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Fighting the Islamic State On the Air

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan, Nov 16 (IPS) - There is daily news broadcasting at 9 in the evening and a live programme every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For the time being, that is what Mosul´s only TV channel has to offer from its headquarters in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Pushing the Voice of Syrian Women For a New Future

Saturday, November 15, 2014

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, Nov 15 (IPS) - For most Syrian women, the war has been a disaster. For some, it has also been liberating.

Ebola and ISIS: A Learning Exchange Between U.N. and Faith-based Organisations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (IPS) - The simultaneity presented by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on one hand and militant barbarism ostensibly in the name of Islam on the other present the international development community - particularly the United Nations and international NGOs – with challenges, as well as opportunities.

Disciples of John the Baptist also flee ISIS

Saturday, November 08, 2014

KIRKUK, Iraq, Nov 08 (IPS) - "Going  back home? That would be suicide. The Islamists would cut our throats straight away," says Khalil Hafif Ismam. The fear of this Mandaean refugee sums up that of one of the oldest yet most decimated communities in Mesopotamia.

Children in Aleppo Forced Underground to Go to School

Thursday, November 06, 2014

ALEPPO, Nov 06 (IPS) - Winter has not yet hit this nearly besieged city, but children are already attending classes in winter coats and stocking hats.

OPINION: The Irresistible Attraction of Radical Islam

Monday, November 03, 2014

ROME, Nov 03 (IPS) - The Oct. 23 attack on the Canadian Parliament building by a Canadian who had converted to Islam just a month earlier should create some interest in why an increasing number of young people are willing to sacrifice their lives for a radical view of Islam. 

Growing Up Among the Dead

Monday, November 03, 2014

SEREKANIYE, Syria, Nov 03 (IPS) - The walls of the Association for the Martyrs of Serekaniye are covered with the portraits of those fallen in combat in this northern Syrian town. Ali Khalil has buried everyone and each of them with the help of Diar, his 13-year-old son.

OPINION: Rivalry Between Sunnis and Shiites Has Deep Roots

Sunday, November 02, 2014

OXFORD, Nov 02 (IPS) - When  the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suddenly emerged in Iraq, it declared as one of its first targets the Shiites and what it called the Safavids. The Safavid dynasty (1501-1736) was one of the most powerful Iranian dynasties after the Islamic conquest. 

OPINION: The Islamic State’s Ideology Is Grounded in Saudi Education

Friday, October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (IPS) - According to an article published Oct. 21 on Al-Monitor, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has issued new regulations for the school systems under its control in Iraq and Syria. The announced purpose of the so-called guidelines, which carried the imprimatur of the group's "Amir al-Mu'minin," presumably leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is to "eradicate ignorance and disseminate Sharia sciences."

Iraqi Christians Seek Shelter in Jordan after IS Threats

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMMAN, Oct 31 (IPS) - Watching videos and pictures on social media of the advance of the Islamic State (IS) inside Syria made it all seem far from reality to Iraqi Marvin Nafee.

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