The warlord Khalifa Haftar, who controls eastern Libya, has never disguised his ambitions. Once one of Muammar Gaddafi’s generals, he returned from exile in the US when the dictator fell in 2011, attempted to launch a coup three years later, repeatedly declared his intention to take Tripoli and has said that his country may not be ready for democracy.
So the professions of shock from his backers when he mounted his assault on the western capital, held by the internationally recognized Government of National Accord, ..MORE: THE GUARDIAN
“It’s fundamentally about ‘who are we?’” said Eric Kaufmann, a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. “What does it mean to be part of this nation? Is it not ‘our’ nation anymore, ‘our’ meaning the ethnic majority?
“These kinds of questions are really front and center, even though they’re not necessarily verbalized.” more: nytimes
Ovamir Anjum analyzes the distinction between the framing and/or ideology and discursive tradition of Islamism which, as noted in a number of studies, turns on notions of durability, coherence, and manipulation….more:
When UNHCR first met Abdul on May 3, he knew his wife and son were at sea, but he did not know where. A few days later, around May 7 or 8, his wife told him the entire crew had abandoned ship in a speedboat and directed the passengers towards Malaysia.The Thai number Abdul called to reach his wife worked for two more days after her boat was abandoned, then cut out, Abdul believes, because his wife’s boat had moved into Malaysian territory near the resort island of Langkawi…more: /qz.com
Aasif Mandvi Launches ‘Qu’osby Show’ to Counter Anti-Muslim ‘Bigots’ on Fox In December 2010, Katie Couricsuggested that America might need a “Muslim version of The Cosby Show” to do for Muslim-Americans what Bill Cosby’s classic sitcom did for African-Americans in the 1980s. Two months later, The Daily Show delivered with a sketch called “The Qu’osby Show” starring correspondent Aasif Mandvi. more thedailyshow
By Stacy Martin Syrian refugee children stand in a hall of the Altinozu camp in Hatay city in Turkey, locate f you need a measure of how desperate Syria’s refugees are, contemplate this: Many are fleeing to Iraq. It’s astonishing that…
Syria crisis: Shelling ‘kills dozens’ in restive HomAmateur video shows the continued shelling of Homs. The Syrian army has launched fresh mortar and rocket attacks in the city of Homs, as the government continues a push aimed at crushing rebel…
Iraqi babies for sale: people trafficking crisis grows as gangs exploit poor families and corrupt system. • At least 150 children a year sold for £200 to £4,000 • Some bartered youngsters become sex abuse victims The following correction was…