Archive for October, 2016

News and Analysis (10/5/16)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Snowden tried to warn us. Did Yahoo comply with an illegal order from the U.S. government?

“The Pentagon confirmed the PR firm did work for them…. US law prohibits the government from using propaganda on its population, hence the use of an outside firm to create the content”:

“The ministry accused Kamal of running armed branches of the group. But the Arab world’s oldest Islamist organisation insists it is committed to peaceful activism”:

“As both Kaskas and Hungerford have deep knowledge of their respective religious texts” it  was important that their translation not put “words in God’s mouth”:

“Its lush musical textures notwithstanding, the play poses unsettling questions” about profiling, entrapment, the prosecution of possible predisposition to terrorism, “‘extraordinary measures[ that cross the line of torturing American citizens”:

“[R]efugees must prove that they were forced to leave their country because of  ‘a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group'” …

… and “[f]ar from being a threat, [this Muslim refugee] was willing to lay down his own life to protect an American soldier”:

“Analysts say there isn’t a single known case of a native Bulgarian Muslim joining a Middle Eastern extremist group. But that has not stopped the country’s right-wing politicians from advancing one of Europe’s most anti-Muslim agendas”:

Ankara has ignored Iraq’s call for the withdrawal of unauthorized Turkish troops fighting Daesh in violation of Iraqi sovereignty:

“When you are in orbit, there is no country and race” — Iranian space agency chief Mohsen Bahrami:

News and Analysis (10/2/16)

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

If you “use soap, shampoo, toothpaste, a toothbrush, coffee, a clock, a camera, a fountain pen[, … [or studied] algebra, chemistry or the scientific method at a university[, or] … own a guitar or magnifying glasses in your home … you have Islamic civilization to thank”:

Raised as Christian Beth believed in religion but had no interest in living it. After discovering Islam she became excited about religion again. Living in a Muslim country Ibrahim knew little about Islam, but in America he became a better Muslim. And then they met and married:

“Though it was difficult for him to sleep last night because of the pain on his collarbone, Dar said, “I am not ashamed of being a Muslim. Now that this attack has happened, I’m not going to change anything about how I go about my day. I don’t want that to be a result … of this”:

When she came out to her parents, they didn’t say you can’t be bisexual and Muslim, but rather: “Nobody stands between you and Allah. Remember that. THAT is Islam…! Self-discovery made a [Muhammad into a] prophet! Not a bunch of self-righteous jerks”:

“Mainstream depictions of Muslims, be it in film or the rhetoric espoused by lawmakers, has shaped and gone on to define what makes a Muslim. There can’t be change without challenging these depictions, and the only way to do it is to have Muslims, on their own terms, respond”: