Archive for October, 2020

News and Analysis (10/7/20)

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

The Lancet took down a letter noting that “poverty, military occupation, discrimination and institutionalized oppression” turned the Covid-19 outbreak in Gaza into “a preventable biosocial injustice rooted in decades of Israeli oppression” three days after publication:

A survey of articles published about Palestinians in the US over the past fifty years finds that less than 2% of the 2,490 articles in The New York Times, only 1% of the 3,249 in The Washington Post, and not of a single one of 497 in The New Republic were by Palestinians:

The Qur’an (18:23-24) commands believers to say “If God wills” when promising to do something in the future, but Biden’s use of the phrase to characterize a promise by Trump reflects the derogatory colloquial Arabic usage, meaning “it ain’t gonna happen”:

“The proposed bill ‘would require the President to consult with the Israeli government to ensure [qualitative military edge] concerns are settled’ in respect to weapons sales to Middle Eastern countries”:

After her humiliation m she was acquitted of the charges against her:

In its ruling the court equated the kidnapping of an innocent college student with the detention of an FBI agent “on an unauthorized CIA mission,” awarding damages to a foamily that has already “received a $2.5 million annuity” in CIA hush money:

“Yemeni American Sfuaun Ali, 29, has been waiting for three years to hear back from … (USCIS) about the status of the I-130 form he submitted for his wife to join him in New York.” USCIS offers no explanations for waiver rejections:

Like some Iranian Marie Antoinette an Iranian Food and Drug Administration spokesman urged those who can’t afford butter to substitute more expensive “avocados and olive oil”:

“Iranian media said stray shells from fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave had fallen on villages near Iran’s northwestern border, wounding a child and damaging buildings”:

News and Analysis (10/5/20)

Monday, October 5th, 2020

“While some conservatives warn that a “soft-totalitarianism” of progressive intolerance is growing in the U.S., when it comes to Israel-Palestine, full-blown authoritarian coercion, like the blacklisting carried out by Canary Mission, is already well entrenched”:

“Twenty scholars—including eight women” bring “collective analytical sensibility combined with academic rigour” to the polemical debate on the status of women in Islam in an anthology titled Muslim Women: What Everyone Needs to Know:

“These newly revealed passages underscore the seriousness of the threat posed by white supremacists to law enforcement personnel and the public at large. That the FBI has continued to withhold this full document … is indefensible” — Jamie Raskin:

“Lozina pleaded guilty to assault, but maintained that he had not attacked Elasmar because of her faith and attacked because she had refused to give him money” yet he was removed from a video court appearance “after he repeated a racist statement over and over again”:

“The measures include placing stringent limits on home-schooling and increasing scrutiny of religious schools, making associations that solicit public funds sign a “charter” on secularism”:

Education week urges teachers to ” Be the catalyst behind the disruption of systems and traditional school practices that continue to muffle the voices of Arab students, Muslims students, and other students from historically marginalized backgrounds”:

Both sides are committed to Islamic jurisprudence; the question is whether the Taliban’s vision can accommodate “women’s rights, freedom of expression and electoral democracy”:

“[T]here is little indication that Prince Mohammed has drawn lessons from the fallout of past actions that have significantly damaged his and the kingdom’s image”:

India’s military made “a rare admission [that] its soldiers exceeded their legal powers in killing the men they described as Pakistani terrorists”:

News and Analysis (10/2/20)

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Israeli murdered an unarmed autistic man and made 442 people homeless during the pandemic, demolishing “389 … homes and other structures in the West Bank, the majority for lacking building permits that Israeli authorities make virtually impossible to obtain”:

Over one “thousand academics and lawyers call on academic and government institutions around the world to cease subjecting those defending justice for Palestinians to censorship and penalisation” through the conflation of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism:

“[T]he Taliban’s choice of negotiators provides a glimpse into the movement’s vision for Afghanistan’s future”:

“For the longest time, Muslims have held onto the view that they don’t see race, which pushes aside important conversations needed around anti-Blackness that exists in the Muslim community, which dismisses our struggles and also our achievements”:

Despite the author’s “largely nonjudgmental view of Noble Drew Ali (1886-1929), the controversial founder of the Moorish Science Temple of America, a forerunner of the Nation of Islam …, Ali emerges as a con artist of unusual audacity”:

Iran offers to mediate between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as Rouhani declares, “Our region can no longer take instability and new wars”:

It “is unlikely that [Pakistan] will continue to moderate its engagement with [Iran and Turkey] in deference to Saudi Arabia”:

“In a consent order, Emirates said it doesn’t believe the violation deserves enforcement action but agreed to the fine to settle the matter”:

“What a joy in these trying times to see that #MsMarvel (a Pakistani American teen superhero!) has cast its lead role, a young actress named Iman Vellani! I can’t wait to see the show!” — Mindy Kaling