News and Analysis (9/15/18)

“Khankan says she is not challenging the Quran, just rewriting a male-dominated way of worship … ‘by promoting and disseminating new narratives, with a focus on gender equality. It’s not a reform. We’re going back to the essence of Islam’”:

“For Palestinians, America was never an honest broker,” but Trump and Kushner have dropped the facade completely to openly embrace the occupation and offer billions of dollars to the Palestinian leadership to sell out their people’s rights, but so far they have not taken the bait:

When “Dorrie O’Brien proposed that the appointment of Shahid Shafi — who was named vice chairman of the local GOP this summer — be reconsidered in a secret ballot vote … [o]ne Republican booed” but when Shafi “stood to introduce himself, dozens of Republicans gave him a standing ovation”:

Wendy Sherman’s book is “a devastating reminder of just how much the United States invested to build a consensus with allies and adversaries alike, only to have it dismantled by people with a fraction of [her] experience in international matters” …

… more than sanctions, the Iran treaty was possible only because the “United States not only was willing to negotiate but also dropped its unfeasible demand for zero enrichment, leading to a detailed agreement that would ensure that the Iranian nuclear program stayed peaceful”:

Scholars argue that it is “wrong to view Islam as a Malay religion because its teachings [are] universal” and that muftis must “understand different cultures and customs before issuing fatwas”:

After she filed a formal complaint over harassment by prison employees, “she was told she would be put in solitary confinement if she did not remove the scarf before leaving her cell” but a judge dismissed her suit, “saying that it did not provide enough information to show how she had been harmed”:

“In 2017, the agency found that the workers had been harassed and discriminated against for protesting the unannounced policy change that denied them opportunities for obligatory prayer”:

“Israel contends that it’s defending its border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as a screen for attempts to breach the border fence to attack civilians and soldiers. Human rights groups have accused Israeli troops of excessive and unlawful use of force against unarmed protesters”:






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