Archive for December, 2018

News and Analysis (12/30/18)

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Safeidin Chapman is released after ten years in jail for playing paintball after the Supreme Court rules defining as “violent” acts that involve neither violent actions nor intention are unconstitutional:

‘Journalist Rania Khalek, whose video was restored after public outcry, says the ability of social media giants “to disappear content as they please” is “creepy and alarming and should be loudly opposed'”:

“[T]he appeal was based on the fact that owners of the land in question have deeds proving ownership and therefore the land should not be classified as state land as claimed by Israel”:

Detained “legislators, journalists, women, and children” are among those subject to “solitary confinement, in small, cold, damp cells, with no covers. Detainees are subjected to high fines, torture, extended interrogation”:

As immigrant children die in American detention, “a non-profit Muslim charity from Dallas” has “treated 13 sick families so far, including an infant they sent to the emergency room” :

She “has helped more than 1,700 women escape from problems including forced marriage and honour-based violence” because her “faith tells me I need to stand for equality and justice”:

As government authorities pat down and detain Muslim women for, and even strip women of, their modest dress, Nike, Gucci, Versace, “and other luxury brands” rush to embrace, and capitalize on, it:

First Pakistan, then Malaysia, and now the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have spoken up:

Has Trump’s squeeze on foreign investment provoked a surge in Iranian domestic enterprise? “The volumes of investments show a 59.3% and 133.7% growth respectively compared with the same period of last year” …

… and the sale of kiwis alone has jumped 300% thanks to the fall of the rial:

News and Analysis (12/27/18)

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

“At the Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem they fear the next administration will … [lead] to a more aggressive policy of settlement building in the West Bank, and a less peaceful stance towards Gaza” …

… and as “a parable of the Palestinian predicament in their own homeland, ‘Cyber Palestine’ captures the quintessence of the story of the birth of Christ under military occupation of the Romans then and the Zionists now” …

… while in Pakistan, “early this month, … extremist leaders were arrested and charged with various offenses, belatedly signaling that religious minorities — and the law — were to be respected”:

“A large number of my classmates … are non-Muslims, we are still friendly to this day as a family, and frequently contact each other and meet for reunions. Differences of opinion are a blessing in Islam”:

Edalat, who “returned to the UK last week…, ironically, had been a campaigner against US sanctions against the Iranian regime, and his detention appeared to be based on a misunderstanding”:

A Christian writer suspends disbelief to read the Qur’an “on its own terms” and Juan Cole “portrays Islam’s founder as a peacemaker who wanted only to preach his monotheism freely and … [sought] ‘multicultural’ harmony”:

“Iran has no substantial influence over the Taliban to help bring the group to negotiations,” but then neither has the U.S.:

The Saudi “proxy war against Iran in Yemen “has bled the kingdom’s coffers, left large numbers of an already impoverished country facing malnutrition and disease, and done little … to ward off its arch foe”:

Opponents of the criminalization men who engage in instant unilateral divorce say it violates “Article 25 of the Constitution on ‘freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion”:

“Iran began selling crude oil to private companies for export in late October, just ahead of U.S. sanctions on sectors including oil which came into effect in November”:

“Women are scheduled to play the roles of the male characters because this opera has been arranged exclusively for an audience of women. Women with alto voices have been selected to star as men”:

News and Analysis (12/24/18)

Monday, December 24th, 2018

“For yet another year, Gaza’s Christian minority celebrates Christmas under siege, unable to join family in West Bank” :

A call “for Muslims to stay away from Christmas celebrations drew a sharp rebuke from a vocal critic …, saying the Islamist party is suffering from a failure to appreciate Islamic teachings as well as multiculturalism” …

… and the Queen’s consort send a Christmas message sharing “her experience as a teenage student where she celebrated Christmas along with her Christian schoolmates while not neglecting her faith as a Muslim” …

… and “Christians reject Islamophobia because Jesus calls us to love our neighbors—and we have a special obligation to make sure Muslim Americans know that the religious right doesn’t speak for Christianity”:

The bill would mandate that the “President shall impose 5 or more of the sanctions” to punish any “dealings in Iranian digital currency by a United States person or within the United States are prohibited”:

“Out of 80% girls who acquire education across India, nearly 90% of them are Muslims…. Also, they are in better health as they wash hands five times a day:

“Earlier this month, Israeli authorities have issued a decree barring the Ministry of Health from importing vaccines, starting from the beginning of the year 2019, which put the supply of vaccinations at risk.”

As Iran’s first vice president calls “for proper management to facilitate the release of the goods, to supply country’s basic needs in times of sanctions” …

… that are hurting Iranians badly, even lethally, but people ” blame the American administration more than their own government”:

News and Analysis (12/22/18)

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

For the second year Muslims will “relieve Christian volunteers at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church” to provides”a break for Manna Community Meal volunteers so they can prepare their family’s holiday meals”:

When Islam turns statist: “Once ‘Islam’ is injected into public debates, how citizens interpret their religion is transformed from a private act of faith into a matter of national security”:

Chinese concentration camps, mass slaughter in Myanmar, pogroms in India, mowed down (along with Christians) in Palestine, demonized and persecuted in the U.S. and Europe, and mistreated in the Muslim world:

“Many Iranian ex-pats see the company’s interpretation of sanctions as overly broad, going far beyond the actual restrictions put in place by the US government. ‘They are either incompetent at OFAC interpretation or racist’:

Right-wing extremists in America “and the Middle Eastern despots they say they despise” unite to smear two Muslims and a Palestinian Christian democratically elected to Congress …

… and the “director of Israel outreach” for Turning Point USA tells students to ” reject calls to find unity” with the words “Screw that — I don’t want to live in peace with you, you’re a terrorist” …

… while Israel continues to terrorize the Palestinian, health workers and journalists as “[s]ome 40 Palestinians, including four medics and two journalists, were wounded by Israeli forces in weekly Gaza rallies” …

… and Messianic Jews and “Evangelical Christian partners and their allies in the US Republican Party … [push a plan] to boost the ratio of Jews to non-Jews living in Israel, thus ensuring continued Jewish dominance”:

“Families of the two victims, one a 12-year-old boy, say they won’t give up on justice as those convicted plan appeal”:

A new poll of Palestinians shows about “two thirds are dissatisfied with the reconciliation government, … demand the resignation of president Abbas [and] three quarters … reject] the Trump peace plan”:

“We pose no threat to any country but if the enemies … attack us we will be absolutely aggressive and attack the enemies with all might and we are practicing these tactics in these exercises”:

Slack “had cut off people who weren’t logging on from countries impacted by sanctions or embargoes”:

News and Analysis (12/20/18)

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Rashida Tlaib says, “Muslims were there at the beginning. … Some of our founding fathers knew more about Islam than some members of Congress now”: 

“Shaima Swileh will get on the earliest available flight out of Egypt, using a rare travel waiver granted by the U.S. State Department”:

“We have coordinated with police, military, and Islamic groups to maintain the security, so that Catholics can attend Christmas Masses comfortably and safely” — the security coordinator at Santa Maria Church:

Among his offending posts: “There will never be peace with the monsters in human form known since 1964 as ‘Palestinians.'” In the past he has also posted anti-Semitic attacks on Jews who disagree with him:

Aid will be suspend or cut to 192,000 people “in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip” as aid to the occupying power will be increased:

“Israel has been holding the bodies of more than 250 Palestinians, some of them for more than a decade. Without the return of their remains, their families are unable to proceed with formal burials”:

News and Analysis (12/18/18)

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

“[I]n the wake of Hurricane Harvey … the town of Dickinson, Texas — near Houston — required people who wanted to get Hurricane Harvey relief funds to pledge to not boycott Israel”:

A businessman adds his voice “to a steady chorus of American citizens with Middle Eastern surnames who have seen their bank accounts suddenly frozen or closed with little or no explanation or threatened with both”:

“The present U.S. administration’s policy toward Saudi Arabia’s unelected crown-prince mirrors the 25-year relationship the U.S. had with the unelected shah of Iran.” (And where do you think that might lead?):

In addition to the oppression suffered by Uighurs in the concentration camps, “the Chinese government is … forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries” …

… but “political and economic factors, including concerns about losing out on vast Chinese investments, have kept Pakistan and other Muslim countries silent about the plight in China of fellow Muslims, the Uighurs”:

“My wife’s calling me every day. Wanting to kiss and hold our son. For the one last time. Time is running out”:

“Once celebrated as esteemed experts, they are now branded ‘spies’ and national security “threats” by the state, only because their scientific findings and opinions do not seem to fall in line with the government’s policy plans”:

“[B]lockchain can streamline cumbersome bureaucratic procedures, and that the department [for science and technology] would put its best efforts into enabling and supporting private sector blockchain initiatives” — report:

The only person modern Israel has executed through a judicial process has been Adolph Eichmann; now the apartheid state considers adding capital punishment to the methods by which it kills Palestinians:

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”: