Archive for May, 2019

News and Analysis (5/20/19)

Monday, May 20th, 2019

“Trump’s supporters and other advocates of a more restrained foreign policy seem inclined to blame the president’s advisers more than they do the president himself” …

… but “John Bolton wants regime change in Iran, and so does the cult that paid him” …

… while Rep. Ruben Gallego attributes what “he described as a false narrative [to] national security adviser John Bolton and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)”:

That Republicans and Democrats “answer differently even though they had equal knowledge of our numerical nomenclature … means that the question is about knowledge or ignorance … [and also] prejudice”:

Muslim voter turnout in four key swing states jumped 25 percentage points from the 2014 to the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new study released by the Muslim political advocacy group Emgage”:

Among the reasons “Israel and the US are hell-bent on targeting Iran at this juncture” is the forthcoming announcement Trump/Kushner’s “farcical attempt to resolve the longstanding Israel-Palestine conflict” …

… which for Palestinians rejects everything “from the law to the agreements, to the basic requirements of peace to the components of any viable peace process” and “shows a lack of understanding of the issues”:

As keen as Israel may be on seeing a war with Iran, they would prefer the U.S. do the fighting:

Failing to live up to her pledge to speak “out against violations of human rights [anywhere] in the world” does nothing to refute Primal Scream’s  Bobby Gillespie’s charge that her appearance is an act of prostitution:

News and Analysis (5/17/19)

Friday, May 17th, 2019

American allies are skeptical …

… and among the few nations siding with Bolton’s designs on Iran are Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates …

… with the Saudis accusing the Houtis of retaliating against their oil industry for the reign of death they have poured upon Yemen and demand Washington start a war with Iran in return …

… but Iran’s U.N. ambassador “told ‘Face the Nation’ moderator Margaret Brennan on Thursday[,] …’I believe that President Trump does not want war'”:

As Sens. Lindsey Graham and Patrick Leahy have “great concern” about the administration’s military move and some legislators want an explanation of intelligence “about Iran that warranted the quick deployment” …

… and Congressional committee chairs warn Pompeo of “the perils of ignoring and ‘cherry-picking’ intelligence in foreign policy and national security decisions” …

… “top national security officials [are] to brief Congress on escalating tensions with Iran, agreeing to multiple meetings intended to head off growing frustration with the president and his senior advisers:

“The Jewish yarmulke and Sikh patka are not included in the new measure”:

“God has asked me to do and what the U.S. Constitution allows me to do. My hope is that as a government agency, the Georgia Department of Corrections will do the right thing”:

No ambulance “driver was willing to risk breaking the curfew” but thanks to a Muslim cab driver “she gave birth to a healthy baby boy who she has named ‘Shanti’ – a name which denotes peace prevailing over conflict”:

“Europe must … not leave everything in the hands of a ‘reckless driver’ who is preparing to drive off a cliff, the Palestinian foreign minister has said” of plan that amounts “to the return of colonialism”:

News and Analysis (5/14/19)

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

“More professional journalists have been imprisoned, often with life sentences, in Turkey than any other nation in the world”:

Bolton envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East” but the new plans “do not call for a land invasion of Iran, which would require vastly more troops” …

… but Pompeo’s “push for a united transatlantic front against Tehran and its nuclear program … failed to bend attitudes among leaders who fear that the United States and Iran are inching toward war” …

… one “possible reason to hold a meeting of senior White House officials at Langley is if there is disagreement about what the intelligence shows on a particular subject” (as with Dick Cheney on Iraq) …

… as politicization of a report on Iran’s arms control compliance has raised fears that Trump’s advisers may be using “bogus and exaggerated intelligence” as Bush’s advisers did re: the 2003 invasion of Iraq” …

… and the head of Iran’s National Security Foreign Policy Committee condemns the recently reported attacks on commercial shipping, blaming unnamed third parties and has demanded the perpetrators be identified” …

… There has never been a better opportunity for Donald Trump to employ his famous catchphrase, “You’re fired!”:

Iranian “officials have vowed to adopt better monetary and fiscal policies in order to protect the public from the recession. But … Iran needs to continue buying and selling goods, and earning hard currency”:

The “barriers placed on women to enjoin in spiritual practices crucial to their lives and their interpretation of their faith … [belongs not] to one particular faith but instead one particular gender”:

Trump wished Muslims “Ramadan Karim” after misrepresenting Rashida Tlaib’s comments calling for a safe haven for Jews …

… She actually said: “I want a safe haven for Jews. … [M]y ancestors … had to suffer for that to happen, but I will not turn my back and allow others to hijack it … because they’re coming from a place of… division, inequality” …

… while an imam is smeared after praying we be not deterred by “hatred that has claimed the lives of innocent worshipers across the world, but emboldened by the love that gathered them together to remember you”:

When the Ramadan fast ends this June, Muslims are supposed to feast, but thanks to Israel, Egypt, and the U.S., the Gazans may not be able to:

News and Analysis (5/12/19)

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

“According to the UN, more Palestinians have been displaced in East Jerusalem in the first four months of 2019 than in all of 2018: 193 displaced persons, compared to 176”:

For Jared Kushner “to claim [Palestinians] have received more aid than any group in history ignores the fact that Israel has received far more, year after year, just from the United States”:

It smacks of idolatry, and one Palestinian intellectual calls the booklet’s distribution suited for tyrannical regimes saying, “we should educate our children on the values of liberty, dignity, criticism, freedom of expression”:

“The deployment of a US aircraft carrier to Iran’s regional waters is nothing but psychological warfare and part of a plan to intimidate Tehran, the head of the Revolutionary Guards Corps” told parliament behinds closed-doors”:

“Iran’s parliament struck a blow for women’s rights by overwhelmingly voting to confer citizenship on children born to an Iranian mother and foreign father”:

“‘Call me,’ Donald Trump said to Iran’s leaders on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, a top commander in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said no”:

News and Analysis (5/9/19)

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

“Nearly one third of coalition airstrikes have targeted civilians in schools, hospitals, and markets”:

Rouhani warned that if Europe can’t rescue “the nuclear deal by restarting oil trade with Iran” within 60 days, Iran will “build up stockpiles of low enriched uranium and heavy water, which is used in nuclear reactors”:

On Sunday, National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that U.S. warships had been dispatched to the Arabian Peninsula in response to unspecified threats from Iran …

… and, no surprise, “intelligence gathered by Israel, primarily by the Mossad intelligence agency, is understood to be part of the reason for Bolton’s announcement” …

… with “Israel regularly bombing Iranian proxies in Syria, and Saudis going after Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen[, t]hey are perceived as U.S. proxy attacks whether Washington knows about/green-lights them or not” …

… and Bolton wants “confrontation—because he believes … that these other regimes are our enemies; that our power outweighs theirs immensely; and that, therefore, we must impose our will while we still can.”:

Two State Deptartment veterans (a Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) explain:

“[W]hen it comes to all aid, Israel has received more aid than the Palestinians, even on a per-capita basis, according to U.S. government data”:

“Fear of retaliation was so great that one woman “stopped taking breaks to perform ablutions before prayer, [broke] her Ramadan fast, and even stopped going to the bathroom”:

News and Analysis (5/6/19)

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Committed to a policy of bellow loudly and carry a big stick, Bolton brings war with a Iran a step closer …

… “‘pushing the U.S. toward disaster’ in spite of the Trump’s campaign promise not to get involved in expensive foreign wars”:

Cuba and Iran in the 1950s, Syria, Libya and Iraq more recently, when will the U.S. ever learn?

Alejandro Beutel’s analysis unveils the techniques by which white nationalists shift the window of acceptable conversation to permit open antisemitism and Islamophobia and recruit young people:

The judge found that “[w]hile the violation of [JamilAl-Amin’s] right not to testify was ‘serious and repeated,’ … she was constrained by the ‘onerous standards’ imposed by the law and Supreme Court case law”:

A convert asked his parents concerned about his conversion “to read a chapter in the Quran about Mary and Jesus.” He says, “That gave them a different perspective of Islam”:

“Palestinian officials said an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement was reached with Israel on Monday to end a recent surge of violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel” …

…in which “[f]our Israelis and 23 Palestinians, including two pregnant woman and an infant, were killed … along the border on Friday”:

One of the ten demonstrators repeatedly shouted that “Roger Waters hates Jews” because the co-founder of rock band Pink Floyd “while on a music tour in Israel … was appalled by the conditions Palestinians must endure”:

The free market rushes in to meet needs to which the broader culture is indifferent:

“I have never been to a country where so many people are so genuinely pleased – and grateful – you have decided to visit”:

News and Analysis (5/3/19)

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

[K]nowing someone who is Muslim [correlates] with more favorable attitudes toward Muslims. … An even more powerful factor … is knowing something about Islam”:

The attempt by “three anonymous Jewish students” to prevent free speech on campus was foiled by “a Suffolk Superior Court judge … [who] ruled there was no cause to prohibit the speeches before they happen”:

Successful reform requires an end to state interference, for “French Muslims to build religious organizations in accordance with the Law on non-profit organizations of 1901, and … [to] organize themselves”:

Najaf’s “colleges are free of state interference, unlike those in Qom. And it is the seat of the most popular Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani … [who] champions the separation of mosque and state”:

Experts “experts warn would make the United States less safe and end up victimizing American Muslims to curry favor with authoritarian allies” through “guilt by association” with a “diffuse … ‘huge’ array of … charities”:

A “devout Muslim who dresses in full hijab, along with an opaque face veil covering everything but her eyes” finds carrying a Glock 19 after “being robbed at gunpoint back in 2015… makes her feel safer”:

After telling “her tenant to find an ‘American person … good like you and me’ to sublease her property instead of a Muslim father and son seeking to open their second restaurant” she will pay the victims $675,000 to settle:

“Back in 2010, … customers … [who] withdraw their foreign currency deposits from Iranian banks, … could only get their deposits back in rials …worth far less than the original foreign currency deposits”:

“SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah is seeking more than $1 million in damages against The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, who hasn’t responded to Obeidallah’s libel lawsuit”:

News and Analysis (5/1/19)

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

The argument that Islam is not a religion has “nothing to do with a philosophical interrogation of ‘religion’ generally” but is actually about “depriving Muslims of rights”:

Churches that “held solidarity events with the [Muslims] after the Christchurch shootings” have been targeted for pamphlets proclaiming “Islam is the enemy, this is a declaration of war, this is them versus us”:

“In the 1960s, … the Brotherhood formally codified its opposition to violence in a tract titled, ‘Preachers, Not Judges'” and “there has been no evidence since then that the … organization … has engaged in violence”:

“In 1991 [SIS] published … Are Women & Men Equal Before Allah? that advocated the message of equality in Islam, and Are Muslim Men Allowed to Beat Their Wives?” in support criminalizing domestic violence”:

“They will be forced out of public spaces to stay at home and will be unable to work, study or access basic services. The ban violates their rights to non-discrimination, freedom of expression and religion”:

“Competition between Iraq’s two main external backers polarizes its politics and paralyzes day-to-day operations. … It must reduce its binary dependency on Washington and Tehran”:

The “Pakistani national anthem is almost entirely in Persian. …  Prominent Pakistanis such as the country’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and its first president Iskander Mirza, were Shia Muslims”:

“Can someone explain why Palestinian deaths at the hands of illegal Israeli settlers and IDF terrorists is not news?”