Tag: Syria

cooke, Goknar, Koonz, Lawrence and Mignolo: The Art(s) of Revolution

cooke, Goknar, Koonz, Lawrence and Mignolo: The Art(s) of Revolution

[ 0 ] April 23, 2014 |

by MIRIAM COOKE, ERDAĞ GÖKNAR, CLAUDIA KOONZ, BRUCE LAWRENCE, and WALTER MIGNOLO for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on APRIL 23, 2014: This revolution is a beginning Like a migration, like a birth This revolution is a bismillah, Come on, finish the aya, See how it improves on every reading How each verse runs to the next […]

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Duke Students Create Their Own “Arab Spring” Graffiti on Campus as Part of Class

Duke Students Create Their Own “Arab Spring” Graffiti on Campus as Part of Class

[ 0 ] April 18, 2014 |

by ElIZA WARNER and JOHN VILLA for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 19, 2014:  BY ELIZA WARNER: The graffiti I painted (above) at the east campus bridge was inspired by the events occurring in the Middle East since 2010. In “The Arab Spring” (PoliSci 222), a course covering the developing issues in the region taught by Duke […]

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Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

“The best thing is when you pass out, because then the pain stops.” – University student detained in Hama  via UN OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER ON HUMAN RIGHTS, APRIL 14, 2014:  INTRODUCTION: Victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment languish in official and makeshift detention facilities throughout the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria). […]

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The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |

As John Brennan, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, said in a public talk in March 2014, “Syria has a real army” that is “a large conventional military force with tremendous firepower.” It benefits significantly from Iranian and Russian advice and new training in urban warfare as well as from the infusion of non-Syrian combat manpower, […]

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Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 11, 2014:  Joel S. Migdal is one of America’s leading scholars on the Middle East, and his scholarship is on display in his new book, Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2014).  Shifting Sands is an […]

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An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

by ABDUL SATTAR JAWAD for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 7, 2014: For many observers, including scholars, the uprisings in the Arab world in 2011 — commonly referred to as the Arab Spring — came unexpectedly and soon entered the global vocabulary as a Middle Eastern movement for justice and equality. Major world media outlets championed the […]

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Omar Offendum Joins Duke MSA Students in “Slam for Syria”

Omar Offendum Joins Duke MSA Students in “Slam for Syria”

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

You are my … (Destiny) its hard livin in the West – when I know the East got the best of me … (Destiny) could be lookin in my eyes – but you’ll never really see the rest of me … (Destiny) can you hear me “maseeri” (my destiny)? … bi-lingual’s what im blessed to […]

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Pianist Malek Jandali on the Soft Power of Music and the Syrian Revolution

Pianist Malek Jandali on the Soft Power of Music and the Syrian Revolution

[ 0 ] March 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 30, 2014:    “After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is now one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child,” notes UNICEF in a new report. More than 10,000 children have been killed since the revolution began, and nearly 3 million have […]

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Benefit Concert for Syrian Children March 27 at Duke University

Benefit Concert for Syrian Children March 27 at Duke University

[ 0 ] March 25, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 19, 2014:  DURHAM, N.C. — Syrian-American composer and human rights activist Malek Jandali will perform a benefit concert to help the suffering children of Syria on Thursday, March 27, at Duke University.  “The Voice of the Free Syrian Children” concert, which is free and open to the […]

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Erdağ Göknar: The Theater of Conspiracy in the Run-up to Turkey’s Elections

Erdağ Göknar: The Theater of Conspiracy in the Run-up to Turkey’s Elections

[ 0 ] March 14, 2014 |

by Erdağ Göknar for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 13, 2014:  The novel Snow by Nobel-prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk exposes the logic of Middle Eastern nationalism. Not surprisingly, political conspiracy has a prominent role to play in it. Turkish realities and their ideologically colored representations are constantly switching places in the novel. As a result, it becomes harder […]

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