Tag Archive: Turkish Islam

We STILL Accuse! by Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë and Stephen Sylejman Schwartz

CIP September 6, 2017 In the aftermath of Russian manipulation of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, new scrutiny has disclosed the permanent nature of Moscow aggression against America. The Russian bandit and spy nest masquerading as a consulate in San…
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What Next? After Antifa Writings of Obscure American Leftist Drive Kurdish Forces in Syria by Sirwan Kajjo

VOA News September 3, 2017 [CIP Note: This reportage appeared on January 16, 2017 but, in our view, remains significant for an understanding of Kurdish issues and the history of Antifa. — Zana]. Could the writings of a little-know leftist…
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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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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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Are atheists offended when a theist says “I will pray for you,” “God help you,” etc? by Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

Quora.com February 26, 2017 Once again, very personal, this time straying genuinely into TMI territory. I crave pardon. I knew Christopher Hitchens extremely well. I saw him the day before he suffered the attack that revealed his terminal illness, and…
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Smart Jews The Construction of the Image of Jewish Superior Intelligence by Sander L. Gilman University of Nebraska Press, 246 pages, $40.00 ($15.00 paper). Reviewed by Lauren Weiner

Society February 21, 2017 [CIP Note: In the current global crisis, Muslims of all descriptions must contend with stereotyping as uniformly extreme, and self-hatred on the part of those who try to appease prejudice by distorting the heritage of Islam…
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