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News and Analysis (11/18/17)

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

“Our adaptability starts with an understanding of Islam that is open and flexible…. We also changed our stances regarding women’s rights…. The future is freedom…. Islam stands for freedom and justice”:

A professed anti-corruption crackdown turns out to be a shakedown:

“As strange as this sounds, the cable shows how Israel is becoming the unlikely leader of the Sunni world” — Jeff Halper, Israeli analyst:

For years “sexual violence has been a routine part of the methods Israeli intelligence agencies have used against Palestinians,” so it is appropriate that Harvey Weinstein used Israeli agents to intimidate his victims:

Christians unite to oppose Israeli attempt to quash freedom of speech:

The director “agreed to delete offending scenes from the film following” an attack” by Hindu extremists whose spokesman now threatens to “cut the nose” of the film’s star for saying “protests would not stop the … release”:

“[T]he ‘Muslim who acts like us’ continues to be a lazy, one-dimensional response to islamophobia in all kinds of media that attempts to be ‘progressive’”:

KSM has found a twofer, telling believers he is supporting hadith studies while telling Western governments he is fighting terrorism:

“Canadians seem to be souring on the idea of freedom of religion as only 55% of those responding said they believe it makes the country better—14% said it made it worse and the rest said no impact”:

News and Analysis (11/16/17)

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

As foreseen by German intelligence, Saudi Arabia has adopted a reckless interventionist foreign policy …

… and the Saudi-led coalition “faced widespread international criticism over the closure, with the UN and over 20 aid groups saying it could bring millions of people closer to ‘starvation and death'”:

Muslims are less “than 0.02 percent of the total population,” yet the  SPD became the third most powerful party in parliament with no “discernable policy other than to drive Islam completely out of the Czech Republic”:

“A Greek court has sentenced two Muslim clerics to seven months in prison after they led prayers at a funeral service” on the charge of “usurping authority” for not using a state-appointed preacher:

In less than 30 years, the “fertility rate across all 49 Muslim-majority countries fell from 4.3 [to 2.9] children per woman” while some Western European countries nearly a century to transition from” 6 per woman to 3:

This year “the largest annual religious pilgrimage on earth, …  ​held special resonance, as ISIS in Iraq has been all but defeated in recent months by Iraqi security forces – supported by Iran-backed Shiite militias”:

As “a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I didn’t belong. For all those people who didn’t believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you“:

“Dressed as a priest, a member of the extremist group Pegida planted a wooden cross on the site of a new mosque in the Dutch municipality Enschede … and then proceeded to rub the cross with pig’s blood”:

Ballooning participation in the “annual far-right marches to celebrate Polish independence … [coincides with the] stripping away [of] Polish democratic institutions … since the most recent [2015] general election”:

“I await the return of PM Hariri to Beirut so we can decide on the situation of the government – if he wants to resign or rescind his resignation” — Lebanese President Michel Aoun:

News and Analysis (11/13/17)

Monday, November 13th, 2017

“Some senior figures detained in last [week]’s purge in Saudi Arabia were beaten and tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment”:

“[A]l-Hariri warned on Sunday Lebanon was at risk of Gulf Arab sanctions … and said he would return to Lebanon within days to affirm he had resigned as the country’s prime minister”:

Teary-eyed after the father’s gesture, [the judge] called for a break.” Later, members of the perpetrator’s and victim’s “families, sobbing, joined the pair for a group hug. The courtroom audience watched, transfixed”:

A New Jersey minister is impressed by young Muslim students at al-Ghazaly High School who respond to hateful comments with education:

“Following their release to freedom though, many hostages like McGowan or Coleman and Boyle retain the religious views they developed while in captivity”:

“The stories of the 2.5 million Muslims who traveled to Europe to fight for the allies during the first world war are finally being told”:

“People would say ‘Oh, it must be hard for you to live in Indonesia [as a Muslim woman],’ and I would reply ‘we may not have Disneyland but we’re fine.’ Indonesia is not that bad, it looks bad only on Twitter”:

The dairy farmer  allegedly “was thrashed and shot dead by a crowd of cow vigilantes when he was transporting four cows to his native village”:

News and Analysis (11/9/17)

Friday, November 10th, 2017

A ten year sentence for violating general orders, drunk and disorderly conduct, making false statements and abuse that led to a suicide:

“France became the first Western country to indicate that Saudi Arabia was holding Mr. Hariri against his will, saying it wished for him to have “all his freedom of movement and be fully able to play the essential role that is his in Lebanon”:

After the 9/11 terror attacks, “Grammy-winning songwriter and Muslim activist Ani Zonneveld … came to the conclusion that … [much] of what were taught to us completely contradict what the Koran says”:

The “dispute … reflects nationwide problems with mosque shortages”:

“Christians and Muslims believe that freedom of conscience and religion are the most important human rights and, ‘therefore, our collective duty demands that we respect, preserve and promote such rights'”:

She converted to Islam while serving in the U.S. military and then returned to a country to be denied the rights for which she fought — but she continues to fight for them:

“Muhammad bin Salman is he resembles President Trump” — David Ottoway; “Saudi defense and security in the hands of one individual” — Gerald Feierstein;”One-man rule is always bad” — Jamal Khashoggi:

“[M]any human rights activists and liberal journalists were recently arrested. It is not yet clear what model of governance the crown prince really seeks”:

News and Analysis (11/7/17)

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Does Hariri’s resignation signal that the Trump administration has pressured the Saudis to spoil Lebanon’s “compromise with Hezbollah … which over the past 12 months has brought some rare stability to Lebanon?

The Revolutionary Guard “often benefited financially from the sanctions regime” and since the nuclear agreement have made arrests perceived to undermine both Rouhani and any improvement in relations with the West:

“In Russia’s prisons one Muslim prisoner of conscience has recently been tortured, and Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses have both been denied literature”:

Dialogue is like “dating … on the first date, you dress up and are on your best behavior. [You initially] … focus on commonalities…. But … as trust develops, [you] can begin to speak more authentically to one another”:

“When a bearded man with a foreign-sounding name allegedly says ‘Allahu Akbar‘ before killing 8 people, … [it’s called] terrorism. But [not] when a white man shoots over 500 people”:

A “new court ruling is opening the door for legal practice of previously illegal faiths”:

“I got clear indications that the intention is to keep the United States compliant with the agreement” — EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini:

News and Analysis (11/5/17)

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

On a single day Yemen launches a missile at Saudi, Lebanese PM Saad Hariri travels to Saudi Arabia to resign, and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal is arrested …

… after “Jared Kushner makes a sort of secret, below the radar visit to Saudi Arabia”:

Emerging “from a truck waving a BB gun and paintball gun, an act that displays a dubious tethering to reality”:

A free market answer to the challenge of halal courtship in the modern world:

“Even after a statement “agreed between all parties and approved by the court” had deconstructed each and every argument used by the Times, the paper accused said it merely presented “an alternative narrative” to its own”:

“Regional experts have speculated that Chad fell into the bad graces of the US, and … Rex Tillerson in particular, after it attempted to demand a $74bn fine from the US oil company Exxon Mobil, for not meeting its tax obligations”:

“[M]any of the rights that Islam honored women with over 1400 years ago were not granted to women in the West until the late 18th and 19th centuries”:

One victim alleges the dryer was turned on repeatedly until he renounced Islam. The defense says the incidents are being “blown out of proportion”:

News and Analysis (11/2/17)

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

“Contrary to an oft-propagated myth, the land was not devoid of people. In 1920 the Jewish population in Mandatory Palestine stood at only 11%; their land ownership was less than 7% by 1947″:

Police say a New York truck attack suspect followed Islamic State plans; many Muslim neighbors “say [Saipov] had been seen in the area, but was otherwise not well known to the Muslim community” …

… and “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced after the Oct. 31 truck attack in Manhattan that the killing spree … ‘did not instill terror’ among New Yorkers”; the Halloween was not cancelled:

“Saipov … appears to be one of ‘a forgotten generation’ of Uzbek men who left the former Soviet republic for a better life bereft of a proper religious education and unequipped to navigate the West”:

“[T]hey will be seated in the so-called family section, [a gender-integrated] area separate from the male-only crowd”:

Bi raised the issue a day after another teacher told children who asked if they should be watching a video with a warning that it “was unsuitable for children” to be quiet … and was dismissed just over an hour later”:

“The Sunni militant group may have lost 90 percent of its land, but many experts say that this territorial defeat will not mark the end of ISIS”:

News and Analysis (10/29/17)

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

While Saudi Arabia grants a robot “more rights than many humans in the country” …

… Israel looks to cement its “definition as a state that belongs not to its citizens – as is the case in a liberal democracy – but to all Jews around the world, including those with no connection”:

Israel provides arms and Israeli companies “have even trained Myanmar’s special forces in Rakhine state where most of the violence against the Rohingya has taken place”:

Like theor elders “Muslim Millennials are more likely (21%) than Christian Millennials (7%) to express a preference for neither major U.S. political party”:

“[H]e hadn’t chosen Christianity … [or] the name Cassius Clay.” If he didn’t “have to keep those vestiges of slavery[, then] … what else could he change?”

The irony of a man dismissed form the Alabama  Supreme Court for trying to impose his religion on others falsely accusing Islam of the same thing:

“Officers arrested Beckham and found the bloody knife. While in the squad car police said Beckham vowed to go back and kill the family when he gets out of jail”:

Charging the suit is an infringement  of his right to criticize government actions, the builder demands the county “allow the innocent home buyers to move into their homes”:

News and Analysis (10/26/17)

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

As with President El-Sisi, the phony “progressivism” of the new university president does not include “opening the public square, including campuses, to political organizing“:

“Katie … wouldn’t want to sit next to a Muslim on a bus … [and] was fearful of women wearing the niqab. But she … had a genuine desire to have her preconceptions challenged”:

Records released in response to FOI reveal little beyond confusion in the government:

One woman said her group joined the protest because “the NGO would provide education about gender-based violence, hygiene and sanitation to Muslims”:

Muslim ban 4.0?

“I love that Zari is just as American as she is Muslim” — actress Tala Ashe:

“[T[he demise of ISIS as a physical entity in Iraq and Syria does not spell the end of this jihadist network”:

“[T]he declaration might have more to do with boosting the kingdom’s economy rather than reversing decades-old practices”:

“[T]he Iraqi government stipulates that the vote’s outcome be canceled before any talks commence”:

News and Analysis (10/23/17)

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

The State Department’s warning is reminiscent of how the U.S. eventually admitted that chemical weapons use it falsely attributed to Iran was actually the work of Saddam Hussein:

Trump says his policy is to kill terrorists, but “since the Taliban kicked off their spring offensive … [i]nsurgents disguised as soldiers took the lives of up to 250 recruits“:

Muslim women say, “Men dictating or debating how women should, can or cannot dress can be viewed as oppressive… there is no compulsion in religion, according to Islam” …

… in agreement with feminists who say, “Telling a woman how to dress—whether she’s wearing a bikini or a burqa—is the opposite of feminism”:

“Islam does not allow them (ulemas) to issue any order or impose their views on anyone in religious matters….They have no authority to ‘bedakhal’ (oust) anyone from Islam”:

Prevented “from boarding an Emirates flight to the U.S., despite having a visa and an official invitation to a conference from … the chairman of the U.S joint chiefs of staff”:

“Texas banned any contractor who supports the BDS campaign from receiving state funds”:

“[P]rayer services for the victims of the Mogadishu bombing were held at more than 20 mosques across the U.S. and Canada”:

“As long as reconciliation deals only with humanitarian and environmental problems … it can succeed. But the moment it addresses major security and political matters, it will fail” …

… “Peace has been out of reach, because of the continued occupation that the Israeli leaders say is there to stay…. Will Palestinian unity change any of that?”