Archive for December, 2017

News and Analysis (12/15/17)

Friday, December 15th, 2017

The U.S. hopes its allegations of evidence that Iran assisted Houtis to defend themselves from Saudi aggression will divert attention from its disastrous Syrian intervention, that “arms secretly sent to rebel factions fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad in his long civil war” …

A University of Washington law professor with a husband, children, two stepchildren, and who teaches yoga, is among the many “Arabs, Muslims, and people with Muslim-sounding names” in the U.S. to have had their Global Entry clearances revoked:

“British troops breached the Geneva conventions and subjected Iraqi civilians to cruel and inhuman treatment by hooding them and taking turns to run over their backs … [and] in the way in which it detained civilians”:

In the wake of the Trump embassy move announcement most of the violence in Palestine-Israel continues to be perpetrated by the Israelis:

“[T]he amount of hate I’ve gotten is like a drop in the bucket to the amount of love and the amount of support I’ve gotten from people”:

Though some Muslims disapprove, there is nothing new about Muslims wishing Christian neighbors a “Merry Christmas”:

“As long as corrections officers fail to treat Muslim inmates as human beings … we will continue to sue corrections personnel,” said Attorney David Lane, who represents Ashaheed”:

“Suspect Shambu Lal Regar arrested in Rajasthan over film of labourer being hacked to death and burnt, which earned £3,473 in crowdfunding donations”:

Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh organizations have signed a letter to Trump that retweeting hate videos as official Presidential statements “carried a dark and unmistakable message: Muslims are to be feared; Islamic practices pose a danger to society; Muslims can never be truly equal citizens under the law'”:

News and Analysis (12/14/17)

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

“The Justice Department is trying to push away legal challenges to his detention by claiming that nobody … outside the feds knows who he is, therefore nobody could claim to represent him in court. That the government itself is the reason why we don’t know his identity is just the icing on the cake”:

Netanyahu went to Europe to drum up support for Trump’s embassy move but only his fellow racists are on board, and they are not in power (yet) …

… but will the Muslim nations of the OIC have the courage to stand up to Donald Trump or will they once again fall back on empty rhetoric?

“Mike Pence will be visiting the Holy Land and Egypt later this month, but none of the local Christians will have anything to do with him” …

… and the Muslim guardians of their holy site is on their side:

“The possible transfer could spark a new arms race in the Middle East and constitutes one explanation why Saudi responses to President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel were muted and limited to rhetorical statements”:

“Authorities are gathering DNA and blood types through free medical checkups, and [Human Rights Watch] said it is was unclear if patients were aware that their biometric data was being collected for the police during these physical exams”:

Policies of “slashing the refugee program, banning all immigration and travelers from several majority Muslim countries, and imposing new burdens on all visa applicants as part of “extreme vetting” initiatives … appear to have “worked,” strongly reducing Muslim immigration and travel to the United States”:

“Trump shrewdly draws on already-circulating certainties about Muslim men as violent, animalistic, and mercurial. Historian Sophia Arjana notes that Muslims have historically been viewed as a source of contamination, unraveling the (White) racial integrity of Christendom”:

The crazy man responsible for subway explosion in NYC “was inspired by the Islamic State group but had apparently not had any direct contact with the group and probably acted alone” and seriously injured himself:

“[S]tudents returning from Saudi Arabia after studies … “brought back with them this sectarian attitude:

News and Analysis (12/11/17)

Monday, December 11th, 2017

“With his declaration, the Christmas lights turned off. The Christmas music has quieted. The Christmas tree in Nativity Square in Bethlehem has gone dark. The Christmas spirit has been drowned out with the mourning of our stolen capital — a Palestinian Christian”:

Since Trump’s announcement that he would move the American embassy in Jerusalem, “Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has said that Mr. Trump’s move was a violation of United Nations resolutions,” and  the Israelis have “killed four Palestinians, who continue to demonstrate in the West Bank and Gaza” …

… and Netanyahu bid for Europe to join in Trump’s folly “was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process” …

… but despite their condemnation of the move, Hezbollah delayed its first demonstration, Lebanon refuses to recognize Palestinians’ refugee states, Turkey won’t sever relations with Israel, and Arab foreign ministers have dumped the problem in the lap of the U.N. Security Council where the U.S. will veto:

(With apologies to Mort Sahl,) George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, Richard Nixon couldn’t tell the truth, and Donald Trump can’t tell the difference:

In the face of evidence of “sweeping and methodical” rape against the Rohingya …

… the Burmese military continues to refuse to “investigate reports of systematic brutality — murders of children, gang rapes, the torching of scores of villages — … insisting that its troops are innocent of any offense”:

The scholarship honors Tasneem Essader who “was most passionate about her science and Islam”:

Starting in March, the Saudi government will allow its people to take their minds off its ongoing slaughter of their Yemeni neighbors by going to the movies:

“This is a very good initiative. We may have different views, but it is important we can have a normal conversation and speak to each other” — Freddy Gellberg, spokesperson for Malmo’s Jewish community:

“Fadel … described Taylor as her ‘hero” but wonders why “so many people watched as I was being attacked and assaulted simply because of a man who knew nothing of me but chose to judge me based on the hijab I wear”:

News and Analysis (12/8/17)

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is a declaration of “war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians,” crosses a “red line,”  prompts a “call for another intifada,” could provoke Iranian-backed militias “to target American forces,” and yet “will change nothing on the ground” …

… and “a senior official in Mr Abbas’ Fatah party, said Mr Pence was “not welcome” in the Palestinian territories”:

“Thousands took part in angry anti-U.S. demonstrations around the Muslim world Friday over the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”:

Palestinian protests were met with “water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that cloud the upcoming Christmas celebrations in the town of Jesus’ birth” …

… “Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man near the Gaza border, the first confirmed death in two days of unrest”:

With the U.S. having abandoned any pretense at impartiality, “[n]ow may be the time for another power to be a third-party facilitator that can bring fresh thinking to both sides”:

“With no explanation, the court gave the Trump administration legal cover, for the time being, to separate U.S. citizens from their spouses overseas, from their elderly parents suffering from life-threatening illnesses in war-ravaged countries and even from their own children” …

… as Trump retweets anti-Muslim propaganda videos and anti-Muslim hate crimes break out around the world:

“[T]he Trump administration’s new restrictions have proven to be a far greater barrier to refugees than even his temporary ban, which was limited in scope by the Supreme Court.” The percentage of Muslim refugees has dropped from 25 to 10:

News and Analysis (12/5/17)

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

“The Saudi-led coalition had hoped that Saleh’s break with the Houthis would be a turning point, isolating the rebels” but instead he has been killed as a traitor with a brutality recalling the murder of Qaddafi:

“If Washington recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it would be the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948” …

… ” Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah, … President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and … King Salman, who all received phone calls from Trump, joined a mounting chorus of voices warning that unilateral U.S. steps on Jerusalem would derail a fledgling U.S.-led peace effort and unleash turmoil in the region”:

Relationships such as grandparents and cousins “will no longer provide a blanket exemption from the ban, although visa officials can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis”:

“[A]uthoritarian modernizers cannot simply command a new attitude among their citizens. Opening cinemas and relaxing gender segregation may impress Saudi youth, but a new economy requires far more”:

“[T]he British royal family is descended from Mohammed through the Arab kings of Seville, who once ruled Spain”:

“Pompeo has close ties with Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, who has argued that following Islamic law is ‘an impermissible act of sedition, which has to be prosecuted'”:

News and Analysis (12/3/17)

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Stephen Walt attempts to explain why military occupations and slaughter do not endear you to the victims in a way that even an American columnist can understand:

More than a story of unintended consequences, Israel’s near elimination of the black goat shows the delusional self-destructiveness of Zionism’s goal of “erasing Palestinians and creating a slice of Europe in the Middle East”:

He was trying to stop a resolution condemning Israel’s “‘flagrant violation under international law’ that was ‘dangerously imperiling the viability’ of a future peace settlement establishing a Palestinian state”:

His parents say allegations that the boy “kept repeating the words ‘Allah’ and ‘boom’ class” as impossible because “he doesn’t speak at all” and has “the mental capacity of a one-year-old”:

“Trump provoked a wave of anger and disgust from politicians in Britain and human rights groups in the [U.S.] when he shared anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the group Britain First” …

… while Fransen threatens reporters seeking interviews her with ‘home visits of their own'” and a former member of her group describes talk about “damaging mosques up and down the country” and kicking in doors …

… and “the share of all Americans who say there is not much or no support for extremism among US Muslims has risen to 54 percent, up from 45 percent in 2011”:

Keep your eye on Muhammad Bin Salman and you won’t miss Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood:

Since the Saudi invasion, more than 10,000 people have died, more than two million have been displaced, and a cholera outbreak has infected “nearly one million people and led the country to the brink of famine”: