News and Analysis (8/19/18)

“[T]he rites of Hajj are believed to ultimately trace the footsteps of the prophets Ibrahim and Ismail, or Abraham and Ishmael as they are named in the Bible”:

Does attending a session with the words “Israeli aggression” in the title at a time when Israelis killed over 2100 mostly civilians that saw only 72 Israeli mostly soldiers die make one an anti-Semite …

… or is it a distraction from the fact that the slaughter continues even now?

Should Hong Kong copy the EU’s “‘blocking statute’ that forbids Europeans from complying with American sanctions on Iran, protects them from US court decisions and allows them to recover damages arising from the enforcement of sanctions”?

“In the US, the Muslim Women’s Alliance … aims ‘to empower Muslim women’ … [saying that] its core values of integrity, generosity, compassion and leadership “are defined by our Islamic ideals”:

Contrary to its intentions, the Saudi-lead “obsession with Qatar is having the opposite effect—it is, naturally, forcing Doha into closer relations with Tehran as a means of mitigating the negative economic consequences of the continued blockade”:

After the state received a complaint that she was defending a woman who removed her hijab, she was arrested to serve a previously unannounced five-year sentence issued against her in absentia” two years ago on a national security charge:

“It’s just an example of the tone-deaf Iran policy of this administration” — “Barbara Slavin, the director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council on Pompeo’s Iran Action Group:

 

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