Author Archive: Skateraw

On the sixth anniversary of unrest in Urumchi, Uyghur American Association calls for transparency Uyghur families no closer to discovering truth about relatives killed and disappeared by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association June 30, 2015 The Uyghur American Association (UAA) calls on the Chinese government to respect the principle of transparency and provide comprehensive details on the fates of Uyghurs killed and forcibly disappeared…
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Kosova vs. Iranians and ISIS by Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard Blog June 30, 2015 On Wednesday, June 24, as reported by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), a foreign-funded news agency, the government of Kosova sent police to raid the offices of five Iranian-controlled non-governmental organizations in…
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Turkey: Hope and Fear by Stephen Schwartz and Veli Sirin

The Huffington Post June 23, 2015 [Veli Sirin is European director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism.] Two weeks have passed since the legislative elections of June 7 marked a major shift in the recent history of Turkey. The Islamist…
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The Bektashi Sufis Should Join the Kosova Sufi Union [BTK] by Stephen Sylejman Schwartz

Illyria [New York] June 22, 2015 Baba Musa Qazim Bakalli, who died in 1981 aged 101, was one of the greatest personalities in the spiritual history of Kosova. Today his Bektashi Sufi teqe [meeting house, pl. teqet] in Gjakova, devastated…
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Confronting FGM in Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan by Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard Blog June 17, 2015 Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) exists in the Islamic Republic of Iran even while the redoubt of clerical dictatorship is absent from a recent survey of FGM in 29 countries, published by…
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Indian Sufis Versus Wahhabi Infiltrators by Syed Babar Ashraf

Sufi Voice of India [SUVOI] June 13, 2015 Press Release and Summary of Memorandum New Delhi, 13 June 2015 [Addressed to the President and Prime Ministers of India, with 12 other high officials of Government] The Jantar-Mantar Peace Protest The…
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The Yezidi Sect: ISIS Targets for Death by Stephen Schwartz and Christopher Bilardi

The Huffington Post June 10, 2015 (Christopher Bilardi is an expert on the Yezidi faith and an associate member of the Center for Islamic Pluralism.) Until the tragedy that came early in August 2014, the people who call themselves the…
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Macedonia Mischief Nothing good ever came from rivalry and hatred by Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard June 15, 2015 Skopje/Shkupi In Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell described, on his return to Barcelona after serving in the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, “an unmistakable and horrible feeling of political rivalry and hatred”…
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Kosova Fights Extremism With Social Media by Stephen Schwartz

TheWorldPost [The Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute on Governance] June 2, 2015 Prishtina, Kosova The Balkan republic of Kosova, with an overwhelming Muslim majority and a median age of 27, has committed itself to a consequential struggle against radical Islam….
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