Tag: Lebanon

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

[ 0 ] July 27, 2014 |

JULY 28, 2014:  Eid Mubarak from ISLAMiCommentary and the Duke Islamic Studies Center!  The Muslim community in America and around the world have been observing the month-long fast of Ramadan. The end of Ramadan is being marked at this time by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking. Related Statement by the President […]

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PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

[ 0 ] July 6, 2014 |

Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East:  Negative Opinions of al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah Widespread via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JULY 1, 2014:  EXCERPT:  As well-publicized bouts of violence, from civil war to suicide bombings, plague the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, concern about Islamic extremism is high […]

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A ‘Rare’ Arab Intellectual: Fouad Ajami (1945-2014)

A ‘Rare’ Arab Intellectual: Fouad Ajami (1945-2014)

[ 0 ] June 24, 2014 |

by JOSEPH A KECHICHIAN for AL JAZEERA on JUNE 24, 2014:  Bernard Lewis, the British-American historian who fancied such terms as “Islamofascism” and “Crisis of Islam” and who often wondered what went wrong with the Arabs, once described Fouad Ajami as “both a Shiite from South Lebanon and an American political scientist”. Ajami was much more […]

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Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JUNE 18, 2014:  As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. Moreover, ratings for Iran in several Middle Eastern nations have declined significantly […]

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Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary from JUNE 12-23, 2014:  Here is a compilation of expert voices/analysis on Iraq politics, security, and the ISIS offensive : Iraq on the Brink (by Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog, June 23, 2014) EXCERPT: The United States, in cooperation with Iran, the Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Sunni tribal leaders, and […]

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Pew: Mounting Regional Opposition to Aiding Syrian Rebels

Pew: Mounting Regional Opposition to Aiding Syrian Rebels

[ 1 ] June 18, 2014 |

via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT, on JUNE 16, 2014:

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World Bank Head Praises Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan

[ 0 ] June 4, 2014 |

via AL ARABIYA on JUNE 1, 2014:  World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, in a special (videotaped) interview with Al Arabiya’s Washington, DC bureau chief Hisham Melhem, discussed the objective of his planned visit to several Arab states, ways the Bank can help ease the Syrian refugee crisis and methods of increasing participation of […]

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With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

[ 0 ] May 28, 2014 |

  by LUCAS VAN ROMPAY for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 20, 2014 *updated May 28: In an unusual demonstration of resolve and courage, the newly elected patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, has decided to maintain the headquarters of his church in Syria, rather than transferring them to Lebanon as many expected. […]

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Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

[ 0 ] May 15, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for THE CAIRO REVIEW OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS on MAY 14, 2014:  In 2011, the Arab world was in the early months of popular revolutions, uprisings, and various kinds of enhanced citizen activism that had clearly ushered in a historic era of national transformation across the region. There were no obvious indications then […]

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Northwestern University in Qatar Study: Role of Internet and Social Media in MENA

[ 0 ] May 13, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, via NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY IN QATAR, 2013:  Forward to *Media Use in the Middle East Survey by Northwestern University in Qatar in Association with Harris Interactive, by Everette E. Dennis, CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar:  Continuous focus on the conflicts and controversies of the Middle East affords little attention to […]

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