Archive for December, 2020

News and Analysis (12/9/20)

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Rumors that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has transferred power to his son have been quickly dismissed by Iranian officials who assure the Supreme Leader is healthy:

Veteran politician Dr. Hanan Ashrawi resigns from PLO’s Executive Committee following Palestinian leadership restoring coordination with Israel in Ramallah:

Iran continues to pass laws worrying the Western World in the hopes of pressuring them to quickly return to the 2015 nuclear deal:

Under President Macron, France has continued to impose double standards against Muslim immigrants in the name of secularism. By analyzing government intervention against Muslim demographics, there is a clear contradiction between their so-called “liberal” values and actual disparity of civil liberties towards Muslims:

The death sentence is upheld for Ruhollah Zam, Iranian journalist who fled his homeland after being accused of inciting violence during protests in 2017. The antigovernmental protests in 2017 caused significant unrest, and Iranian officials have blamed many including the U.S. and Saudi Arabia …

… and Saudi Arabia resumes its persecution of a dual citizen despite the Trump Administration making an exception of its silence on Saudi human rights abuse to repeatedly call for his release:

France continues to persecute the Muslim population in the country by shutting down a private secondary secular school in Paris with a 90% Muslim study body  for “insufficient building safety standards”:

Despite its admission “that security agencies had geared an ‘inappropriate concentration of resources’ toward detecting potential Islamist threats, compared with the dangers posed by white supremacists like Tarrant,” the 800 page report concludes “there was little the state could have done to thwart the atrocity”:

Sri Lankan Muslims’ request to bury the body of family members who died for COVID-19 is rejected by Buddhist monks and President Rajapaksa claiming “burying bodies could contaminate groundwater and spread the disease”:

The PA payment system for families of prisoners and of those killed in conflict has been criticized as an incentivize terror in the region, but in reality is a necessity under illegal Israeli occupation:

News and Analysis (12/6/20)

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

Iranian Journalist, Mohamad Ahwaze, released on twitter that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei has “handed power over to his son, Mojtaba Khamanei”. Ahwaze claims “Khamanei deteriorated overnight” possibly due to prostate cancer:

“The UAE and Saudi Arabia appear to have been lobbying for a tougher French policy towards political Islam prior to the crackdown initiated by President Emmanuel Macron in the wake of the gruesome killing of a schoolteacher in September and subsequent attacks, including on a church in Nice”:

Jordanian FM Ayman Safadi to new Israeli FM Gabi Ashkenazi: “There is no alternative to a two-state solution”. Having broken ties with the Trump administration, Palestinians “are now hoping to improve relations with Biden’s incoming administration”:

Palestinian residents “say local shops have been under pressure by Israeli authorities, in an apparent move … to empty out the neighbourhood of its commerce and passersby in order to provide a comfortable setting for a family of Israeli settlers who moved into the area two years ago”:

… and as the IDF continues its killing of children, the European Union Delegation has called for an investigation due to the fact that “[c]hildren enjoy special protection under international law”:

Both Pakistan and India are intolerant of mixed marriages and conversions, but under the cover of “love jihad” India goes further in criminalizing those who convert to get married:

Iran and the Arab Gulf states jockey for leverage in any reconsideration of nuclear agreement:

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif calls out Germany for promising a vaccination deal with Israel without making “commitments … towards the Palestinians” and violating the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA):

Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Foreign Minister, has rejected any plans to establish diplomatic ties with Israel: “What we need to make [normalisation of ties with Israel] happen is a peace deal that delivers a Palestinian state with dignity and with a workable sovereignty that Palestinians can accept”:

News and Analysis (12/3/20)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

As France cracks down on mosques, immigrants and Muslim charities (having “closed … the Muslim charity BarakaCity and a civil rights group which monitors hate crimes …; both [of which] have refuted the government’s accusations that they harboured ‘radical’ links”) …

… Muslims “feel like nothing we do – pay taxes, do [national service] – will be enough. You have to prove that you’re really French: you have to eat pork; drink wine; not wear hijab, wear miniskirts. And it’s ridiculous” — Fashion designer Iman Mestaoui:

“‘You are us’ feels more like an aspirational statement than a reflection of our reality’ … [that] continues to be shaped by systematic discrimination and suspicion and a refusal by government agencies to engage with Muslims as a legitimate faith community in New Zealand, rather than a collection of ethnic minorities”:

“There’s no definition of political Islam. … [W]e as a society must distinguish between the peaceful religion of Islam and these extremists” — Umit Vural, the president of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria:

The larger, and more liberal, mainstream Islamic organization in Indonesia have many more members, but “being loud and divisive and creating spectacles” has allowed the FPI to “punch above its weight”:

A land reform act intended to provide a homesteading mechanism and raise money for hydroelectric projects was abused by corrupt politicians and became the focus of  charges of communitarian demographic manipulation:

Rouhani’s opposition to boosting uranium enrichment suggests he thinks the JCPOA can still be salvaged:

“Rights activists have called that a violation of rule 114 of the Geneva Convention dealing with the ‘Return of the Remains and Personal Effects of the Dead’ in wartime or armed conflict. Locals have labeled the practice ‘shroud theft'”:

The hypocrisy of the “love jihad” charge.  A woman who denied that her Muslim husband had kidnapped her sees her husband arrested and is forced to marry another man by her Hindu family while another man who converts to Hinduism to marry gets police protection from his new wife’s angry family:

The U.S. military says “that the Iraqi government has indicated that it wants to keep a small U.S. military force in Iraq for some time to train and advise Iraqi soldiers, and that U.S. officials want to make sure that the Islamic State does not regenerate ‘at a relatively low cost'”: