Tag: Iraq

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

A conversation with John Esposito of the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding by JOHN BURGER for ALETEIA on JANUARY 21, 2015:  The recent murders of civilians in Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan and other places around the world by those claiming to defend the Islamlic religion have, for many people, raised once again the question of whether Islam […]

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When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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David Schanzer: France’s Steps Against Terror

David Schanzer: France’s Steps Against Terror

[ 0 ] January 15, 2015 |

by DAVID SCHANZER for THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on JANUARY 14, 2015:  French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ declaration that France is at war “against terrorism, against jihadism, [and] against radical Islam” will not have much practical impact on the battle against extremist ideologies. The distinguishing feature of war is the legal use of lethal force against […]

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WATCH: All About That Paste (parody)

WATCH: All About That Paste (parody)

[ 0 ] December 19, 2014 |

via REMY on NOVEMBER 26, 2014:  Fans of authentic hummus know what it’s REALLY all about (hint: it’s not bass…) Hope you enjoyed this parody!  Thank you for all your support! Please keep in touch! http://www.twitter.com/goremy https://www.facebook.com/pages/GoRemy… Original song by Megan Trainor.  Parody lyrics by Remy.  Music tracks and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom. LYRICS: […]

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WATCH: Moazzam Begg on the CIA Torture Report and the Outsourcing of Torture to Arab States

WATCH: Moazzam Begg on the CIA Torture Report and the Outsourcing of Torture to Arab States

[ 0 ] December 11, 2014 |

Following on from a damning report on “harsh interrogation techniques” used by the CIA, CAGE’s Moazzam Begg, talks to Sky News Tonight about his experiences of torture at the facility. by TOM FINN for MIDDLE EAST EYE on DECEMBER 10, 2014:  On Tuesday Mozzam Begg, a British Pakistani citizen and former Guantanamo bay detainee, was […]

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Tarek Osman: Imagining a New Arab Order

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

by TAREK OSMAN for CAIRO REVIEW on DECEMBER 3, 2014: The Arab World is witnessing ideological, sectarian, and ethnic conflicts. The region has not experienced such polarizations in at least a century. As governments are no longer serving as arbiters among competing interest groups, the state has lost legitimacy. Violence is on the rise across […]

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WATCH: Stephen Kinzer and Joshua Landis on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East –Just Stay Out?

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

“Middle Eastern societies finally need a chance to try and resolve their own problems. These countries are facing serious kinds of conflicts but conflict has produced all kinds of civilizations. War produced the United States. Religion kept Europe in the Dark Ages for a thousand years. Out of that came the Enlightenment. You cannot reshape these […]

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WATCH: Iraq in the Balance

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

via CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES on NOVEMBER 25, 2014:  To understand questions about Iraq’s future, we have to understand its past. Watch “Iraq in the Balance,” a production of the CSIS Middle East Program and CSIS Brzezinski Institute. Narrated by Director of the Middle East Program and Senior VP of the Zbigniew Brzezinski […]

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Geopolitics of Kurdish Peace (by Serhun Al)

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

Although Kobani has spurred a KRG-PYD strategic rapprochement, Kurdish unity across borders remains elusive. by SERHUN AL for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE (SADA) on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  When Syria’s Kurdish town of Kobani—a border town between Syria and Turkey—became a target of the Islamic State (IS), Kurds across the region reacted with a new collective […]

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UAE Blacklists 82 Groups as “Terrorist”, including US Muslim Civil Rights & Advocacy Org. CAIR

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  What constitutes a terrorist organization? A wide-ranging list of 82 groups, named as “terrorist,” has been named by the United Arab Emirates. The breadth of the list — which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the UK-based Cordoba Foundation and the Council on […]

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