Archive for January, 2018

News and Analysis (1/6/18)

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

“Some critics feel Allam’s fatwa had little to do with the mechanics of cryptocurrency and even less correlation to Muslim ideology” and more to do with delivering “religious rulings that support the state”:

When an informant told the FBI that Llaneza was harmless, with the mind of child, and had been so mediated by treatment for his mental problems that he couldn’t even hold a shovel, they decided to target him for a sting operation:

It is telling that “the judge and the prosecution are wearing the same uniform…. It’s really dangerous that the prosecution is implying that live-streaming is the worst form of incitement”:

Palestinian journalists and activists have been censored while “[c]alls by Israelis for the killing of Palestinians are commonplace on Facebook, and largely remain undisturbed”:

The “perception that Jews and Muslims are very different from one another and just don’t get along … couldn’t be further from the truth”:

“[M]ore often than not [conversion]’s a positive influence, which can open a pathway to rehabilitation. It gives inmates some semblance of structure and provides a motive to stay away from drugs and alcohol”:

Ibn Khaldun said that a dynasty falls when the social solidarity of early generations is replaced by a taste for luxury in later generations; in Iran that process seems to have moved very quickly:

Iran has been the victim of terrorism, which may account for its “success in combating terrorist groups throughout the region.” In contrast, a Hillary Clinton email accused Saudi Arabia provided support to ISIL:

“A Catholic charity on Friday protested that Facebook had removed a page for Vienna’s first baby of 2018, born of Muslim parents, which had garnered 20,000 messages of support after a rash of racist comments”:

News and Analysis (1/4/18)

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

“Afghan and Indian officials applauded Trump’s abrasive comments, but Pakistan’s foreign minister called them a political stunt for domestic consumption, while its foreign office summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest”:

The causes for the Iranian protests are complex, but economic factors seem to be paramount; …

… the international reaction has been mixed, “with Europeans expressing unease at the delighted reaction by U.S. and Israeli leaders,” while “prominent Iranian lawyers … urged Tehran to respect … freedom of assembly and expression;” …

… but “the pressure for reform that keeps building within Iran will never be vented without a transition to a freer society”:

The princess accuses the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice of turning a blind eye to “underage girls … exploited for noisy sex parties involving drug and alcohol abuse”:

Other cases of “Moral policing … include assaults on women for going to bars, attacks on students at a house party, and the beating of a Muslim man for speaking to his Hindu colleague”:

“[T]hreat of harassment, arrest, fines, and suspension – as well as … pressure from advertisers close to the monarchy – has stifled coverage of the government and of citizen protests, including the mostly peaceful demonstrations”:

“[S]peaking out in support of journalists and others who run afoul of the authorities is more the exception than the rule” in Myanmar where reporting on the genocide of the Rohingya will get you prosecuted for “treason”:

The “Muslim women’s rights group … trained these women as qazis … [and] runs empowerment training sessions for women and girls, holds support groups for boys and men, and leads arbitration sessions where family disputes are settled”:

A court in Manhattan convicts a Turkish banker of violating sanctions against Iran. Does this mean that a court in Istanbul can now convict an  American banker of violating sanctions against Israel?

News and Analysis (1/1/18)

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Cheered on by Israel’s intelligence minister, anti-government protesters continue demonstrations in Iran in defiance of a warning by the authorities of a tough crackdown …

… but if they were instigated  by hardliners hoping to embarrass Rouhani they may  have quickly gotten out of control, taken over by economically aggrieved people with neither affection for the Islamic republic nor hope of reform:

She won’t win the election  but she may prevent Putin from getting “his traditional 146 percent from the republic” of Dagestan:

The fatwa encouraging Muslims to inquire after and care for “their non-Muslim neighbors … comes as part of an awareness campaign launched by the center to show solidarity with our Christian brothers during their feasts”:

The government wants “refugees who have formal agreements with refugee resettlement agencies” excluded from the definition of”refugees who have a bona fide relationship with people or entities in the United States”:

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan threatens to “promote the recognition of our sovereignty of the Jewish settlements in” the West Bank:

Although “Israeli forces … have left at least a dozen Palestinians dead and hundreds injured … religious scholars remain dedicated to non-violent strategies for securing rights and security for both Israelis and Palestinians”:

A $10 million reward offer never produced “information leading to [a] conviction over the Mumbai attacks, [yet Washington] warned Islamabad of repercussions after a Pakistani court in late November released him from house arrest”:

A Hindu woman “slammed the police for harassing her and her friend and claimed that it was solely because her friend was a Muslim”:

A man “dressed up in a shark costume … fell foul of … [Austria’s] anti-burka law,” prompting one Muslim woman to suggest the common voice uncovered by the #MeToo movement be extended to “to women who are different to us”: