January 13, 2016

News and Analysis (1/13/16)

“The swift release … contradicted speculation that the hardline Revolutionary Guards were seeking to sabotage the mending of relations between Iran and the west days before the planned implementation of the nuclear deal”:

“Not only are these things strictly forbidden under criminal law, they are also a mortal sin in Islam”:

The arrest for protesting her brother’s detention is “the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s utter contempt for its human rights obligations and provides further damning proof of the authorities’ intent to suppress all signs of peaceful dissent”:

Whether its kicking Palestinians off airplanes or banning Romeo & Juliet style novels, ‘Discouraging “assimilation” is an inseparable part of the Jewish state’ where rare knife attacks are volubly condemned but oppression is relentless:

Erdoğan says Turkey was targeted because of its war on terrorism but some think it is targeted for its wars against the Asad regime and the Kurdish rebels:

“Rummana Hussain was one of those children whose Muslim parents envisioned her in a white coat with a stethoscope around her neck. Instead, she became a … reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times” and only Muslim editorial staff  member:

“Mechanical trouble with one of the boats caused both to run aground in Iranian waters. Tehran has given assurances that the crew and the vessels would soon be returned, officials say”:

“In 2007, Kelsay visited the Sultanate of Oman on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, where he urged students to challenge fellow Muslims who used the concept of jihad to justify acts of violence”:

January 11, 2016

News and Analysis (1/11/16)

“[Q]uestioning the state-sanctioned interpretation of the Quran[,] … providing alternative interpretations for discussion…[, d]ebate, discussion and questions are seen as seditious. … [b]ecause Islam is used as an instrument of control”:

“The report also substantiates last month’s claims … that the chemical weapons used in the incident had been stolen from Libya and later smuggled into Syria via Turkey by militants”:

“This is the third time an MSF health facility has been hit in the last three months”:

“When calling on one member … of the campus community to answer for a Facebook post that was actually committed to living out the love of Christ and the principles of the Statement of Faith, no one is safe”:

A disgraceful “fatwa on the sexual availability of Asians, who have in fact only come to Saudi Arabia to carry out home cleaning duties” is the tip of the iceberg as to the source of the negative steretypes of Islam exploited by Islamophobes:

Standing silently “wearing a white hijab and a turquoise T-shirt that said ‘Salam, I come in peace’ … as [Trump] was speaking about the threat of Syrian refugees to US security[, s]he was removed from the rally as other attendees booed”:

Violence continues by a Muslim whose mother says “her 30-year-old son had been hearing voices recently and had felt targeted by police” using a gun “stolen from an officer’s home in October 2013″…

and against Muslims  by passing strangers:

January 9, 2016

News and Analysis (1/9/16)

Music … [and] figurative art … traditions are meshed completely into Islamic culture in South Asia” disproving the notion that countries must choose between “secular embrace of modern arts or austerity”:

“Both New York City and the nation must respond to the threat of violence – whatever its source – without tearing apart the fabric of our nation by violating the principles it proclaims”:

“What should we conclude from the person who expressed his desire that the professor — the one at the other college on whom the news story focused — be raped, sold into slavery and stoned to death?”:

“Only a simpleton – or, more commonly, person driven by instinct and emotion – thinks you can counter the uncompromising prejudice of ‘all immigrants are bad’ with the uncompromising prejudice of ‘all immigrants are good’”:

“The terminations at Fort Morgan appear to be based on a misunderstanding, or misinformation, about a perceived change in our religious accommodation policy…. Allegations that we were not going to allow prayer any longer are false”:

Did the 16-year old critical of Israel cross the line into bullying a fellow student or was she the one being bullied by being denied a right to an attorney and threatened with a lawsuit if she had recorded school officials harassing her?

“An event organized by a Muslim centre to welcome Syrian refugees to Vancouver took an ugly turn when a cyclist rode by and attacked the group”:

“Two Texas politicians made public details of an investigation into a terrorism suspect while it was still in progress [and under  a court seal], potentially jeopardizing the inquiry, three sources familiar with the matter said on Friday”:

January 5, 2016

News and Analysis (1/5/16)

“I am sorry to say that the American government did not offer to make any efforts on this, although they knew the danger of this action and the repercussions” — Mohammed Al-Nimr …

… but to restore ties to Saudi Arabia Iran need only “to cease and desist from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries” says the ambassador of the country that has invaded Yemen and sponsored rebels in Syria, Iraq, etc. …

… “The concerted campaign by Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia highlights the aggressive stance King Salman and his son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have adopted in confronting Iran, a longtime regional rival” …

… but the embassy attack could boomerang against the hard-liners”:

Who are the outsider militiamen occupying the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge that property-rights activists seek to distance themselves from? Well, one of them is Islamophobe  Jon Ritzheimer:

Turkey’s pitch is just the latest in  a series of Middle Eastern lobbying efforts following in Israel’s footsteps:

The case of thge Fort Dix Five was just another disgraceful example of government created terrorism … except in this case the targets did nothing wrong:

“This has been a very gracious outreach. Very heart-warming, a lot of great conversation. The food was phenomenal,” says Mayor Bruce Hagen who adds that “he’s humbled”:

“American decisions boosted Zarqawi’s bid for power, and even his death nearly a decade ago couldn’t snuff the cruel movement he created… ISIS seeks the destruction of the Middle East’s nations and an apocalyptic global battle”:

Syria claims that rebels were behind the gas attacks and the U.N. can’t prove otherwise:

“[I]n a free and democratic society we enter into severe peril when we start to confuse what we perhaps ought or ought not to say, with what in law we are allowed to, or not allowed to say” — Muhammad al-Hussaini:

January 3, 2016

News and Analysis (1/3/15)

“Iran’s foreign ministry had said on Monday it was willing to talk to Saudi Arabia after months of escalating tensions, but any chance of a rapprochement appeared to be derailed on Saturday as officials and clerics lined up to denounce the kingdom”:

Maajid Nawaz patiently perseveres in his effort to reform Islam from within for the same reason that he keeps “returning to disappointing movie prequel after movie sequel” and tells those who think reform is unlikely it is infinitely more likely than “expecting 1.6 billion Muslims to apostatize en masse”:

“The book is not explicit; numerous education professionals and teachers insisted that it ‘is appropriate for students in the upper grades of high schools.” Israel’s education ministry banned it because of its portrayal of an interracial relationship'”:

“[W]e return home [from trips abroad] only to get a knock on the door by federal investigators asking us where we went and why. Not to mention the many federal investigations that seek out Muslims and entrap them into planning a terrorist attack. To say there is government overreach is an understatement”:

“It is less than two months since British IS propagandist Mohammed Emwazi, the man known as Jihadi John, was killed by a drone strike in Syria. This latest video by IS seems to show another man trying to take up his mantle”:

“[T]wo well-known forgeries — a purported price list for Yazidi and Christian slaves and an order to withdraw from Iraq — use the label ‘Islamic State of Iraq’ (the Islamic State’s first predecessor to claim the statehood mantle, which it did in 2006). No authentic document I have seen since 2013 uses this label, and it is a very obvious error”:

December 30, 2015

News and Analysis (12/30/15)

“While 82 percent of Americans say that it’s extremely or very important that Christians be allowed to freely practice their religion in the United States, just 61 percent say the same for Muslims. [72%] say religious freedom is important for Jews, and … 63 percent say it’s important to protect the freedoms of people with no religion”:

“How many civilians will die in unlawful airstrikes in Yemen before the coalition and its US ally investigate what went wrong and who is responsible. Their disregard for the safety of civilians is appalling” — Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director, Human Rights Watch:

The view that “the Holy Quran itself calls for logical thought[, and i]t is not prohibited for any person to discuss the scholars’ opinions” doesn’t sit well with Egypt’s dictator who insists that “state institutions, including Al-Azhar, are to lead any reforms in religious teaching”:

“Before the fire, I used to think 99 percent of Grand Forks people were good people. Now, maybe 96 percent. I don’t know if that’s the way things always were. Or if people are just pissed. Or confused,” said one of Grand Fork’s “Ne Americans,” while anther says, “It’s like the country needs a bogeyman, and it has become us”:

“[I]t would be a mistake to invest too much hope in the Saudi-led anti-terrorism coalition. First of all, the irony that the country most responsible for creating the jihadi monster now wants to lead the fight against it isn’t going to be lost on the Muslim world”:

“Some community leaders said the recent growth of the demographic has its roots in a shared experience of immigration and the negative political rhetoric that advocates have deemed as anti-Muslim”:

“Critics said the regulations are meant to stifle dovish organizations critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government policies toward the Palestinians… In contrast, pro-government and nationalistic nonprofit groups tend to rely on wealthy private donors, who are exempt from the measures under the bill”:

December 27, 2015

News and Analysis (12/27/15)

“Another way of thinking about it is Christianity had a seven-century head-start on Islam, and Islam is finally catching up” — Alan Cooperman, Pew director of religion research:

The air strike killing of the rebel leader who had promised the evacuation convoy safe passage – delays the U.N. plan “to try to end nearly five years of civil war and it appealed to the warring parties not to allow events on the ground to derail the process”:

“Did we ever think that, instead of enemies, an albeit small group from within the Islamic world using the language of Islam, would present it as the religion of killing, violence, whips, extortion and injustice?”

“The project of a statist, authoritarian Caliphate is the single greatest obstacle to Muslim unity. The politicization of Islam immediately transforms the joy of cooperative action into hostile—even violent—disagreement, dividing and harming the people and places we mean to help”:

“The attacks coincided with both Christmas Day and the Muslim feast day commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad with t]he French Council of the Muslim … expressing its sadness that it took place on ‘a day of prayer for both Muslims and Christians'”:

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, “which split from main Muslim rebel group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front … after the MILF opened a peace process with the government confirmed they were behind the raids but had said it was over an unspecified land dispute”:

“Palestinian Christians … receive no tolerance or mercy from the Israeli occupation. Their land has been confiscated, their houses have been destroyed, and they have been subjected to daily humiliation on checkpoints when they travel. Same discriminatory measures for everyone”:

Zionists will not permit local democracy in Britain to stand in the way of forcing local governments to do business with the apartheid state:

For Rana Abdelhamid, “a master’s student of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government … self-defense is one way to empower women because, she says, it gives them agency over their bodies”:

December 24, 2015

News and Analysis (12/24/15)

“[A] three-year study, based on in-depth interviews with civically or politically active Muslim citizens in Australia and Europe” finds the majority “highlighted that their Islamic faith has been a key motivator for their civic engagement, both within and beyond Muslim community”:

The impersonal free market provides. “Muslim prayers are recited before flights, there is no alcohol or pork served on board and the Muslim women flight attendants adhere to a modest dress code … [but] the founders of the airline are … a Hindu Indian couple”:

A new inquisition? “At the time she was placed on administrative leave, Hawkins said, she was asked to deliver a theological statement as part of her review…. ‘I was told that my statement was sufficient … and if that’s the case, then what do we have to discuss?'”:

Having fallen in “love with the idea of a deity who communicates with people through words, who sends his worshippers a text and leaves them free to interpret it”, a writer asks why Republican Presidential candidates are above offering her the same courtesy:

“USA has the right to issue and revoke visa – I fully understand that. However not forwarding any reasons infuriates ordinary people. It does not win the hearts and minds of people…. I am amazed how irrational these processes are but does USA care about what you and I think?” …

… definitely not says the TSA:

“The Egyptian cleric, who is also known as Abu Omar, said he was tortured during the seven months he was held captive, something Lady has denied. Mattarrella decided to move ahead with the partial pardon because … Obama had halted the ‘extraordinary rendition’ program”:

While Muslims split over the celebration of Christmas …

… “In Manger Square, local activists placed an olive tree they said was uprooted by the Israeli army in a nearby village, and surrounded it with barbed wire and decorated it with spent tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops and photographs of Palestinians [recently] killed or arrested”:

December 22, 2015

News and Analysis (12/22/15)

“[S]ome of the Muslim passengers gave non-Muslims head scarfs to try and conceal their identities” and “a brave Muslim man fooled the attackers by saying that a truck full of police officers that was escorting bus was not far behind” …

… while in the USA a soldier says, “I am not Muslim, but when anyone says the Army that I served with will go on to remove Muslims from my country, they’ll have to take me too, because then and there I will publicly convert….  My American heart will not let me do anything less”:

“Luntz asked panelists if they were Muslim first or American first. ‘… I can be both at the same time. I don’t choose one over the other. I am an American-Muslim. I am both, simultaneously,’ [one] female panelist responded. ‘Are you American or a Christian?'” another asked in return:

Some Muslims celebrate the Prophet (pbuh)’s birthday, even though it is not an official Muslim holiday; so, given that Muslims accept Jesus (pbuh) as the Messiah, as long we don’t accept the myth of divine incarnation, celebrating his birth can be as halal as eating apple pie:

“Islamic State presents [irja, the doctrine that only God can decide who is a true Muslim] as a lack of religious piety. It is, however, true piety combined with humility … [unlike] … the Islamic State’s zeal to dictate, … the arrogance of judging all other men, and claiming power over them”:

“A fallout with Russia that threatens Turkey’s gas imports is a prime reason to restore ties with Israel, but the Gaza blockade remains a sticking point”:

December 20, 2015

News and Analysis (12/20/15)

After their bombing of Libya destabilized the country into warring factions and opened the door for ISIS, the West’s first suggestion to the uncertainly reconciled factions is to allow more bombing:

“Iraq’s defense minister says he has launched an investigation into the killing of 10 Iraqi soldiers in an apparent American airstrike, adding that the wrongdoers would be ‘punished according to Iraqi law'” …

… but the US response is that “things like this can happen in war”:

“Two unpublished investigations show that the United States has consistently overlooked killings and torture by Iraqi government-sponsored Shi’ite militias” of which it was aware at least ten years ago:

“Since the … mass shooting in San Bernardino by a pair who ‘supported’ the ideology of Daesh,” … inarguably terroristic acts against Muslims [mirroring] uncannily the … intimidation against African Americans in the U.S. South during much of the 20th century” have spiked:

“Officials in Augusta County, Virginia, just shut down all schools in the county” after receiving a slew of “nasty” phone calls “directed at a world geography class”  when “a homework assignment on Islam ignited rage” despite an offer non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy in the future”:

“Fellow Muslims on Friday said Tamsir Drammeh’s excuse was a stretch. ‘There’s no such rule in Islam,’ said the manager at his garage”:

With Erdogan’s victory the Kurds are less secure and even Obama calls for his withdrawal:

Muslim “terrorists may have blown up the World Trade Center, but without Khan’s innovation of the framed tube structure, the twin towers probably wouldn’t have been constructed in the first place”:

“Salamalakum Melissa! Please show this picture of me to your daughter. Tell her I am a Mama too and as a soldier I will protect her from the bad guys” — Peek wrote on Facebook:


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