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News and Analysis (1/21/18)

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

His attorneys argue that U.S. support of those rebels not designated as terrorists “is evidence that it believed the belligerency against Assad was legitimate warfare and that fighters against Assad were entitled to combatant immunity”:

O’Callaghan was unable to defend such absurdities as classifying people forced by the government to come to the U.S. for purposes of prosecution on foreign soil “immigrants” and excluding domestic terrorism by native white supremacists:

The prisoners ask “the court to look at our detention today, based on accusations from 15 years ago and on evidence too weak to allow imprisonment for this long, still with no end, and decide if just laws allow this”:

A Baptist minister says that a “substantial majority of non-Muslim Americans still don’t know very much about Islam and tend to think in monolithic terms, derived largely by what they see on television, acts of extremists” …

… Exhibit A, the external affairs chief at the Corporation for National and Community Service who, in filthy language, urges Muslims to leave the U.S. and engage in scatological and pedophilic activities:

“[B]eing a Muslim is about good character. We Muslims shouldn’t allow harsh words to get under our skin. We must not insult people who insult us because of our religion — and we must always be on our best behavior”:

Islam “is a patriarchal religion, she said, but as a Muslim woman, she is not required to work. If she does, she can keep her own money, she said. ‘Who would not like that?’ Shaiq asked. One man raised his hand”:

“Direct military action against territory held by Kurdish militia opens a new front in Syria’s civil war and sees Ankara confronting Kurds allied to the United States at a time when Turkey’s relations with Washington are reaching breaking point”:

“[F]inally we have a movie where we [Muslims] are not a bad people … that shows Afghan bravery against al-Qaeda and the tyranny of the Taliban”:

Refugees are demanding that “their safety can be guaranteed and Myanmars grant their demands to be given citizenship and inclusion in a list of recognized ethnic minorities … [and] that their homes, mosques and schools … be rebuilt”:

News and Analysis (1/18/18)

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Because data doesn’t support the Muslim ban, the administration elected to doctor it …

… “two new independent studies issued this week show that … the number of Americans killed by white supremacists in the U.S. last year was far higher than those killed by Muslim extremists”: 

Linxia county students”are prohibited from entering religious buildings over their break…. Students must also not read scriptures in classes or in religious buildings … and [must] work to strengthen [communist] ideology and [atheist] propaganda”:

“Cardin’s crowning achievement came last year when he authored a bill that would have made it a felony to support a boycott of Israel — a bill that was … a profound assault on basic First Amendment freedoms”:

“I can’t, in good conscience, accept this award from the brand and celebrate Gal’s ambassadorship after the IDF imprisoned a 16-year-old girl named Ahed Tamimi last month, an activist who is currently still incarcerated”:

“Muslim women … defying the stereotype of women … [include] a girl from Germany who’s a celebrity in the Karate world, a female boxer from London, and a comic artist that depicts the humor and kindness of Muslim women”:

“Turkey says it is getting ready to launch a massive assault on Kurdish forces on the other side of the border with Syria – potentially putting it in direct conflict with its Nato ally, the United States”:

“[T]he formerly passive movement has quietly formed its own fighting forces and vice squads and aligned itself with warlords and governments in eastern, central, and western Libya, with its eye on complete control over Libyan society”:

“The largest Muslim rebel group … signed a peace deal with the government in 2014 … [in which the former promised to] create a new autonomous area in the Mindanao region offering more political and economic power”:

“This has happened 24 times—every time I leave the country. They are so nice in America, honestly, they are nice. But my wife and I have to wait hours while they ask questions”:

News and Analysis (1/16/18)

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

“There are very few sellers in the community who are willing to work with us on the idea of building a mosque,” he said. “Several said the land is for sale, but not for us”:

He “picked up the Koran as he prepared to give sworn evidence under religious oath, before he chose the Bible when court staff pointed out the difference” and then admitted not returning company uniforms he wore in inflammatory videos”:

Police spokesperson Mark Pugash “said police don’t know how the story escalated. He stressed it’s ‘quite rare’ for someone to make false allegations of this type, and said he hopes it will not discourage others from coming forward”:

“Syria’s main Kurdish groups … [are among] the few winners in the Syrian war, working to entrench their autonomy over large parts of northern Syria. Washington opposes those autonomy plans even as it has backed the SDF”:

“[H]e has every reason to feel the world has treated him badly, but is still so positive, open, gentle and optimistic,” said Simon. “His gentleness is a hard-earned gentleness”:

“Richardson said he was chosen by Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to sit on the 10-member board that will advise on … the freedom of journalists to observe and report on” the persecution of the Royhinga Muslims:

On his national tour promoting Muslim political participation, Ellison says, “I am praying for us to have a voter participation committee in every single masjid in the U.S.”:

News and Analysis (1/13/18)

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

“Hate crime reports and statistics don’t capture the full scope of hostility toward [American] Muslims.” Without religious liberty, “the law serves to maintain the second-class citizenship of Muslims”:

Despite his apology, Hoekstra’s assertion that he merely “mixed up countries” falsely implies that politicians were burned in some other Europe:

Blacklisting of peace groups such as Jewish Voice for Peace and the Quakers’ American Friends Service Committee only demonstrates the depth of Israeli repression:

“The attack comes as Canada approaches the first anniversary of a deadly shooting in a Quebec City mosque that killed six people at prayer … [part of] an increase in far-right extremist activity in Canada, much of it targeting Muslims”:

Is the BJP taking away the citizenship of Indian Muslims by just omitting them from the registry?

“Democratic revolutions like Tunisia’s are first and foremost about liberty for the individual. … This time, the lesson is in how to build a healthier and more inclusive economy”:

“[T]he current protests in Iran … may not mean Iran is fed up with theocracy, just that they’ve had it with corrupt theocracy—the current protests started over the price of eggs”:

Iran, Russia, Germany, and France all call out the folly of Trump’s insistence that if Iran does not agree to remove the termination date on the treaty he will terminate it immediately …

… and even as threatens to remove a barrier to Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons he “embraces the role of nuclear weapons as a deterrent to adversaries, and … backs a costly modernization of the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal”:

“The plan harks back to the creation of an anti-Shiite Salafi mission near the Houthi stronghold of Saada that sparked a military confrontation in 2011 with the Yemeni government … [and later] was closed … to end the fighting”:

News and Analysis (1/11/18)

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

“Until and unless the urban middle classes and the poor join in common cause—as they did in 1979—there will be no revolution”:

“’Embarrassing performance from controversial ambassador,’ read a web headline at De Telegraaf, one of the country’s largest newspapers” …

… “Dutch-U.S. political and military ties go back four centuries and American officials rarely face hostility from Dutch media” but reporters are “angered” by Pete Hoekstra’s absurd evasions and duplicity:

The debate over whether the Muslim ban is in opposition to “American values” persuaded “many Americans who had previously supported or been neutral on the issue of Trump’s Muslim ban to come down against it”:

“ALS, will eventually steal the voice he uses to teach and paralyze his body. With a time limit on his life, he thinks about the things that drive his faith and work: orphans, the homeless, a prison system he sees as broken”:

“[T]riple talaq was banned in 2002 on the ground of it being derogatory to the holy Quran … and Caliph Umar … used to award a punishment of 400 lashes to a man who would resort to irrevocable or triple divorce”:

The new law gives Muslim citizens of Thrace the choice whether to adjudicate family law issues in Islamic courts or state courts …

… but leftist MPs want to deprive them of the right to choose:

Although it is unlikely to inspire many Singporeans to adopt violence, a sophisticated new propaganda video demonstrates that “the information war with ISIS is far from over”:

News and Analysis (1/9/18)

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

“Eventually, colonised peoples bring to the fore a figure best suited to challenge the rotten values at the core of the society oppressing them. Ahed is well qualified for the task”:

From fake news of WMD in Iraq to suppression of a story on a “harebrained” CIA plot to give fake plans for a nuclear weapon to Iran, James Risen explains how the government manipulated and intimidates the press:

Let them eat chitterlings? “The step affects about 150 – mainly Muslim – pupils who take the “substitution meals” out of 600 local students in total”:

There were no organ donations until the 20th century, so it is unsurprising that they are not mentioned in the Qur’an or the Hadith, but most Islamic scholars have concluded that they are “acts  of great charity … supported by … Islam”:

“[A]n American Muslim woman specializes in teaching about the Holocaust at a Christian College in the most Jewish city in America”:

“Dearborn, Michigan, has been thrown into conflict … about fear, ideology and identity politics – and what it means to be an American … [in] a sleepy, affluent suburb and … subject of rumours about Isis terror cells and sharia law”:

Myanmar claims the were “arrested for possessing important and secret government documents related to Rakhine State and security forces … illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media”:

“Many revered Shiite clerics, such as Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Iraq, argue against the Iranian model of clerics ruling over secular government, especially in a diverse society”:

While no hard evidence of U.S. influence in the recent protests in Iran, the U.S. introduction of the subject to the U.N. Security Council is itself an example of interference into the internal affairs of a foreign country:

News and Analysis (1/6/18)

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

“Some critics feel Allam’s fatwa had little to do with the mechanics of cryptocurrency and even less correlation to Muslim ideology” and more to do with delivering “religious rulings that support the state”:

When an informant told the FBI that Llaneza was harmless, with the mind of child, and had been so mediated by treatment for his mental problems that he couldn’t even hold a shovel, they decided to target him for a sting operation:

It is telling that “the judge and the prosecution are wearing the same uniform…. It’s really dangerous that the prosecution is implying that live-streaming is the worst form of incitement”:

Palestinian journalists and activists have been censored while “[c]alls by Israelis for the killing of Palestinians are commonplace on Facebook, and largely remain undisturbed”:

The “perception that Jews and Muslims are very different from one another and just don’t get along … couldn’t be further from the truth”:

“[M]ore often than not [conversion]’s a positive influence, which can open a pathway to rehabilitation. It gives inmates some semblance of structure and provides a motive to stay away from drugs and alcohol”:

Ibn Khaldun said that a dynasty falls when the social solidarity of early generations is replaced by a taste for luxury in later generations; in Iran that process seems to have moved very quickly:

Iran has been the victim of terrorism, which may account for its “success in combating terrorist groups throughout the region.” In contrast, a Hillary Clinton email accused Saudi Arabia provided support to ISIL:

“A Catholic charity on Friday protested that Facebook had removed a page for Vienna’s first baby of 2018, born of Muslim parents, which had garnered 20,000 messages of support after a rash of racist comments”:

News and Analysis (1/4/18)

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

“Afghan and Indian officials applauded Trump’s abrasive comments, but Pakistan’s foreign minister called them a political stunt for domestic consumption, while its foreign office summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest”:

The causes for the Iranian protests are complex, but economic factors seem to be paramount; …

… the international reaction has been mixed, “with Europeans expressing unease at the delighted reaction by U.S. and Israeli leaders,” while “prominent Iranian lawyers … urged Tehran to respect … freedom of assembly and expression;” …

… but “the pressure for reform that keeps building within Iran will never be vented without a transition to a freer society”:

The princess accuses the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice of turning a blind eye to “underage girls … exploited for noisy sex parties involving drug and alcohol abuse”:

Other cases of “Moral policing … include assaults on women for going to bars, attacks on students at a house party, and the beating of a Muslim man for speaking to his Hindu colleague”:

“[T]hreat of harassment, arrest, fines, and suspension – as well as … pressure from advertisers close to the monarchy – has stifled coverage of the government and of citizen protests, including the mostly peaceful demonstrations”:

“[S]peaking out in support of journalists and others who run afoul of the authorities is more the exception than the rule” in Myanmar where reporting on the genocide of the Rohingya will get you prosecuted for “treason”:

The “Muslim women’s rights group … trained these women as qazis … [and] runs empowerment training sessions for women and girls, holds support groups for boys and men, and leads arbitration sessions where family disputes are settled”:

A court in Manhattan convicts a Turkish banker of violating sanctions against Iran. Does this mean that a court in Istanbul can now convict an  American banker of violating sanctions against Israel?

News and Analysis (1/1/18)

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Cheered on by Israel’s intelligence minister, anti-government protesters continue demonstrations in Iran in defiance of a warning by the authorities of a tough crackdown …

… but if they were instigated  by hardliners hoping to embarrass Rouhani they may  have quickly gotten out of control, taken over by economically aggrieved people with neither affection for the Islamic republic nor hope of reform:

She won’t win the election  but she may prevent Putin from getting “his traditional 146 percent from the republic” of Dagestan:

The fatwa encouraging Muslims to inquire after and care for “their non-Muslim neighbors … comes as part of an awareness campaign launched by the center to show solidarity with our Christian brothers during their feasts”:

The government wants “refugees who have formal agreements with refugee resettlement agencies” excluded from the definition of”refugees who have a bona fide relationship with people or entities in the United States”:

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan threatens to “promote the recognition of our sovereignty of the Jewish settlements in” the West Bank:

Although “Israeli forces … have left at least a dozen Palestinians dead and hundreds injured … religious scholars remain dedicated to non-violent strategies for securing rights and security for both Israelis and Palestinians”:

A $10 million reward offer never produced “information leading to [a] conviction over the Mumbai attacks, [yet Washington] warned Islamabad of repercussions after a Pakistani court in late November released him from house arrest”:

A Hindu woman “slammed the police for harassing her and her friend and claimed that it was solely because her friend was a Muslim”:

A man “dressed up in a shark costume … fell foul of … [Austria’s] anti-burka law,” prompting one Muslim woman to suggest the common voice uncovered by the #MeToo movement be extended to “to women who are different to us”:

News and Analysis (12/28/17)

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

In what “would be the country’s longest period of emergency rule since the 1970s era of strongman Ferdinand Marcos[, t]he militarization had displaced thousands of the indigenous Lumad people and some had been killed”:

After Aboutaleb said that his struggle to be a good mayor for the people of Rotterdam is a kind of jihad and that some salafis want to emulate Muhammad as some Christians want to emulate Jesus, Geert Wilders demanded he resign:

“Transport Minister Israel Katz said on Wednesday he had chosen a proposed subway stop near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City – right in the middle of the area that the Palestinians want as their own future capital”:

A member of the “Freedom” (sic) Party opposed funding youth centers on the grounds that “they were heavily used by Muslims:

The prosecutor “said Djalali had confessed to meeting Mossad agents repeatedly to deliver information on Iran’s nuclear and defense plans and personnel, and helping to infect Defense Ministry computer systems with viruses”:

“There are two religions in Earth which have distinct enmity against all other religions. These two are Christianity and Islam. They … are determined to destroy all other religions” — Hindu extremist Rabindranath Tagore:

The Saudi economic “reforms” are attracting interest from foreign investors but there is still no sign on native entrepreneurship in a country where about 70% of the “population is under 30 and frequently glued to social media”:

Unlike younger pluralism advocates who also use “concepts of ‘role,’ ‘agency’ and ‘authority’ as analytical tools,” Gus Mus has “solid traditional credentials of religious authority”:

Continuing its murder of Muslims, the so-called “Islamic state, which is opposed to both the Taliban and the Western-backed government, has claimed a growing share of such attacks”: