Archive for December, 2016

News and Analysis (12/30/16)

Friday, December 30th, 2016

A van the Combined Joint Strike Force believed to be “carrying Isis fighters was targeted and hit in the airstrike … in what was later determined to be a hospital compound parking lot resulting in possible civilian casualties” …

… Iraqi forces have taken around half of the eastern side of Mosul…, but have yet to enter the western side, where 2,000-year-old markets and narrow alleyways are likely to complicate any advance … [to the end the] self-styled caliphate” …

… but “[a]s the battle for Mosul drags on, Sunni and Shia leaders have not ironed out a timeframe for reaching an agreement” on a united future:

“Some people are like ‘she’s Jewish, why did you help her?’ ’m like everyone is equal. I treat everyone the same way”:

“A prison service spokesperson confirmed the 35-year-old’s [hate crime perpetrator’s]  death … [but] declined to give any further details of the circumstances”:

“During her year in Egypt she observed that girls who converted to Islam by their own choice – French, Belgian, and others – dressed more strictly … than ethnic Egyptian Muslims, who … are more likely to adopt a Western” lifestyle:

The President would “appoint the government, retain ties with his party, propose budgets and declare states of emergency.” Changes would also extend his mandate and “set parliamentary and presidential elections on the same day”:

“The ceasefire, in the waning days of U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, was the first major international diplomatic initiative in the Middle East in decades not to involve the United States“:

News and Analysis (12/27/16)

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

“Al-Jazeera issued a statement later on Sunday denying the “fabricated charges” brought against Hussein and demanding his immediate release, adding that he was in Egypt on vacation and not for work”:

“Turkey denies that it blocks the internet, and has previously blamed outages on spikes in usage after major events. Technical experts at watchdog groups say the blackouts on social media are intentional”:

“On Monday, she published a stinging article on the website in which she hit out at the armed groups that ‘act with impunity’ in Iraq“:

At a time when Hindu vigilantes use the protection of cows as an excuse for persecuting Muslims, two young Muslim actually rescue an injured a cow:

“The video has been widely shared on social media, with many comments praising the beauty of the music and the touching interfaith gesture”:

“The suspected Berlin attacker allegedly encouraged his nephew … to pledge allegiance to the ISIS terror group” and the nephew confessed to encrypted communication “to evade security surveillance using its encryption and secrecy”:

“[W]hen the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina, he did so because he, too, was seeking the freedom for himself and his followers to worship” — Prince Charles:

“Reuters could not independently verify the government accounts as access for independent journalists to northern Rakhine has been prohibited since security forces locked down the area”:

News and Analysis (12/24/16)

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

“Applause broke out in the 15-member Security Council’s chambers after the vote on the measure, which passed 14 to 0,” at the U.S. break with Israel’s denial of the settlements’ illegality …

… “Egypt withdrew its sponsorship after the country’s president spoke by phone with Trump, who got involved at Israel’s request. Friday’s resolution was sponsored by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal”:

Under the NSEERS program, federal agents asked immigrants from 24 Muslim countries such questions as: “Do you eat halal meat? What was the last movie that you watched? When do you go to mosque? Which mosque do you go to?”:

“[W]e would welcome more opportunity for private schools, but if anybody’s going to tell us we’re not involved in that pool of opportunity, we’re going to have a problem with that” – Karen Keyworth:

Romania’s first female prime minister may be a little known Muslim economist”:

The most oppressed religious minority in Pakistan are “Muslims who are assumed by some or majority to be Non-Muslims. In fact, literally everyone is potentially a member of this category in the eyes of some”:

Aung San Suu Kyi’s “government has responded to growing international alarm over the [Rohingya] crisis with a dogged information campaign aimed at batting back reports of military abuse”:

“Within him is a great secret. They killed him, and buried the secret with him. I want the truth about my son — who was behind him, those who indoctrinated him” — mother of the slain terrorist:

News and Analysis (12/21/16)

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
“ISIS took responsibility for Monday’s attack, claiming the suspect is ‘a soldier of the Islamic State,” according to a statement released by the terrorist group’s Amaq News Channel'”:

Jama tells the woman who inflicted several facial injuries upon her, “I don’t have any ill feelings towards you. I just want you to understand at the end of all this that we are all the same…. [W]e are fighting for the same rights”:

Has Trump’s right-wing Zionist appointees forced the Zionists’ attempted collaboration with the Nazis to establish “a Jewish state on a ‘national and totalitarian basis’ … bound by treaty with the German Reich” into the light?

“I am very pleased that the tech companies have come out with a lot of solidarity. But unless we have the data brokers, who have the actual data, agree to the same kind of restraint, we’re going to have a problem”:

Not content to praise Bridgette Wagner (whose website gratuitously accuses even the Minaret of Freedom Institute as a Muslim Brotherhood front!!!!), Flynn even “follows two individuals who use the hashtag #WhiteGenocide proudly”:

“It’s a ludicrous claim, absolutely false. There’s no basis of truth in it whatsoever. And the secretary made that very clear in his discussions today with the foreign minister” — State Department spokesman John Kirby:

“The officers at HMP Nottingham are alleged to have targeted mostly black and Asian prisoners, but also extended the abuse to white converts to Islam and vulnerable drug addicts”:

American weapons reported to be in Hezbollah hands as other powers take the lead in negotiating a Syrian peace:

News and Analysis (12/18/16)

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

“Iraq’s Christian community has been persistently persecuted since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003”:

King calls “very effective in stopping terrorism and they really should be a model for the country” the surveillance program that the NYPD “was forced to admit in court … had yielded exactly zero leads into criminal or terrorist activity“:

Among the 142 pages of FBI documents on their surveillance is an expression of ironic “displeasure with an article … that the bureau was watching Ali” calling it “irresponsible journalism … with a total disregard for or lack of the true facts” …

… but in South Africa, Nelson “Mandela kept a photograph of himself with Ali on his desk and his favourite book, in his later years, was an autographed copy of Ali’s biography”:

Observe how wrong the Western press can get a story, giving a bar where men only come to drink alcohol and gamble as an example of “Sharia law.” Wait–what?

“Spokespeople from Microsoft and IBM say that their companies would not help create a registry of Muslims in the United States” …

One important holdout is Oracle, which declined “to comment when asked by BuzzFeed about a Muslim registry or whether it still works with the NSA” and whose CEO Trump yesterday appointed to his transition team:

“France came out on top of the ignorance table, guessing that 40% of people in France are Muslim. The actual number is just 8.3%”:

New York’s mayor is concerned that the college students lie intended to hide the fact that “she’d actually been out drinking with friends” from her father may mean that “real victims will now be met with more skepticism”:

News and Analysis (12/15/16)

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Taking “the debunking of the ‘official’ tale to a public and official level. Based on government documents from a Turkish court,” a Turkish MP refuted “the West’s long-running excited belief that Assad had ‘gassed his own people'”:

“Nearly nine out of ten Hindus in the United States and two out of every three Muslims were born outside the country…. With their relatively high levels of education, they qualify for higher paying positions”:

“While China’s constitution enshrines freedom of religious belief, authorities keep strict limits on it, recognising only five belief systems and seeking to control their messages”:

In America Church and State are separate; in France Religion in excluses from public life; in Germany “religions must organize themselves according to state standards … tailored toward the structures of the Christian religion”:

“President Obama has cancelled some arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the Saudis’ conduct in the war in Yemen. His administration said it was concerned over ‘flaws’ in the way air strikes are targeted”:

“Nearly 1,000 civilians and 26 wounded people have been evacuated in buses and ambulances from a besieged rebel-held enclave in the Syrian city of Aleppo”:

“[E]ven though Iran-Russia squabbling interrupted what was supposed to be a final cease-fire, and images showed block after block of pulverized neighborhoods – punctuated by terrified citizens” pleading, “save Aleppo”:

After suspiciously vanishing for a day after reporting the incident the 18-year-old woman finally “she broke down and admitted that she had made the story up to cover for being out late with her friends”:

“Kulsuma Ali … praised the nurse who came forward to help her stricken husband, calling her a hero. And she said the person who attacked her husband was ‘shouting go back to Syria and things like that'”:

The Attack on St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

[These are my answers to questions by Javier Méndez of El Mercurio newspaper on the Attack on St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo.]

Q. Who could be the perpetrators of this attack against the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo and for what purpose they did?

A. Although ISIS supporters have celebrated the attack on social media, no group has yet taken credit for the attack. It is generally understood that the motive is anger by opponents of the military coup that overthrew elected President Mohamed Morsi over the Copts’ support for the Al Sissi regime, but the Muslim Brotherhood and the militant Hasm and Liwaa’ al-Thawra groups have all condemned the bombing.

Q. What could be the political effects in Egypt?

A. The Copts are already showing splits in their support of Al-Sissi as he has failed to protect them from increasing attacks against them. A witness to this attack was quoted by Reuters as saying, “Where was the security? There were five or six security cars stationed outside so where were they when 12 kg of TNT was carried inside? They keep telling us national unity, the crescent with the cross … This time we will not shut up.”

Q. Is the Islamic State (ISIS) a real danger for the regime of Al Sissi?

A. I don’t think ISIS can establish itself in Egypt in the same way it has in Syria and Iraq, but it can be an additional factor in the destabilization of the country.

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute

News and Analysis (12/12/16)

Monday, December 12th, 2016

“In bold white letters, the hatemongering message blasted President Obama for firing Mattis “to please the Muslims” and that Trump will use his hawkish cabinet pick, Mattis, to commit mass genocide”:

The letter “notes … the ‘deep tensions’ following the ‘arduous national election that have resulted in a ‘disturbing and dangerous pattern of hate crimes’…” that has had a “particular impact on Jewish, LGBTQ and Muslim communities”:

“Tens of thousands of people are thought to be still living under siege there, with virtually no food or water” …

… but the Syrian government’s boast that the city’s fall to the Syrian forces was supposed to be the “fatal blow to Daesh” that would “usher in the start of its defeat and retreat'” turns out to have been, at best, premature:

“[T]he most effective weapon [is] the daily countering of IS’s and Al Qaeda’s brand of utopian mythology and misinterpretation of Islamic teachings – particularly among young disenfranchised Muslims willing to take up their call”:

“You’re already black and a woman in America. Now, Muslim?” Thirty black women were asked “why they continue to practice despite all the negative press about Islam”:

It’s  “the biggest U.S.-Iran deal since the 1979 Islamic revolution”:

“[T]wo Palestinians held without charges by Israel are “between life and death” after 73 days on a hunger strike.” Although Israel suspended their detention last month, they “continued their hunger strike,” demanding unconditional release”:

News and Analysis (12/9/16)

Friday, December 9th, 2016

“I … felt unwelcome in my homeland for the first time. It’s something I had never known before”:

The senior pastor said that one of their security “team called the school because they felt the students appeared older than than traditional college age … [but that] the church intends “to rectify and resolve this misunderstanding … soon”:

“‘[S]till shaken’ by the encounter … [, she] had a hard time wrapping her head around how ‘bold’ people are becoming in attacking Muslims”:

“Muslim women lead the charge in advocating for the rights of minority groups and taking America to task for its ongoing failure to uphold its founding values of ‘life, liberty and justice for all'”:

They denied the Muslim boxer the honor in 1966, but today, “political stances shouldn’t obscure his athletic success, the editors say. In fact, some argue Ali’s strongly-held beliefs are an example for athletes today”:

Lower courts rejected as false the girl’s assertion that “swimming in a burkini revealed the shape of her body” and the “constitutional court … further found there were ‘no binding rules in Islam’ to define appropriate clothing”:

For “Islam to flourish in this land, you have to find and create local clergy; you have to bring about a new generation of scholars who are fully Western and fully in sync with the tradition of Islam” — an imam trained in Medina and at Yale …

… and over “300 American Muslim leaders are imploring Donald Trump to reject the anti-Muslim policies he touted during his presidential campaign, as well as” Islamophobic White House appointees:

Those who object to having a Muslim on the show whose views the other mainstream Muslims reject seem to have no objection to programs on which the only Muslim depicted holds repulsive outlier views:

“If he becomes the next Dutch prime minister, Wilders has vowed to ban the Koran, close mosques and Islamic schools and stop immigration from Muslim countries”:

News and Analysis (12/6/16)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

“[T]he legend of Pearl Harbor, re-used on 9-11, is responsible … for the permanent war mentality of the past 75 years, as well as for how World War II was escalated, prolonged, and completed”:

“Elsokary, who regularly wears a hijab while on duty in Brooklyn, was praised for her heroism after she helped save a baby girl and an elderly man from a burning building in April 2014″ …

… and just two days later:

“If you’re looking for the true meaning of Christmas, you’ll find it at a Muslim-owned restaurant in London”:

“[T]he civil rights chief for Attorney General Maura Healey, says that under state law, a community – in this case, the town of Dudley – can’t ‘prohibit, regulate, or restrict the use of land or structures for religious purposes’:

Some Jewish leaders have joined Muslims in declaring, “The right to religious worship is God-given and not a matter of legislation”:

“The measure, which passed in a stormy Knesset session late on Monday, has been met with international condemnation, and has already strained relations within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing rightwing coalition“:

“Experts have pointed out that most perpetrators of mass violence in the United States are not Muslim, nor have any Syrian refugees been involved in violent attacks in the United States”:

“The defendants’ names were not made public and Amnesty International criticized the proceedings as ‘a travesty of justice and a serious violation of human rights‘”:

Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen, which killed 19 people and forced the international group to pull out from northern Yemen”: