Archive for October, 2019

News and Analysis (10/31/19)

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

President Trump praises a military dog that helped corner Al-Bhagdadi, but has, also, used (like a dog)” as an insult:

“The main problem is not with the test itself, but with the fact the test is implying that immigrants have a problem when it comes to our values” — Haroun Bouazzi, of the Association of Muslims and Arabs for Laicity:

Non-Muslims fail to see the orientalist stereotypes and few think “of Jeannie as coming from any particular region religion or place … in the world, even though she is continually visiting Baghdad”:

“A T M Azharul Islam … would become the sixth Islamist leader to be hanged for their role in the war, which saw Bangladesh break away from Pakistan after a nine-month conflict”:

Sanders’ pitches an end the Israel-Palestinian conflict to J Street:

A new film refutes the historical revisionism of “a handful of U.S. and Iranian politicians, academics, think tankers, and pundits who … [aim] to absolve the United States of responsibility for toppling Mosaddeq.:

Iran blamed Washington for the rise of ISIS saying that extremism thrives because of “military-intelligence policies, plundering oil and supporting tyranny”:

Is France’s war on headscarf that divides the country, an attack on freedom?:


News and Analysis (10/29/19)

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

CAIR demands release of evidence after attorneys filed an affidavit by an witness “who was in the warehouse at the time of the shooting, that said Abdullah didn’t have a gun and was shot while he was on his back”:

Instead of reporting their claimed suspicions of child abuse to the principal or child protection services, a teacher and student teacher questioned the boy about his religion and patriotism and strip searched him:

“The death “of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a raid by a U.S. Joint Special Operations Forces Command task force … shows that the United States does not need to have troops on the ground in order to deal with jihadist and other threats emanating from Syria”:

Assad had “nothing to gain and everything to lose … [unlike] the Al Qaeda-linked extremist group Jaysh-al Islam and the incredibly shady narrative management operation known as the White Helmets”:

We “destroyed a nation, destabilized a region, ravaged … religious minority communities, empowered … radicals, expanded Iran’s influence, and triggered sectarian strife that consumed hundreds of thousands of lives”:

“The victims, aged 74 and 78, were both hospitalised and one of them remains in intensive care after a bullet pierced his throat…” One was allegedly shot “at point-blank range”:

Israeli field-testing surveillance “technology on Palestinians who live under military occupation and therefore have no choice in the matter” is clearly misuse and abuse:

“[T]he number of immigrant visas issued to Muslim countries affected by the travel ban” decreased significantly while those “issued per month to the non-Muslim countries in the ban virtually remained unchanged” …

… but thanks to Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s office and the Yemeni American Merchants Association one immigrant family is among those who made it through:

“The idea for a joint declaration had been proposed to the pope by Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, an Israeli medical ethics expert”:

News and Analysis (10/27/19)

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Trump thanked “Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, as well as Kurdish fighters in Syria for their support”:

When the Fourth Amendment is not observed when it comes to citizens from the Middle East:

Would the Mardi Gras of 2023 shine light on the extent of the acceptance of the idea of queer among Muslim communities:

Why Bernie Sanders enjoys wide supports among Muslims community:

In Pakistan political Islamists plan a million person march to protest reform of the Islamic schools …

… while in Britain Islamic schools top the list of best schools, proving that with hard work and dedication, all children can achieve their utmost:

Her fastest 5K of the season didn’t count because her coach failed to submit” a religious exemption waiver, and officials failed to give her a warning as required by the OHSAA’s cross country rule guidebook:

Would lifting sanctions on Iran empower Tehran and pave the way for a strong ally for creating stability in the region and eliminating the role of Russia in the area?:

Malaysia to open embassy in Jordan accredited to Palestine:

News and Analysis (10/25/19)

Friday, October 25th, 2019

One demonstrator says, “The current system has done nothing for us,” and another, a lawyer, calls for a new constitution”:

“It’s been over six months since the defendants, including the FBI, the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security, received the FOIA request, without a single disclosure”:

Tragedies deepen Jewish-Muslim bonds to fight hate crimes:

Media Anti-Muslim rhetoric fuels bullying and hate crimes in schools …

… and anti-Muslim hate crimes inspired Muslim students to turn to programs that provide the tools to be successful leaders:

In addition to outreach to Muslim voters and a balanced view on the Palestinian issue Sanders is the first major party presidential candidate to appoint a Muslim campaign manager:

The abrupt U.S. withdrawal leaves Syrian Kurds to turn to Baghdad, Tehran and Moscow for help against the Turkish invasion though they are no more inclined towards Kurdish self-rule than Istanbul or Washington …

… as Trump pushes “uncompromising unilateralism, the rest of the world has made clear its desire for a rules-based order grounded in multilateralism, as evident in efforts to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal”:

“Though Washington and Tehran are at odds in many other places, their interests are not mutually exclusive in Afghanistan”:

Two very different Muslim women challenge gender stereotypes through art:

“Imagine having to crawl on all fours to get to a university lecture on time — and you’re the professor. Well, it happened in Nablus”:

News And Analysis (10/23/19)

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Have Lebanon’s decades-long and now Iraq’s sectarian power-sharing systems come to hamper democracy?:

Trump is not pulling U.S. troops out from the Mideast, he is just strategically relocating them around the ragion:

Education is a victim of politics, as Iranian students’ visa application revoked:

A survivor of China’s concentration camps “was forced to watch as other Muslim women were gang-raped by guards; she says that inmates who expressed disgust or outrage were led away and never seen again” …

… yet Indonesia’s two largest Muslim groups are still undecided whether China is engaged in human rights abuses or just reasonable measures against separatism:

Despite the persecution they face from bigots who mistake them for Muslims, “Sikhs … have consistently refused to throw the Muslim community under the bus by simply distancing themselves from Islam”:

“An initial investigation by the government revealed that … Baddya’s Facebook account had been hacked by Muslim attackers, who then blackmailed the 25-year-old before posting the blasphemous comments”:

Notwithstanding Trump’s professions that Saudis should pay for their own defense, Esper wants to bill NATO for defense of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region:

“Settlement leaders ignore violence by settlers against Palestinians and even policemen, denouncing it only when the people attacked are soldiers”:

“The Palestinian Authority is afraid that the press exposes corruption, which may lead to a popular explosion similar to what is happening in Lebanon'” — Ahmad Zoabar, union representative:

News and Analysis (10/21/19)

Monday, October 21st, 2019

When Tehran became a haven for both Jewish and Catholic Polish refugees coming from Soviet Central Asia in World War II:

At least four died and fifty were injured from “clashes with police that broke out over a social media post. A derogatory remark about the Prophet Muhammad prompted scores of Muslims to take to the streets”:

“The Muslim Council of Hong Kong has appealed for calm, saying the city’s biggest mosque was not police’s intended target when their water cannons sprayed its entrance with blue dye on Sunday”:

Iran announces the secondary part of the Arak heavy water reactor facility to be operational as early as the next three weeks, adding that the circuit will not violate the world nuclear program deal:

“Police and Israeli army say no arrests were made because assailants managed to flee the scene” …

… but when Israeli settlers “beat Palestinians or damage their property, no effective investigation is conducted. Even worse, soldiers are often filmed watching such violence from a distance without getting involved”:

The story of this woman who took care of herself emphasizes the view that Islamic women should rely “on God and not on men” and on the pilgrimage “men and women alike … follow in the footsteps of a brown slave woman”:

A local prayer leader says his fellow imams “should care and take care of the community, fix the problems in it and unfortunately, domestic violence is a part of that”:

Insisting the regional “tension is not sectarian … [but] rather … a power and influence struggle in the region” Qatar’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lolwah al-Khater said regional issues must be resolved by regional actors …

… but despite signs of improved relations between Iran and the United Arab Emirates …

… Israel thinks that the Gulf states with which it is meeting are more interested in confronting Iran than in defending Palestinians:

News and Analysis (10/19/19)

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Despite recent hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two regional rivalry sine 1979, the two are systematically measuring their behavior to avoid a military confrontation …

… and Iranian quiet reaction to the October 11 attack on the Iranian tanker shows that Iran wants to de-escalate tension and confrontations:

Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian reached an agreement that is supposed to help the Palestinian overcome the financial crisis as Israel holds millions of dollars monthly from custom duties owed to the PA:

Washington’s interventionists want “the US in Syria indefinitely as proof of our ‘credibility’ to fight everybody’s war … [but] the prolonged war agenda would not seem to do anybody in the region any good, including the US” …

… but Trump’s so-called “withdrawal has so far meant moving soldiers from one part of Syria to another so that Turkish forces could invade” and he says about 1,000 troops “will be sent elsewhere in the Middle East“:

“Izetbegovic outlined three integral views of the world, being the ‘religious’, ‘materialistic’ and ‘Islamic'” and for him, “Islam is the name for the “unity of spirit and matter”, the highest form of which are humans”:

“The US media demonises other cultures and people like Mexicans or Muslims. Iran does this too—both countries use the image of the enemy to distract their citizens from their internal problems”:

The “Trump Organization canceled an event sponsored by a different anti-Muslim group” less than two weeks ago, yet now the Center for Security Policy is scheduled to host “its annual Flame Dinner at Mar-a-Lago”:

“[F]ascists who have developed … a specific way to carry out and publicize the attacks. Eighty-eight people have been killed in these six attacks alone, which have taken place in the United States, Germany and New Zealand”:

Ignore the “America First” slogan, Bibi; Pompeo assures Israel’s besieged PM that this administration will continue to subsume America’s interests to those of the Israeli right:

“How many times did I ignore another group that has been treated badly, and now that it’s me, I’m showing up? That opened my eyes”:

News and Analysis (10/17/19)

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

“The Court rejects a student’s argument that by requiring her to accurately know what belief defines a Muslim the school was forcing her to adopt that belief”:

“Giuliani is not registered as a foreign lobbyist, as he would be required to do if he were being paid to lobby the U.S. government on a policy matter for a foreign interest”:

“Muslims in Kashmir may find themselves in a Xinjiang-style dystopia thanks to Chinese technology and Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalism”:

“During his speech at the Nobel Banquet, Salam quoted the Koran. The film portrays Salam’s unwavering dedication, in the face of testing circumstances, to three things: his physics, his faith and his nationality”:

A 26-year-old Palestinian woman engaged in a rare coexistence between nationalism and feminism:

Kurds “have been loyal U.S. allies and don’t deserve to be slaughtered by Turkey” …

… The history of the intricate political triangle of Iran, Iraq, and Turkish Kurds shows things need not have gone as they have …:

… Now, will the Rojava Kurds Political model influence others in the region?

When the US military withdrawal from the Middle East is the safest path to stability in the region:

A rabbi “wounded in his head and limbs … call[s] ed on the law enforcement agencies to … these violent criminals to justice” to put an end to this “almost daily reality … of the occupation”: …

… as evidenced by IDF violence in support of terrorist settlers:

“NYC Ferry said the incident was a ‘misunderstanding’ and reimbursed the fare for the complainants after “conceding that the proffered reason was false,” according to the complaint …

News and Analysis (10/14/19)

Monday, October 14th, 2019

“SAUDI ARABIA MAY be this country’s top arms customer, but we are not their protector and our military forces are not their mercenaries”:

“[A]s the US draws back from the Middle East, the countries of the region are increasingly getting caught up in risky foreign interventions” …

… and even as he defends his Syrian withdrawal, “Trump has endorsed the idea of sanctioning Turkey for its attack on the primarily-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, which allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS”:

Iran government spokesman Ali Rabei has said Tehran is `avoiding haste, carefully examining what has happened and probing facts’ into the apparent attack on one of its tankers in the Red Sea on October 11″ …

… as Pakistan PM Imran Khan in a mission to mitigate tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia …

… and “the UAE itself has never pointed the finger of blame at Iran for [the attack on Saudi oil industry]. Instead, it sent navy officers to meet their counterparts in Iran”:

After 70 days incommunicado, Kashmiris get partial relief, but not for Internet, VOIP, landline, or prepaid phone services:

Iran has realised that its inefficient and corrupt managers endanger the political system more than foreign enemies do”:

British Museum highlights the East-West cultural exchange and the Islamic influence in European culture:

A Mossad official was quoted saying that assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was “Not impossible”:

US steps up trade pressure on China over Uighur oppression:

“Israeli police … in the East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood … were caught on camera complaining that there was no purpose to an ongoing police operation … other than deliberately provoking … residents” …

… yet, “President Donald Trump’s civil rights chief in the Department of Education, Kenneth L Marcus, it seems, is now leading a campaign to make all US universities Israel-friendly”:

News and Analysis (10/12/19)

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Despite U.S. pressure …

“Turkey has vowed to push forward with its offensive targeting Kurdish forces in Syria despite continued international criticism” …

… even though some ISIS detainees escaped from prison and “women affiliated with Isis attacked security offices with sticks and stones during unrest at a camp in the region where Turkey has launched attacks”:

After two months, “around 4 million post-paid cellphone connections will be restored in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, … [but] internet services will remain suspended for now” …

… and opposition leaders ask how local elections taken seriously or India trusted amid a communication shutdown when “most of the state’s political leaders in detention” …

… while India’s home minister says Modi has warned America’s president against speaking up on India’s occupation of Kashmir because it is an “internal matter” [!]:

Many of the estimated 1.5 million Uighur Muslims and other minorities detained in China are sentenced in a closed court trial and charged for religious practices called serious disturbance of the normal religious order:

Those who insist that antipathy for what Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek have called “the Jewish State in the Levant” is any more anti-Semitic than antipathy for ISIL is anti-Muslim don’t recognize their own bigotry:

Iranian women in attendance enjoyed a 14-0 home team win, but “Tehran has yet to announce that they will be granted unrestricted access to all matches”:

Rejecting Zamiruddin Shah’s “fervent wish that Muslims … hand over the disputed land to Hindus for construction of Ram temple as a goodwill gesture [to] ensure communal harmony and peace in the country”:

“We refuse to engage with a party that has made hate and division a central element of its platform — but more importantly, that 98 to 99 per cent of Canadians are rejecting as per the most recent polling”: