News and Analysis (12/27/15)

“Another way of thinking about it is Christianity had a seven-century head-start on Islam, and Islam is finally catching up” — Alan Cooperman, Pew director of religion research:

The air strike killing of the rebel leader who had promised the evacuation convoy safe passage – delays the U.N. plan “to try to end nearly five years of civil war and it appealed to the warring parties not to allow events on the ground to derail the process”:

“Did we ever think that, instead of enemies, an albeit small group from within the Islamic world using the language of Islam, would present it as the religion of killing, violence, whips, extortion and injustice?”

“The project of a statist, authoritarian Caliphate is the single greatest obstacle to Muslim unity. The politicization of Islam immediately transforms the joy of cooperative action into hostile—even violent—disagreement, dividing and harming the people and places we mean to help”:

“The attacks coincided with both Christmas Day and the Muslim feast day commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad with t]he French Council of the Muslim … expressing its sadness that it took place on ‘a day of prayer for both Muslims and Christians'”:

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, “which split from main Muslim rebel group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front … after the MILF opened a peace process with the government confirmed they were behind the raids but had said it was over an unspecified land dispute”:

“Palestinian Christians … receive no tolerance or mercy from the Israeli occupation. Their land has been confiscated, their houses have been destroyed, and they have been subjected to daily humiliation on checkpoints when they travel. Same discriminatory measures for everyone”:

Zionists will not permit local democracy in Britain to stand in the way of forcing local governments to do business with the apartheid state:

For Rana Abdelhamid, “a master’s student of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government … self-defense is one way to empower women because, she says, it gives them agency over their bodies”:

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