Tag: George W. Bush

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014 |

by GLENN GREENWALD and MURTAZA HUSSAIN for THE INTERCEPT on JULY 9, 2014:  he National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward […]

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A ‘Rare’ Arab Intellectual: Fouad Ajami (1945-2014)

A ‘Rare’ Arab Intellectual: Fouad Ajami (1945-2014)

[ 0 ] June 24, 2014 |

by JOSEPH A KECHICHIAN for AL JAZEERA on JUNE 24, 2014:  Bernard Lewis, the British-American historian who fancied such terms as “Islamofascism” and “Crisis of Islam” and who often wondered what went wrong with the Arabs, once described Fouad Ajami as “both a Shiite from South Lebanon and an American political scientist”. Ajami was much more […]

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Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

[ 1 ] June 9, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 8, 2014:  The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently. Iraq had parliamentary elections, Libya’s parliament voted for a new prime minister, and Egypt and Syria had presidential elections. This summer, Turkey will have elections. It would be nice […]

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Shaykh Nazim, a Giant in Spreading Sufism in the West, Passes Away

[ 0 ] May 7, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on MAY 7, 2014: News out of Cyprus indicate that one of the most prominent Sufi leaders of the past century, Shaykh Nazim, has passed away at age 92.   Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani, known simply as Shaykh Nazim, was part of the resurgence of Islamic mysticism (Sufism) […]

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Shaping Things to Come: America’s Role

[ 0 ] May 2, 2014 |

by SIMON SERFATY for THE NATIONAL INTEREST on APRIL 30, 2014:  RAYMOND ARON CALLED THE TWENTIETH CENTURY “the century of total war,” and so it was, arguably the worst ever, exceeding even the devastation created by the Thirty Years’ War. As many as 175 million people were deliberately killed, whether in combat or in cold […]

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General Odierno: “This is the Most Uncertain Security Environment I’ve Ever Been Involved With”

General Odierno: “This is the Most Uncertain Security Environment I’ve Ever Been Involved With”

[ 0 ] May 2, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MAY 1, 2014: Yesterday thousands of Iraqis went to the polls to elect a new national parliament in the first such elections since US troops pulled out of the country completely in late 2011, and against a backdrop heightened sectarian tensions and worsening violence. US Army Chief of […]

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Shalom Goldman on Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

Shalom Goldman on Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

[ 0 ] April 16, 2014 |

“For Putin, a former ardent Communist and KGB officer, to speak of the baptism of Prince Vladimir and his “spiritual feats” as the basis for his claim to Crimea is strange indeed. But it is, in fact, no stranger than the remarkably similar claims to the West Bank  made in the past few years by […]

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Duncan Green: What Do Policymakers Want From Researchers?

Duncan Green: What Do Policymakers Want From Researchers?

[ 0 ] March 11, 2014 |

What Do Policymakers Want from Researchers? Blogs, Elevator Pitches and Good Old Fashioned Press Mentions (Duncan Green provides short and sweet translations of some of the key findings from a recent survey looking at how US policymakers use and value international studies research. The findings point to the importance of blogging, but also to the sustained […]

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False Nostalgia: The Original Fallujah Campaign Destabilized Iraq (Juan Cole)

False Nostalgia: The Original Fallujah Campaign Destabilized Iraq (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 15, 2014 |

(ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note, January 15, 2014):  In the latest round of violence in Iraq, a wave of bombings across the country today killed at least 50 people — this after  Al Qaeda-linked militants took control of two cities in western Anbar province. From today’s LA Times: “The army and allied tribesmen have been fighting Al Qaeda’s Islamic […]

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Morris Davis: On Guantanamo, Time to Face the Truth

[ 0 ] November 14, 2013 |

by MORRIS DAVIS for RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER on NOVEMBER 9, 2013:  Sen. Kay Hagan and I were born in Shelby, N.C., a city of about 20,000 people between Charlotte and Asheville. The city got its name from Col. Isaac Shelby, a hero of the Revolutionary War best known for his role in the Battle […]

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