News and Analysis (6/15/14)

“The condemnations revive a long-standing debate among conservatives as well as militants about the rectitude of the world’s most popular sport”, but “the late Osama Bin Laden, Hamas’ Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh and Hezbollah chief sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, … are avid soccer fans”:

“A number of towns have been retaken from the rebels, but they still control the key cities of Tikrit and Mosul” …

… and while “there is no short term solution for radical politics…. [P]roper process is key in social change. With the exception of Tunisia, current attempts at limiting the power of Islamist movements have been so far undemocratic and consequently counterproductive”:

Techniques of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that modern educators would do well to emulate are “tailoring instruction to their specific needs and abilities” of the student, “the use of questions, dialogue, metaphor and analogy in order to develop critical and creative competencies”, and “lived experience”:

Jon Stewart mocks Fox News for insisting Bowe Berghdal’s father is “a high ranking Taliban official” because he tells his son to “ follow his conscience”….

… while Bowe’s writings indicate that as he planned his alleged desertion he was contemplating, not the Qur`an, but Islamophobe Pamela Geller’s preferred scripture, Atlas Shrugged:

Although “the majority of Muslim scholars agree that a woman is not obliged to wear the face veil … but believe that it is up to women to decide whether to cover her face,” militants “have rounded up around 100 women and ordered them to comply with a strict Islamic dress code or risk” a whipping …

… in the UK, Muslim women come together to  discuss “[f]eminism, political revolution and ‘honor based’ violence…. They “run anti-war campaigns, are protest artists, establish women’s refuges and girls’ schools, and assert their rights to decide themselves whether to wear traditional religious clothing”:

“The incident tests ties between Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which were frayed by his power-sharing deal in April with Hamas … [and] coincides with a hunger strike by some 300 Palestinian prisoners protesting against detention without trial”:

The UK ruled out any military intervention in Baghdad, but provides “an initial £3m in emergency aid to help civilians fleeing the Islamist insurgency in Iraq, the government has said” with a package that includes “clean water, medicine and protection for vulnerable women” …

… while Rouhani denies Iran has “sent troops to fight in Iraq. However, an Iraqi source told the BBC that 130 Iranian Revolutionary Guards had entered the country to provide military training and advice”:

“Predictably, some anti-Muslim reaction has appeared, … [but t]hanks to all the free publicity, Saffron Road’s sales shot up by 300 percent during that Ramadan”:

“Several prominent Muslim-American leaders [who] they believe homosexual acts are sins … also believe Muslim communities should not ostracize gays.” A Brandeis Muslim chaplain said “God created them. God gave them freedom to choose this way. Who am I to tell someone what they should do?”

 

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