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Libya: Another Afghanistan is in the making?
Oman Mirghani

The situation in Libya has gone from bad to worse in full view of the entire world. It was obvious that the mixture of chaos, proliferation of weapons and the political, tribal and factional infighting would repeat the Somalia or Afghanistan scenario and allow for the expansion of Al-Qaeda and Daesh or any other terrorist group....

 
Rising For the Rohingyas
Yaqoob Khan Bangash

Rising For the Rohingyas
Yaqoob Khan Bangash

Acts and omissions prejudicially affecting the human rights of a peaceful community of Rohingya Muslims.’ While the Rohingya are certainly a persecuted minority, and surely they need to be helped and all pressures put on the Myanmar government to give them full and equal rights, one can’t help but wonder why all the slogans are religion-based....

 

Can a ‘Smart Project’ Alter the Mideast?
Rami G. Khouri

They emphasize military attacks against the criminal Islamist militants, but effectively ignore socio-economic and political issues that underpin Al-Qaeda and ISIS. They ignore the equally criminal policies of family-run Arab security states whose excesses and failures since the 1970s spawned these dangerous militant movements. They absolutely refuse to address the glaring parallel misdeeds of American administrations that have long been complicit in supporting Arab dictatorships, fostered radicalism....

 

Part-Time Champions of Rohingya
Jalees Hazir

It’s not hard to follow the various trails of blood, and the underlying hate-filled politics of identity, to the door of the empire. Identity and terrorism are weapons of perpetual war in the arsenal of the empire and it uses them with a shameless abandon. It is not the Buddhist majority in Myanmar that is killing the Rohingya minority. Scratch the surface a bit and you see the linkages of these terrorists to Aung San Suu Kyi and organizations working under the imperial umbrella on various high-sounding pretexts....

 
Pakistan and the Rohingyas
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Pakistan and the Rohingyas
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Despite having lived in Pakistan for decades, after radical Buddhists began their anti-Muslim movement in Burma, the Rohingyas in Pakistan either don’t have an identity card or are registered as ‘Bengalis’. Ironically, this is precisely what the Myanmar government is doing to the Rohingyas: forcing them to register as Bengalis - hence coercing them into relinquishing their status as inhabitants of Burma since the 15th century - or simply refusing to acknowledge their existence....

 

Syria and the Brotherhood after Erdogan’s Decline
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Regardless of who the next Turkish president will be, Syria will be a core Turkish interest, and it is unlikely that the new government will alter its stance. We also expect Turkey to continue avoiding direct involvement in the war, especially amid the presence of Iranian forces and militias inside Syria. However, it will continue to influence the Syrian opposition....

 

Houthis are Iran’s Priority, But What about the Rohingya?
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

The struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia over Yemen kicked off as the Rohingya crisis was a major topic in the media. I was at the United Nations in New York and was talking to a foreign diplomat who is assisting in the run up to Geneva peace talks between Yemen’s warring factions. I spent those days wondering why Iran didn’t send humanitarian aid ships to the poor people from Burma, rather than entering this power struggle with Saudi Arabia over sending aid to Sanaa....

 

China is home to a large Muslim population. According to the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), there are more than 21 million Muslims living in the country. A study done by the Pew Research Center, based on China's census, concluded there are 21.6 million Muslims in China, accounting for 1.6 percent of the total population....

 

Reasons for Optimism - And Doubt
Ramzy Baroud

One could argue that the recognition of Palestine is much bigger than Abbas as an individual or a legacy. These recognitions demonstrate that there has been a seismic shift in international consensus regarding Palestine, where many countries in the southern and northern hemispheres seem to ultimately agree that it is time to liberate the fate of Palestine from American hegemony....

 

Was the prophet Muhammad a pervert and a tyrant? Does Islam promote terrorism and enslave women? Does Islam oblige its followers to wage jihad on Westerners whose roots lie in the secular Enlightenment? Should Muslims consider converting to Christianity? For the Somali-born writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the answer to all these questions is a resounding “Yes!”....

Embellishing Al-Nusra Front’s image
Diana Moukalled

He thinks Alawites must stop being Alawites, and Christians will be fine if they pay a tax. How tolerant! The interview gained the admiration of those who consider Al-Nusra, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, an acceptable alternative to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)....

 

The relationship between religion and secularism is both thorny and complex. Many utter both concepts without being able to deconstruct their philosophical and conceptual undertones. Some claim that religion is a set of dogmas that gives no room for thinking and rationalisation on one hand. On the other, others claim that secular values are liberal and rational....

 

Palestinians at a Crossroads
Ramzy Baroud

Palestinians gained little and lost so much more. That loss can be highlighted mostly in the following: Massive expansion in Israel’s illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, doubling the number of the illegal settlers as well; the failure of the so-called peace process to deliver any of its declared goals, largely Palestinian political sovereignty and an independent state; and the fragmentation of the Palestinian national cause among competing factions....

 

Iqbal, Maududi and Pakistani Nationalism
Tahir Kamran

Maududi has been re-discovered by Western academia along with Sayyid Qutb and Hassan al-Banna in the wake of 9/11. Currently, he is seen as a pan-Islamic thinker whose influence has gone beyond the geographical confines of the subcontinent. Here, we will reflect on the two thinkers with reference to their impact on Pakistani nationalism and on them attributing a definitive religious slant to it....

 

The Arab Regimes Will Not Pay For Their Crimes against the Palestinians
Fred Maroun

The Palestinian elites too have a responsibility in this dreadful history.  They caused civil wars in Lebanon and Jordan, therefore increasing Arab hostility towards the Palestinians.  They also led the Palestinians into destructive military confrontations with Israel instead of leading them towards cohabitation and compromise….

 

How Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s First Elected President, Ended up on Death Row
Patrick Kingsley

It was the army who toppled Morsi, and whose leaders have since tried to stamp out dissent – Islamist and non-Islamist alike. But in the weeks following Morsi’s ouster, the moderates who provided the smokescreen for the army’s return to political life still carried some influence. The head of the supreme court was made acting president. Egypt’s leading liberal, Mohamed ElBaradei, was appointed vice-president, and was allowed to pick the prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi, an economics professor from Aboul Ghar’s social democratic party....

 

Islamists — Waxing and Waning
Louis A. Delvoie

How to counter the spread of violent Islamism? There are no easy or complete answers to the question. It would certainly be helpful if the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iran could agree to stop fanning the flames of conflict between Sunnis and Shias. It would also be helpful if the authoritarian governments of many Muslim countries could be persuaded to display more tolerance for peaceful Islamist movements within their borders. More generally, however, it will take nothing less than a profound political and intellectual revolution in the Muslim world at large. Until the Muslim world experiences its own version of the 18th-century European Enlightenment, the ideas of freedom, tolerance, equality and progress will not flourish, but extremism will....

 

Self-Proclamation of Muslim Leadership
Lale Kemal

In an interview with local TV station NTV on May 26, Erdoğan promised a private jet to Turkey's top cleric, claiming that Pope Francis has one, too. Mr. Mehmet Görmez is not only the religious leader of Turkey. In fact, he is the respected religious leader of this geographical area in the Islamic world,” Erdoğan said, believing what he was saying, even if it is not true....

 
The NGOs did It
Khaled Ahmed

The NGOs did It
Khaled Ahmed

In Pakistan, human rights stood in the way of Islamic law and the clause about religious freedom, meaning you can change religion, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights began to rankle as the state teleology became sharia. Today, women running NGOs suffer....

 

Saudi Military Interventionism in Yemen and its Role in the US Hegemonisation of the Arabian Peninsula
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

Saudi Arabia, together with its allies in the Arabian Peninsula has justified its invasion into another sovereign territory by claiming that they want the Houthis to return the reins of power back to the erstwhile government of President Hadi. However, it is really interesting to notice that the unilateral Saudi interventionism in the internal affairs of Yemen may have deeper reasons other than the above claim since the United States and its allies in the Arabian Peninsula are actively supporting this Saudi initiative of undeclared war against Houthi de facto rule in Yemen......

Turkey’s Top Imam as the ‘Muslim World’s Pope
Ozgur Korkmaz

There used to be one man in these lands who claimed to be the spiritual leader of all Sunni Muslims of the world, the Ottoman sultans also used the title caliph, but that religious leadership failed to stop Arab nationalists from fighting against the caliph’s country in World War I. We also now have a self-proclaimed caliph....

 

"The term 'atheist' is used as a harsh insult - one of the harshest in the country. Furthermore, atheists are commonly and publicly discriminated against and are subjects of public and private hate speech in Yeni Turkiye all the time....

 

Will There Be a Rise in Radical Islamism?
Mumtazer Turkone

Political Islam is a broad concept. Every ideological interpretation that sees Islam as the main reference for competition falls into this concept. Thus, the difference between coming to power through elections to enforce Islamic rules and implementing those rules through violence as done by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is only about the different strategies adopted....

 
Turkey, Pakistan and Islam
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Turkey, Pakistan and Islam
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Secular Turkey has perhaps preserved Islam far better than our Islamic republic has; a visit to Turkey would amply disabuse our notions of what a secular state looks like. One would argue that secular Turkey is far more Islamic in spirit than Islamic Pakistan is because the Turks do not treat Islam like a commodity....

 

Yemen Crisis: Problem and Solution
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Saudi Arabia accepted most of the Yemeni explanation for the border dispute, and back then Saleh considered the agreement a great achievement. By signing it, Saudi Arabia eliminated any justification for future disputes. However, Saleh violated it and let Yemeni groups ally with regimes opposed to the Kingdom — such as Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi — allowing them to carry out armed assaults against it....

 




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