News and Analysis (8/23/20)

August 23rd, 2020

“Palestinians … are forced to build without permit because getting one is almost impossible from a racist municipality that is ready to build thousands of housing units for Jews and not a single house for” them:

“[T]he social-media giant’s internal group for Muslim employees … said Facebook needed to make its policy-enforcement process for high-profile users more transparent and less susceptible to political influence”:

The stealth by which Article 370 was abrogated exposes the lie that the intention  was to promote democratic constitutionalism and federalism:

The UAE and Israel have incompatible interpretations as to what they agreed to regarding annexation of “portions of occupied Palestinian land on which unlawful Israeli settlements are currently situated” …

… a reflection that “the true reason for the deal had nothing to do with Palestinians and everything to do with Iran”:

“[D]espite its towering influence and centrality to the rise of our modern world, the Ottoman Empire’s history has for centuries been distorted, misrepresented, and even suppressed in the West”:

Illegal Bitcoin mining can’t be the only misallocation caused by Iran’s subsidization of power consumption:

Reporters taken on “heavily supervised” Chinese propaganda tours differ as to whether they are seeing reeducation centers or concentration camps:

News and Analysis (8/21/20)

August 21st, 2020

“Tehran called on Abu Dhabi to release the boats and its nationals, and to hand over the bodies of those killed”:

“The city of Phoenix and the Phoenix police targeted my brother for his race, they mocked him for his religion and disability, and then brutally killed him” the victim’s sister:

“[D]etainees had complained before the pandemic to ICE officials that the pre-packaged halal meals were rotten and expired, the letter said. Some said they had suffered stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea”:

The “[m]ove means babies cannot travel through Israeli-controlled crossings”:

Arranged marriage is much understood, but its racist side must be called out as a violation of Islamic ethics:

“We cannot therefore support this action which is incompatible with our current efforts to support the JCPOA” — Joint statement of France, Germany, and the UK:

“Israel’s military occupation and expansion of illegal settlements, despite Fatah’s control of the West Bank, dispel the myth that Hamas is the main obstacle to peace”:
“Head-shaving … in France … was the punishment after World War II meted out to thousands of women who had relationships with Nazi occupiers in so-called ‘horizontal collaboration'”:

“India has the potential to be a global leader in promoting democratic technology norms, but instead it leads the way with internet shutdowns”:

News and Analysis (8/19/20)

August 19th, 2020

With Sudan as well as Saudi Arabia lined up to follow in the UAE’s footsteps, Palestinians and Muslim nations outside the Arab world know betrayal when they see it:

At least two businesses in the UAE have received an unpleasant surprise in the wake of their government’s appeasement of Israel’s American protectors:

Pompeo has “every expectation that every country in the world …, including every member of the P5, and every member of the UN,” will do whatever the U.S. tells them too, however reckless or insane:

What exactly did Pompeo say to Russia about bounties offered to the Taliban to attack Americans? He appears to be trying to shift blame onto Iran:

Criminalizing the already illegal “triple talaq” was more about pulling down Muslim men than saving Muslim women and the Delhi riots investigation is about depicting Muslim women as morons:

A government official says the “the government to order the withdrawal of 10,000 troops from the union territory … [is] message [to] people that the government was willing to address their concerns”:

To understand why Iranians don’t trust the U.S. government, “start with Coup 53, an exhilarating new historical documentary that unfolds with the pace and complexity of a thriller”:

Israel denies that it arrested Mahmoud Nawaja for his BDS activism but a military court released him “after 19 days of illegal detention”  with neither charges nor an apology:

News and Analysis (8/17/20)

August 17th, 2020

“The U.S. claimed it seized Iranian petrol, but even though the cargo was sent from Iran, neither the ships nor the petrol were Iranian” — Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh:

“[I]t was primarily due to the endeavours of … active Muslim women in the mosques that left behind the great legacy of Awqaf [endowments], a tradition which survives even today”:

The report “alleges that Facebook’s top public-policy executive in India, Ankhi Das, refused to apply company anti-hate speech rules to BJP politicians and other “Hindu nationalist individuals and groups”:

Salman Rushdie will not allow facts (e,g,, Iraq invaded Iran, Indonesia has long been a democracy) to challenge his view that the Muslims must adopt a laïcité that even American Christians won’t swallow:

She responds to the taunt, ‘This is a man’s game” with “it’s a man’s game and a woman’s game. You just missed the goal and you are having a mare so focus on yourself.” Later, “they usually apologize”:

“[H]igh-speed Internet will be provided to post-paid subscribers while pre-paid customers would be able to enjoy the benefit of the services only after completing [a] verification process”:

The UAE persists with the pretense that that its U.S.-brokered treaty with Israel helps the Palestinians and poses no threat to Iran:

“Analysts say Saudi Arabia does not want risk its business interests in India for supporting Pakistan over Kashmir”:

People differ as to where Islam and Germany fall on some rational/spiritual binary; two academics try to sort out where various Muslim figures on both the left and right fall, and why :

News and Analysis (8/15/20)

August 15th, 2020

“Washington got support only from the Dominican Republic for its resolution to indefinitely extend the embargo, leaving it far short of the minimum nine ‘yes’ votes required for adoption” …

… which suits the Trump administration’s plans for unlilateral sanctions and, if Pompeo has his way, for war with Iran:

The claim that the Palestinians somehow benefit from the suspension of formal annexation is a fraud because Israel continues its oppression and theft without the embarrassment of de jure admission of guilt:

The head of Jerusalem’s “hospital of the poor” is concerned over its possible closure because under Israeli occupation, “No Palestinian institution in Jerusalem that is shut down is reopened again”:

India claims men it gunned down armed militants; their families say they were laborers looking for work”; HRW demands an independent investigation and repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act:

Police sources admitted off the record that students were being summoned as part of a ‘verification process’ … over  “concerns that the students may … indulge in activities considered anti-national”:

That India’s “Islamic rulers patronised coexistence through both literary and administrative means” is little appreciated:

News and Analysis (8/13/20)

August 13th, 2020

“Israel got rewarded for not declaring openly what it’s been doing to Palestine illegally & persistently since the beginning of the occupation” — Hanan Ashrawi:

In the Delhi riots, “police failed to disperse the crowd initially and finally managed to assuage the mob by telling them that they were taking the reporters to the police station” …

… while in the Bengaluru riots, young Muslims protect both a Hindu temple and the mother of “the man who posted an allegedly derogatory post that triggered the violence”:

Biden’s selection of Harris confirms his commitment to the apartheid state (“Were there not an Israel, the United States of America would have to invent an Israel to protect her interests in the region”:

The tone-deafness of one recent event was exemplified when a “police chief … used the event to justify the use of tear gas against anti-racist protesters and recruit Muslims to sign up as members of the … force”:

The opposition SNP party says the ruling party is behind the vandalism in an attempt to drive out indigenous Muslims as the Ottomans were driven out before:

A 19 year old woman is an adult and should be free to marry or not marry whom she chooses:

A Turkish environmentalist argues for a “movement of ‘Islamic environmentalism’ based on Islamic tradition – rather than imported ‘white saviour’ environmentalism” rooted in coercion:

“It has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster, but what has turned this Turkish saga into a global phenomenon is its nuanced portrayal of the Islamic world”:

Essam Elerian “was arrested after then-defence minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi overthrew the” elected president seven years ago, and has since complained of being denied medical treatment:

News and Analysis (8/10/20)

August 10th, 2020

The village was formally founded in the 1920s on lands occupied by Palestinians for centuries, but now that one settler has moved in, Israeli authorities have ordered its complete destruction”:

“Israeli forces opened fire on the ambulance that was trying to reach to Samudi’s house, with two bullets penetrating the vehicle”:

“As a consequence of the Iran-Contra affair, in 1991 Abrams did plead guilty of lying to Congress, but President George H. W. Bush promptly pardoned him”:

He “completed his PhD and published more than 20 books in prison, most of which speak to the repressive criminality of the Indian occupation, which began in 1947′:

The U.N. director for the International Crisis Group “said there was ‘zero chance’ the U.S. attempt to extend the arms embargo would be adopted and that it was ‘a ploy to get to snapback'”:

In an attempt to circumvent international law, Israel pretended that residents of generations-old settlements were “nomads”:

“Soleimani’s comments concerned the aircraft and did not address potential compensation for victims’ families”:

“The head of Iran’s Mostazafan Foundation (foundation of the oppressed), said … [that] a top policy advising body, was holding many expensive property of the foundation”:

News and Analysis (8/8/20)

August 8th, 2020

“[J]ournalist Ola Salem wrote the tactics used in the Aljabri case appear to be a ‘recurring tactic’ used by Arab regimes against growing numbers of dissidents abroad”:

The Qur’an orders believers to fulfill their contracts; so why is wealthy Kuwait years behind in paying its debts to hospitals needing resources in the face of the Covid crisis?

The National Conservatory of Music’s director charges Israel with faking links of his organization to terrorists because they don’t know how to deal with the “threat” of Palestinians seen as  human:

“In reaction to the … [US] fighter jets and in order to save the civil aircraft and passengers’ lives, the airliner had to change altitude abruptly, causing injuries to the passengers on board”:

“What Seth Rogen said is par for the course among our generation and the Israeli government has to wake up and see that their actions have consequences”:

Ahmadinejad tried and failed to move Iran closer to China and Russia; now Trump is succeeding, and he’s not even trying …

,,, and “Macron has told … Trump that U.S. sanctions that have targeted Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah are playing into the hands of those they are meant to weaken, including Iran”:

The popular imam was assaulted three years after the mosque was bombed. “Bloomington city council member Patrick Martin has condemned this ‘act of hate and violence'”:

“When I refused to chant [‘Long live Modi’], they pulled my beard, punched my tooth out, and even asked me to go to Pakistan”:

A Technical College is embarrassed when its manager of media relations posted “get rid of the anti-American filth causing cancer to our nation,” on a post about Rep. Ilhan Omar:


News and Analysis (8/6/20)

August 6th, 2020

“The investigation is focusing on how 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical used in fertilizers, came to be stored at the facility for six years”:

India’s feeble concession to journalists unable to do their jobs because of the Internet shutdown in Kashmir: 15 minutes at one of four computers in a Srinagar hotel:

Sheldon Richman is “happy to hear that [Rogan] did not apologize for” saying “I was fed a huge amount of lies about Israel my entire life”:

Despite the year of oppression in Jammu and Kashmir …

… Pakistan has failed to get the U.N. or the OIC to address the problem, perhaps because its hostility to India goes well beyond that particular issue …

… and even n Pakistan, a demonstration in solidarity with Kashmir ends with dozens wounded by a grenade attack for which an ethnic Sindhi armed separatist group takes credit:

“Zara Mohammadi was sentenced to 10 years in prison for teaching Kurdish. This is part of a state policy against minorities”:

“Denver police have opened a homicide investigation and said there is evidence of arson in the case”:

“He will be replaced in the special envoy role by Elliott Abrams, who currently serves as the Department’s special representative for Venezuela, Pompeo said. Abrams will maintain that role”:

A year without school because of the Indian aggression is extended by the Coronavirus:

News and Analysis (8/4/20)

August 4th, 2020

Automatons were among the “creations of the 12th-century … inventor Ismail al-Jazari, who laid the groundwork for modern engineering, hydraulics, and even robotics”:

A Circuit Court has ruled that a Muslim inmate allegedly “fired from his prison job for reporting his bosses’ religious harassment” can’t file a First Amendment retaliation claim:

Israel may be counting on the differences in impact of its oppression on various Palestinians groups to prevent a unified opposition:

In revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood, Modi converted an internal political problem and security concern into a communal religious internal and external security threat” …

… “Indian government claims that it was determined to improve Kashmiri lives ring hollow one year after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status” …

… “It was not just a political change. It destroyed our livelihood” — Kashmiri flower seller …

… “Abdullah has called the meeting of many mainstream political parties at his residence,” but wonders if India will “allow anybody to come out”:

Kashmiri nomads have a solution for the school in the time of Covid conundrum:

“[J]ust a few days after the newspaper came out, all fresh evidence of this British operation … disappeared from public debate”:

Police stood idly by as a man was beaten on “suspicion of transporting beef”:

Iran is accused of abducting across national borders the man it charges with a terrorist attack on a mosque …

… while Australia finds its citizen, tried in secret in Iran on spying charges that she denies, “to be well”:

Yet another in the string of unexplained fires and explosions since June 26: