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Seventy Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan
Ramzy Baroud

When British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour made his promise to the Zionist movement in November 1917 to support the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, the once distant and implausible idea began to take shape. It would have been effortlessly achievable, had the Palestinians not rebelled....

 

What It Takes To Make Saudi Islam ‘Moderate’
Sigal Samuel

Saudi Arabia has so successfully promoted a particular version of Islam that if it tries to change that now, it risks empowering fringe voices who will claim to be sticking up for the old version. “You’re going to have extremists who are very willing to trumpet the fact that Saudi Arabia isn’t adhering to the real Islam, they’re just in the pockets of the West, which is already a pretty widespread view,”...

New Winds In Saudi Arabia
Khaled Ahmed

New fundamentalist Islam soon spread from Indonesia in the east to Algeria and Morocco in the west. One-fourth of the seminaries and mosques of Pakistan are still funded with Saudi money with many mosques dedicated to the cult of the late Bin Baz. Saudi Arabia has “funded” madrasas all over the world. They are quiet now but will react negatively, and Saudi Arabia under Muhammad bin Salman can ill-afford this reaction since all sorts of Muslims come for hajj to Saudi Arabia every year. The biggest challenge may rise in Pakistan where the Ahle Hadith clerics enjoy a heft with the state beyond measure….

No Tears for the Rohingya: This Is a Burden on Our Collective Conscience
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Of course, some Muslim countries have come forward to share Bangladesh’s burden of hosting more than a million refugees. Noble and much needed as the gesture is, it is not enough to save the Rohingya. They do not merely need our pity and money. Thousands of Muslim women have been raped and killed in Myanmar but their cries for help do not reach the citadels of power....

Chinese Muslims Enjoy Religious Freedom
Yasir Habib Khan

The report presented one-sided stories and twisted facts. Most of them were found to be completely overblown. For example, the Chinese government’s action to register places of worship was misinterpreted as the Chinese government exercising illegitimate control over religious groups and their activities. Steps regarding “maintaining legality, curbing illegality, blocking extremism, resisting infiltration and attacking crime thwarted Islamic radicalisation successfully but such measures are described as state’s undue control on religious freedom.....

 

The Secret of Iraq’s Renaissance
Pepe Escobar

Its 25 combat brigades – comprising Shi’ites, Sunnis, Christians, Yazidis, Turkmen, Shabak and Kurds – have been absolutely crucial in the fight against Daesh in Samarra, Amirli, Jalawla, Balad, Salahuddin, Fallujah (35 different battles), Shirqat and Mosul (especially over the western axis from Qayara base to the Iraq-Syrian border, cutting off supply chains and sealing Mosul from an attempted Daesh escape to Syria)....

 

Unlike the earliest Muslim migrants to Burma who came from Persia, Arabia or India as traders, the Rohingya Muslims of Rakhine were never really well-assimilated in Burmese life. The community grew mainly through immigration and exogamy, because of the proximity of Muslim Bengal. This gave the community an inherent fragility which perhaps made them repeatedly reach out for external assistance, thus deepening the communal divide....

 

The Trump-Bin Salman Tag Team Could Save The Islamic World
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

Saudi Arabia, it is hard to dispute, figures mightily in any explanation of sustained violence in the Middle East and the spread of militant jihad worldwide. For decades, the kingdom has sunk billions of petrodollars into exporting a parochial interpretation of Islamic canon called Salafism that inspired both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. The Saudis originally did so to pacify the hard-line Wahhabis that had helped them conquer Arabia and later as a knee-jerk reaction to revolutionary Iran. Soon enough, Uncle Sam hijacked this project to serve geostrategic ends in the Cold War. Either way, the House of Saud had never before publicly criticized the Wahhabis or Washington. ....

Is Islamic Reform Possible?
David Solway

In “Reform Islam or Live the ‘New Normal’ Forever,” Roger Simon argues that Donald Trump’s often frustrated travel ban on problematic countries, though not illegal, is insufficient. “It's only a meager beginning in dealing with a situation that has not changed in any real sense since 9/11, as the events in New York Tuesday testify. If we do not move even more seriously to prevent them, they will indeed become the ‘new normal.’ ” The violence, he continues, “will never be squelched until the ideology is defeated and reformed…

Comment: The Guardian View On Israel And Palestine: Escape The Past

The chaos in the Middle East has helped sideline the Palestinian question internationally. If Israeli politicians cannot find a two-state solution, the status quo will cement a one-state reality or perpetual occupation. In some ways the two-state slogan is a convenient evasion, leaving unanswered questions over the size and scope of a future Palestinian nation…

And the Taj Stands Tall
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

And the Taj Stands Tall
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

It is true that the Taj was worked upon by Indian labourers, that it is they who built the magnificent structure. It is also possible to look at the monument as an exercise in wasteful expenditure, like Aurangzeb did. But to simply criticise it because Muslims built it is nothing but silly. The Taj is a symbol of love since centuries. The Mughal discourse and subsequent history writing have made this object of love into the common-sense of Indian people. Hindus and Muslims both look up to it as the monument dedicated to love. It is not surprising therefore that there was backlash from within the Hindus which forced Yogi to pick up a broom and run to the service of Taj. That is called the triumph of hegemony and the Hindu Right will be advised to think hard before they renege on the pledge that UP Chief Minister gave while speaking on the Taj. 

An Earnest Appeal from a Nobel Laureate to Aung San Suu Kyi
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

The Myanmar military commander recently justified crimes committed by his soldiers and officers, such as murder, the burning of houses and villages and driving Rohingya Muslims out of the country despite the fact that the entire world has agreed that this amounts to ethnic cleansing and genocide against that hapless minority.

 

Are Netanyahu, Liberman Pushing Israel To War?
Ben Caspit

At the start of his Knesset faction's meeting on Oct. 23, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the chairman of Yisrael Beitenu, dropped a bombshell. "As for the rocket fire in the north," he confided, "it was not 'leakage' but a deliberate attack by a local cell operated by Hezbollah. [Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan] Nasrallah personally gave an order to exclude the [Bashar] al-Assad regime. ...

 

Sir Syed’s Movement Needs to Be Revived
Zafar Agha

Deoband movement’s focal point was that the main reason behind Muslims’ downfall was that they deviated from basic Islamic principles. The solution lies in revival of Islam which can be done only through madrasas hence the Deoband movement began with the establishment of Madrasa Darul Uloom which is running even today....

 

Why Was The West Bank Excluded From Palestinian Reconciliation?

...“the process of change in living conditions and the political situation in the West Bank must go in parallel with the Gaza Strip, otherwise there will be a major imbalance in this reconciliation that is based on ending all the repercussions of the division in all the provinces of the country.” Palestinians in the West Bank hope the Palestinian reconciliation will end all repercussions of the Palestinian division and establish a new stage of political partnership in the Palestinian decision-making process and acceptance among different parties....

 

Across Myanmar, Denial of Ethnic Cleansing and Loathing of Rohingya
Hannah Beech

Even the name Rohingya, which the ethnic group has identified with more vocally in recent years, has been taken from them. The Myanmar government usually refers to the Rohingya as Bengalis, implying they belong in Bangladesh. The public tends to call them an epithet used for all Muslims in Myanmar: Kalar....

 

I Choose the Kurds
John McCain

If we keep sleepwalking on our current trajectory, we could wake up in the near future and find that American influence has been pushed out of one of the most important parts of the world. That is why Americans need to care about what is going on in the Middle East right now. That is why we need to stick with our true friends, like the Kurds....

Once asked by a journalist, what was the one thing he wanted to achieve most in his lifetime, Qaddafi replied, “to change the world”. And he was coming close. Muammar Qaddafi and the empowered Libyan Jamahiriya were leading the movement to establish a United States of Africa, with a united military and a single currency, a dinar backed by Africa’s gold reserves. This would have actually dethroned the US dollar and shifted the global economic imbalance.  This would have indeed changed the world....

 

My Interview With a Rohingya Refugee: What Do You Say to a Woman Whose Baby Was Thrown Into a Fire?
Jeffrey Gettleman

She told me (and everything she said was consistent with dozens of other witness accounts) that Myanmar government soldiers stormed into her village in August and burned down each house. They separated the men from the women and summarily executed the men. Then they raped the women. But before raping her, Rajuma said, the soldiers snatched her baby boy from her arms and threw him into a fire. The baby was screaming for her as he burned to death....

Declining Democracy, and Reclining Leadership in Bangladesh
Taj Hashmi

Democracy doesn’t falter in Bangladesh because of some inherent defect or problem with the people at large. They have never failed to understand their socio-political and economic problems, and left no stone unturned to improve their condition. People and their leaders together achieved Pakistan (1947), fought for Bengali language and identity (1948-1952), provincial autonomy, equal rights and opportunity (1954-1969), and Independence (1971). They never shied away from protesting civil and military autocracy since the Liberation....

 
Iraq Will Remain United
Haider al-Abadi

Iraq Will Remain United
Haider al-Abadi

In June 2014, the cover of Time magazine echoed a sentiment common among pundits and outsiders: “The End of Iraq,” it read. I am proud to say that three years later, thanks to the Iraqi armed forces and the Iraqi people, these predictions were wrong. Since then, Iraq has steadily dealt defeats to the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, a vicious enemy that has threatened our entire region and killed innocent people across the world....

 

Democracy Is Possible in Syria, My Friend Knew How
David Graeber

Do Western leaders really care what happens to the Syrian people once the threat of the Islamic State is gone? “Syria will remain a hotbed of war if a truly multiethnic and multi-religious society is not established,” Mehmet wrote. And what he and the movement he was part of offer is a vision of hope for the region: “We believe we can only be human if we live under a humane system, humane social structures based on humane ideas.” This is the system they are building.....

 

Israel Should Practice What It Preaches To the Palestinians
Akiva Eldar

Instead of disseminating a pack of lies about a “desire for peace” and risking war on three fronts, the minister of defence and his government colleagues would do well to read the oh-so-logical advice of the father of modern warfare, Karl von Clausewitz. “War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means,” the Prussian historian wrote in the 19th century....

 

Right to Return Of the Palestinian Refugees and Their Descendents
Uri Avnery

Any future peace treaty between the state of Israel and the state of Palestine will have to include a paragraph saying that Israel affirms in principle the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees and their descendents. No Palestinian leader could possibly sign a treaty that does not include this clause. Only after this obstacle has been removed from the table, can the real discussion about the solution start....

 
Waiting for Abbas
Ahmad Abu Amer

Waiting for Abbas
Ahmad Abu Amer

Shurrab claims that an Abbas visit has become a political dream for the Palestinians in Gaza suffering from the siege, wars with Israel and a difficult economic situation. Palestinian citizens believe that Abbas' visit may solve many of the crises plaguing Gaza. ......

 
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