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News and Analysis (7/21/19)

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

The Navy feared a drone a half mile away, but the Iranians say none of their drones are missing and accuse the British of smuggling oil:

“The signatories included the usual global rogue’s gallery — Cuba, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela. But a dozen Muslim governments also joined in — thereby sanctioning one of the largest assaults on Islam in modern times”:

Muslim voters have recently leaned Democratic “despite holding many traditionally conservative values –– mostly due to the fact …. [that] Republicans have vilified Islam” and yet:

“When the store got their order wrong, the couple went inside to have the simple mistake corrected. Instead, they were confronted and physically threatened by an employee who told them to ‘go back to your country'”:

“The imam gave refuge to … 262 Christians in his mosque and his home…. then stood outside the doors confronting the Muslim attackers, … even offering to exchange his own life for theirs”:

Court finds that “Dutchbat (Dutch battalion troops) acted unlawfully in the evacuation of 350 men. They took away the chance of the men to stay out of the hands of the Bosnian Serbs”:

“It was not known if any of the hackers managed to gain access to the targeted networks with the emails, which typically mimic legitimate emails but contain malicious software”:

News and Analysis (7/18/19)

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

“Her relatives expressed serious concern …, saying it was ‘unusual for political prisoners to be guarded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, rather than regular prison guards during hospital treatment'”:

“Demonstrators on Tuesday also demanded the Lebanese ministry of labour overturn a rule that requires Palestinian workers to obtain a work permit in order to gain employment”:

“[W]omen told researchers that the Islamic faith was ‘sometimes unjustifiably used to maintain family norms and traditions which are based more on cultural and patriarchal constructs'”:

The High Court “routinely rejects petitions filed by Palestinians – while … [approving] systematic human-rights violations, including forcible transfer, collective punishment, blanket impunity to … security forces and torture”:

“[W]ith the success and recognition of ‘Ramy’ and ‘Patriot Act,’ the future of American Muslim portrayals on screen feels brighter today than it ever has before”:

“If the OIC wants to be the global voice for the rights of oppressed Muslims everywhere, its members need to stop looking the other way and denounce China’s abusive policies in Xinjiang”– HRW China director:

According to the Pew Research Center, “Israel was one of the top 20 most religiously restrictive countries in the world, according to Pew. It also has the fifth-highest level of ‘social hostilities related to religious norms'”:

“The US has wanted to base troops there for some time because security assessments have shown Iranian missiles would have a difficult time targeting the remote area”:

“Washington has gotten Iran wrong for nearly seven decades. President Trump has an opportunity to get it right, but that will require an entirely new approach”:

News and Analysis (7/15/19)

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Is this Trump’s big chance?  Is he smart enough to seize it?

British FM Jeremy Hunt promised Javad Zarif to return the ship if Iran satisfies the Gibraltar court that the ship is not bound for Syria:

Taking a lead from China, Israel’s Anyvision’s confidential project “includes facial recognition technology elsewhere in the West Bank, not just at border crossings”:

“Ayatollah Khomeini put it shortly after the revolution: ‘We recognize our Jews as separate from those godless Zionists'” and unlike the U.S. and Germany, “Iran has not seen a single attack on a Jewish building”:

Netanyahu called Peretz’s anti-gay comments “unacceptable” but offered no objection to his desire to deny Palestinians the vote:

“[E]ven if the act succeeds in preventing such manufacturers in most countries from selling mining units to Iran, … this might not prevent Bitcoin or cryptocurrency mining from taking place in the Islamic Republic”:

On a plane leaving Turkey (!) two women accused three bearded men in prayer shawls of being “terrorists”; and one “stood at the front of the plane screaming abuse[, refusing] to let the plane take off with them on board” …

… while in the U.S., Trump told four Congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three were born in the U.S. and the fourth lived here since she was a child:

“Attitudes have changed. In 1980, two-thirds believed women should wear hijabs. Today, fewer than 45% approve of government intervention in the issue”:

News and Analysis (7/12/19)

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Of Netanyahu’s eugenically tainted claims, archaeologist and University College London professor Dr. David Wengrow says, “There’s so much wrong here I almost don’t know where to start”:

For Iran, as “for most of the developing world, the key events of the 20th century were not the two world wars, the Holocaust, the Cold War or the fall of the Berlin Wall” but repeated cases of Western aggression:

The 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act will mandate the U.S. sanction its NATO ally after U.S. failure to provide Patriot missiles drove Turkey into an arms deal with Russia:

“For a government to prescribe the garb of those who act on its behalf may or may not be sensible…. Banning swimsuits which do no obvious harm seems more clearly illiberal” …

… but a study finds “far from a binary categorisation of the oppressed and the oppressor, … a world in which Muslim women hybridise their faith and piety with modern ideas of feminism, activism and consumerism”:

“British marines seized Grace 1, an Iranian-owned oil tanker, off the strait of Gibraltar following a request from the US” …

… which Iran considers an act of piracy saying the British claims against the ship “are without legal basis and we advise [Britain] not to start a dangerous and unclear game under the influence of the Americans” …

… “Another major war in the region will only further work to the advantage of the Islamic Republic and the Islamic State at the expense of the already very weak constellation of Arab states”:

The U.S.”has sacrificed its credibility,” jeopardized “U.S. primacy in global finance, and … infuriated … [its] closest traditional allies” and risked yet another war by “goading Tehran to renege on its nuclear promises”:

Despite sanctions, “Western food, movies, music and clothing are still widely available. And 40 years after the Islamic Revolution … Iranians — particularly the young — embrace U.S. products”:

News and Analysis (7/9/19)

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

The root cause of the current Persian Gulf crisis is the US withdrawal in May 2018 from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action …

… and here are five reasons why “the United States is in the wrong—politically, diplomatically, and even legally” in its dispute with Iran:

“Bolton manipulated [Trump] by advocating for the most extreme options …  when more modest ones would have sufficed … and he seems unable to think strategically about America’s interests”:

“If a convict voluntarily offers his or her organ before or after execution and no medical obstacle is offered, then the judge can approve this in coordination with the ministry of justice and the coroners’ office”:

No law mandates headscarves, so they “were charged with ‘gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security’, ‘spreading propaganda …’ and ‘inciting and facilitating corruption and prostitution'”:

“The internet shutdown forms part of a larger effort to stifle the free expression and association of the Sudanese population, and to curtail the ongoing protests” — UN human rights experts:

“The opposition Alliance for Freedom and Change … has [replaced] actions aimed at the military junta that were scheduled for this week … with activities that support the agreement signed” with the junta:

“If we had a thing against being gay then we would have campaigned when Mr Moffatt was appointed four years ago. He’s homosexual, that’s fine. … But his sex life needs to be left in his bedroom”:

News and Analysis (7/6/19)

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

The U.S. President has “confronted Iran with a series of actions that are … as mercurial, ineffective and antagonizingly provocative as those that George III and his parliament hurled at the 13 colonies” …

… Mr. Trump, please take the hint:

The announcement that “Sudan’s opposition and military leaders tentatively pledged to hold new elections in just over three years … was greeted with tepid optimism”:

Refuting allegations “of ‘con artistry,’ Mr. Zarif said that he never asked the Americans to trust him and he never trusted them either, least of all during the negotiations of the nuclear deal”:

The private sector to the rescue! “An earlier bike-share initiative was run by the city government and was available only to men”:

“The episode has echoes of the case of a Norwegian Air jet which … was stranded in Iran for more than two months due to U.S. sanctions which prevented spare parts being sent to the Islamic Republic”:

China is reportedly separating Muslim children from their families, religion and language, and is engaged in a rapid, large-scale campaign to build boarding schools for them”:

“40 Palestinians were wounded, 22 of those by live fire, on Friday during protests along the Israel-Gaza border”:

The seizure of “the supertanker Grace 1 on Thursday for trying to transport oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions in a move which drew Tehran’s fury and could escalate its confrontation with the West”:

News and Analysis (7/4/19)

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

“Unlike “‘literalist religious doctrine’ … on which these new abortion laws are based, … Islam actually encourages different interpretation of the law, leading to a number of valid legal opinions … which Muslims can follow”:

Gen. “Keane’s reference to the United States’ accidental downing of an Iranian commercial airliner in 1988 made a profound impact on the president, who was ‘spooked’ when he learned of the incident”:

“If extremists think threatening to kill me will slow me down — they’re both violent & ignorant. My faith teaches me to respond to injustice w/justice. We will march forward in service to all humanity”:

Separating children form their mothers is becoming trendy:

“Libya’s most prominent Muslim Sunni cleric, Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani, called for all Muslims to boycott the hajj,” adding that going “on a second pilgrimage was conducting “an act of sin rather than a good deed”:

The “ramping up of such cyberattacks [between the U.S. and Iran is] a means of warfare”:

Having failed to lure Palestinians on the merits of what Michael Koplow, policy director of the Israel Policy Forum, calls “the Monty Python sketch of Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives,” Kushner resorts to insults:

 

Stealing a trick from Israel, “Iran announced in June that it is allowing foreign tourists to enter through its international airports without stamping their passports”:

News and Analysis (7/1/19)

Monday, July 1st, 2019

“We have NOT violated the #JCPOA. … We triggered … para 36 after US withdrawal. We gave [notice] … reserving our right … [and] took action after 60 weeks. As soon as E3 abide by their obligations, we’ll reverse”:

“Israel decided to demolish homes and remove the Palestinians from their lands, to build what it called a ‘National Garden’:

A “largely unknown businessman with ties to Israeli settlers and the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman … has faced intense criticism from Palestinians and has been disowned by members of his own family”:

“The city earlier this year settled with the school and families for $50,000. It didn’t admit wrongdoing but agreed to revise regulations to ‘expressly accommodate clothing worn for religious reasons or financial hardship'”:

“U.S. allies remain firmly committed to the agreement. French President Emmanuel Macron, for example, would be willing to discuss another deal, but only if the initial pact stays in place”:

“As a ‘womanist’ and abolitionist, she admired that Islamic law allowed women to own property and considered manumission praiseworthy, forbidding believers to enslave one another”:

Iran shot down an “unpiloted drone that happened near or over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20” in the area where the U.S. “shot down an Iranian passenger airliner on July 3, 1988, … in which 290 people died”:

The faults of “the ossified and struggling Palestinian Authority and the brutally stupid, self-defeating tactics employed by Hamas … [result] from Israel’s brutal and oppressive policies” — James Zogby:

“It shows how important ending endless war is if they’re willing to put aside their differences and get together on this project” — Trita Parsi

News and Analysis (6/29/19)

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Donald Rumsfeld called the Guantanamo detainees the worst of the worst, but NCIS special agent Robert McFadden found “not one approaching even the most liberal interpretation of a ‘high value detainee'”:

“Muslims … have played a key role in swinging elections”:

“A military court denied the appeal of a former Parris Island drill instructor sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing three Muslim recruits, including … [one] who died during boot camp in 2016”:

“Iran said Friday (Jun 28) it had formally lodged a complaint to the UN Security Council over a US drone it says violated its airspace”:

“A French city closed two public swimming pools after seven Muslim women ‘inspired by Rosa Parks’ defied a citywide ban to swim in their burkinis on Sunday”:

Both Shias and Sunnis are appalled by an Australian preacher’s attempt to press Muslim sectarian tensions into the service of right-wing Islamophobes:

“Analysts say that Iran often keeps tabs on al-Qaeda and there have been al-Qaeda members inside Iran at various points, but they have often been under house arrest”:

Although the bill lacked the 60 votes needed for passage, 50 of the 90 votes rejected the notion that President Trump, in Sen. Schumer’s words, has “a blank check to pursue another endless war in the Middle East“:

“Mr. Colaneri and Mr. Crysel both admitted … to agreeing to … essentially kill members of the Islamic community in Islamberg, And Mr. Vetromile … admitted to his role as it related to the acquiring … explosive devices”:

News and Analysis (6/24/19)

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Rather than pursue “Iran’s capitulation on behalf of Saudi Arabia and Israel,” the U.S. should cooperate “with European partners … [to constrain] Iran’s nuclear activities and reopen channels of communication with Tehran” …

Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned Trump that the “hawks did not have the president’s best interests at heart, he said. And if Mr. Trump got into a war with Iran, he could kiss his chances of re-election goodbye”:

Pence said, “We’re not convinced that it was authorized at the highest levels,” but would not elaborate:

In 2015 Trump tweeted “Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet.” So for how long can Trump resist the puppet master? …

… “We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday”:

Democracy in Turkey is not dead yet: the AKP has conceded Imamoglu’s victory in Istanbul’s mayoral election rerun:

The Kushner plan consists of “pitches from … programs that the Trump administration cut, which is cruelly ironic. … [T]his is basically convincing them to take economic incentives in exchange for their rights” …

… and in ignoring the Israeli occupation to focus on financial, educational, and bureaucratic aid, Kushner is like a quack oncologist who prescribes a get-rich-quick scheme to a patient who has come in to be cured of cancer:

If you think that being a white, non-Muslims, native born American citizens protects you from border patrol abuse, think again:

Iran’s “unlikely spy chief … is emblematic of the multiple power centers vying for control within Iran“: