Archive for April, 2018

News and Analysis (4/8/18)

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

“Jaish al-Islam accused the Syrian government of carrying out a chemical attack on Douma that a medical relief organization and rescue workers say killed dozens of people. The government has denied carrying out any such attack” …

… but as with last year’s “cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base last year in response to a sarin gas attack in northwestern Syria blamed on Assad” Trump is eager to act without determining who is responsible for this chemical attack:

“[W]hat can be done against this collective dumbing-down of an entire faith[?] Patiently repeating points and examples from history – in the manner of explaining something difficult but obvious to an eight-year old child – does not seem to go very far in combating a million views on Youtube”:

“‘Mr. Pompeo has left a trail of horrific, inaccurate, bigoted statements and associations vis-à-vis Muslims around the world,’ said … a former director of the State Department’s office of religion and global affairs…. Islamic and Jewish groups have raised similar concerns about John R. Bolton”:

A tattooed man attacked a nurse in Texas “returning home from her night shift at a hospital who “exited his red SUV … and went after the woman with racist slurs and a knife.” She was able to escape when the wound he inflicted into her arm spattered “blood into his eyes and mouth”:

Journalists investigating “the killing of 10 Rohingya … during an army crackdown that has sent nearly 700,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh” said “they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some rolled up papers … by two policemen they had not met before”:

“A local start-up company founded last year, OneGram, is issuing a gold-backed cryptocurrency – part of efforts to convince Muslims that investing in cryptocurrencies complies with their faith”:

“The government has said it plans to sell about 5 percent of Aramco, hoping to raise some $100 billion or more in what is likely to be the world’s biggest initial public offer”:

News and Analysis (4/5/18)

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Yemen’s conflict has resulted in so many men being killed, recruited for battle, or mentally “shattered, that it has forced many women into roles rarely seen in such a conservative society”:

A marathon runner known “as Dr. ’Ali, The Fitness Doc ― she holds a doctorate in anatomy and neuroscience ― the Baltimore-based author, science teacher and fitness coach is busy fighting misconceptions about Muslim women by inspiring them to compete”:

“The response by the Muslim leaders was that we want to move on and look forward to more constructive and healthy relationships (with other religions).” A year ago an imam apologized for an insensitive comment about Jews and the Christians:

Popular rejection of the planned day of bigotry was manifest …

… and the “designated day of hate passed off without major incident …, ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ did what it was designed to do – strike fear in the hearts of individual Muslims and those already … impacted by hate crime and racism … [who] just want to feel safe and secure in our country” …

… but “for millions of Muslims across this country and across the Western world, April 3 was not the first “punish a Muslim day” we lived through. There was also February 10. June 18. And too many others to list here”:

The Israeli violence against the mostly peaceful demonstrations for the “right of return for refugees and their descendants to land now colonized by Israel has now claimed nineteen lives” …

… and B’Tselem has “urged Israeli forces in a rare step Wednesday to disobey open-fire orders unless Gaza protesters pose an imminent threat to soldiers’ lives”:

“Men should be tried, yes. But these women were not armed. These kids are innocent,” says a woman who charges that her niece “was forced into going to Syria when her husband threatened to kidnap their children”:

The lawyer’s union accused the FCT High Court prohibition “any apparel underneath wigs by lawyers and by extension the hijab by female Muslim lawyers … as “unfortunate, draconian, illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful”:

Despite (or more likely because of) the popularity of Western cinema, Saudi Arabia shut down public movie theaters  the 1970s, and only last January the Grand Mufti Sheikh appointed by the king “warned of the ‘depravity’ of cinemas, saying they would corrupt morals if allowed”:

News and Analysis (4/2/18)

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

As the date Islamphobes have promoted to spread hatred and violence approaches, proposed preventatives range from telling women and children to stay of the streets …

… to calls for “kindness and solidarity” …

… to a call to open “arms and doors … to these minds that incite hate, get to know us, the community. Join us in our community work and community ethos and use that negative energy to do good”:

“Islam always held that there needs to be a separation between religious authority and politics, … as separate power bases…. [R]eligion serves as a valuable check on government excesses and tyranny” — Rabbi Shlomo Pill:

“No Israeli, soldier or civilian, was ever under threat, let alone harmed. Yet … the Israeli forces and its snipers saw fit to take pot shots into the civilian crowd who were marching peacefully” and the tweet portrayed the “victim as the aggressor”:

“The aim, they said, is to send a message of comity and reassurance at a time when rising Islamophobia and fears of a new wave of ­anti-Semitism in Germany are deepening social mistrust”:

“Half of the 18 countries where women constitute [at least] 40% of [science, technology and engineering] students are Muslim.” In Kuwait and Brunei, a majority of such students are women:

“Yesterday, we went to a talk that spoke about character and being the best Muslim we can be. That involves service and activism”:

The women object that jailing men for violating the divorce law “will create more problems. Women won’t have any place to go if their husbands serve the jail term. It will be difficult to take care of our children”:

“[B]y defining terrorism as ‘illegitimate violence,’ the state reaffirms its own legitimacy to create violence”: