Archive for June, 2017

News and Analysis (6/29/17)

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

For Trump, you have no bona fide relationship to your “fiancées, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family”:

His economic reform plans are welcome, but they are outweighed and undermined by his war-mongering:

This Syrian doctor’s humanitarian travels to establish hospitals and vaccinate children caused his visa to be revoked aborting his pursuit of an Ivy League degree …

… “[T]he bottom-line question is can the [U.S. President] use the immigration authority to condemn a religion, and I think the answer to that has to be no” — David Cole:

Unlike today’s extremists, Ibn Hajar pushed “back against an overly narrow reading of the hadith that would curb the multitude of ways for Muslims to enjoy God’s favor”:

“The fall of Mosul would in effect mark the end of the Iraqi half of the ISIS caliphate even though the hardline group would still control territory west and south of the city”:

At least 57 civilians were killed in a US-led air strike:

Fingers have been pointed at the blacks, then the Japanese, then Mexicans, and now how “Muslim” you look, can determine how much you can get away with:

“I’m going to travel and meet with anti-Muslim activists, hostile state legislatures, and my own family to find out if there really is anything to fear about American Muslims”:

Latinos are the fastest converting race in America, but they may face the biggest hit in the US due to President Trump’s policies:

Told to Come Alone: Souad Mekhennet’s Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
At New America in Washington DC on Thursday, June 22nd, Souad Mekhennet, author of I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad, shared her experiences as a journalist interviewing terrorist operatives face to face and getting to the root of why these people were joining these organizations: Recruiters are successful if they catch a person at precisely the right moment of the target’s life. 
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D. and Layla Shoufer

Minaret of Freedom Institute
www.minaret.org

News and Analysis (6/28/17)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Do refugee victims of U.S. foreign policy have a  “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”?

Seymour Hersch learned that “President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children” …

… but mainstream media hostility to any challenge to the U.S. official narrative is so strong, Hersch had to publish in a German media outlet …

… Trump said Obama’s ‘horrendous leadership’ on Syria could start World War III. He’s made things even worse.

One thousand pages of declassified CIA documents reveal the  U.S. role in killing democracy in Iran:

As revolution turned into civil war, Syrian investments flowed to Egypt, Jordan and Turkey:

The Court said Dutch soldiers knew or should have known the victims they turned over to Bosnian Serb troop “were in real danger of being subjected to torture or execution”:

“People have a right to be informed. They have a right to get news that is not controlled by the narrative of authorities”:

News and Analysis (6/25/17)

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The first White House iftar was in 1805, but Donald Trump is no Thomas Jefferson, nor even a George W. Bush:

“Francis Boyle … asserts that the recent U.S. shoot-down of a Syrian government jet inside Syria … was not only illegal … law but amounts to an impeachable act”:

“We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal which we all agree is stopping terrorism and countering extremism”:

Turkey refuses to go along with Gulf States’ equating armed resistance to Israel’s military occupation to terrorists who deliberately and systematically target of civilians:

No longer observant, this young Muslim feels like “a spy, privy to hearing the racist and Islamophobic things other people say”:

“Justice Minister Hisham al-Shaar … that the release was a bid to “sustain national reconciliations efforts and the homeland’s unity”:

Critics say the government profession “of threats from ultra-nationalist groups … [is] a convenient scapegoat for” the conservative government’s disapproval of the parade:

“[T]he story of Emily and Kumail is about more than the fraught courtship of two lovers. It’s about the fraught courtship of two cultures”:

News and Analysis (6/23/17)

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

No, says the Court, you can’t strip someone of his citizenship because he didn’t tell you that he once broke the speed limit without getting a ticket:

[W]ithin the past nine years, right-wing extremists plotted or carried out nearly twice as many terrorist attacks as Islamist extremists”:

That there’s no peace in the Mideast, doesn’t mean there can’t be peace in the Midwest:

After a memorial for Nabra Hassanen in a Virginia park was conducted, a 24 year old from North Carolina set ablaze flowers and posters commemorating her:

“Black Crows” caricatures terrorists and ignores parallels between ISIL’s abandonment of Palestine and some Arab state efforts at normalisation with Israel:

An analyst claims ISIS decided to destroy an Iraqi treasure because they did not want to be defeated at the place where  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself Caliph:

A Gulf movement to get rid of Al-Jazeera and free speech:

The lawsuit against a program to deny or delay visas to applicants who donated to Muslim charities or traveled to Muslim-majority countries can proceed:

According to Harvey Dean’s staff handbook it “does not seek to inhibit individual choice as regards appearance,” yet a supervisor tried to dictate he color of an employee’s scarf:

News and Analysis (6/21/17)

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Although Israel continues to build new settlement illegally and clearly violate international law, the U.S. stands by them:

New researcher find what we’ve all already known, Muslims are in fact the most likely victims of terrorism worldwide:

US media selectively and misleadingly contrast the most misogynistic Muslim countries against the most egalitarian Western countries:

A  Qatari human rights activist says the Saudis are giving Qatari citizens fourteen days to leave the country, separating mothers from their children …

… and despite Trump’s backing Saudi claims that Qatar is a supporter and funder of terrorists, Defense Secretary James Mattis agreed to sell them 36 F-15 fighter planes …

… and the paucity of evidence behind claims against Qatar has the U.S.  Department of State demanding more details:

After risking his life to interpret for the U.S. military he expected help finding a job:

Charles met with the imam who protected the alleged attacker from “a crowd was about to descend on him” and obtained medical care for him and for the victims:

Nabra’s Christian friend who joined her fasting with her for Ramadan now joined the throngs mourning at her funeral:

News and Analysis (6/20/17)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Westerners have selective memories that forget the far more frequent terrorism of non-Muslims (and anti-Islamist Muslims):

Sen. Rand Paul says the other senators are “more concerned about the jobs the weapons manufacturers could generate than the lives of Yemeni children”:

In defiance to international law, Israel PM calls it an “honor” to illegally began building in the occupied West Bank:

Virginia police think Torres was motivated by road rage rather than religious hatred after one of the teens [he confronted] allegedly threw a drink at Torres’ vehicle”:

Robert Doggart was finally sentenced to 20 years for trying to find people online to help burn down his local mosque:

Quick to rant on Twitter over crimes by Muslims, the President has yet to make comments on the young Muslim girl who was killed near his present residence:

US Ambassador to Qatar tweets that the nation President Trump calls “a funder of terrorism at a very high level” is a strong partner in combating terrorism:

News and Analysis (6/19/17)

Monday, June 19th, 2017

“Washington said the jet had dropped bombs near US-backed forces but Damascus said the plane was downed while flying a mission against Isis militants”:

Islamic Finance Industry shaken after the UAE claimed Dana Gas Sukuk were non-compliant with Sharia Law, forcing the company to claim $700 million in debt invalid:

In England a man ran over the sidewalk to deliberately hit congregants leaving prayers …

… and in Virginia, a group of Muslim girls walking to breakfast after prayers were suddenly attacked, leaving one dead:

She came “to Cannes from New York to judge female-empowerment advertising” but instead was demeaned and harassed by a French bureaucrat:

Allies since 2014, Turkey not only provides humanitarian relief to Qatar, but is sending troops and establishing a Turkish base there (and vice versa):

A Minnesota women describes having to constantly look over her shoulder out of fear, and others abandon their headscarf because it makes them a more identifiable target:

Taliban loyal Afghan soldiers responsible for the recent “insider” attacks on U.S. military soldiers

News and Analysis (6/17/17)

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Yet another Afghan “insider attack” occurs in the face of more U.S. troops being sent to train Afghan soldiers   …

… and an Afghan lawmaker warns, “The security situation continues to deteriorate in Afghanistan and the foreign troops who are here are not making it better”:

“[T]o the extent US officials have shown interest in supporting ‘elements’ in Iran at all, it’s groups with long-standing links to terrorism like the Mujahedin-e Khalq”:

Visitors beware! Under the new Texas law a noise complaint can now turn into an immigration status “interrogation and potentially an illegal arrest”:

Although Abdi “has no criminal record, though his travel has been monitored and restricted in the past” and he may have been added to the no-fly list while out of the U.S.:

As 26 others were reported killed by insurgents professing loyalty to Daesh, three Christians were saved by a “prominent Muslim trader” who hid them in his basement:

At its inauguration Germany’s first “feminist mosque” attracted “more journalists that worshipers”:

News and Analysis (6/15/17)

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

An airline tells an American citizen that “he couldn’t board because the U.S. wouldn’t accept him” …

… while Trump deports Christians back to Iraq to face religious persecution, if not a death:

The Muslim ban is the first strike towards the militant whitening of America:

The White House Iftar has become the country’s most important public gathering of Muslim and non-Muslim voices. Will Trump break this 21 long year tradition?

Some evidence suggests that the attitudes of Americans toward Islam and Muslims improved overall precisely because of the unpopular President’s opposing view:

Study shows about a quarter of Americans believe in Muslim stereotypes and Muslim American men and women experience heightened surveillance, especially in airports:

Muslim terrorism was never about furthering Islam, but most terrorists today are troubled, isolated, violent young men intent on making themselves matter:

A former Congressional candidate … has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for plotting to burn down a mosque, a school and a cafeteria in upstate New York”:

“[M]y family did not come with the first wave of European pilgrims. But, just like them, we also made the journey in search of the American dream”:

Judgmental comments from self-righteous Muslims turned her into an agnostic, but then God sent her an angel on Tumblr: