Tag: Obama

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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It’s Not You, American Muslims, It’s Me (Haroon Moghul)

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014 |

by HAROON MOGHUL for ISLAMIC MONTHLY on JULY 19, 2014:  President Obama has one shot left at a foreign policy milestone. Things haven’t otherwise been going his way. Something beyond pretty speeches and decisions he cannot justly claim responsibility for, like withdrawing from Iraq. And that something is Iran. If Obama can get a deal, […]

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U.S. Muslims Most Approving of Obama, Mormons Least

U.S. Muslims Most Approving of Obama, Mormons Least

[ 0 ] July 14, 2014 |

Relative rank order of religious groups stable throughout his presidency by JEFFREY M. JONES for GALLUP POLITICS on JULY 11, 2014:  PRINCETON, NJ — Seventy-two percent of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014, higher than any other U.S. religious group Gallup […]

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The Perils of American Muslim Politics (Abdullah Al-Arian and Hafsa Kanjwal)

[ 0 ] July 11, 2014 |

by ABDULLAH AL-ARIAN and HAFSA KANJWAL for JADALIYYA on JULY 10, 2014:  This Ramadan, many American Muslim leaders are anxiously awaiting to hear whether they have made the cut for the annual White House Iftar. An invitation to this iftar, as with similar events the State Department and the Pentagon hold, serves to symbolize recognition in the halls of American power […]

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Academics and Diplomats Call for US to Suspend Non-Humanitarian Aid to Egypt; Demand Release of Political Detainees

Academics and Diplomats Call for US to Suspend Non-Humanitarian Aid to Egypt; Demand Release of Political Detainees

[ 0 ] June 20, 2014 |

via JADALIYYA on JUNE 19, 2014:  In an unprecedented statement, over forty senior academics and career diplomats including more than a dozen former presidents of the most important professional association for scholars of the Arab and larger Muslim world, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), have signed a letter to US President Obama and Secretary […]

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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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WATCH: President Obama at Westpoint Commencement — “America Must Lead”

[ 1 ] May 29, 2014 |

via WHITEHOUSE.GOV/YOUTUBE on MAY 28, 2014:  President Obama traveled to West Point to congratulate the newest officers in the United States Army and to reflect on America’s foreign policy agenda. Related: See and listen also to comments on the speech by Duke University Political Science and Public Policy Professor Bruce Jentleson News Tip: Obamas Foreign […]

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When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Elections

When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Elections

[ 2 ] May 21, 2014 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 21, 2014: After weeks-long elections in India, the Hindu nationalist BJP party, with Narendra Modi as prime-minister elect, has emerged as the overwhelming victor in a hotly contested campaign. The election results were both an affirmation of the BJP’s policies and ideologies and a resounding defeat for the […]

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David Schanzer: 9/11 Museum Should Not Conflate Islam and Terrorism

David Schanzer: 9/11 Museum Should Not Conflate Islam and Terrorism

[ 7 ] May 20, 2014 |

by DAVID SCHANZER for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 15, 2014 *Updated May 21, 2014: At the dedication ceremony for the National 9/11 Memorial Museum last week, President Obama properly called the museum “a sacred place of healing and of hope.” But as the museum opens to the public today, controversy over the language used in its seven-minute […]

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The Pursuit of Middle East Peace: A Status Report by Martin Indyk

The Pursuit of Middle East Peace: A Status Report by Martin Indyk

[ 0 ] May 14, 2014 |

“It is easier for the Palestinians to sign conventions and appeal to international bodies in their supposed pursuit of “justice” and their “rights,” a process which by definition requires no compromise. It is easier for Israeli politicians to avoid tension in the governing coalition and for the Israe- li people to maintain the current comfortable […]

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