Archive for June, 2016

News and Analysis (6/9/16)

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Having achieved the original goals of political Islam to end Tunisian “dictatorship and … the French variant of secularism in which expressions of religious identity are discouraged, if not outlawed, in public”, Ghannouchi says Ennahda now seeks “individual liberty“:

“About 14,000 people are expected for the service Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky, which will be broadcast on TV and streamed live online…. U.S. Muslims hope the service for the Kentucky native will help underscore that Islam, so much under attack … is fully part of American life”:

Rumi is “now the best-selling poet in the United States. ‘Raise your words, not voice’ Rumi teaches us. ‘It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder….’ But casting Leonardo DiCaprio may not be the best way to challenge stereotypical portrayals of Muslims.”:

The self-described “agnostic ex-Catholic” filmmaker says, “I got more out of doing this project than any other I’ve done. I was touched by the honesty and beauty of every individual I interviewed and the outpouring of support from the film community”:

To fight Islamophobia the “wife of this year’s Gold Logie winner … tweeted that she would donate $1 to charity for ‘each hate-filled tweet I get from trolls’…. So far, she’s donated about $4000 to UNICEF, along with the message: The needy children thank you, haters!'”:

“A police [said] that the incident, which took place in mid-May, had been largely resolved. But the question as such probably lives on for many, because it’s a very small issue that is incredibly huge, or a huge issue that is very small, depending on where you are on your life journey”:

“We’re very confused and baffled by what’s going on because those who know Homa either personally or through her academic work know she’s … someone who’s incredibly even-handed and balance. She’s not political. She’s not an activist”:

“If the advances are sustained, they could dislodge Islamic State from its most important base outside the Middle East and provide a boost to the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord”:

News and Analysis (6/7/16)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Ali pioneered a new path in this country’s religious life, they said, marrying an all-American bravado with an unapologetic embrace of Islam…. [A] coalition of national groups … have urged Muslims to honor the late boxer this week with special prayers at local mosques” …

… “[T]he image of Muhammad Ali isn’t the same as it was for most Americans 50 years ago. And that says something good about US progress on race relations and religious tolerance… [B]efore there could be a ‘Hamilton’ there had to be an Ali”:

He was involved in the planning, execution and justification of “the intentional killings of their colleagues…. If the Newseum had wanted to foster ‘debate,’ it would presumably have invited Palestinian journalists, human rights defenders or experts on the laws of war to take part”:

In criminal proceedings from which reporters were barred, a former judge and “Egypt’s former top auditor who exposed massive corruption in the country has gone on trial on charges that include spreading ‘false news’ … [and] ‘disturbing’ the country’s security”:

The Saudi cabinet has approved a plan to introduce “a value-added tax (VAT), so-called ‘sin taxes’ on sweet drinks and tobacco, and additional fees imposed on the private sector … [and] to reduce the value of public salaries and wages …, and cut water and electricity subsidies”:

Critics charge that “a system of guardianship of women in Saudi Arabia” can force a woman “to get … divorced on the grounds that they have have married ‘outside their lineage'” but “Islam took away these ignorant and racist traditions and you are resurrecting them” :

As the U.S. and Russia press harder on the self-styled “Islamic State,” the plight of the civilian population gets worse:


News and Analysis (6/4/16)

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

A great American, at one time the most beloved athlete in the world, a passionate, intelligent and spiritual fighter against foreign interventionism and for freedom for all moves on to the next world leaving this one poorer:

“I was so naïve, man. I thought the way law enforcement worked was they actually, like, enforce the law”:

Neither Islam nor Shariah but the corrupting influence of power is the problem with the democratization of the Muslim world:

“After over a decade of not stepping inside a mosque, I was spiritually hungry. Although I maintained a private relationship with Allah, I longed for a nonjudgmental spiritual community where I could meet others like myself”:

“The offensive is the third” of “some of the most aggressive campaigns against Islamic State since it declared its aim to rule over all Muslims from parts of Iraq and Syria two years ago”:


News and Analysis (6/1/16)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

She was eliminated on the grounds that her factual recitation of the oppression of Palestinians was not uplifting and was offensive to some — presumably those who favor the oppression. The speech, now banned from YouTube as well, can be seen here:

The man called her a “freak” and a “terrorist” until the driver boomed out, “Hey! If you’ve got a problem with her, then you’ve got a problem with me!”:

“Barely a month goes by without a fresh announcement from the government or one of its ministries about West Bank territory being declared ‘state land'”:

Having agreed secretly to “plow billions of their petrodollar revenue back into Treasuries and finance America’s spending,” the Saudis now threaten to flood the market if they are “held liable in U.S. courts for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks”:

“With the exception of four territories – Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan and the Aceh province in Indonesia – where veiling is mandatory, the majority of Muslim women in the world are free to choose what they wear”:

“[T]he assault is … a test of the army’s ability to capture territory while protecting civilians…. 50,000 people are still thought to be trapped inside with limited access to food, water or healthcare”:

“Wednesday’s opening of the Rafah crossing, Gaza’s main gateway to the outside world, is seen as a goodwill gesture ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which starts next week”: