Archive for December, 2019

News and Analysis (12/9/19)

Monday, December 9th, 2019

“[R]egarding exchanges we are ready to act but there are no negotiations” — Iranian spokesman Ali Rabiei:

“A bill establishing a religious test for immigration to India is expected to pass Parliament, a major step for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist agenda” …

… and it lacks even a single mention of India’s largest minority:

The efforts of Luxembourg’s FM “come in the context of a relative diplomatic vacuum regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as concerns within the EU about the Trump administration’s policies:

Iran plans for a new generation of domestically manufactured centrifuges …

… and former US defense secretaries say that in order to contain a nuclear-armed Iran, the administration needs to get back to the negotiating table …

… and experts “attribute … the marginalization of moderates … and a concurrent rise of anti-American hardliners … [to] Trump’s decision to leave the nuclear deal”:

A Muslim molecular biologist sets the record straight on Islam and evolution:

Israel’s “Supreme Court outlawed torture in 1999 but it allowed use of physical pressure in some cases of exceptional methods in interrogation. But critics say some of these measures amount to torture”:

“A mysterious Israeli-based group uses 21 Facebook pages to churn out more than a thousand coordinated fake news posts per week to more than a million followers around the world”:

As the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians continues with U.S. support, academics must articulate how they would support Palestinian resistance to Israeli apartheid:

In a move to save the two-states solution, the House of Representatives on Friday voted 226-183 to approve the resolution:

News and Analysis (12/7/19)

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Duaa 17, a student at Oshkosh High School, terrified and crying like the rest of her classmates after stabbing and shooting, led 100 students to seek refuge in her nearby mosque:

Realizing the prospect of a catastrophic war between the world’s top oil-exporting countries, Gulf states are their foreign policy with Iran …

… and U.S. economic sanctions towards Iran used to promote Trump’s foreign policy objective are not succeeding in achieving Trump’s foreign policy goals …

… to the contrary by pressuring Russia to cancel its plans to convert the Fordow nuclear facility for medical purposes, the U.S. leaves Iran the option to use them for other purposes:

An elderly man explained to the angry mob “that destroying the temple to avenge the Babri Mosque would be against the injunctions of Islam” and contradicts he policies of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh):

Scholars are concerned that by conflating two different things undermines the fight against actual anti-Semitism and ” obscures and denies” the existence of Israeli Muslims and Christians:

Palestinian officials take exception to ICC chief prosecutor’s assertion that “stipends to the families of those killed or imprisoned as a result of the Israel-Palestine conflict could constitute a war crime”:

“A North Carolina man has been convicted of a charge he anonymously threatened to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia”:

Turkey’s president explained that the negative media portrayal of Islam and the rise far-right appear to be in line with rising anti-Semitism and hate- crime in Europe:

“American officials said that Mr. Soleimani’s release was a low price to pay for Mr. Wang’s freedom because Mr. Soleimani was expected to be released from prison as early as next month under a plea agreement”:

The similarities between “India’s increased oppression of the people of Kashmir” and “Israel’s decades-long, brutal oppression of the Palestinians” are openly embraced by the Indian government”:

News and Analysis (12/4/19)

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

When U.S. politicians go out of control for political gain: Stella, the Republican challenger to Ilham Omar didn’t hesitate to give falls allegations and suggest Omar should be hanged:

The Uighur bill which was passed as 407-1 required to condemn the abuse against Muslims, still awaits President’s signature:

“[F]or more than a decade … the status-quo in Kashmir largely worked in India’s favour. … With the detention of the leaders, things have changed” …

… India’s shut down of “Kashmir’s internet services … suggests that the Kashmiris who’ve been disappearing from their WhatsApp groups this week did not do so on their own”:

“Religious and Islamic clemency should be shown and those innocent people who protested against petrol price hikes and were not armed … should be released”:

“Grossi has said he will be ‘firm but fair’ on inspections generally, including in Iran, … [and that] he is satisfied with the work the IAEA’s inspections team has been doing”:

Ignoring market realities, the IRGC export as much as “they could, based on demand figures that were out of date, hence the discrepancy, hence the price hikes, hence the protests” …

… yet, people in Iran still live normal life:

In an anti-Muslim bias incident an Indiana man caused property damage, made violent threats to a Muslim man, and threatened to kill a bystander:

The Israeli demolition of private homes “has skyrocketed in Jerusalem over the last year, leaving around a third of the city’s Palestinian population venerable to demolition … [in] violation of the Geneva convention“:

News and Analysis (12/1/19)

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

When younger she sought to reassure other Americas that she was a “safe” (i.e., non-practicing) Muslim. Now she let’s them know that she prays, tries to fast, and longs to make the pilgrimage to Mecca:

Gen. Halevi’s remark that killed nine sleeping Palestinian family members by indiscriminately bombing a shack as “such things happen” exhibits a loss of humanity and can be investigated under war crime …

… as does an Israeli soldier being sentenced to only one month’s community service for killing 16-year old Palestinian and wounded five others:

After two months of anti-government protests and the announcement of the Prime Minister’s resignation, top leaders warn of no end to chaos:

LGBTQI Muslims “don’t insist that everyone accepts … that Allah loves … [their] LGBTQI identities…. [They] do insist on … the right to live in peace, and to be afforded basic decency, courtesy, respect and consideration”:

In their effort to save the Iran nuclear deal, six European nations are in the process to join INSTEX payment mechanism that would enable companies to trade with Iran without using U.S. dollars or U.S. banks:

“In Islam, a woman’s money belongs only to her while a man is obligated to spend on his wife and children” but some modern practices make that difficult, the most unnecessary of which is that of expensive weddings”:

“The current speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, who played a major role in the government increasing energy prices [that sparked recent unrest], has said he will not run in the election”:

Both protests and police response were initially peaceful until “youth … full of rage … took things to another level. Things started to escalate when the police started to beat people up”: