Archive for October, 2006

News and Analysis (10/31/06)

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Arm thine enemies: How democratic can you get?

Human rights award recipient describes Syrian experience

We’d have thought 3,000 deaths per month would be enough:

The real Tariq Ramadan:

Bombing of school breaks peace deal:

News and Analysis (10/26/06)

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Would he still say it’s not torture if al-Qaida did it to him?

Speaking of torture, ever wonder how we got into Iraq in the first place?

Iraq experience may end rather than start a trend towards democracy in the Arab world:

Think of all the lives that could have been saved if this had been done in the first place:

Deterioration of peace process gives rise to an Islamist movement in Israel:

Khalid Hroub argues that Hamas has been moving in a pragmatic direction for years, a change that the current sanctions threaten to reverse:

President discounts missed benchmarks as hypothetical…

… but al-Maliki tells a different story:

News and Analysis Update (10/24/06)

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Rampant corruption continues in post-Saddam Iraq:

Palestinian farmers demand access rights to their own land for olive harvest only to find more difficulty in selling crops due to heavy restrictions:

Muslim World deals with continuing violence during Eid:

Chinese Muslims face heavy governemnt interference and State attempts at brainwashing:

Applying a double-standard? Former Indonesian leader’s son, convicted of hiring someone to kill a Supreme Court judge, could soon be released from jail after serving only four years:

Could judge have based his ruling on the facts and not the face?

News and Analysis (10/23/06)

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Eid Mubarak!

Adil Shamou asks “What has my new country the United States, done to my old country, Iraq?”

A woman’s right to be heard in Islam:

Israel denies American residents visas:

Both sides used cluster bombs but Israel had the monopoly on chemical weapons:

Mahmoud Zahar vows to protect Parliament building from Fatah:

Former Marine lawyer says courts martial in Iraq and Afghanistan are “acquitting individuals with unusual frequency”:

News and Analysis (10/22/06)

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

Keith Olbermann speaks out on the Military Commissions Act:

Pressure on Hamas could have unintended consequences:

Rami Khouri argues that “ending violence is a good thing in itself:”

A Muslim social scientist argues that the best way to fight extremism is to “reinsert moral and ethical values in the public sphere and in international diplomacy:”

For Iraqis, this is not what Ramadan is about:

A Muslim women’s rights activist complains…

… while a convert to Islam explains:

News and Analysis (10/20/06)

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Baggage handlers file joint discrimination suit:

Victim awarded $2000:

Staying the course into Hell:

Israeli forces use tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon against worshippers:


News and Analysis (10/19/06)

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Ashqar attributes his prosecution to the administration’s desire to coerce him into indicting Palestinians:

Volley in a campaign against violence directed at civilians:

Know thyself; the beginning of wisdom:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got …

… General Caldwell compares the situation in Iraq to the Tet offensive of Vietnam:

News and Analysis (10/18/06)

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Thailand’s Prime Minister, subsequent to talks with Malaysian counterpart, promises to reach out to Muslim minority in order to end the fighting that has claimed 1700 lives since 2004.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: “Refusing to release the nationalities leaves open a possibility that immigration laws are being disproportionately enforced against Arab-Americans and Muslims.”

President of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies: “… Potentially the widest infringement of the rights of Muslim students that there ever has been in this country.”

Demand exceeds supply for “shariah-compliant” hard currency:

News and Analysis Updates (10/17/06)

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Bush hosts iftaar at the White House and praises Muslims:

Lebanese ask: Who is the UN really protecting?

In his late 70s and disabled, man was held for over three years in Guantanamo: one son is still held there while another was elected to Kabul’s provincial council:

British politicians continue to get face-veil issue wrong…

…Tunisia starts forcing women to take off their headscarves in public

News and Analysis Updates (10/16/06)

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Thirty-eight Muslim scholars have written an open letter to the Pope regarding the errors in his speech at Regensburg:

The Arab League offers to dispatch a force of Arab and Muslim troops as peacekeepers to Darfur:

Jewish Sukkot is held at a Long Island masjid amid accusations of Ted King, a local senator and fervent US Patriot Act supporter, that the mosque is a hotbed of anti-American Muslim extremism and anti-Semitism.

Some things are more complex than you realize: