News and Analysis (6/5/19)

“While the growing popularity of the Eid selfie has contributed to promoting a positive image of Muslims…, it has not … capture[d] the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the Muslim world”:

As usual Saudis and Iranians split on the date of the Eid in the region, but “Jordan and Egypt did not follow in lockstep,” dividing Palestinians:

“The fact that Pompeo so easily conceded the perception — and likely the reality — that the plan was strongly structured and tilted toward the Israelis is striking” — Aaron David Miller:

AI objects that “Amirsalar Davoudi is blatantly being punished for his work defending human rights. Setting up a Telegram channel to expose human rights violations is not a crime” …

… and the Center for Human Rights in Iran urges parliament to “address these violations of due process and the Iranian Bar Association [to] take the lead in defending its own members” …

… yet Iran has “expressed the readiness of the authorities in Iran to receive any Lebanese delegation at any time for the extradition of” Nizar Zakka:

Abraham Sumanthiran, a senior lawmaker from the Tamil alliance, said it was “unfortunate that Muslim ministers succumbed to pressure from racists. Yesterday us, today you, tomorrow a new ‘other””:

Politicians in “[b]oth Israel and the U.S. need Iran … need to be able to point to Iran as a threat, as a menace, as the source of terrorism and evil in the world. … The fact that Iran is none of those things is beside the point” …

… as Larry Wilkerson explains “how the Trump administration has began using [State Dept.] briefings as vehicle for ‘outright lies’ about Iran”:

… and Riyadh failed to get the OIC to condemn Tehran directly in the final communique” while “the GCC and Arab summits, where Riyadh did succeed to single out Iran by name … carr[y] little to no strategic weight”:

A RAND Corp. analyst says that continuing to condition negotiations on Iran “acting like a ‘normal’ country … is not likely to entice the Iranians to the table, especially as maximum pressure policies continue on the ground”:

Abe’s upcoming trip to Iran highlights that Japan depends on the U.S. for protection and on Iran for oil so it has an interest in good relations with (and between) both:

It’s about its character’s spiritual journey, but “‘Ramy’ isn’t just about Islam, and its characters aren’t defined only by their faith. Instead, it’s attentive to a whole range of cultural experiences … worthy of storytelling”:






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