August 29, 2014

News and Analysis (8/29/14)

Steve Sotloff’s mother pleads with al-Baghdadi to follow the sunnah of Muhammad (pbuh), saying that she has “learned that Islam teaches that no individual should be held responsible for the sins of others…. Steven has no control over the actions of the U.S. government. He’s an innocent journalist” …

… but IS seems to prefer other teachers than the Prophet, such as the Khawarij (with the beheadings) and Dick Cheney (with his waterboarding) …

… “[I]t is not fear that forced the Peshmerga to fall back in the first weeks of combat with IS – it was the superior firepower provided IS by America, courtesy of the disintegrating Iraqi Army. Let the Muslim world see the crimes that these men commit, and then decide which side they are on”:

“Ten survivors write open letter to president and say disclosure of report is ‘necessary part of correcting America’s own history’”:

The leaders of IS “believe fighting ‘apostates’ is more important than fighting non-Muslims for now…. Their caliphate, say its fighters, will never be truly powerful unless apostates and ‘fake’ Muslims are first weeded out – and their definition of ‘apostate’ expands to include anyone who stands against them”:

“Muhbeen Hussain, founder of a British Muslim youth group in Rotherham, said the police and the town’s social services ‘totally failed us’ by not taking action against gang members. ‘We want the investigations to go back to 1997, cases reopened and prosecutions made'”:

“Jim Roth, the lone council member to back the center, predicted then that the council’s rejection would spawn a lawsuit. Roth said he was ‘embarrassed’ and ‘stunned’ by some of the remarks made” by its opponents:

“What prevents Muslims from uniting is the inability to discuss the history of early Islam calmly and in a civilized manner…. We need to understand that the bloody early schism, which still is an open wound in the Muslim world, was indeed earthly and sinful”:

“Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s first directly elected president, faces civil wars on his borders, a possible economic slowing, and accusations of authoritarianism”:

“The cabinet said it was resigning to enable the elected parliament to choose a new, inclusive government. The Islamist-linked militia which seized the capital, Tripoli, last week has called for the elected MPs to be replaced by the previous body, the General National Congress (GNC)”:

“Its moniker might stand for ‘Islamic State’, but it seems there are more than a few of its supporters who don’t understand much of their adopted religion”:

August 27, 2014

News and Analysis (8/27/14)

So far the truce brings relief to Gazans and heat to Netanyahu:

Actor and playwright (and brother of one of my college roommates) Wallace Shawn “translates” an ad placed by the ADL in defense of the Israeli massacre of Gazan children:

Unable to believe that it is his dictatorship that fuels the opposition, Sisi accuse Egypt’s “great minds and brilliant brains” of selling out to sinister foreign forces:

In Syria, arms from Iran help the Kurds to defend against IS, while a border post falls to the rebels but Syria offer coordination with the US effort against IS while warning unilateral strikes will be treated as aggression:

The US suspects the UAE and Qatar are behind the Libyan bombing raids, and that may only be the beginning of expanded military intervention from the Gulf states:

“The reported initiative by Qatar coincides with an effort by the tiny state to rebut accusations by some of its Arab neighbors and Western politicians that it supports the most anti-Western militant armed groups in Iraq and Syria”:

From Michigan to Noray Muslims denounce the IS:

Worse than stupid,  Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar says that Israels attempt to equate Hamas with the IS is dangerous:

“Fazal Ahmad Manawi, an adviser to Mr. Abdullah, told reporters in Kabul that the audit of more than 8 million ballots from the June 14 runoff election is a “joke” and called for the immediate adoption of stricter procedures in order to identify and destroy fraudulent ballots”:

August 25, 2014

News and Analysis (8/25/14)

“The government had made significant investments in both weapons and manpower to try to hold onto the military base, making its fall a both a symbolic and a strategic blow”:

The bankruptcy of the Neoconservative position on Islam needs no further proof than the fact that they resort to the outright lie that Muslims are not condemning IS atrocities …

… but it is the darling of the Neocons who has mastered the big lie as Netanyahu pretends “Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas” …

… when it is Israel itself that not only matches, but outdoes IS’s thirst for noncombatant blood:

“While the family of slain journalist James Foley mourns his passing, another American journalist … Peter Theo Curtis … [reportedly has] been handed over to a representative of the United Nations” …

… but “Lebanese hostages held by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria and the so-called Islamic State were threatened with death in a video yesterday unless Lebanon’s Hezbollah withdraws its support for Bashar al-Assad”:

An “Arab spring [is] happening in the Muslim community towards self-appointed community leaders. “The notion that the 60-plus organisations that signed the statement are not legitimate and are divisive is incorrect and unfair” — community activist Rebecca Kay:

“[I]t’s not just Gaza… The attacks on freedom of speech and human rights organizations in Israel, the land-grabbing settler movement, a growing strain of anti-Arab and anti-immigrant racism, extremist politics, and a powerful, intolerant religious right — this mixture has pushed liberal Zionism to the brink”:

“Major parts of the devices of the drone are intact and have been received by our friends that can be used for further information” — Revolutionary Guard spokeman General Ramazan Sharif

“Libya has lurched ever closer to fragmentation and civil war this weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, Tripoli, proclaimed their own government, and presented the world with yet another crisis”:

“Omar Zakhilwal told the BBC he would have to cut salaries and lay off government workers if the crisis was not resolved by the end of the month”:

August 23, 2014

News and Analysis (8/23/14)

Has the attempt to form a less sectarian Iraqi government come to late?

Hamas is unafraid to face a process “that could expose both the Islamist group and Israel to war crimes investigations”, but “Israel Israel opposes involving the court”:

IS claims to be ruling with the consent of the governed, but in fact” does not have the support of the majority of Muslims living in Iraq and Syria” ans “is not only targeting other ethnic minorities in Iraq, but … also other Muslims, including Shiites …, and Sunnis who defy them”:

If the British  murderer of an American journalist James Foley thought he would intimidate Britain and America from action against IS, he was mistaken:

Will they ever work in this town again? “Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are reportedly facing a serious backlash from top Hollywood executives following their support for Gaza, which saw the couple sign an open letter condemning the actions of Israel as tantamount to ‘genocide'”:

Each side blames the other for the violation of a “2003 cease-fire in Kashmir …, with troops exchanging gunfire Saturday. Two villagers on each side were killed and several injuries were reported”:

An attorney seems to think that a British ban on dowries will somehow be more successful in eliminating the demeaning practice than the bans already imposed by Islamic and Indian law:

August 21, 2014

News and Analysis (8/21/14)

“Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Perry Barr in Birmingham, estimates that at least 1,500 young British Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years” …

… one of them seems to be the Jihadist who beheaded the journalist James Foley…

… while an expert on IS says that their main message is revenge and secondarily deterrence …

but undeterred by threats that more Americans will be murdered, the US continues air strikes against IS …

“[I]s it fair to continue to allow extremist religious groups to use religion as a pretext to wage wars?”: 

The Islamic State publishes a video of Yazidi men ” converting to Islam,” with no mention or evidence of informed consent …

… a reminder that “far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practice their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could … be regarded as religious novices”‘:

Some Muslim leaders refused to meet on the legislation many object that the PM is “merely seeking approval under the cover of consultation” and “that similar issues about Australian troops travelling abroad to fight or Jews travelling to train or fight with the [IDF] are simply never raised”: 

“[Y]oung Muslim women living in Britain … have, for various reasons, chosen to adopt the headscarf to declare their faith to all around them, despite figures showing rising violence against visibly identifiable Muslims”:

“A lot of Muslim people say it’s about religion. But I think it’s more about the culture and how people have been brought up. Men and women are treated equally [in the religion]. In the culture, it’s like the women should be at home cooking tea” — Ambreen Sadiq, one of Britain’s first Muslim female boxers:

“Why were we arrested, because we participated in protests? Because we stand with our family? What’s our crime? They’re the criminals” — Issa Abu Khdeir, father of the 19-year-old Baltimore boy arrested for protesting the burning to death of his cousin by Israeli extremists:

“[T]here has been a serious failure … in framing Gaza primarily as a humanitarian crisis. Addressing the broader context of occupation and siege is critical to ending violence and achieving a future of freedom and human security for both Palestinians and Israelis”:

“For Muslim youth, music [is a way] to proclaim your identity, to proclaim your politics, to explain who you are, to mobilize, to build community” Hisham Aidi, lecturer at Columbia University and author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture:

August 19, 2014

News and Analysis (8/19/14)

As scholars say, “The worsening plight of Iraq’s Christians is but a legacy of US’ illegal, unwarranted and criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its subsequent engineering of sectarian strife to divide the Iraqi resistance to the occupation” and urge the UN hold ISIS accountable for its “crime against humanity” …

… and a top Saudi imam says that the terrorist entity Islam’s  “No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims” …

… IS condemns an entire village for the peaceful resistance of one resident and threatens Americans everywhere  in retaliation for American intervention, starting wth the beheading of an American journalist:

“Two people are reported to have died as a result of the Israeli strikes, and eyewitnesses said thousands of Gazans were heading for UN shelters. Israel said about 50 rockets were launched from Gaza on Tuesday, but there were no injuries reported”:

“A UN official said approximately 16,800 homes and over 100 UN refugee installations in Gaza were destroyed or severely damaged during the war with Israel”:

Some say that Al-Maliki and Al-Abadi are of the same cloth, but a different design. The new Iraqi prime minister is described as “different type of Islamist: one whose education, big-city upbringing and decades of living in Britain:

As The  president of Fortune 500 company punishes Scotsmen for solidarity with Gazan victims of Israeli aggression … 

… NSW police go to the supreme court in effort to stop protesters from practicing their freedom of speech right by using the Summary Offences Act of 1988:

During a visit to Gaza, the British Consul General to Jerusalem, Alstair McPhail was photographed wearing a scarf with an embroidery of the slogan ” Free Palestine” next to the map before 1948:

August 18, 2014

News and Analysis (8/18/14)

The seaport and the airport destroyed by Israel are symbols of the sticking points in the negotiations:

A Saudi ambassador insist that his country’s puritanical and intolerant version of Islam is not a unique interpretation of Islam, but the true religion; he thinks this exclusivist claim will distance the state from the terrorists:

Some say that the prerogative of Israel is to be exclusively a Jewish State.… Protesters swarmed the wedding of a Muslim man and a Jewish woman, shouting hateful slogans and calling the Jewish woman “a traitor” after she converted to Islam:

The British officials fear that their “findings will contradict the position on the group taken by Britain’s allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)”:

“Muslims are once again pressured to condemn and distance themselves from any association to the term Caliphate, as if the default position (or assumption) is that Muslims support ISIS unless they condemn them”:

A Muslim community condemns racist acts of Vandalism in a grave yard… The “uprooted headstones, trampled on flowers and kicked over memorials in a ‘heinous and senseless’ crime” said the police:

As Muslim Cadets serve their country Australia; “teenage girls wear black headscarves under their camouflage caps, and boys have full, dark beards” …

… the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, met with Muslims leaders in Sydney to negotiate the counter terrorism laws “to explain the proposed crackdown – which has been criticized by some Muslim groups”:

“According to the draft law, the Autonomous Government of Bangsamoro … will have more autonomous powers, particularly regarding politics and the economy, as well as “more territory, outside of and adjacent to” the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao:

“[T]he organization now finds itself engaged in a war against ruthless Sunni militants from the rugged mountains of east Lebanon and across Syria to the borders of Iraq and Iran that is slowly transforming the way Hezbollah sees its military role”:

August 16, 2014

News and Analysis (8/16/14)

“One of the most influential tribal leaders said he was willing to work with Shi’ite prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi provided a new administration respected the rights of the Sunni Muslim minority that dominated Iraq under Saddam Hussein”:

I’m frustrated because for years, Muslim[s] … have endured our interfaith sisters and brothers, as well as media and politicians, telling us that we don’t denounce terrorism done by Muslims. Even though Muslim organizations, leaders, lay people have all … condemned terrorism … consistently since 9/11″:

As the United Nations declared the highest humanitarian level of emergency. the US found fewer people and better conditions on Mount Sinjar than expected, “partly because thousands had left the mountain each night over the past days”:

… and as a result, “the Pentagon announced on Wednesday night that there was no longer any need for a risky rescue effort, as days’ worth of US air strikes and Kurdish-led exfiltration efforts had permitted most of the Yazidis chased up the mountain to escape”:

France and Britain are ready to arm the Kurds. Could this mean Kurdish independence and the division of Iraq? The decision came after the United States abandoned a rescue mission at Mount Sinjar…”The decision to agree to such a request highlighted Britain’s concerns about the challenge of defeating Isis forces”:

As the world watches Iraq closely, the regional war in the Middle East between the Sunnis and the Shia’s predicts an inevitable division of the country and redrawing of the Sykes- Picot lines:

… the new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi said in a statement that “he is committed to fighting corruption and uniting the Iraqi people in the face of terrorism”, but most importantly, to call for the unity of Iraq:

Invading Iraq was a mistake now the West refuses to recognize. All the countries who led the invasion promised ‘ “stable, democratic, federal, parliamentary, prosperous Iraq”‘:

Iraqi leaders say they are incapable of defeating ISIS alone, and “believe it will take a broader effort backed by U.S. airstrikes to dislodge militants in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and parts of western Iraq”:

Anbar, the Western province of Iraq, took up arms against ISIS militants… “The current effort could potentially be a major turning point in Iraq’s two-month conflict against an ISIS-led offensive”:

Hamas, Gaza’s dominant Islamist group, wants an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the coastal enclave lifted, as well as the establishment of a seaport and airport, as part of any enduring cessation of hostilities with the Jewish state”:


August 13, 2014

News and Analysis (8/13/14)

The secretary of State John Kerry told the reporters during a visit to Australia that the US “will explore more “political, economic and security options,  “but will not send combat troops to Iraq again”…

… while “US air strikes continued on Tuesday, with a drone targeting an IS mortar near Kurdish troops…Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped by militants” …

… but the current airstrikes are described to be “minimal and fleeting impact on the forces of the Islamic State” …

… and RAF jets are leaving for Iraq, “and will carry out surveillance ahead of further airdrops to refugees”:

The program targeted by the suit “casts a net so wide that it brands innocent, law-abiding residents, like Plaintiffs — none of whom pose a security threat — as ‘national security concerns’ on account of innocuous activity and associations, and characteristics such as national origin”:

“The statement highlighted the fact that the campaign being waged against religious minorities by the Islamic State (Isis) threatens to provoke the biggest crisis in Catholic-Muslim relations since 2006″ …

… but supporters of ISIS were seen “canvassing around the busy shopping area of Oxford Circus”:

Britain’s support of Israel “is seen as complicit in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians”, drove thousands to protest Britain’s foreign policy:

A “188-page report, the rights group … called the crushing of the main protester sit-in at Cairo’s Rabaah el-Adawiya Square on Aug. 14, 2013, the ‘world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history'”:

Gazans want to fight against the Israeli siege, but increasingly see the ineffective rocket strikes as counter-productive:

“Maliki’s growing isolation raised hopes of a relatively smooth transfer of power after a tense two-day standoff during which the desperate incumbent deployed security forces to strategic points across the capital”:

“Uighurs have long accused the Chinese government of trying to stamp out their cultural and religious practices, and … banning so-called ‘five abnormal appearances,’ which include headscarves and clothes with Muslim emblems like crescent moons, is just another example, they say”:

As Dean Obeidallah puts it, more Muslims have been persecuted by the terrorist groups than non- Muslims minorities since the rise of terrorism:

August 11, 2014

News and Analysis (8/11/14)

Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki is to be replaced by Haider al- Abadi, who was nominated by the Shia coalition parties to form a new government …

… but Iraq’s problems are far from over:

ISIS continues targeting the Yazidis and Christians, who are fleeing to mount Sinjar, while the RAF aborts its humanitarian aid during night, in fear that people could be injured by the cargo:

Two ” sworn enemies” of the Muslim Brotherhood, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, meet together to discuss militant Islam in the Middle East:

“[A]nti-terrorism laws will be given a bad name if they result in avoidable restrictions on the ability of NGOs to conduct vital humanitarian and peace building operations” said David Anderson on Muslim bank account cancellations in the UK:

In the Central African Republic, the first Muslim prime Minister Mahmat Kamoun was rejected by Seleka, a mainly Muslim group:

Lady Warsi predicts “Cameron’s neglect of ethnic minority voters would cost him an outright victory at next year’s national election”:



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