News and Analysis (3/7/21)

Is Israel really planning to attack Iran or just trying to bully its European and American allies:

The U.N. finds an pandemic of oppression in which states have imposed that includes restrictions that prevent “Muslims from living according to their belief system, the securitization of religious communities, limits on access to citizenship, socioeconomic exclusion and pervasive stigmatization of Muslim communities” …

… case in point, in a demonstration of the tyranny of the majority, “Switzerland operates a system of direct democracy” under which a popular vote may impose a “racist and sexist” law upon a minority …

… and in India where mobs stormed Muslim neighborhoods chanting, “This country is ours. And only we shall rule here”:

She was dismayed that her identity, a young Muslim woman in a hijab, gets more attention than her policies, but now that she has been elected to her local school board, Bushra Amwali is “writing a book to share her experiences as a young female politician” to encourage others to follow in her footsteps:

A Western rationalist study of God in the Qur’an ponders God’s mercy versus His justice, suggesting that vivid images of divine punishment may have a merciful deterrent purpose “like the gruesome images of disease splashed across packets of cigarettes”:

The Israeli occupation is sustained by “a military judicial system characterised by violations of international law“:

Trained as a mathematician, she turned her passion for animals into a career. When bystanders command her to step aside during her wild animal rescues because the job is too difficult for a woman, she persists in finishing her job leaving them “wonder-struck”:

“Rights groups, Western officials and the United Nations have said her case is one of several instances in which Iran has arbitrarily detained foreigners on baseless charges, often dual-citizens like Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe”:

“Iran is ready to immediately take compensatory measures based on the nuclear deal and fulfill its commitments just after the U.S. illegal sanctions are lifted and it abandons its policy of threats and pressure”:

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