compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 24, 2015: Today’s featured video is a live stream recording of a conference on Malcolm X held on February 21, 2015 in New York titled “A Special 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X.” Below is the poster describing the event, speakers, and sponsors.
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 […]
by CHAS W. FREEMAN for LOBELOG on FEBRUARY 17, 2015: The Middle East is where Africa, Asia, and Europe come together and where the trade routes between China, India, and Europe converge. It has two-thirds of the world’s energy reserves. It is also the epicenter of this planet’s increasing religious strife. Relationships between this strategically […]
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, […]
compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 16, 2015: National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, in the above video gives context to the yesterday’s reported beheading by ISIS of Egyptian Coptic Christians who had been working in Libya. “Links between Libyan jihadists and ISIS and its parent organization al-Qaeda in Iraq go back a very […]
Russian historian Vladimir Belyakov sees an inevitable rise in the profile of Egyptian-Russian relations (Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting this week in Cairo) by DINA EZZAT for AHRAM ONLINE on FEBRUARY 10, 2015: “Cairo is a very big city with 14,000 streets; each street has two gates … some streets have […]
via CAIRO POST on FEBRUARY 8, 2015: CAIRO: Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb announced Sunday Azhar would form a center for religious dialogue under his person supervision. The center will be concerned in disseminating the values of interfaith culture, co-existence, and enhancing Al Azhar’s cooperation with other different religious sects, an Al-Azhar statement added. At the international […]