Archive for January, 2012

News and Analysis (1/11/12)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

The court said, “When the law that voters wish to enact is likely unconstitutional, their interests do not outweigh Mr. Awad’s in having his constitutional rights protected;” the proposer of the law denounced the decision as “right along with … forced busing of school children,” i.e., integration:

Denying any intention to interfere freedom of religion or speech, prosecutor Bobbie Cheema insists, “The vast majority of Muslim, and indeed other religious people, or people with no religion but who have strong views about homosexuality, are able to express their views if they wish in a critical but lawful, moderate and self-controlled way”:

In the wake of recently acquitted ANwar Ibrahim’s declaration that Malaysia’a “anti-sodomy law [is] archaic and easily abused to breed intolerance and invade people’s privacy”:

Freedom of expression and belief are elements in the bill that “was in the works for three months in collaboration with secular and Islamist thinkers”:

What Thomas Friedman doesn’t know about Muslim world politics: secular parties in Egypt have been around for decades, the Muslim Brotherfhood are free market capitalists, and the Islamists in Indonesia have never come close to winning an election in the post-Suharto era:

What part of “voluntary prayer” doesn’t the religious right understand?

“What I saw was a humanitarian disaster. The regime is not just committing one war crime, but a series of crimes against its people” — Anwar Malek, fomrer member of the monitoring team who says “he resigned because of what he saw, and said that the mission was falling apart”:

Israel (which, unlike the Islamic Republic of Iran, never signed the NPT, allows no IAEA inspectors in to the country, has hundreds of nuclear weapons and a history of repeatedly invading its neighbors) has denied Iranian accusations of being behind such assassinations in the past:

The now confessed true purpose of the policy towards Iran, sanctions promoted under the guise of preventing nuclear proliferation, will have the opposite effect, provoking the populace to close ranks behind an unpopular regime in the face of a foreign challenge to Iran’s sovereignty and dignity:

News and Analysis (1/9/12)

Monday, January 9th, 2012

“The opposition controls more than one-third of parliament’s seats and analysts say that Anwar, who has pledged to scale back Malaysia’s most draconian laws and reunify the racially divided nation if elected, could potentially knock out the incumbent government entirely”:

Essam el-Erian denies that the FJP’s accommodation of the military is naive, saying, “Of course, the military wants to delay or disturb the composition of the assembly,” but that with ratification of a  new constitution, “within three months [of the presidential election] we can have the military back in their camps safely”:

The official Iranian news agency welcomes the U.S. rescue of Iranian fishermen as “a humanitarian gesture,” but the FARS news agency scoffs at the publicity storm, saying “rescuing trading and fishing boats from the hands of pirates in the” region is “completely normal” and that “”Iran’s navy has rescued various foreign ships from the hands of pirates”:

Rachid Ghannouchi “condemned anti-Semitic slogans chanted by a handful of ultraconservative Muslims during the arrival of a top Hamas official” and “reiterated a policy of his Ennahda party, which heads the country’s new government, that Tunisia’s Jews are ‘full citizens with equal rights and duties'”:

It’s bad enough when Muslims can’t take  an innocent joke about Minnie Mouse (“identifiable by her large ears and trademark pink hair ribbon”) in a niqab, but when they refuses to accept a sincere apology, they have don’t deserve to be called Muslims:

“In this mission I was fooled by the CIA and although I had entered Iran with a mission to infiltrate in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s intelligence systems and to turn into a new source for the CIA, I didn’t want to hit a blow to Iran”:

“The sting culminated at a Tampa hotel Saturday night after Osmakac had the person from whom he was purchasing the explosives – unknown to him, an undercover agent – film him making a video explaining his reasoning for the planned attack”:

In Syria, the crackdown and the rebellion both continue:

“Even if Musharraf manages to avoid arrest, analysts are skeptical about his electoral chances. Cricket player-turned-politician Imran Khan is making considerable gains and has swept up many of the retired general’s former allies and supporters, particularly those voters for whom tackling corruption is a major priority”:

News and Analysis (1/6/12)

Friday, January 6th, 2012

There are already 400 in custody over the alleged plot to overthrow the AKP government, including 100 journalists, but this “is the first time a former army chief has been referred to a court as a suspect”:

The Syrian media blooms despite the repression as the government releases more prisoners after last week’s release of 752 and “armed opposition force composed mainly of army deserters … condemned the Maidan attack and cast the blame on the Syrian authorities themselves”:

The sanctions have raised expectation of war in Iran and Iran’s trading partners scrambling fora way to ease tensions:

“World-class fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad hopes to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. If she qualifies, it is believed that she will be the first practicing Muslim to represent the U.S. in women’s fencing, and the first American to wear Islamic head-covering while competing”:

“A senior legal adviser to the Freedom and Justice Party has said that elected officials from his party would reassess the $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid to the Egyptian military,” adding that “U.S. aid to Egypt, including to the military, does not help the economy or Egyptians and would be subject to debate by the new parliament”:

“Before my brother’s death I used to think the Copts in Egypt were repressed and discriminated against…. But now I know that the army is just attacking Christians so they can maintain power. It’s the typical divide and rule tactics. By dividing the Muslims and Christians they can stay in power”:

“U.S. officials described recent outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood, which appears destined to win the largest share of parliamentary seats, as a chance to put in practice policies President Obama outlined nearly three years ago in a major speech proposing a new relationship with the Muslim world centered on mutual respect”:

With the famine continuing and “Somali officials, backed by international forces, … too busy fighting among themselves to govern,” the defeat of religious extremists by foreign troops seems scant cause for optimism:

“The state of politics and the mood of the public in Kazakhstan, a Muslim country of 16 million, are of interest to the” U.S. because of supply routes for the war in Afghanistan, rivalries for influence with Russia and China, and billions of dollars in oil investments by American companies:

News and Analysis (1/4/12)

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Continuing its victories through the third round of balloting, the FJP promises to include its rivals in the writing of the new constitution, but will this mean an inevitable confrontation with the military?

As prosecutors argue “that Egypt’s ousted president, his security chief and six top police officers were the ‘actual instigators’ of the killing of more than 800 protesters during last year’s popular uprising”:

By “finalizing the ability of any president to deem persons — including U.S. citizens (if they so interpret this bill) — an enemy that could then be indefinitely detained without charge or without trial, he sets into motion a frightening precedent, ramifications of which a “former constitutional law professor “should be inherently aware”:

The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate:

Prohibiting women who cover their face from studying science makes the slogan “science before niqab … knowledge is free” into a bare-faced lie:

Has NATO turned Libya into an Afghanistan? “Tripoli is now an unruly patchwork of fiefdoms, each controlled by a different militia”:

Coming on the heels of the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Iraq, “the announcement marked a major departure for a militant group that had long said it would not negotiate while foreign troops remained in Afghanistan. It offered a measure of hope that after years of missteps, a U.S.-sought negotiated settlement to the decade-long war is possible”:

Europe agrees to Obama’s sanction proposals and the Pentagon scorns Iran’s warning to stay out of the Persian Gulf:


News and Analysis (1/2/12)

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

“According to the Hong Kong Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy (ICHRD) about 1,000 police officers clashed with villagers when they arrived to demolish a newly-renovated mosque;” over 50 injuties and 100 detentions reported:

“The government tries to set Muslims and Christians against each other,” explains Eman, a Christian doctor who was on the march, “It’s divide and rule. But we are one”:

… but in Nigeria Christians find “the response of Islamic leaders” to the threat of the Boko Haram terrorists to be  “unacceptable and an abdication of their responsibilities”:

“New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday assigned state law enforcement officials to assist the New York City investigation, saying the attacks ‘go against everything we stand for as New Yorkers and Americans'”:

The perverse law will force male customers to buy from female salesclerks:

Why is Mohammad Salman Hamdani not listed with the other first-responders who heroically gave their lives that day? His mother cites the slight as “the latest in a series of injustices” that convinces her that there are powerful people who “do not want anyone with a Muslim name to be acknowledged at ground zero with such high honors”:

A note from Haniyah’s “venture out of Gaza”: Hamas’s policy of “resistance against Israeli occupation, national unity” outreach “to Muslim countries” had ” largely failed to win the approval of governments in Muslim-majority countries” because “US financial and political leverage is too overpowering” but “as Haniyeh himself reiterated, times are changing”:

“Syria’s government has withdrawn heavy weapons from inside cities and freed about 3,500 prisoners but security forces continue to kill protesters even with foreign monitors in the country, the Arab League chief said,”:

Were all that American treasure and all those American and Iraqi lives sacrificed to replace one Saddam Husssein with another?