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News and Analysis (2/16/18)

Friday, February 16th, 2018

“Contempt for and irrational fear of a religious group cannot be squared, Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote, with the First Amendment’s bar on religious discrimination”:

“Hyatt’s mission statement proudly and boldly states: ‘We embrace all … perspectives … and ways of thinking’ … [yet they] did not respond to a request for comment on whether it would host white supremacists or neo-Nazis at its hotels”:

In leading by their example coupled with the message that they convey, Muslim “chaplains transcend the alleged divisions between Islam and western visions of society … [and] are able to neutralise the breeding ground for extremist views”

It is futile “to expand the bureaucracy and create a coterie of well-paid official spokesmen, who, because of their capacity as state employees, will likely have zero legitimacy among the people for whom they are meant to speak” …

… “The Muslim faith is a religion and, as such, takes care of its own household affairs. The last thing you want is the state to act as guardian” — Ahmet Ogras, president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith:

“[T]he two planned prayer rooms were to be multifaith facilities … but could not reach an agreement … [with] the anti-Islam group … [that previously] protested a halal shopping district”:

“Each rejection pushed Rahman to work harder.” When she felt like giving up, her mother told her, “You have to keep trying.” Station manager Marshall Porter says On her third try at channel 4, they decided, “This is the best candidate”:

“My intent on inputting this on my personal Facebook page was to emphasize that Christianity is not the only religion being targeted for exclusion in our public school. It was not meant as a personal attack against the Islamic faith”:

After Syrians successfully foil an Israeli attack with an Iranian drone, Netanyahu declares Lebanon a “factory for precision-guided missiles that threaten Israel;” Saad Hariri warns him against making a tragic “miscalculation”:

News and Analysis (2/14/18)

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
“While I think it’s completely unfair that Katebi has to laugh off an artillery volley of micro-aggression and blatant racism, her poise, power, and brilliance was absolutely breathtaking”:

To the far left Macron’s plan to “influence the organisation of Islamic institutions, … meddle in the training of imams and … weigh in on how Islam in France is to be financed” threatens secularism, but the far right is fine with it:

The French claim that Tariq Ramadan is a flight risk holds no water, and in any case doesn’t explain why he is in solitary confinement and prevented from speaking to his family, even by phone:

“[A]ll media and foreign diplomats were barred from entering the court room during the trial.” Her father said that Israelis “don’t want to show the world it’s just a theatre” and that Israel holds itself “above the law”:

“Community leaders … will know more than government officials will about problems that might be cropping up … [than] government people” and are better placed “to steer somebody who is at risk of taking a wrong path”:

“Muslim man who was removed from a flight before takeoff in April and interrogated by the FBI after talking on his phone in Arabic”:

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ally Russia … [insist that] an air strike hit a rebel depot full of chemical munitions”:

News and Analysis (2/11/18)

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Is Israel’s increased violence aimed at provoking a regional war that could form a pretext for U.N. intervention to demand Hezbollah abandon its missiles?

“With Islamophobia at historic levels, a Muslim social services provider finds that women who flee to shelters often confront new abuses from non-Muslim survivors and staff members”:

“[I]t was supposed to be a multi-faith prayer room. However, … the Pyeongchang Olympics Gangwon Citizens’ Islam Countermeasure Association, launched its protests specifically against Muslims who were coming for the Winter Olympics”:

“The connection between Middle Eastern and Mexican food goes all the way back to the Moors” but it took a Palestinian and a Mexican to make a culinary exploration of “the political potential between [U.S.] Muslims and Mexicans:

Iranian women protesting legal imposition of the hijab and American Muslim women opposing the stigma against headscarves” alike are demanding recognition of “an individual’s dignity and freedom of choice”:

The overwhelming majority … [of mass casualty attack in the U.S.] was conducted by individuals who were motivated by white supremacist or anti-government ideological beliefs or non-ideological grievances” …

… The Muslim victims of one such crime engaged in “philanthropy [that ranged f]rom helping the homeless to supporting scholarship and Syrian refugees”:

“The current Indian and Israeli governments share a common political vision of repression, exclusion and a blatant disregard of human rights. The real support for Palestine lies with the Indian people, … taking the form of … BDS initiatives”:

Newsy’s Chance Seales reports that  ‘Jihad’ Makes Us Think ‘Terrorism,’ But That’s A Huge Inaccuracy:

News and Analysis (2/8/18)

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Among the keywords Boston police “tracked using Geofeedia … [were] innocuous Arabic words routinely used to discuss religion or community, including ‘ummah’ (which means ‘community’ in Arabic)”:

“[T]he data that underlies it has been connected to a set of interpretations and conclusions . . . that can’t be drawn from how this report was structured” — David Sterman, policy analyst at New America:

“Because we don’t have any power or self-determination. We don’t feel we have freedom. Because everything is centralised by the government”:

“[M]ilitary intelligence officials have been in contact with Muslim Brotherhood figures in prison lately to agree on a deal whereby senior leaders will be freed in exchange for disengaging from politics”:

“Many Muslim doctors across the nation have opened their own facilities funded primarily through donations to help the poor and the uninsured”:

“Mennel Ibtissem’s voice won over the jury on the French TV show, but her political positions alienated pro-Israel and Islamophobic groups”:

“‘Christelle’ allegedly identified a scar on Ramadan’s groin,” but an alleged “plane reservation … would show Ramadan flying from London to Lyon at about the same time the woman said the assault took place”:

“It’s not easy for a girl to find a job and go to work outside of her home in Afghanistan. Now, with just one laptop at home, she can work online and earn money and help her family”:

In just ten years the number of “women … working in the 30 largest Muslim-majority economies” has gone from 100 million to 155 million, mainly due to ” the rise of technology as an enabler of work“:

New and Analysis (2/5/18)

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Before the Israeli High Court ruling two decades ago prohibiting its free use of torture, “physical abuse of Palestinians had been routine and resulted in several deaths in custody.” Since then, Shin Bet has carefully hidden it:

“[A]s a documentary filmmaker, I felt a responsibility to represent the majority of British Muslim women – the ones like me – whose voices, until now, had remained largely unheard”:

“Where they talk of the liberation and freedom of Muslim women, but are silent on Ahed Tamimi. We know that this exclusive brand of white mainstream feminism isn’t really about an all-inclusive sisterhood” …

… and those outraged by the use of tax money to promote fashionable Muslim dress seem unconcerned about Australia’s sale of arms to bomb Yemen that “has helped kill at least 5000 civilians and put seven million at risk of famine”:

The chairperson of the Representative Council of France’s Black Associations says that by dismissing Diallo from the its digital advisory council, the state “‘helped her show how freedom of speech is different based on your color”:

“The Congress-appointed government watchdog for the war in Afghanistan is expressing the concern that the American people are not getting basic facts about the conflict. Analysts agree, and say it’s not going well”:

“I deeply regret that my comments on social media have caused hurt and have undermined my professional record. It was careless and it has caused concern among those who have expressed faith in my ability to effectively lead IOM”:

Stereotypes of Islam “as backward, its teachings and punishments redolent of the Middle Ages and … of Buddhism as the perfect spirituality for the modern age [are] equally a Western fantasy” used “to justify the genocide … of the Rohingya“:

Israeli officials are now convinced “that Egypt is now dependent on them even to control its own territory” and “Sisi has taken … care … to hide the origin of the strikes from all but a limited circle of military and intelligence officers”:

The theme of a conflict between a Palestinian Muslim and a Lebanese Christian transcends its setting: “No one has a monopoly on suffering”:

News and Analysis (2/2/18)

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Both Democrats and Republicans are trying to shut Muslims out:

The man’s conviction for “a murderous terrorist attack on worshippers leaving a mosque” has triggered “a complete review of the national security threat posed by the extreme right”:

The post-ISIS competition is to rebuild the war-torn nation, but with Syria split between Asad and the rebels, aid is highly politicized making successful reconstruction as unlikely as in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya :

“[A]udiences unschooled in the faith [of Islam] can see “Bilal” as a universal saga” but despite “elements of historic profundity and beauty in” the film its “over-earnestness … makes it feel more like a lesson than entertainment”:

NGO’s “often use Western teaching materials that don’t fit the Afghan cultural context, lending the gender equality message a foreign tone. They … don’t point to … Islamic religious teaching about gender” equity:

The police “admitted that the content of the documents they obtained from them is the information that the public already knew. He said the contents are same, … [yet] the court rejected the defense’s application for bail”:

“In 2015, former President John Mahama proclaimed freedom of faith, opening the way for more displays of religion in the secular country”:

“Although local aesthetic values are based on local narratives and ethnic identities, they also sometimes involve implicit critiques of prevalent Western conceptions of beauty”:

News and Analysis (1/30/18)

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

There will be “extra vetting for these mostly Middle Eastern and African nations, senior U.S. officials said on Monday”:

“As the State of the Union address approaches, one likely theme of the speech has become quite clear: President Trump wants to choke off legal immigration to the United States”:

“Rear Admiral Ali Ozmaei’s remarks cited by Tasnim news agency followed last week’s comments by U.S. military officials that the Iranian military had halted routine ‘harassment’ of U.S. naval vessels in the Gulf”:

Trump’s “comments suggested he sees a military victory over the Taliban, an outcome that U.S. military and diplomatic officials say cannot be achieved with the resources and manpower he has authorized”:

In 2017 “several NGOs lodged police reports against Sarajun for criticising … the detention of Turkish Islamic intellectual Mustafa Akyol” for a talk on Islam given “without prior accreditation from the Religious Teaching Supervisory Committee”:

“[A]fter nearly 50 hearings, there is still no verdict”:


The Muslim Judicial Council “denied reports that it had declared the SAB water not halaal‚ adding it was investigating what to do when taps run dry on Day Zero”:

“[T]his is a story about individualism vs. authoritarianism”:

News and Analysis (1/27/18)

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Embarrassed by publicity over the IDF encounter with the Tamimi family, Michael Oren spreads absurd and easily refuted smears of the family and refuses to provide alleged evidence of his libel as “confidential”:

“So why is Gadot [a defender of the apartheid state] rewarded for being an empowered woman with opinions and views of her own, while Khan [a critic] loses out for sharing hers?”:

“Al Issa suggested the letter was prompted in part by his friendship with the think tank’s director, Robert Satloff, who has written extensively about North African Muslims who protected Jews during the Holocaust”:

Jennifer Williams is not surprised, as she herself is evidence for the “‘contact hypothesis,’ … that prejudice and hatred between different groups … often decreases when the two groups actually have contact with one another”:

According to Pew American converts to Islam are 77% Christian and 19% atheists, agnostics or otherwise unidentified with any religion; those who leave Islam are disproportionately Iranian immigrants (22%) and 55% abandon religion

Prince Alwaleed maintains “his innocence of any corruption in talks with authorities” and expects “to keep full control of his global investment firm … without being required to give up assets to the government”:

“[T]he AKP no longer works with women’s groups as they used to” and “there are signs that the government may be preparing to amend the landmark 2011 law protecting wives from their abusive husbands”:

“The latest attack will add pressure on President Ashraf Ghani and his U.S. allies, who have expressed growing confidence that a new more aggressive military strategy has succeeded in driving Taliban insurgents back”:

News and Analysis (1/24/17)

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

In the wake of the U.S. administration’s green light on the embassy move, Israel  escalates the violence and shooting to kill and banning human rights observers while the mainstream American media looks the other way:

The Taliban have denied responsibility for the attack:

“‘The call to prayer existed long before the right-wing politicians who have no connection to this land,’ an imam in the town of Kabul in northern Israel said at one of the protests” against the colonialist move:

“Wagner refused to answer questions from the German daily newspaper Tagesspiegel, who first reported his conversion to the Islamic faith. … But he said there had been no attempt by the [anti-Islam] party to force him to resign”:

“[A]lthough they will take the other core academic subject tests,” they want no part of the test to “measure tolerance, cultural awareness and how well teenagers can distinguish between reliable sources of information and fake news”:

If radical preacher Abu Hamza a/k/a MI5 agent “Damson Berry” had advanced knowledge of 9/11, so did British intelligence, and then it is incredible that they had not passed that knowledge on to U.S. intelligence:

“His three-volume exposé on Zionism is required reading for anyone concerned about Palestine-Israel, the Middle East, and world peace”:

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”: