“The French philosopher Ernest Renan once defined a nation as “a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors.” And while that arguably applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, my sense is that the deterioration we are witnessing results from something else — the growing human distance […]
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by MARK ANTHONY NEAL for LEFT OF BLACK on DECEMBER 15, 2014: Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the studio by WISER-Duke writing fellows Neo Muyanga and Khadija Patel. Muyanga is a composer and musician who is working on a new libretto. Patel is a Muslim journalist and blogger writing about the Johannesburg suburb, Mayfair. […]
by DAVID SCHANZER for THE HUFFINGTON POST on DECEMBER 12, 2014: Despite irrefutable evidence in the Senate Intelligence Committee report that the CIA engaged in grotesque acts of torture in the years after 9/11, a group of former CIA directors and officials have taken to the airwaves to claim these actions were justified as a […]
by JOHN JEFFRIES MARTIN for PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on DECEMBER 11, 2014: The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program this week quickly stirred up a white-hot debate on the use of torture to extract information from our enemies. And though there is great passion on both sides, this is not a […]
A View of the Investment Landscape in the GCC: Construction, e-Commerce, Defense, Healthcare, Education Attractive
via FUQUA IN THE MIDDLE EAST (BLOG) on DECEMBER 9, 2014: Former Duke Fuqua student Mo Bississo, most recently with Abu Dhabi-based Gulf Capital, painted a detailed picture of the private equity and investment landscape in the Middle East in a recent Q & A for Fuqua’s Middle East region blog. Bississo talked about how the economic […]
compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN on DECEMBER 9, 2014 : Today the US Senate Intelligence Committee released an extensive report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. According to The Washington Post the “exhaustive, five-year Senate investigation of the CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects renders a strikingly bleak verdict of a program launched in the […]
Julie Schoonmaker reports on a talk by President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, before about 200 people Tuesday night. by JULIE SCHOONMAKER for DUKE TODAY on DECEMBER 3, 2014: Hadley discussed current challenges facing the Obama Administration from China to the Middle East. He also reviewed what he considered to be the […]
Erdogan, American Muslims, and a Sense of Belonging: Would a ‘Muslim’ Discovery of America Have Made a Difference?
by ABDUL LATIF for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 1, 2014: In a meeting with Latin American Muslim leaders last month Turkish President Erdogan claimed that Muslims discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus. This claim is not new. There are several well-meaning pieces of purported evidence: records of journeys from Muslim Spain; West African Mandinka inscriptions in […]
via DUKE CENTER JEWISH STUDIES on NOVEMBER 24, 2014: Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) discusses her father’s (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) legacy as a human rights activist and his archives, which have recently opened here at Duke in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in this lecture from 10/20/2014.
compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 25, 2014: UPDATED NOV. 24 , 2014 : (VIA THE WASHINGTON POST) VIENNA — Nuclear talks with Iran will be extended for seven months after intense negotiations failed to reach a comprehensive accord but appeared to make encouraging headway, diplomats said Monday. (New target is June 30, 2015) […]