Tag: Lebanon

Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 11, 2014:  Joel S. Migdal is one of America’s leading scholars on the Middle East, and his scholarship is on display in his new book, Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2014).  Shifting Sands is an […]

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Francesca de Châtel: The Role of Drought and Climate Change in the Syrian Uprising

Francesca de Châtel: The Role of Drought and Climate Change in the Syrian Uprising

[ 0 ] January 31, 2014 |

by Francesca de Châtel for MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES (2014) on JANUARY 27, 2014:  EXCERPT FROM “The Role of Drought and Climate Change in the Syrian Uprising: Untangling the Triggers of the Revolution”:  I will argue that it was not the drought per se, but rather the government’s failure to respond to the ensuing humanitarian crisis that formed […]

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Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

[ 0 ] January 23, 2014 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for AL JAZEERA AMERICA on JANUARY 23, 2014:  His army is stronger, his allies are more committed and regime’s capacity for brutality has kept it in charge. As representatives of Syria’s Assad regime and some of its opponents sit down Wednesday for their first direct negotiations since the Syrian rebellion began nearly three years […]

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Pew: How People in Muslim Countries Prefer Women to Dress in Public

Pew: How People in Muslim Countries Prefer Women to Dress in Public

[ 0 ] January 15, 2014 |

by JACOB POUSHTER for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on JANUARY 8, 2014:  An important issue in the Muslim world is how women should dress in public. A recent survey from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research conducted in seven Muslim-majority countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey), finds that most people prefer that a woman completely cover […]

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Pew: The 9 countries Most Likely to Disapprove of Marital Infidelity All Muslim-Majority

[ 0 ] January 15, 2014 |

“Across the countries polled, a median of 79% consider infidelity unacceptable, including an overwhelming 84% of Americans. This belief is especially widespread in predominantly Muslim nations – nine-in-ten or more hold this view in the Palestinian territories, Turkey, Indonesia, Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Tunisia.” by RICHARD WIKE for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on JANUARY […]

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Father Sarrouj’s Bookshop and the Death of Ideas in Tripoli

Father Sarrouj’s Bookshop and the Death of Ideas in Tripoli

[ 0 ] January 14, 2014 |

by MAZEN EL MAKKOUK for MUNĀSABĀT and ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 13 , 2014:  I was a regular customer at Father Ibrahim Sarrouj’s bookshop in Tripoli, Lebanon. As an avid young reader of modest means, I was familiar with almost every permanent and itinerant seller of used books in Tripoli and Beirut. Not only were their […]

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Jeffrey Goldberg: Ariel Sharon Never Changed (Bloomberg)

Jeffrey Goldberg: Ariel Sharon Never Changed (Bloomberg)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2014 |

by JEFFREY GOLDBERG for BLOOMBERG on JANUARY 11, 2014:  Shortly after the eruption of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000 — an uprising allegedly, though not actually, triggered by an infamous Ariel Sharon walkabout atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem — I was visiting Sharon’s ranch in southern Israel for the harvest holiday of Sukkot. […]

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US State Department’s Anne C. Richard Testifies on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

[ 0 ] January 9, 2014 |

via US DEPARTMENT OF STATE on JANUARY 7, 2014: (transcript) Testimony of Anne C. Richard: Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Statement Submitted for the Record to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, Washington, DC – January 7, 2014 The Syrian Refugee Crisis Chairman […]

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Elias Muhanna: A Levantine Dystopia (Qifa Nabki)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2014 |

by ELIAS MUHANNA for QIFA NABKI on JANUARY 3, 2014:  Yesterday (Jan. 2) , following the suicide bombing in Haret Hreik, Hizbullah’s deputy secretary-general Naim Qassem warned that Lebanon was on “the road to ruin”. Such statements have become just as routine as the security incidents that prompt them. Political figures and newspaper columnists tell us daily that […]

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Juan Cole — Top Ten Middle East Stories 2013: How the Region has Changed

Juan Cole — Top Ten Middle East Stories 2013: How the Region has Changed

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on DECEMBER 31, 2013:  10. Tunisia suffered the assassination of two leftist politicians, provoking demonstrations bigger than the ones that brought down the government of dictator Zine El Abidin Ben Ali in 2011. The second of these assassinations, this summer, provoked students, youth activists and the major national labor union to […]

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