Tag: Iran

WATCH: Inside the Prison Swap with Iran which Freed Washington Post Reporter

[ 0 ] January 19, 2016 |

with EMAD KYAEI and HARI SREENIVASAN for PBS on JANUARY 16, 2016:  Iran freed five Americans, including “Washington Post” reporter Jason Rezaian, who had been jailed 18 months on espionage charges that his newspaper called “trumped up”. “The Post” said it couldn’t be happier about his release. Rezaian and three other men freed, including a former […]

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Trita Parsi on the U.S. & Iran: Can the Nuclear Deal Bring Friendship ?

Trita Parsi on the U.S. & Iran: Can the Nuclear Deal Bring Friendship ?

[ 0 ] January 14, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 14, 2016: On Nov. 3-4 president of the National Iranian American Council Trita Parsi spoke on “The U.S. and Iran: Can the Nuclear Deal Bring Friendship?” at UNC-Chapel Hill at Duke. Parsi, who’s also been a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is an […]

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Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict (by Omid Safi)

Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2016 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JANUARY 7, 2016:  EXCERPT: There are many political scientists and public policy pundits that you can turn to for grasping the geopolitics of the situation. You can listen to Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with NPR’s Renee Montaigne, and on PRI’s The […]

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LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

[ 0 ] January 5, 2016 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 30, 2015:  In her fascinating new book Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran (Duke University Press, 2015), Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, explores shifting meanings of transsexuality in contemporary Iran. […]

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Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 1, 2016:  My own feeling is that the US engagement with the Middle East is likely to remain so intense only for another two decades or so. As fossil fuels are replaced with renewables, the outsized role that the oil Gulf plays in world affairs will decline. […]

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Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

The dark, sick heart of 2015 is the narrowing space across the entire Middle East for citizens to express themselves freely on issues that matter to them and their families. by RAMI KHOURI for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 2, 2016:  I have always been dubious about looking back at the past year and coming up […]

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The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by ARON LUND for SYRIA COMMENT on JANUARY 3, 2016:  I wrote a post for Syria Comment last year listing the top events of 2014 and what to look for in 2015. So here’s another one—a very long one, in fact. It has been compiled in bits and pieces over a few weeks but was […]

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Perspectives on the Iran-Saudi Crisis (a compilation)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

Above: October 7, 2011 Speech of Sheikh Al Nimr due to which he was arrested and executed  (embedded on ISLAMiCommentary by ISLAMiCommentary editor)  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 4, 2016: The Iran-Saudi Crisis “Most Dangerous for Decades” (Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, BBC News, January 4, 2016): Tensions have spiraled following the execution of Saudi […]

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Happy New Year! plus Top 10 Most Read iComment Posts 2015

Happy New Year! plus Top 10 Most Read iComment Posts 2015

[ 0 ] December 28, 2015 |

  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 24, 2015:  ISLAMiCommentary is on academic break until January 4, 2015. A very happy New Year 2016 to all our readers! Hoping for greater peace, love and understanding in the world in the coming year. These were the most read original iComment posts of 2015: Same-Sex Relationships […]

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LISTEN: Joshua Landis & Al Kresta Talk History of Middle East Christian-Muslim Relations (via Ave Maria Radio)

LISTEN: Joshua Landis & Al Kresta Talk History of Middle East Christian-Muslim Relations (via Ave Maria Radio)

[ 0 ] December 22, 2015 |

via AVE MARIA RADIO on DECEMBER 15, 2015:  Al Kresta, CEO of Ave Maria Radio,  interviews Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies on the state of Christian-Muslim relations. Kresta recently attended the Under Caesar’s Sword conference in Rome, an […]

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