Archive for January, 2013

News and Analysis (1/9/13)

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Even after one unstable woman has killed a commuter of subway system featuring their ads, the Islamophobic propagandists up the ante by juxtaposing an image of the burning World Trade Center with a Qur’anic quote prophesying hellfire (“Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers”):

By ordering unspecified “‘stern action’ … against those questioning the new fatwa,” the sultan makes clear his intention is to trample on the freedom of expression of all Malaysians, including the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) whose affiliate “Pakatan Rakyat allowed the use of ‘Allah’ to all groups”:

Having brokered a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza, Mursi now takes on a much tougher challenge:

“[P]eople mistakenly conflate geographically determined cultural practices with Islam”:

“‘If you are earning, the only thing you need from the guy is love and affection. If the guy is not even providing that, then you leave him,” said 26-year-old divorcee Rabia, a reporter who left a loveless arranged marriage to a cheating husband…. Most Pakistanis think the higher divorce rate is linked to women’s growing financial independence”:

“[T]he Syrian revolution deviated from its democratic path and turned into a hateful struggle for power,”  says the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Union party, predicting “internecine fighting among the victorious forces”:

Iran’s loose monetary policy exacerbates the harm sanctions are doing to the economy; will proposed austerity measures help?

The developers insist that they will sell to buyers of any religion, but why would any non-Muslim pay the higher interest rate on a “halal” niche-market loan just because it’s not called interest?

“[S]crapping the old ‘Palestinian Authority’ logo is as far as Abbas is willing to go in provoking Israel. He is not rushing to change passports and ID cards Palestinians need to pass through Israeli crossings”:


News and Analysis (1/7/13)

Monday, January 7th, 2013

“Haris Azhar, chairman of independent human rights group the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, said it appeared the suspected militants were victims of ‘extrajudicial killings’ and … [that it] seems the police brutality has contributed to the growing of terrorism”:

“We are certain they can help to bring peace in Afghanistan and will support the government,”  Police Maj. Jalal Uddin said of the 80 prisoners freed last Friday, “the latest batch of a total of 400 to be released [that] week”:

“When certain Gulf states see the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat, they deem this group the political force that drives the revolution for real change, which is also capable of protecting the revolution and its achievements” — Dr. Rafiq Habib, Coptic thinker and analyst:

Proponents of a law forcing women to ride motorcycles side-saddle appeal to Sharia, but critics accuse them of trying to make Islam “difficult”:

Spare the rod! The woman who also admitted to beating her 7 yr.-old son “for no reason” boasted of having been a Qur’an-reciter in her own youth; but if she ever memorized the passages against murder (5:32) and coercion (2:256), or about the parental duty to raise one’s children to adulthood (17:24), she did so without understanding them:

“French Muslims have begun joining a mostly Catholic-led movement against same-sex marriage” after Hollande’s Socialist government told “Catholic schools not to discuss the law with their pupils and [urged] state education officials to report anti-gay discussions at Catholic schools”:

“Opposition groups have accused Kuwait’s ruler of overstepping his powers by changing voting rules that appeared to favor government critics, which span from Islamist factions and pro-reform liberals. They now seek to bring down the new parliament dominated by pro-government lawmakers” …

… meanwhile in Bahrain,  there can be no further appeal of the sentences that Human Rights groups have condemned on the grounds that “there was no evidence that the activists had used or advocated violence during their protests and that their subsequent detention and trial contravened international law” …

… and in Iraq, “[t]housands of protesters have taken to the streets in Sunni strongholds across Iraq for more than two weeks, increasing fear that turmoil in neighboring Syria may help tip Iraq back into sectarian violence a year after the last U.S. troops left”:

“The reshuffle, which President Mohammed Morsi had promised in response to public anger over Egypt’s economic malaise, affected two key ministries, the interior and finance. It also solidified Islamist control of the government, putting three portfolios in the hands of members of the president’s Muslim Brotherhood”:

“Hopes of a breakthrough were dashed after an hour-long speech in Damascus in which the Syrian president called for “a war to defend the nation” against “terrorist” violence and urged foreign countries to stop supporting his enemies – while offering a national dialogue and a constitutional referendum”:

News and Analysis (1/4/13)

Friday, January 4th, 2013

“Wary of further alienating a once-promising conservative constituency, mainstream Republican leaders have sought, publicly and behind closed doors, to distance themselves from the loudest of the Muslim-bashers in their midst”:

It is not clear whether the the Islamophobic Clarion Fund, the Iranian propaganda outlet PressTV , or a secular Syrian partisan is responsible for the fabrication of the libelous claim of an outrageous “fatwa” by a popular Saudi sheikh, but it is clear that Salon and alternet allowed themselves to be duped into helping the libelous meme go viral …

… meanwhile, an Israeli web site believed to have Mossad connections circulates rumors to the effect that Hilary Clinton’s surprisingly long hospitalization was not due to a fall from the flu, but is the more serious consequence of an airplane crash while on a secret mission to Iran tied to the unexplained death of a SEAL Commander:

“[T]he leader of Hezbollah, openly urged the Lebanese government on Thursday to take a more active role in finding a political solution to the civil war in neighboring Syria and to open its border to refugees to avert further bloodshed”:

“Some denounced the Brotherhood for trying to put up a veneer of tolerance by inviting Jews to return while Egypt’s other religious minorities, particularly Christians, are increasingly worried about persecution under the new Islamist rulers and an Islamist-slanted constitution. Others saw the comments as a sort of outreach to Zionists”:

Now that she has been discharged her father’s appointment as education attache at the Consulate of Pakistan will allow her to love with her family while receiving outpatient treatment at a Birmingham hospital:

“Officials in the emirates, which had close relations with Mr. Mubarak’s government, have leveled steady criticism at the Brotherhood, accusing it of “exporting” the revolution”:

“Rami Jarrah, a Syrian anti-regime activist now living in Cairo, is launching Syria’s first non-state-run news outlet to provide something he sees as sorely missing: objective reporting”:

“The uniform policy on the school website requires girls to wear a dark blue coat, an optional blazer, a skirt, white blouse and a navy blue pullover, but it does not mention a ban on headscarves”:

“Mr. Nazir, who survived a suicide attack in November reputedly organized by rival Taliban commanders, was considered to be pro-government” targeting foreign soldiers. “With his killing, however, some analysts say his successor and followers may now turn their guns on civilian and military targets within Pakistan”:

News and Analysis (1/2/13)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

“Morsi’s office maintains that the president has nothing to do with legal procedures against media critics”:

Proving that there is there is no such thing as a stupid question:

Palestinian statisticians estimate that “the two populations would be equal in 2016, and in 2020, [Muslim and Christian] Arabs would outnumber Jews by 7.2 million to 6.9 million”:

“That the Nobel prize winner and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, and Hamdeen Sabahi, the leftist candidate who came in a surprising third in June’s presidential elections, have come together shows the strength of the determination to create a united front against the Brothers” …

“While the Pakistani Taliban have denied carrying out the killings, they have long denounced the vaccination drive as a Western plot either to gather intelligence or to sterilise Muslim children”:

… but on the other side of the political spectrum “Islamists groups who struggle to reconcile democratic maneuvering with religious ideology”:

The Thai policy of refusing to accept boat  people has led to the death of hundreds of Rohinga refugees in the pasat, but HRW charges that this is the first time that the policy is being applied to whole “families with young children and women … claiming they are escaping persecution, human rights violations, and violence in their homeland”: