Archive for August, 2020

News and Analysis (8/8/20)

Saturday, August 8th, 2020

“[J]ournalist Ola Salem wrote the tactics used in the Aljabri case appear to be a ‘recurring tactic’ used by Arab regimes against growing numbers of dissidents abroad”:

The Qur’an orders believers to fulfill their contracts; so why is wealthy Kuwait years behind in paying its debts to hospitals needing resources in the face of the Covid crisis?

The National Conservatory of Music’s director charges Israel with faking links of his organization to terrorists because they don’t know how to deal with the “threat” of Palestinians seen as  human:

“In reaction to the … [US] fighter jets and in order to save the civil aircraft and passengers’ lives, the airliner had to change altitude abruptly, causing injuries to the passengers on board”:

“What Seth Rogen said is par for the course among our generation and the Israeli government has to wake up and see that their actions have consequences”:

Ahmadinejad tried and failed to move Iran closer to China and Russia; now Trump is succeeding, and he’s not even trying …

,,, and “Macron has told … Trump that U.S. sanctions that have targeted Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah are playing into the hands of those they are meant to weaken, including Iran”:

The popular imam was assaulted three years after the mosque was bombed. “Bloomington city council member Patrick Martin has condemned this ‘act of hate and violence'”:

“When I refused to chant [‘Long live Modi’], they pulled my beard, punched my tooth out, and even asked me to go to Pakistan”:

A Technical College is embarrassed when its manager of media relations posted “get rid of the anti-American filth causing cancer to our nation,” on a post about Rep. Ilhan Omar:


News and Analysis (8/6/20)

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

“The investigation is focusing on how 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical used in fertilizers, came to be stored at the facility for six years”:

India’s feeble concession to journalists unable to do their jobs because of the Internet shutdown in Kashmir: 15 minutes at one of four computers in a Srinagar hotel:

Sheldon Richman is “happy to hear that [Rogan] did not apologize for” saying “I was fed a huge amount of lies about Israel my entire life”:

Despite the year of oppression in Jammu and Kashmir …

… Pakistan has failed to get the U.N. or the OIC to address the problem, perhaps because its hostility to India goes well beyond that particular issue …

… and even n Pakistan, a demonstration in solidarity with Kashmir ends with dozens wounded by a grenade attack for which an ethnic Sindhi armed separatist group takes credit:

“Zara Mohammadi was sentenced to 10 years in prison for teaching Kurdish. This is part of a state policy against minorities”:

“Denver police have opened a homicide investigation and said there is evidence of arson in the case”:

“He will be replaced in the special envoy role by Elliott Abrams, who currently serves as the Department’s special representative for Venezuela, Pompeo said. Abrams will maintain that role”:

A year without school because of the Indian aggression is extended by the Coronavirus:

News and Analysis (8/4/20)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Automatons were among the “creations of the 12th-century … inventor Ismail al-Jazari, who laid the groundwork for modern engineering, hydraulics, and even robotics”:

A Circuit Court has ruled that a Muslim inmate allegedly “fired from his prison job for reporting his bosses’ religious harassment” can’t file a First Amendment retaliation claim:

Israel may be counting on the differences in impact of its oppression on various Palestinians groups to prevent a unified opposition:

In revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood, Modi converted an internal political problem and security concern into a communal religious internal and external security threat” …

… “Indian government claims that it was determined to improve Kashmiri lives ring hollow one year after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status” …

… “It was not just a political change. It destroyed our livelihood” — Kashmiri flower seller …

… “Abdullah has called the meeting of many mainstream political parties at his residence,” but wonders if India will “allow anybody to come out”:

Kashmiri nomads have a solution for the school in the time of Covid conundrum:

“[J]ust a few days after the newspaper came out, all fresh evidence of this British operation … disappeared from public debate”:

Police stood idly by as a man was beaten on “suspicion of transporting beef”:

Iran is accused of abducting across national borders the man it charges with a terrorist attack on a mosque …

… while Australia finds its citizen, tried in secret in Iran on spying charges that she denies, “to be well”:

Yet another in the string of unexplained fires and explosions since June 26:

News and Analysis (8/1/20)

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Convention delegates are frustrated by both the Democratic Party’s refusal to acknowledge Israel’s brutal occupation and “by a drafting and voting process that was anything but open, inclusive and democratic”:

The Australian native “converted to Islam as a teenager. He ‘fell in love with America’s history, its principles, and particularly its commitment to freedom'”:

Both the U.S. and Iran “want to see a withdrawal of NATO forces; … to stymie the Afghan heroin trade; … to protect against terror groups …; and an inclusive government in Kabul that is not monopolized by the Taliban”:

  • Jammu and Kashmir authorities detain journalist and editor Qazi Shibli (Committee to Protect Journallists)

… meanwhile doctors who must treat locked-down “residents of the Valley online.” find it “no easy task in Kashmir, which has had no 4G internet for close to a year and where broadband connections are thin on the ground” …

… but Kashmiri Muslims fighting the scourge of intoxicants can learn from the Muslim barber who “raised enough awareness among the people and they wouldn’t let their daughters be used for prostitution any more”:

“The people who really need a mosque are the estimated 500,000 Muslims in Athens and the Attica region”:

In a nation where cremation is the norm, worries “about the hygiene of burials” are presented as an objection to cemeteries:

The monarchist group leader was arrested “for alleged involvement in a 2008 mosque attack in Shiraz that killed 14 people and injured more than 200”:

[T]he Islamic regime, which was established on promises of ‘social justice’, is still struggling to convince Iranians that it has remained true to the ideals of the revolution”:

The “RSS driven exclusionary ideology of Hindutva, which has no space for minorities, especially Muslims. Second, is a radical departure from the pluralistic and democratic polity … [of] India’s founding fathers”:

Ukraine describes first round talks as “constructive”, but reports that it is “too early to say how much compensation Tehran would agree to pay”: