Tag: Russia

Who are Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and What did We Do to them? (Juan Cole)

Who are Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and What did We Do to them? (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 18, 2014:  The two great branches of Islam coexist in Iraq across linguistic and ethnic groups. There are Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs, Sunni Kurds and (a tiny minority of) Shiite Kurds. Arabs are a linguistic group, speaking a Semitic language. Kurds speak and Indo-European language related […]

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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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Shaping Things to Come: America’s Role

[ 0 ] May 2, 2014 |

by SIMON SERFATY for THE NATIONAL INTEREST on APRIL 30, 2014:  RAYMOND ARON CALLED THE TWENTIETH CENTURY “the century of total war,” and so it was, arguably the worst ever, exceeding even the devastation created by the Thirty Years’ War. As many as 175 million people were deliberately killed, whether in combat or in cold […]

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The Art(s) of Revolution in the Middle East

The Art(s) of Revolution in the Middle East

[ 0 ] April 28, 2014 |

by MIRIAM COOKE, ERDAĞ GÖKNAR, CLAUDIA KOONZ, BRUCE LAWRENCE, and WALTER MIGNOLO for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on APRIL 23, 2014: This revolution is a beginning Like a migration, like a birth This revolution is a bismillah, Come on, finish the aya, See how it improves on every reading How each verse runs to the next […]

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Report: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire

[ 0 ] April 22, 2014 |

by THOMAS CAROTHERS and SASKIA BRECHENMACHER for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE, FEBRUARY 2014:   REPORT “Closing Space: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire” SUMMARY EXCERPT) After seeing its reach increase for decades, international support for democracy and human rights now faces a serious challenge: more and more governments are erecting legal and logistical barriers to […]

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Martha Brill Olcott: After Crimea — Will Kazakhstan Be Next

Martha Brill Olcott: After Crimea — Will Kazakhstan Be Next

[ 0 ] March 6, 2014 |

by MARTHA BRILL OLCOTT for LA VANGUARDIA/CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE  on MARCH 5, 2014:   *original title: After Crimea: Will Kazakhstan be Next in Putin’s Reintegration If unchecked, Russia’s seizure of key objects in Crimea will be the first step in changing the map of Eurasia. Vladimir Putin’s assertion of a need to use […]

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Oxana Shevel: Who are the Crimean Tatars, and Why are They Important?

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014 |

by OXANA SHEVEL for THE MONKEY CAGE on MARCH 1, 2014:  All eyes are on Crimea, in Ukraine, where unidentified armed men have taken over local government buildings in the regional capital, Simferopol, hoisting Russian flags on the roofs and the Russian military has taken blocked two airports and the Ukrainian coast guard’s base, as well […]

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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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Ukraine’s Muslims: Where Do They Stand on the Crisis?

[ 0 ] February 26, 2014 |

by PAUL CROMPTON for AL ARABIYA NEWS on FEBRUARY 26, 2014:  For Ukraine’s Muslims, the ongoing political crisis should not directly affect their 500,000 member community, according to the country’s grand mufti. However, according to observers, a Russia-leaning swing in politics could be “totally suicidal” for Ukrainian Muslims. The crisis in Ukraine, which reflects the […]

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Russia’s Influence in Syria: The Million Ruble Question (Aron Lund)

Russia’s Influence in Syria: The Million Ruble Question (Aron Lund)

[ 0 ] February 10, 2014 |

by ARON LUND for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on FEBRUARY 7, 2014:  When the governments of the United States and Russia began planning for the Geneva II conference on peace in Syria, a simple division of labor was drawn up. The United States would be responsible for bringing the opposition to the table and making it sign […]

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