Posts in Middle East
ISIS and Islamophobia

"On HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Sam Harris and Ben Affleck clashed in a heated debate over 'Islamophobia' and criticism of Islam. The core of Harris’s argument was that “we have to be able to criticize bad ideas” and that criticizing Islam, which he termed “the motherlode of bad ideas,” was not akin to “bigotry towards Muslims as people." "

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ISIS or ISIL or Just IS?

"Perhaps it is difficult to think of the Islamic State as an actual state because the vocabulary we use to discuss the region is so entrenched in our political maps. The media’s confusion over the organization’s name—ISIL or ISIS?—demonstrates the difficulty of escaping to a time before Sykes-Picot."

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Paki-standing Alone

In early March, eight men and women attacked the central train station of Kunming, the capital of the southwestern province Yunnan. Armed with knives, these people slaughtered 28 civilians and left 130 injured in what the Chinese media have dubbed “China’s 9/11.” As pressure mounts on Beijing to react swiftly, Islamabad must do all it can to ensure that Beijing, its most powerful ally, does not lose faith but remains, in the words of former President Pervez Musharraf, a “time-tested and all-weather friend.”

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