Tag: Syria

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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David Schanzer: France’s Steps Against Terror

David Schanzer: France’s Steps Against Terror

[ 0 ] January 15, 2015 |

by DAVID SCHANZER for THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on JANUARY 14, 2015:  French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ declaration that France is at war “against terrorism, against jihadism, [and] against radical Islam” will not have much practical impact on the battle against extremist ideologies. The distinguishing feature of war is the legal use of lethal force against […]

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WATCH: Moazzam Begg on the CIA Torture Report and the Outsourcing of Torture to Arab States

WATCH: Moazzam Begg on the CIA Torture Report and the Outsourcing of Torture to Arab States

[ 0 ] December 11, 2014 |

Following on from a damning report on “harsh interrogation techniques” used by the CIA, CAGE’s Moazzam Begg, talks to Sky News Tonight about his experiences of torture at the facility. by TOM FINN for MIDDLE EAST EYE on DECEMBER 10, 2014:  On Tuesday Mozzam Begg, a British Pakistani citizen and former Guantanamo bay detainee, was […]

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Tarek Osman: Imagining a New Arab Order

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

by TAREK OSMAN for CAIRO REVIEW on DECEMBER 3, 2014: The Arab World is witnessing ideological, sectarian, and ethnic conflicts. The region has not experienced such polarizations in at least a century. As governments are no longer serving as arbiters among competing interest groups, the state has lost legitimacy. Violence is on the rise across […]

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WATCH: Stephen Kinzer and Joshua Landis on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East –Just Stay Out?

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

“Middle Eastern societies finally need a chance to try and resolve their own problems. These countries are facing serious kinds of conflicts but conflict has produced all kinds of civilizations. War produced the United States. Religion kept Europe in the Dark Ages for a thousand years. Out of that came the Enlightenment. You cannot reshape these […]

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Ongoing Safety and Security Concerns in Lebanon (latest US State Dept. Travel Warning)

Ongoing Safety and Security Concerns in Lebanon (latest US State Dept. Travel Warning)

[ 0 ] November 26, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary Editor’s Note: I don’t usually re-post or excerpt travel warnings, but this one for Lebanon, posted today at The  Bureau of Consular Affairs website, Travel.State.Gov, but thought it worth posting here as Lebanon has been kind of off the news radar . This warning is extensive and includes quite a bit of background on the US […]

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Geopolitics of Kurdish Peace (by Serhun Al)

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

Although Kobani has spurred a KRG-PYD strategic rapprochement, Kurdish unity across borders remains elusive. by SERHUN AL for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE (SADA) on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  When Syria’s Kurdish town of Kobani—a border town between Syria and Turkey—became a target of the Islamic State (IS), Kurds across the region reacted with a new collective […]

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UAE Blacklists 82 Groups as “Terrorist”, including US Muslim Civil Rights & Advocacy Org. CAIR

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  What constitutes a terrorist organization? A wide-ranging list of 82 groups, named as “terrorist,” has been named by the United Arab Emirates. The breadth of the list — which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the UK-based Cordoba Foundation and the Council on […]

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Juan Cole Breaks Down New Terrorism Survey (Americans 64 Times More Likely to be Murdered than Die in Terrorism)

Juan Cole Breaks Down New Terrorism Survey (Americans 64 Times More Likely to be Murdered than Die in Terrorism)

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  The Institute for Economics and Peace in the UK has released a report on terrorism in 2013, which it maintains was substantially up. There are virtues of the study. It shows that 80% of the victims of terrorism in the past year are Muslims living […]

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WATCH: In Damascus (a short film by Waref Abu Quba)

[ 0 ] November 2, 2014 |

by WAREF ABU QUBA on VIMEO on OCTOBER 31, 2014:  أكثر من ثلاث سنوات مرّت منذ انطلاق الفكرة إلى هذه اللحظة. كان هذا المشروع رفيقي في الغربة, لقد كان بمثابة العدو والصديق بالنسبة لي فأحيانا اشتاق للعمل عليه فامضي الساعات هناك وأحيانا أكرهه لدرجة تركه بالشهور. بعد أكثر من شهرين من العمل المكثف, ولله الحمد, انتهيت من […]

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