Tag: Afghanistan

Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on FEBRUARY 17, 2015*Updated on February 24, 2015 w/new related pieces:  The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts. I keep seeing some assertions about it that strike me as exaggerated […]

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“Islam in America”: A Conversation with Jonathan Curiel (Book Q & A)

“Islam in America”: A Conversation with Jonathan Curiel (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] February 18, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 19, 2015: How do Muslims fit into the quilt of American history? Jonathan Curiel investigates this question in his new book, Islam in America (I.B. Tauris, April 28, 2015). “America’s first Muslims,” he writes, “were perceived […]

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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Afghanistan: With Love (by Mujib Mashal)

Afghanistan: With Love (by Mujib Mashal)

[ 0 ] February 16, 2015 |

by MUJIB MASHAL for “MATTER”/MEDIUM.COM, FEBRUARY 2015:  The host tames his otherwise playful voice into a soft, dreamy thrum: “You are listening to 98.1 Arman FM, Radio of the Hearts. This is The Night of the Lovers.” At the end of every Friday, the second day of the Afghan weekend, Ajmal Noorzai sits behind the […]

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WATCH: Iraq Crisis Builds Bipartisan Support for Keeping U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, Senator Cotton Says

[ 0 ] February 9, 2015 |

by JAMES RUPERT for UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE on FEBRUARY 5, 2015:  The revival by ISIS of a brutal Islamist offensive in Iraq makes it urgent to prevent a similar reversal in the Afghan war—and is increasing congressional support for President Obama to maintain U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) said today. […]

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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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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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Rhetoric, Ideology and Organizational Structure of the Taliban Movement (USIP Report)

Rhetoric, Ideology and Organizational Structure of the Taliban Movement (USIP Report)

[ 0 ] January 6, 2015 |

by MICHAEL SEMPLE  for UNITED INSTITUTE OF PEACE on JANUARY 5, 2014:  This report examines the evolution of the Taliban case for armed struggle and the minimal adjustments Taliban rhetoricians made to cope with the impending political change in Afghanistan in 2014. It considers how the Taliban might make a case for peace, should they […]

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Pakistan’s New Strategy to Beat the Taliban

Pakistan’s New Strategy to Beat the Taliban

[ 0 ] December 24, 2014 |

An esteemed Duke University faculty member and expert on this region recommended this piece as “the best essay I’ve read on what occurred in Pakistan recently.” by OMAR WAREICH for TIME on DECEMBER 23, 2014:  The Peshawar massacre must mark a turning point in Pakistan’s battle against Taliban militants Nearly a week after Pakistan’s worst-ever […]

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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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