Archive for February, 2019

News and Analysis (2/16/19)

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

The man who happens also to be the personal attorney of the President of the USA, suggested that peace in the Middle East “would only come when Iran was ruled instead by his clients,… an exile group of former terrorists”:

With the FMs “of three Arab countries … harshly attacking Iran and defending Israel, and in one case saying that confronting the Islamic Republic is more pressing than solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” …

… sharing “the stage with an Israeli prime minister at a summit that didn’t even pretend to address the Palestinian issue clearly signaled that autocratic Arab rulers have openly abandoned the Palestinians”:

Washington decision-makers seeking  to affect the future of Iran court disaster if they fail “to understand that the Iranian regime is extremely complex and that there is immense diversity among the Iranian people”:

Judges unanimously “rejected US claims the case should be thrown out because Iran had ‘unclean hands’ from alleged links to ‘terrorism’, and the international tribunal in The Hague did not have jurisdiction”:

“An assignment or presentation may be poorly phrased, but it does not rise to the level of being unconstitutional unless it’s part of a clear pattern”:

“[E]viction may amount to a forcible transfer, which is a grave breach of the fourth Geneva Convention”:

“Armed with video cameras and donning blue vests, the activists say they will replace the Temporary International Presence in Hebron” …

“Movement and life in the West Bank are governed by the whims of the Israeli security apparatus, which has set up hundreds of checkpoints, gates, … barriers, forbidden and segregated roads and … [an] apartheid wall”:

“We represent Islam … that is … tolerant, liberal, plural, and even accept some of the values of the west” –Anwar Ibrahim:

“The Iranian government is engaging with blockchain startups that are laying what could be the groundwork for a new token ecosystem” …

… but while “[s[ome recent media reports claim that Iran has /launched’ a state cryptocurrency based on gold called the Peyman. What really is happening, however, is less dramatic”:

News and Analysis (2/13/19)

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

“Although the Trump v. Hawaii decision was a setback, the Supreme Court did not settle the question of whether the ban violates the Establishment Clause in that decision”:

“[C]ontributions from AIPAC members [have] often constituted roughly ten to fifteen per cent of a typical congressional campaign budget,” but there was no stopping the “cascade of charges that Omar is anti-Semitic” …

… and the “critic who provoked … [Omar’s] tweet … ironically charged that Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and Tom Steyer, prominent wealthy Jewish-Americans, were trying to ‘buy’ the election”:

From Christians and Muslims, from liberals and conservatives, comes widespread horror at the Supreme Court decision to prefer the convenience of executioners over freedom of religion:

“The Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) provided hotel rooms for all 28 residents of Tent City 4, an encampment in Issaquah”:

The author of Islam for the Politically Incorrect argues that Joram van Klaveren’s conversion to Islam less like a vegan becoming a carnivore and more like “a committed soda drinker switching from Coca Cola to Pepsi“:

A Palestinian and an Israeli advocate “a shared struggle against powerful institutions and systems of violence” instead of a coexistence between “white saviors” and their “black/brown victims”:

“Muslim women have always interpreted the call for modest clothing in diverse ways, with styles that allows for personal creativity and social commentary”:

The photographer says her “picture was for her people and not for ‘men in Washington'”:

News and Analysis (2/10/19)

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

In a 5-4 vote the Supreme Court denied a Circuit Court’s wish to  hear the condemned Muslim’s plea for religious equality “with little briefing and no argument — just so the State can meet its preferred execution date”:

Musawwsah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, has produced a video on why it is essential to distinguish between “Shari’ah, Fiqh and State Laws”:

“There is no room for the government in a woman’s closet” — National Council of Canadian Muslims Montreal representative Razia Hamidi:

Muslims in America and Turkey oppose Chinese concentration camps:

Sunni’s initial reaction that “the tyrants can be brought down,” was succeeded by “divisions … inflamed by the sectarian bloodshed that followed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Syria’s long civil war and the regional rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia:

The Muslim ban inadvertently helped a Muslim woman filmmaker break Hollywood barriers:

Although Shahid  Shafi calls the  139-49 vote “to keep [him] as one of the party’s vice chairmen” … a stand ‘against bigotry of all kinds,'” he insists, “I hold no animosity toward anybody in this group”:

News and Analysis (2/7/19)

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

“[H]alfway through writing an anti-Islam book[, t]he work ‘became a refutation of objections non-Muslims have’ against the religion”:

“American weapons sold to the Saudi-led coalition are in the hands of hardline militias, al Qaeda-linked groups, Iranian proxies and numerous other unchecked factions in Yemen’s civil war”:

“A three-judge panel of judges” overcame its reticence to judge prison procedures because “looks substantially likely to us that Alabama has run afoul of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment”:

“Despite the diversity of cultures and traditions, the Christian and Islamic world appreciate and protect common values: life, family, religious sense, honor for the elderly, the education of young people, and still other things”:

“If you were being threatened with a needle of hallucinogenic drugs [hovering] above your arm, you would also confess to whatever they wanted you to confess”:

It is not known if any of “several dual citizens with Western nationality [held] on allegations of threatening national security … will be” among the pardoned:

“Local commanders told CNN … that the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates are using U.S. weapons as currency to buy off different factions and militias in the Yemeni conflict – including Iranian-backed fighters”:

“On Aug. 19, 2013, the CIA publicly admitted for the first time its involvement in the 1953 coup against Iran’s elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh”:

News and Analysis (2/4/19)

Monday, February 4th, 2019

“Iran hopes to develop and implement the free circulation of fiat-backed crypto, which could be used by ordinary citizens and banks in financial operations”:

Omar, “one of only two members of Congress to openly support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, serves as a member of the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee”:

“Leaders said the group is self-funded and used donations to purchase the cars and navy blue uniforms for its members, many of whom are involved with the Muslim Community Centre in Sunset Park”:

Concerns over the return to power of a supporter of the MEK terrorists, a supporter of “enhanced interrogation,” and a man “convicted of lying to Congress over “illegal financing of Nicaragua’s Contra rebels”:

A strong central government, exclusion of Muslims and Christians from an otherwise broad definition of “Hindu,” protection of cows contribute to the disadvantage of religious minorities and outcasts:

Populations of Muslim majority countries have a more favorable view of Christianity than the population of Christian majority countries have of Islam:

The Iraqi president “said on Monday that the US … should stick to fighting terrorism and not pursue other agendas”:

The OIC called Israel’s “decision to suspend operations of an international observer force in the city of Hebron, after 20 years … a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and the international law”:

News and Analysis (2/2/19)

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

“I believe that art in the face of censorship is like water in the face of a stone. The water will find a way to flow around it” — Asghar Farhadi:

A federal judge’s denial of a stay of execution because the man is denied the presence of a Muslim religious adviser in the death chamber is the equivalent of denying a Catholic the last rites of the Church:

There is “a growing generational divide … pitting an old guard of stalwart supporters of Israel against an ascendant wing of young liberals — including many young Jews” critical of Israeli human rights violations:

After “a Tel Aviv event sponsored by U.S.”, “IAEA calls pressure on Iran monitoring ‘extremely harmful’”:

“I reported on everything people did….  … [A] long beard or some religious text on your phone, … [having studied] abroad or .. a long-distance phone call with someone overseas … could all land you in detention”:

With the Iran Venezuela Bi-National Bank, Iran tied its fortunes to a loser due to “low volumes of bilateral trade, problems of transparency, currency fluctuations and Venezuela’s aversion to using hard currency:

“The founder of Tell MAMA and director of Faith Matters says that not “all Muslims in [the Birmingham] area would object to a school’s project that challenges bigotry”:

The “ban on dog walking is not being taken very seriously,” according to one owner who said, “Teddy and I walk in a park in the Shahram neighborhood everyday, and the police are actually very friendly to us”: