Category: Security & Civil Liberties

Afghan Carpet Weavers are Putting Drones on Their Rugs

Afghan Carpet Weavers are Putting Drones on Their Rugs

[ 0 ] January 30, 2015 |

(cover photo of rug by Kevin Sudeith, courtesy of Warrug.com) via COSIMO BIZZARRI for QUARTZ on JANUARY 30, 2015:  When it comes to what to depict on rugs, Afghan weavers traditionally turn to what’s most familiar. So in the 1980s, when the Mujahedeen were fighting back the Soviet occupation, some local weavers abandoned flowers and […]

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Limitless Ambitions of Yemen’s Houthis (by Nabeel Khoury for Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 29, 2015 |

by NABEEL KHOURY for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 29, 2015:  The first of the Houthi wars started, in 2004, while I was the chargé at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. John Abizaid, then the general running U.S. Central Command, came to visit. On the ride to the presidential palace, to meet the former president of Yemen, […]

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Can We Handle the Truth About Torture?

Can We Handle the Truth About Torture?

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

Real Life Lessons from 2011’s “Aaron and Ahmed: A Love Story” Set in Guantanamo Bay “Aaron and Ahmed” cover (Vertigo Comics) Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 23, 2015: In his 2011 review of the graphic novel Aaron and Ahmed: A Love Story, set […]

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Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

A conversation with John Esposito of the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding by JOHN BURGER for ALETEIA on JANUARY 21, 2015:  The recent murders of civilians in Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan and other places around the world by those claiming to defend the Islamlic religion have, for many people, raised once again the question of whether Islam […]

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When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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Hundreds Attend First Public Adhan Outside Duke Chapel: Debate Sparked on Campus and Off

Hundreds Attend First Public Adhan Outside Duke Chapel: Debate Sparked on Campus and Off

[ 1 ] January 22, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 22, 2015: * updated on January 26, 2015 (scroll to the bottom for the latest pieces)  The following is a compilation of articles and opinions surrounding Duke’s first public call to prayer (adhan) for its Muslim community — held on the steps of the Duke Chapel on January […]

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David Schanzer: France’s Steps Against Terror

David Schanzer: France’s Steps Against Terror

[ 0 ] January 15, 2015 |

by DAVID SCHANZER for THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on JANUARY 14, 2015:  French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ declaration that France is at war “against terrorism, against jihadism, [and] against radical Islam” will not have much practical impact on the battle against extremist ideologies. The distinguishing feature of war is the legal use of lethal force against […]

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Paris Shootings: Reactions and Analyses by DISC Faculty (Lawrence, Safi, Schanzer)

Paris Shootings: Reactions and Analyses by DISC Faculty (Lawrence, Safi, Schanzer)

[ 0 ] January 14, 2015 |

Articles, audio, and video from the past week featuring Duke Islamic Studies Center scholars, compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 14, 2015:  Paris Shooting An Assault on Free Speech, Faculty Say Experts on Islam, terrorism react to Wednesday’s killing of 12 by STEVE HARTSOE for DUKE TODAY on JANUARY 7, 2015 :  Wednesday’s […]

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On Charlie Hebdo: A Letter to My British Friends (by Olivier Tonneau)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015 |

by OLIVIER TONNEAU for MEDIAPART on JANUARY 11, 2015:  Three days ago, a horrid assault was perpetrated against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, who had published caricatures of Mohamed, by men who screamed that they had “avenged the prophet”. A wave of compassion followed but apparently died shortly afterward and all sorts of criticism started pouring […]

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Phil Bennett and Moises Naim on 21st-century Censorship (inc. Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015 |

Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media by PHIL BENNETT AND MOISES NAIM for COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW on JANUARY 5, 2015: Two beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is […]

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