Archive for October, 2017

News and Analysis (10/14/17)

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

“The UK, France and Germany responded that the pact was ‘in our shared national security interest’…. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the US was ‘more isolated than ever'” …

“Trump decides to ‘decertify,’ but not scuttle, the … deal…. There are some issues that unite [Trump’s] advisers, and one is not blowing up the Iran deal altogether” …

… and “readings of shifts in Iranian society suggest Americans should support the nuclear pact even as the United States and its allies keep Iran in check on other issues”:

With only 65 yearly visitors to the U.S. from North Korea and with Venezuelans not in government exempt from the ban, including those countries “doesn’t even qualify as a fig leaf”:

“Christians know that their tradition is internally diverse. There’s a lot of diversity within any religion, but that’s also true within Islam”:

“Angered by the Paris terror attacks in 2015, a former US Marine fired dozens of shots at a mosque near his … home. Filled with regret, he tried to make amends”:

“[T]hese clothes weren’t plundered; they’re typical Viking-age clothing that shows the influence of [Islam] on these wide-ranging travelers”:

UNESCO promotes girl’s education, understanding “the Holocaust’s horrors, and [defends] media freedom” but the US & Israel won’t forgive it for defending Palestinian’s rights:

“The greatest threat to [freedom comes not] from immigrants and refugees but from” exploiting fear of them to “chip away at the values and institutions that make our societies liberal”:

There is a “kernel of untruth demanded, of selfhood corroded, that is the burden of passing” as non-Muslim that weighs  upon those who feel the necessity:

This “version of Romeo and Juliet was easy to politicize … [by] those who consider themselves to be the self-appointed guardians of culture and society”:

News and Analysis (10/11/17)

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

The war in Yemen strengthens Al-Qaeda’s deadliest branch, “yet there’s never been a public debate over the American role in deepening that threat to our own national security”:

“[A]s a Muslim[, y]ou commit your life to being a force for good, particularly in [places] that have struggled because of historical injustices, because of profound disparities”:

There is no “First Amendment” in Malaysia where the “sedition law prohibits discourse that sparks hostility towards other races, the rulers or the government”:

“[T]here’s a ‘rift’ on generational lines. Young Jews see a ‘gaping exception’ to the Jewish values of standing with the marginalized: the treatment of Palestinians”:

Rather than opposing forced marriage, the aim is to deprive women under fifteen of the right to decide whether to marry or not:

News and Analysis (10/8/17)

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Turkey’s arrest of U.S. consulate employee for alleged links to Gulen was “condemned by Washington as baseless and damaging to ties between the NATO allies”:

“The words ‘sand n—–‘ are painted across a photo of [Zainab] Baloch’s face”:

Turkey claims “its focus has moved from ousting [Asad] to securing its own border” but eye-witnesses blame the incident on a “Turkish bulldozer removing sections of a border wall”:

“[A]nti-Islamic propaganda posted by the ‘Heart of Texas’ actually originated in … a so-called ‘troll factory’ called the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg”:

Iran warns U.S. against “designating its Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist group and said U.S. regional military bases would be at risk if further sanctions were passed”:

News and Analysis (10/5/17)

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

41 states give official preference to Christianity, 30 to Islam, six to Buddhism, and one to Judaism, Ten are “are hostile to religious institutions of all faiths”:

“Antepli’s is the eighth Muslim prayer offered in the House since 2001, and the first in three years”:

“[T]he Times … appeared to give supremacy to a white Christian girl over a backward Muslim family, and … [ignored] more than 1,500 young Muslim children … [put into] non-Muslim homes”:

A study suggests that whether a perpetrator is a Muslim is a factor in whether people perceive violence as an act of terrorism:

“Mahmood said he now feels uncomfortable about leaving his family at home alone when he goes out to work”:

“Armed with a tiny bit of capital and lots of courage, businessmen are slowly returning to the decimated town [that had been] home to Iraq’s largest Christian community”:

“Once the surrounding area falls, IS will be left controlling only a stretch of land along the border with Syria”:

News and Analysis (10/2/17)

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Whether or not he acted on behalf of ISIS, Stephen Paddock’s crime only adds to the statistics of that white American males are the main terrorist threat in the U.S.:

In England officials are open-minded as to whether the stabbing of a 15-year old was racially or religiously motivated:

The story of Singapore’s new president “is a breakthrough for both Muslims and women, two minority populations. Yacob is Singapore’s first ethnic Malay president in nearly fifty years”:

After “China and Russia supported [Myanmar’s] government while the United States, Britain, and France demanded an end to ‘ethnic cleansing’ of its Rohingya Muslim minority” …

… Bangladesh reports “a ‘working group’ to plan the repatriation of more than half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh”:

Muslim Ban 3.0 violates the Supreme Court’s June 26 order by barring even those with a bona fide relationship,” and further “is being weaponized in odd but predictable ways”:

“Polls suggest that Hamas would win in both Gaza and the West Bank. Nonetheless, the move is being hailed by PA officials as a victory for Abbas”: