Archive for August, 2017

New and Analysis (8/29/17)

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The most religious Muslims by conventional standards (42% pray five times a day and 65% say religion is very important in their life) agree “that there is room for multiple interpretations of the teachings of Islam”:

“[I]t’s important to separate cultural practices from religious teachings” and to remember that the Prophet’s life included women in business and on the battlefield:

“While ‘Project Runway’ contestants tend toward outrageous, revealing designs, Ife’s fashion niche is she creates modest-but-chic clothing, not exposing a lot of skin”:

“More than 100 members of Muslim Youth USA, and 40 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, passed out food, water, and other supplies in Houston“:

Fed up with racists misappropriating his creation, the creator of Pepe uses his copyright to force a former Texas school administrator to turnover the profits of Islamophobic book to CAIR:

It is difficult to assign blame “because the government denies most journalists access to the area,” suggesting it is the government that has something to hide:

“What universe does that come from?” asks 9th Circuit Judge Ronald Gould of the government’s claim “that a grandmother of a child in the United States does not count as a close relationship”:

“[Y]oung British Muslims meet … a band of older people, who cling to the old ways, and try to resist, by any means necessary, any attempt to breathe new life into the religion and make it relevant to the times”:

“There is no indication that Washington has presented such information to back up its call for inspections of Iranian military sites”:

News and Analysis (8/26/17)

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

The US president fails to learn from the mistakes of others, ignoring “the lessons that Mikhail Gorbachev and the USSR took from the conflict almost 30 years ago”:

The mayor and the planning board were satisfied that a mosque would have no significantly different impact that a church on zoning concerns, but under pressure from community bigots the city council said no:

“[A]ttacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts” by the the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army in response to the government’s murder of civilians will “likely to set off a new cycle of repression and resistance”:

When this British grocery allowed a Muslim employee to man a station that sells no alcohol, the public response was overwhelmingly favorable:

“The Saudi move isolating Iraq … forced [Iraqi leaders] to increase their reliance on Shiite Iran for security, stability, and economic sustainability”:

The denunciation was general and “did not directly refer to the political and military divisions in the Arab world that have killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions more in recent years”:

“Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Mr. Zarif as saying visas for both Iranian and Saudi diplomats to visit their respective embassies and consulates had been issued” as well:

U.S. demands that the Arab world crack down on its extremists ring hypocritical as long as our leaders ignore white terrorists and condone white extremists in America:

“There is no conceivable military alignment that’s going to be able to remove [Asad]”–former United States Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford:

News and Analysis (8/23/17)

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Trump’s capitulation to the Neocon agenda threatens the alliance with Pakistan without offering any meaningful hope for the Afghani people besieged by Taliban warriors and oppressed by a corrupt government:

In cancelling the divisive demonstrations ACT cited the “divisive climate” which it has itself fostered:

“[W]riting for hateful websites, denying the existence of Islamophobia and calling for the violation of fundamental rights and freedoms of a minority community is contrary to everything the [CRRF] stands for”:

“With a few American flags for your house, a CD tutorial on sounding more white, and so much more, this kit ensures that people suspicious of Muslims will know you’re ‘one of the good ones!'”

The court rules that the knife attack by the white man shouting, “Where are all the Muslims? I am going to kill all the Muslims” was not terrorism, but paranoid schizophrenia:

Now that the practice that violates the Qur’an (4:35) is banned by civil law as well, a number of Muslim organizations concede that “triple-talaq”was unIslamic …

… because the “three-stage talaq prescribed by the Shariah that involved counselling, mediation, and the time and space for possible reunion between estranged couples” …

… but that practice was just the tip of an iceberg of cultural practices that violate Islamic norms of justice, including outrageous fatwas that force rape victims to divorce actual husbands to marry their rapists:

The woman’s father says that the video gives a false impression in showing that his adult daughter forced into his home by court order “continues to live as a Muslim and she was under tremendous pressure”:

“[T]he arrival of Qatari pilgrims in Saudi Arabia … appears to have exacerbated the tension, with Qatar accusing Saudi Arabia of deliberately making it difficult for its pilgrims to obtain permits to go to Mecca”:

“The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has repeatedly warned that, if the peace process collapses, it will lose many of its younger members to IS-aligned groups”:

News and Analysis (8/20/17)

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Mosque of England, anyone? Instead of separating church and state, the Brits are creating a central Muslim religious authority which could be a first step in a state takeover of Islam Britain:

A “planned ‘anti-Islam’ rally … only spurred a celebration of diversity, anti-fascism and tolerance of Islam so massive it spilled onto the streets outside Vancouver City Hall and shut down a nearby street”:

Ten innocent men are acquitted of of suicide bombing charges, but only after languishing in prison for twelve years:

Police arrested the victims instead of the attackers:

Legilation is being introduced in Egypt that could compromise “the independence of judiciary and separation of powers in Egypt” and that could allow Sisi to be president-for-life:

News and Analysis (8/17/17)

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Do you think that anyone who makes fun of Islam in front of Muslims dies on the spot? That’s not the experience of these R-rated American-Muslim comedians …

… on the other hand when fascists who maliciously publish fabricated falsehoods accusing Muslim comedians of masterminding terrorism, they can expect to get slapped with a lawsuit:

Ensuring “that inmates have access to religious services, education and training … [would advance] institutional goals of running an orderly prison and rehabilitating prisoners”:

The “main obstacle” to Middle East peace is the “obsolete ideology” of an “ethnic Jewish state that forever has a Jewish majority by all means possible and provides privileges and exclusivity for the Jewish people”:

Despite support of his aims, the Uluma called Dutarte “to find other ways to purge out of Marawi the extremists rather than the aerial bombings which have caused is continuously causing damage to lives and property”:

How can a modest observant Muslim woman meet the right “Mr. Right” in today’s world? How about skateboarding?

News and Analysis (8/14/17)

Monday, August 14th, 2017

In an “‘unusual order’ [that] questions the patriotism of the minority [Muslim] community[, the] government recently directed all madrassas to hold celebrations on Independence Day and videograph the event”:

Mysogeny is the problem. A  2014 study  “of the 940 suspects whose race could be identified, 26% were Asian, 38% were white” but almost all were men:

“[A]lmost invariably, the girl’s testimony that she exercised her right as an adult to marry settles the case,” but their families refuse to respect the young women’s agency …

… while a South African Muslim woman finds people refusing to accept that people refuse to believe she would be a Muslim when she is not married to a foreign national:

The app includes the option to choose a  “Wali” to oversee “all conversations between … potential matches, to make sure nothing inappropriate happens”:

“I don’t want to use the term ‘politically correct,’ I want to use ‘decent.’ We need to get back to decency. If you have nothing nice to say, go scream it in a mirror at yourself”:

Evert since France’s military intervention into Mali “AQIM and related Islamist groups …  have … gradually expanded their reach, launching high-profile attacks on Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast”:

“[T]he threat to civilians where ISIS still has strongholds had ‘increased dramatically'”:

News and Analysis (8/11/17)

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Torture included sleep deprivation, slamming them into walls, stuffing them into coffin-like boxes, exposing them to extreme temperatures, [starvation], … water torture, and chaining them in [painful] positions”:

The bill “calls for jailing police chiefs, sheriffs and possibly frontline officers who fail to cooperate with U.S. immigration officials”:

The appellant charges the Kerala High Court’s marriage annulment insults the “independence of women in the country”:

“What’s Islamic about drinking alcohol, [abusing] drugs and” extramarital sex?

“It is rare for a labor union to be found in violation of federal civil rights laws, but “[t]he Teamsters readily accepted the expensive dues and, in turn, provided zero services to these Muslim employees”:

Nationalists and Muslims protested a 100-ft-tall statue of a former foreign Han Dynasty general who is worshiped by some Chinese:

The settlement with an African American Muslim concludes a lawsuit that “prompted the Long Beach Police Department to reverse its policy barring inmates from wearing religious head coverings”:

“Sheikh al-Radhi has openly slammed the Saudi regime over the execution of prominent Islamic scholar Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, the war on Yemen as well as the Takfiri ideology”:

If you don’t want your children’s lips to touch a cup that has touched lips that eat pork, give them their own cups top take to school:

News and Analysis (8/9/17)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The White House denies there has ever “been a serious attack …. or … plot … unconnected from ISIS or al Qaeda,” and explains Trump’s lack of sympathy as suspicion the mosque bombing was a false flag operation:

Hate crimes against Muslims have almost doubled nationally and more than doubled in New York City:

“The debate over foster care and adoption is critical in Islam, a religion whose prophet, Muhammad, was an orphan and an adopted son himself”:

As U.S. and Middle East officials and agencies increase coordination, U.S. counter-terrorism policies increasingly resemble those of authoritarian Middle Eastern regimes:

Peddle your lies outside of official administrative hearings. Prohibiting irrelevant issues is about defending freedom of religion, not abridging freedom of speech:

“Sieting said he really does see how, as a public official whose posts went national, he empowered the real, hardcore, immovable haters to sharpen their terrible claws on innocents”:

An airlines should have the right to set any dress code they wish, but reserving the right to “remove passengers from the flight at any point” seems unreasonable if it includes mid-air:

The defendant pleads that “film-making, proof-reading and cooking” are not criminal offenses:

News and Analysis (8/7/17)

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Saturday’s IED bombing at an American mosque after months arson at a string of mosques elicits a “collective yawn” from media and politicians:

Two cases before the Supreme Court will test whether the First Amendment can protect those with whom a majority profoundly disagree:

Notwithstanding his regime’s attempt to hide their attack on freedom of the press under the fig-leaf of fighting “incitement,” his office cannot give  single example of al-Jazeera inciting anything:

YNet accuses Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and the US of plotting to installing a puppet in Palestine:

Hamas has been unable to handle the Israeli-Egyptian siege that has spawned economic “‘de-development,” leaving Gaza’s youth spending their days “driving the mattress'”:

Although Muslim women are more sensitive to discrimination than men, both “say they are satisfied with the way things are going in their lives and that they are proud to be American”:

“[T]hey were not radicalized by mere poverty but rather by what they perceived as the lack of a ladder of self-advancement” and motivated by peers:

“This decision … empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives … and … will help … fans recognise these young women for the strong, inspiring individuals they are”:

“ISIS (Islamic State) has no formal structure (in Pakistan). It works on a franchise system … in Pakistan” — senior Counter Terrorism Department officer Raja Umer Khattab:

News and Analysis (8/4/17)

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Instead of trying to intimidate a potential aggressor, strike up a friendly conversation with the target:

“We could have closed our eyes and we would have thought it was LDS people speaking on that panel”:

Discrimination is “not applied evenly. We know sociologically that women experience more discrimination than men”:

“The video for the song titled ‘Dog’ targets Muslim men who act piously by day, but behave like animals towards women once they get behind their computer screens at night”:

Human “rights groups say the unrest is more a reaction to repressive policies, and argue that the new measures may end up pushing some Uighurs into extremism”:

The executive producer says they are introducing a Muslim character in order “to bring in someone who has a totally new perspective on history”:

“52 percent of U.S. Muslims said homosexuality should be accepted by society — an increase of 25 percentage since 2007. Comparatively, only 34 percent of white evangelical Protestants”:

Government approved muftis set up shop in the Metro stations; extremists, freethinkers, and Christians not welcome: