Archive for February, 2016

News and Analysis (2/5/16)

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Video and text of Obama’s speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore:

To counter extremism and promote freedom, the [Marrakesh] declaration calls for a “broad movement for the just treatment of religious minorities in Muslim countries and to raise awareness as to their rights”:

“Omid Safi … told a B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday that the RCMP should have helped John Nuttall overcome his radical ideas, instead of preventing him from reaching out to mainstream, moderate religious leaders”:

While upholding the divorce, the Philippine Supreme Court ordered the husband to pay the wife about $500 and remanded the question child custody to the Sharia court saying the wife’s due process rights were denied:

“If a marriage is entered into without the consent of a girl, the marriage is not valid, according to Sharia. Yet, there are families that are guided purely by their customs, and such things are commonplace”:
“I will no longer allow myself to live in fear of being pigeonholed or persecuted simply for subscribing to a (not actually very) different belief system”:
” [K]nowledge … is pursued solely by man … for the sake of knowledge itself, because its acquisition is truly delightful, and … the good cannot be brought forth, and evil cannot be avoided, except by knowledge” — al-Biruni:

“Finding similarities in the problems they face, Muslim leaders from countries outside the Islamic world created an American-led federation to tackle Islamophobia, youth radicalization and integration in their respective societies”:

Even as “parties that are welcomed at the negotiating table … represent – or bankroll – the very same forces enacting savage blockades which sparked dire humanitarian conditions in Syria … and brutalized women” …

… a Pentagon spokesman offers to repeat history, saying that “‘there have been US forces on the ground in Libya, trying” …  to determine which forces might be ‘worthy of US support’ in an eventual fight with the Islamic State”:


News and Analysis (2/2/16)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Obama’s symbolic visit, limited to 150 invited guests would “build support for the president while numbing people to the fact that, under his presidency, … Muslims have been detained, tortured, and extrajudicially assassinated”:

“Muslims from other parts of China who come here, especially from Xinjiang, can’t believe how free we are, and they don’t want to leave”:

The news that the “punishment for apostasy conviction to eight years in prison and 800 lashes” provokes one critic of Fayadh’s persecution to exclaim, “[I]t’s way past time western governments stopped dealing with this pervert regime”:

The move looks like an attempt to pre-empt a proposal by an expert panel for “an international commission to investigate alleged human rights abuses by all sides in the conflict” in the wake of the attack on Doctors Without Borders:

“When there was nowhere for me to study ballet due to my outfit, [my mom] opened a performing arts academy that taught ballet, martial arts and aboriginal arts …, where no one questions children why they dress or look a certain way”:

The Saudi backed HNC “won’t take part until a set of preliminary demands are met: releasing detainees, ending the bombardment of civilians by Russian and Syrian forces, and lifting government blockades on rebel-held areas” …

… while “the most powerful groups in northern Syria [who] when they briefly teamed up with other Islamists last year in an alliance called the Fatah Army, the rebels scored one of their biggest victories” fail to merge:

“[R]esidents say there’s not much ethnic tension worth mentioning…. Alice Kopecky, a lifelong resident who emigrated from Poland 50 years ago [says], ‘I want to see what they do, and if they accomplish a lot, then let’s reelect them'”:  

“Some Muslim women wear hijab, some don’t, and it’s just not an issue — it’s a non-issue. But then you have one person write an engaging article, and suddenly it’s a debate that we’re supposed to be having, that we are not having”: