Tag: Iran

Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen gather for Battle of Ramadi (by Juan Cole/Informed Comment)

Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen gather for Battle of Ramadi (by Juan Cole/Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] May 20, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MAY 20, 2015:  Al-Zaman (The Times of Baghdad) reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) […]

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Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 15, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 15, 2015: Great journalists invite us to be companions with them on their journeys to extraordinary places. Carla Power offers such an invitation in her new book, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey […]

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Fatal Triangle: Saudi, Iran, US Tensions Spike Over Continued Yemen Airstrikes (by Juan Cole)

Fatal Triangle: Saudi, Iran, US Tensions Spike Over Continued Yemen Airstrikes (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] May 1, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MAY 1, 2015:  The attention span of US television news is so short that it is difficult for it to cover ongoing wars in which there isn’t dramatic news every day. Not to mention that getting a camera crew into some conflict zones is highly dangerous or just […]

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WATCH: Negar Mottahedeh on “An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg”

WATCH: Negar Mottahedeh on “An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg”

[ 0 ] April 21, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (at Duke University) on  APRIL 21, 2015 (taped on April 1, 2015):  Negar Mottahedeh is an Associate Professor in Duke University’s Program in Literature. On April 1, 2015, Professor Mottahedeh presented on the power of social media during the Iranian election crisis of 2009. This was her description of the […]

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Adm. Mike Mullen (via Politico): Why I Like The Iran Deal (Sort Of)

[ 0 ] April 17, 2015 |

by ADM. MIKE MULLEN (RET) for POLITICO on APRIL 16, 2015:  The nuclear agreement between the international community and Iran already stands as a remarkable if incomplete achievement. As in all such deals, the devil surely lies in its details and in implementation. I like the phrase “Distrust but Verify.” And yet the real significance […]

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Bruce Jentleson: Corker-Menendez Bill hinders, Not Helps, a Good Iran Deal

Bruce Jentleson: Corker-Menendez Bill hinders, Not Helps, a Good Iran Deal

[ 0 ] April 13, 2015 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on APRIL 13, 2015:  There have been many times in American history when Congress has played a constructive foreign policy role. There have been other times when its role has been counterproductive to foreign policy success. As we move to the final stages of the Iran nuclear negotiations, there […]

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Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 1): Negar Mottahedeh on the Background to “Rosewater”

Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 1): Negar Mottahedeh on the Background to “Rosewater”

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 10, 2015:  Duke University literature professor Negar Mottahedeh set the scene for “Rosewater”  — a feature film about the real-life imprisonment of Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari following his coverage of the 2009 Iran elections — at a public screening of the film last month.  Released in November […]

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How to Evaluate an Iran Agreement (CNAS Analysis)

How to Evaluate an Iran Agreement (CNAS Analysis)

[ 0 ] March 31, 2015 |

In light of today’s self-imposed deadline to come to an agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Energy, Economics, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg and CNAS Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg have written an new Press Note (below), “How to Evaluate an Iran Agreement.” by ELIZABETH ROSENBERG […]

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Events Mark Middle East Refugees Awareness Week at Duke and UNC

Events Mark Middle East Refugees Awareness Week at Duke and UNC

[ 0 ] March 30, 2015 |

Interview with Laila El-Haddad, co-author of The Gaza Kitchen, a cookbook celebrating the life and recipes of a remarkable Palestinian people living under harsh political oppression in the Gaza Strip. El-Haddad will be giving a talk at Duke on April 10. Read below for more information on this and other events going on at Duke University […]

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WATCH: The Rise of the Houthis — Will They Break Yemen Up? (Safa Al-Ahmad reports)

WATCH: The Rise of the Houthis — Will They Break Yemen Up? (Safa Al-Ahmad reports)

[ 0 ] March 30, 2015 |

via BBC on MARCH 21, 2015:  A rebel group from the North of Yemen has taken over the capital and drastically changed Yemen’s political landscape. Engaged in a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Houthis have brought Yemen to the brink of collapse. But who are Yemen’s Houthis? What do they want? How have […]

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