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News and Analysis (8/22/18)

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

With the transfer of the Iran portfolio to Brian Hook (“John Bolton’s man in the State Department”), the “Iran Action Group” might as well be renamed the “Iran Coup Squad,” but it reflects administration doubts about prospects of its Iran policy: 

“During Eid al-Adha , Muslims commemorate Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice by slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, cow or goat. The meat is then given away to friends, family and those in need”:

The head of the “Tarrant County party’s finance committee …  called [Shafi] a patriotic conservative” but Republican Sara Legvold wants him removed because he’s “a practicing. Mosque-attending muslim” (sic):

“The EU has vowed to counter Trump’s renewed sanctions on Iran, including by means of a new law to shield European companies from punitive measures”:

“Sentencing someone to 18 months in prison for something so trivial is a stark illustration of the increasingly arbitrary and repressive application of the blasphemy law in the country” — AI’s executive director for Indonesia:

The founder of  MuslimGirl is “the first veiled Muslim woman to be named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in media”:

“The head of Iran’s nuclear agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted by state TV on Wednesday as saying British experts would fill in for the American ones”:

News and Analysis (8/19/18)

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

“[T]he rites of Hajj are believed to ultimately trace the footsteps of the prophets Ibrahim and Ismail, or Abraham and Ishmael as they are named in the Bible”:

Does attending a session with the words “Israeli aggression” in the title at a time when Israelis killed over 2100 mostly civilians that saw only 72 Israeli mostly soldiers die make one an anti-Semite …

… or is it a distraction from the fact that the slaughter continues even now?

Should Hong Kong copy the EU’s “‘blocking statute’ that forbids Europeans from complying with American sanctions on Iran, protects them from US court decisions and allows them to recover damages arising from the enforcement of sanctions”?

“In the US, the Muslim Women’s Alliance … aims ‘to empower Muslim women’ … [saying that] its core values of integrity, generosity, compassion and leadership “are defined by our Islamic ideals”:

Contrary to its intentions, the Saudi-lead “obsession with Qatar is having the opposite effect—it is, naturally, forcing Doha into closer relations with Tehran as a means of mitigating the negative economic consequences of the continued blockade”:

After the state received a complaint that she was defending a woman who removed her hijab, she was arrested to serve a previously unannounced five-year sentence issued against her in absentia” two years ago on a national security charge:

“It’s just an example of the tone-deaf Iran policy of this administration” — “Barbara Slavin, the director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council on Pompeo’s Iran Action Group:


News and Analysis (8/17/18)

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Even Israel’s post office practices apartheid, …

… and Palestinians can’t use the airport as even Palestinian-Americans “have been sent back to the U.S. upon arrival at Ben Gurion. And for Gaza’s two million locked up inhabitants, it’s far worse” …

… yet it seems “that the Trump administration shares” Netanyahu’s “vision of ‘economic peace‘ with Palestinians receiving a state minus.’ In effect, of course, it means Palestinians will agree to live as ‘humans minus'”:

Five decades after surviving the Israel attack on the U.S.S. Liberty that killed 34 of his shipmates, Joe Meadors was arrested by Israel for trying to break the blockade of Gaza:

Pegging the value of its new blockchain currency  to the rial (instead of gold backed by oil) “would make the digital token as unattractive as the nation’s paper currency.  And eliminating Iranian access to all non-state cryptocurrencies will be difficult”:

Whom do the Iranians blame for their foundering economy? Rouhani? Khamenei? Guess again:

“Alhajeh told the BBC she respects Sweden’s gender equality and thus does not shake anybody’s hand…. Ultimately the court agreed, ruling that while the company was right in its insistence upon gender equality, it could not enforce it by imposing handshakes”:

“Whenever the authorities think that keeping my wife in prison is too costly for them – meaning that the public is becoming sensitive about it – they release her, and whenever they think she’s becoming harmful for them outside jail, they take her back in”:

“A clash between a nation-state with a defence budget of $18.6 billion and a politically, geographically and militarily fragmented people who’ve been under occupation for the past 70 years is in no way a battle between equivalent powers”:

“We know women who follow the Islamic faith are not a monolith and no one person can truly represent them. So we decided to speak to a few representing their community in a bunch of different industries and let them do the talking”:

News and Analysis (8/15/18)

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

“The social media, email and telephone threats made against … Judge Sarah Backus were deemed so serious that court officials felt compelled to reiterate her responsibility to decide on the law, not public opinion based on incomplete information”:

Reports of Iraqi submission to U.S. bullying may have been exaggerated …

… and the actual victims of sanctions may not be the intended ones:

The arrest of a million Muslims behind bars, bans of beards and veils and the humiliation of imams has met with silence from Western liberals and Muslim governments:

The appointment of the Pakistani-born Greens Party MP for New South Wales to fill a vacant senate seat “comes as another new senator faces condemnation for a speech calling for a “final solution” on immigration“:

A 32-year-old  Irish-American “Ph.D. student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill … gives free walking tours about … Islam as it is lived today in Harlem” so that the “mostly oral histories” are not forgotten:

“At first sight, his conservatism seems to be quite traditional,” but unlike his Christian counterparts, he refuses to deny science:

“The Islamic Republic can negotiate with America whenever it achieves the power to resist America’s pressure and blackmail. Today this is not the case”:

News and Analysis (8/12/18)

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Socially conservative Muslims see a “disconnect with some parts of the Democratic political platform” but unlike their Catholic and Evangelical counterparts, “feel little imperative to use government to promote those value”:

The Ottoman Empire ended in 1922 with Kamal Attaturk’s secular rule in Turkey. The new Ottomanism symbolizes everything “from justice, power, and pluralism to Islamic primacy and Turkey’s own campaign to make the country ‘great again’”:

The government raised no “concerns about the permits during the actual construction process” but now wants the building torn down because minarets and domes do not have a “Chinese style”:

Rather than realize the dream of democracy and human rights after the fall of Mubarak, the country is again heading to absolute autocracy for an uncertain period of time:

To free themselves from dependency on Israel for electricity, individual Palestinians “have taken it on themselves to install solar panels, trailing cables down the side of buildings to keep fans whirring or to power televisions and other appliances”:

The Saudi-led airstrike that killed many innocent people including children demonstrates the disastrous consequences of its brutal attempt to dominate the region:

Iraq begins to follow US sanction policy on Iran, while Turkey resists; and China, which imports 7% of its total crude oil imports from Iran, will also take over development of the Iranian portion of the largest gas deposit on earth from France …

… and most “Arabs believe that Israel and the US present a far greater threat to Arab security than Iran”:

Human Rights Watch warns that “to combat corruption at every level … requires an independent judiciary that ensures due process rights for all those accused”:

News and Analysis (8/9/18)

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

As Netanyahu boasts that Israels new law will prevent Palestinian families from reuniting:

His staff insists he did not know what was written on the sign handed him comparing Trump’s proposed wall with Israel’s and insists the senator from New Jersey still supports Israeli apartheid:

In retaliation for Canada’s alarm over Saudi jailing of human rights activists “Saudi authorities have expelled Canada’s ambassador, frozen future trade … and said they will relocate thousands of government-funded Saudi students at Canadian universities” …

… but “Saudi Arabia’s intimidation tactics may be boomeranging, [as] Germany in January said it was ‘immediately’ stopping approving arms exports to anyone participating in the war in Yemen, including Saudi Arabia”:

Professor Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi fights back against Lawfare’s third frivolous lawsuit against her in its war against academic freedom:

Faced with Pakistan’s election of “a complex figure who is Oxford-educated and yet deeply critical of Western hegemony,” the US media resorted to a shockingly despicable display of stereotypes and smug arrogance …

… one problem is that American interests in Pakistan have had little to do with Pakistan itself, but have been the function of other American interests—China, fighting the Soviet Union, al-Qaeda, and trying to win an ongoing—and losing—… [a] war in Afghanistan”:

Sweden is not buying the Israeli pretense that a blockade against military weapons legalizes the piracy of humanitarian aid:

“Did Putin come to give an address to the joint sessions of Congress trying to…calling on them to reverse US policy, without even informing the president”:

“The executive order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday contains a ‘Natural Gas Project Exception’ which describes the Southern Gas Corridor without naming it”:

“[T]he most pressing issues … relate to how Syrian society has struggled, transformed and, ultimately, survived—what Syria has become, how Syrians organize, and what they need to create a future for themselves”:

News and Analysis (8/7/18)

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

A “group called Veterans Against Islamic Filth, with 2,700 members, violated a specific Facebook rule against referring to a group of people as ‘filth.’ Yet the group remained up until Buzzfeed contacted Facebook for comment on the story”:

“Indian movies which talk of Islam and Muslims, even positively and constructively with a view to dispelling the anti-Muslim stereotypes, don’t go down well with the film censors in Pakistan”:

“Muslim inmates … saw their religion as perhaps the most important part of their own transformation…. They wanted to understand … how Islam can transform their lives and … behaviour so that they can become functional citizens”:

The newly signed law  replaces the current autonomous region with “a new political entity” that keeps 75% “of taxes collected in the area…. The region is also to have a parliament and Islamic … courts … for cases involving Muslims”:

“[T]he arrests were part of a widespread crackdown on graft and corrupt practices in the country’s moribund foreign-currency sector” …

… “Two traders told The Associated Press initial rates likely would be around 93,000 rials to the dollar, down from 98,000 to $1 on the black market the night before”:

Of 120 planes Iran ordered from Airbus and ATR, only 11 have been delivered. Aviation analyst Alex Macheras says “that since 1979, over 2,000 Iranians have died in plane crashes, reflecting the ‘dire state of aviation’ in the country”:

The man “in charge of providing information on ICE activities in New Jersey to the media,was an editor for … [a group that] pushes wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories … Muslims and deliberately conflates mainstream and radical Islam”:

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News and Analysis (8/4/18)

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

“Israeli Occupation Forces cut all communications and then violently attacked [the] lead boat … in international waters, pulled down its Norwegian flag and trampled upon it. According to many testimonies … they then beat up and tasered several people and stole most of the participants’ property”:

Iran plans a currency rescue (see our proposal here) in the face of demonstrations such as those in as Arak, Isfahan, Karaz and Shiraz:

Hate crimes are higher than even after the 9/11 attack:

Iran-backed Houthi fighters do not believe Saudi Arabia can defeat them:

While the opposition parties are accusing of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of destroying lives, four million Muslims have been excluded from the National Citizenship Registry list leaving them at risk of deportation:

China will not honor the demand of the United States and cut down the oil imports from Iran, but the Chinese authorities agreed not to increase the imports:

Muslim candidates are facing complex situations in Minnesota while they are asking for votes in the field. But they know that they a long way to go:

Unease and suspicious over war in the near future that could be a severe disaster for the common people in a region which has already been a war zone for a few decades:

News and Analysis (8/3/18)

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Jared Kushner’s bid to destroy UNRWA “is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians”:

As Iran’s FM tweets, “US Navy can’t seem to find its way around our waters. Perhaps because it hasn’t figured out its name: Persian Gulf, as it’s been called for 2,000 yrs longer than US has existed” …

… U.S. vets warn  Trump, “[I]f you believe that there is credible evidence that Iran has an active secret nuclear weapons program, we believe you have been misled. And … the inevitable result [of acting on bad intelligence in this case] will be a great deal worse than the Bush/Cheney debacle in Iraq”:

With gold demand at records and the rial plummeting …

… this is the perfect time for Iran to institute a gold-denominated blockchain currency payable in oil:

“Many believe this is a golden opportunity for Tehran to stroke Trump’s ego and divert him from his path of confrontation by simply giving him a symbolic victory. But … unlike Trump’s other bullying victims – making America look good is often the costliest concession that could be demanded of” Iran:

“Although many use the terms ‘Shariah’ and ‘Islamic law’ interchangeably, they are not the same thing…. Islamic law is the product of human interpretations of Shariah in historical and social contexts and therefore can change in response to new challenges and circumstances”:

Banning the niqab and burqa has the effect of transforming garments that very few Muslim women in the West intended to signify great (perhaps excessive) modesty into much more popular symbols of resistance and self-agency:

“Iranian authorities should immediately release eight environmental activists detained for six months unless they can immediately charge them with recognizable crimes and produce evidence to justify their continued detention”:

“This could have easily bounced the other way on different facts and should not give misplaced comfort to those considering having only a religious marriage conducted here in the U.K.” – Anne-Marie Hutchinson, “one of Britain’s leading family lawyers” …

… while in India, the High Court rules, “The right of maintenance and right in the matrimonial property… are very much an integral part of the decree of dissolution of marriage. Hence, they are required to be considered even if at times such reliefs are not asked for”:

“The Queer Muslim Project is holding a ‘Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Islam’ workshop in Delhi that will be a space for LGBTQ and queer Muslims to explore their feelings and experiences of Islam, both good and bad”:

News and Analysis (8/1/18)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Although “Trump’s surprise announcement that he is willing to talk to Mr. Rouhani”  fits his impulsive profile, it also fits into a plan Bolton formulated last year at the behest of Steve Bannon intended to put Iran in to an impossible position …

… but Rouhani “has not publicly responded to the invitation” and told his “parliament that the U.S. has proven it doesn’t keep its promises and that Iran will protect its right to export oil, which is the target of U.S. sanctions”:

Attorney Diana Butto says, “The entire reason that this bill has been allowed to progress so far is because the Israeli Supreme Court has allowed Israel to be as racist as it wants to be.” Yet Palestinians insist on resisting the law, with MK Ahmad Tibi declaring, “Our story is stronger than their law” …

… Case in point: “The whole world will hear my story. The whole world will hear what Israel’s democracy is. A democracy for Jews only. Only Arabs go to jail,” she said following her conviction. “More than 150 American literary figures, including nine Pulitzer Prize winners, called on Israel to free Tatour”:

… and Palestinians will fight the spread of Israeli suppression of free speech to Britain as well, as “academics and authors … [assert] a right to publicly discuss issues relating to ‘settler colonialism, apartheid, racism and discrimination’ amid the row over how the Labour party defines antisemitism”:

When an African-American Muslim asked him, “What would motivate white people to stand up for justice?” when they would have nothing to gain in abandoning white privilege, the founder of the Redneck Muslim Facebook page’s reaction was, “You gain your humanity by doing that”:

America’s free market responds to the variety of Muslim definitions of halal:

The “scholar of American and gender studies at Rutgers University … raised in California by [culturally Buddhist] Chinese immigrants” writes that “A strong desire for women’s empowerment and gender agency has been at the core of women’s engagement with Islam for the past century”:

Israel has long denied Palestinians access to their own land, but it increasingly denies foreign human rights activists entry as well:

Upset over allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections? Then imagine how Iranians felt when after a century of friendly relations the U. S. overthrew its democratically elected prime minister:

Iran’s minister of Information and Communications Technology warned that “the Telecommunication Company of Iran will be severely penalized” if the allegations prove true, even if the diversion were accidental:

If elected, former state legislator Rashida Tlaib “would join Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as the second Palestinian American in Congress”: