Archive for June, 2013

News and Analysis (6/28/13)

Friday, June 28th, 2013

There is no doubts that the Muslim Brotherhood supports capitalism. The question is will it open the marketplace to all Egyptians or continue Mubarak-style cronyism?

The indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charges he bought into propaganda that the way to end American killing of Muslim civilians was to murder American civilians:

Myanmar’s minister of religious affairs admires the nab who ” once called himself the “Burmese bin Laden” …

… while “Rafiq Rashid, a 21-year-old Muslim vegetable seller and refugee from Myanmar [says that] Myanmar Buddhists also were inciting hatred in Malaysia, encouraging their fellow countrymen to attack Muslims” …

… and some Burmese say awarding a “contract to a Muslim-owned company was ‘worrisome,’ especially as it came at a time people were calling for protection of nationality and race”:

“This horrific incident in Abu Musallem shows that Shi’ites can’t even gather in the privacy of their homes to celebrate and heightens fear of persecution among all religious minorities in Egypt” — Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at New York-based Human Rights Watch:

Islamic law encourages group prayer, but it only mandates it once a week; but the law protects religiously motivated, not just religiously mandated worship, and the ACLU says the warden appears to be in violationoif a court order:

“[T]he dispute between Russia, Assad’s main arms supplier, and the United States, which supports the rebels and recently announced it would begin providing them with arms, has left the Security Council in a state of paralysis on the Syrian issue”:

The crackdown is “causing a fuel shortage, doubling the price of building materials and shutting down some construction sites in the Hamas-ruled territory”:

“With 90-95 percent of the territory’s only aquifer contaminated by sewage, chemicals and seawater, … small-scale projects provide water for only about 20 percent of the population, forcing many more residents in the impoverished Gaza Strip to buy bottled water at a premium”:

Given the wide disagreement among Muslims as t what constitutes “halal” or “zabihah,” education, not legislation “is the best defense against fraud” and consumers should read online reviews, and “directly ask businesses owners about their halal offerings” and use their own judgement:

 

News and Analysis (6/24/13)

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Doctors surveyed  “responded that it is also due to preference of son, lack of awareness regarding status of women in Islam and also due to discrimination with girls but most of the factor is lack of religious knowledge”:

Mustafa Akyol wants against ov simplifying the Turkish divide:

“The moves against the tunnels have dashed the hopes of many Palestinians that Mursi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood from which Hamas was born, would significantly ease Egyptian border restrictions on Gaza, which is also subjected to blockade by Israel”:

“The killings came a week after Salafi clerics insulted Shiites during a June 15 rally attended by Morsi, who listened silently” …

… and “Shi’ite minority leaders and the liberal opposition accused the government itself, dominated by the Sunni Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, of whipping up sectarian anger over the war in Syria as a means of appeasing its own hardline Salafist allies”:

“Stewart used last night’s interview to send a message to Egypt’s authorities, telling the audience: ‘If your regime is not strong enough to handle a joke, then you don’t have a regime’”:

Those who leave Islam have either based their understanding “on a particular group, ideology, shaykh, or school of thought (and they simply cannot adhere to the “rules” anymore); or they’ve been mistreated repeatedly by Muslims, often in the name of Islam (and they refuse to subject themselves to it any longer)”:

“Once people realized the police would not intervene, they were emboldened to murder Muslims, according to Burmese parliament member Win Htein, who witnessed it and said that the mob was cheering when someone was dragged away and killed” …

… meanwhile, Myanmar’s president sides with the man Time Magazine called “[t]he face of Buddhist terror”:

“The country’s much criticised International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) charged Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan with 11 ‘crimes against humanity’ counts including murder, confinement, abduction and torture”:

“We will continue to target the foreigners until the drone strikes stop. This attack was particularly in revenge for the killing of our commander Wali-ur-Rehman. Our local Taliban faction in the area carried it out under our instructions” — TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan:

News and Analysis (6/19/13)

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

“Iran’s president elect Hassan Rouhani has spoken against his country’s involvement in the ongoing Syrian crisis, saying it could be settled only by the Syrian people themselves”:

“[T]he Bangladeshi tribunal is neither fair nor impartial and we are gravely concerned about the future of the case. The trials are hugely politicised, involving instances of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct bordering on a criminal conspiracy to pervert the course of justice” — Mr Mueen-Uddin’s barrister:

Bumping  into a Buddhist monk is punishable but the murder of Muslims is not. More verdicts are handed down against Muslims, who have mainly been the victims of the violence, making a mockery of Myanmar’s alleged democratic transition, as inhumane treatment iof refugees continues:

“In a statement, Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of the Al-Azhar mosque, stuck strictly to the question of whether Islam allows the protests — while underlining that they must remain peaceful — without weighing in one way or another on their political substance”:

“Tunisian police arrested an imam after he delivered a sermon described as ‘insubordinate'”. Thank God that in America we don’t “subordinate” religious leaders to the government …

… or do we?  “The lawsuit said Muslim religious leaders in New York have modified their sermons and other behavior so as not to draw additional police attention”:

The U.S. talks with the Taliban may be off after Karzai’s threat a post-2014 troop pact”:

In a video Matusitz says, “Imagine that symbolic interaction that from the cradle until you’re an adult teaches you to hate….” Why rely on imagination, Professor, when watching your video gives us a real-life glimpse of such a (sub)culture …

… and in all over America are the products of your subculture, such as the Virginia woman who “unleashed a string of expletives and called 911 to report that she was afraid for her life because she said her cabbie, Abdikar Aden of Alexandria, was ‘very Muslim'” …

… and in France where a woman miscarried after being beaten while wearing clothing banned for symbolizing the object of your hatred:

“Turkey’s deputy prime minister said on Wednesday he had no objection to silent anti-government protests inspired by a symbolic ‘Standing Man’ vigil, comments that could help draw the sting out of three weeks of often violent demonstrations”:

“[S]ome proponents of intervention say it is to end that country’s humanitarian nightmare. But in the short term, arming one side will increase the violence and bloodshed.” The defeat of “Saddam Hussein — whose regime was perhaps even worse than Bashar al-Assad’s — was only a stepping stone to an outcome”:

Islam and the Discovery of Freedom Reviewed by Mohammad Yousuf Ades

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

[The following article published in the Egyptian periodical Al-Misrioun that mentions our publication Islam and the Discovery of Freedom recently came to our attention.]

Islam and the Discovery of Freedom by Mohammad Yousuf Ades
Translated from the Original Arabic in Al-Misriuon (20 – 2 – 2008)

Michael Moorcock, a U.S. citizen plain of Texas birthplace of the Bush family, sent a letter extended to the British newspaper The Independent that has captured my interest for a period of time. He was motivated to write this letter – as he explained – by two things: first, praise for the journalist and British author “Robert Fisk,” praising a series of revealing lectures in the United States about the reality of Arab-Israeli conflict; secondly, to apologize to his fellow Britons for the perpetration by American media of lies and flattening of the facts, and stressing that everybody you know of people in his area do not believe the statements of Washington regarding the problems of the Middle East, which promoted these instruments, so they left
them for the British satellite TV and the web of foreign newspapers in search for the right information.

Sealing Moorcock’s message, Pulse Magazine says: “The people here satirize the slogans that flow from the U.S. administration, “The real axis of evil is Enron, Monsanto and the Bush administration.” Michael Moorcock ‘s message is not unique in the United States. It is a trend gradually growing, but with determination and strength in the face of madness of American politics and manifestations of imperialism. This means that the voice of reason and wisdom is still vibrant and healthy, although ignored or overlooked.

In this intellectual climate my son and my friend gave me a book that impressed and surprised me. The book is Islam and the Discovery of Freedom by Rose Wilder lane. That name comes up frequently in literary circles as a researcher discovered that it belongs to the author of polished children’s books famously titled The Little House on the Prairie series. Those books, which were turned into dozens of TV dramas, had already published under the name of her mother, Laura Engels Wilder.

Rose Wilder Lane is famous for her intellectual and practical moral commitment to the cause of freedom, and pressed to defend this case, she authored a book in this subject entitled “Discovery of Freedom” and its
subtitle shows the content of the “clash of rights against the tyranny of power.” The author says: “I wrote this book in a white heat”, however it was soon withdrawn from the market after she learned that it contained some historical errors. But the agent who re-published the book later confirms that these errors did not have any negative impact on the essence of the message contained in the book, and the author’s high sense of moral responsibility is what made her withdraw copies of the book from circulation.

Rose Wilder Lane was born in 1886 to her mother, Laura, as I have already indicated, while her father was Almanzo Wilder. In this name is an exciting story. She reached the peak of her fame in 1936 through a series of articles published in the magazine The Saturday Evening Post.

Contact with the Muslim world:

Rose Lane had volunteered to work as a reporter interviewing the International Red Cross after the First World War, in order to observe them and record reports on the activities of this organization in the
Balkans, Russia and the Middle East. This work gave the opportunity to have direct contact with the Islamic world and Muslims, and she gained rich experience that deepened her vision of the realities of this world that served her long-held intellectual curiosity. Since her childhood she had an interest in a firm tradition handed down in her family throughout the ages, and perhaps one that opened her mind to Islam, its history and his exploits, because Rose Lane knew they a chivalrous Muslim Arab knight saved her grandfather from  death during the Crusades in Palestine. Reporting on this incident, Henry Gray Weaver in his book entitled “Mainspring of human progress” published in 1953, says the English knight wounded in the Crusades and almost perished but that an Arab treated and then released him. In recognition of this beautiful act the knight pledged that his descendants generation after generation would bear his rescuer’s name, and here the father of Rose Wilder Lane was carrying name Almanzo — Weaver says: It seems that the origin of the name is “Al-Mansour”.

Conflict or Dialogue?

Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad saw to the publication of the chapter on Islam from the book The Discovery of Freedom because it has become of great importance, especially after the appearance of the book Samuel Huntington, which portends a clash of civilizations, because the book The Discovery of Freedom promises – on the contrary, – the dialogue of civilizations. He has republished of this part of the book titled Islam and the Discovery of Freedom without alteration of the text, but with his marginal comments, explaining and correcting where necessary.

Dr. Imad graduated from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Arizona and is now president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute for Islamic research in Washington. He also taught at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. His
first book was titled Signs in the Heavens (1992) which reviews Muslim scholarship in religion and science, and on the same subject he presented a paper at a conference in the Vatican in 1994 under the auspices of Vatican Foundation Astronomical Observatories, with interdisciplinary intellectual efforts in multiple areas of dialogue between Islam and Western civilization. Hence his interest in the republication of the section on Islam from the Book of Rose Lane, a book that deserves a lot of meditation and attention.

 

Indonesia’s Pancasila: A Guiding Framework for Egypt’s Constitution?

Monday, June 17th, 2013

NOTES FROM THE IIIT CONFERENCE ON GOOD GOVERNANCE IN ISLAM: CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES #10

[This is the tenth in a series of my notes on the International Institute of Islamic Thought conference on Good Governance in Islam: Classical and Contemporary Approaches held in Herndon, VA. These notes have only been lightly edited and represent my perception of the discussion. The proceedings will be published by IIIT at a later time. Responsibility for any errors in the notes is mine alone. Names of participants (other than mine) in the general discussion have been omitted by request of the organizers.]

“Indonesia’s Pancasila: A Guiding Framework for Egypt’s Constitution? A Study of Maqasid ash-Sharia for State Governments” by Marybeth Acac

How can maqasid move from a theoretical construct to a guiding principle for new states? This may require major linguistic gymnastics. I conclude how Egypt can devise its own higher principles of governance. Sukarno aimed for Pancasila to transcend micro-disparities for a Muslim majority state through five principles: 1. Belief in the one and only God, 2. Just and civilized humanity, 3. Indonesian unity, 4. Democratic life by wisdom, 5. Social justice.

A transnational comparative approach that incorporates principles like maqasid ash-Sharia can be instructive. Why did early jurists develop the principle of maqasid in the first place? It was not present when the early institutions were established. It appears after the madhahab were established and disputes over usul al-fiqh began to confront limits. Three major developments: 1st stage around the time of al-Ghazali of initial formulation. 2nd al-Shatabi, system of classification. 3rd adaptation to modern world, time of ibn Ashur.

Factors that led to formulation of Pacasila include the need for unity, justice, and preservation of tradition after end of lengthy Dutch and brief Japanese colonization.  Islam emerged at the forefront of the debate. A national committee was formed and introduced Pancasila as a means of reconciling secularist and Islamist objectives. I juxtapose Sukarno’s objectives with Ash-Shatabi’s discussion of maqasid.

Indonesia is 86% Muslim, 6% Protestant, 3% Catholic, 2% Hindu, etc. Al-Ghazali conflates maqâsid with maslaha. Cribb argues the main reason Pancasila fell was that it was never a native Indonesian ideology, but a tool for the maintenance of political power. Suharto appropriated Pancasila as a tool against both Communists and Islamists.

Is Egypt ready for a maqasid based ideology? It is 90% Muslim, 9% Coptic, 1% (other) Christian. Pancasila began as one man’s ideology enforced by the state, while the Islamist movement in Egypt was an organic development. The discourse surrounding Sharia was not dominated by the state. By the 1970s the democratization of the discourse came at a high price, especially of conflict with the Coptic community. Four points of consensus emerged: 1. Shariah provides clear rules not to be abrogated by the state. 2. Shariah provides guidance on the aims of the law. 3. Debate over the law is healthy and should not be condemned. 4. Shariah provides a middle path for believers.

Although the Muslim Brotherhood has never dropped its call for application of Shariah, they have replaced the phrase with a call for “an Islamic reference.” The MB effort to explore the relation of article 2 of the Constitution and its relevance to daily life is not an idea to be overlooked. Holding the ideology of maqasid as a benchmark for good governance avoid facing a choice between secularism and theocracy. I do not advocate Sukarno’s Pancasila, but see in it as instructive starting point for interreligious cohabitation without explicit secularization or Islamization. The most important part is a clear articulation of Article 2 of the Constitution.

Discussant Mahmoud Ayoub

We have to put things in their historical and wider context. Pancasila came forth in the context of the Bandung conference including Tito and Nassar. Pancasila means five laws or principles. He meant it to be a more unifying set of principles than Islam which confronts multiple interpretations and local customs. The Christians opposed the first principle as designed to appeal to Muslims. He did not intend it to be a basis of law but a non-religious presentation of socialist ideology. Suharto used it as a kind of Indonesian religion, establishing schools and institutions for its study, an ideology that continues to be important to this day on some way or another. What is its relation to Islam? In this way it faces the same questions as Qaddafy’s “Third Universal Theory.” Your idea is intriguing, but why do Egyptians need the Pancasila to introduce the maqasid into their constitution? The Prophet said “Take care of the Copts for between them and us is a marriage” (a reference to Maryam the Copt who gave him his only certain male heir, who unfortunately did not survive).

Discussant Jamal Barzinji

The paper is an extremely stimulating and thought-provoking approach. Sukarno in 1945 was trying to compromise between the Japanese and the Islamists even as he became a leftist trying to get around both the Islamists and the allies. The emphasis on unity of Indonesia was prompted by his desire to keep control of Sumatra as well as Java. Must Islamists agree that they cannot accept an “Islamic state” (setting aside that the concept is undefined)? My problem with Pancasila is how it allowed, even facilitated, authoritarian rule.  Also you have not mentioned “guided” democracy which is not democracy at all.  I don’t understand point #2 of the Pancasila “humanity.” Indonesia was never poised to be a world power.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad: What we can lean from Pancasila is how to avoid its failures. Compatibility of democracy and Islam can be addressed in the maqasid. As Jamal says, we must specify how to minimize the risks of a decline into authoritarianism.

Pancasila was not well-intended. It was Sukarno’s attempt to make Indonesia communist.

Maqasid by nature is interpretation articulated in the statutory law for which Muslims have less respect than for Qur’an and Sunnah. We use Qur’an and Sunnah to escape from statutory law, and from rules of order.

To me the transition to democracy in Indonesia is the closest to what is happening in Egypt, rather than Pancasila. The FJP program explicitly calls for maqasid ash-Sharia, the problem is in the implementation.

Is it desirable for a political society to adopt a formal national ideology? Politics is not about identifying principles.

Acac: What I am hoping for is a new form of ethics injected into politics in some way. I started with the fiqh because I wanted to build a bridge between jurisprudence and politics. If the fuqaha could acknowledge higher objectives, why can’t the politicians?

Ahmad: The Declaration of Independence articulates higher objectives when it specifies “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute
www.minaret.org

News and Analysis (6/17/13)

Monday, June 17th, 2013

“It’s not just that we can’t prove a sarin attack; it’s that we’re not seeing what we would expect to see from a sarin attack” — Jean Pascal Zanders, a leading expert on chemical weapons who until recently was a senior research fellow at the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies …

… and Putin challenges the alleged humanitarian motives behind Western intervention …

… while a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman in Egypt boasts that his “movement backed a declaration issued by a group of regional clerics on Thursday that called for ‘jihad with mind, money, weapons – all forms of jihad” in Syria” …

… yet, “[u]p to 3,000 American ‘advisers’ are now believed to be in Jordan, and the creation of a southern Syria ‘no-fly zone’ – opposed by Syrian-controlled anti-aircraft batteries – will turn a crisis into a ‘hot’ war”

… and French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas spills the beans, “I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me, that they were preparing something in Syria”:

Will the U.S. blow the opportunity afforded by the election of Iran’s reform-minded president?

The Turkish situation continues to simmer:

“Besides the new Brotherhood governors, the appointment of … a member of the political arm of ex-Islamic militant group Gamaa Islamiya, drew attention…. In 1997, his group claimed responsibility for what became known as Luxor massacre, when 58 tourists and four Egyptians were killed”:

The cleric and his son “were ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 Egyptian pounds (£446). The ruling can be appealed…. It was a rare prosecution over attacks on faiths other than Islam…. According to Egyptian law, showing contempt toward Christianity, Islam and Judaism known as ‘heavenly’ religions is a crime”:

A police officer stabbed at a mosque in Birmingham believes he could have died if it was not for the “great community effort” to confront the attacker.

“The Guardian report claimed GCHQ – Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency – spied on foreign politicians attending two G20 summit meetings four years ago”:

We don’t consider “[W]e periodically make required decisions to close accounts unrelated to the make-up of our communities, and consistent with all applicable regulatory requirements” to be an explanation:

 

Highlights from the Middle East Institute’s Conference on Turkey

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Highlights from the Middle East Institute’s Conference on Turkey

These are my notes of some highlights from the Annual Conference on Turkey held at the National Press Club on June 14.

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) says US is suffering from military fatigue and a no-fly-zone in Syria would be very expensive.

Henri Barkey of Lehigh U says the US urged Turkey to have good relations with Kurdish Regional Government but now wants them to back off due to Iraqi fears.

Steve Heydeman of the US Institute of Peace  says AKP bias towards Syrian Muslim Brotherhood undermines both unity of Syrian opposition & its own regional influence.

Turkish assemblyman Volkan Bozkar says Turkey gave the US evidence of Syria’s use of chemical weapons that the Obama administration now confirms. He says that Volkan Bozkar says the No-fly-zone in Iraq was disaster for Turkey as it gave PKK abandoned weapons.

Bulent Aras, Chairman of Turkey’s Strategic Research Center, says that  neither Islamic nor leftist thought, but universal norms of good governance brought Arab spring to the streets.

Saban kardas of the TOBB University of Economiocs says Turkey has always seen itself as a region power. What’s new is its global activism. It challenges injustice, not the liberal order.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay says Erdogan’s agreement to wait for a court decision and hold a referendum means the end of the incident as far as the government’s concerned. He says that in the Arab spring the people in the streets wanted change while in Turkey the people in the streets defend the status quo. Regarding negotiations with Kurd separatists, he says that both the government and the PKK have kept faith and done what they agreed that they look forward to solving problems with politics not violence. Inresponse to questions, he said that the alcohol regulation, like all teh AKP regulations, is taken from the EU model. About jailed journalists he claims the AKP’s reform package will eliminate prosecution for thought, but that most have been charged with terrorism, not thought crimes.

Ayse Bertul Celik of Sabanci University says that Turkey’s youth want not a new political party but civic engagement. The youth distinguish between “We are all the same” and “We are together despite our differences.”

Author Aliza Marcus say that Turkey will not drive any tanks into Kurdistan because they would run over too many pipelines.

Alireza Nader of the RAND Corporation says Turkish-Iranian rivalry is tempered by economic relations. US will pressure Turkey to end it’s gold trade with Iran. Encouraging sectarianism in the region may backfire since the most sectarian Sunnis are also anti-American.

Denise Natalie of the National Defense University says the Kurdish Regional Government’s public expenditures are too high for it to afford independence from Baghdad for a closer relationship with Ankara. The US tells Turkey don’t buy your gas from Russia or Iran or the KRG. What is Turkey, importing 90% of its fuel supposed to do?

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute
www.minaret.org

News and Analysis (6/14/13)

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Does this sound familiar?  “Obama’s deputy national security adviser … said U.S. intelligence had determined with ‘high certainty’ that Syrian government forces have ‘used chemical weapons'”:

Is Erdogan beginning to realize he could lose what’s left of the the political capital that reforms have earned him, if he continues to use opposition propaganda against him as an excuse for censorship and abridgment of the right of peaceful assembly:

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon demands an end to his government’s pretense that they are want peace …

… while settlers demonstrate that their hatred extends even to the dead:

“[M]ost Iranians want change, but not at the expense of ending up in a Syria scenario”:

“Frustrated that it cannot seem to change the system from within, the Brotherhood has begun to deploy street-level workers to fix everyday problems that resonate with millions of poor Egyptians. Bread is one of Egypt’s most explosive issues”:

Bill Cosby urged emulating Muslims “who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect”; Allen West scorned Cosby’s plea as a call for “honor killings, beheadings [and] suicide bombings”:

To call someone a dog in Arabic is a very serious insult, but to sentence the perpetrator to two years jail time only justifies the insult:

“The ballot, the first presidential poll since a disputed 2009 contest led to months of unrest, is unlikely to bring profound change in Iran’s rocky ties with the West, but it might bring a softening of the antagonistic style adopted by outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad”:

He doesn’t understand the system. If he’d just turned his victim in for illegal drug use, he’d have been hailed as good citizen and the drug abuser would have been the one in prison:

News and Analysis (6/12/13)

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Not satiated with its confiscation of Muslim and Christian property to date, “[t]he Israeli government has backed a property law that could enable seizure of up to 40 percent of the Palestinian private property in Jerusalem”:

“Former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani fell behind Rowhani after a rival moderate bowed out in attempts to consolidate reform-minded forces battered by years of crackdowns”:

Egyptians “find themselves stuck between an Islamist government still figuring out how to lead and a weak and divided opposition”:

“Still unnoticed and out of the news … is a … situation in the US … involving a pattern of controversial terrorism trials that result in devastating prison sentences involving the harshest forms of solitary confinement … of Muslim men, including some formerly well-known and respected American citizens”:

“Some Detroit-area Muslims sued last year, saying they’ve been held at gunpoint, handcuffed and repeatedly questioned about their religion when returning to the U.S. from Canada. Some have given up on crossing the border”:

After last night’s violent crackdown, demonstrators question the credentials of those who have agreed to talks with Erdogan and the declining political stability is exacerbating the emerging economic decline:

“A defense attorney for Enright did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier, Enright’s defense had said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following a trip to Afghanistan”:

Ten Muslims, most recently a 48-year-old drug addict, and no Buddhists have been arrested in the wake of anti-Muslim rioting that has killed 200 and left 140,000 mostly Royhinga Muslims homeless as the UN is slammed for its indifference to the atrocities:

“The arrests come amid diminishing confidence within the Moro Islamic Liberation Front over the government’s sincerity in trying quickly to seal a deal to end the rebellion which has left an estimated 150,000 people dead since the 1970s”:

News and Analysis (6/10/13)

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Erdogan seems to lack the ability to distinguish between a military coup by the armed forces and peaceful demonstrations by citizens, while the Turkish media is accused of a blackout, and the protests may evidence, as in the Arab spring, a divide between young vs. old more than between secular and religious:

Rejects the Egyptian model, Ghannouchi said, “Two-thirds supported the Egyptian constitution, but the other third didn’t see themselves in it… That is not what we want”:

“[T]he Kerala high court has ruled that Muslim marriage is primarily a civil contract to legalize sexual intercourse. In the same vein, the court held that denying a woman her conjugal rights for an extended period amounts to ‘cruelty'”:

“The missile strike, on a compound near the Afghan border in the North Waziristan region late on Friday, was the first U.S. drone attack in Pakistan since Sharif was sworn in on Wednesday. There was no information about the victims”:

James Madison thought that “the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad” because in issues of foreign affairs “the body of the people are less capable of judging and are more under the influence of prejudices, on … [matters foreign affairs] than of any other” …

… and vice versa, the fact that “Washington could provide friendly governments with virtually unlimited information about their own citizens’ private communication on the Internet” isn’t good for our image abroad:

“The fire is the latest in a series of suspicious incidents at Muslim institutions since the May 22 killing of a British soldier on a London street. Anti-Muslim actions and angry social media sentiment have emerged in Britain since the killing, including fires at mosques in north London and in the east coast city of Grimsby”:

Did Israel bite off more than it could chew when it and the U.S. started a cyberwar with Iran with Stuxnet?

“Instead of fighting suspicion and hate, politicians have in fact fueled these sentiments in recent years, by enacting laws that foster unequal treatment”:

“The new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made rescuing, reforming and possibly privatizing state-owned enterprises a priority”: