Miscellaneous

Female Genital Mutilation Reportedly Imposed by ISIS by Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard Blog November 30, 2015 On October 11, the London Independent newspaper revived charges first made last year, by United Nations officials in Iraq, that the Islamic State (ISIS) has called for female genital mutilation (FGM) to be…
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The Dayton Accords at 20 But there’s little to celebrate by Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard November 23, 2015 The Dayton accords, formally signed in December 1995, have reached their twentieth anniversary. Dayton is commonly portrayed as a “peace agreement” for war-torn Bosnia-Hercegovina and an outstanding achievement of Bill Clinton’s administration. The accords…
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Ashura Greetings – 10th of Muharram 1437 A.H. by Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

The Center for Islamic Pluralism extends greetings to Muslim believers on the 10th of Muharram for the Islamic hijri year 1437, corresponding to October 24, 2015. The 10th of Muharram is a time of sad reflection and atonement of sin…
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Kyrgyzstan Holds a Democratic Election by Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard Blog October 9, 2015 On Sunday, October 4, the Central Asian former-Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan held national elections to its 120-member parliament. The main incumbent party, the reforming Social Democrats (SDPK) were returned to power, and the…
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Robert Conquest, Stalinism, and the Soviet Muslims by Stephen Schwartz

The Huffington Post  August 11, 2015 On August 3, the Anglo-American poet and historian Robert Conquest died in California at 98. According to The Daily Telegraph in London, Conquest’s father Roger was an American from Virginia, while his mother Rosamund…
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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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