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News and Analysis (7/22/17)

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

“Blackwater military contractors opened fire in a city square in Baghdad, killing 17 civilians in one of the worst episodes of the Iraq war” but now they have an even worse idea– for American taxpayers to foot the bill for them to rule Afghanistan:

It’s “the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two sides for years;” as Israeli officer kicks a Palestinian man while he is down praying, a settler kills a teenager, and live ammo fired at demonstrators, many injured others killed in Jerusalem and the West Bank:

Dozens of families in the U.S. are waiting for their children they are adopting from overseas, but with no “real family” to claim, are unable to even enter the country:

Saudi-led deadly air strike bombs an area in which there were no military targets:

In a single tweet Dawkins both admits to never having read the Qur’an and charges Islam with being the “greatest force for evil today,” yet he is befuddled as to why he is accused of “abusive speech”:

Why one out of five American Muslims plan to leave the country:

“Practicing Alevis … read from the same Islamic texts as mainstream Muslims, but worship in a cemevi, or prayer hall, rather than a mosque. Men and women pray alongside one another, and — unlike observant Sunnis — are not expected to pray five times a day”:

News and Analysis (7/21/17)

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Chuck Schumer and Ben Cardin eagerly sacrifice civil right on the altar of Israeli apartheid, proposing to make felons of American engaging in political activism supporting the boycott against Israel with penalties up to $1 million and 20 years in prison …

… while Israel disregards the “Israel’s Freedom of Information Law” to keep its plots against the BDS movement secret” from its own people:

As protest mounts over Israeli demonstration of its control over al-Aqsa through the installation of metal detectors, the number of Muslims praying in the streets outside the mosque have grown:

Women caught in the middle of the Syrian war who were captured and sold as sex slaves escaped and join a women’s militia sponsored by the US SDF, vowing revenge in proportion to the injustice they suffered:

Campaigners removed from the UN’s report on endangering children under Saudi pressure complain that the rich and powerful “get away with killing and injuring children”:

After hours of questioning, the detained Saudi women, who’s video of her walking around in a revealing outfit, was released without charge due to her claim the video was posted without her knowledge:

Resistance and even armed struggle against a colonial occupation force are not just recognized under international law but specifically endorsed, something Israel would like to change, knowing the wrongfulness of their occupation:

All though many citizens of Middle Eastern countries are still banned, at least their laptops are now welcome:

News and Analysis (7/20/17)

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The opponents of the Travel Ban argue that excluding certain family members from entering the U.S. is “nonsense” and the court should not define what “close” is…

… although Congress has the power to defund any of Trump’s executive orders, including the Travel Ban, they narrowly decided to let the administration ban Grandma:

A  German judge’s ill-thought out and probably illegal order for a woman to appear in court without her headscarf will effectively derive her of her right to sue for divorce:

“A bus driver with more than 20 years on the job filed a lawsuit against an Atlanta principal … [who refused] to let her in the [school] building because saw her praying”:

The headlining Afghan Girls Robotics team earned a silver metal …

…and a new perspective from Americans. Not only did President Trump intervene to get them their visa, but his daughter Ivanka welcomed them in person:

“Muslim-Americans are always finding themselves having to defend their patriotism and Americanism”:

Before 6:30 am, two men caught on camera leaving a pigs head in a back pack with a swastika on it outside of an Islamic School Gate:

Flying in the face of partisan polarization a Republican candidate promptly comes to the defense of his Democratic opponent Deedra Abboud, when she is bombarded with relentless hate messages because of her Muslim faith:

Notwithstanding reforms respecting Saudi women’s freedom “to play sports in public school and have access to physical education classes” it’s still illegal to show their belly buttons or legs:

“Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests”:

News and Analysis (7/19/17)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The mosque caretaker kicked the burglar in self defence and then … went on to make him scrambled eggs and sat down to let Boyle tell him about he he was homeless, had been in and out of prison and was having problems with his girlfriend”:

A Saudi teen living in Germany campaigned for the inclusion of a woman wearing a headscarf emoji. This emoji, among a man wearing a beard are the newest emojis to enter later this year. It has been met with some backlash among twitter, but gained enough support to be inducted:

Throughout Boston’s bus stops and public spaces, posters have been put up addressing aggression towards others based on their appearance or beliefs. This campaign has began because “education is key to fighting intolerance”:

Compared to roughly 80 citizens were killed fighting terrorist groups abroad under Obama, the average is 360 per month now:

Israel could not survive without the U.S.’s aid, a serious problem for the country considering most young Americans care about the state of Israel considerably less then that of their elders, and an increase in intermarriages has “vexed any notion of [Jews as] … a single and singular people”:

Beyond headlined support for Afghanistan’s girl team, a group of students from Virginia helped the Iranian team circumvent sanctions that prevented hem from receiving needed parts:

Lacking the historical baggage of the Americans or the Europeans, China tries to play the honest broker for the Middle East in support of a Palestinian state:

After winning her crown she used her newly awarded platform to explain to the crowd “people tend to blame religion for the atrocities that are happening, but if we do that we take responsibility away from the individuals”:

“Muslim and Christian children attend the same schools, live in the same neighborhoods, and play together. Jordanian children do not learn, as ours do in the West, that the other is stranger and maybe even enemy”:

News and Analysis (7/18/17)

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

“The State Department on Monday expanded its definition of ‘close family’ to include grandparents and other relatives that constitute a ‘bona fide’ US relationship for visa applicants and refugees from six mainly Muslim nations” …

… yet the president and executive director of Muslim Advocates charges that “the Trump administration has also moved forward with parts of the president’s order that the justices will not review this fall”:

“A referendum that has the effect of discrimination or the violation of freedom of religion can be ignored. The purpose of the Charter in a democracy is to protect against the majority” — Constitutional lawyer Julius Grey:

The first Women ever to win the prestigious Field Medal in mathematics is so loved and respected in her native Iran that “newspapers have broken strict dress-code rules by publishing obituaries with photos of her not wearing a hijab”:

The arrests of Rouhani’s brother and trusted adviser on unclear charges and the arrest of a Chinese-American graduate student as an “American infiltrator” put Rouhani in a difficult position internally and externally respectively:

Failing to pass an emergency resolution calling for a ban on face veils, the LNP Queensland state conference now seeks to ban headscarves for children, warning that otherwise there will be “Muslim uniforms” in state schools within three months:

Petition: “a wedding is a public demonstration of a relationship … not done in private, but … publicly celebrated and promoted” it contradicts the goes against the predominant Shia jurisprudence “which NASIMCO must uphold”:

With “Iraqi security forces engaged in organized extrajudicial executions and torture … [and] throwing live men off a cliff, before riddling their bodies with automatic gunfire … a lasting victory against ISIS may still be a generation away:

“[H]undreds of thousands of Western converts who … are fully Western and Muslim … directly challenge the Islamophobic stereotypes”:

Due to the persistence of the Australian Friends of Palestine Association, South Australian Parliament passed a motion calling on the Australian government to recognize the State of Palestine just as it recognizes the State of Israel:

News and Analysis (7/16/17)

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

“I put an emphasis on having sex only with your spouse, but having the full range of sexual experiences with that spouse. Islamically, there’s an emphasis on enjoying physical relationships within the context of marriage…. It is the wife’s right that her husband satisfy her sexually”:

In Alabama “Muslim family with Middle Eastern heritage had its van spray-painted with the ‘N-word,’ … [and] references to the ‘KKK'” …

… while a victim of an acid attack in Britain is “rendered ‘speechless’ by the frequency of attacks in recent weeks and called for acid to be treated like guns or knives” …

… and a government review will reasonably ask “[w]hether judges have sufficient sentencing powers to deal with acid attack perpetrators” and absurdly how to restrict sales of “chemicals are under everyone’s kitchen sinks”:

“The fate of Qalqiliya, which … is surrounded on three sides by Israel’s separation barrier, touches on one of the conflict’s thorniest issues: the battle over the 60 percent of the West Bank known as Area C,” occupied Palestinian land that remains under full Israeli control:

“The WCRC also cautioned that the Christian faith should not be used to justify the injustice against the Palestinian people and rejected any use of the Bible “to legitimize or support political … injustice”:

The girl’s Jewish, Muslim and Christian classmates are shocked that by a Christian man’s “honor killing” of his own daughter after learning that she wished to marry a Muslim man:

News and Analysis (7/13/17)

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Under public pressure the Trump administration will allow a team of Afghan girls twice denied visas to enter the U.S. for a robotics competition entry on “parole” (Parole? Are they afraid the girls will bring in an army of robots to conquer the country?):

A police force of women organized to take pictures for women’s passports, to counter terrorist measures where raiding houses with women are present or suspects in conformance with Yemen’s gender segregation …

… is breaking up and beating down protests and petitions by the female relatives of Yemeni men who have disappeared and been taken to secret prisons where torture is rampant:

Faced with increasing threats, the Muslim chairman of the DNC blames the example set by President Trump who has “made it OK for all these people who have all these hateful thoughts against immigrants and against Muslims”:

“For a jurist who has reached the last stage of his professional career, to be included in a … decree prepared in an anti-constitutional way, has an impact that is worse than death, [b]ecause your whole life has passed in a struggle for the law”:

After fleeing thousands of miles from terror, refugees find it once again at the door step of their supposed asylum:

Republican Omar Qudrat is running for a U.S. House seat in the 2018 U.S. election and is thought to be one of the first Afghan-American Muslims to run for Congress:

Senator Durbin denounces “cruel and un-American policies that harm our economy, do not make us safer, and are inconsistent with our heritage as a nation of immigrants”:

News and Analysis (7/12/17)

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

A township trustee in Illinois draws fire for her online bigotry …

… but in the face of constituents calling for his removal form office, a politician insists that his call for the murder of “every last Muslim” is protected free speech:

The visiting scholar to the Harvard-affiliated Boston’s Children’a hospital traveling on a valid visa with his wife and three children was deemed inadmissible by US Customs and Border Protection officers:

An undershirt, a shirt AND a sweater? Must be a terrorist:

Small falafel shop owner in D.C. donates around $1000/week to refugees in need, but also hopes employ them and help them open their own businesses as well:

A new proposal seen as “duplicative and unnecessary” would force students to reapply to stay in the U.S. every single year as well as when they move from institutions like undergraduate to graduate school:

It is unthinkable to imagine another country, even a close ally, setting up a base in our country, blocking off land and occupying it with weapons. Yet we do this do countries all over the world:

Although they feel the oversight is inadequate, Muslims find the change groundbreaking since it is “the first time since 9/11 that any law enforcement or investigative or intelligence agency has had its ability to spy on Muslims limited in any way”:

One owns no Qur’an and another skips prayers on the excuse of having “no suitable clothes.” A study reveals the  role of alpha males “with no theological training and no skills”:

“[T]o enforce the Congressional mandate that district courts lack jurisdiction … would expose Petitioners to the substantiated risk of death, torture, or other grave persecution before their legal claims can be tested in a court” — Judge Goldsmith …

… but the admission of the mostly Christian refugees continues a decline in the number of Muslims admitted:

News and Analysis (7/11/17)

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

U.S. politicians saved the totalitarian cult “disowned by the opposition Green Movement and … loathed by ordinary Iranians for having fought on Saddam Hussein’s side during the Iran-Iraq war” from its place on the U.S. terrorism list:

“[T]he Afghan girls are the only nation’s team to be denied visas by the U.S. and must participate from afar, watching from their hometown in western Afghanistan”:

“Collective culpability is a dangerous fiction.” Extremists typify neither white people nor Muslims; rather it is “everyday people who responded so sensitively and beautifully to the Finsbury Park attack” represent humanity:

In the U.S. separate is unequal, but in Britain the state funds religious schools, so a showdown on gender segregation was inevitable. A judge’s decision that “[t]here is no evidence in this case that segregation particularly disadvantages women” will be appealed:

A Palestinian American woman in a hijab promoting nonviolent resistance and activism has become a target for those who would silence and discredit racial-justice activists because they “are awakening the masses”:

Iran’s President says the police’s job is not to administer Islam, and that they do not have the right to pull women over for not covering in their car:

Although Iraq declared victory, airstrikes continue and Amnesty International warns of a civilian disaster:

The Muslim congregation is now the largest one in Washington D.C.’s Church of the Epiphany:

News and Analysis (7/8/17)

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Symbolizing the American military, Wonder Woman respects no borders, decides who needs help and who’s trouble, is prepared to force others to respect her:

Clinton lost because PA, WI, and MI have high casualty rates and saw her as pro-war, study says:

Most Muslims who don’t vote either are unsatisfied with the available choices or felt their vote makes no difference; only two percent believe it is against their religion:

Haroon Moghul wanted to be a Muslim on his own terms, but finds being publicly critical of his own community when they are under attack is “like walking a tightrope”:

The Qur’anic prohibition on aggression behind his fight for conscientious objector status is only one example of the religious force that fed Ali’s activism and humanitarianism:

Which Middle Eastern country has tortured one million prisoners?  No it’s not Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Guess again:

“What we are seeing today is a realization by these governments that if these voices continue, they are going to see more crowds, more public insisting [on] rights”:

Especially troubling about the administration’s pace of appointments is the failure to appoint an ambassador to Afghanistan, where thousands of troops are deployed: