Miscellaneous

The Writings of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi by Stephen Schwartz and Irfan Al-Alawi

The Huffington Post July 8, 2015 In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental disobedience to cyber-crime and…
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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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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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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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Uyghur American Association commemorates the victims of Chinese state violence on June 4, 1989 State censorship and lack of accountability for human rights violations deny the Chinese people their democratic rights by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association June 2, 2015 [Note: The Center for Islamic Pluralism endorses this statement by the Uyghur American Association.] On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the Uyghur American…
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Iran’s Kurdish Rebellion by Stephen Schwartz

TheWorldPost [The Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute on Governance] May 22, 2015 [Note: This commentary was written with Veli Sirin.] Violent protests by Iranian Kurds have taken the world by surprise, and mainstream reporting on them is sparse. That is…
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Junípero Serra by Stephen Schwartz

First Things Blog  May 20, 2015 On September 23, at a mass in Washington, DC, Pope Francis is scheduled to canonize Blessed Junípero Serra (1713-84), the Franciscan founder of the Spanish missions in California. Serra was beatified by Pope John…
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