Tag: Saudi Arabia

Can Moroccan Government Purge Extremism From Islam? (via US News & World Report)

Can Moroccan Government Purge Extremism From Islam? (via US News & World Report)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

The African nation of Morocco is fighting ISIS and the Houthis abroad while trying to brand a counterinsurgency plan at home. “(Duke University political science professor) Abdeslam Maghraoui considers Morocco’s attempts to reform domestic religion against extremism as inherently flawed: Terrorists rarely operate openly in public mosques like those Morocco is trying to regulate, and […]

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HRW on International Legal Obligations of the Parties to Yemen’s Conflict

[ 0 ] April 8, 2015 |

by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on APRIL 7, 2015:  (Beirut) –Human Rights Watch today released a question-and-answer document on the international legal obligations of the parties to Yemen’s conflict. The armed conflict in Yemen, which escalated on March 26, 2015, has already cost hundreds of civilian lives. “The fighting in Yemen involves an array of national […]

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Experts Weigh in (part 1) : How Does ISIS Approach Islamic Scripture?

[ 0 ] April 8, 2015 |

by WILL MCCANTS for BROOKINGS INSTITUTION (MARKAZ BLOG) on MARCH 24, 2015:  Will McCants: One of the reasons Graeme Wood’s controversial article on the Islamic State in The Atlantic stirred controversy is his statement that “the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic.” Graeme was careful to explain what he meant, but the phrase left the impression […]

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Yemen at War (ICG Report)

Yemen at War (ICG Report)

[ 0 ] March 28, 2015 |

“Yemen is being torn asunder: between Huthis in the north and an anti-Huthi coalition, strongest in the south; in the south, between separatists and a rising violent jihadi fringe; and from outside, by the increasing engagement of regional powers like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Proxy conflict, sectarian violence, militia rule and state collapse are a […]

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Q&A:Yemen: ‘This is Not a Sectarian War’ (via Al Jazeera)

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

Fatima Alsmadi, Al Jazeera Studies Centre’s Iran specialist, discusses the impact of the Yemen war on the nuclear talks. via AL JAZEERA ENGLISH on MARCH 26, 2015:  The Saudi Arabia-led military campaign against the Houthis in Yemen has raised questions over the pretext for the intervention and Iran’s role in the conflict. Al Jazeera spoke […]

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Yemen Bombing: It’s not ISIL and it’s not Sunni-Shiite Conflict

Yemen Bombing: It’s not ISIL and it’s not Sunni-Shiite Conflict

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

“When religion is deployed for political purposes and there is no separation of religion and state, religion acts like a political movement and throws up political opposition. Where politics is violent, so is religious politics. Countries were there is a separation of religion and state have much less religious violence, because there is no point in […]

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“Lives in Common”: Menachem Klein on his Latest Book & Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine

“Lives in Common”: Menachem Klein on his Latest Book & Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine

[ 0 ] March 16, 2015 |

“Only few Israelis and Palestinians see their counterparts as equal human beings with the same collective and individual rights. The Israeli elections may bring new political leadership, but this leadership should introduce this missing perspective, not follow the right wing governments in seeing the Palestinians and other Arab – Muslim societies as an existential threat […]

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WATCH: A Special 50th Anniv. Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X

WATCH: A Special 50th Anniv. Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  Today’s featured video is a live stream recording of a conference on Malcolm X held on February 21, 2015 in New York titled “A Special 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X.” Below is the poster describing the event, speakers, and sponsors.

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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Limitless Ambitions of Yemen’s Houthis (by Nabeel Khoury for Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 29, 2015 |

by NABEEL KHOURY for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 29, 2015:  The first of the Houthi wars started, in 2004, while I was the chargé at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. John Abizaid, then the general running U.S. Central Command, came to visit. On the ride to the presidential palace, to meet the former president of Yemen, […]

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