News and Analysis (8/10/14)

“[T]he Qur’an warns its readers to not be swayed by charismatic figures who, in reality, only spread evil in the world…The  killing  and oppression of innocent people and the destruction of land and property is completely antithetical to Islam’s normative teachings” …

… as demonstrated by the abduction of Yazidi taken by ISIS fighters who have“vicious plans … in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values” according to Kamil Amin, a spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry …

… and the dissolution of an “an understanding between communities that had survived for generations” …

… while in Indonesia, where the government has banned speech favorable to ISIL, “[l]eaders of the country’s two largest Islamic organizations — Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, which have decried growing local support for ISIL as running  counter to Islam”:

In the Turkish presidential election that could change the office from a symbolic head of state into a dominant political figure, Erdogan is all over the airwaves, while one opposition journalist is arrested and the resignation of another sparks a controversy over freedom of the press:

In reaction to the Australian anti- terrorism laws, Tahmina Rashid, an associate professor at the University of Canberra for International Studies says that  the Muslim community “ should view the measures as designed to protect them as well as the broader Australian community:

Muslim groups protest the suspension of Mike Carlton, a columnist for Fairfax , accused of “offensive language towards readers complaining about a July 26 column and accompanying cartoon about the war in Gaza”:

For multiple of reasons,”The United States is not intervening against Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian regime, as Obama had proposed. Instead, it is striking one of Assad’s biggest enemies” …

.. yet, it plans to be in the half-fought struggle for long time:

With the dead finally bueired Gaza deals with 10,000 wounded …

… as Gaza supporters in Latin America and South Africa show solidarity with Palestine …

… and the Palestinians say they won’t talk to themselves if |Israel won’t come to the peace table:

On the off chance that you didn’t understand the real purpose of declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, the political party that won winners of Egypt’s first elections after the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship, will be dissolved and its assets seized by the state”:






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