News and Analysis (7/24/14)

As Israeli atrocities reach new heights …

… Obama wants Israel “to do more” to limit the casualties of Gaza civilians, but neither Obama nor the Department of State specified what “more” they are expecting …

… and a former Israeli soldier explains, “Israel is no longer able to think about a solution to a political conflict except in terms of physical might…. The Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip are deprived of civil rights and human rights” …

… while Palestinians take desperate measures to survive Israel’s crimes, as when families “consider how to separate … so not everyone dies in one missile strike”:  

“The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence’ to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document” …

… and a new report “uses in-depth studies of cases from across the nation to show what justice looks like for Muslim-Americans suspected of terrorist sympathies: out-of-control informants, overzealous prosecution, unfair trials, and extraordinarily harsh prison sentences

In the past White House iftars were a reward for Muslims “hand-picked by government bureaucrats … for good behaviour” but this year’s controversy “brought to light the growing discontent with the older, primarily male, and immigrant “official” leadership by a younger, more gender diverse generation”:

ISIS crimes against Christians and Muslims in Iraq represent the new lowest standard of barbarity. It is against Islam and “the Qur’an 22:41 specifically commands Muslims to protect Churches from destruction” :

“An Italian diplomat said today that Italy used its regional ties to help Ibrahim leave Sudan, ‘We had the patience to speak to everyone in a friendly way. This paid off in the end’”:

“[A]llowing for some regional autonomy while keeping the entire country under Baghdad’s federal umbrella” might be the only solution for Iraq’s problem right now as the country is on the verge of division:

“Both houses of India’s parliament have been adjourned in uproar over reports that some Hindu MPs tried to forcibly feed a Muslim man fasting for Ramadan”:

With the current poverty in the UK,  the “younger generation of charity leaders interpret Islamic obligations … [so] that the recipients are increasingly likely to be non-Muslims”:

“Under an unofficial agreement dating back to the 2003” the U.S led invasion held that the presidency goes to a Kurd, the Prime ministry to a Shiite, and house speaker to a Sunni:











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