News and Analysis (10/14/19)

October 14th, 2019

“SAUDI ARABIA MAY be this country’s top arms customer, but we are not their protector and our military forces are not their mercenaries”:

“[A]s the US draws back from the Middle East, the countries of the region are increasingly getting caught up in risky foreign interventions” …

… and even as he defends his Syrian withdrawal, “Trump has endorsed the idea of sanctioning Turkey for its attack on the primarily-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, which allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS”:

Iran government spokesman Ali Rabei has said Tehran is `avoiding haste, carefully examining what has happened and probing facts’ into the apparent attack on one of its tankers in the Red Sea on October 11″ …

… as Pakistan PM Imran Khan in a mission to mitigate tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia …

… and “the UAE itself has never pointed the finger of blame at Iran for [the attack on Saudi oil industry]. Instead, it sent navy officers to meet their counterparts in Iran”:

After 70 days incommunicado, Kashmiris get partial relief, but not for Internet, VOIP, landline, or prepaid phone services:

Iran has realised that its inefficient and corrupt managers endanger the political system more than foreign enemies do”:

British Museum highlights the East-West cultural exchange and the Islamic influence in European culture:

A Mossad official was quoted saying that assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was “Not impossible”:

US steps up trade pressure on China over Uighur oppression:

“Israeli police … in the East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood … were caught on camera complaining that there was no purpose to an ongoing police operation … other than deliberately provoking … residents” …

… yet, “President Donald Trump’s civil rights chief in the Department of Education, Kenneth L Marcus, it seems, is now leading a campaign to make all US universities Israel-friendly”:

News and Analysis (10/12/19)

October 12th, 2019

Despite U.S. pressure …

“Turkey has vowed to push forward with its offensive targeting Kurdish forces in Syria despite continued international criticism” …

… even though some ISIS detainees escaped from prison and “women affiliated with Isis attacked security offices with sticks and stones during unrest at a camp in the region where Turkey has launched attacks”:

After two months, “around 4 million post-paid cellphone connections will be restored in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, … [but] internet services will remain suspended for now” …

… and opposition leaders ask how local elections taken seriously or India trusted amid a communication shutdown when “most of the state’s political leaders in detention” …

… while India’s home minister says Modi has warned America’s president against speaking up on India’s occupation of Kashmir because it is an “internal matter” [!]:

Many of the estimated 1.5 million Uighur Muslims and other minorities detained in China are sentenced in a closed court trial and charged for religious practices called serious disturbance of the normal religious order:

Those who insist that antipathy for what Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek have called “the Jewish State in the Levant” is any more anti-Semitic than antipathy for ISIL is anti-Muslim don’t recognize their own bigotry:

Iranian women in attendance enjoyed a 14-0 home team win, but “Tehran has yet to announce that they will be granted unrestricted access to all matches”:

Rejecting Zamiruddin Shah’s “fervent wish that Muslims … hand over the disputed land to Hindus for construction of Ram temple as a goodwill gesture [to] ensure communal harmony and peace in the country”:

“We refuse to engage with a party that has made hate and division a central element of its platform — but more importantly, that 98 to 99 per cent of Canadians are rejecting as per the most recent polling”:

News and Analysis (10/10/19)

October 10th, 2019

Will Turkey’s multiple conflicts and military activities secure its border and interests? …

… Kamran Bokhari think it can:

Beijing may cancel trade talks with the US as the US restricts Visas for Chinese officials for their role in the human rights violations and abuses of Muslims minorities …

… meanwhile, a 65-year-old woman has “been sentenced in June to 20 years in [prison for] …. ‘illegally using superstition to break the rule of law” and “gathering chaos to disrupt social order'”:

An Indian Christian missionary says that under Modi’s party sees both “Muslims and Christians … with a special ‘contempt’ as foreign interlopers or as ‘brainwashed’ by colonizing forces'” and both are targets of violence:

“The perpetrator … is a member of the Brigade Juive, or Jewish Brigade, a pro-Israel extremist group” from which “many Palestine solidarity activists received death threats … threatening to ‘scalp you one by one’:

Israeli Secret Services sanctioned illegal torture against Palestinian civilians …

… while “the demolition of their homes, arbitrary detention, and systematic attacks by Israeli settlers with the tacit support of the Israeli army” cause “significant long-term mental health impacts” as well as physical injury”:

How Interfaith dialogue may heal divisions in a world inflicted with religious and political conflicts:

The author asks, “Why in the world would you choose to increase your marginality? Why would you choose to increase the discrimination that you will experience?

“Muslim and Catholic religious leaders observed the eighth centenary of St. Francis’ pilgrimage to Jerusalem by visiting Al-Aqsa Mosque, illustrating what appears to be a golden age of relations between the religions”:

“Building and stockpiling nuclear bombs is wrong and using it is haram (religiously forbidden) … Although we have nuclear technology, Iran has firmly avoided [weaponizing] it”:

News and Analysis (10/7/19)

October 7th, 2019

“Sexually violating women, including stopping them from reproducing, has become a weapon for China against its Muslim population’:

Despite accounts from London-based Forensic agency, medical evidence, and eyewitness activists; Israeli officials continue to deny the use of live ammunition that targeted a 10-year-old boy on July 12:

“Excessive force outside the rules of engagement was used and we have begun to hold accountable those commanding officers who carried out these wrong acts”–Iraqi military statement:

“Mr Dehbashi Kivi, a 38-year-old University of Queensland research student, has been allowed to return home to Iran after being detained in Australia for more than a year.”:

A Trump Organization spokeswoman says that the anti-Muslim ACT for America organization “absolutely will not be hosting their event at Mar-a-Lago”:

“Israelis, who had been reassured by Netanyahu that his brilliant plan had put Tehran on the defensive, were surprised to hear that Iran suddenly posed a threat on par with the 1973 Yom Kippur War”:

A US top admiral in the Middle East suggests Iran continued threat absent any intelligence informing his assessment:

News and Analysis (10/4/19)

October 4th, 2019

Special Branch Police refused to explain its special interest “in Muslim students … as it is a matter of national security…. However, they promised that the bureau has already abandoned the order”:

Gashi benefited from Gulf charity scholarship money that enabled him to study in Medina, but didn’t adopt “the ultra-conservative doctrine practiced there, and the religious establishment did not like his “modern opinions'”:

The Guardian Council approved the legislation after “parliament amended the bill to condition granting citizenship to children who have been found to not ‘possess a security problem'”:

“I’m embarrassed to say this but my opinions on Islam used to be that the religion, the culture and the people were backward; that they didn’t integrate and wanted to take over”:

President Rouhani presented a plan dubbed the Hormez Peace Endeavor. According to Iran’s FM, All regional states and the global community have an interest in protecting freedom of navigation and energy security for all:

“The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the remaining signatories can still be saved after the U.S. withdrawal but Iran must return to the full implementation of its commitment”:

“Their own, independent relationship with the [Qur’an brought] … faith that Allah’s plan was for me to twirl onstage in a skirt so that I could eventually find not only myself, but Allah, like many [Sufis] … centuries before”:

News and Analysis (9/30/19)

September 30th, 2019

Serb separatist hate speech includes mocking the SDA’s embrace of liberal reforms and sparks a rise in hate crimes:

“A 60-year old woman and 13-year old boy were killed and three wounded in shelling over the Line of Control (LOC), near the informal border with India, on Saturday and Sunday” …

… and “19 people interviewed by The Washington Post across 13 villages in southern Kashmir … alleged abuses by the armed forces in the days after India launched a crackdown in the disputed region” …

… as “Modi’s hard-right agenda is rolling on, unimpeded by significant opposition in India. His latest attack: on 1.9 million undocumented people, with the intention of displacing Bengali Muslims from northeastern India”:

“Kenneth Katzman, the Congressional Research Service’s Iran analyst, [says] that predictions of the imminent meltdown of Iran’s economy are unfounded”:

“Apparently, Montazeri has missed the point that Iran, as a member of FIFA, has accepted the rules and regulations of the international soccer body” …

… as Trump has missed the point that the U.S. accepted the Iran nuclear deal:

Finding no books in the public library on “Muslim women in history who inspired” them, the young women “realised that there was a lack of representation and diversity in the books we had access to”:

“The basis of all religion is compassion and justice”:

“Israel sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip for three days for the celebration of the Jewish new year, according to the military on Sunday”:

“Arbeed was … was harshly beaten by the Israeli forces using their guns. He was then taken to the al-Mascobiyya interrogation centre in Jerusalem and an order was issued, banning him from meeting his lawyer”:

“The man the LA Times once hailed as ‘the finest rock songwriter after Dylan'” says the implication that if “you are not a white Christian … you’re not a real American … [is] incredibly destructive, divisive, and harmful”:

News and Analysis (9/27/19)

September 27th, 2019

“India is being governed today by Hindu ethno-nationalists who seem to regard the country’s minorities—Muslims, Christians and other non-Hindus—as inferior, anti-national, and not deserving of protection” …

… “I am disappointed by the international community. If eight million Europeans, or Christians or Jews or Americans were put under siege well even if eight Americans had been put under siege … imagine the reaction”:

Claiming that the second largest religion on earth is not a religion is as dangerous as it is absurd:

The minister says that “even though French law did not ban mothers in headscarves from going on school trips as volunteers, he wanted to avoid this ‘as much as possible'”:

“Anyone who is in any way associated with the PA in Jerusalem, they’re routinely arrested because Israel wants to make sure that there is no Palestinian representation in Jerusalem”:

Her brother and the “brother and sister of her former husband … were all  arrested last night” and “authorities have refused to disclose the whereabouts of” the latter two or “the reason for their arrests”:

When she said she didn’t need a two hour lunch break and asked for two five minute prayer breaks instead  “she was brought before [Fast Track’s] CEO” who launched “tirade” against “religious shenanigans”:

“The Stena Impero was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the strait of Hormuz waterway for alleged marine violations two weeks after Britain seized an Iranian tanker off the territory of Gibraltar”:

“Today people in Palestine, Kashmir, and Hong Kong see themselves as stateless nations ruled with brutish military occupation. In the postcolonial game of state formation, they have been denied their national sovereignty”:

News and Analysis (9/24/19)

September 24th, 2019

“Kashmiris’ rights were at the forefront … [and] intricately linked to the fear many Muslims continue to have under the current US administration, given the leaders of both countries are known for their anti-Muslim stances”:

“Researchers found that, of 549 collected cases, 26% were children who were separated from their parents due to the travel ban. An additional 37% were partners who were split apart” …

… while at the U.N. the author of the “ban on Muslims coming to America, vowed without a hint of irony at the United Nations to protect freedom of religion”:

“‘The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran’ … tells the story of hawks in Israel and the U.S. spending more than a decade agitating for war against Iran” …

… but while the public is loathe for U.S. involvement in any military response to the attack, one survey suggests public support could be rallied by fooling Americans into believing “Iran’s nuclear capabilities as a threat”:

O’Brien’s attempts to effect prisoner swaps with Iran stalled because Iran would negotiate only “with higher-level U.S. officials. Suddenly it would appear that O’Brien fits that description almost perfectly”:

“FIFA said on Saturday it would be working with the Iranian football federation to develop plans for women to attend domestic matches in the Iranian league as well”:

“[I]t was important to stand up to … their agenda of intolerance. “We should always be able to engage in civil discourse, even the most difficult or sensitive topics without resorting to violence”:

In cancelling the award the German city declared Shamsie’s opposition to Israeli occupation and apartheid “is clearly in contradiction to the statutory objectives of the award and the spirit of the Nelly Sachs Prize”:

Protest IS a form of jihad:

“The oil tanker is ‘now free to leave the Southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, as the legal formalities have been observed and completed,’ according to Iran”:

The U.S. “will stand behind whatever actions the Israeli government takes, … [and] Congress is poised to lay the ground for a American peace plan that will only guarantee perpetual conflict”:

News and Analysis (9/20/19)

September 20th, 2019

It would be wrong to go to war without certainty as to who launched the attack, a treaty obligation to interfere, well-defined goals and plans, a national interest, and, above all, a declaration of war by the U.S. Congress …

… “Holding Iran responsible for the actions of a militia” would logically require holding the U.S. “responsible for massive human casualties in the Yemen war resulting from Saudi use of American weaponry “:

“We don’t want to engage in a military confrontation. We believe that a military confrontation based on deception is awful, will have a lot of casualties. But we won’t blink to defend our territory”:

“The odor of right wing political correctness that comes through this definitely could have a chilling effect” — Henry Reichman, American Association of University Professors …

… “Betsy DeVos‘s investigation into the consortium began after Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) sent her a letter condemning the program for holding a conference with “severe anti-Israel bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric”:

PM Prayuth Chan-ocha says that the fact that the government suspects Muslims for “a series of bomb blasts in the capital Bangkok in August” justifies spying on all Muslim university students:

With the “inconsistency and lack of transparency in granting visas, there is no definitive way to track visa application approvals and rejections” so some have called the approach a “mockery of the rule of law” and “a sham”:

Donald Trump said on Wednesday that ‘if it was up to’ him, he would allow Rouhani and his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to come….” Does that mean Pompeo is in charge?

“[H]undreds of locals, mostly Muslims, took to the streets … [in] solidarity with the Hindu community … after a mob vandalised a temple and a school run by a Hindu principal … accused of committing blasphemy”:

American Airlines “has faced accusations of discrimination in the past”:

A “proposal to require congressional authorization for any attack against Iran. And their amendment is now a major flash point in negotiations with the Senate that kicked off Thursday over a final defense bill”:

News and Analysis (9/17/19)

September 17th, 2019

Blaming Iran for a Houthi attack is “a pretext … to make war on Iran,” that ignores that MbS attacked Yemen “because Saudi Arabia had been used to having major influence on Yemen through dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh” …

… They claim photos show “points of impact … that appear to have originated from the north or northwest” ruling out Yemen as the source but “some of the strikes in the images appeared to have come from the west” …

… but “other nations have not supported Pompeo’s assertion that [Iran] was responsible” and “the Houthi rebels … claim that their forces fired the drone without any external help save that from Houthi inside Saudi Arabia” …

… and a West Point study showing the Houthis are now the “most powerful military entity in [their] country” contradicts claims that the Houthis are incapable of the such an attack:

“Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, a presidential hopeful whose popularity has been tarnished by a sluggish economy and the rising cost of living, could well turn out to be the election’s biggest loser”:

“Joseph Cecil Vandevere directed a tweet at Virginia state senate “candidate Qasim Rashid. The tweet included a picture of a lynching and read, ‘VIEW YOUR DESTINY'”:

One co-founder dared to write “about a 2001 FBI investigation of five Israeli nationals who were witnessed smiling and celebrating and taking pictures of the burning Twin Towers … [who were] deported without charge”:

A social media manager who had put quotes of Prophet Muhammad on the site was shocked to find her overlords had removed it all saying “they wanted to do away with anything overtly Islamic”:

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that Iran has no immunity anywhere and that the Israeli military forces “will act — and currently are acting — against them”:

“The expelling of Qaterji’s group and the bold move by the Iranian militias reveals a deepening conflict within the camp of the Assad regime and its allies consisting of Iran, Russia and various Arab tribes”:

“Mr. Netanyahu is shameless. Mr. Gantz is blind. Palestinians see no prospect in this election. How could they?”