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Iran candidates all “Loyal Servants of Dictator”: Kadivar

Iran candidates all “Loyal Servants of Dictator”: Kadivar

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MAY 30, 2013: Mohsen Kadivar Several Iranian opposition figures have declared Iran’s upcoming June 14 presidential election illegitimate, following last week’s decision by Iran’s constitutional…

Top Ten Michele Bachmann Goofs on the Middle East

Michele Bachmann has announced that she won’t run for Congress again (she is under investigation for, let us say, irregularities in her campaign finances). I once wrote of her, “It has become…

The Coming Israeli-Russian War?

The Coming Israeli-Russian War?

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon bluntly threatened the Russian Federation on Tuesday, saying that if Moscow followed through on its plan to send the S-300 air defense system to Syria, Israel would…

Help Build a Hospital in Karbala, Iraq!

Help Build a Hospital in Karbala, Iraq!

Karbala, Iraq, doesn’t have enough good medical care. The number one killer is heart attacks, but a whole range of ailments are not being effectively combatted. There is an opportunity for us…

Turkey:  Kissing Protest in Ankara

Turkey: Kissing Protest in Ankara

After a subway official chastised a young couple in Ankara for kissing in public, internet activists organized a small flashmob at the Kurtuluş metro station in the Turkish capital, where lots of…

Taliban Attack UN Agency in Kabul, Wounding 7

Taliban Attack UN Agency in Kabul, Wounding 7

The Taliban launched a major attack in the capital of Kabul on Friday, injuring 7 people with a car bomb at the International office of Immigration, a UN-affiliated organization. In the firefight…

Pakistan, Islam and Democracy

Pakistan, a country 97 percent Muslim, has just made its first successful transition from one elected, civilian government to another since its founding in 1947. The country has had long bouts of…

Kenya gets Funding for Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

Kenya gets Funding for Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

The African Development Bank has approved $150 million in funding for the Turkana wind farm in Kenya, which will be Africa’s largest, generating 300 megawatts of electricity and powering nearly 1 million…

Iraqi Folklore Performances  (Cole Videos)

Iraqi Folklore Performances (Cole Videos)

Iraqi Sword Dance: Here are some folklore performances put on for us by a troupe in Baghdad on May 8, 2013, at the Ministry of Culture’s 3rd International Conference on Translation, which…

My Trip to Baghdad Last Week (Photo Gallery)

My Trip to Baghdad Last Week (Photo Gallery)

Here are photos from my trip to Baghdad last week, to attend the 3rd International Conference on Translation, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture. There were about 100 scholars in attendance, from…

Top Ten Republican Myths on Libya

Reprint edn.; since they don’t change their talking points, why should we change our blog entries? 1. Republican senators keep saying that it should have been “easy” to find out what happened…

Hawking joins Academic Boycott of Israel

Hawking joins Academic Boycott of Israel

Physicist Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott the annual President’s Conference in Jerusalem this year has been confirmed by Cambridge University. The university initially attempted to deny a political motive and said Hawkings…

ReOrienting the Veil (Gökariksel)

ReOrienting the Veil (Gökariksel)

Banu Gökariksel writes for for ISLAMiCommentary Fatih neighborhood of Istanbul, 2009. photo by Banu Gökarıksel Banu Gökarıksel The veil is a piece of fabric that is politicized like no other. It is…

Alabina, “Habibi ya Nour el Ain” (Music Video)

Alabina, “Habibi ya Nour el Ain” (Music Video)

Some Spanish lyrics, some Arabic. In medieval Arabic poetry this genre was called mulamma`at. Alabina, “Habibi ya Nour el Ain,” rare version As This source points out, “The mulamma’, “patch-work,” or “macaronic”…

Israeli, Hizbullah Proxy War in Syria

Israeli, Hizbullah Proxy War in Syria

Israel and Lebanon’s Hizbullah, who fought a war in 2006, are increasingly being drawn into a proxy war in Lebanon. Hizbullah supports the Baath regime of Bashar al-Assad. The Israeli government, after…

Shiraz, Iran:  Timelapse Video

Shiraz, Iran: Timelapse Video

Timelapse of scenes of Shiraz, Iran. The southwestern city is known for its poets and shrines to poets and gardens and, in the old days, wine.

Bad Camel

Bad Camel

Bad camel sticks head through window of family car, delights little girl no end by licking whole top of her head.

Why Obama doesn’t want to intervene in Syria

After President Obama’s remarks about chemical weapons use in Syria, many newspaper articles appeared suggesting that he was rethinking his opposition to US involvement there. They were wrong, and weren’t listening. Obama…