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News and Analysis (9/14/19)

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

“[T]he peaceful handover of power, a rarity in the Arab world, belies the political instability and economic stagnation that have plagued the country” which still has no constitutional court to resolve ambiguities:

“The national security adviser departed abruptly after President Trump suggested he might lift some sanctions as an incentive for Tehran to get to the negotiating table” …

… but Bolton’s exit comes too late to prevent China from capitalizing on America’s sabotage of Iranian-European relations:

Is there any hope the Canadian courts will seize Israeli assets to compensate the American victims of terrorism by the IDF and Israeli subsidized settlers?

“CAIR’s litigation director Ahmed Mohamed slammed CBP in a statement to NorthJersey.com, accusing the agency of ignoring the need for “reasonable suspicion” to conduct searches”:

Annexation would horrify the international community and formalize for a Jewish minority to rule a non-Jewish majority, but Netanyahu thinks he can get away with it while Donald Trump is President of Israel’s strongest ally:

“The refusal to grant permits to Palestinian residents has confined them to crowded, poorly served neighborhoods, with around half the population believed to be at risk of having their homes demolished”:

“Over 310 Palestinians have been killed and about 18,000 others injured by Israeli forces since the outbreak of the Great March of Return protests at Gaza border on March 30, 2018”:

Iran promised only not to sell the oil directly to EU-sanctioned countries. It sold the oil to without strings to a private company which then likely sold it to Syria:

News and Analysis (9/11/19)

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

“The chapel’s most frequent users, according to chaplain Monica R. Lawson, are the Catholics who attend daily Mass there and the Muslims among the Pentagon’s massive workforce”:

The U.S. “was born out of a series of colonial boycotts against British merchants,” yet several states have tried to stop the movement to boycott Israeli apartheid threatening the free speech rights of Americans:

“Trump announced … that national security advisor John Bolton would be leaving the White House, tweeting that he ‘disagreed strongly’ with many of Bolton’s views” …

… “when it comes to Iran, the Trump administration’s hands are no longer tied by Bolton, an ideologue who views diplomacy as a weakness rather than a tool” …

… but “Iran has rejected talks unless sanctions are lifted first. It said on Wednesday that Bolton’s exit had not changed that position”:

“During the first week of September 2019, Israeli forces … killed Palestinian children, destroyed Palestinian property, stormed a Palestinian village, stole Palestinian land, and assaulted, detained, and abducted Palestinians”:

The author of Islam and Good Governance says that until Muslims will never have good governance until they abandon their medieval understanding of Islamic law for to “take pride in service as they do in their ritual devotions”:

She preferred to kill herself than be denied the right to attend a soccer match:

News and Analysis (9/8/19)

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

The federal judge ruled that “the standard for inclusion in the database was too vague” to prevent “erroneous deprivation of plaintiffs’ travel-related and reputational liberty”:

“Yesterday you killed our children in Gaza. Today our heroes responded in Qalqilya, and then our resistance sent a pilotless drone sending a clear message: Our people’s blood is precious, don’t get close to it” — Hamas:

The hospital was not allowed to remove the mother as her child’s representative for obtaining a fatwa “that it would be a ‘great sin’ and ‘absolutely impermissible’ … to consent to the removal of life support”:

This “isn’t about free speech or trying to police what people are saying” but is about how inappropriate it is for a teacher to publish “overtly fear-mongering material online that has no evidence” in an academic lecture …

“Islam … [is] a way of thinking. You could almost be a Muslim without actually being a Muslim. A Muslim is only a person who believes that nothing in the universe should be worshipped except God”:

“Iran’s Civil Code sets the marriage age at 13 for girls and 15 for boys – if they have their parents’ consent” but a girl under 13 or a boy under 15 may wed if a judge rules then to be “intellectually mature”:

Erdogan’s contempt for the international order fits in a world where the USA walks away from treaties and “China and Russia are willing to sell nuclear technology as well as arms with fewer, if any, safeguards”:

CAIR “argued that meals provided to the men during … Ramadan did not meet [federal] caloric … health guidelines [and] meals were cold when others received hot meals and sometimes contained pork”:

“Just over a thousand guerrillas are turning in 940 weapons in a single day, in a graduated decommissioning process that aims to turn … the country’s largest rebel force, into a regular political party”:

News and Analysis (9/5/19)

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

A “student … organized … petition supporting him … garnered more than 7,000 signatures” and his plight “elicited … support from … organizations including … the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education”:

The true purpose of the movement to equate any criticism of Zionism as anti-Semitic is to sparer Zionists of the impossible task of refuting the charge that Zionism is unjust:

“Hawks in Israel and America have spent more than a decade agitating for war against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Will Trump finally deliver?” …

… “[I]t is incumbent upon journalists to do in 2019 what we collectively did not do in 2003 [in the build-up to the Iraq invasion]: Check the facts, challenge the lies, debunk the myths”:

He was prepared to die defending his country, but ended up with PTSD from persecution by the Department of Justice:

The man who wrote what is “perhaps the most famous translation of the” Qur’an had an “understanding of Islam [that] was very liberal. He wanted a reconciliation between the Muslim and Western philosophy”:

“David Parnham’s campaign calling for Muslims to be ‘butchered’ sparked increase in hate crime” …

… while Vincent Vetromile, 20, was sentenced to seven years in state prison with five years of post-release supervision for his role in the plan to attack Islamberg, … located approximately 50 miles northeast of Binghamton”:

“The courier behind that intrusion … was an inside mole recruited by Dutch intelligence agents at the behest of the CIA and the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad”:

“[How long will we] accept the authenticity of hadiths that lack a chain of transmission [leading back to] the Prophet even though they contradict the Quran? Who benefits from [including] this hadith in our curricula…?”

News and Analysis (9/2/19)

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Not allowed to emcee the wedding of his best friend’s daughter in Queens after being questioned about his charitable work helping to resettle Syrian refugees, he was told only that “his name ‘matches that of a bad guy'”:

Bolton is fighting against the president’s plan to for “partial removal of U.S. troops in exchange for the Taliban renouncing al-Qaeda and preventing the group from recruiting, fundraising, training and other activities”:

“In December 2016, Parnham sent a fan letter to Dylann Roof, a white supremacist terrorist who murdered nine black victims at a church in Charleston, South Carolina”}:

There are “immense challenges [in] treating many people who have developed bone infections after having been shot by the Israeli army during protests in Gaza, Palestine over the last year”:

Berkowitz contends that respected academics and a multitude of human rights, aid, journalist, physician, foreign service groups “and even the U.S. State Department … are [all] wrong” about Israel’s human rights record:

Trevor Noah, Rashida Tlaib and Linda Sarsour, were all popular but the biggest draw was Bernie Sanders, who declared that Muslims “have helped make America the great nation it is”:

“Enough impunity: There’s an international responsibility to impose sanctions on Israel after decades of systematic crimes” — Saab Erekat, PLO Secretary-general:

News and Analysis (8/31/19)

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Contrary to popular (mis)perception American Muslims are well-integrated. A Rice University professor of Islamic history thinks Muslim Americans are “finding new ways of expressing their faith” without losing their religion:

The 19 year-old woman, “currently housed in … a shelter home for females in Lahore” “has filed a case in Lahore High Court accusing her family of giving her death threats,” that is, threatening an “honor killing”:

“My commitment is to freedom[,] … from patriarchy[,] … from racism[,] … from occupation and apartheid.” Noura Erakat explains why opposing deportation of African asylum seekers must be part of the struggle:

“They demolish our houses while we build theirs”:

“Abbas said that Palestinians are ready to negotiate a two-state solution within 1967 borders, but he” calls “for Europe to play a greater role in the Middle East peace process because he says the US is not neutral”:

Jerusalem “does not belong to any specific group because it belongs to all monotheists … [which] is how countless Muslim rulers treated the city, even when … their power could have allowed for that”:

His supporters say he was legally married to the woman in the video clip, which “a foreign intelligence agency … released when he refused to take part in a Canadian TV show critical of the Iranian regime”:

“Macron’s bet didn’t pay off… Zarif wasn’t senior enough…. Perhaps if President Hassan Rouhani had arrived in Biarritz, … Trump would have found a dramatic meeting irresistible”:

News and Analysis (8/29/19)

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

SIS invited a dangerous intervention of state authority into religious questions by asking the High Court to rule on the merit of a wrong-headed fatwa (nonbinding opinion) declaring “liberalism and pluralism” unIslamic:

The Palestinian student protests, “I shouldn’t be held responsible for what others post,” after an unwarranted search of his smart phone revealed he has acquaintances who oppose U.S. policy …

… while Israel raids even “areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority … with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses … with … sweeping arbitrary powers” …

“[T]he parliamentary bloc controlled by the PMF leadership, today called U.S. forces … [in the] fight against ISIS, to leave Iraq, [as] …it considered the [Israeli] drone attack a declaration of war on Iraq and its people” …

… while in Israel there are “suspicions that the prime minister’s political interests were behind the operation:

The judgment requires “authorities to introduce the options “unmarried, widower or divorced” for [both the bride and] the groom on the certificate” to respect gender equity in the right to privacy:

The two Muslim women who created Marvel Comics’ Kamala Khan “gave the character’s experiences and struggles a raw honesty [t]hat will continue with the screen … series’ writer and showrunner” Bisha Ali:

“Suleiman has received $150,000 in donations. Now he’s using the money to pay the bail for ten detainees who have children. … Many, but not all contributors are Muslim”:

China parades “students” who say they are “grateful” for their incarceration. “‘If not for the [Chinese] government, I would someday become a terrorist,’ said one detainee while wiping tears from his eyes”:

“Prominent Muslim scholars have released a whitepaper certifying that Ethereum’s native cryptocurrency, ether,  is, in fact, Shari’ah compliant” unless used for haram purposes:

There are hawks at other think tanks, but none “has made an institutional specialty of recommending hard-line Iran policies and offering detailed proposals for how to implement them the way the FDD has done”:

News and Analysis (8/26/19)

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Expansion of foreigner tribunals, plans for “huge new detention camps,” arrest of hundreds “on suspicion of being a foreign migrant — including a Muslim veteran of the Indian Army,” have driven dozens to suicide”:

Iran said that “the owner and purchaser of this oil will decide the destination of the cargo” and separately “announced that it had deployed a naval destroyer with cruise missiles to help secure Iranian ships”:

While they were in the Navy, a gag order prevented them from telling the truth about Israel’s attack on the U.S.S. Liberty; now, the American Legion picks up where the Navy left off:

He defined an Arab Jew culturally as “a Jew who speaks Arabic and grew up in a Muslim environment'” but younger “Mizrahi intellectuals” use the term “to highlight … reluctance to be part of the Zionist existence of the state”:

“I’m tired of being branded a terrorist; tired that a human life lost in my country is no loss at all. It is our responsibility to do our utmost to acquire the answers, to dig them up with our bare hands if we must”:

“There is no legal ban (on the presence of women in stadiums] and we must activate the infrastructure, which is underway”– Jamshid Taghizadeh, the sports ministry’s deputy for legal and provincial affairs

Sauce for the gander? Iran calls U.S. sanctions on its citizens “economic terrorism” and when Iran likewise sanctions U.S. citizens, the U.S. accuses them of “directly or indirectly compromising the safety of” Americans:

Even to get an Internet connection just to file this story, the reporter had to go to Jammu:

Trump said that Macron’s meeting with Iran’s FM during the G7 was not “‘disrespectful at all, especially when he asked me for approval.’ Still, Trump said he felt it was too early for a meeting with Zarif himself”:

News and Analysis (8/24/19)

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

“He was sentenced to “ten months in prison and a 2,000 shekel ($570 U.S.) fine” for Facebook “posts, calling for an end to the occupation and end to the suffering” which Israel considers “incitement” …

… while Facebook and Twitter took paid ads intended “to convince Westerners that the camps in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region are not sites of human rights abuses”:

“Some U.S. cities have banned the use of facial recognition technology” that China has adopted “to track and target its Muslim Uighur minority” and Israel to track Palestinians …

… who “now live in a world of surveillance and police control” reflected in  microcosm in a film that “won the jury special mention and the Fipresci Critics’ Award” at Cannes this year:

“Macron offered on Wednesday to either soften sanctions on Iran or provide a compensation mechanism ‘to enable the Iranian people to live better’ in return for full compliance with the pact” …

… and Britain still believes “the 2015 deal remains the best way to ensure Tehran does not get nuclear weapons”:

“We are operating – not just if needed, we are operating in many areas …. I gave the security forces a free hand and instructed them to do anything necessary to thwart Iran’s plans”–Benjamin Netanyahu:

The “$5 million to $6 million a month” reportedly spent on “[f]reelance payments and remittances … dwarves the “tens of thousands of dollars” in illicit transactions reported earlier this week by the New York Times“:

“Women often report that gyms can be quite hostile spaces, and that they don’t always feel safe and confident. So it is no wonder that the women’s-only classes were an instant hit” …

… and “Muslim women are still fighting for their right to swim” being ” told that their bathing wear wasn’t suitable” or “to go back to their country. Some have called the police on them”:

“It’s not just Muslim people who observe hijab … [who] are wary of traveling. … [A]bout 48% Muslims said they had experienced at least one instance of discrimination between 2016 and 2017″:

The UAE understands that war is bad for business and for stability and “that the closer they are aligned with the U.S. president, the more vulnerable they would be to any political setbacks to him”:

News and Analysis (8/21/19)

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

“Both in Egypt and Turkey, Islamic movements have struggled to survive in authoritarian regimes that exert strong control over religious practice”:

“[T]he judges insist on building a case against Tariq Ramadan” despite the fact that the investigations commissioned by them concluded that the “two plaintiffs’ testimonies … are not reliable”:

What Ali Al-Arian attributes to a “colonised readings of the Islamic tradition that push for political quietism and obedience to state power” may be a product of a preference to cozy up to authority over grass-roots organizing:

If the pending agreement requires the Taliban deny terrorist groups use of “Afghanistan as a springboard to launch attacks around the world” it would fail because the Taliban lacks the ability to do that:

Omar condemned both police threats to suppress an LGBTQ demonstrations and any pretense that such threats undermine the “case for defending Palestinian rights”:

[P]eople know and like their [Muslim] neighbours and they don’t believe everything they see on TV”:

“NBCU-backed Working Title Television is making Lady Parts, a six-part comedy about an all female Muslim punk band”:

“[E]xtolling the alleged success stories of detainees at the camps and claiming that the detention centers were not meant to interfere with religious beliefs and practices” ads targeted the U.S. and other countries”:

“Riyadh is concerned about any US-Iranian dialogue tour that takes place outside its political radar. Riyadh seems at the same time terrified of any dialogue with Tehran about which Washington does not know in advance”: