Search Results for "Sunni" : 20

by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:25 am / in Current Issue

Removing the Stink

…ezbollah and Amal Movement. The anti-Syrian March 14 Alliance, by contrast, was comprised almost entirely of the Sunni Future Movement, with the Maronite Lebanese Forces party and Kataeb as secondary participants. The emergence of these coalitions partially broke hard party lines while complicating divisions between the sects; while Sunnis and Shiites aligned themselves squarely within the March 14 and March 8 alliances respectively, Maronites an…

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by / on October 7, 2013 at 11:01 pm / in Opinion, Web Columnists, World

No Man’s Land

…not knowing what will soon happen to them as suicide bombers lurk nearby. A civil feud became prevalent in which Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims battled against one another for political dominance when the seeds of democracy were beginning to germinate.  Radical factions of Sunni Muslims such as Al Qaeda of Iraq have coalesced into a grand network of militant organizations that adamantly seek to topple the current government and Iraqi Shi’ites. Since 2…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm / in Uncategorized

The War of Alawite Aggression?

by We don’t want bread or tahina, we want freedom for our prisoners. Butheina Sha’aban, the Syrian people aren’t hungry… The people want the fall of the regime!” These were chants from initial protests in Dera’a from the parents of incarcerated child prisoners in March 2011 after Butheina Sha’aban, President Bashar al-Assad’s adviser, told him to increase food subsidies instead. In March 2011, the citizens of Dera’a in the south of Syr…

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by / on September 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Al-Hashimi Shows Cracks in U.S. Iraq Plan

…idents. Each post must be filled by a member of one of Iraq’s three dominant groups — the Shias, the Sunnis, and the (predominantly Sunni) Kurds. This politician affirmative action policy is seen across Iraq and serves as a constant reminder to the people of what divides them. How will the people ever see themselves as Iraqis when sectarianism has literally been woven into the fabric of their new “democratic” political sys…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:08 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

The Pacifist’s Revolt

by On October 7, 2010 the peace of the Sufi shrine in Karachi, a building with green and white mosaics ascending to a cupola, shattered in a double explosion from two suicide bombers, killing seven civilians and injuring 65 others. As the shrine’s tiles lay smashed in the street, the destroyed temple provided a visual symbol of a derelict Pakistani government torn apart by a new wave of violent domestic terrorism. Since 2005, militant…

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by / on February 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm / in Eliot Sackler, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Assad’s Quiet Allies: Christians

…On Syria’s southern flank in Jordan, few would agree with the above justifications. In this (approximately) 95% Sunni Muslim country, most Jordanians support Assad’s ouster. As a friend to Shiite Iran and Hezbollah while a ruler of a majority Sunni country, the al-Assad family for years has struggled against the rise in popularity of Sunni Islamic movements within Syria. And as the sectarian rhetoric has taken hold of the Syrian war, most Jordan…

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by / on October 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom

…ad as universally reviled as Ben Ali, Mubarak, or Qaddafi? It simply depends on the qualifiers. Yes, much of the Sunni population despises Assad, but the few Sunni merchants Assad has allied with prefer his rule for its stability and, as a result, their increasing wealth. The Christian minority, no friend to the Sunnis, have also cast their lot in with the ruling class.  Always fearful of the increasing tensions that accompany change, this minori…

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by / on March 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Bahrain Burning

by Protestors in Bahrain A look at recent headlines coming out of the Middle East reveals the dominance of coverage on Egypt, Syria, and Iran. This comes as no surprise; Egypt remains a focal point of political turmoil in the Arab world, violence in Syria threatens to destabilize the entire region, and Iran seems to stand in the distance forever and always as a source of conflict and dissension. Elsewhere, Tunisia, Libya, Iraq, and Ye…

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by / on February 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm / in Middle East, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World, Zubair Akram

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant

…t the same time, Prime Minister al Maliki’s proclivity for authoritarianism–evident in his desire to marginalize Sunnis in the government—forces one to conclude that Iraq is still deeply encapsulated by anti-democratic tendencies. In fact, I would argue that the current prime minister’s failed attempts at approaching minority groups are reflective of a quasi-dictatorial regime. Prior to the American invasion, Iraq was stable, with Sunni militancy…

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by / on February 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm / in Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom: The Tangled Web We Weave

by Two columns ago, I wrote about Syria’s importance in the regional rivalry between Iran and Israel.  I hoped to give the context of the wider geopolitical climate and how that affected responses to the uprisings.  But perhaps I should have taken more time to make clear what is becoming necessary to acknowledge: The facile idea of a pure dichotomy of America and Israel against its enemies is too simplistic. Recalibrating this perspec…

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