Tag: Syria

Lebanon’s Resilience under the Weight of Syria’s War (ICG)

[ 0 ] June 25, 2015 |

Lebanon and Syria have always been closely intertwined, from the days when they were both provinces of the Ottoman Empire, to a shared experience of French colonial rule, to the 1975-1990 civil war and post-war period during which Syria claimed a big brother role. Lebanon Senior Analyst Sahar Atrache discusses how Lebanon remains resilient in […]

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REPORT: The Global Refugee Crisis — A Conspiracy of Neglect (Amnesty International)

[ 0 ] June 18, 2015 |

via AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (PUBLISHED BY THE GUARDIAN) on JUNE 2015:  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In the past two years, the world has witnessed a growing refugee crisis. In 2013, for the first time since World War II, the number of those forcibly displaced from their homes exceeded 50 million. Millions more have since been displaced as a […]

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WATCH: ISIS & the Middle East Generational Shift  (interview with Juan Cole)

WATCH: ISIS & the Middle East Generational Shift (interview with Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] June 15, 2015 |

by ELLIOT HILL for TheLipTV on JUNE 10, 2015:  Millennials in the Middle East are forming a clear generational gap between themselves and their elders, with the digital revolution effecting a sweeping advance of secularization. With majority populations under the age of 30, many countries are seeing a wide gulf between their social media savvy […]

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WATCH: Keith Watenpaugh Presents His Research on “Syria’s Lost Generation”

WATCH: Keith Watenpaugh Presents His Research on “Syria’s Lost Generation”

[ 0 ] June 1, 2015 |

“The role of highly-skilled and educated young people in vulnerable communities is not often the focus of established humanitarian policies and programs. This neglect persists despite the fact that the stability of the Middle East-North Africa region, as well as the rebuilding of post-conflict Syria, depends on maintaining the human and intellectual capital these young […]

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No-go: When Sanctions Stifle Scholarly Pursuit (via EducationDIVE)

No-go: When Sanctions Stifle Scholarly Pursuit (via EducationDIVE)

[ 0 ] May 27, 2015 |

Academic research across borders faces hurdles when it comes to Iran, Syria, Sudan, and Cuba by Tara García Mathewson for EducationDIVE on MAY 26, 2015:  The United States names only four countries on its State Sponsors of Terrorism List — Iran, Syria, Sudan, and Cuba, though the latter is expected to come off that list in the coming weeks. […]

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LISTEN: How Jihadis Recruit in America (Schanzer, Greenberg, Levin on MPR)

LISTEN: How Jihadis Recruit in America (Schanzer, Greenberg, Levin on MPR)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO/MRP NEWS WITH KERRI MILLER on APRIL 22, 2015:  On Sunday, six men were arrested in Minnesota and California on federal terrorism charges. They are accused of conspiring to travel to join ISIS in Syria–and the arrests are the result of a lengthy FBI surveillance […]

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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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Syrian Writer-in-Exile Nihad Sirees: “There are Signs We Failed as Intellectuals”

Syrian Writer-in-Exile Nihad Sirees: “There are Signs We Failed as Intellectuals”

[ 0 ] April 21, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 21, 2015: If he wants to, Nihad Sirees can go down to the restaurant near where he lives in Berlin, and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine. And, at the same time, not enjoy it. Images of war in his native Syria bombard his head and […]

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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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