Archive for March, 2021

News and Analysis 3/15/21

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Iran is too proud to make the first move after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the JPCOA. Biden can break the impasse by using Reagan’s “trust but verify” policy, announcing the U.S. will immediately resume compliance trusting that Iran will allow the IAEA will be able to verify that Iran has followed suite promptly thereafter:

Israel receives new criticism after interrogating “two of the five children detained last week for” picking wildflowers near an illegal settlement:

Civil society groups report “psychological trauma … [including, in some cases], early signs of post-traumatic stress disorder” in over “93 percent of children impacted by” Austrian police raids targeting Muslim households last November:

The first ever Muslim nominee for an lead actor Oscar is just the tip of the iceberg, as observers see “an influx of Muslim students headed to careers in media, from screenwriting to journalism to movie production” and anticipate “a flood of young people will be in a variety of writers’ rooms in the next five years”:

Going against the tide of BJP bigotry, a Brahmin explains what drew him to Islam was that “[i]n Islam, be it a beggar or a banker, all stand in the same rows for namaz [prayer], all are equal in the eyes of Islam. You don’t have to be rich or born into a particular social category to be close to Allah”:

The Taliban has agreed to send a 10 person delegation for a peace meeting that will take place in Qatar on the 18th of March:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has not had any involvement, directly or indirectly, in any armed attacks by any entities or individuals against the United States in Iraq” — Iran’s UN envoy Majid Takht-Ravanchi:

Analysts indicate that “[l]osing Abs would be a major blow to the Houthi rebels”:

A Pakistani envoy to Sri Lanka raised concerns regarding the country’s newly announced ban on burqas, stating, “The likely ban on Niqab will only serve as injury to the feelings of ordinary Sri Lankan Muslims and Muslims across the globe”:

News and Analysis 3/13/21

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

Both parties in Afghanistan are highly skeptical of U.S. attempts to accelerate a political settlement. “Pressure from the United States never works… we know this because they have already tried all forms of pressure for 20 years”:

Upon her release after a five year sentence, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was immediately summoned to court on a new charge. “British FM calls the new trial “unacceptable” and calls on Iran to let her return to Britain”:

Security footage captured two masked individuals as they launched flammable materials through a window of a Muslim private school in Sweden:

On Saturday, Sri-Lankan officials told the media that the country would be banning burqas and shutting down thousands of Islamic schools:

Israel has targeted roughly a dozen vessels according to a Wall Street Journals report that stated, “Israeli operatives were suspected of planting a limpet mine on an Iranian vessel anchored near Lebanon in February … en route to Syria”:

As footage shows about 10 Israeli settlers, equipped with masks and batons, approach the Alayan family before pelting them with rocks moderately injuring the man and lightly injuring his wife:

Abid Riaz Qureshi, a Pakistani-born American Muslim and attorney from D.C, was nominated for district court by President Obama in 2016. Media reports indicate that the Biden Administration is “considering naming Qureshi to U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia”:

A video showing two men severely beating a Muslim boy who allegedly entered a Hindu temple to drink water “sparked outrage”:

Siddarth, previously a devout Hindu,  narrates his journey to becoming a Muslim and describes how India’s polarizing establishment has made daily life a struggle for Muslims who “are living as second class citizens. I have felt the difference, I’ve seen it with my own eyes”:

The representative of the Baha’i International Community to the UN says plans in the leaked documents “to change children’s beliefs is a galling violation of human rights”:

News and Analysis (3/12/21)

Friday, March 12th, 2021

Five Palestinian children were detained for hours for picking wild vegetables near an illegal settlement in what the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem calls “another example of the absolute disregard on the part of Israeli authorities and forces on the ground to the wellbeing and rights of Palestinians, no matter how young or vulnerable”:

David Abrams, a lawyer and executive director at the Zionist Advocacy Group, is known for weaponizing the Public Records Law in order to target pro-Palestine activists by releasing their names to Canary Mission, which is  “a website that blacklists Palestinian rights activists by creating dossiers on them and labelling them anti-Semites”:

While Israel and the U.S. strain to focus to distract international intention with an alleged Iranian nuclear threat, Israel has been building what appears to be a new reactor to produce Tritium, allegedly for the purpose of enhancing their arsenal of “80 nuclear warheads”:

Biden authorized an airstrike that killed seventeen people in northern Iraq. “Analysts suggest that the strike was intended to strengthen U.S position in negotiations with Iran”:

The persecutions of Muslims by China’s Communist government obscures the fact that in the past Chinese emperors favored the minority community “because of its ethics, which—as far as the emperors were concerned—promoted harmonious and peaceful relations between the diverse peoples in the imperial territories”:

The Interior Ministry’s accused Imam Ali’s Popular Student Relief Society (IAPSRS) of “questioning Islamic rulings such as qisas [retribution in kind and] promoting falsehood by publishing statements against the Islamic Republic of Iran”:

One of Iran’s top nuclear scientists argues that “the one who has left the JCPOA has to come back first” …

… but the U.S. refuses to return to compliance:

Drones laden with high explosives that Israel claims were in use in an operation “against resistance naval forces” killed Gaza fishermen:

News and Analysis (3/9/21)

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

The Pope was moved by the sight of “the ruins of mosques and churches in Mosul,” and called Ayatollah al-Sistani “a humble man” of “wisdom and prudence,” and stated that “it was good for my soul to encounter him”:

“[A]pplicants who were refused visas prior to Jan. 20, 2020, must submit new applications and pay a new application fee. Those who were denied on or after Jan. 20, 2020, may seek reconsideration without re-submitting their applications and do not have to pay additional fees”:

“[T]he use of the law to dictate what women should wear is problematic from a human rights perspective” — U.N. human rights office spokeswoman:

Muslims “filed nearly a quarter of religious discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2017, according to the latest data available”:

On the plus side, a treaty approved by Congress could not be unilaterally dumped by a future President; on the negative side, a Congress just might not approve any reasonable treaty:

Surge in Iranian oil sales to China in recent months demonstrates an increasing ineffectiveness of sanctions:

In response to Israel’s accusations, Iran suggests that the blowing up of the cargo vessel Helios Ray “has all the characteristics of a complicated false flag operation”:

News and Analysis (3/7/21)

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Is Israel really planning to attack Iran or just trying to bully its European and American allies:

The U.N. finds an pandemic of oppression in which states have imposed that includes restrictions that prevent “Muslims from living according to their belief system, the securitization of religious communities, limits on access to citizenship, socioeconomic exclusion and pervasive stigmatization of Muslim communities” …

… case in point, in a demonstration of the tyranny of the majority, “Switzerland operates a system of direct democracy” under which a popular vote may impose a “racist and sexist” law upon a minority …

… and in India where mobs stormed Muslim neighborhoods chanting, “This country is ours. And only we shall rule here”:

She was dismayed that her identity, a young Muslim woman in a hijab, gets more attention than her policies, but now that she has been elected to her local school board, Bushra Amwali is “writing a book to share her experiences as a young female politician” to encourage others to follow in her footsteps:

A Western rationalist study of God in the Qur’an ponders God’s mercy versus His justice, suggesting that vivid images of divine punishment may have a merciful deterrent purpose “like the gruesome images of disease splashed across packets of cigarettes”:

The Israeli occupation is sustained by “a military judicial system characterised by violations of international law“:

Trained as a mathematician, she turned her passion for animals into a career. When bystanders command her to step aside during her wild animal rescues because the job is too difficult for a woman, she persists in finishing her job leaving them “wonder-struck”:

“Rights groups, Western officials and the United Nations have said her case is one of several instances in which Iran has arbitrarily detained foreigners on baseless charges, often dual-citizens like Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe”:

“Iran is ready to immediately take compensatory measures based on the nuclear deal and fulfill its commitments just after the U.S. illegal sanctions are lifted and it abandons its policy of threats and pressure”:

News and Analysis (3/4/21)

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

As Biden embraces the notion that any criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism, Netanyahu applies the smear against the ICC:

“The US has sanctioned eight heads of state in previous three administrations”:

In India a journalist has spent months in jail,  “arrested on his way to report on the death of a Dalit teenager days after she was gang-raped”…

… while in Austria, an academic “and his children and his children are being treated for PTSD” for trauma suffered while being held at gunpoint in an invasion of his home months ago by police who still have charged him with no crime:

The Wire charges “that the relentless call for violence against Muslims in the run up to the [Delhi] riots was not abstract advocacy but an essential component of the real conspiracy – executed in the open because they knew the police would never touch them”:

The women complain that the stigma of not only threatens their right to vote but their Indian citizenship as well, leading to “loss of livelihood and hindered access to government entitlements” as well as possible incarceration and statelessness:

After six “attacks on Black and racialized Muslim women in Edmonton. The victims were simply walking in public, waiting for a bus or sitting in their cars” Edmonton women organize self-defense classes and an online dialogue to “put pressure on governments to act and encourage allies to step up”:

Both humor (such as SNL’s joke highlighting “a mostly true statement about the disparity between Israeli vaccinations, which include some Palestinian Israelis, and those for Palestinians in the occupied territories”) and serious scholarly research are targets for the Zionist thought police:

Sri Lanka has finally agreed to stop the desecration of Muslim bodies under the pretext of pandemic public health policy:

“The meeting of Pope Francis with Ali Sistani … is believed to be the first between a pope and an Iraqi grand ayatollah”:

News and Analysis (3/1/21)

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Israel offered no evidence and Iran denies the accusation, but Netanyahu vowed to respond saying, “Iran is the greatest enemy of Israel. I am determined to halt it. We are hitting it in the entire region”:

Until recently settlers entered the mosque through the Al-Magharbeh Gate. After opening all the gates to settlers, the Israeli occupation forces now deny all but a “very few” Palestinians from outside the city access :

Apparently alluding to President Biden’s retaliatory strikes on Iranian allies, “Iran’s FM “said recent actions taken by Washington and Europeans had led Iran to conclude that the ‘time was not right’ to hold such talks” …

… yet some experts think Biden can deescalate tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia:

“Several social media users had a field day on Thursday, who mocked Biden administration and its supporters for propping up a ‘Hijabi’ woman – Sameera Fazili at a press conference just a day after bombing innocent Muslims in Syria”:

“The U.S. foggy position encourages the Israeli government to escalate its settlement policy,” the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said in a statement.

After historically supporting Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir, Saudi Arabia recently took a neutral stance following rifts between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan at OIC meetings:

Indian-administered Kashmir is under scrutiny following the recent restoration of 4G access as the blockade has seriously hampering civic participation, business, livelihoods, education, and access to health-care and medical information:

Royal Commission of New Zealand created 44 recommendations following terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques, and Muslim organizations in the country are criticizing the government’s response:

“Shows like Ramy, Transplant and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are pushing the industry away from stereotypical portrayals of Muslims as terrorists. But it’s a long road ahead”: