News and Analysis (10/26/20)

Will Pompeo’s support for Nahdlatul Ulama over its rivals taint the movement’s bid “to garner religious soft power and shape the definition of what constitutes moderate Islam?”

Muslims feeling scapegoated for the lockdown in the north of England demand publication of the data behind the claim that they were “not abiding to social distancing” guidelines at the start of Eid al Adha be published; the Department of Health and Social Care refuses:

Mumbai-based Islamic scholar Dr. Zeenat Shaukat Ali argued that “killing people for blasphemy or apostasy is not permissible in Islam” and called for Islamic scholars to scrutinize and sift Hadith to require they “be in consonance with the verses of the Quran”:

“Anis Wani, a 23-year-old cartoonist who works for The Kashmir Walla, … said he received anonymous death threats by phone after he posted his first post-crackdown piece on India’s independence day … [of] a Kashmiri man, his lips sealed, tied to a pole flying the Indian flag”:

“[T]he head of the political bureau of the IRGC … has openly stated [that] the entire JCPOA saga convinced the guard that they ‘should not think of any negotiations with the United States any longer'”:

“We have no objection to meeting with international partners to discuss the issue. But I have to ask, how is this different than every other meeting convened on this issue over the past 60 years?” — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft:

“The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable to the United States and will not be tolerated or permitted … and if somehow they get to Venezuela they will be eliminated there” — Elliot Abrams:

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