Tag: Afghanistan

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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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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