Tag: Obama

‘Bild & Bubbla’: A Conversation on Islam and Comics with Fredrik Strömberg

‘Bild & Bubbla’: A Conversation on Islam and Comics with Fredrik Strömberg

[ 0 ] April 21, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 21, 2014: “Comics & Dialogue” had the opportunity this month to speak with Swedish scholar Fredrik Strömberg; President of the Swedish Comics Association and editor of Bild & Bubbla (Scandinavia’s largest as well as the world’s second oldest magazine […]

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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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Tunisia: ‘Candle in the Dark’ That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

Tunisia: ‘Candle in the Dark’ That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

[ 0 ] March 7, 2014 |

by LARRY LUXNER for THE WASHINGTON DIPLOMAT , MARCH 2014:  Early this month, when Mohamed Ezzine Chelaifa visits the White House to present his credentials as Tunisia’s new envoy to the United States, President Obama might get the feeling it’s déjà vu all over again. After all, the country has now seen three ambassadors in Washington in the span of […]

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The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 3, 2014:  The Russian intervention in the Crimea is more direct and dramatic than the one in Syria, with actual troops deployed. But there are similarities. One of the little-noted rationales for Russian support for the Baath government in Damascus is that it is seen as more […]

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On ‘The Infidel’: Bringing Gray to a Black and White Fight

On ‘The Infidel’: Bringing Gray to a Black and White Fight

[ 6 ] February 24, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels  by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 24, 2014:  The debut of the new Ms. Marvel comic book this month featuring a Pakistani American teenage Muslim super heroine has been praised by many but not all; certainly not graphic novelist Bosch Fawstin. On February 9, 2014, Fawstin […]

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Haroon Moghul: Want to defeat al-Qaeda? Start with Tunisia

[ 0 ] February 6, 2014 |

“Tunisia is the most important country in the Arab world right now. Period. It is the most courageous, the most forward-looking, the most promising.” by HAROON MOGHUL for AL ARABIYA NEWS on JANUARY 30, 2014:  President Obama’s State of the Union speech devoted precious little time to the Middle East, the Arab Spring, or the Muslim […]

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Robert Kaplan: The Meaning of Iran

[ 0 ] January 31, 2014 |

by ROBERT KAPLAN for STRATFOR on JANUARY 29, 2014:  The nuclear talks with Iran have two meanings. For those highly skeptical of the process the talks are, or should be, about nuclear weapons — and about preventing Iran from obtaining them. For the Obama administration, which is committed to the process, the nuclear issue is […]

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David Schanzer and Ray McGovern on Obama’s NSA Domestic Surveillance Reform Plans

[ 0 ] January 23, 2014 |

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the NSA?  by ALEX GRANADOS for WUNC’S THE STATE OF THINGS on JANUARY 23, 2014: When ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed how the National Security Agency collected data on Americans, the uproar was deafening. Last week, in response to the outrage, President Barack Obama announced plans for some reforms […]

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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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Shalom Goldman: Christian Zionism’s Mideast Delegation

Shalom Goldman: Christian Zionism’s Mideast Delegation

[ 0 ] December 28, 2013 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN in ISRAEL, for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 28, 2013: Just before Christmas, GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (Texas) wrapped up a largely secretive week-long congressional delegation or CODEL trip that included stops in Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, and Israel. While there didn’t appear to be any public announcements […]

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