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News and Analysis (8/10/20)

Monday, August 10th, 2020

The village was formally founded in the 1920s on lands occupied by Palestinians for centuries, but now that one settler has moved in, Israeli authorities have ordered its complete destruction”:

“Israeli forces opened fire on the ambulance that was trying to reach to Samudi’s house, with two bullets penetrating the vehicle”:

“As a consequence of the Iran-Contra affair, in 1991 Abrams did plead guilty of lying to Congress, but President George H. W. Bush promptly pardoned him”:

He “completed his PhD and published more than 20 books in prison, most of which speak to the repressive criminality of the Indian occupation, which began in 1947′:

The U.N. director for the International Crisis Group “said there was ‘zero chance’ the U.S. attempt to extend the arms embargo would be adopted and that it was ‘a ploy to get to snapback'”:

In an attempt to circumvent international law, Israel pretended that residents of generations-old settlements were “nomads”:

“Soleimani’s comments concerned the aircraft and did not address potential compensation for victims’ families”:

“The head of Iran’s Mostazafan Foundation (foundation of the oppressed), said … [that] a top policy advising body, was holding many expensive property of the foundation”:

News and Analysis (8/8/20)

Saturday, August 8th, 2020

“[J]ournalist Ola Salem wrote the tactics used in the Aljabri case appear to be a ‘recurring tactic’ used by Arab regimes against growing numbers of dissidents abroad”:

The Qur’an orders believers to fulfill their contracts; so why is wealthy Kuwait years behind in paying its debts to hospitals needing resources in the face of the Covid crisis?

The National Conservatory of Music’s director charges Israel with faking links of his organization to terrorists because they don’t know how to deal with the “threat” of Palestinians seen as  human:

“In reaction to the … [US] fighter jets and in order to save the civil aircraft and passengers’ lives, the airliner had to change altitude abruptly, causing injuries to the passengers on board”:

“What Seth Rogen said is par for the course among our generation and the Israeli government has to wake up and see that their actions have consequences”:

Ahmadinejad tried and failed to move Iran closer to China and Russia; now Trump is succeeding, and he’s not even trying …

,,, and “Macron has told … Trump that U.S. sanctions that have targeted Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah are playing into the hands of those they are meant to weaken, including Iran”:

The popular imam was assaulted three years after the mosque was bombed. “Bloomington city council member Patrick Martin has condemned this ‘act of hate and violence'”:

“When I refused to chant [‘Long live Modi’], they pulled my beard, punched my tooth out, and even asked me to go to Pakistan”:

A Technical College is embarrassed when its manager of media relations posted “get rid of the anti-American filth causing cancer to our nation,” on a post about Rep. Ilhan Omar:


News and Analysis (8/6/20)

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

“The investigation is focusing on how 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical used in fertilizers, came to be stored at the facility for six years”:

India’s feeble concession to journalists unable to do their jobs because of the Internet shutdown in Kashmir: 15 minutes at one of four computers in a Srinagar hotel:

Sheldon Richman is “happy to hear that [Rogan] did not apologize for” saying “I was fed a huge amount of lies about Israel my entire life”:

Despite the year of oppression in Jammu and Kashmir …

… Pakistan has failed to get the U.N. or the OIC to address the problem, perhaps because its hostility to India goes well beyond that particular issue …

… and even n Pakistan, a demonstration in solidarity with Kashmir ends with dozens wounded by a grenade attack for which an ethnic Sindhi armed separatist group takes credit:

“Zara Mohammadi was sentenced to 10 years in prison for teaching Kurdish. This is part of a state policy against minorities”:

“Denver police have opened a homicide investigation and said there is evidence of arson in the case”:

“He will be replaced in the special envoy role by Elliott Abrams, who currently serves as the Department’s special representative for Venezuela, Pompeo said. Abrams will maintain that role”:

A year without school because of the Indian aggression is extended by the Coronavirus:

News and Analysis (8/4/20)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Automatons were among the “creations of the 12th-century … inventor Ismail al-Jazari, who laid the groundwork for modern engineering, hydraulics, and even robotics”:

A Circuit Court has ruled that a Muslim inmate allegedly “fired from his prison job for reporting his bosses’ religious harassment” can’t file a First Amendment retaliation claim:

Israel may be counting on the differences in impact of its oppression on various Palestinians groups to prevent a unified opposition:

In revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood, Modi converted an internal political problem and security concern into a communal religious internal and external security threat” …

… “Indian government claims that it was determined to improve Kashmiri lives ring hollow one year after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status” …

… “It was not just a political change. It destroyed our livelihood” — Kashmiri flower seller …

… “Abdullah has called the meeting of many mainstream political parties at his residence,” but wonders if India will “allow anybody to come out”:

Kashmiri nomads have a solution for the school in the time of Covid conundrum:

“[J]ust a few days after the newspaper came out, all fresh evidence of this British operation … disappeared from public debate”:

Police stood idly by as a man was beaten on “suspicion of transporting beef”:

Iran is accused of abducting across national borders the man it charges with a terrorist attack on a mosque …

… while Australia finds its citizen, tried in secret in Iran on spying charges that she denies, “to be well”:

Yet another in the string of unexplained fires and explosions since June 26:

News and Analysis (8/1/20)

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Convention delegates are frustrated by both the Democratic Party’s refusal to acknowledge Israel’s brutal occupation and “by a drafting and voting process that was anything but open, inclusive and democratic”:

The Australian native “converted to Islam as a teenager. He ‘fell in love with America’s history, its principles, and particularly its commitment to freedom'”:

Both the U.S. and Iran “want to see a withdrawal of NATO forces; … to stymie the Afghan heroin trade; … to protect against terror groups …; and an inclusive government in Kabul that is not monopolized by the Taliban”:

  • Jammu and Kashmir authorities detain journalist and editor Qazi Shibli (Committee to Protect Journallists)

… meanwhile doctors who must treat locked-down “residents of the Valley online.” find it “no easy task in Kashmir, which has had no 4G internet for close to a year and where broadband connections are thin on the ground” …

… but Kashmiri Muslims fighting the scourge of intoxicants can learn from the Muslim barber who “raised enough awareness among the people and they wouldn’t let their daughters be used for prostitution any more”:

“The people who really need a mosque are the estimated 500,000 Muslims in Athens and the Attica region”:

In a nation where cremation is the norm, worries “about the hygiene of burials” are presented as an objection to cemeteries:

The monarchist group leader was arrested “for alleged involvement in a 2008 mosque attack in Shiraz that killed 14 people and injured more than 200”:

[T]he Islamic regime, which was established on promises of ‘social justice’, is still struggling to convince Iranians that it has remained true to the ideals of the revolution”:

The “RSS driven exclusionary ideology of Hindutva, which has no space for minorities, especially Muslims. Second, is a radical departure from the pluralistic and democratic polity … [of] India’s founding fathers”:

Ukraine describes first round talks as “constructive”, but reports that it is “too early to say how much compensation Tehran would agree to pay”:

News and Analysis (7/30/20)

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Will Trump continue to pushing “a candidate whose public statements have evinced intolerance to Islam at a time when the military and the rest of the country is reckoning with America’s painful legacy of discrimination”:

Thanks to Erdogan’s backfiring forced religious education campaign students are “increasingly likely to describe themselves as atheists, deists or feminists, and challenge the interpretation of Islam being taught at school”:

While the BJP claimed that the new law was part of its efforts to secure jobs in Kashmir, it actually acts against the interests of unemployed youth in Kashmir”:

As Indonesia rises as a soft power in the international Muslim movement, the Saudis and UAE play a complex game that challenges MbS attempt to project himself as the champion of moderation and progress:

Families of the victims say compensation is not Justice. “We need closure to know what exactly happened on that night. Justice is discovering all the truth and prosecuting all those responsible for this heinous crime”:

China does not want to repeat America’s disastrous Middle East adventurism, but rather to develop “commercial relationships that are not backed by conventional military force;” but the Iranian public is skeptical:

The Chinese government continues to claim that the concentration “camps are merely vocational and training centers….” Arbeit macht frie?

“Independent watchers … say the … government’s brutal policies … have … only decimated the pro-India constituency in the politically sensitive Valley, and, … provoked the rise of a young generation with a die-hard attitude”:

The victim claimed to be the Prophet. “It was not immediately clear how the assailant, identified as Khalid Khan, managed to get into the court amid tight security”:

News and Analysis (7/28/20)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Hajj pilgrims honor the sacrifice of Abraham, and “the Maryland Hajj ended with rented sheep ambling in small petting enclosures and a station where Eldadah said families donated a total of $2,000 to Americans in need”:

“President Erdogan is helping China repatriate Muslim dissidents by sending them to third countries before they return”:

Israel cut off the British charity’s aid to the most deprived Palestinians by using refusal to discriminate against children of militants to pretend that Islamic Relief is a “terrorist organization”:

Never shy about taking credit for its military operations, “Hezbollah denied its fighters had engaged in any attack along the border,” but scandal-ridden Netanyahu needs a war:

Ayesha and Reza got engaged to be married in January, 2017. Then Donald Trump came between them:

As Israel increasingly sidesteps the PA as its enforcement arm, some Israeli conservatives fear it is accelerating an “advance towards … establishment of one Israeli-Palestinian state with equal citizenship for all inhabitants”:

The “NGO Foundation for Media Professionals” alleges contempt of court as government-mandated “slow internet speed makes telemedicine, or online consultation, impossible” during the Covid crisis …

… while “Indian Army, Border Security Forces, paramilitary forces and similar organisations” no longer need a a “no objection certificate” to from Jammu and Kashmir’s home department to acquire or requisition land”:

The Pakistan Press Foundation sounds the alarm over moves to crush freedom of the press and of expression in multiple attacks on journalists, new media, and even textbooks:

The facility “is said to be riddled with coronavirus cases, according to rights activists, raising further concerns about her deteriorating health”:

News and Analysis (7/26/20)

Sunday, July 26th, 2020

“‘They all want to kill us’; that’s something you hear in Israel. But as an officer in the Jenin district, I met loads of Palestinians daily. I realized that just isn’t true”:

Muqtedar Khan calls a widely followed Muslim’s claims that Islamic law prohibits non-Muslims from expanding or renovating their religious buildings is an invitation to Muslim vandalism:

Germany is supposed to provide one pastor per 1,500 soldiers, but while the army’s estimated 300 Jews have some pastoral care the 3,000 plus Muslims have none:

“Israel’s Supreme Court accepts argument made by Israeli authorities that Palestinians held in prison are no different than family members or flatmates living in same home”:

Indians debate whether the warming relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh threaten the crackdown on Jammu & Kashmir …

… where with the shutdown of Internet and cell phone service the people have relied on television to learn of the arrests of their political leaders:

“Allowing foreign firms to be the majority shareholders of their joint ventures … [with Iran addressed] the long-running issue of inefficiency and poor productivity among the state-owned automakers”:

An online report indicates that “China would invest up to $400 billion over 25 years in Iran’s banking, telecommunications, ports and railway sectors, … and deepen military cooperation”:

Iranians are not generally big fans of Donald Trump or MbS. Ahmadinejad seems to be the exception:

“[E]ven though we have a clear interest in ousting Netanyahu, our enthusiasm and hope for what might happen next is very low — and we are indifferent to the identity of whoever will lead the next government”:

News and Analysis (7/24/20)

Friday, July 24th, 2020

“I’m not saying the police are perfect. White supremacy is the enemy. It’s everywhere. It’s within all institutions in America” — Imam Khalid Shahid:

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) has prompted many Afghan and Rohingya Muslim refugees to convert to Christianity so as to become eligible for Indian citizenship”:

“Hagia Sophia has long been hailed as a symbol of the coexistence of Christianity and Islam” …

… and the current controversy could have been avoided:

“[S]o-called progressives can comfortably posture as progressive without having to complicate their politics by interrogating their complicity in whitewashing crimes against Palestinians”:

“A US F-15 on a routine air mission in the vicinity of the at [al]-Tanf garrison in Syria conducted a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a safe distance” — Capt Bill Urban, US Central Command:

South Korea pleads with Iran to understand that its utter dependence on U.S. military protection from North Korea leaves it with no choice but to submit to Washington’s demands they illegally withhold Iran’s money:

Indian Muslims accept at-home Eid prayers during Covid, but protest that the “size and health” of sacrificial animals requires in person inspection:

News and Analysis (7/22/20)

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

Because the “legislation … is unlikely to be embraced in the Republican-led Senate, … it appears the issue will be fought out in the US presidential election contest”:

African-American Muslims want to know why Arab-American Muslims are peddling alcohol, pork, and racism:

“Since its inception, the state of Israel has adopted a militaristic approach to policing its Palestinian population.” After 9/11, the “US began to travel to Israel for training in so-called counterterrorism and counterinsurgency.”

The deal increases US weak global position, particularly in the Middle East after Trump’s withdrawal from several international agreements, ceding global leadership to China …

… and the potential economic-political cooperation between China and Iran could further reduce the value of India’s ties with Israel and US already challenged by Trump’s unstable and unpredictable foreign policy …

… but between Iran’s wariness over dependence on a foreign power and China’s expectations of US cost imposed on companies that aid Iran, Tehran and Beijing are likely to delay the deal until after US November election:

Young Canadian photographer Alia Youssef attempts to counter typical stereotypes about suppressed Muslim women through a photo project reflecting the vastly different experience of Muslim women …

… while Sarah al -Amiri works to shatter stereotypes of Muslim women by becoming head of science operations and deputy project manager for space probe UAE is about to send to Mars:

Bari Weiss “made a career as a Zionist warrior, often smearing anti-Zionists in ways that she is quick to call McCarthyism when others employ the same methods”:

In 2016, Michigan went to Donald Trump by 10,000 votes. The Biden campaign knows there are 150,000 Muslim voters n Michigan:

“Israel has recently banned Palestinians from holding activities or events in East Jerusalem and has shut down many organizations and arrested several of their employees and activists in the city”:

“Pakistani villagers living along a highly militarized frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir accused India on Wednesday of intentionally targeting civilians, but they vowed never to leave”: