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State Of Despair
Kamal Siddiqi

State Of Despair
Kamal Siddiqi

Thousands of desperate Rohingya Muslim refugees who are fleeing native Myanmar on rickety boats are being denied refuge in Southeast Asia because these countries do not want to add to their “burden”, despite the fact that such a number would add up to a fraction in real terms. Countries like Thailand as well as Muslim countries like Malaysia and Indonesia have turned away from any help which is a shame given that these countries are doing well economically....

 

Initiatives for Youth, Women: How One Couple Is Helping Bhatkal Shed the Terror Tag
Zubair Kazi

 “Women in Bhatkal are very shy and follow the Purdah system very strictly. There was a dire need to start a facility to bring out their talents. We regularly have exhibitions where people set up stalls. I also try to train people about customer services, on how to behave with customers as one would in the US. My goal is to bring Hindus, Muslims and Christians to work together in harmony and develop friendship,”.“Our community, which is peaceful and friendly, is sadly misunderstood....

If Pakistan Is a Purely Greedy State, Driven By Ideological Motives, Then Appeasement Is In Fact the More Dangerous Course of Policy Prescription
Khaled Ahmed

Fair asks the final question: “The current and past US policy approaches to Pakistan have assumed that Pakistan is a state that is motivated largely by security concerns that can be satisfied with some territorial concession and [is] thus capable of abandoning its revisionism with the appropriate allurements. But what if Pakistan is a purely greedy state, as the evidence I present intimates? If so, then any policy of appeasement may in fact aggravate the problems that Pakistan poses to regional and international security. If Pakistan is a purely greedy state, driven by ideological motives, then appeasement is in fact the more dangerous course of policy prescription.”....

 

More Lethal than RAW: Imagine That an Enemy Has Perfected a Super Weapon That Destroys Reasoning Power
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Contrast this with the madrasa model wherein truth is defined by the teacher and prescribed books. The teacher’s job is to convey the book contents, and the student’s job is to appropriately absorb and memorise. There are no problems to be solved, nor is challenging suppositions or checking logical consistency either encouraged or even tolerated. Limited to religious learning, such learning attitudes are perfectly fine. But their absorption into secular parts of the education system is disastrous. The hafiz-i-science or hafiz-i-math, which are copiously produced, carry exactly zero worth.....

My own subject is the way in which the sentencing of Salman, after 13 long years, is being used by all to mouth pious platitudes about respecting the judgment of the court and about the majesty of the law, which does not distinguish between the high and the low, between the powerful and the powerless....

 

The Ugly Truth Is That Turkish Politics Is Very, Very Ugly
Mustafa Akyol

The ugly truth is that Turkish politics is very, very ugly. All values can be sacrificed for the pursuit of power and the accomplishment of vengeance. About a decade ago, I used to blame mainly the old (Kemalist) establishment for this ugliness. But now I have seen another decade and have seen that the new (“conservative”) establishment is no better - if not worse. ….

 

We are All Refugees
Ramzy Baroud

Iraq can be the start – the country that served as a foundation of everything Arab. Their culture, history and civilization – which extends to the very beginning of human civilization – ushered in the new Arab exodus.The American promise to bomb it “back to the stone age” was worse than expected....

 

Pay Heed to a Minorities Report
Tahir Mahmood

The growing trend of religious intolerance and anti-minority prejudices worldwide, the United Nations had proclaimed a Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief in 1981, and a Declaration on the Rights of Minorities in 1992....

 
The Fascist Impulse
Praveen Swami

The Fascist Impulse
Praveen Swami

The fascist impulse, though, has survived — though it is rarely called by its proper name. It has manifested itself in the savageries of Islamism, in the blood-cults of Christ and tribe, in communal pogroms. Fascism’s form, though, isn’t always apocalyptic: “It does not always and of necessity,” as French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy put it, “mean storms of iron and blood....

 

Let us Use ISIS and Iran’s Tools against Them
Jamal Khashoggi

It is not right to view these youths as mercenaries. They are young dogmatic men who believe in a cause and a project, and who have undergone military and faith training. It does not matter that we view their cause and project as a bunch of metaphysical myths, because to them these are facts that are enough to kill us....

Jewish Money in US Elections?
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. It’s as if Ernest Benn had George W. Bush in mind when he defined the science of power…..

UN Battle to ‘Shame’ Israel over Abuse of Children: Ban Ki-Moon to Put Israeli Army on Same List as Islamic State and Taliban
Jonathan Cook

Israel is regularly condemned by UN human rights commissions, most recently in a resolution by the Commission on the Status of Women. But Israel and the US usually dismiss such findings as partisan, given that the commissions represent national governments, including Arab and Muslim states.....

 

Israel Must Seize This Opportunity for Peace
Fareed Zakaria

Reality has changed, but look beyond the headlines. On closer examination one can see that it has changed dramatically in Israel’s favour. First there is the disappearance of the Arab threat. From its first day in existence, Israel has faced the danger of extinction by Arab armies. This is the threat against which the Jewish state has planned, armed and trained for most of its national life. Today, it’s gone.....

 

Even so, many outside observers see the religious affairs committees as an excessive intrusion into the daily lives of believers. These committees create lots of risk for stability in Central Asia: they tacitly undermine public trust in state institutions, and, in doing so, heighten the appeal of the very radical religious ideas that the committees are supposed to contain.....

 

In the ‘Land of Pure’, No Space for Dissent
Hiranmay Karlekar

Despite the storm it triggered, Shahzad's death has been forgotten except for private remembrances. There is no reason to believe that it would be different in Sabeen Mahmud's case. Clearly, the ISI had no reason to fear the consequences of her death, as it had none in Shahzad's. Shahzad's murder followed the publication of an article by him linking the attack on the naval base....

 

Forced to Sell Alcohol: Why is the ‘Ummah’ Silent over the Plight of Chinese Muslims?
Farahnaz Zahidi

But there is a huge difference in this and what is happening to the Muslims in Xinjiang province in China. In Pakistan, this is done at the hands of extremists. But in China, it is at an official level that Muslims are forbidden from practicing Islam. The last year or more has seen repeated incidents of Muslims, a religious minority in China, being coerced into going against their religious beliefs….

Planning to Study in France? You Can’t If You Wear Long Skirts
Sabeet Raza

France is facing a severe backlash against its so-called strict secular policy after the event took place. The justification provided was that if Muslim girls start wearing long skirts in a conspicuous effort to show their faith, then some will argue that is a breach of the secular law....

 

New Saudi Government will Not Tolerate Incompetence
Khaled Almaeena

To do that we need professional bureaucrats who can innovate. Government leaders should do away with paperwork and red tape and promote the culture of work ethics, transparency, honesty and adhering to international standards. This cannot be achieved by merely issuing flowery statements....

 

The rise of Daesh and — perhaps even more alarming — the expansion of Iran’s influence in the Arab world through clients and proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and beyond have created a rare consensus among Sunni Arab governments. They agree that they face an intolerable crisis and that it is no longer possible to rely on American intervention....

 

Who’s afraid of Owaisi? Congress, Lalu, Mulayam, Mamata …
MJ Akbar

The satraps of UP, Bihar and Bengal who are chief ministers because of Muslim support are, or should be, worried. Since 1952, Indian Muslims have handed over their vote as proxy in the hope of security and some degree of welfare. The first beneficiary was Congress. That illusion evaporated in stages to be replaced, in phases, by trust in regional formations. What was common is that in neither case did the transfer occur through Muslim intermediaries.....

Women for Peace
Amy Goodman

Women for Peace
Amy Goodman

Now, a century later, in these very violent times, nearly 1,000 women have gathered here again, this time from Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as Europe and North America, saying ‘No’ to wars from Iraq to Afghanistan to Yemen to Syria, not to mention the wars in our streets at home....

 
An Ottawa Imam Who Gets Things Done
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

An Ottawa Imam Who Gets Things Done
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

Imam Malam was the only imam in Ottawa who was not an employee. He led the daily and Friday prayers and the Taraweeh prayers, managed the finances, controlled the administration and programs and helped with Nikahs, bathing bodies and burials. He received no salary....

 

Why Does Turkey Refrain from Cracking Down on ISIL?
Emre Uslu

Turkey not only avoids cracking down on ISIL branches within its borders, but also tries to block all journalistic inquiries into the matter. There is a gag order in place concerning all lawsuits against ISIL members, as journalists are effectively prevented from reporting about them. Any journalist who dares to write about ISIL is monitored and threatened by intelligence units....

 

An Important Guest in New Delhi: President Ashraf Ghani’s Visit is Timed for Effect
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

It is not important whether Ashraf Ghani chose to go to Saudi Arabia, Iran, US or any other countries also before embarking on a visit to New Delhi. It is now more important to see what he says in New Delhi....

 

Thoughts on a Rise in India's Muslim Population
Ram Puniyani

Family planning and legacy of Islam, Islamic scholar A.R. Omran of Cairo dispels the myth that Islam is inherently against family planning, as per him there is no text in Quran which prohibits the prevention of pregnancy. In Islamic countries like Turkey and Indonesia, family planning methods are quite popular. In Turkey, for example, 63 per cent of the population in the reproductive age group uses contraception and in Indonesia, the figure is 48 per cent....



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