Tag: Syria

Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

by THOMAS HEGGHAMMER for LAWFARE BLOG on JULY 6, 2014:  Lawfare Blog Editor’s Note: The conquest of Mosul and other cities in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has alarmed the United States and its allies and electrified the Sunni jihadist community. On Monday, ISIS went one step further, changing its […]

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Who are Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and What did We Do to them? (Juan Cole)

Who are Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and What did We Do to them? (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 18, 2014:  The two great branches of Islam coexist in Iraq across linguistic and ethnic groups. There are Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs, Sunni Kurds and (a tiny minority of) Shiite Kurds. Arabs are a linguistic group, speaking a Semitic language. Kurds speak and Indo-European language related […]

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Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary from JUNE 12-23, 2014:  Here is a compilation of expert voices/analysis on Iraq politics, security, and the ISIS offensive : Iraq on the Brink (by Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog, June 23, 2014) EXCERPT: The United States, in cooperation with Iran, the Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Sunni tribal leaders, and […]

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Redrawing Borders: Is the Tribal Governance Model Worth Considering in Iraq? (miriam cooke)

Redrawing Borders: Is the Tribal Governance Model Worth Considering in Iraq? (miriam cooke)

[ 1 ] June 18, 2014 |

by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 18, 2014: During World War I the British representative to the Middle East Sir Mark Sykes and his French counterpart François Georges-Picot held negotiations (between Nov. 1915-March 1916) to carve up the Middle East into British and French colonial zones of influence. Their secret agreement pushed heterogeneous tribal and feudal […]

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Pew: Mounting Regional Opposition to Aiding Syrian Rebels

Pew: Mounting Regional Opposition to Aiding Syrian Rebels

[ 1 ] June 18, 2014 |

via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT, on JUNE 16, 2014:

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How #iranelection Transformed the Public Sphere

How #iranelection Transformed the Public Sphere

[ 0 ] June 16, 2014 |

“What happened during the course of the long months of unrest and the protests online that followed the Iranian presidential election of 2009, changed the whole architecture of journalism, teaching and publishing. What changed too was the way we were using social media — from avatar activism to the functionality of the hashtag as slogan […]

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Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

[ 1 ] June 9, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 8, 2014:  The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently. Iraq had parliamentary elections, Libya’s parliament voted for a new prime minister, and Egypt and Syria had presidential elections. This summer, Turkey will have elections. It would be nice […]

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WATCH: Pro-Assad “Together, Stronger” Campaign Video

WATCH: Pro-Assad “Together, Stronger” Campaign Video

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

by DOMINIC RUSHE and RAYA JALABI for THE GUARDIAN on JUNE 2, 2014:  EXCERPT:  Tributes to the 48-year-old leader (Bashar al-Assad) can be found across public spaces in Damascus and other regime-controlled parts of Syria. Posters, banners and photographs can be seen, embellished with the Sawa slogan, heralding the historic election. The re-election bid has […]

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Bruce Jentleson on the Prudent, Not Isolationist, Public

Bruce Jentleson on the Prudent, Not Isolationist, Public

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on JUNE 3, 2014:  There’s a lot of hue and cry these days about the American public turning isolationist, seeking to retreat from the world. That, though, is both a misreading of the polls and, frankly, reflects a too-readily dismissive view of what pioneering pollster Elmo Roper once called […]

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With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

[ 0 ] May 28, 2014 |

  by LUCAS VAN ROMPAY for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 20, 2014 *updated May 28: In an unusual demonstration of resolve and courage, the newly elected patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, has decided to maintain the headquarters of his church in Syria, rather than transferring them to Lebanon as many expected. […]

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