Who are the Iraqi Kurds? —Research by PEW Research org plus video on the pluralistic and diverse Kurds throughout the History and other related information

In the continuing conflict in Iraq, Kurds frequently are mentioned alongside Iraq’s Sunni and Shia Muslim populations as one of the key groups involved in power struggles for which sharp religious divides have played a major part. But while the Kurds are a crucial part of Iraq’s political makeup, they are an ethnic group, not…

Deadly Dust Falls in Silence: ‘Depleted Uranium Munitions in Iraq’ — Birgit Svensson Writes in Qatara that there is no question that American and British troops used depleted uranium (DU) in their munitions

There is no question that American and British troops in Iraq used depleted uranium (DU) in their munitions. While the United States continues to deny any responsibility for the consequences of uranium contamination, including severe deformities among newly born children, the international community has turned a blind eye to the problem. The city of Basra,…

Global: BRICS vs. NATO – Battlefield of Ideas on Interventions – Written by Thiana Biondo at Global Voices org

China’s and Russia’s recent decision to veto the United Nations Security Council resolution against Syria -has reignited the debate over the relationship between ‘new’ powers like Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the BRICS – with ‘old’ powers like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in international interventions. The BRICS conference held last March provides…

Ikhwan al-safa’ — the Brethren of Purity: by Diana Steigerwald at Amaana Org

Ikhwan al-safa’ (the Brethren of Purity) are the authors of the Rasa’il al-Ikhwan al-safa’ (Treatises of the Brethren of Purity), an Islamic encyclopedia consisting of fifty-two treatises and an additional comprehensive treatise (Risalat al-jami‘a) on various philosophical sciences interpreted by Isma‘ili Shi‘i scholars. It covers the mathematical, natural, psychological/rational, and theological sciences and was written…

Post 9/11 wars take toll on lives and budget: study – DW World de News

According to a recent study, the post 9/11 wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan have killed 225,000 people. The study, conducted at Brown University, has also estimated that the wars have cost four trillion US dollars. “The cost of war does not end when the fighting does,“ says Professor Catherine Lutz, project supervisor and co-editor…

Understanding the Muslim world

Source: Aljazeera English *****    By Mark LeVine   A new generation of scholars from the Muslim world are advancing a better understanding of the key issues that shape the region [EPA]  What does it say about the chances for American success in Afghanistan and the larger global ‘war on terror’ – which despite the Obama administration’s official…

Harvard University’s digitized Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts online for the Internet users worldwide.The catalog includes Ismaili literatures and much more…

Through the Islamic Heritage Project (IHP), Harvard University has cataloged, conserved, and digitized hundreds of Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from Harvard’s renowned library and museum collections. These rare—and frequently unique—materials are now freely available to Internet users worldwide. IHP is made possible with the generous support of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. For the…

Divide and Confound—or Divide and Empower? The Opportunities and Dangers of Strategic PSYOP against the Alawi Rulers of Syria

By Timothy R. Furnish Mr. Furnish, Ph,D., is the author of Holiest Wars: Islamic Mahdis, their Jihads and Osama bin Laden and The Caliphate: Threat or Opportunity? (forthcoming, 2010). He also maintains a website dedicated to covering Mahdism and Muslim eschatology: mahdiwatch.org. This article was first published in Perspectives: The Journal of the Psychological Operations…