Inquisitive Minds Podcast Critical Thinking on History, Religion, Politics and Culture

In the next two podcasts, we discuss some aspects of a recent conference entitled: Assaulting Cultural Heritage: ISIS's Fight to Destroy Diversity in Iraq and Syria. The event was organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) and was held at Concordia University on September 25-26, 2016. These episodes will focus on a paper given during the first panel of the conference on ISIS and the Intellectual Roots of Assaulting Cultural Heritage.

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Two weeks ago, the parliamentary secretary of the Canadian Defense Minister insisted that ISIS was "criminal organization with a religious veneer on it". A week later, the Premier of Canada stated that the country would stop airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, but would still participate in the coalition's effort to combat the jihadist group. In that same week, the Defense Minister was reportedly reluctant to call the conflict with IS a war. Is there a disconnect between the reality which the coalition forces face in the Middle East and the desire of the new Canadian government to keep its electoral promises at all costs?

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In this week's episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we share our thoughts about the recent terror attacks which happened last November in France. We discuss the mechanisms of radicalization, the place of religion in violent extremism, the issue of reform in Islam, the role of the Canadian government in the fight against ISIS, the current refugee crisis, the complex geopolitical situation of the Middle East and several other topics.

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June 22, 2015  

June 30th, 2015 is the set deadline for the UN Security Council Members (the famous P5 + 1 = US, Russia, China, France, Britain + Germany) to reach a deal concerning Iran's nuclear program. Should the US agree to let Iran enrich uranium, and can the Islamic Republic really be trusted? Why are the other Arab nations opposed to this deal? Egypt and Saudi Arabia already face Iran's expansionist actions as seen in their support of Houthis fighters in Yemen. Will a nuclear entente between the US and Iran open to door for the Iranians to obtain the bomb? How will this play out in the constant wars that are being fought in the region between Sunni and Shi'a, and what role does Israel play in such negotiations? These and many more questions will be discussed in this week's episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast.

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