Archive for May, 2018

News and Analysis (5/21/18)

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Al-Sadr’s “top showing at the ballot box means the next prime minister will have to introduce a civil service law that al-Sadr has championed as an antidote to Iraq’s endemic corruption…. But that doesn’t mean the Cabinet or parliament will sign off on it”:

In an outrageous ploy to get publicity Jan Mai invented a story about “’50 Arab men'” who stormed into his bar on New Year’s Eve 2016, groped ‘the girls,’ and stole their jackets.” Now he has been arrested for the murder of the woman who served as his star witness in the hateful hoax:

“WHY were the soldiers ordered to kill? It is the same logic that has animated countless occupation regimes throughout history: make the ‘natives’ so afraid that they will give up.” But now, as always, “the oppressed have become more hardened, more resolute” …

… “[T]he Palestinians didn’t have any guns. The Palestinians almost never have guns. The slingshot has always been the favorite weapon …, not just because that’s what David used but because that’s the easiest weapon to construct when you’re a poor villager or unemployed city kid” …

… “Members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemned Israel’s killing of protesters in Gaza. But it’s unclear how far the Islamic community is willing to go in support of Palestinians”:

“They’re not afraid to work. It’s a helpful difference from the native population” — Mayor Dmitry Kirdanov:

“The top Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence committees said …  President Trump’s son met an emissary for two Arab princes and an Israeli political operative who offered to help his father win the presidential election”:

“A bigger, better deal is a pipe dream” — Robert Einhorn, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former State Department official and non-proliferation expert …

… Mohammad Reza Pourebrahimi, the head of the Iranian Parliamentary Commission for Economic Affairs, referred to cryptocurrencies as a promising way for both countries to avoid US dollar transactions, as well as a possible replacement of the SWIFT interbank payment system”:

“Inflation is always and everywhere a function of a declining currency. It’s not a growth phenomenon as the Fed suggests. Fed economists would be wise to visit Iran and Venezuela to understand that inflation has nothing to do with prosperity”:

News and Analysis (5/18/19)

Friday, May 18th, 2018

There is a disgraceful irony to the country of the Dreyfiuss affair and collaboration in the Holocaust  demanding deletions in the book that contained the “nucleus of pluralism that gave the Jews in Muslim lands greater security than Jews had in Christian Europe”:

“[T]wo former detainees … described how they were required on a near-hourly basis to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticise themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party”:

The “disgraced ex-FBI agent with a history of promoting anti-Muslim bigotry as part of his law enforcement training seminars … lost another customer” after the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement found “his presentation … to be ‘concerning’ and of ‘no training value'”:

When a decedent of “a Muslim princess living in 11th-century Seville … took the throne in 1461. Thus the legacy of Islamic Spain – better known as al-Andalus – found its way into the Plantagenet royal court”:

Most of the “Muslim community organisations [surveyed] in Victoria … are anything but inward looking prayer holes” offering surveys ranging from outreach (85%), “educational programs (80%), and various recreational (80%) and community welfare services (75%)”:

“The UN human rights chief says Israel used ‘wholly disproportionate’ force against Palestinian border protests which have left over 100 people dead,” saying “that the ‘stark contrast in casualties on both sides is… suggestive of a wholly disproportionate response'” …

… while a “summit of Muslim countries will focus on the latest incidents in Gaza, where over 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces while they were protesting for the right to return to the homes that were taken away from them 70 years ago”:

“Last year’s decision to end a decades-old ban on women driving cars, set to come into effect next month … has .. been accompanied by an apparent crackdown on dissent against critics, ranging from Islamist clerics to some of the very women who campaigned for years to end the ban”:

After blasting the school district for “allowing a transgender student to use a nurse’s office for restroom breaks and to change clothes after gym class” the school board member said, “next will be a place for Mohamed to wash his little feet and face Mecca three times during the school day”:

Coco Khan has some advice for Hollywood on how to avoid “ruining a fresh, original work”:

News and Analysis (5/15/18)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

As  number of country’s expressed concern or horror over the Israeli massacre of 58 demonstrators and wounding of thousands in a single day, the “White House declined to join in urging Israel to exercise caution” and adopted the murderers’ line of blaming Hamas …

… while “the speakers at Monday’s ceremony marking the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem included] a Christian leader with a history of hateful comments against Muslims, Mormons and gay people” and “who once said Jews can’t be saved”:

“Neighbours said there were no signs members of the family were planning the acts of violence that President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo condemned as ‘barbaric'” …

… and an Indonesian Ph.D. student at Notre Dame says that “anti-Christian hatred will not be solved if we only approach it as an interreligious issue. The anti-Christian hatred also has to be dealt with as an issue of ethnic racism” …

.. while after two years examining and transcribing the document, experts at the counter-extremist group Quilliam have completed a meticulous appraisal of the extremists’ core textbook along with a robust theological rebuttal of its ‘twisted’ interpretation of Islamic teachings”:

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement is unconcerned that police will be trained “by an ex-FBI agent who believes all Muslim groups “share the same ideology as ISIS”:

Like Rowe v. Wade, Islam takes a moderated position in the Ireland’s abortion debate, holding that before the 120th day “after conception … Islamic jurisprudence does not recognise the foetus as an unborn child”:

Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran Treaty may spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East as Saudis warn they will seek nuclear weapons if they decide Iran has resumed a military nuclear program and Rick Perry  looks forward to helping the Saudi’s nuclear power development …

… “From the perspective of the leadership in Tehran, Iran and Europe against the US is a much better scenario than the US and Europe against Iran”:

“Secular buildings were the first target, but the government has also banned new ‘Arab style’ mosques, and there are plans to convert some of the existing ones to look like Chinese temples” as part of the effort to “actively guide religion to adapt to a socialist society”:

Freedom of speech includes a business’s right to expel you from the premises when the customer’s are offended by your speech:

“Though researchers don’t blame the president for inciting violence, they found a clear correlation between what he said and subsequent attack”:

“In previous years, participants had been known to chant “Death to the Arabs” and other racist slogans during the march”:

News and Analysis (5/12/18)

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

“We know of no instance — in the history of the United States — in which the government has forcibly transferred an American citizen from one foreign country to another” —  Judge Sri Srinivasan, joined by Judge Robert L. Wilkins:

Although Anwar Ibrahim “was also imprisoned under Mahathir in 1998 following a power struggle[,] Mr. Anwar and Mr. Mahathir joined forces in an unlikely alliance that helped the opposition nailed the electoral victory” …

… “We are not seeking revenge. What we want is to restore the rule of law … if the law says that Najib has done something wrong, then he will have to face the consequences” — Mahathir :

For Muslims the most heartbreaking consequence of the Erdogan era is the dramatic flight of his subjects from Islam:

“Iran strongly condemns …(Israel’s) attacks on Syria. The international community’s silence encourages Israel’s aggression. Syria has every right to defend itself” — Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi …

… “We feel that the extraterritoriality of their sanction measures are unacceptable. The Europeans should not have to pay for the withdrawal from an agreement by the United States, to which they had themselves contributed” — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian …

… and experts say that “Trump’s decision to abrogate the terms of the nuclear deal is likely spurring Iran to show the US that it will pay a price” and  he is now “only a few days away from throwing another can of gasoline on the fire by moving the embassy to Jerusalem”:

“[T]he Islam practised by many Muslims in the UK is not one of reflection, but of ritual without understanding. It is about punishment, pain and barriers, rather than enlightenment, openness and the nurturing of creative thought”:

“Shortly after his inauguration, Trump said he wanted prioritize admitting Christian refugees into the country. His rhetoric and controversial travel ban against seven majority-Muslim countries may have helped him do just that”:

Muslim activists “are hoping to overturn the decision to execute Noura for defending herself against physical and sexual violence, and navigating an impossible situation that no young woman should ever face” after she killed the rapist he had been forced to marry:

“She said he was immediately regretful about his comments and even broke into tears” and she asks,  “How many of us do not at one time or another say something out of anger that we regret?”

News and Analysis (5/9/18)

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

As Trump threatens to bully European allies into following his lead in welshing on the treaty with  Iran, the other signatories pledge to negotiate a version without the U.S. The U.S. has greater economic clout than Iran, but the Iranians may prove to be better negotiators than Trump:

In the same statement in which it asserts its policy “to never discuss its clients with any third party, and to never confirm or deny any speculation made with regard to the company’s work” Black Cube violates the policy in order to deny links to the Trump administration or the Iran deal:

Turkey resorts to “secret witness” (!) to prosecute an American minister  allegation s that he worked with Kurdish militants to seek to establish a Christian Kurdish state. allegations the accused called  “shameful and disgusting”:

“Roseanne is convinced the family [next door] is dangerous because a) they’re Muslim, and b) they have a ‘crazy amount of fertilizer’ stacked up by their garage.” When she asks, “Don’t you watch the news?” her sister responds, “You don’t mean the news, you mean Fox News”:

After months of employment they were told “they would no longer be allowed to wear long skirts while working and instead would have to start wearing either company-provided pants or knee-length skirts, or their employment would be terminated. They were fired” soon after:

She alleges that deputies called in after she had an argument with her husband ignored her “complaints of injuries and arrested her, ” then when she protested against removing her headscarf “because she is a practicing Muslim, a deputy replied, ‘Not in here, you’re not'”:

“You know, you look at Israel – Israel has a wall and everyone said do not build a wall, walls do not work — 99.9 percent of people trying to come across that wall cannot get across and more. Bibi Netanyahu told me the wall works” — Donald Trump to Peña Nieto:

She denies claims that she “helped Hillel normalize their Zionist agenda, … suppressed … Muslim students from speaking out against the state which has killed our Palestinian brothers and sisters[,]…. harassed [SJP] members and slandered [SJP] with claims of terrorism”:

News and Analysis (5/6/18)

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

“Benjamin Netanyahu’s stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too”:

Israel’s recent killing of seven Iranians provoked a vow of “Iranian retaliation is hundred percent certain but at a time, place and manner of its choice”:

After a shotgun was fired at their store sign, a “torrent of kindness and good wishes has helped to wash away the fear”:

“There is this really safe space for women to come together and talk about issues that are important to them, whether it’s mental health, sexual health, things that are often taboo. Love it, love the sisterhood, love the energy. I learn so much about our religion this way”:

Ken Isaacs’s assertion, “I do not believe that Islam is a violent religion” flies n the face of both his previous statements and his current position as vice president of programs and government relations at Islamophobe Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse:

“Kill all Muslims, do not spare even an infant, they are dogs” was posted on Facebook six days before “hundreds of Muslim families … watched their homes ransacked and their businesses set on fire” and “was allowed to remain online afterward in violation of Facebook standards …

… Anti-Muslim bigotry “seems to be the unifying cause [that Neo-Confederate, White Nationalist, anti-immigrant, and armed anti-government] hate groups can rally around and engage in on the social media platform”:

Turkey’s Foreign Minister said that measures to “block the sale of major defense equipment” pending completion of Defense Dept. report on “”a report on the relationship between the United States and Turkey” are “wrong, illogical and not fitting between the NATO allies”:

Although Trump  calls current crude oil prices “artificially Very High!”,.oil executives who drill the Permian basin in Texas … love oil at $75 a barrel…. [at which] they can fund ongoing expansion in the shale fields of the USA without attracting every trailer-toting roughneck with a rig”:

News and Analysis (5/4/18)

Friday, May 4th, 2018

“Kudos to @ChrisCuomo for pressing Netanyahu on that little uncomfortable fact that is typically ignored: the only country in the Middle East with a proven, clandestine nuclear weapons stockpile is … Israel. And the rogue state refuses to join the NPT” — Glenn Greenwald …

… and “[e]xperts said the half-ton of documents, allegedly taken by Israeli spies from a warehouse outside Tehran, contained nothing that was not already known. European leaders said that in fact they provided further proof of the value of the nuclear deal, not of its flaws”:

Those with “strong anti-Muslim prejudices … tend to be more approving of discriminatory policies targeting Muslims, more likely to support state and non-state violence against civilians and more likely to favor authoritarian measures a response to perceived security threats”:

The “precedent-setting opinion that ensures that individuals may sue individual federal officials for acts of religious discrimination”:

“New South Wales … introduced the law in 2016 after several Muslim defendants refused to stand for judges on religious grounds. … ‘No evidence was presented that the teachings of Islam compel this conduct,’ the magistrate said”:

“Muslim women have challenged sexism by using religious arguments from the earliest days of Islam – and … the overwhelming majority [surveyed] believed violence … is against the principles of Islam. … religious and community leaders … used religion to promote respectful relationships”:

Ugandan “laws grant suspects the right to have legal representation as well as the right to be visited by their family members, however if the suspect is a Muslim it can take almost forever to see your lawyer or even a relative”:

“[A]s anti-Muslim violence continues to rise in the United States, and as public, unabashed anti-Semitism begins to stalk Europe and the US…, religious leaders in all three Abrahamic faiths have been trying to … uphold a deeper commitment to the mutual dignity and equality of the other”: