Tag: Syria

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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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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Has Syria Become a Failed State? WATCH BBC’s Jeremy Bowen Intvw. with Pres. Assad

Has Syria Become a Failed State? WATCH BBC’s Jeremy Bowen Intvw. with Pres. Assad

[ 0 ] February 13, 2015 |

by JEREMY BOWEN for BBC NEWS on FEBRUARY 10, 2015:  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has defended his government’s actions in the region since the uprising against his rule, which erupted in 2011. In an exclusive interview with the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen, Mr Assad denied that his forces had dropped barrel bombs indiscriminately […]

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REPORT: Violent Extremism Involved Small Number of Muslim-Americans in 2014

REPORT: Violent Extremism Involved Small Number of Muslim-Americans in 2014

[ 0 ] February 10, 2015 |

Most Muslim-American Terrorism Cases Last Year Involved Fighters Going to Syria by TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY (PRESS RELEASE) on FEBRUARY 9, 2015:  (Durham, N.C. – Feb. 9, 2015) – A new report issued this week by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security shows that terrorist plots involving Muslim-Americans accounted for […]

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Muslim Women in Los Angeles Start a Mosque of their Own

Muslim Women in Los Angeles Start a Mosque of their Own

[ 0 ] February 3, 2015 |

by MARIAM SOBH for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on FEBRUARY 2, 2015: (RNS) A downtown Los Angeles interfaith center that once served as a synagogue was the site of a historic worship service last week, as dozens of women gathered for Friday Muslim prayers in what is being dubbed the first women’s-only mosque in the United […]

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LISTEN: Syrian Pianist & Human Rights Activist Malek Jandali Plays “Zinzana” (Prison Cell)

LISTEN: Syrian Pianist & Human Rights Activist Malek Jandali Plays “Zinzana” (Prison Cell)

[ 0 ] January 30, 2015 |

via MALEK JANDALI (YOUTUBE CHANNEL) on JUNE 5, 2012:  Malek Jandali: Zinzana “Prison Cell” from the album Emessa (Homs) Zinzana a “prison cell”where words are held captive and the walls bleed with ink from the pen of the brave and free. Dedicated to the brave people of my homeland Syria and their historic revolution for […]

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