much about a group called ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State. It was not till mid-June that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself the caliph, and ISIS the territory he […]

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Growing Support for Campaign Against ISIS and Possible Use of U.S. Ground Troops (Pew)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

Shifting Views on How Best to Defeat Global Terrorism via PEW RESEARCH CENTER on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  The public has grown more supportive of the U.S. fight against ISIS, as about twice as many approve (63%) as disapprove (30%) of the military campaign against the Islamic militant group in Iraq and Syria. Last October, 57% […]

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Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by SAM HARDY for CONFLICT ANTIQUITIES (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 23, 2015:  It’s difficult to headline or even strapline the story of these events, but Turkey has extracted sarcophagi and other artefacts from a Turkish exclave that is surrounded by Islamic State-held Syrian territory, and apparently deliberately destroyed the mausoleum that housed the tombs. What, you might […]

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Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on FEBRUARY 23, 2015 *Updated February 25 with Forum for Scholars & Publics video:  February 21, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. This weekend his life and legacy got widespread media attention. […]

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Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for REUTERS on FEBRUARY 18, 2015:  Earlier this month, Tunisia’s newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the […]

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LISTEN: Schanzer (Duke), Schake (Hoover Institution) & Billoo (CAIR) Debrief on the WH CVE Summit

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

via TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY and KQED (San Francisco) on FEBRUARY 19, 2015:  On Wednesday, February 18th more than 60 world leaders gathered at a White House summit to discuss how to counter violent extremism. In opening remarks, President Obama said we must discredit violent ideologies and find “…new ways to amplify the […]

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Lessons from our Past: CVE, Black American Muslims and Social Justice (by Margari Aziza Hill, Muslim Matters)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by MARGARI AZIZA HILL for MUSLIM MATTERS on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  On February 5th, Muslim twitter responded to the Right Wing backlash over Obama meeting with Muslims leaders with hilarious tweets #MuslimMeeting. Although many of the tweets were light hearted, others were critical of the meeting largely due to its secrecy. “We want to know […]

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WATCH: A Special 50th Anniv. Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X

WATCH: A Special 50th Anniv. Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  Today’s featured video is a live stream recording of a conference on Malcolm X held on February 21, 2015 in New York titled “A Special 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X.” Below is the poster describing the event, speakers, and sponsors.

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