Tag: Saudi Arabia

Yemen: US Bombs Used in Deadliest Market Strike (HRW REPORT)

[ 0 ] April 8, 2016 |

(VIDEO: Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes using United States-supplied bombs killed at least 97 civilians, including 25 children, in northwestern Yemen on March 15, 2016. The two strikes, on a crowded market in the village of Mastaba that may have also killed about 10 Houthi fighters, caused indiscriminate or foreseeably disproportionate loss of civilian life, in […]

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The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

[ 0 ] March 30, 2016 |

by ALI OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 30, 2016:  In March 2016 Payam Feili, a young Iranian poet, took refuge in Israel because he faced persecution in his home country for being openly gay. Feili’s situation is not unique for many LGBTQ individuals in the Middle East. Homosexuality is a crime in nearly two dozen […]

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LISTEN: Kishwar Rizvi on “The Transnational Mosque” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] February 22, 2016 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on FEBRUARY 8, 2016:  In her excellent new book The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East (UNC Press, 2015), Kishwar Rizvi, Associate Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, interrogates the interaction of history, memory, and architecture by exploring […]

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WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] February 18, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 18, 2016:  In November I had a chance to sit down with policy analyst, journalist, and scholar Raza Rumi at the ISLAMiCommentary office of the Duke Islamic Studies Center and speak to him about countering violent extremism in the Middle East and in Pakistan, and the plight of […]

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Crossing Lines: Dress Codes and Gender Non-Conformity in the Middle East

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

by BRIAN WHITAKER for AL-BAB (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 8, 2016: While there is much debate about the rights of women in the Middle East and the rights of gay and lesbian people have also begun to attract some attention, consideration of transgender rights is long overdue. In a region where gender segregation is widespread and […]

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Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 25, 2016: A frequently met-with Western political and often journalistic narrative of the 2011 youth revolts in the Arab world is that idealistic young people came out into the streets and managed to overthrow four dictators, but then the essential Arab nature (violent, fanatical, tribal and sectarian) […]

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No Happy New Year for Yemen (by Daniel Varisco)

No Happy New Year for Yemen (by Daniel Varisco)

[ 0 ] January 10, 2016 |

by DANIEL MARTIN VARISCO for MENA TIDNINGEN on JANUARY 1, 2016:  It is now ten months since a Saudi-led coalition began a daily bombardment of Yemen, its poor neighbor to the south. Literally thousands of air raids have been conducted, thousands of civilians have been killed, tens of thousands wounded and it seems as though […]

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Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict (by Omid Safi)

Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2016 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JANUARY 7, 2016:  EXCERPT: There are many political scientists and public policy pundits that you can turn to for grasping the geopolitics of the situation. You can listen to Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with NPR’s Renee Montaigne, and on PRI’s The […]

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Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 1, 2016:  My own feeling is that the US engagement with the Middle East is likely to remain so intense only for another two decades or so. As fossil fuels are replaced with renewables, the outsized role that the oil Gulf plays in world affairs will decline. […]

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Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

The dark, sick heart of 2015 is the narrowing space across the entire Middle East for citizens to express themselves freely on issues that matter to them and their families. by RAMI KHOURI for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 2, 2016:  I have always been dubious about looking back at the past year and coming up […]

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