News and Analysis (12/28/17)

December 28th, 2017

In what “would be the country’s longest period of emergency rule since the 1970s era of strongman Ferdinand Marcos[, t]he militarization had displaced thousands of the indigenous Lumad people and some had been killed”:

After Aboutaleb said that his struggle to be a good mayor for the people of Rotterdam is a kind of jihad and that some salafis want to emulate Muhammad as some Christians want to emulate Jesus, Geert Wilders demanded he resign:

“Transport Minister Israel Katz said on Wednesday he had chosen a proposed subway stop near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City – right in the middle of the area that the Palestinians want as their own future capital”:

A member of the “Freedom” (sic) Party opposed funding youth centers on the grounds that “they were heavily used by Muslims:

The prosecutor “said Djalali had confessed to meeting Mossad agents repeatedly to deliver information on Iran’s nuclear and defense plans and personnel, and helping to infect Defense Ministry computer systems with viruses”:

“There are two religions in Earth which have distinct enmity against all other religions. These two are Christianity and Islam. They … are determined to destroy all other religions” — Hindu extremist Rabindranath Tagore:

The Saudi economic “reforms” are attracting interest from foreign investors but there is still no sign on native entrepreneurship in a country where about 70% of the “population is under 30 and frequently glued to social media”:

Unlike younger pluralism advocates who also use “concepts of ‘role,’ ‘agency’ and ‘authority’ as analytical tools,” Gus Mus has “solid traditional credentials of religious authority”:

Continuing its murder of Muslims, the so-called “Islamic state, which is opposed to both the Taliban and the Western-backed government, has claimed a growing share of such attacks”:

News and Analysis (12/25/17)

December 25th, 2017

In purchasing Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi , is Abu Dhabi following Muhammad’s precedent of safeguarding a picture of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ or engaging in conspicuous consumption with a hint of idolatry?

When the Palestinians killed wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer, it launched two movies and an opera, but when the Israelis kill a young man they themselves put in a wheelchair, it doesn’t even merit decent news coverage:

A federal judge says the U.S. cannot continue to deny an American citizen his right to an attorney:

Prince Al-Waleed “is demanding a proper investigation and was willing to fight it out in court”:

The threats due to Muslims and Mexicans may be exaggerated, but this Dutch immigrant is an embarrassment to America:

“Quraishi-Landes argues that … Sharia, properly defined, encompasses all laws serving the public good — that is, it includes both fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and siyasa (statutory law), even if siyasa is not derived from scripture”:

At least the the U.S. government has the moral sense to be ashamed of killing civilians to the point of lying about it:

“The case could have far-reaching implications for the security services who use undisclosed intelligence to conduct tens of thousands of random stops at airports each year”:

“I was expecting something of this sort and was well prepared. It does not matter what people think. It was our decision” — the bride:

News and Analysis (12/22/17)

December 22nd, 2017

Despite the Trump-Haley threats, “128 countries backed the resolution, … nine voted against and 35 abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote” …

… with Arab states, knowing that the funds they get are bribes to benefit Israel, not taking the threats seriously …

… and even Mike Pence, an fundamentalist Christian Zionist, admits that military aid to Afghanistan will not be terminated despite its vote against the embassy move:

Like Christians, Muslims believe he is the Messiah … [and] in the Immaculate Conception … [but not] that the virgin birth took place on the 25th of December and … there is no tradition in Islam that celebrates the birthday of any prophet”:

International lawyer Kate Cronin-Furman, French President Emmanuel Macron, and columnists for The NY Time Nicholas Kristof and The Washington Post Ishaan Tharoor all agree that this we must dare call it genocide:

The award -winning NPR journalist “was mocked on Twitter as a ‘terrorist,’ ‘raghead,’ and ‘jihadi'”:

A member of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation was found to be writing for the Jihadwatch hate web site:

” Muslim women’s voices and our bodies are reduced to proxy battlefields by the demonizers and defenders of Muslim men, Neither side cares about women. They are concerned only with one another” — Mona Eltahawy:

“[S]he chose to compete ‘because representation is important’. ‘I didn’t take the crown, but it was an amazing experience. I want to inspire other girls to feel beautiful, confident and follow their dreams no matter where they’re from”:

An Indian lawmaker “called the Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture … [and] another party member offered a bounty for the heads of two people involved in a movie featuring a Muslim sultan”:

Farrakhan’s statements are a Rorschach test, called “questionable” by some, but described by Councilwoman Juanita Woods as being “about love, loving each other and taking care of each other peace and living together”:

News and Analysis (12/20/17)

December 20th, 2017

Can something good come out Trump’s Jerusalem blunder? If he cuts off foreign aid to everyone who disagrees with him it will save American taxpayers a fortune, free up our allies from the obligation to kow-tow to American dictates and cue Muslims to rise up against the puppet dictatorships that oppress them:

“Privacy protection … combines elements of liberalism and libertarianism.” Neither the ACLU nor the conservative House Freedom Caucus wants Section 702 to re-authorized as it stands, leaving American citizens exposed to “inadvertent” surveillance supposed to have been directed at foreigners:

“[O]n advice from a “lawyer in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General,” opponents of the Muslim housing project have been warned “to be very careful about what” they say lest their words be used against them in a lawsuit by the project’s supporters:

“Muslims to quietly go about charity giving in a way that is consistent with the emphasis in Islam on discretion, of ‘giving charity so that the left hand does not know what the right hand gives’, but this is a story which needs to be told”:

“Sovereign Islamic debt issuance by non-Muslim countries is set to hit a 3-year high in 2017.” Islamic finance is “based on the principles of risk and profit-sharing … [and professes no] interest on loans, and … [no] funding activities involving alcohol, pork, pornography or gambling”:

“Increasingly, Jews and Muslims are spending the holiday in church soup kitchens and senior centers for service-oriented projects, and sometimes in text study sessions that tease out common ground”:

“The targeting of the Christian holy sites by Jewish extremists, and the arson and vandalism of over 53 churches in Jerusalem and Palestine, in so-called price tag attacks is no different than the dozens of times that the graves of Muslims have been defaced”:

The Indian government doesn’t care whether instant divorce is permitted or forbidden by Islamic law, arguing, “The government is of the view that the issue arises from the humanitarian concept of gender justice, gender equality and dignity of women and not arising from faith and religion” …

… while the EU refuses to intervene in private divorces, leaving each member state to decide on their validity:

News and Analysis (12/18/17)

December 18th, 2017

“The United States was further isolated on Monday” by vetoing the 14-1 Security Council vote. “Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the Palestinians would seek a rare emergency special session of the 193-member U.N. General Assembly on Trump’s decision”:

Concerned that discriminatory use of the law against “deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person” presents a poor image of Islam, SIS calls for “an open environment for discussion and dialogue to overcome our ignorance, prejudice and misunderstanding about the religions” practiced in Malaysia:

“Analysts and politicians say the Brotherhood’s strong language and decisive action have filled a void left by Arab regimes that have condemned the declaration but are cautious not to strain ties with the US and Israel”:

“Islamophobia affects every single American who cares about freedom and democracy”:

American intervention in the Middle East followed by Iran’s “astute” use of proxies against ISIS and disastrous Saudi policies have contributed to Iran’s ascent “as an unrivaled regional superpower”:

“Councillors said they were alarmed by Donald Trump’s decision to retweet Islamophobic posts by … the deputy leader of Britain First,” whose Twitter account has been suspended:

Calling for “harsher measures against the Palestine solidarity movement, the report offers no new ideas … [to reverse Israel’s] regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid“:

News and Analysis (12/15/17)

December 15th, 2017

The U.S. hopes its allegations of evidence that Iran assisted Houtis to defend themselves from Saudi aggression will divert attention from its disastrous Syrian intervention, that “arms secretly sent to rebel factions fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad in his long civil war” …

A University of Washington law professor with a husband, children, two stepchildren, and who teaches yoga, is among the many “Arabs, Muslims, and people with Muslim-sounding names” in the U.S. to have had their Global Entry clearances revoked:

“British troops breached the Geneva conventions and subjected Iraqi civilians to cruel and inhuman treatment by hooding them and taking turns to run over their backs … [and] in the way in which it detained civilians”:

In the wake of the Trump embassy move announcement most of the violence in Palestine-Israel continues to be perpetrated by the Israelis:

“[T]he amount of hate I’ve gotten is like a drop in the bucket to the amount of love and the amount of support I’ve gotten from people”:

Though some Muslims disapprove, there is nothing new about Muslims wishing Christian neighbors a “Merry Christmas”:

“As long as corrections officers fail to treat Muslim inmates as human beings … we will continue to sue corrections personnel,” said Attorney David Lane, who represents Ashaheed”:

“Suspect Shambu Lal Regar arrested in Rajasthan over film of labourer being hacked to death and burnt, which earned £3,473 in crowdfunding donations”:

Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh organizations have signed a letter to Trump that retweeting hate videos as official Presidential statements “carried a dark and unmistakable message: Muslims are to be feared; Islamic practices pose a danger to society; Muslims can never be truly equal citizens under the law'”:

News and Analysis (12/14/17)

December 14th, 2017

“The Justice Department is trying to push away legal challenges to his detention by claiming that nobody … outside the feds knows who he is, therefore nobody could claim to represent him in court. That the government itself is the reason why we don’t know his identity is just the icing on the cake”:

Netanyahu went to Europe to drum up support for Trump’s embassy move but only his fellow racists are on board, and they are not in power (yet) …

… but will the Muslim nations of the OIC have the courage to stand up to Donald Trump or will they once again fall back on empty rhetoric?

“Mike Pence will be visiting the Holy Land and Egypt later this month, but none of the local Christians will have anything to do with him” …

… and the Muslim guardians of their holy site is on their side:

“The possible transfer could spark a new arms race in the Middle East and constitutes one explanation why Saudi responses to President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel were muted and limited to rhetorical statements”:

“Authorities are gathering DNA and blood types through free medical checkups, and [Human Rights Watch] said it is was unclear if patients were aware that their biometric data was being collected for the police during these physical exams”:

Policies of “slashing the refugee program, banning all immigration and travelers from several majority Muslim countries, and imposing new burdens on all visa applicants as part of “extreme vetting” initiatives … appear to have “worked,” strongly reducing Muslim immigration and travel to the United States”:

“Trump shrewdly draws on already-circulating certainties about Muslim men as violent, animalistic, and mercurial. Historian Sophia Arjana notes that Muslims have historically been viewed as a source of contamination, unraveling the (White) racial integrity of Christendom”:

The crazy man responsible for subway explosion in NYC “was inspired by the Islamic State group but had apparently not had any direct contact with the group and probably acted alone” and seriously injured himself:

“[S]tudents returning from Saudi Arabia after studies … “brought back with them this sectarian attitude:

News and Analysis (12/11/17)

December 11th, 2017

“With his declaration, the Christmas lights turned off. The Christmas music has quieted. The Christmas tree in Nativity Square in Bethlehem has gone dark. The Christmas spirit has been drowned out with the mourning of our stolen capital — a Palestinian Christian”:

Since Trump’s announcement that he would move the American embassy in Jerusalem, “Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has said that Mr. Trump’s move was a violation of United Nations resolutions,” and  the Israelis have “killed four Palestinians, who continue to demonstrate in the West Bank and Gaza” …

… and Netanyahu bid for Europe to join in Trump’s folly “was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process” …

… but despite their condemnation of the move, Hezbollah delayed its first demonstration, Lebanon refuses to recognize Palestinians’ refugee states, Turkey won’t sever relations with Israel, and Arab foreign ministers have dumped the problem in the lap of the U.N. Security Council where the U.S. will veto:

(With apologies to Mort Sahl,) George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, Richard Nixon couldn’t tell the truth, and Donald Trump can’t tell the difference:

In the face of evidence of “sweeping and methodical” rape against the Rohingya …

… the Burmese military continues to refuse to “investigate reports of systematic brutality — murders of children, gang rapes, the torching of scores of villages — … insisting that its troops are innocent of any offense”:

The scholarship honors Tasneem Essader who “was most passionate about her science and Islam”:

Starting in March, the Saudi government will allow its people to take their minds off its ongoing slaughter of their Yemeni neighbors by going to the movies:

“This is a very good initiative. We may have different views, but it is important we can have a normal conversation and speak to each other” — Freddy Gellberg, spokesperson for Malmo’s Jewish community:

“Fadel … described Taylor as her ‘hero” but wonders why “so many people watched as I was being attacked and assaulted simply because of a man who knew nothing of me but chose to judge me based on the hijab I wear”:

News and Analysis (12/8/17)

December 8th, 2017

Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is a declaration of “war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians,” crosses a “red line,”  prompts a “call for another intifada,” could provoke Iranian-backed militias “to target American forces,” and yet “will change nothing on the ground” …

… and “a senior official in Mr Abbas’ Fatah party, said Mr Pence was “not welcome” in the Palestinian territories”:

“Thousands took part in angry anti-U.S. demonstrations around the Muslim world Friday over the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”:

Palestinian protests were met with “water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that cloud the upcoming Christmas celebrations in the town of Jesus’ birth” …

… “Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man near the Gaza border, the first confirmed death in two days of unrest”:

With the U.S. having abandoned any pretense at impartiality, “[n]ow may be the time for another power to be a third-party facilitator that can bring fresh thinking to both sides”:

“With no explanation, the court gave the Trump administration legal cover, for the time being, to separate U.S. citizens from their spouses overseas, from their elderly parents suffering from life-threatening illnesses in war-ravaged countries and even from their own children” …

… as Trump retweets anti-Muslim propaganda videos and anti-Muslim hate crimes break out around the world:

“[T]he Trump administration’s new restrictions have proven to be a far greater barrier to refugees than even his temporary ban, which was limited in scope by the Supreme Court.” The percentage of Muslim refugees has dropped from 25 to 10:

News and Analysis (12/5/17)

December 5th, 2017

“The Saudi-led coalition had hoped that Saleh’s break with the Houthis would be a turning point, isolating the rebels” but instead he has been killed as a traitor with a brutality recalling the murder of Qaddafi:

“If Washington recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it would be the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948” …

… ” Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah, … President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and … King Salman, who all received phone calls from Trump, joined a mounting chorus of voices warning that unilateral U.S. steps on Jerusalem would derail a fledgling U.S.-led peace effort and unleash turmoil in the region”:

Relationships such as grandparents and cousins “will no longer provide a blanket exemption from the ban, although visa officials can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis”:

“[A]uthoritarian modernizers cannot simply command a new attitude among their citizens. Opening cinemas and relaxing gender segregation may impress Saudi youth, but a new economy requires far more”:

“[T]he British royal family is descended from Mohammed through the Arab kings of Seville, who once ruled Spain”:

“Pompeo has close ties with Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, who has argued that following Islamic law is ‘an impermissible act of sedition, which has to be prosecuted'”: