Archive for June, 2012

News and Analysis (6/6/12)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

“We are not thinking of Islamic banks. Islamic banks are cosmetics of conventional banking. We are speaking of Islamic private equity funds, Islamic infrastructure funds, Islamic agriculture funds, Islamic venture capital funds.” — Amr Abou Zeid, adviser to the Nahda program, the MB’s plan to move Egypt’s chrony capitalism toward a free market:

The Islamic Circle of North America conference on “Defending Religious Freedom, Understanding Shariah” included a “well-attended session on business start-ups … a Muslim-American academic arguing that mosques here are ‘failing to make a connection to our young people’ and conceding that “many of our mosques don’t make sisters feel comfortable”:

A  man who “served in Iraq in 2003 to stop the atrocities of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s secret police,” says,  “I didn’t know they had one across the Hudson,’ he said, referring to the NYPD intelligence division” …

… but a Muslim woman is driven to defend the NYPD out of her fear that American “Islamist organizations seek to drown out the complex, heterogeneous and multifaceted community of Muslims in America”:

“A generally accepted definition of civil war is a fight for control of a nation, involving the state, one or more non-state actors, and at least 1,000 battlefield casualties. Sounds like Syria”:

The Indian high court finds a young woman’s right to decide when, whether, and whom to marry without parental consent:

On the heels of the recapture of the Tripoli airport from an armed militia comes the latest consequence of NATO’s destabilization of Libya, an attack on the U.S. embassy office in Benghazi:

His lawyers say they are trying to prove Breivik is sane by showing his views are shared by right-wing fringe types who say, “The constitution has been canceled, we’re at war now,” against Muslim immigrants who, if “they get their will, the Nordic race will be exterminated.” Is this really a sly legal ploy to show that he actually insane?

A Bonn florist says of the Wahabi students’ violent reaction to provocation from extreme nationalists: “I do not feel hate, I do not feel fear, I feel disappointment”:

“Driven by the prospect of unending warfare in an attempt to remake the Muslim world by force,” criticism of Israel has been transformed from intolerable to merely uncomfortable in the eyes of Americans–“with the possible exception of the U.S. Congress”:


News and Analysis (6/4/12)

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Flights are diverted from the Tripoli airport in the latest manifestation of disorder from the NATO  intervention into Libya …

… while the legacy of the American invasion of Iraq is a greater al-Qaeda presence “at a sensitive time, with the country’s fractious Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tension” …

… and Henry Kissinger explains why the political establishment is reigning in its interventionist impulses as the Syrian violence escalates, with the rebels blaming  the government and the government blaming the rebels:

Despite the Shiite defendant’s protestations that the contested messages were not his, but the result of  a hacked account, the Sunni court gives him the maximum penalty:

Political scientists Victor Asal and Brian Early argue that  Israel, India, the UK, Pakistan, France, Russia and China each pose a real existential threat two to six times greater than the hypothetical threat of a nuclear-armed Iran:

Bishop Mina says, “Whoever will guarantee liberty and democracy and a good constitution for Egypt will have our vote,” but the causal way the Muslim Brotherhood broke its promise not to run a candidate in the Presidential election makes him skeptical about their promises to respect the rights of the Coptic Christian minority:

“The Islamic culture of segregation of sexes was based on early marriages that sought to curtail sexual frustration, but economic pressures and evolving social attitudes are rapidly changing this tradition”:

After two weeks of battle in “one of the areas hit hardest by a series of recent Taliban-forced school closures, nearly 400 locals from eight villages” suffering three fatalities while killing  “eight Taliban fighters, … villagers say they’ve managed to reopen 81 of Andar’s 83 schools”:

“[T]he number of non-Muslim girls who took the examination is higher than boys…  {So-called high} madrasas in the State don’t limit the curriculum only to subjects like Arabic and Islamic Studies, but give equal emphasis to science, mathematics, and languages, including English”:

“Respect is a two-way street, and Booth says the central factor keeping him in a place that is culturally foreign to him is the level of respect he gets from students. He said even though he has never been to a Muslim country, ‘certainly at the academy we get enormous respect. And it’s just priceless’”:

The complainant says beyond the aggravation and humiliation, the refusal to let him board cost him a $60,000 contract he was to negotiate in Bahrain:


News and Analysis (6/1/12)

Friday, June 1st, 2012

“The expiration of the law means in theory that detainees held under its provisions should have been released by the end of the day on Thursday, [Heba] Morayef[, a Cairo-based researcher for Human Rights Watch] said,” but “her group had confirmed that at least 188 people who were picked up under the emergency law remained in custody”:

“What [Christians] are requesting [a special amendment for non-Muslims] is already guaranteed in the Shari’ah, but we have no objection to adding this clause if they insist upon it to make them more comfortable” — Mahmoud Ghozlan, official spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood:

Critics charge that the Islamic council “has been co-opted by the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front for almost two decades [and] has coerced 50,000 people to undergo” indoctrination that “attacks all other doctrines as anti-Islamic,” sacking imams and arresting youths who refuse to participate:

“Muhammad himself” commanded “foreplay. Sex was unholy unless preceded by ‘kisses and sweet words,’ the Prophet had reportedly warned. ‘Let none of you come upon his wife like an animal.’ It is course possible that America’s anti-sharia activists are hoping to ban such advice. It is a lot more likely, however, that they have no clue it even exists”…

… but too many Muslims are equally ignorant:

“Senior Bush administration officials developed the idea of using a computer worm, with Israeli assistance, to damage Iranian centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz,” actions that cybersecurity expert Rafal Rohozinski calls effectively going to “war with Iran”:

A “year after bin Ladin’s death, his personal documents revealed his personal frustrations at failing to ignite a total war between Muslims and the West and his understanding of how repugnant his ideology of death had become to Muslims around the world. Again, we must underscore the vital role Muslims play in contributing to U.S. national security”:

When a historian refuted his claim that his inquiry as to “whether paradise was a ‘brothel'” was a quote from Omar Khayyam, the pianist’s lawyer defended his client’s tweet as “merely expressing his ideas within free speech”:

“Billions of dollars worth of giving in ‘zakat’ and ‘sadaqa’ are unfortunately ineffective by and large… Our giving shouldn’t be driven by our desire to prove that we are good people… Our giving should be smart and effective” — Tariq Cheema, president of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists:

“Syria’s ambassador, Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui, accused 600-800 ‘terrorists’ using Israel-made weapons of carrying out the slaughter in Houla so as to ‘ignite sectarian strife'” and promised confessions soon: