Tag Archive: Kyrgyzia

Syria Has Effectively Ceased to Exist by Jonathan Spyer

Foreign Policy May 19, 2017 DAMASCUS, Syria — On my last night in Damascus, some younger members of the Information Ministry-sponsored delegation in which I was taking part decided to have a drink. It was late April, and the bars…
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Assad’s Hollow Crown by Jonathan Spyer

The Rubin Center May 9, 2017 The mortar shells came early in the morning. At about 5. At regular intervals. Solemn and sinister. They were a reminder of how close it all was. We were in the Damascus Old City….
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China: Open East Turkestan to Independent Overseas Media by The Uyghur Human Rights Project

The Uyghur Human Rights Project  May 2, 2017 On World Press Freedom Day 2017, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls on the Chinese government to substantiate claims it is facing an unprecedented security threat in East Turkestan. UHRP challenges…
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Who are the Sufis and why does ISIS see them as threatening? by Peter Gottschalk

The Conversation.com April 28, 2017 On Feb. 16, 2017, a bomb ripped through a crowd assembled at the tomb of a Sufi saint, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in southeastern Pakistan. Soon thereafter, the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack….
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The Syrian Sarin Attacks of August 2013 and April 2017 by Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham

The Besa Center April 26, 2017 BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 452, April 26, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The sarin attacks in Syria of August 2013 and April 2017 resemble one another closely. They reflect a strategic mode that might be…
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Replies to Questions About Sufism From A High School Teacher in Columbia, Missouri, USA by Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

CIP April 22, 2017 Instructor Gregory Soden writes — As an American in Missouri, I grew up in one of the most religiously devout and politically conservative regions of the United States. Such an existence just never seemed quite satisfying,…
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Five Americans Who Are Standing Up Against Radical Islam by Elliot Friedland

Clarion Project April 20, 2017 Who is doing the ground work in the struggle against Islamist extremism? A lot of the people tackling radical Islam don’t get as much press time as the jihadists they oppose. We want to introduce…
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CIP Greetings on International Day of Solidarity With Working Women [The original name of International Women’s Day] by Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

Quora.com March 8, 2017 The Center for Islamic Pluralism has always stood first, among Muslim activists, with the women combatants of Kurdistan, the victims of and fighters against the scourge of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and women organizing for their…
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20 Years After the Ghulja Massacre, Repression and Discrimination Still Feature in Uyghurs’ Daily Lives by The Uyghur Human Rights Project

The Uyghur Human Rights Project February 1, 2017 [Note: The Center for Islamic Pluralism endorses this statement by the Uyghur Human Rights Project.] On February 5, 1997, Uyghur demonstrators in Ghulja took part in a non-violent protest calling for an…
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