News and Analysis (8/3/18)

Jared Kushner’s bid to destroy UNRWA “is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians”:

As Iran’s FM tweets, “US Navy can’t seem to find its way around our waters. Perhaps because it hasn’t figured out its name: Persian Gulf, as it’s been called for 2,000 yrs longer than US has existed” …

… U.S. vets warn  Trump, “[I]f you believe that there is credible evidence that Iran has an active secret nuclear weapons program, we believe you have been misled. And … the inevitable result [of acting on bad intelligence in this case] will be a great deal worse than the Bush/Cheney debacle in Iraq”:

With gold demand at records and the rial plummeting …

… this is the perfect time for Iran to institute a gold-denominated blockchain currency payable in oil:

“Many believe this is a golden opportunity for Tehran to stroke Trump’s ego and divert him from his path of confrontation by simply giving him a symbolic victory. But … unlike Trump’s other bullying victims – making America look good is often the costliest concession that could be demanded of” Iran:

“Although many use the terms ‘Shariah’ and ‘Islamic law’ interchangeably, they are not the same thing…. Islamic law is the product of human interpretations of Shariah in historical and social contexts and therefore can change in response to new challenges and circumstances”:

Banning the niqab and burqa has the effect of transforming garments that very few Muslim women in the West intended to signify great (perhaps excessive) modesty into much more popular symbols of resistance and self-agency:

“Iranian authorities should immediately release eight environmental activists detained for six months unless they can immediately charge them with recognizable crimes and produce evidence to justify their continued detention”:

“This could have easily bounced the other way on different facts and should not give misplaced comfort to those considering having only a religious marriage conducted here in the U.K.” – Anne-Marie Hutchinson, “one of Britain’s leading family lawyers” …

… while in India, the High Court rules, “The right of maintenance and right in the matrimonial property… are very much an integral part of the decree of dissolution of marriage. Hence, they are required to be considered even if at times such reliefs are not asked for”:

“The Queer Muslim Project is holding a ‘Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Islam’ workshop in Delhi that will be a space for LGBTQ and queer Muslims to explore their feelings and experiences of Islam, both good and bad”:

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