Tag: Syria

Manslaughter in the Mediterranean: Who are The Migrant Victims?

Manslaughter in the Mediterranean: Who are The Migrant Victims?

[ 0 ] April 21, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 21, 2015:  Italian authorities said today that the captain of a migrant boat and his deputy have been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling — with as many as 800 feared dead when a ship loaded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday night. […]

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Adm. Mike Mullen (via Politico): Why I Like The Iran Deal (Sort Of)

[ 0 ] April 17, 2015 |

by ADM. MIKE MULLEN (RET) for POLITICO on APRIL 16, 2015:  The nuclear agreement between the international community and Iran already stands as a remarkable if incomplete achievement. As in all such deals, the devil surely lies in its details and in implementation. I like the phrase “Distrust but Verify.” And yet the real significance […]

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Events Mark Middle East Refugees Awareness Week at Duke and UNC

Events Mark Middle East Refugees Awareness Week at Duke and UNC

[ 0 ] March 30, 2015 |

Interview with Laila El-Haddad, co-author of The Gaza Kitchen, a cookbook celebrating the life and recipes of a remarkable Palestinian people living under harsh political oppression in the Gaza Strip. El-Haddad will be giving a talk at Duke on April 10. Read below for more information on this and other events going on at Duke University […]

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Iran’s Role in the Battle to Take Back Tikrit from ISIS (a compilation)

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 12, 2014 *updated with more on MARCH 15, 2015 : It’s worth drawing attention to two interesting pieces in the past 24 hours on Iran’s role in the battle of the Iraqi army to take back Tikrit from ISIS: This from Time (magazine) about yesterday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on […]

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WATCH: The Syrian Art World After 2011– presented by miriam cooke

WATCH: The Syrian Art World After 2011– presented by miriam cooke

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER AT DUKE UNIVERSITY/YOUTUBE on MARCH 2, 2015:  Director of the Duke University Middle East Studies Center and Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures miriam Cooke gave a talk earlier this month on some of the artists working in Syria today. Above is a clip from the talk, which includes her descriptions of artwork […]

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What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by BRUCE LAWRENCE for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  (RNS) Less than six months ago, few outside the Middle East knew much about a group called ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State. It was not till mid-June that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself the caliph, and ISIS the territory he […]

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Growing Support for Campaign Against ISIS and Possible Use of U.S. Ground Troops (Pew)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

Shifting Views on How Best to Defeat Global Terrorism via PEW RESEARCH CENTER on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  The public has grown more supportive of the U.S. fight against ISIS, as about twice as many approve (63%) as disapprove (30%) of the military campaign against the Islamic militant group in Iraq and Syria. Last October, 57% […]

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Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by SAM HARDY for CONFLICT ANTIQUITIES (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 23, 2015:  It’s difficult to headline or even strapline the story of these events, but Turkey has extracted sarcophagi and other artefacts from a Turkish exclave that is surrounded by Islamic State-held Syrian territory, and apparently deliberately destroyed the mausoleum that housed the tombs. What, you might […]

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Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on FEBRUARY 17, 2015*Updated on February 24, 2015 w/new related pieces:  The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts. I keep seeing some assertions about it that strike me as exaggerated […]

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The Middle East and China (by Ambassador Chas Freeman for Lobelog)

[ 0 ] February 18, 2015 |

by CHAS W. FREEMAN for LOBELOG on FEBRUARY 17, 2015:  The Middle East is where Africa, Asia, and Europe come together and where the trade routes between China, India, and Europe converge. It has two-thirds of the world’s energy reserves. It is also the epicenter of this planet’s increasing religious strife. Relationships between this strategically […]

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