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News and Analysis (8/25/16)

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

If you think that the Encyclopedists of the French Enlightenment were the first to try to publish a compendium of all knowledge, meet the 14th century Egyptian author of The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition:

One woman says, “There are so many misconceptions about Muslim women, and I want to help counter that narrative,” and another insists, ” ‘What you think about me does not define me,’” she explained. “I define who I am”:

“If the specter of restricting women’s agency and telling them what to wear to ‘protect’ them sounds familiar, it should. Victim-blaming practices have historically been built on nothing less” …

… and a French feminist is “ashamed” of pictures of the woman removing her cover-up while surrounded by police, but Nice’s deputy mayor just threatens “legal action against anyone disseminating pictures of municipal police” …

… the French high court will adjudicate the constitutionality of the ban …

… but 170 years ago the Turkish-inspired “Bloomer dress” with its pantaloons provoked the “compliant was not that this ‘oriental dress’ style was too modest, but that it was too racy” and “encroaching dangerously on male territory”:

The U.N. finally admits that chemical weapons use went beyond the Syrian regime but continues to avoid addressing the evidence of their use by U.S. allies:


“Palestine presses for war crime charges against Israel at International Criminal Court as army closes seven investigations into incidents in 2014 without charges”:

From a false and meaningless assertion that that they had “Arabic” on their cell phones came the absurd charge that were affiliated with ISIS, and two more innocents get pulled off a plane:

News & Analysis (8/22/16)

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

The deadliest attack in Turkey this year was met with a stern response from the government to defend against ISIS …

… and the Turkish government is now unsure if the attacker was a child, but it is certain is that many children were killed in this tragic attack:

“Both victims were gentlemen of peace and their deaths are a devastating loss to their families and the community that they served” — Queens District Attorney Richard Brown:

Justice Secretary Liz Truss says that the “small number of very subversive individuals… do need to be held in specialist units”:

A politician’s bigotry in the face of human suffering compounded by a superficial knowledge of Islam; pig heads are not Kryptonite:

Her statements about “the Christian God” not being Allah exemplifies misunderstandings that make it easier for Islam to be Othered and excluded from the religious protections in this country:

Is Tatarstan tolerant because the indigenous practice of Islam is resistant to foreign radicals or have extremists been driven underground by government repression?

“It is the first time that the court in The Hague has tried a case of cultural destruction. It is also the first time a suspected Islamist militant has stood trial at the ICC and the first time a suspect has pleaded guilty”:

A rapper who included footage of a Mosque as well as a Church and Temple was arrested by the Malaysian government for insulting Islam:

News & Analysis (8/20/16)

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Judges in Guantanamo trials have an option to censor certain parts, but the CIA has done some remote censoring of ts own:

A man who was quoted condemning extremism, released a statement from prison maintaining that he was in fact an FBI informant and is innocent of the charges brought upon him by the FBI:

“As German politicians consider the ways in which the Muslim faith is organised, practised and taught in their country, … [the failed coup in Turkey has brought fresh complications”:

Those who know little about Islam are the ones who are most susceptible to the lies of ISIS:

Now, there will be a civil rights investigation into the repeated denial of Muslim requests to establish a cemetery in Dudley, MA who had their request repeatedly denied:

From media representation to burkini bans, Muslim women are being systematically Othered. The author shares how she feels about the strong Muslim women surrounding her:

“Before 1965, the Muslim American population was overwhelmingly composed of native-born African Americans. The dismantling of the Naturalization Act and immigration quotas opened the door … to more than 1 million in 1971”:


News and Analysis (8/18/16)

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

“An Arab-American Christian was shot dead on his porch by a neighbor who racially harassed the victim’s family for years,” calling them, among other things “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Mooslems”:

“[S]peaking about the shootings without acknowledging the context of rising anti-Muslim attacks … led some to believe that the Department was not considering the possibility of the incident as a hate crime” …

… while the surviving victim says the killers eyes “had so much anger, hate”:

Turkey will release 38,000 convicted criminals to make room for its roundup of political prisoners:

Muslims have been part of the US military from Yusuf Ben Ali who served under George Washington’ to the thousand of Muslims now on active duty and in the National Guard, but “have faced the most pervasive discrimination” there:

“A judge said the rule was legal under French law which prohibits people ‘invoking their religious beliefs to skirt [sic, really!] common rules regulating relations between public authorities and private individuals'”:

“For [Mo] Farah, and scores of Muslim athletes, faith is not incidental, but central to their excellence in sport” and normally he will make du`a (a prayer of supplication) before a race:

Th family’s attorney says the “12-year-old special needs student originally from Pakistan”confused “terrorist” with “tourist”:

He pretending to be a law-abiding critic of the system he milked until  his lectures in support for ISIS gave him away:

“In the first six months of 2016, Israel demolished or confiscated 91 structures funded by the EU or its member states” and since 2009, has demolished, confiscated or threatened to demolish “close to $3 million worth of shelters”:

News & Analysis (8/15/16)

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Seventy percent of Daesh applicants rated themselves  as having a minimal knowledge of Islam and the “group preys on this ignorance”:

An Imam and his assistant were shot dead outside the mosque after prayers. The motives are not yet known:

A militant claims that some of the captured girls were “crippled, … terribly sick…. [or] died during bombardment by the Nigerian military,” as he stands “before a group of more than 40 young women in hijabs, some holding babies”:

“It is the latest example of long-running tensions between a forceful — some would say inconsistent — commitment to secularism in France and the desire of many Muslims to express, through their attire, traditional values like modesty”

There is a long, inglorious tradition of the British establishment claiming to take up the cause of Muslim women in order to conceal some other objective”:

The imam reminds those reading that terrorism is completely haram in Islam:

News & Analysis (8/12/16)

Friday, August 12th, 2016

In an attempt to appear more legitimate and organized, the government has released documents detailing its use of drones. It also shows that no new detainees may be brought to Guantanamo Bay:

A report shows that Muslim women, largely due to discrimination (especially in regards to the hijab), face the most economic hardship in Great Britain:

For the nth time, yet another analyst finds that “us-vs-them,” or just plain populist or Islamophobic rhetoric in the West significantly increases the appeal of extremism:

In order to make sure the economy is not set back by the coup attempt, President Erdogan is pressuring banks to lower their interest rates:

Mamout’s portrait was added to the gallery in order to complicate the narrative of American history, and to tell “different stories that haven’t necessarily been told, or have been lost”:

In order to clarify misconceptions about the religion, a Nashville mosque has made “Islam 101” classes open to the public. Aside from that visitors are always welcome:

News & Analysis (8/10/15)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Shahram Amiri’s mother believes he was pressured into admitting crimes he did not commit to the Iranian authorities, resulting in his hanging:

An analysis of the failed logic of the Libya bombings: the same process that brought ISIS into the region is being used to try and remove them:

The young man the media dubbed “clock boy” and his family have filed a lawsuit against the school district for the arrest, suspension and humiliation he faced for simply building a clock …

. . . The lawsuit was filed in the United States, as Ahmed and his family had been visiting their home from Qatar. Many are arguing that Ahmed lost his childhood due to this incident:

The killer of Mr, Shah, a beloved shopkeeper in Scotland, was sentenced to 27 years. The killer was motivated by Shah’s claim to be a prophet, and membership in the Ahmadiyya community:

An arrangement with her supervisor for a co-worker to “serve alcohol in her place” while she served another passenger worked until a new co-worker objected and complained about her “reading a foreign book”:

The choice of women who wear the burkini is again being vilified. However, the issue is much more complex than meets the eye:

News & Analysis (8/8/15)

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Children from many Muslim countries were stolen from their parents at birth and given to Israeli Families, in the 1950s:

The executive director of the group behind the billboard hopes it will combat both extremism and Islamophobia, which he says go hand in hand:

The owner of the property said the store had to be general, and thus sell non-halal items. The owner of the store disagrees and has filed a lawsuit:

Five members of the Washington, D.C. Community talk about their experiences, especially in relation to the election:

Yusra Mardini, competing for team refugee, still has a chance in the Olympics. But she has already proven her champion-quality in swimming by helping tow a boat 3.5 hours from Turkey to Greece.

“Salaam, Muhammad and fellow group member Abdul-Malik Ahmad say they are creating a cultural bridge by shining a positive light on the Islamic faith for a Western audience”:

News & Analysis (8/5/16)

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Nicholas Young was charged with providing material aid to ISIS, since he purchased $245 worth of gift cards for an informant posing as a  foreign fighter:

… But finally a court in Canada recognizes these tactics for what they are: Entrapment:

Following a call for a ban on mosques receiving foreign funding, the French government has so far shut down twenty mosques suspected of teaching radical views:

Khizr Khan is such a powerful figure because he challenges the false dichotomies that breed violence against the innocent:

As one of the world’s largest Christian relief organizations denies Israeli accusations of diverting funds to Hamas …

… the “Black Lives Matter” movement calls for an end to aid to the apartheid state:

The deputy prosecutor has informed the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry that statutory “rape is rape, and he must go through the punishment if he is found guilty”:

The challenges of flying while Muslim reaches new heights as a British woman is detained for reading a book and a French security official admits to a Muslim couple, “You did nothing wrong. That’s the way the world is right now”:

News & Analysis (8/3/16)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Khizr Khan’s patriotism goes beyond sacrifice to include sincere critical advice of his country’s mistakes:

Only about 0.3% of the U.S. Military service-members are Muslim, but that does not stop them from feeling welcomed:

A few aid workers gave out St. John’s gospel and a form to convert to Christianity possibly giving migrants the impression that conversion is a prerequisite to aid:

Much of the online hate is mad possibly Facebook’s “humor and satire” loophole section that does not censor hate speech. And if the attacks are not specific to a person or place, there is nothing law enforcement can do:

Secularism should be “a constitutional right for granting freedom of religion, equality among citizens and protection from government interference rather than “a tool to exclude, dominate and discriminate”: 

“Under Saudi rules only their employers can sign the papers to send them to India. Until then, the Indian Embassy cannot issue emergency exit visas”: