Tag: Iraq

Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for AGENCE GLOBAL on OCTOBER 18, 2014:  NORMAN, Oklahoma — Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He said that the […]

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The Tunisian Exception (by L. Carl Brown)

[ 0 ] October 15, 2014 |

by L. CARL BROWN for INFORMED COMMENT on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  What has made Tunisia’s transition from authoritarian government, for all its ups and downs, more successful than those of its Arab neighbors? It will soon be four years since December 17, 2010 when Muhammad Bu Azizi from Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia immolated himself in […]

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Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (CMES CONVERSATIONS) on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, in conversation with Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, former president of the Syrian Studies […]

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Remembering the Muslim Heritage of Tolerance and Hybrid Civilization

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

by TAREQ RAMADAN for INFORMED COMMENT on OCTOBER 9, 2014:  Because the brutal behavior exhibited by members of IS have drearily captivated audiences around the world, Muslims in the West fear that their faith will be increasingly stereotyped and essentialized as one that is inherently violent and intolerant. Of course, the fallout may further feed […]

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Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] October 6, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on OCTOBER 6, 2014:  Where do we stand with respect to suffering? What do we have to say when hatred and violence finds a ready audience in global images, and love and tenderness are exiled to a private realm? What does it mean to be rooted in a prophetic […]

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WATCH: Can Iraq Survive?

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

via CHATHAM HOUSE and INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK TIMES on SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 *updated with Storify on September 26, 2014:  Overview In recent months, the Islamic State has made sweeping military advances and Baghdad has been paralyzed by political infighting. This discussion will focus on the viability of Iraqi state itself and the ethnosectarian tensions that seem […]

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Rouhani Calls For United Front Against ‘False’ Muslims Killing in Name of Islam

Rouhani Calls For United Front Against ‘False’ Muslims Killing in Name of Islam

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

“The pain is made greater when these terrorists spill blood in the name of religion and behead in the name of Islam…They seek to keep hidden this incontrovertible truth of history that on the basis of the teachings of all divine prophets, from Abraham and Moses and Jesus to Mohammed, taking the life of a […]

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Turkish President Erdogan Urges Support for Victims of Terrorism

Turkish President Erdogan Urges Support for Victims of Terrorism

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: 24 September 2014 – With more than 1.5 million refugees seeking refuge in Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan today called for international support to aid victims of terrorism, while also making a case for reform of the United Nations Security Council. Addressing the 69th high-level debate of the […]

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LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on America’s ISIS Strategy

LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on America’s ISIS Strategy

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 25, 2014:  In a brief interview with the Voice of Russia yesterday following President Obama’s address to the UN General Assembly, Duke University public policy and political science professor Bruce Jentleson assessed this week’s coalition airstrikes on ISIS, and discussed the diplomatic dimensions of working towards political […]

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WATCH: President Obama Addresses the United Nations General Assembly

WATCH: President Obama Addresses the United Nations General Assembly

[ 0 ] September 24, 2014 |

scroll through to about 39:00 which is when the speech begins via WHITEHOUSE.GOV on SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: President Obama addresses the UN General Assembly (above) READ TRANSCRIPT  — RELATED Addressing UN Assembly, US President urges cooperation to combat extremism, renew multilateral system (UN News Centre, September 24, 2014) 24 September 2014 – With the world […]

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