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News and Analysis (9/17/17)

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Nor only is “banking while Arab” a crime, but so is being the wife or daughter of an Arab trying to make a deposit:

“Protests are banned in Saudi Arabia, as are political parties. Unions are illegal, the press is controlled and criticism of the royal family can lead to prison”:

“One part of the French left believes that the state should offer protection from religion, and the other, protection of religion”:

35 years ago the PLO gave in to Israeli demands they evacuate Lebanon only to see Israel seal off Sabra and Shatila for Maronite militias to slaughter the civilian population the West had promised to protect …

… and now they will demolish communities in a “forcible transfer of protected persons, a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention” …

… and minorities in American cities feel like they are under occupation is that the police are being trained by an occupation army:

A reckless press has harmed a child, its mother, and a family that reached out to help the child in its time of need, and forced social workers to disclose details that should have remained confidential:

EU law that guarantees freedom of worship, exempts Muslims and Jews from having to stun animals as part of ritual slaughter, yet “Muslims in Belgium were unable to do so this year”:

Suu Kyi has never been sympathetic to the Rohingya and has no political incentive to change …

… and Bangladeshi police will not allow them to leave “their allocated homes, not even to live with family or friends” and urge drivers against carrying refugees, or landlords renting to them:

“[T]he two sides planned to meet face-to-face but gave no date”:

News and Analysis (9/14/17)

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

“The justices have agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October”:

“During Aung San Suu Kyi’s years of house arrest, her fight for democracy was sustained by independent media. Now in power, her administration is accused of clamping down on the press in favor of official outlets”:

Iran’s deputy parliament speaker criticized both the Riyadh-based OIC and his own government for not taking action to defend the Muslim Rohingya:

For teaching Islam and Qur’an to about 100 people on each web site he was sentenced to two years in prison:

“At least 286 of Algeria’s roughly 2,000 Ahmadis have been … handed jail terms … [or] fines. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by law, but, expecting certain rejection,” they never applied for licenses:

“The expected offensive to dislodge ISIS from Hawija … has reportedly been complicated by Baghdad-Erbil mistrust over the fate of Kirkuk and its oil resources, as a Kurdish independence referendum looms Sept. 25”:

Because Iran has remained true to the agreement, American sanctions at this point would constitute a violation:

News and Analysis (9/11/17)

Monday, September 11th, 2017

“The top Buddhist leader is the latest Nobel peace laureate to speak out against the violence, which … may have killed more than 1,000 people, most of them Rohingya” …

… but the one Nobel peace laureate in a position to do something about it remains silent:

A depiction of a lion symbolizing the Western-led coalition driving a dog wrapped in the Muslim declaration of the faith provides a recruiting tool for the terrorists:

“The statement of LBA is false and concocted, an effort to suppress and threaten the rights of individual… I appeal not to let hatred and fear to win over love and compassion” — the bride:

Some women “termed triple talaq as a ‘right’ that should not be taken away from them simply because some ‘uneducated women’ had moved the apex court against it” …

… but “the board had always felt that instant triple talaq was a sin, even though admissible in [all four] schools of Sunni law”:

“Police fired rubber bullets to break up a mob which stoned the home of a Muslim butcher in central Myanmar”:

News and Analysis (9/8/17)

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Even in Morocco, fighting the equation of Judaism with Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians can be an uphill battle:

The government accuses Muslims of “burning their own villages. But the BBC’s South East Asia correspondent … says he saw a Muslim village that had just been set on fire, apparently by a group of Rakhine Buddhists”:

The court ruled “that those who have relationships with a resettlement agency should be exempt … [as should]  grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of legal U.S. residents”:

A report on how “the legalized othering of Muslim communities across the nation … has been established, and continues to expand … by fabrications, lies, and intentionally misconstrued information’:

“A dope lyric over a tight beat? That’s like an ayah.” Why “hip-hop holds such a special place for many American Muslims”:

“Suddenly it’s OK to be openly xenophobic” in China; a threatened boycott forces a company to drop its halal option on a food-ordering app:

News and Analysis (9/5/17)

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

He was an honest cop who thought what the department was “doing was wrong—it was completely stupid,” so they came down on him like a ton of bricks and ruined his life:

“This claim comes just days after the U.S. denied their air assets were targeting the ISIL convoy that consists of 300 combatants and 500 civilians”:

The world’s largest humanitarian crisis is not the heavily covered floods in Houston or even the not so well covered floods in Nepal but the American-Saudi-British caused disaster in Yemen:

Yet another example of the FBI turning a confused (and in this particular case brain damaged) young man into  terrorist:

“Malala Yousafzai … said her ‘heart breaks’ at the suffering of Rohingya Muslims and urged Myanmar’s leader, a fellow Nobel laureate, to condemn the violence against the Rohingya minority”:

Since no knowledgeable person claims Islamic law mandates prepubescent girls must cover their hair, is a prohibition in headscarves any different from a prohibition on lipstick?

News and Analysis (9/2/17)

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

In the Houston area, Muslims share the sacrificial meat with the poor and those displaced by the floods …

… “Muslims are just like any other type of person. They’re caring, loving, giving people. I feel very fortunate that they were open and willing to come and have this space” — a flood victim sheltered at a Muslim gym:

The government must inform “all individuals … turned away at borders as a result of the president’s first executive order … that they may seek re-entry … [and must] act in ‘good faith’ when processing their paperwork”:

The reporter stands by his story even as the mayor reports the child is in a “happy position” and that allegations that she was “stopped from eating bacon or having a crucifix necklace removed were … “not based in fact” …

… in what was really a custody dispute between a non-practicing Muslim  grandmother and an alcoholic mother “of Christian heritage” and far more “Muslim children being placed in white British Christian families”:

The government blames the rebels, but “Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh say a campaign of arson and killings by the Myanmar army is aimed at trying to force them out”:

The three teenagers “say they want to prove that they can be observant Muslims while also playing loud music and being independent”:

Hezbollah wants the international community to save from harm “old people, casualties and pregnant women in the buses” with the some 300 IS fighters who surrendered their enclave on the Syrian-Lebanese border:

New and Analysis (8/29/17)

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The most religious Muslims by conventional standards (42% pray five times a day and 65% say religion is very important in their life) agree “that there is room for multiple interpretations of the teachings of Islam”:

“[I]t’s important to separate cultural practices from religious teachings” and to remember that the Prophet’s life included women in business and on the battlefield:

“While ‘Project Runway’ contestants tend toward outrageous, revealing designs, Ife’s fashion niche is she creates modest-but-chic clothing, not exposing a lot of skin”:

“More than 100 members of Muslim Youth USA, and 40 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, passed out food, water, and other supplies in Houston“:

Fed up with racists misappropriating his creation, the creator of Pepe uses his copyright to force a former Texas school administrator to turnover the profits of Islamophobic book to CAIR:

It is difficult to assign blame “because the government denies most journalists access to the area,” suggesting it is the government that has something to hide:

“What universe does that come from?” asks 9th Circuit Judge Ronald Gould of the government’s claim “that a grandmother of a child in the United States does not count as a close relationship”:

“[Y]oung British Muslims meet … a band of older people, who cling to the old ways, and try to resist, by any means necessary, any attempt to breathe new life into the religion and make it relevant to the times”:

“There is no indication that Washington has presented such information to back up its call for inspections of Iranian military sites”:

News and Analysis (8/26/17)

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

The US president fails to learn from the mistakes of others, ignoring “the lessons that Mikhail Gorbachev and the USSR took from the conflict almost 30 years ago”:

The mayor and the planning board were satisfied that a mosque would have no significantly different impact that a church on zoning concerns, but under pressure from community bigots the city council said no:

“[A]ttacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts” by the the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army in response to the government’s murder of civilians will “likely to set off a new cycle of repression and resistance”:

When this British grocery allowed a Muslim employee to man a station that sells no alcohol, the public response was overwhelmingly favorable:

“The Saudi move isolating Iraq … forced [Iraqi leaders] to increase their reliance on Shiite Iran for security, stability, and economic sustainability”:

The denunciation was general and “did not directly refer to the political and military divisions in the Arab world that have killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions more in recent years”:

“Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Mr. Zarif as saying visas for both Iranian and Saudi diplomats to visit their respective embassies and consulates had been issued” as well:

U.S. demands that the Arab world crack down on its extremists ring hypocritical as long as our leaders ignore white terrorists and condone white extremists in America:

“There is no conceivable military alignment that’s going to be able to remove [Asad]”–former United States Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford:

News and Analysis (8/23/17)

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Trump’s capitulation to the Neocon agenda threatens the alliance with Pakistan without offering any meaningful hope for the Afghani people besieged by Taliban warriors and oppressed by a corrupt government:

In cancelling the divisive demonstrations ACT cited the “divisive climate” which it has itself fostered:

“[W]riting for hateful websites, denying the existence of Islamophobia and calling for the violation of fundamental rights and freedoms of a minority community is contrary to everything the [CRRF] stands for”:

“With a few American flags for your house, a CD tutorial on sounding more white, and so much more, this kit ensures that people suspicious of Muslims will know you’re ‘one of the good ones!'”

The court rules that the knife attack by the white man shouting, “Where are all the Muslims? I am going to kill all the Muslims” was not terrorism, but paranoid schizophrenia:

Now that the practice that violates the Qur’an (4:35) is banned by civil law as well, a number of Muslim organizations concede that “triple-talaq”was unIslamic …

… because the “three-stage talaq prescribed by the Shariah that involved counselling, mediation, and the time and space for possible reunion between estranged couples” …

… but that practice was just the tip of an iceberg of cultural practices that violate Islamic norms of justice, including outrageous fatwas that force rape victims to divorce actual husbands to marry their rapists:

The woman’s father says that the video gives a false impression in showing that his adult daughter forced into his home by court order “continues to live as a Muslim and she was under tremendous pressure”:

“[T]he arrival of Qatari pilgrims in Saudi Arabia … appears to have exacerbated the tension, with Qatar accusing Saudi Arabia of deliberately making it difficult for its pilgrims to obtain permits to go to Mecca”:

“The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has repeatedly warned that, if the peace process collapses, it will lose many of its younger members to IS-aligned groups”:

News and Analysis (8/20/17)

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Mosque of England, anyone? Instead of separating church and state, the Brits are creating a central Muslim religious authority which could be a first step in a state takeover of Islam Britain:

A “planned ‘anti-Islam’ rally … only spurred a celebration of diversity, anti-fascism and tolerance of Islam so massive it spilled onto the streets outside Vancouver City Hall and shut down a nearby street”:

Ten innocent men are acquitted of of suicide bombing charges, but only after languishing in prison for twelve years:

Police arrested the victims instead of the attackers:

Legilation is being introduced in Egypt that could compromise “the independence of judiciary and separation of powers in Egypt” and that could allow Sisi to be president-for-life: