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News and Analysis (10/21/16)

Friday, October 21st, 2016

“60 prisoners remain in Guantánamo, 19 of whom have been cleared for release. With time running out, President Obama must double down and … end the unlawful and unjust practice of indefinite detention”:

From their viewpoint, “critics of collective responsibility claim that Muslims should “stand up against the state and its violence against Muslims in general”:

“Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms says officials raided its Cairo base, raising fears of revived crackdown”:

“[E]lite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the U.S. military announced the first American combat death since the operation began”:

“The attack was repelled by local security forces, who said six of the militants had been killed in the operation”:

“Carter, acknowledging it was a delicate issue, declined to explicitly say whether he thought Turkey should be allowed to participate in the operations in Iraq. Washington in the past has deferred that matter to Baghdad”:

News and Analysis (10/19/16)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

After years of pretending that Asad had a monopoly on chemical weapons in Syria, the U.S. finally admits to (some of the) evidence that his opponents have used them:

Unless the Sunni population’s antipathy to Iraq’s “Shia-dominated government … changes, the military defeat of … Isis … within Iraq will mutate into a … sectarian conflict that will usher in the next mutation of Wahhabi extremism”:

Recently freed movement “leaders have sworn to liberate Ethiopia from the western backed Tigrayan ethnic minority regime presently ruling the country.” Muslims are the majority and Islam forbids ethnic discrimination:

As a counter-terrorism computer scientist he risks facing violence in Pakistan, but he prefers that to what his family endured in the US:

The Muslims visited by the gymnast showed him “what they learn & the true meaning behind there religion of peace” and he now says he would not use his video as an endorsement of free speech but as a example of bad taste:

“You can always count on the authorities to make us look stupid” — a Malaysian Facebook commentator:

When Lindsay Lohan began her study of Islam, “the reaction from her fellow Americans was negative and somewhat shortsighted.” But an online fan says, “If Islam is helping her find and keep her sobriety, that’s awesome”:

“The issue of openly demonstrating religious signs becomes increasingly touchy in secular France as it also becomes more politicized” …

… but Macron challenges the prevailing French view that there should be no religion in public life, “If the state should be neutral, which is at the heart of secularism, we have a duty to let everybody practice their religion with dignity”:

The picture of a Muslim supporter in Trump’s ad has two tiny problems: he’s a Sikh and he’s not supporting Trump:

News and Analysis (10/16/16)

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Unsatisfied with the mass murder of Muslims, the home-grown terrorists planned to target “churches that had supported refugees … [and] allegedly plotted attacking city and county commission meetings and even landlords who rented to Muslim refugees” as well …

… but threats in Georgia indicate that the Kansas plot is just the tip of an ugly iceberg:

The accusation that when a young Muslim confessed to suicidal thoughts after his girlfriend broke up with him, an FBI informant urged to die for a terrorist cause instead lends credence to charges that he FBI is turning troubled youth into terrorists:

Decades before Jenner developed his smallpox vaccine, Cotton Mather described how his Muslim slave taught him the method of inoculation, showing “in his Arm ye Scar,” and “perhaps saving thousands of lives in early 18th-century New England”:

After a U.S. supported attack a funeral killed 140 mourners we blame unnamed sources of bad intelligence, rather than ask “So, what’s wrong with our culture?”

Kerry refuses to name the released Americans nor has he revealed what they were doing in the war zone:

Clinton advisers tell her to express her opposition to the Palestinians’ right to return to their homes in  way that doesn’t offend liberal Jews’ “discomfort” with Israel’s brutal occupation policies:

Unlike the Citadel, “Norwich was quick to agree to make the accommodation, which will also apply to Jewish men who wish to wear a yarmulke along with their uniforms”:

“The Islamic State even named its monthly magazine Dabiq,” in reference to a Prophetic tradition about the end times, in its effort to legitimize its terrorist activities:

“Why don’t these clerics press for Shariat laws against Muslim men accused of rape and other such crimes?” — Muslim Mahila Foundation president Nazneen Ansari:

News and Analysis (10/14/16)

Friday, October 14th, 2016

“This is a clear sign that the terrorist organization has started to lose support not only from the population, but even from its own members” — Iraqi Counter-terrorism Service spokesman Sabah al-Numani:

“With this direct US involvement in Yemen’s civil war, the US bears greater responsibility to end it”:

“We are at a crossroads where we can either emerge as a pluralistic democracy in Asia and in the Muslim world or where our nation will implode from grand corruption and different religious and ethnic groups being pitted against each other fighting for limited resources”:

Many of “the girls are from a Christian enclave in the predominantly Muslim northeast. Many of their parents are involved in translating the Bible into local languages and belong to the Nigerian branch of the Elgin, Illinois-based Church of the Brethren”:

Treating drug addition with compassion instead of coercion or alternative drugs. “The reason Laila’s camp has had a higher rate of success than government-run hospitals has a lot to do with the emotional and psychological care [the workers] provide to the addicts”:

The PA issued a statement regretting Israeli attempts to shift focus from Israel’s illegal and colonial actions … to issues irrelevant to the content and objectives of the resolutions, which aims to put an end to Israel’s dangerous and illegal actions against holy sites”:

“Article 72(2) of the FIFA 2016 statutes … states “members associations and their clubs may not play on the territory of another member association without the latter’s approval”:

The new airstrikes reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights will add “at least 358 civilians … killed in eastern Aleppo since the U.S. and Russian-brokered truce collapsed on Sept. 19 … [including] over 100 children have been killed in the campaign”:

News and Analysis (10/10/16)

Monday, October 10th, 2016

“[T]wo days after an apparent Saudi-led air strike killed 140 mourners at a funeral attended by powerful tribal leaders” …

… “diplomatic neglect as well as US and UK arms sales have fueled Saudi-Iranian proxy war that could blow up in west’s face”:

The whistle blower says he was hired to make “television commercials portraying al-Qaeda in a negative light, … fake news segments intended to look like they were ‘created by Arabic TV’ … [and] fabricated propaganda films made to look like they came from al-Qaeda”:

Following Trump’s advice that Muslims report hatred when they see it, a college professor in Brooklyn tweeted, “I’m a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri”:

Denying any terrorist links, Kimberly Miners says, “You don’t get **** for wearing nowt, but the second you start wearing [Islamic attire] you get accused [of extremism] and stuff”:

Tennessee has passed a law aimed at distinguishing teaching ABOUT religion for teaching religion:

Why are Muslims persecuted for acting on a commandment found in the New Testament (James 4:13-17)?

“Bacon isn’t … Kryptonite”:

“The Mandal officials said that ‘triple talaq’ has been abolished in many Islamic countries and has no support in Islam”:

News and Analysis (10/7/16)

Friday, October 7th, 2016

When it comes to recognizing women’s achievement, architecture historian Mary Woods thinks that the Pritzker committee has much to learn from the precedent set by the Muslims’ Aga Khan Award for Architecture:

Since coming to America this Ahmadiyya Muslim met many Muslims who “sympathize with the plight of the Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan … but can count on one hand the number of Sunni and Shia imams who have come forward to call out the injustices against Ahmadi Muslims”:

In the same way that knowledge of the history of evolution or the determination of the age of the universe violates her child’s (or should we say her) religious beliefs?

“When Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was pulled off a Southwest Airlines flight and interrogated by police officers, he said he felt like he was back in Iraq — a police state. But the recent UC Berkeley graduate was in Los Angeles, waiting to take a flight back to Oakland”:

Despite the fact that the Qur’an does not condone stoning for any crime whatsoever, Iraee wrote a story (never published) in which a young woman who burns a copy of the book after being enraged by viewing a film depicting the fatal stoning of a  young woman stoned to death”:

“A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honor killing law, removing a loophole in existing law that allows killers to walk free after being pardoned by family members”:

“If ISIS loses the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in the coming battle, its visions of a caliphate would fade, while the government in Baghdad would have the chance to rewrite Iraq’s national narrative” …

… but “complaints from fighters and commanders in the National Mobilisation force about lack of weapons from the Baghdad government highlights sectarian faultlines that could undermine the offensive and chances for sectarian and ethnic harmony”:

News and Analysis (10/5/16)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Snowden tried to warn us. Did Yahoo comply with an illegal order from the U.S. government?

“The Pentagon confirmed the PR firm did work for them…. US law prohibits the government from using propaganda on its population, hence the use of an outside firm to create the content”:

“The ministry accused Kamal of running armed branches of the group. But the Arab world’s oldest Islamist organisation insists it is committed to peaceful activism”:

“As both Kaskas and Hungerford have deep knowledge of their respective religious texts” it  was important that their translation not put “words in God’s mouth”:

“Its lush musical textures notwithstanding, the play poses unsettling questions” about profiling, entrapment, the prosecution of possible predisposition to terrorism, “‘extraordinary measures[ that cross the line of torturing American citizens”:

“[R]efugees must prove that they were forced to leave their country because of  ‘a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group'” …

… and “[f]ar from being a threat, [this Muslim refugee] was willing to lay down his own life to protect an American soldier”:

“Analysts say there isn’t a single known case of a native Bulgarian Muslim joining a Middle Eastern extremist group. But that has not stopped the country’s right-wing politicians from advancing one of Europe’s most anti-Muslim agendas”:

Ankara has ignored Iraq’s call for the withdrawal of unauthorized Turkish troops fighting Daesh in violation of Iraqi sovereignty:

“When you are in orbit, there is no country and race” — Iranian space agency chief Mohsen Bahrami:

News and Analysis (10/2/16)

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

If you “use soap, shampoo, toothpaste, a toothbrush, coffee, a clock, a camera, a fountain pen[, … [or studied] algebra, chemistry or the scientific method at a university[, or] … own a guitar or magnifying glasses in your home … you have Islamic civilization to thank”:

Raised as Christian Beth believed in religion but had no interest in living it. After discovering Islam she became excited about religion again. Living in a Muslim country Ibrahim knew little about Islam, but in America he became a better Muslim. And then they met and married:

“Though it was difficult for him to sleep last night because of the pain on his collarbone, Dar said, “I am not ashamed of being a Muslim. Now that this attack has happened, I’m not going to change anything about how I go about my day. I don’t want that to be a result … of this”:

When she came out to her parents, they didn’t say you can’t be bisexual and Muslim, but rather: “Nobody stands between you and Allah. Remember that. THAT is Islam…! Self-discovery made a [Muhammad into a] prophet! Not a bunch of self-righteous jerks”:

“Mainstream depictions of Muslims, be it in film or the rhetoric espoused by lawmakers, has shaped and gone on to define what makes a Muslim. There can’t be change without challenging these depictions, and the only way to do it is to have Muslims, on their own terms, respond”:

News and Analysis (9/30/16)

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Al-Ghazali accused the jurists of preferring “the management of religious endowments … and appointment to judicial and government positions through which one exalts himself above his fellow men and fastens his yoke on his enemies” over other disciplines such as medicine:

“If American Jews heard gentiles with no background in Judaism declaiming this way about our tradition, we’d be irate. If these commentators displayed not merely ignorance about Judaism, but hostility, we’d call them bigots”:

“This is another failure by the top human rights body which shamefully accepts the membership of Saudi Arabia, one of the most brutal and cruel repressive states in the world, and allows it to dictate resolutions” — S. A. Alwadaei (Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy):

American armed FSA rebels share “operational planning with Jaish al-Fatah, an alliance of Islamist groups that includes the former Syrian wing of al Qaeda” and take part in a joint “offensive with the al Qaeda-inspired Jund al-Aqsa group”:

“The participation in Grozny of Egypt’s Sheikh El-Tayeb suggests that substantial Saudi funding …  of Al Azhar’s scholars” and of military dictator Al Sisi “has not bought the kingdom the kind of religious and political loyalty it expected” …

… while even the U.S. Congress prefers to compromise its own sovereign immunity rather than protect its Saudi ally:

News and Analysis (9/27/16)

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The murder of Hattar is the tip of ugly iceberg; the context is the state’s disbanding organizations, blocking publications, and harassing, arresting, and imprisoning individuals for “merely engaging in critical debate”:

Tennessee’ State Board of Elections has decided their children are not ignorant enough:

Enough with hypocrisy! One can disagree with Noor Tagouri’s decision to appear (modestly clothed) in Playboy without resorting to shaming her. After all, no one shamed Malcolm X for appearing (modestly clothed) in Playboy:

At least five “others with Western ties [are] known to be recently detained in Iran”:

“Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, a former teacher, had pleaded guilty and expressed remorse for his role in overseeing the destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque door by pickax-wielding rebels in June and July of 2012”:

A leader of the “Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which says Islam is not compatible with the constitution … condemned the attack on the mosque, saying: ‘Attacking a building in which people worship God is barbaric, whether it be a church, a mosque or a synagogue'” …

… while Berlin lawyer Seyran Ates says, “I think the Conference on Islam is not doing itself any favors by restricting its points of contact to the associations, who represent only 15 percent of Muslims”:

A queer Muslimah pleads that LBGTQ Muslims must not allow their disappointment that the ummah has yet to show its professed mercy toward them to be “weaponized against all Muslims” and vows not be used against the ummah, “whether they accept me or not”:

“The Grand Island Independent reports ( ) that the judge ruled in U.S. District Court in Omaha last week that she found no evidence of a discriminatory motive on the part of JBS Swift, now known as JBS USA”:

Among the thousands attending the “first-ever New England Muslim Festival” were “Malden Mayor Gary Christenson; Nadeem Mazen, Cambridge’s first Muslim city councilor; US Representative Katherine Clark; and US Attorney Carmen Ortiz”: