News and Analysis (2/16/19)

February 16th, 2019

The man who happens also to be the personal attorney of the President of the USA, suggested that peace in the Middle East “would only come when Iran was ruled instead by his clients,… an exile group of former terrorists”:

With the FMs “of three Arab countries … harshly attacking Iran and defending Israel, and in one case saying that confronting the Islamic Republic is more pressing than solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” …

… sharing “the stage with an Israeli prime minister at a summit that didn’t even pretend to address the Palestinian issue clearly signaled that autocratic Arab rulers have openly abandoned the Palestinians”:

Washington decision-makers seeking  to affect the future of Iran court disaster if they fail “to understand that the Iranian regime is extremely complex and that there is immense diversity among the Iranian people”:

Judges unanimously “rejected US claims the case should be thrown out because Iran had ‘unclean hands’ from alleged links to ‘terrorism’, and the international tribunal in The Hague did not have jurisdiction”:

“An assignment or presentation may be poorly phrased, but it does not rise to the level of being unconstitutional unless it’s part of a clear pattern”:

“[E]viction may amount to a forcible transfer, which is a grave breach of the fourth Geneva Convention”:

“Armed with video cameras and donning blue vests, the activists say they will replace the Temporary International Presence in Hebron” …

“Movement and life in the West Bank are governed by the whims of the Israeli security apparatus, which has set up hundreds of checkpoints, gates, … barriers, forbidden and segregated roads and … [an] apartheid wall”:

“We represent Islam … that is … tolerant, liberal, plural, and even accept some of the values of the west” –Anwar Ibrahim:

“The Iranian government is engaging with blockchain startups that are laying what could be the groundwork for a new token ecosystem” …

… but while “[s[ome recent media reports claim that Iran has /launched’ a state cryptocurrency based on gold called the Peyman. What really is happening, however, is less dramatic”:

News and Analysis (2/13/19)

February 13th, 2019

“Although the Trump v. Hawaii decision was a setback, the Supreme Court did not settle the question of whether the ban violates the Establishment Clause in that decision”:

“[C]ontributions from AIPAC members [have] often constituted roughly ten to fifteen per cent of a typical congressional campaign budget,” but there was no stopping the “cascade of charges that Omar is anti-Semitic” …

… and the “critic who provoked … [Omar’s] tweet … ironically charged that Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and Tom Steyer, prominent wealthy Jewish-Americans, were trying to ‘buy’ the election”:

From Christians and Muslims, from liberals and conservatives, comes widespread horror at the Supreme Court decision to prefer the convenience of executioners over freedom of religion:

“The Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) provided hotel rooms for all 28 residents of Tent City 4, an encampment in Issaquah”:

The author of Islam for the Politically Incorrect argues that Joram van Klaveren’s conversion to Islam less like a vegan becoming a carnivore and more like “a committed soda drinker switching from Coca Cola to Pepsi“:

A Palestinian and an Israeli advocate “a shared struggle against powerful institutions and systems of violence” instead of a coexistence between “white saviors” and their “black/brown victims”:

“Muslim women have always interpreted the call for modest clothing in diverse ways, with styles that allows for personal creativity and social commentary”:

The photographer says her “picture was for her people and not for ‘men in Washington'”:

News and Analysis (2/10/19)

February 10th, 2019

In a 5-4 vote the Supreme Court denied a Circuit Court’s wish to  hear the condemned Muslim’s plea for religious equality “with little briefing and no argument — just so the State can meet its preferred execution date”:

Musawwsah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, has produced a video on why it is essential to distinguish between “Shari’ah, Fiqh and State Laws”:

“There is no room for the government in a woman’s closet” — National Council of Canadian Muslims Montreal representative Razia Hamidi:

Muslims in America and Turkey oppose Chinese concentration camps:

Sunni’s initial reaction that “the tyrants can be brought down,” was succeeded by “divisions … inflamed by the sectarian bloodshed that followed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Syria’s long civil war and the regional rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia:

The Muslim ban inadvertently helped a Muslim woman filmmaker break Hollywood barriers:

Although Shahid  Shafi calls the  139-49 vote “to keep [him] as one of the party’s vice chairmen” … a stand ‘against bigotry of all kinds,'” he insists, “I hold no animosity toward anybody in this group”:

News and Analysis (2/7/19)

February 7th, 2019

“[H]alfway through writing an anti-Islam book[, t]he work ‘became a refutation of objections non-Muslims have’ against the religion”:

“American weapons sold to the Saudi-led coalition are in the hands of hardline militias, al Qaeda-linked groups, Iranian proxies and numerous other unchecked factions in Yemen’s civil war”:

“A three-judge panel of judges” overcame its reticence to judge prison procedures because “looks substantially likely to us that Alabama has run afoul of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment”:

“Despite the diversity of cultures and traditions, the Christian and Islamic world appreciate and protect common values: life, family, religious sense, honor for the elderly, the education of young people, and still other things”:

“If you were being threatened with a needle of hallucinogenic drugs [hovering] above your arm, you would also confess to whatever they wanted you to confess”:

It is not known if any of “several dual citizens with Western nationality [held] on allegations of threatening national security … will be” among the pardoned:

“Local commanders told CNN … that the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates are using U.S. weapons as currency to buy off different factions and militias in the Yemeni conflict – including Iranian-backed fighters”:

“On Aug. 19, 2013, the CIA publicly admitted for the first time its involvement in the 1953 coup against Iran’s elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh”:

News and Analysis (2/4/19)

February 4th, 2019

“Iran hopes to develop and implement the free circulation of fiat-backed crypto, which could be used by ordinary citizens and banks in financial operations”:

Omar, “one of only two members of Congress to openly support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, serves as a member of the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee”:

“Leaders said the group is self-funded and used donations to purchase the cars and navy blue uniforms for its members, many of whom are involved with the Muslim Community Centre in Sunset Park”:

Concerns over the return to power of a supporter of the MEK terrorists, a supporter of “enhanced interrogation,” and a man “convicted of lying to Congress over “illegal financing of Nicaragua’s Contra rebels”:

A strong central government, exclusion of Muslims and Christians from an otherwise broad definition of “Hindu,” protection of cows contribute to the disadvantage of religious minorities and outcasts:

Populations of Muslim majority countries have a more favorable view of Christianity than the population of Christian majority countries have of Islam:

The Iraqi president “said on Monday that the US … should stick to fighting terrorism and not pursue other agendas”:

The OIC called Israel’s “decision to suspend operations of an international observer force in the city of Hebron, after 20 years … a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and the international law”:

News and Analysis (2/2/19)

February 2nd, 2019

“I believe that art in the face of censorship is like water in the face of a stone. The water will find a way to flow around it” — Asghar Farhadi:

A federal judge’s denial of a stay of execution because the man is denied the presence of a Muslim religious adviser in the death chamber is the equivalent of denying a Catholic the last rites of the Church:

There is “a growing generational divide … pitting an old guard of stalwart supporters of Israel against an ascendant wing of young liberals — including many young Jews” critical of Israeli human rights violations:

After “a Tel Aviv event sponsored by U.S.”, “IAEA calls pressure on Iran monitoring ‘extremely harmful’”:

“I reported on everything people did….  … [A] long beard or some religious text on your phone, … [having studied] abroad or .. a long-distance phone call with someone overseas … could all land you in detention”:

With the Iran Venezuela Bi-National Bank, Iran tied its fortunes to a loser due to “low volumes of bilateral trade, problems of transparency, currency fluctuations and Venezuela’s aversion to using hard currency:

“The founder of Tell MAMA and director of Faith Matters says that not “all Muslims in [the Birmingham] area would object to a school’s project that challenges bigotry”:

The “ban on dog walking is not being taken very seriously,” according to one owner who said, “Teddy and I walk in a park in the Shahram neighborhood everyday, and the police are actually very friendly to us”:

News and Analysis (1/30/19)

January 30th, 2019

The warden’s insistence that the condemned man must have a Christian minister rather than a Muslim imam as his spiritual adviser in the execution chamber violates his freedom of religion:

It took Israeli security two hours to respond and then they focused on teargassing Palestinians and three more were injured by live ammunition and “it was not clear whether they were shot by settlers or soldiers”:

Netanyahu contends that “unarmed civilians” stationed in Hebron “for more than 20 years to report on human rights violations” are “acting against his country”:

The Iranian government hypocritically grants itself a privilege it denies to its citizens:

Taking “Venezuelan oil off the market, also will likely make it that much harder to put the screws to Iran with tougher restrictions on Tehran’s oil sales later this spring”:

“The American assessment presented by [Dan] Coats on Tuesday appeared to contradict” Israeli’s claims of “near victory over Iran in Syria”:

“The family says that the terror started on Christmas Day when bullets went flying through the front of their home”:

AI charges “four companies are contributing to, and profiting from, the maintenance, development and expansion of illegal settlements, which amount to war crimes under international criminal law”:

News and Analysis (1/27/19)

January 27th, 2019

The failure to free Ramadan despite the collapse of the case against him would be surprising were it not for the context that Muslims, 9% of the French population are the majority of its prisoners:

“Hashemi, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who has worked in Iran for about 25 years, was arrested this month … in St. Louis, where she had been working on a documentary about Black Lives Matter”:

Pompeo’s pronouncements evoke memories of Hillary Clinton’s declaration that Bashar Assad “had ‘lost legitimacy,’ … as if he were finished” but “[t]hat did not end well … sadly it hasn’t ended yet” …

… Gulf autocrats welcomed Trump as one of their own, but now his “policies” have left them bewildered …

… but Iran “understands Iraq’s political needs very well, and it has actually encouraged successive Iraqi governments to give Sunnis an honorable place in Iraqi politics to maintain stability”:

“[U]nless the US can swiftly move to get this plane out of Iran, it will constitute an increasingly luminous testament to what some people see as America’s propensity to be an international bully”:

“Muslim-Christian relations have, over the centuries, oscillated between conflict, coexistence and conversation” and today the relationship is at “a low point that has seen some reaching for comparisons with the Crusades”:

Wilmington “will revise its dress code policies for city-operated aquatic facilities to ensure … that the dress code accommodates clothing worn for religious reasons or financial hardship”:

On a train in Europe, a Saudi learns something about observant Jews from an Orthodox rabbi:

Israel calls Irish sanctions of thieves of Palestinian land a form of Antisemitism, but the Irish, themselves have endured colonial occupation, don’t see it that way:

News and Analysis (1/24/19)

January 24th, 2019

“The legality of incarcerating a witness who has not been accused of any criminal activity has been questioned by some law experts who say its violates the Fourth Amendment”:

“The city of Wilmington has agreed to revise its dress code policy and explicitly allow religious clothing at its aquatic facilities”:

“Dozens of protesters … temporarily sealed the gates to the first operational section of the … road … [with] lanes divided by an eight-metre-high concrete wall – one for Palestinian[s] … and the other for … illegal Jewish” settlers”:

Protesters holding Israeli flags demonstrated in support of the Israeli-American commissioner’s accusations that Rashida Tlaib is “a Hamas-loving anti-Semite” who might “blow up Capitol Hill”:

“The arrests of three Rochester-area men and a 16-year-old who had access to homemade explosives and firearms sent shockwaves through the … small community [that] has been dogged by allegations on right-wing websites:

“The marriage of a Muslim man with an idolater … is merely an irregular (fasid) marriage. Any child born out of such wedlock (fasid marriage) is entitled to claim a share in his father’s property”:

News and Analysis (1/21/19)

January 21st, 2019

“[I]f we are to honor King’s message … must condemn Israel’s … unrelenting violations of international law, continued occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, home demolitions and land confiscations” …

… such as the weekly attacks on demonstrators in Gaza …

… or assaulting handcuffed and blindfolded detainees inflicting “severe injuries. One … was so badly pummeled that he could not be immediately questioned following the incident and required medical care”:

“I sought knowledge … for 25 years. … [Then there] came to our country a big army. It killed many people. It took me … and sold me into the hand of a Christian man who … walked me to the big Ship in the big Sea”:

“Public officials should be able to vigorously defend and oppose policy positions without resorting to bigotry and the vilification of an entire group” — the pro-Israel Anti-Defamation League:

Rouhani argues that creating digital literacy rather than blocking social media is the solution to the problem of fake news:

Israel and Iran are now engaged in direct and open conflict in Syria … without either of the world powers – the United States and Russia – trying to exert any significant influence on the outcome”:

Palestinians are insulted by aid “seemingly conditional on Gazans maintaining quiet on Israel’s border, where its military has killed hundreds of civilians participating in weekly rallies since March”:

“The military-dominated … government’s recent moves signal that Bangkok no longer thinks it can win the fight on the battlefield alone”:

Named for the Qur’anic “concept of forbearance” the clinics stated missions includes “to deliver effective, quality care to patients by drawing on the character and generosity of the Prophet Muhammad as a role model”: