Tag: Obama

Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

“Religious violence is, firstly, violence sponsored or performed by individuals or groups who self-define and are identified by those around them as religious. Secondly, these actors account for their violence in a religious language, invoking religious symbols and referencing religious norms and values.”– Gideon Aran by GIDEON ARAN for CONTENDING MODERNITIES (blog at University of […]

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John Jeffries Martin: Abolition of Torture is a Centuries-Old Struggle

John Jeffries Martin: Abolition of Torture is a Centuries-Old Struggle

[ 0 ] December 11, 2014 |

by JOHN JEFFRIES MARTIN for PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on DECEMBER 11, 2014:  The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program this week quickly stirred up a white-hot debate on the use of torture to extract information from our enemies. And though there is great passion on both sides, this is not a […]

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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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WATCH: Former Bush (43) Nat. Sec. Advisor Hadley on World’s Challenges

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

Julie Schoonmaker reports on a talk by President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, before about 200 people Tuesday night. by JULIE SCHOONMAKER for DUKE TODAY on DECEMBER 3, 2014:  Hadley discussed current challenges facing the Obama Administration from China to the Middle East. He also reviewed what he considered to be the […]

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WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

[ 0 ] October 30, 2014 |

via FRONTLINE (PBS) on OCTOBER 28, 2014:  Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY HERE  

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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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Scholars & Activists Asked Obama Not to Meet With al-Sisi Last Week

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 30, 2014:  President Obama meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on September 27 when the leaders were both in NY for the 69th UN General Assembly. In remarks before their meeting President Obama said “the U.S.-Egyptian relationship has been an important cornerstone of our […]

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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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‘Airstrikes Will Erode ISIS Firepower’ But Will Ground Forces Be Needed?

‘Airstrikes Will Erode ISIS Firepower’ But Will Ground Forces Be Needed?

[ 0 ] September 23, 2014 |

compiled (from news tip) by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014:  The United States military and Arab allies began airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria early this morning. President Obama said the strikes “make clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone.” Duke legal expert and former Air Force major general Charlie […]

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WATCH: Bruce Jentleson Explains Obama’s ISIS Strategy

WATCH: Bruce Jentleson Explains Obama’s ISIS Strategy

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 18, 2014:  What is Obama’s strategy for combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria? How successful has the U.S. administration been in forming a global coalition to counter the growing ISIS threat to the region? Bruce Jentleson, Professor of Public Policy at Duke University and a Wilson […]

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