August 5, 2014

News and Analysis (8/5/14)

A truce, a land grab, and war crimes:

“All governments lie … including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality”:

“In order to justify the magnitude of violence necessary to uphold persistent contradictions – to speak of freedom, liberty and self-determination, but to indulge in paternalism, despotism, force and coercion – it is absolutely necessary first to control and dominate memory”:

A new IS battlefield gain forces Maliki to offer help to the Kurds and Iran intervens as well:

The survilliance of Muslims in America and  “particularly politically active ones – has become a routine practice from sea to shining sea… rewarded by intrusive and stigmatizing government scrutiny”:

In Minnesota, “a group of Muslims is using art to fight misconceptions about Muslim-Americans”:

Indian Muslim youth is not immune to ISIS influence, as recently four Indian men from middle class families disappeared from their neighborhoods to go and join the fight in Iraq and Syria with ISIS:

‘[A] prominent activist, pro-Palestine campaigner and chief executive of the Cordoba Foundation think tank, which fosters relations between the West and ‘the Muslim worldA’ received a letter from his bank notifying him that his account was canceled:

Israel is a special state, or rather “small, very close-knit and highly organized ethnic group bent on occupying a specific territory in obedience to ancient religious tradition and highly doubtful historical continuity”:

August 2, 2014

News and Analysis (8/2/14)

In an effort to curb religious extremism in Egypt, the new Sisi government takes the other extreme by trying to limit freedom of religion, faith and expression, controlling mosques and granting a monopoly on Islam to al-Azhar and prohibiting Imam’s from preaching without a government license:

“We want to teach what the Koran actually says in a language they understand…“A lot them don’t have much Islamic knowledge, so they tend to believe what the mullahs say,” said Fatima Akilu:

For Hamas, a “ceasefire at this stage … would mean acknowledging the worst possible defeat. I believe this is the point at which the ground maneuvers should be brought to an end. Hamas can be hit as much as will be required in response to firing” — Israeli Deputy FM:

The Living Islam festival at Lincolnshire “represents an opportunity for the expected 4,500 attendees to discuss the issues pertinent to them in contemporary Britain” …

… and hosted the archbishop of Canterbury, who said that Islam is “rejuvenating ‘British values’” …

… and the festival also highlights the fact that “Many British Muslims won’t know that hundreds of thousands of Muslims served in both world wars”:

“[Y]oung American Muslims work to reshape the faith they grew up with so it fits better with their complex, dual identity, with one foot in the world of their parents’ immigrant beliefs and one foot in the ever-shifting cultural landscape of America”:

The American Civil Liberties Union has challenged the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program which allows the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to delay the citizenship application process:

“Arab American Institute (AAI) released its third biannual poll of American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims.” From 2010 to 2014, favorable ratings for Arabs dropped from 43 percent to 32 percent. “For Muslims, the ratings dropped from 36 percent … to 27 percent”:

“Rebels fighting in Syria’s civil war crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town Saturday, killing and capturing security force members in the most serious incursion into the tiny country during its neighbor’s 3-year-old conflict”:

Several Virginia Republican leaders asked for the resignation of the State GOP official who made remarks to Obama’s comment on the role of Muslims in the American society, calling it “Pure nonsense,”:

August 1, 2014

News and Analysis (8/1/14)

“[I]n an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks, the minority of local voices that do agonize over Gazans’ suffering are being silenced in a way rarely seen in a country long proud of its spirited, democratic debate” …

… while “Islamic State, the al Qaeda splinter group which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, has told activists in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province they must swear allegiance to it and submit to censorship, a monitoring group said on Friday”:

Israel says they killed the child by “mistake,” but does this sound like a “mistake” to you? “This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over” …

… and in “one of the worst mass-casualty incidents of the three-week war” the number of U.N. schools “in the Gaza Strip to be rocked by explosions during the conflict” rises to six:

IDF shelling kills about 40 Palestinians as Israel terminates the cease-fire claiming Hamas has captured one of its soldiers:

Women were sharing photos on Twitter of themselves laughing … after Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc’s comments that not laughing out loud in public is among requirements of being an honorable woman”, and one wished he would “deal with frequent male violence against women” instead:

“U.S. officials say they are considering ways to help the Kurds defend themselves, but direct provision of arms to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in the way Washington arms Iraq’s central government in Baghdad, appears highly unlikely”:

“The ACLU says the plaintiffs do not know precisely why they have been scrutinized, and the lawsuit complains that immigrants denied under CARRP are not given a meaningful way to respond, in violation of due process guarantees enshrined in the U.S. Constitution”:

“The murder of a state-backed imam in China’s Xinjiang region underscores an escalation in 18 months of violence and could be part of a bid by extremists to persuade moderate Muslim Uighurs to turn against Beijing’s controlled current of Islam”:

July 30, 2014

News and Analysis (7/30/14)

“Despite being home to more than a million Muslims, Italy has put stringent limits on the number of government-approved mosques…, there are just seven in the entire country … [and] Muslims have been forced to transform warehouses, parking lots, stadiums and supermarkets into places of prayer”:

Hamas’s decision to carry on fighting in recent weeks despite catastrophic civilian losses owed as much to Egypt’s refusal to lift this blockade as it does to Israel’s:

“At least 17 people have been killed and 160 wounded in an Israeli strike that hit a fruit and vegetable market near Gaza City … during a four-hour truce called by the Israeli military”:

Muslims and Christians in Palestine come together amid the current crisis, where a Greek church becomes “a haven not just for Christian but also hundreds of Muslim families seeking shelter there as the offensive drags on” …

… but while the world celebrate the end of Ramadan, Palestinians in Gaza are shy to send each other Eid greetings, because they “don’t feel right this year” said Mohammed Al Masri:


HSBC bank closes some Muslims accounts, and claims that the action was not taken based on race or religious discrimination. Some of their members have been banking there for more than 20 years:


“A hate crime against one group is a hate crime against us all, so we’re going to actually double down on uniting as one neighborhood to reject this act of hatred and intolerance” City Councilman Mark Treyger:

At least 15 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli fire while sheltering in a UN run school, “Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the school in Jabalya refugee camp”:

Chinese TV boasts that hundreds of Muslims are allowed to gather in a mosque in Beijing to pray Eid together after a month of fasting Ramadan, but the crackdown on the Uighers in Muslim majority Xinjing province continues and a Muslim scholar is prosecuted:

“Over the years, outsiders have come and told me: ‘Put the women behind a curtain; they can watch from a TV.’ I say to them: ‘The whole world looks at Islam as suppressing women. How are we going to change that? No curtains, no walls here, ever’”:




July 29, 2014

News and Analysis (7/29/14)

Attempts to kill two of Nigeria’s most prominent of Muslim leaders, Sheikh Dahiru Bauch and Muhmmadu Buhari occurred after the two declared Boko Haram’s actions “unislamic”:

ISIS continues to demolish both Christian sites in northern Iraq and Islamic landmarks that are hundreds of years old, as the residents of Mosul watch helplessly:

“Muslims in France have been largely successful” in integrating with the French society, yet Muslims are still “socially and politically marginalized, suffering from discrimination”:

A survey finds that “42 percent of Americans believe law enforcement is justified in using profiling tactics against Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans,” especially after the recent acts of violence, conducted under the name of Islam:

Throughout the World,  Muslims break the fast and end Ramadan with Eid prayers …

… Obama marks Eid Al- Fitr by describing Muslims as ” The fabric of our nation,” noting that “the message of interfaith peace that poverty, conflict and disease affect all of humanity, and not of just any one faith” …

… but can the Palestinians hear that messages over the sounds of the bombs?

[V]igilante extremists — whose views on racial and religious purity evoke the Ku Klux Klan — are successfully exploiting [unfounded] fears to spark deadly anti-Muslim riots …

… while concentration camps in Burma highlight a humanitarian crisis where the Burmese government dismissed aid groups in the area, “leaving more than 700,000 people without proper medical care”:

Several Spanish actors speak out, urging the European Union to join them in condemning Israel’s bombing of civilians, as boy band One Direction’s Pakistani-British Muslim Zayn Malik receives death threats after expressing his support for Palestine:

… yet the “U.S. media is biased against Palestinians, using selective coverage, skewed opinion, and false balance to offer implicit support to Israel’s stance” …

… and the U.S. Congress wants to make the “Iron Dome” defending Israel even more effective, but won’t cut off funds for Israel’s immoral, ineffective, and counter-productive aggression in Gaza; making the moral and logistical imbalance even more one-sided …

… and encouraging Israel’s repitition of the tragic mistake of its attack on Lebanon in the 1980′s:

“Intense fighting in Benghazi, Libya’s second city, and battles between rival militias in the capital Tripoli have pushed the nation deeper into chaos after two weeks of the fiercest violence since the [Western-backed] civil war which ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011″:

A newspaper article attracted thousands of  critical comments from German politicians who described the article as ” racist” and demanded an apology from the Newspaper to German Muslims:




July 27, 2014

News and Analysis (7/27/14)


Warned by a coward hiding behind the handle “Abu Hafs” to “stop hindering men from Allah’s path,” the founder of the Islamic Friendship Association replies, “it is people like this Abu Hafs who are ‘hindering men from Allah’s path’”:

“It’s bringing me back to reality. I’m trying to stay on a straight path” — inmate Derek Cooper:

Gaza libertarian Omar Shaban says, “Twenty years ago, how to make peace with Israel was a daily topic for the Palestinian people[, but today, in] Israel, politicians and groups compete to see who will be more aggressive towards the Palestinians:


Israel’s formula in spinning the slaughter of Gazans “can be found in The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary. The Orwellian manual provides a detailed outline on how to ‘communicate effectively in support of Israel’”:

The man who wants to ban the niqab is the latest example of Muslim (and other) men telling Muslim (and other) women what they can and can’t wear:

The UN human rights convoy expressed deep concerns over the conditions in camps where “more than 100,000 mostly minority Muslims displaced by violence led by Buddhist extremists”:

“British Muslims are an extremely enterprising community. They contribute over £31billion to the UK economy every year”, they are role models, extremely tolerant and charitable:

If Michelle Bachman thinks she can use Sisi-style tactics to persecute journalists and think tanks that want to report on the Muslim Brotherhood, she better re-read the US Constitution:


Danish politican Mogens Camre said that he did not mean that every Muslim is persecuting Jews and that he didn’t have room to explain himself fully in his Tweet, but he still seems to believe that they are “just waiting to kill us”:








July 25, 2014

News and Analysis (7/25/14)

If Israel thinks its offensive will further divide the Palestinian people, it is having the opposite effect, bringing Palestinians with political differences together where “there is one value that unifies the entire Palestinian people: resistance, by any means necessary” ..

… and if Israel thinks its hypocrisy about peoples’ right to defend themselves will further divide American Muslims from American Jews it is in for a very big surprise indeed as Jews and Muslims rally separately for a common end:

An astronaut captures a photo of Gaza at night that he describes as the ” saddest photo yet” where it shows explosions and rockets over Gaza:

The UN’s top humanitarian official, Valarie Amos described Israel attack on UN school as “The blatant violations of international humanitarian and human rights law have been pointed out very clearly by the UN’s commissioner for human rights …

… but as the civilian death toll rises over 800, Israel rejects a cease fire proposals, “because it did not let Israel carry on hunting down Hamas’s tunnel network that criss-crosses the Gaza border,” i.e., continue the siege …

… meanwhile, a “Day of Rage” erupts in the West Bank against the offensive in Gaza led to clashes with the Israeli forces, when one Palestinian was shot dead as thousands demonstrate after more than 15 women, children and United Nations staff were killed and around 200 injured when a UN shelter” …

… and “[g]lobally in the last week alone, actions in solidarity with Palestine have taken place in Glasgow, Scotland; Vienna; Ahmadabad, India; Madrid; Seoul, South Korea; Jakarta, Indonesia; Beijing; Sydney; Tokyo; Paris; Valparaiso, Chile; Ankara, Turkey; and many, many more” places …

… yet the tragic situation in Palestine is farcically covered by Fox News’s Sean Hanity, who shouts at a Palestinian guest speaker who asks ” do I actually get to speak now?” As you might expect, he didn’t get to speak …

… and Brazil is the second country to recall its ambassador from Israel after the start of the Gaza war, while Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor insults Brazil,comparing the war on Gaza to the disproportionate football game where Brazil lost 7-1:

Claiming to be imposing Islamic values, ISIS expands it oppression, forcing Muslim women to wear the veil and only walk when accompanied by a male guardian:

Years after “W” left office, and redundant with the Constitutional mandate that only Congress can declare war, the House now resolves, “The President shall not deploy or maintain United States Armed Forces in a sustained combat role in Iraq without specific statutory authorization”:


July 24, 2014

News and Analysis (7/24/14)

As Israeli atrocities reach new heights …

… Obama wants Israel “to do more” to limit the casualties of Gaza civilians, but neither Obama nor the Department of State specified what “more” they are expecting …

… and a former Israeli soldier explains, “Israel is no longer able to think about a solution to a political conflict except in terms of physical might…. The Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip are deprived of civil rights and human rights” …

… while Palestinians take desperate measures to survive Israel’s crimes, as when families “consider how to separate … so not everyone dies in one missile strike”:  

“The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence’ to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document” …

… and a new report “uses in-depth studies of cases from across the nation to show what justice looks like for Muslim-Americans suspected of terrorist sympathies: out-of-control informants, overzealous prosecution, unfair trials, and extraordinarily harsh prison sentences

In the past White House iftars were a reward for Muslims “hand-picked by government bureaucrats … for good behaviour” but this year’s controversy “brought to light the growing discontent with the older, primarily male, and immigrant “official” leadership by a younger, more gender diverse generation”:

ISIS crimes against Christians and Muslims in Iraq represent the new lowest standard of barbarity. It is against Islam and “the Qur’an 22:41 specifically commands Muslims to protect Churches from destruction” :

“An Italian diplomat said today that Italy used its regional ties to help Ibrahim leave Sudan, ‘We had the patience to speak to everyone in a friendly way. This paid off in the end’”:

“[A]llowing for some regional autonomy while keeping the entire country under Baghdad’s federal umbrella” might be the only solution for Iraq’s problem right now as the country is on the verge of division:

“Both houses of India’s parliament have been adjourned in uproar over reports that some Hindu MPs tried to forcibly feed a Muslim man fasting for Ramadan”:

With the current poverty in the UK,  the “younger generation of charity leaders interpret Islamic obligations … [so] that the recipients are increasingly likely to be non-Muslims”:

“Under an unofficial agreement dating back to the 2003″ the U.S led invasion held that the presidency goes to a Kurd, the Prime ministry to a Shiite, and house speaker to a Sunni:






July 23, 2014

News and Analysis (7/23/14)

As the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” attacks Baghdad, killing more than 33 in its most recent attack, in addition to claiming “responsibility for a wave of bombings in Baghdad, including several blasts on Saturday which killed 27 people” …

Today in Iraq more human rights are violated than it were under Saddam’s regime. “The Center for Public Integrity claimed that the Bush administration manipulated intelligence records”, and its ultimate goal was the removal of Saddam …

… and cyber war in Iraq is an extension of the current conflict, where “cyber-thieves are also using the conflict to help trick people into opening booby-trapped messages” to gather intelligence:

More than 200 Iraqis gathered in front of a Catholic Church in Baghdad, holding “slogans to show solidarity after a radical Islamist group evacuated Christians from their homes in the northern city of Mosul” …

… Iraqi Christians have been in Iraq for more than 2000 years. If fanatics continue their actions, “they will be annihilating centuries of civilization”:

“[W]hen Muslims are collectively depicted as terrorists or extremists, it’s a hell of a lot easier to look the other way when they are spied on”:

In Lansing, Michigan, “The Council on American-Islamic Relations says three people allegedly attacked a 26-year-old woman…attempted to pull the victim’s dress and face veil off before knocking her down and shouting obscenities at her” …

… and Muslims in Brooklyn are experiencing “racial slurs and even eggs being thrown at worshipers wearing traditional Muslim clothing” as a result of the Gaza, Israeli conflict: 

Not shocked by the surveillance and the Informants on Muslims in the United States, Muslims answer is ” We need to be visible, to be active, and to speak up when the government uses our religion as the basis for persecution”:

PLO executive member Hanan Ashrawi described Israels actions as ‘war crimes’ and warned that Palestine will seek the International Criminal Court if Israel continues its violence against civilians …

… and “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has backed calls by Hamas for an end to the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for a ceasefire”:

Aming the issues still unresolved are limits on enrichment capacity, “ the heavy water Arak reactor, sanctions relief and the Fordow enrichment site”:

“The two reports differed in their conclusions, although neither found evidence of extremism in the schools.” One “said there had been a coordinated attempt to introduce an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’” but the other “said individuals had encouraged certain Islamic principles … to ‘raise standards’”:

The CAR Muslims are “ gripped by ethnic and religious violence since the Muslim-led Seleka rebels, seized power in the mainly Christian nation in 2013, “feel that they have been “abandoned”:  

July 22, 2014

News and Analysis (7/22/14)

Exploring a “phenomenon that has been far more pervasive than the media, government officials, or community leaders have acknowledged” the new film “shines a light on the informants … actively enlisting young men who never demonstrated any inclinations toward engaging in violence”:

As the carnage continues …

… pro-Palestine protests continue throughout the world, as well as in D.C, where thousands marched down Constitution Ave, asking the government to stop using American tax money to fund Israeli crimes; …

… while in Denver, protesters from both sides rallied in downtown to urge a cease-fire; …

… and “in Paris, despite a rare police ban and warnings from President Francois Hollande, hundreds began massing for their march but clashed with police who blocked their route”:

… and Israel is losing the media war because “American audiences are seeing the story of the conflict, perhaps more than ever before, through Palestinian eyes”:

“All major religions promulgate rules, but they also teach tolerance and compassion. For some sad reason … the doctrinal and punitive aspects of historical Islam … overshadow the religion’s compassionate teachings and practices. Resetting the balance … is best done from within”:

Instead of Boycotting Obama, Muslims should work within the system to have more representation in the American government, says Shadi Hamid:

A new Islamic group established to  end to religious violence in the Muslim world, by traveling to conflict zones and promoting peace in the region:

ISIL has driven the Christians out of Mosul, but the local Muslims defy the self-declared terrorist government with graffiti protesting “We are all Christians”:

“When questioned by The Tennessean …, Kelly was unable to cite any specific instance when Mohyuddin made such statements.” Mohyuddin said, “I have never ever said any words even close to that in public or in private. It is absolute lies”:

A report by “the former head of the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command said there was no evidence of radicalisation, violence or encouragement of terrorism, but” found true accusations of “efforts to remove headteachers who did not conform with the wishes of governors”:

Rand Paul opines that after the Iraq war, “Today the Middle East is less stable than in 2003″:

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