Tag: Afghanistan

Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties

Desperate Pakistani Taliban, on the ropes, attack Army School in Peshawar: Large scale Casualties

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

“Unlike the hostage-taking in Australia, which was just a tragedy produced by a lone nut-job, the attack in Peshawar has geopolitical implications and really is the work of persons organized to pressure civilians on policy by routinely blowing them up–the very definition of terrorism.” — Juan Cole, in Informed Comment, December 16, 2014 by JUAN […]

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James Longley’s “Kabul, Afghanistan” Exhibit Open at the Power Plant Gallery (12/9/14-2/20/15)

James Longley’s “Kabul, Afghanistan” Exhibit Open at the Power Plant Gallery (12/9/14-2/20/15)

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

“Jada-e-Maiwand, a vibrant neighborhood near the center of old Kabul, was a scene of fierce fighting and destruction during Afghanistan’s civil war. Twenty years later, the area remains only partially rebuilt: mud-brick homes flank open sewers, market stalls spill over from broad avenues, and winding alleyways reveal blacksmiths, corner grocers, bolani mongers, and bakers impaling […]

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Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Book Q & A)

Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 2, 2014 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 2, 2014:  Pakistan is a nation with a strong will to survive. It has endured political upheavals, ethnic discord, military dictatorships, and the challenges of religious extremism. In her new book, The Struggle for Pakistan: A […]

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Juan Cole Breaks Down New Terrorism Survey (Americans 64 Times More Likely to be Murdered than Die in Terrorism)

Juan Cole Breaks Down New Terrorism Survey (Americans 64 Times More Likely to be Murdered than Die in Terrorism)

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  The Institute for Economics and Peace in the UK has released a report on terrorism in 2013, which it maintains was substantially up. There are virtues of the study. It shows that 80% of the victims of terrorism in the past year are Muslims living […]

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WATCH: David Schanzer & Tim Nichols on Guantanamo and the Use of Interrogation in US Counterterrorism Efforts

WATCH: David Schanzer & Tim Nichols on Guantanamo and the Use of Interrogation in US Counterterrorism Efforts

[ 0 ] November 14, 2014 |

The above Google Hangout was originally live-streamed on November 14, 2014  via RESPONDING TO 9/11 MOOC (COURSERA/YOUTUBE) on NOVEMBER 14, 2014:  Guest speaker Tim Nichols (visiting professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University) spoke with Duke public policy professor and terrorism expert David Schanzer about the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and the use of interrogation […]

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Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for AGENCE GLOBAL on OCTOBER 18, 2014:  NORMAN, Oklahoma — Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He said that the […]

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A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] October 6, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on OCTOBER 6, 2014:  Where do we stand with respect to suffering? What do we have to say when hatred and violence finds a ready audience in global images, and love and tenderness are exiled to a private realm? What does it mean to be rooted in a prophetic […]

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Challenges Ahead for New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah

Challenges Ahead for New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

above Ted Talk by Ashraf Ghani — “How to Build a Broken State” — was filmed in July 2005.  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on September 30, 2014:  Ashraf Ghani — a former Johns Hopkins anthropology professor, former Afghanistan Minister of Finance and advisor at the World Bank, and co-founder of the Institute for State […]

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WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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