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News and Analysis (12/8/10)

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Deputy Knesset chairman MK Ahmed Tibi calls for the government funded rabbis who declared “Racism Originated In The Torah” to “be given intensive course in Jewish history” and even Netanyahu protests their statements:

Allegations that the accused “became increasingly radicalised” as he “continued with the FBI’s fake” Christmas tree bombing plot add to the criticism that such “tactics  contribute towards a … wedge between law enforcement officials and some of their most important assets in the war against extremism”:

“Hindus and Muslims here today condemned the Varanasi blast and termed it as a conspiracy to sever cordial ties between both the communities and instigate communal feeling”:

“This is an opportunity for others to learn that it’s a religion that is not born in violence. Rather they are teachings of compassion and kindness”:

“Who said that the Americans don’t want the result that came about?” — Gehad Ouda, Egyptian political scientist close to the ruling party on the parliamentary elections allegedly plagued with “blatant vote fraud”:

News and Analysis (12/7/10)

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Five years ago, a jury refused to convict Sami al-Arian on ANY of the almost one hundred charges brought against him; a juror now steps forward to give the eye-opening story of the deliberations that foiled the unjust prosecution:

Even as he questions whether a president or his aides can order a U.S. citizen assassinated for terrorist activity:

CU-Boulder student who admits DUI but won’t remove headscarf for work-crew photo says she is “not trying to bring Shariah to Colorado”; we guess not, since the Muslim punishment for alcohol consumption is flogging:

While the New York Times and Al-Jazeera publishing Wikileaks info embarrassing to the Arab world, Justin Raimando points out what they somehow managed to overlook …

… and the hammer falls:

The New York Hall of Science opens 1001 Inventions, a exhibition of the scientific, technological, and intellectual advancements throughout the Golden Age of Islam:

A “group that calls itself the Indian Mujaheddin took responsibility for the blast, writing that the bombing was in retaliation for a September court ruling that divided the Babri Masjid holy site between Muslims and Hindus”:

News and Analysis (12/6/10)

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Muslims get a restraining order against an FBI informant who admits to entrapment and FBI case collapses:

Netanyahu thanks Turkey for “sending firefighting planes to help battle forest fires in northern Israel that killed 41 people” but Israel is not so  grateful as to apologize for killing their citizens:

With falling Muslim public support for Al-Qaida and suicide bombing, as well as mixed views of Hizbollah or Hamas, democracy and the constructive role for Islam in politics both are on the rise:

FIFA 2022 will be the first mega-sporting event held in a predominantly Muslim country; it is a good sign of things to come for the Muslim world …

… In the meantime, Ahmadinejad sides with public against the killjoys, praising “female athletes from Iran who won medals in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, which took place in November”:

European conservatives justify their opposition to Islam, and religious and cultural diversity with the premise that Muslims undermine their “liberal” values, seriously?:

“The words which people use, often unconsciously, can have a critical impact upon the thoughts and attitudes of those who speak and write, as well as those who listen and read”:

“A coalition of Egyptian rights groups on Monday urged President Hosni Mubarak to nullify the results of the country’s parliamentary election because of widespread vote rigging”:

News and Analysis (12/3/10)

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Because making  “terrorists seem ‘ten feet tall'” supports “their narrative that they’re world-historical forces on par with the U.S. — it might be time to publicly de-emphasize terrorism in the public discourse”:

A proposal by activist Asra Nomani to profile Muslims at the airport, and a refutation by American University Professor Akbar Ahmed:

“Report director Andrew Mack says armed conflict in Muslim nations has waned partly because Cold War proxy battles such as the Afghanistan-Soviet Union conflict have ended and independence wars have been resolved”:

India’s religious diversity and secular state, if  “used wisely, it can reinforce India’s civilizational tolerance [and religious liberty] which and reject the counterfeit secularism which divides”:

“Americans of all faiths need to let their elected officials know that we will not let hate and bigotry destroy our nation”:

News and Analysis (12/2/10)

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Video disproves allegations that the captive was killed by his captors:

“Whichever way one looks at it, the cable raises huge issues about the probity or competence of the secretary of state – and the matter will not go away”:

“[J]udiciary officials spent almost an hour in talks with Saharkhizan’s family before the hanging,” in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade them to spare the life of the soccer players “temporary wife”:

(Huffington Post)

“The Palestinian resistance does not work outside the borders of Palestine,” Haniyeh said, suggesting unfounded allegations of an al-Qaida presence in Gaza may be a pretext to color a future Israeli invasion as part of the “global war against terror”:

The incumbent contests the results of his runoff against “the man who embodies the struggle of the disenfranchised, mainly Muslim northern population” even before they are announced:

Another challenge to the freedom of political speech in Europe, spurred by the prejudices of the European extreme-right towards Islam:

News and Analysis (12/1/10)

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

There is no proof, but for Iranians there is also no doubt whose hands are behind the assassination-by-bombing attempt to disrupt their nuclear program as well as cyber-attacks with the same objective:

After an attempted Christmas tree lighting car-bombing, the Corvallis community showed their support for a local mosque victimized by an arson attempt; “this is not Corvallis … it is some redneck idiot”:

If Israel was not so preoccupied with building settlements in the West Bank, they could act on this “softening of Hamas’s long-standing position” for the cause of peace:

A talk by Ali Shehata on the reasoning in the hadith and in the Qur’an against radicalism and terrorism, and why the characterization of Muslim terrorists as heroes is just plain wrong:

Forget about fairy Godmothers and knights in shining armor; the author of Love in a Headscarf argues for a “pro-active approach … where the community, the family and the individual work together to locate someone who will make a good life partner”:

The move by … the country’s strongest opposition force and the smaller, secular liberal Wafd party is a blow to this top U.S. ally’s efforts to portray itself as a democracy:

News and Analysis (11/30/10)

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

5,000 “young Yemenis have so far volunteered to contribute to the country’s media campaign, two hundred of which will work with [Amr] Khaled and his U.K.-based organization to … confront extremism”:

“We have a choice. Peace, nonintervention, and low government expenditures? Or perpetual war and out-of-control government? Knowing the legal consequences of his brave action, Bradley Manning made an apparently difficult choice. For us, it’s not a hard choice at all” …

… yet Israel, miraculously spared evidence of any hypocrisy between public and private positions apparent with the Arab and other states in the leaked material, draws an opposite conclusion calling for an attack on Iran

… although it is the West that has turned its back on Iran’s  agreement “to exchange its low-enriched uranium in Turkey for nuclear fuel processed abroad”:

The FBI sought to avoid suspicion of entrapment in its sting operation against Mohamed Mohamud:

Human rights groups echo the Muslim Brotherhood’s allegations that “its lawmakers may be almost entirely swept out of parliament by what it said was rampant rigging, intimidation and vote-buying”:

News and Analysis (11/29/10)

Monday, November 29th, 2010

“The surgeon in the holy city of Medina knows her father, also her male guardian, is violating Islamic law by forcibly keeping her single”:

Wikileaks brings to light some pretty icky stuff, reminding us “that sunshine is the best disinfectant” …

… among the most important points is the extent in which “Muslim governments engage in policies of which they know their citizens will not approve”:

Arson provokes Muslim leaders to call for more protection “days after a Somali-American man was accused of trying to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony”:

The first chief of operations of the CIA’s Counter Proliferation Division asserts that if “US is to enjoy any credibility on non-proliferation in the Middle East, it will either have to change its policy toward Israel, or change its broader non-proliferation policy”:

Along with the grant of citizenship to church leaders that paves the way for returning other property, the return of the orphanage illustrates the AKP’s efforts to reform Turkey’s  record on human rights:

Islamic law prohibits denying the lineage of a child; “[o]pen adoption, which keeps contact between the adoptee and his biological family may be the answer”:

“Senft said that despite bouts with depression, his son was still deployed to Afghanistan even though he didn’t want to go and believed his military records would have indicated his mental instability”:

“If you ask MC Kash, he’s just speaking the truth. But Kashmir’s breakout rapper’s songs court rebellion and could land him in jail”:

News and Analysis (11/24/10)

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Egypt’s denial of a license to for Coptic Christian house of worship leads to around 93 arrested, thirty injured, and hundreds protesting in the streets:

A sign that “fissures that developed between the Ahmadinejad government and conservatives in Parliament during last year’s wave of protests have yet to be closed,” the complaint could be a step to impeachment:

It is neither illegal nor unusual, but Sharif El-Gamal’s request for taxpayer dollars to fund the Manhattan Islamic Center is asking for bad public relations:

The allegations shock “the tens of thousands of Somalis in the Minneapolis area, who fled civil war and famine to build new lives in the United States and now wonder how some of their youths could have strayed so far”:

Israel’s referendum law makes for a sad day for those who saw the Two-State Solution as the road to peace and freedom; an analysis by realist and author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy Stephen Walt:

His assertion that he “he had no plans to consummate the marriage until the girl reached puberty” didn’t help, “especially when he went on to say he also intended to marry two other girls, aged 7 and 9”:

News and Analysis (11/23/10)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Potentially assisted by the Pakistani regime, who the U.S. gives billions in aid every year, a representative of the Taliban turns out to be pulling our leg, after we butter him up with “a lot of money”:

“Ironically, this toxic cocktail of enmity serves the ultra-Jewish nationalists. So lurid and bloodthirsty is much of the anti-Israel/Jewish rhetoric pouring from the Muslim world that it is easy to convince Jewish public opinion that ‘Arabs don’t want peace’ “:

Escaping political-economic situations in Africa, dozens of “economic refugees” have been shot by Egyptian border guards on their way into Israel, now Israel is building more walls:

A Muslim lawmaker agrees “to consider a resolution to better protect Christians to keep them in Iraq” as his Christian colleague lambasts “nations that have offered asylum to the minority as meddling in Iraq’s problems”: