Archive for October, 2011

News and Analysis

Monday, October 31st, 2011

“Despite the warnings, … [e]ven as other countries stopped handing over detainees to problematic facilities, the U.S. government did not”:

Only one of 12,000 Egyptian civilians tried before military courts since Muhabarak was deposed, Abd El Fattah “rejects the legitimacy of trying civilians in military tribunals” and implicates the military in the violent attack on “thousands of people protesting the government’s response to an attack on a church in southern Egypt”:

As Israel bombs Gaza and its fiery foreign minister threatens to topple Hamas, it fails in its bid to keep the Palestinians out of UNESCO by a 107-14 vote, and the American ambassador ungraciously hints that the U.S. may take its bat and ball and go home:

CAIR calls the Catholic symbols complaint a non-issue; “Muslims pray all the time in various locations. A Muslim can pray anywhere, practically, from a bus station to a classroom to a cubicle at work” — Ibrahim Hooper:

A surprising turnout of at least 100,000 show support for the athlete turned politician opposing U.S. drone strikes and Pakistani corruption:

Gaddafi confidante says the deposed strongman was resigned to capture, preferring “to die by Libyan hands,” but after his demise, despite rebel promises of an investigation, Gaddafi-style anarchy persists in Libya; so far NATO has only succeeded in putting but with the shoe on the other foot:

“U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said an estimated 40,000 U.S. troops will be stationed across the Mideast even after the Iraq withdrawal;” Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says, “”No other party can fill the vacuum in Iraq, except the people of Iraq and the government of Iraq “:

“[C]ries of an impeding Islamist takeover of the Middle East have erupted once more in the western press. But before we give in to our inner Glenn Beck, let’s get a few things straight” …

… no longer comfortably banned from political power by authoritarian regimes, Islamist movements winning elections in the wake of the “Arab Spring” can no longer rest on the unelaborated slogan “Islam is the solution” can learn how to make constructive policies from the success Turkey’s Justice and Development Party:

 

News and Analysis (10/29/11)

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

With the victory of both Islam and democracy in Tunisia, and unrest breaking out in the cradle of the Tunisian revolution,  bill of rights takes on primary importance in the constitution-writing phase:

As tens of thousands flee Tawergha in fear of vengeful militants from Misrata, Saif al-Islam continues indirect negotiations professing his desire to prove his innocence before the ICC:

“According to the suit, the supervisor also reprimanded the driver for not mentioning his faith during the job interview, adding that he wouldn’t have been hired if he had”:

“[B]y age 20 he had traded his fundamentalist Islam for a more liberal, irreverent version. A prolific writer, he often satirizes his fellow Muslims, pricking the traditionalists. He is a court jester to the Islamic world, a provocateur in a kufi”:

“Israel as a matter of policy holds Hamas liable for violence perpetrated by any of the different armed groups in the coastal territory,” but “Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum meanwhile said Israel is ‘fully responsible for all the results of this dangerous escalation'”:

“Furious callers on live radio shows suggested the Wahhabi movement should be banned and its members expelled. ‘Here I am searching the newspapers every morning looking for news about foreign investments so this place can move forward and then an idiot like this comes and destroys everything. It will take years for us to wash this,’ [said] cab driver Ismet Besic”:

As Syrian opposition insists dialogue is impossible while demonstrators are being shot, the Arab League signals its patience may be running out:

News and Analysis (10/27/11)

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

“African, Asian or European, bareheaded or modestly garbed in flowered hijab …, these women brim not with resigned fatalism but with energy, conviction and … optimism” about refocusing on the basic objectives of the Sharia, “protection and promotion of religion (al-din), life (al-nafs), mind (al-aql), family (al-nasl), wealth (al-mal), and dignity (al-‘ird)” of both men and women:

Once praised as a reformer, then vilified as a cruel enforcer of his father’s tyranny, Seif al Islam is rumored to be demanding his day in court; is it a move to set the record straight or a ploy to escape the vengeful assassins of his brother, father, and dozens of alleged black African mercenaries?:

The “deal to release Mr Grapel was negotiated around the same time as the Shalit exchange, says the BBC’s Kevin Connolly in Jerusalem. It shows that Egypt is still capable of dealing with Israel on business-like terms”:

“A lenient prison sentence for the killers of a man whose death helped spark Egypt’s revolution has outraged Egyptians, who had hoped their uprising would wipe out the corruption and injustice symbolized by the case”:

Female comics find the Middle East (excepting Saudi Arabia) more welcoming than the United States:

For the NYPD even a stereotypical attempt at assimilation is a terrorist red flag:

“UNSC Resolution 2016 will put the NTC fully at the helm of the country and free the NTC of military and financial restrictions “:

Despite the Pope’s care to remove “any whiff of syncretism, or the combining of different beliefs and practices, … a breakaway traditionalist group that Benedict has been working to bring back into Rome’s fold, said it would be celebrating 1,000 Masses to atone for the damage done by the event and urged the pope to use it to urge others to convert to Catholicism”:

News and Analysis (10/26/2011)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Plans for a coalition between Islamists and secularists are on the table in Tunisia. “With a clear majority and a diverse range of views, a coalition [between al Nehda, Congres pour le Republique and Ettekatol] could bring considerable legitimacy to the two chief tasks of Tunisia’s post-revolution government: drafting a new constitution and nominating a caretaker administration.”

“The name change program is an example of how, while the NYPD says it operates under the same rules as the FBI, police have at times gone beyond what is allowed by the federal government.”… “Police have conducted surveillance of entire Muslim neighborhoods, chronicling every aspect of daily life, including where people eat, pray and get their hair cut”…

… in response, a report by Muslim Advocates “recommends more than 40 legal and policy changes to enforcement of the anti-terrorism law”:

“Every decision — from Libya to Yemen to Bahrain to Syria — is being examined under the prism of how it will affect what was, until mid-January, the dominating calculus in the Obama administration’s regional strategy: how to slow Iran’s nuclear progress, and speed the arrival of opportunities for a successful uprising there”:

Although “many in the Arab world want leaders who prove themselves against Israel,” it is clear that Bashar Al Assad is an exception. Any regional support that the Syrian leader might have commanded in the past, even from his supporters in Lebanon, has now deteriorated…

…however, Israel is hopeful that, after Assad, the Syrians will eventually address the question of their relationship with Israel “in a positive way”:

An IMF report sheds light on the effects of the Arab Spring on the economies of the Arab oil-importing and exporting countries especially after the increase in governmental spending in an attempt to either influence or suppress any opposition:

Jordan’s king Abdullah introduces a reform act that allows the involvement of “the elected lawmakers, who represent the aspirations of the people, in the consultative process leading to the designation of prime ministers”:

 

News and Analysis (10/25/2011)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

“To gain international financial assistance, the new government needs to prove its commitment to basic human rights. Lingering concerns about extrajudicial killings will set back that effort” …

… but his inglorious burial is an unpromising start; “Throw him in a hole, in the sea, in garbage. No matter. He is lower than a donkey or a dog and only foreigners say they care about how we killed him. And they are lying”:

A Muslim donates money to build a church for the Copts in his village and praises the merit and achievements of a number of Coptic leaders; “All men are created equal”:

“This election helps shatter the myth that Arabs can’t act in a democratic fashion. But now this pioneer nation, whose every move is followed on Arabic satellite TV channels, needs help to shake up its dormant economy and consolidate its revolution”:

Anti-Islamic opinions are suppressed through legal punishment in Egypt while they are avoided by civic pressures in Tennessee:

While the FBI “opposes racial and ethnic discrimination,” they are eager to draw “connections” between crime and the ethnic and racial nature of a society:

The Abu Dhabi Gallup Center released a report in which the key finding was that Muslim Americans are among the most integrated and successful citizens in the United States. Individual civic engagement is an essential tool in countering misconceptions on Islam:

News and Analysis (10/24/11)

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Whatever the outcome is, it is our decision, it is not imposed on us”–Tunisian voter:

“In a speech to a cheering, flag-waving crowd, Mustafa Abdel Ja­lil, head of the Transitional National Council, promised to ban interest on housing loans and scrap other laws that didn’t conform to Islamic jurisprudence”:

Seif al Islam’s legal team, who accuse NATO of targeting civilians in repeated deliberate attempts to assassinate Gaddafi and his family, now demand that their client “be immediately protected should he be arrested and that if injured that he be kept under the continual watch and care by the International Committee of the Red Cross until we are granted personal contact with him… “:

… meanwhile, add to the list of atrocities committed by the new regime in Libya, 53 prisoners executed, some with their hands tied:

Not everyone cheers Gaddafi’s demise:

Rice writes of Gaddafi’s “eerie fascination with” her including “a strange video that had pictures of her with a song titled ‘Black Flower in the White House’ that … was weird, but at least it wasn’t raunchy”:

Is Iran trying to muddy the waters in claiming that Interpol has evidence  Gholam “Shakuri is an MEK double agent” a fact “that would blow the FBI case against Iran out of the water, since they are constantly plotting against Tehran and are entirely capable of trying to frame the ayatollahs?” Why doesn’t the FBI just ask Interpol?

A union spokesman “said that if Hertz believed certain employees were abusing the break policies, then it should have dealt with them individually, rather than penalizing an entire group”:

Muslims have come to “concede that there are people who are gay and Muslim, but (that) they should not do the sex thing. They should get married. But that puts innocent women into a position where they are in a loveless relationship. It forces people not to have a sexual part of their life. And God gave sex to people for enjoyment”–Ani Zonneveld is co-founder of Muslims for Progressive Values:

 

News and Analysis (10/23/11)

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

“Tunisia’s elections, more than nine months after the country toppled its dictator of 23 years, Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, are a litmus test for the Arab Spring”:

“Mona Rishmawi, a senior U.N. human rights official, said after visiting Libya this month that up to 7,000 prisoners were being held with no judicial process. ‘This is, of course, a recipe for abuse,’ she told reporters”:

“Wounds on Gaddafi’s body appeared to confirm that he was indeed killed in cold blood in the chaotic minutes following his capture on Thursday”:

The new owners plan to keep the painting of Muhammad Yaro,  the Afro-American Muslim freed by George Washington in his will and who survived a life of hardship to purchase “bank stock … to secure a comfortable old age – after a life of abduction and bondage” on permanent display:

“The Iraqi decision is a boost to Iran, which has close ties with many members of the Iraqi government and which had been battling against the establishment of permanent American bases”:

A new definition of chutzpah–desecrate a cemetery to build museum of tolerance:

“The most likely candidate to replace Sultan as Abdullah’s successor is Prince Nayef, the powerful interior minister in charge of internal security forces, who is said to be closer to Islamic conservatives than the king”:

 

News and Analysis (10/20/11)

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Now that they have killed him, the rebels have dropped claims that Gaddafi fled the country:

Islamophobic claims to the contrary force the leading American council of Islamic jurisprudence issues a legal opinion stating what was obvious to almost all Muslims:

“Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor, said that … the constitutionality of the law seems to be settled, but there’s a chance the California or U.S. Supreme Court will want to revisit the question”:

“The newly-formed Islamist parties, known as Salafists and who follow strict teachings of Islam, pulled out of the Democratic Alliance to protest their small showing on the alliance’s electoral list, saying Brotherhood candidates monopolised it”:

“The Obama administration has repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether it supports the NYPD’s tactics, refusing to endorse them or to question them”:

 

News and Analysis (10/19/11)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

When Gilad Schalit sat down minutes after crossing into Israel for his first conversation with an IDF psychologist, he smiled and said to the doctor: “I knew you would be surprised by my condition” …

… but Nael Barghouti, released after 33 years of imprisonment complains that his brother arrested without charge a year ago remains in prison with 5,000 other  Palestinians, with his “period of ‘administrative detention’ increased this week. It has been this way for him for the last 23 years, on and off”:

As Tunisia struggles to harvest the fruits of its revolution, Al Nahda condemns those protests of a screening of Persepolis on Tunisian TV, but says “the screening was a provocation”:

Bahrain-US arms deal challenges the fine line between economic freedom and human rights. “What the world needs is rigorous case by case evaluation of each proposed arms transfer so that if there is a substantial risk that the arms are likely to be used to commit or facilitate serious human rights violations, then the government must show the red stop light.”

A repercussion of Islamic extremism, the lack of Islamic slogans and symbols in the Syrian revolution comes as a source of relief to the international and local communities. And as the Arab League calls for Syria talks in Cairo, the regime’s media uses fear of Islamic extremism as a tool to gain support allowing it to remain in power.

 

News and Analysis (10/18/11)

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

EU reps assured the Gaza government that the restrictions on the entry of goods would be eased as Shalit and the Palestinian 1,027 are freed:

The meeting in Istanbul addresses “the need for a women’s Shura Council, where women would ‘actively dialogue and debate’ important issues, then research and discuss them, and then ultimately write position papers that could be used by Muslim women over the world in their work”:

“Islamic Law requires adherents to abide by the laws of the land in which they reside. Regardless of whether an American Muslim subscribes to a liberal or conservative viewpoint of polygamy, as noted above, they are religiously prohibited from engaging in polygamous relationships because it is illegal in the United States to do so”:

“[F]ighting in the capital with supporters of Muammar Gaddafi raised fears of another insurgency”:

Addressing the question of freedom, “Do we want to be a melting pot full of vibrant cultures? Or, do we want everyone to assimilate to one culture, one rationale, one way of being?”