Tag Archives: Islam

The Syrian Background

Once considered the  heartland of the Arab world the Syrian nation was often spoken of as the linchpin of any agreement  between the Western nations and the Arab world. No peace with  Israel was possible unless the Syrians regime agreed…this … Continue reading

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Islamism and Islam – Update

  Below is a  paste of an extract from an article in the Wall Street Journal ( 12 Dec 20015) written by Maajid Nawaz, a liberal Muslim, originally from Pakistan now living in the U.K.   “Islam is a religion, … Continue reading

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Where does Iraq and the “Islamic State” go now?

    With a very propagandistic announcement by “the Islamic State of the Levant” that its occupied areas of Syria and Iraq would now be called the “Islamic State” and with a call for all Muslims to declare fealty to … Continue reading

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Can Oil Companies in Iraq Avoid Incidents like Schlumberger’s?

Dozens of angry Shia Muslim workers stormed the Schlumberger Ltd camp in Basra, Iraq last week after a British employee took down a flag that was placed on the company’s car to commemorate the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, Prophet … Continue reading

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Sunni versus Shi’a

There can be little doubt that the political conflict that convulses the Arab and Islamic world is that of the Shi’a -Sunni conflict. It has superseded the near century of the Arab-Israeli  conflict. While many of the  Western academics and … Continue reading

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Turkey and Erdogan

 The Alevi are a salient aspect to the  troubles in Turkey. The Gezi park area is an area inhabited by a large community of Alevis.  Some years ago a series of drive- by shootings left a number of Alevis dead … Continue reading

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