Archive for July, 2011

News and Analysis (7/14/11)

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

“The man who murdered President Hamid Karzai’s half brother spent years as an ally of the United States in the war against the Taliban”:

Hiding explosives in his turban “at a funeral service for the assassinated brother of the Afghan president in southern Kandahar city”:

Violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Mumbai:

Akyol “argues that the recipe for Turkey’s success is a liberal economy tempered by Muslim values”:

“Khadija Radwan, for example, is now renowned for the quality of her interpretations of Qur’anic verses,” yet “some “people still look upon Muslim women preachers with suspicion, and some have been reportedly reprimanded or banned for getting out of line or preaching beyond their repertoire, so to speak”:

Parents religious activities, including celebrations based on their calendar

“This law is a classic case of the tyranny of the majority…. The majority aims at silencing, persecuting and threatening the minority”:

He is accused of associating with the peaceful anti-democracy group Hizb at-Tahrir:

News and Analysis (7/12/11)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The assassination of the president’s powerful and controversial half-brother by his own bodyguard “is likely to shake the power bases of Kandahar and  it may risk undoing the region’s recent security gains”:

In the majority Muslim country, “Just over 94 percent” of polled youth 15-25 ” said living with a family makes one happier than being alone, but polygamy was rejected by 61 percent of all male and by 85 percent of all female respondents”:

“The pipeline has long been a source of political controversy in Egypt, particularly since the signing of a 20-year gas export deal with Israel in 2008” that critics say “enabled Israel to buy gas at below-market prices” even as it “continued its blockade on the Gaza Strip”:

Show us y9ur stuff, baby, OR ELSE:

As a suicide bomber kills seven, continued CIA drones “attacks indicate the White House has no intention of stopping the unmanned drone programme, even though the attacks have increasingly caused tension with Pakistan”:

Human Rights Watch urges “the Obama administration to hold President Bush and other top officials in his administration accountable for what it says were acts of torture and other illegal treatment of detainees in violation of the international Convention against Torture and US law”:



News and Analysis (7/11/11)

Monday, July 11th, 2011

“Rights groups say the legislation” that forces Israeli individuals and organizations to do business with illegal settlements “stifles freedom of speech and compromises Israeli democracy”:

Protesters attacked the Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Chilean embassies as well; “security forces who were watching the protests only intervened when the demonstrators turned their attention to the French embassy”:

A flurry of new complications for strained U.S.-Pakistani relations:

“Having him (Mladic) behind bars brings some comfort but the true relief will come only once I find the body of my 18-year-old son who was sent to death by Mladic” — Munira Subasic,  Mothers of Srebrenica member:

“Supporters of the project, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, have maintained that under the Constitution, no one has the right to dictate where a house of worship may be located”:

News and Analysis (7/7/11)

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

While Israel’s defenders quote out of context the Red Cross official who also said, “continued restrictions on the movement of people and difficulties in importing building materials hampered sustainable economic recovery and dashed any hope of leading a normal and dignified life” …

… Israel boycotts the U.N. official who “wrote a report criticising Israel’s response to a border incursion by Palestinian protesters in May”:

“We will wait no matter how long it takes. We’ve learned patience from the Palestinian people who have been resisting Israeli occupation for 60 years, so we can wait. We are not going to move until our government makes some solution for the Greek government to let us sail away” – Alejandro Fierro, activist aboard a Spanish boat:

Has the “Arab Summer” arrived?

“By extending liability beyond the UK’s territorial limits and outside Europe, the ruling will have far-reaching implications for military operations around the world”

Becoming “the first high-ranking official to make the public allegation”:

“The Muslim Brotherhood supports private enterprise, a stock market and engagement with the global economy”:

“A NATO air strike has killed at least 14 civilians, including eight children, in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, local police say,” but “Nato said four Taliban members had been killed in the strike”:

“Prosecutors formally charged the suspect, Arid Uka, with murder and said he carried out the attack only a day after viewing a propaganda video on the Internet that purported to show foreign soldiers raping Muslim women”:

Rebels now “hold much of Libya’s east, plus Misrata and several towns in the Nafusa mountains near the Tunisian border”:


News and Analysis (7/6/11)

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

As the violent repression in Hama resumes, the U.S. remains deferential to Israeli concerns that a democratic Syria would be a bigger problem for the militant apartheid state than the current dictatorship, the U.S. stops short of calling for Asad to step down:

“I have experienced anti-Semitism in many forms in Austria, but these experiences have always been with right-wing Austrians or Nazi supporters. I never experienced Muslim anti-Semitism in Austria” — Ilja Sichrovsky, founder and secretary of the Muslim Jewish Conference:


Al-Shabab reverses its 2009 ban “as the region is hit by its worst drought in 60 years”:

“Amid popular support, Friday’s key demands will include an end to military trials of civilians, the trial of police officers involved in abuse before and after the revolt, and thorough transparent trials of former regime officials”:

“The exchange, which includes a visit by U.S. technologists to the Middle East in the fall, is also an opportunity for women in tech to see how our similarities often outweigh our differences”:

Accommodations allow “prayer inside a school, but don’t go so far as the school-directed form of prayer that was outlawed in Canada nearly 30 years ago”:

News and Analysis (7/5/11)

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Embarrassed by international disgust at the ban on Gaza flotilla boats leaving Greece and the capture of an American ship in the fleet, Israel accepts the face-saving offer from bankrupt Greece, increasingly dependent on the Jewish state, to allow Greece to take the aid to Gaza through an Israeli port:

The “court said that … [s]ince the Dutch government tried to intervene in the situation, it could be held responsible for the deaths of three men”

“The National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO) has implored the Boko Haram sect to yield to voice of reason and soften at shades of opinion aimed at addressing their grievances saying that life is sacred in Islam and should not be taken unjustly”

A shift in media portrayals to showing Muslims as emotionally complex, nuanced and humanizing can itself be a catalyst not only for reducing stereotypes about Muslims, but also for improving American citizen diplomacy with Muslims internationally and domestically.

As street clashes continue, acquittals begin:

“The main reason I want a secular state is to limit the power of government. History shows that politicians play the religion card for their own purposes”:

“Gaddafi is not negotiable, this is our position of principle, and the future of Libya will be decided by Libyans”:

His “Intellectual Origins of Islamic Resurgence in the Modern Arab World and Contemporary Arab Thought: Studies in Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History are now regarded as seminal works on the intellectual history of the modern Middle East”:

Libya denies Russia report Gaddafi seeking way out