News and Analysis (6/19/20)

June 19th, 2020

While other Muslim-American’s issue statements demanding justice for George Floyd, Keith Ellison does something about it:

“Erdogan … learned by experience that getting the United States on board by making Trump his personal friend is easier than any other way” — veteran Turkish journalist Cengiz Candar:

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it has a lawsuit against Stafford County challenging “overly restrictive zoning regulations” that blocked the creation of a Muslim cemetery”:

The U.N. declares, “The annexation of occupied territory is a serious violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the Geneva Conventions” …

… and retired Israeli military Commander Shaul Ariel estimates that “Palestinians would lose up to 70,000 acres of private land” including farms and grazing land:

A dissenting justice denies that the 1986 Act intended “to deprive divorced Muslim women … litigant friendly procedures of the family courts Act and denude it of jurisdiction to decide applications for maintenance”:

Some observers are reported to think the U.S. may be backing away from a military confrontation after the launch of Noor satellite that improved Iran’s capability to track and monitor oil tankers in its surroundings:

The minister’s rejection of “joint committee of Hindu and Muslim leaders of the area to further probe these incidents” gives credence to charges that reports aim “to defame a particular community and an area” …

… “[i]n accepting a distorted and manipulated version of events that took place during the bloodiest days New Delhi has seen in decades, the Modi government is essentially normalising ethnic violence”:

To reinforce its opposition to US sanctions on Iran, and show that Istanbul is not obliged to implement them, Turkey’s Foreign Minister on Monday announced August 1 to reopen borders with Iran:

US Representative for Iran Brian Hook says he hopes for talks with Iran over prisoners and other issues, but Tehran demands US return to the nuclear deal before in-person meetings …

… while Iran protests IAEA demands to open sites for inspection “where activities are believed to have taken place earlier this century, before Iran agreed to the 2015 nuclear pact with global powers”:

News and Analysis (6/16/20)

June 16th, 2020

As the July 1st, a date set for annexation, approaches, Netanyahu is facing growing resistance from Israeli lawmakers, activists, and religious groups concerned about Palestinians’ right and global approval and alliance …

… meanwhile, Israeli violation of the International law leaves Palestinians with few nonviolent options to save the two-states solution:

“Iran has denied us access to two locations and that, for almost a year, it has not engaged in substantive discussions to clarify our questions related to possible undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities” …

… but as the UN prepares a report on Iran missiles intending to support extending the arms embargo, some European countries, Russia, and China want to keep 2015 nuclear deal alive:

Manila Philippine Congressman warns government of unrestricted police power after illegal use of power against Muslims traders:

Formichi argues “for Asia’s central role in the development of global Islam as a religious, social and political reality – challenging the assumed dominant role of the Middle East in that development”:

Iran admitted within days “that its forces accidentally shot down the Kiev-bound jetliner” but says that that the Covid pandemic has delayed the handover of the black boxes:

Contra Ted Cruz, “the law does not provide the authority to ‘regulate or prohibit, directly or indirectly’ ‘any postal, telegraphic, telephonic, or other personal communication,’ so long as there is no exchange of value”:

Deletion of the “‘other religions’ … from national identity card application [prevents Baha’is] from … obtaining official identification, as they cannot claim affiliation to one of the three legally recognised minority religions”:

After flawed data caused Aligarh Muslim University ranking to slip from 18 to 31, the university requests a quick error since ranking impacts students career:

News and Analysis (6/13/20)

June 13th, 2020

Since 9/11 thousands of US law enforcement officers “including agents from the FBI, CIA, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – have been schooled” in Israeli tactics under far-right Israeli lobby sponsorship …

… but Israeli brutality against Palestinians is rarely brought to justice:

Pompeo’s move “to unilaterally force the imposition of UN sanctions against Iran. not only creates many risks in terms of escalating the crisis with Iran, but it [marks] an unprecedented assault on the UN Security Council” …

… meanwhile, an Iran sanctions case judge demands “a list of exculpatory material the government withheld before, during and after the trial and [the identities of the responsible] members of the government team”:

Muslim religious and political leaders show solidarity with African-American and to emphasize Islam’s rejection of all form of injustice and inequality at a demonstration in New Jersey on July 13:

Residents continue “taking to the streets to oppose the demolition of 18-century burial ground for homeless shelter”:

Ordinary people, the Indian high court, and even a U.S. Senator are becoming impatient with India’s squeeze on Kashmir

“All of those flogged are people who have been arrested for peaceful activities or exercising their rights to freedom of speech”:

A Palestinian real state mogul recalls 1948 eviction from the family home in Palestine by Zionist immigrants:

The self-described Islamophobe and critic of Black Lives Matter “denied being racist or bigoted in his views, and said his comments were taken out of context” yet he “declined an invitation to provide context”:

Under financial stress and absent “imposing figures such as Soleimani and al-Muhandis to unify disparate factions, divisions have emerged in the Popular Mobilisation Forces … umbrella group of mainly Shia fighters”:

News and Analysis (6/10/20)

June 10th, 2020

The International Refugee Assistance Project plans to appeal, their attorney saying that the District Court’s three judge “panel definitely got the legal issues wrong” :

Only JCPOA participants may call for a snap back of UN sanctions, and after Trump’s withdrawal, the U.S. is no longer a participant:

“At the time of the killing, fathers were exempt from capital punishment for so-called honor killings.” This girl “told officials her life was at risk, but was allowed to remain in her father’s house”

After online chat of discrimination went viral, the Hospital owner said, “Our hospital has never discriminated against Muslim patients. These off-the-cuff remarks are being exaggerated”:

The region called al-Andalus in Arabic “prospered under Muslim rule. But that legacy has been largely forgotten in the predominantly Catholic country”:

In India, Muslims’ lives don’t matter; there are no television programs and no shows revealing the daily struggle of Muslims; discrimination is institutional and state supported:

Al-Qarawiyyin was founded in 859 in Morocco by Fatima al-Fihri in as an educational and spiritual institution; becaming the first-degree-awarding educational institution according to UNESCO and Guinness World Record:

Trump offers no time frame for signing Marco Rubio’s bipartisan bill to sanction China for the repression of Muslim in China’s Xinjian province :

Palestinians have declared statehood so many times that we’ve lost count:

News and Analysis (6/6/20)

June 5th, 2020

Although US denied on Tuesday any prisoner swap with Iran, the release of White, a US Navy veteran, came “a day after an Iranian scientist held by the American authorities was returned to Iran”:

After a Muslim group endorsed Biden, a Muslim grad student in Islamic studies warns that Biden’s record on “surveillance under a state of exception … ought to be interrogated … amid the COVID-19 pandemic”:

The Trump administration requires “that no one would have to leave their home. The result has been a map that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas quipped is ‘like Swiss cheese'”:

Community leaders complain that current limits deny “loved ones of the immediate family of a deceased individual … this opportunity to pray for their deceased, pay their respects and to have some form of closure”:

The Director-General of Jammu and Kashmir Police believes he has the right to set limits on questioning by elected officials:

The Muslim entrepreneur and CEO of EVOLVE solution is the first Muslim women to be appointed to the Pennsylvania Commissioner:

“Libya’s internationally recognised government regained control of Tripoli on Thursday, driving eastern forces out of the capital after a 14-month battle in which foreign powers poured in arms and fighters”:

Italy’s liberals and leftists condemn the fascists and feminists who find common cause in mocking and maligning the freed humanitarian hostage who converted to Islam:

Iran is developing a “militarized cyber-infrastructure” not yet “as sophisticated as Israel’s … fueled by Tehran’s perception of the cyberthreat and an unremitting thirst for technological equality”:

News and Analysis (6/2/20)

June 2nd, 2020

Boston Muslims know what it is like to fight for equality, calling all minorities to rally around all sorts of racism:

When they retrieved their watermelons that fell into a dry open drain, the government charged them with “malignant act likely to spread life threatening disease) and 328 (hurting someone through poison etc.”:

“Iran practices its free trade rights with Venezuela, and we are ready to send more ships if Caracas demands more supplies from Iran” — foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi:

In shift, the UAE condemns Israel’s plans to annex West Bank, warning it would be a serious setback for the Middle East peace process:

“An Iranian scientist imprisoned for years in the United States despite being acquitted in a trade secrets case is on his way back to Iran on Tuesday after being deported by US authorities”:

Muslimahs are not the only women leaders whose achievements are overlooked, but they are especially neglected:

The suspect said something to the effect of “Your smile is making me want to punch you in the face,” and then repeatedly punched the honors high school student “partially knocking off her headscarf”:

Iranian Parliament Speaker, Galibaf, criticizes US racial injustice and its international policies; and reserves Iran’s right to counter US terrorism:

News and Analysis (5/31/20)

May 31st, 2020

European and US policymakers find Trump’s Iran policies counterproductive; keeping inside the Non-Proliferation Treaty would provide better safeguards on Iran’s nuclear program:

A vessel was displayed “at a ceremony to introduce over 100 new boats to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp’s Navy” suggests US sanctions may be backfiring:

As the killing of Soleimani escalates tension between US and Iran in Iraq, frequency of raids on Isis went down and ISIS activities went up:

Appointing a man who has called Islam a “babaric cult” and endorsed “the Chinese government’s crackdown on their Uighur Muslim minority” to a post involving defense of religious freedom abroad defies comprehension …

… while the employment of brutal Israeli tactics by American police gives Russia and Iran an opening to charge the U.S. with hypocrisy:

The plan of Ahmadiyya community in Canada to build a cemetery to accommodate for its growing community receives some opposition over agricultural land concerns:

When Mohammed Khaja who died of cardiac arrest was denied burial by six grave yards over COVID-19 concern, his body was laid to rest in Hindu cemetery:

India doubles down on its discrimination of the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir:

News and Analysis (5/28/20)

May 28th, 2020

“The appointment is just the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that are raising concerns it is undermining USAID’s ability to fulfill its mission”:

Raffia Arashad, who was appointed a Deputy District Judge on the Midlands Circuit last week cites the “Imposter Syndrome,” wondering if one is good enough, as “one of the things that holds women”:

A British-Bangladesh Muslim entrepreneur was invited to perform prayer call at the heart of London’s financial district to “show appreciation of Muslim community and engage with it”:

When the Muslim social worker donated blood to a Hindu woman undergoing a Cesarean operation, he conveyed the message of Islam’s love and compassion for all humanity:

What others call Covid precautions (“washing hands regularly, covering one’s face and keeping a respectful distance from others,”) one Muslim comic call “Sharia law”:

Gulf states showed admirable transparency in dealing with Covid-19; but are they willing to “embrace transparency when it comes to policies designed to spark economic recovery and govern structural reform”?

America’s Iran policies have unintended consequences:

India’s persecution of Muslims continues to grow:

“The PA is competing with better-resourced communities worldwide that are less constrained in their access to funds”:

News and Analysis (5/26/20)

May 26th, 2020

“The Covid-19 pandemic has beautifully dispelled the taboo, the myth, the common practice ⁠— that women do not and cannot pray with men”:

“State enforced disruptions to internet access are problematic at all times and in the midst of a global pandemic, such restrictions are unconscionable”:

“Education promotes individual freedom, empowerment and yields important developmental benefits” but in Kashmir getting higher education is an unusually difficult challenge:

Is the pigeon named Bond? Mohammad Bond?:

As tension mounts between the Chinese and Indian military over Kashmir …

“Debt-laden Islamabad gets Beijing funds for joint venture opposed by Delhi”:

“Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has announced a black-band protest across the Union territory following the recent incidents in which doctors were allegedly manhandled, harassed and not allowed to reach hospitals”:

Rejecting the misconceptions of his Greek and Roman predecessors, Ibn Haytham’s innovative data-based understanding influenced later scientists including “Galileo Galilei, … Johannes Kepler and … Sir Isaac Newton”:

News and Analysis (5/23/20)

May 23rd, 2020

Pakistan’s president draws a parallel between Kashmir and the Palestinian struggle, saying: “the Israeli state is doing to the Palestinians what Nazis did in the 1930s and India has taken a leaf from the Israeli playbook”:

The Vatican warns of consequences of annexation …

… as Israeli supporters of a two-state solution warn annexation leads to violence:

Palestinian Authority refuses to be a bridge for Arab-Israel normalized ties, saying, “UAE did not coordinate with the state of Palestine before sending the aid”

As Trump faces rising disapproval, his campaign turns to “Iran’s talk”:

Presuming the lawyer growing beard to be a Muslim, police felt justified beat up the man:

A scholar from Clear Lake Islamic Center reminds Muslims around the globe concerned about pandemic on congregational worship and Eid prayers,of real connection with God:

The church pastor participated in the service, saying, “Yes, yes, yes, because we have the same concerns and we want to learn from you. And it is beautiful to feel that way about each other”:

“I’m not the priority of any country and this is how it is when it comes to being a Jerusalemite”: