Category: Security & Civil Liberties

Erdoğan and the Kurds: Will Early Elections in Turkey Change the Course of Conflict ?

Erdoğan and the Kurds: Will Early Elections in Turkey Change the Course of Conflict ?

[ 0 ] August 28, 2015 |

by KUBILAY YADO ARIN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 28, 2015:  Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week called for new elections on November 1, after his government failed to form a coalition following the June poll in which his party —the AKP — failed to win a majority of seats. His party’s iron grip on government […]

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MIDDLE EAST AND IR SCHOLARS STATEMENT– The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Plus for Regional Stability

MIDDLE EAST AND IR SCHOLARS STATEMENT– The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Plus for Regional Stability

[ 0 ] August 27, 2015 |

statement accessed via NATIONAL IRANIAN COUNCIL on AUGUST 27, 2015: The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Plus for Regional Stability Statement from Middle East and International Relations Scholars The nuclear deal with Iran (The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA) is a strong and positive step towards stabilizing the Middle East, beyond its undeniable […]

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My madrassa classmate hated politics. Then he joined the Islamic State. (by Ebrahim Moosa)

My madrassa classmate hated politics. Then he joined the Islamic State. (by Ebrahim Moosa)

[ 0 ] August 21, 2015 |

by EBRAHIM MOOSA for THE WASHINGTON POST on AUGUST 21, 2015; When we studied together at a madrassa, Rashid Moosagie had a very low opinion of my politics. I was disenchanted by the academic, abstract nature of our curriculum at the Deoband seminary, some 100 miles from New Delhi, where I was enrolled in 1978; […]

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LISTEN: Insecurity Rises In Egypt And Tests El-Sisi Government (comments by Abdeslam Maghraoui)

LISTEN: Insecurity Rises In Egypt And Tests El-Sisi Government (comments by Abdeslam Maghraoui)

[ 0 ] August 21, 2015 |

via LISA MULLENS/”HERE AND NOW” on AUGUST 20, 2015:  The militant group that calls itself Islamic State (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for a massive car bomb that shook Cairo after midnight last night. More than two dozen people were injured in the blast outside a state security building. A statement attributed to ISIS said the […]

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FBI: Anti-Muslim Voices Fuel Increased Threat From Militias

[ 0 ] August 20, 2015 |

via BRIDGE INITIATIVE/GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY on AUGUST 20, 2015:  Militia groups across the country are setting their sights on American Muslims. Since 2013, domestic militias have monitored Islamic institutions, and plotted and advocated violence against Muslims in states as diverse as New York, Indiana, Alaska and South Carolina. In 2014, militias in Mississippi “discussed kidnapping and […]

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The Truth About Islam and Sex Slavery History Is More Complicated Than You Think (by Kecia Ali)

The Truth About Islam and Sex Slavery History Is More Complicated Than You Think (by Kecia Ali)

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015 |

by KECIA ALI for THE HUFFINGTON POST on AUGUST 19, 2015:  New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi recently outlined the Islamic State’s systematic, logistically complex program of sex trafficking of captured Yazidi women and girls. Her narrative is chilling; the survivors’ testimonies are horrifying. It is obvious that ISIS soldiers (and leaders) commit terrible abuses, […]

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Over 1,000 Black activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations signed the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine

Over 1,000 Black activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations signed the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015 |

The list includes Angela Davis | Cornel West | Mumia Abu-Jamal | Talib Kweli | The Dream Defenders | Malcolm X Grassroots Movement | Organization for Black Struggle – St. Louis via BLACK SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE on AUGUST 19, 2015:  STATEMENT BELOW (also in Arabic): The past year has been one of high-profile growth for Black-Palestinian solidarity. […]

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A Grim Anniversary for Palestinian Universities

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015 |

by ASMA’ JAWABREH and RASHA FAEKFOR for AL-FANAR MEDIA on AUGUST 17, 2015:  More than a year after the 51-day war last summer between Israel and Palestine, Palestinian universities are still suffering from the damage, and professors and students are struggling to cope. “I was not able to go back to my university last year,” […]

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Trita Parsi on the Real Iran — Not Netanyahu’s Caricature

Trita Parsi on the Real Iran — Not Netanyahu’s Caricature

[ 0 ] August 18, 2015 |

by TRITA PARSI for THE (JEWISH DAILY) FORWARD on AUGUST 17, 2015:  Over the course of the past 25 years, the image of Iran presented by the Israeli government has become increasingly simplistic, one-dimensional, void of any nuance — in short, incomplete at best and inaccurate at worst. The Iranian government itself has contributed greatly […]

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Why is the Muslim World Silent About Yemen? (by Haseeb Risvi)

[ 0 ] August 18, 2015 |

by HASEEB RISVI for THE MUSLIM VIBE on JULY 13, 2015:  Why are we silent about the Saudi-led coalition of ‘Muslim’ Arab nations bombing and killing civilian Muslims in Yemen – yet outraged when Israel does the same in Gaza? Is this not a double standard? The Saudi regime has led a bombing campaign against […]

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