Archive for December, 2018

News and Analysis (12/15/18)

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

“Human rights groups have recorded dozens of incidents of the Israeli military using U.S.-made weapons in unlawful ways to injure and kill Palestinian civilians”:

“A number of key issues remain unresolved … and Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, said a framework for political negotiations would be discussed at the next round of talks at the end of January”:

Criticized for incorrectly categorizing the makruh or haram (discouraged or prohibited) practice of FGM as sunnah (accepted), the National Fatwa Committee perversely reclassified the procedure as wajib (“obligatory”):

“The notion that a tenured professor’s career could be put in jeopardy because of an ill-considered phrase concluding an otherwise nuanced speech at the U.N. violates every notion of academic freedom that we have”:

“A Palestinian teenager was shot dead during fresh raids by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Friday,” …

… and “Israeli soldiers injured … at least seventeen Palestinians with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in several areas of … [the] West Bank,” …

… “settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles, … an Arab bus driver was beaten” in an illegal settlement and Israel demolished the house of a man accused of killing an occupation soldier:

“With the US government’s recent sanction on Iran, it is unclear if spare parts for the Renton, Washington-assembled jet, can be procured”:

News and Analysis (12/13/18)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The death of a premature infant due to the shooting of a pregnant settler is properly deplored, but not the murder of a disabled Palestinian, nor that the Israelis kill 16 times as many children as Palestinians:

Arrested and released on charges “of insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other offences, he was arrested again in August, just months after his release, reportedly on similar charges”:

Gulf Arab monarchies are using racism, bigotry, and fake news to denounce Washington’s newest history-making politicians.

He couldn’t completely close the door, but he has reduced Muslim refugees by over 90%:

Pompeo “underscored the laser focus the administration has placed on painting Iran as the epitome of evil in the world” but “the Security Council session also demonstrated the isolation of the United States”:

“[W]hile the electricity cost in Iran has always been relatively low, the recent significant devaluation of the Iranian rial … has made the opportunities even more appealing”:

News and Analysis (12/10/18)

Monday, December 10th, 2018

“[T]he ‘false accusations and censorship against Hill represent yet another example of the “Palestine Exception” to free speech’ and that his firing by Temple University would violate the First Amendment”:

A flimsy lawsuit: “religious discrimination (illegal settlements are by definition all-Jewish); failure to provide equal access (Palestinians are barred completely…); Airbnb is siding … against the [illegal!] occupation”:

Many moved there when Israel expelled them from their ancestral homes 70 years ago. They “now face another expulsion with a Jewish settler organisation” attempting a record East Jerusalem takeover:

“Population control has become a sensitive issue in Iran since … Khamenei issued an edict in 2014 calling for a population increase after decades of state-promoted birth control”:

“I am an Iranian living in Iran and I do believe in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. But nowhere in that constitution is indicated that I should also believe all the Official Lies”:

Instead of holding overdue elections Abbas wants to replace the democratically elected legislative body with the PLO’s Palestinian Central Council:

“We’ve never built a show based on the teachings of the Qur’an or the habits of the Muslim faith and it was a huge eyeopener for us and great experience. … [T]he kids had a fantastic time” — 
Trickster production director, David Chantler”:

“After spending years hearing negative descriptions of Islam, he was intrigued to find verses calling for peace, compassion and service. Selenica decided to learn more about the faith”:

A former FBI agent who once “punched a Minnesota sheriff he accused of sympathizing with Muslims” is coming to Texas, but conservative Republicans who believe in freedom of religion are not buying his message:

News and Analysis (12/7/18)

Friday, December 7th, 2018

“The Blocking Regulation would make it illegal for European companies to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran” and in January “the EU unveils a new electronic payment system designed to move money in and out of Iran without American scrutiny” …

… and American banks “fear they could be subject to major lawsuits in Europe unless granted a license from the Treasury Department to follow the letter of both EU and U.S. law ” …

… as the recent designation of two Iranians “for allegedly using bitcoin to facilitate ‘malign activities’ and payments … was the first time that US sanctions targeted digital currency addresses” …

… and “all three pillars of Trump’s policy of strangulating Iran are at risk” because of the Khashoggi murder, Netanyahi’s “existential fight for his political future,” and “political obstacles” Trump faces in the wake of the mid-term elections:

The play has been called a “Muslim Godspell” by one audience member and calls itself “the story of ‘a love affair between Islam and Jesus.'”  The Silk Road Rising Executive Director says, “In light of the #MeToo movement, Mary’s prominence in the play and in the Quran adds to the show’s timeliness”:

Sustainable Development Goals are inadequate without the Maqasid ash-Shariah “safeguarding the faith …, protecting the self from harm …, protecting the intellect …, safeguarding the progeny … and protecting” property without bias “towards gender, nationality, ethnicity, or social status”:

The Emir of Kano maintains “that during the regime of Second Caliph, Umar bn Khattab and fifth Caliph Umar bn AbdulAziz , no one was poor enough in their communities to receive Zakat because the one distributed in the previous year made them to be self-reliant”:

After intense debate students voted overwhelmingly for Columbia to divest from companies “from companies that “profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians,” but “before the vote had even taken place, the college had already announced that it would not act on a vote to divest”:

“Afghan immigration … is a godsend for the country’s small and medium-sized businesses”:

News and Analysis (12/4/18)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

PA leader Abbas sends condolence letter to president George W. Bush, whose late father pushed for major Israeli-Palestinian peace conference and attempted to “link $10b loan guarantees to cessation of settlement activities”:

“Her planned trip is a swift rebuke of a decades-old tradition for newly elected members: a junket to Israel sponsored by the education arm of … AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby group”:

Meeting resistance from within their party, Republicans who consider any mosque-going Muslim must be be anti-Constitution and associated with terrorism invite local leaders to listen to a conspiracy peddler, a move that might exacerbate a blue turn in the conservative county:

“Given the confidentiality of the proceedings and the security nature of the case, I cannot disclose details about the court’s verdict” — Shahidi’s lawyer Mostafa Turk Hamedani:

“Although Indonesia is largely secular, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation continues to imprison those deemed to denigrate or practise unorthodox versions of the country’s six officially recognised religions of Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism”:

Are Rand Paul’s “libertarian instincts, which make him skeptical of foreign aid” strong enough to stand up to the Israeli lobby which demands American tax money for its costly battle against the arc of history in support of  apartheid?

“Israel has long been accused of pressuring sick Palestinians or their relatives into collaborating in exchange for a permit to leave Gaza for treatment, as well as blackmailing closeted LGBTQ Palestinians into spying on their neighbours”:

News and Analysis (12/1/18)

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

The murderer “raped her while she lay unconscious and dumped her body in a pond” but the “County Commonwealth’s Attorney … agreed to take the death penalty off the table” because potential confirmation of “severe intellectual disability” may have prevented it anyway …

… and in another case, “Dawud Walid, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan, [asks] why, if the man is insane, he wasn’t given mental health treatment instead of a light jail sentence”:

“These concentration camps … where Uighur Muslims are remade into atheist Chinese subjects” are part of program that extends to children who are separated from parents to be placed into orphanages “disguised as schools” for indoctrination “into loyal subjects who embrace atheism and Han customs”:

The county’s “Republican Party chairman … “emailed a letter to Tarrant County Chair Darl Easton asking him to ‘reject a bigoted effort launched by at least one of your precinct chairs to remove a Muslim individual from your leadership and remove another precinct chair who is married to a Muslim'”:

“Mr Amin’s tone appears to be moderating,” which worries some secular minded who fear that his “apparent lack of fixed beliefs makes [him] dangerous”:

CNN gave no reason for dropping the Temple University professor after ADL and other Zionist groups objected to his call for ‘”a single secular democratic state for everyone’ in a meeting at the UN marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Wednesday” …

… “It doesn’t matter if justice is on your side. You have to depict your position as just.” — Benjamin Netanyahu. “The best answer to propaganda is not counter-propaganda — it’s understanding how propaganda operates so it can’t work on you anymore. ” — Roger Waters:

“In recent weeks, Israel has arrested dozens of Palestinian activists for alleged illegal political activity. It demolished Palestinian shops for failing to have permits, a court has cleared the way for settlers to move in to an Arab neighborhood and the” mayor is trying to shut down UN relief operations on the city: