Search Results for "Sunni" : 18

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 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 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 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 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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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 January 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Grand Strategy, Iran, and the Arab Spring

…srael’s interests, and the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon has alarmed many in the region, including rival Sunni Arab states. A cynical observer could ascribe much of Western democracies’ and Sunni dictatorships’ political support for the protesters and animosity towards the regime as pure realpolitik designed to weaken Iran’s alliance, and he probably would be right. It is quite unlikely that Saudi and Bahraini monarchs, who recently crush…

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by / on November 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World, World

The Arab World in Historical Perspective

by From Wikimedia CommonsIdeas and ideologies carry large weight, especially if one takes the Arab world in political context. As citizens of the twenty first century, we often overlook the cause of the Arab region’s political distress and tension that seems to be so ubiquitous. Common people today still assume that the Arab world has always been in jeopardy, unable to be reformed and a decadent culture. The recent events in Syria, Ir…

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