Archive for August, 2018

News and Analysis (8/7/18)

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

A “group called Veterans Against Islamic Filth, with 2,700 members, violated a specific Facebook rule against referring to a group of people as ‘filth.’ Yet the group remained up until Buzzfeed contacted Facebook for comment on the story”:

“Indian movies which talk of Islam and Muslims, even positively and constructively with a view to dispelling the anti-Muslim stereotypes, don’t go down well with the film censors in Pakistan”:

“Muslim inmates … saw their religion as perhaps the most important part of their own transformation…. They wanted to understand … how Islam can transform their lives and … behaviour so that they can become functional citizens”:

The newly signed law  replaces the current autonomous region with “a new political entity” that keeps 75% “of taxes collected in the area…. The region is also to have a parliament and Islamic … courts … for cases involving Muslims”:

“[T]he arrests were part of a widespread crackdown on graft and corrupt practices in the country’s moribund foreign-currency sector” …

… “Two traders told The Associated Press initial rates likely would be around 93,000 rials to the dollar, down from 98,000 to $1 on the black market the night before”:

Of 120 planes Iran ordered from Airbus and ATR, only 11 have been delivered. Aviation analyst Alex Macheras says “that since 1979, over 2,000 Iranians have died in plane crashes, reflecting the ‘dire state of aviation’ in the country”:

The man “in charge of providing information on ICE activities in New Jersey to the media,was an editor for … [a group that] pushes wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories … Muslims and deliberately conflates mainstream and radical Islam”:

  • ICE Spokesman in New Jersey Has Written for Anti-Muslim Groups (NewJersey.com)

News and Analysis (8/4/18)

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

“Israeli Occupation Forces cut all communications and then violently attacked [the] lead boat … in international waters, pulled down its Norwegian flag and trampled upon it. According to many testimonies … they then beat up and tasered several people and stole most of the participants’ property”:

Iran plans a currency rescue (see our proposal here) in the face of demonstrations such as those in as Arak, Isfahan, Karaz and Shiraz:

Hate crimes are higher than even after the 9/11 attack:

Iran-backed Houthi fighters do not believe Saudi Arabia can defeat them:

While the opposition parties are accusing of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of destroying lives, four million Muslims have been excluded from the National Citizenship Registry list leaving them at risk of deportation:

China will not honor the demand of the United States and cut down the oil imports from Iran, but the Chinese authorities agreed not to increase the imports:

Muslim candidates are facing complex situations in Minnesota while they are asking for votes in the field. But they know that they a long way to go:

Unease and suspicious over war in the near future that could be a severe disaster for the common people in a region which has already been a war zone for a few decades:

News and Analysis (8/3/18)

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Jared Kushner’s bid to destroy UNRWA “is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians”:

As Iran’s FM tweets, “US Navy can’t seem to find its way around our waters. Perhaps because it hasn’t figured out its name: Persian Gulf, as it’s been called for 2,000 yrs longer than US has existed” …

… U.S. vets warn  Trump, “[I]f you believe that there is credible evidence that Iran has an active secret nuclear weapons program, we believe you have been misled. And … the inevitable result [of acting on bad intelligence in this case] will be a great deal worse than the Bush/Cheney debacle in Iraq”:

With gold demand at records and the rial plummeting …

… this is the perfect time for Iran to institute a gold-denominated blockchain currency payable in oil:

“Many believe this is a golden opportunity for Tehran to stroke Trump’s ego and divert him from his path of confrontation by simply giving him a symbolic victory. But … unlike Trump’s other bullying victims – making America look good is often the costliest concession that could be demanded of” Iran:

“Although many use the terms ‘Shariah’ and ‘Islamic law’ interchangeably, they are not the same thing…. Islamic law is the product of human interpretations of Shariah in historical and social contexts and therefore can change in response to new challenges and circumstances”:

Banning the niqab and burqa has the effect of transforming garments that very few Muslim women in the West intended to signify great (perhaps excessive) modesty into much more popular symbols of resistance and self-agency:

“Iranian authorities should immediately release eight environmental activists detained for six months unless they can immediately charge them with recognizable crimes and produce evidence to justify their continued detention”:

“This could have easily bounced the other way on different facts and should not give misplaced comfort to those considering having only a religious marriage conducted here in the U.K.” - Anne-Marie Hutchinson, “one of Britain’s leading family lawyers” …

… while in India, the High Court rules, “The right of maintenance and right in the matrimonial property… are very much an integral part of the decree of dissolution of marriage. Hence, they are required to be considered even if at times such reliefs are not asked for”:

“The Queer Muslim Project is holding a ‘Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Islam’ workshop in Delhi that will be a space for LGBTQ and queer Muslims to explore their feelings and experiences of Islam, both good and bad”:

News and Analysis (8/1/18)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Although “Trump’s surprise announcement that he is willing to talk to Mr. Rouhani“  fits his impulsive profile, it also fits into a plan Bolton formulated last year at the behest of Steve Bannon intended to put Iran in to an impossible position …

… but Rouhani “has not publicly responded to the invitation” and told his “parliament that the U.S. has proven it doesn’t keep its promises and that Iran will protect its right to export oil, which is the target of U.S. sanctions”:

Attorney Diana Butto says, “The entire reason that this bill has been allowed to progress so far is because the Israeli Supreme Court has allowed Israel to be as racist as it wants to be.” Yet Palestinians insist on resisting the law, with MK Ahmad Tibi declaring, “Our story is stronger than their law” …

… Case in point: “The whole world will hear my story. The whole world will hear what Israel’s democracy is. A democracy for Jews only. Only Arabs go to jail,” she said following her conviction. “More than 150 American literary figures, including nine Pulitzer Prize winners, called on Israel to free Tatour”:

… and Palestinians will fight the spread of Israeli suppression of free speech to Britain as well, as “academics and authors … [assert] a right to publicly discuss issues relating to ‘settler colonialism, apartheid, racism and discrimination’ amid the row over how the Labour party defines antisemitism”:

When an African-American Muslim asked him, “What would motivate white people to stand up for justice?” when they would have nothing to gain in abandoning white privilege, the founder of the Redneck Muslim Facebook page’s reaction was, “You gain your humanity by doing that”:

America’s free market responds to the variety of Muslim definitions of halal:

The “scholar of American and gender studies at Rutgers University … raised in California by [culturally Buddhist] Chinese immigrants” writes that “A strong desire for women’s empowerment and gender agency has been at the core of women’s engagement with Islam for the past century”:

Israel has long denied Palestinians access to their own land, but it increasingly denies foreign human rights activists entry as well:

Upset over allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections? Then imagine how Iranians felt when after a century of friendly relations the U. S. overthrew its democratically elected prime minister:

Iran’s minister of Information and Communications Technology warned that “the Telecommunication Company of Iran will be severely penalized” if the allegations prove true, even if the diversion were accidental:

If elected, former state legislator Rashida Tlaib “would join Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as the second Palestinian American in Congress”: