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New and Analysis (12/13/14)

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

As the anti- Muslim demonstrations continue on Germany, Chancellor Merkel condemns it “saying via an aide on Friday that there was ‘no place in  Germany’ for hatred of Muslims or any other religious or racial”:

The propagandist who “tweeted almost exclusively in fluent English, courted the interest of academics and journalists covering the war, and developed a following among analysts, journalists, and jihadi wannabes” turns out to be “a Walter Mitty without the charm”:

“Muhammad [pbuh] … would have loved Canada ]because] Canada’s multicultural ‘just society’ represents the highest aspirations of Muhammad’s city-state of Medina, and Canada’s egalitarian values align perfectly with the highest values of Islam” – Canadian Muslim Leader Dr. David Liepert:

Maybe Muslims are not outraged by the CIA torture revelations because the have already been treated that way by Israel and their own governments for a long time:

While Islam elevated the status of women in society, made them leaders, business women, and masters of their own selves, ISIS enslaves women and treats them like objects for the sake of pleasing men:

The “list of 75 ‘specific signs’ that might indicate a Uighur was a ‘religious extremist’ … included [not only] … wearing veils, reading religious books or abstaining from alcohol … [but also] [s]elling land, sheep or oxen without cause … [as] a sign … that someone might be planning a suicide attack”:

At a French School, Muslim children are forced to go ” meatless” after the Mayor Marcel Mortreau refused to introduce a substitute for pork in the school lunch menu. ‘He bases his decision on the “principle of Republican neutrality”’:

Israel dismisses and bans and labels Islamic Relief as “a terrorist organization” for helping the Palestinians. “Two days after the ban was announced the charity’s West Bank offices were raided. Computers were smashed, files taken and the office safe blown apart” …

… while a “bill that called on Denmark to recognize Palestine as a state was shot down in parliament as expected on Thursday. But despite the no vote, the foreign minister nonetheless suggested that Denmark could be a step closer to recognizing a Palestinian state”:

Who is funding terrorist organizations in the Middle East? “Islamic State initially relied on wealthy private donors in the Middle East keen to oust Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.” Now they also obtain money by ransom and selling crude oil:

News and Analysis (12/12/14)

Friday, December 12th, 2014

What are they stealing from mosques? “Starting next year authorities will install centrally monitored cameras in every mosque to record what goes on inside. The move is ostensibly meant to prevent theft and regulate energy use, but few doubt the real intention is to tighten the state’s grip on Islam”:

Islamophobia in France’s National Front Party led to the suspension of Maxence Buttey, “an elected member of the municipal council of Noisy-le-Grand, a suburb of Paris” after announcing his conversion to Islam:

Although many Muslim Scholars and Muslim nations are working to counter radicalization, the Western World is not paying attention to them:

As far fetched of an idea as it is, “Israeli writer AB Yehoshua … said Europeans should consider admitting Palestine and Israel into the European Union if both sides settle on a stable peace agreement”:

They strangle Mr. Abu Ein, and then insinuate Palestinians  caused his death by taking him to a hospital instead of letting Israelis come to his aid; it’s like bombing children and blaming it on Hamas:

Islam and Christianity are two different religions, but what they share may be more than what they differ on. “Mary is so important in Islam that the faith’s holy book, the Quran, has a chapter (called a sura) named after her. She is one of the few people mentioned by name in the book”:

News and Analysis (12/10/14)

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

“If a white, American, Christian woman were to be [treated in some Muslim country as Aafia Siddiqui has been treated] … [w]ould we not demand that an international medical team be allowed to see her and evaluate her condition and her family be allowed to contact her?”:

A day after much publicised mass conversion, Muslim families have told local media that they were tricked into conversion and did not speak against the act “out of fear of violence”. Said one, “We were told we will get a ration card, Aadhar [ID] card, and that the police will not bother us. We are poor so what do we do?”:

Anti Islam protesters in Germany flood the streets. ‘The “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West” (Pegida) is winning over more and more supporters, causing Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas to call on all parties to openly denounce the right-wing, populist alliance.’:

Under Israeli occupation, planting olive trees can be a capital offense; no trial necessary:

“Recognizing the independent state of Palestine would be a symbolically important expression of Ireland’s support for the people of Palestine’s right to self determination” MP Dominic Hannigan …

… while Amos Oz, David Grossman and Abraham Yehoshua, prominent Israeli authors, have added their names to a petition calling on Europe to recognize Palestine’s Statehood:

“Instead of viewing Islam as ‘evil’ we should analyze the circumstances to hope to diminish future extremism…American Muslims have been subject to immense discrimination since 9/11.”:

The attempt to insulate Muslim children from Western culture, combined with a rote learning rather critical thinking approach to teaching Islam, leaves them prey to “Sheikh Google”:

“[P]rotesters who have faced Bahrain’s oppressive regime, campaigning for their own rights … clearly do not want the kind of regime that sits down to dinner with Queen Elizabeth one day while using British and American-made tear gas the next. They don’t want British Navy Bases”:

In Kenya, Muslims are demanding  changes in the way the mainstream media depicts Muslims, while Muslims leaders accused the media of “amplifying hard-line and reckless voices within the Muslim community while ignoring moderate and responsible voices.”:

News and Analysis (8/21/14)

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

“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:

News and Analysis (8/19/14)

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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:

News and Analysis (8/18/14)

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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”:

News and Analysis (8/16/14)

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

“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”:

 

News and Analysis (8/13/14)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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:

News and Analysis (8/11/14)

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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”:

 

 

News and Analysis (8/10/14)

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

“[T]he Qur’an warns its readers to not be swayed by charismatic figures who, in reality, only spread evil in the world…The  killing  and oppression of innocent people and the destruction of land and property is completely antithetical to Islam’s normative teachings” …

… as demonstrated by the abduction of Yazidi taken by ISIS fighters who have“vicious plans … in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values” according to Kamil Amin, a spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry …

… and the dissolution of an “an understanding between communities that had survived for generations” …

… while in Indonesia, where the government has banned speech favorable to ISIL, “[l]eaders of the country’s two largest Islamic organizations — Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, which have decried growing local support for ISIL as running  counter to Islam”:

In the Turkish presidential election that could change the office from a symbolic head of state into a dominant political figure, Erdogan is all over the airwaves, while one opposition journalist is arrested and the resignation of another sparks a controversy over freedom of the press:

In reaction to the Australian anti- terrorism laws, Tahmina Rashid, an associate professor at the University of Canberra for International Studies says that  the Muslim community “ should view the measures as designed to protect them as well as the broader Australian community:

Muslim groups protest the suspension of Mike Carlton, a columnist for Fairfax , accused of “offensive language towards readers complaining about a July 26 column and accompanying cartoon about the war in Gaza”:

For multiple of reasons,”The United States is not intervening against Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian regime, as Obama had proposed. Instead, it is striking one of Assad’s biggest enemies” …

.. yet, it plans to be in the half-fought struggle for long time:

With the dead finally bueired Gaza deals with 10,000 wounded …

… as Gaza supporters in Latin America and South Africa show solidarity with Palestine …

… and the Palestinians say they won’t talk to themselves if |Israel won’t come to the peace table:

On the off chance that you didn’t understand the real purpose of declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, the political party that won winners of Egypt’s first elections after the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship, will be dissolved and its assets seized by the state”: