Islam and Politics
Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi
For Russians and Iranians, there is no option but to keep Bashar Al-Assad as president, and his regime as the government. He is the one and only who would give his country away to them. If he is gone, then there is no guarantee that the next president would not order them out.
A century on, nothing has changed and
everything has changed. As these 100 years of dreams and nightmares, of
illusion and disillusion, with a few measures of delusion, reach their
dissolution point, what does the next century hold in store for the region?
U Shwe Maung
A central issue has been the deliberate exclusion of Myanmar’s Muslim minority, including my people, the Rohingya. Like other ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar, the country’s Rohingya — estimated to number over one million — suffered under years of repressive military rule.
Take the orgy
of sectarian bloodshed that has been raging in Iraq for over a decade, for
instance. Sunnis and Shia have been killing each other by the tens on a daily
basis. Do not venture into a Sunni dominated area if your name happens to be
Hassan, and you have more chance of ending up with a slit throat on some street
corner if you suddenly lost your way and found yourself in Sadr city and you
were called Omar. But let us not stop there, let us ask the difficult questions
others would rather we left undisturbed. Why do Iraq's Sunni and Shia kill each
other today when they didn't years ago? .....
Race and religion are casting a dark shadow over Myanmar as it moves toward critical elections next month. The elections would have been difficult enough for the country if confined to the issues of what degree of democracy can now be introduced, and what role should be played by the iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …
Well, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the world is made up of people of different races, culture and religious affiliations all claiming to be from God. The question is, if these claims are true, how do you bring people of diverse background and opposing views to live with each other in absolute peace and harmony in society? ...
Israel’s defensive democracy is no democracy
By Yossi Mekelberg
Debating the Middle East beyond Iran and ISIS
By Joyce Karam
Reclaiming Nigeria: After Boko Haram
By The Economist
Middle East Counter-Revolution
By Serge Jordan
Turkey’s Election: Voting To the Sound Of Explosions
By The Economist
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Many Egyptians will be content enough. As they witness chaos and bloodletting in Syria and Libya, Mr Sisi’s rule may not seem too bad. There is certainly little appetite for a return to the shambolic administration of Mr Morsi: Mr Sisi is being bankrolled by oil-rich Gulf monarchies, relations with Israel have again become close and as Mr Sisi flirts with Russia, America and Europe are re-embracing him.
What’s to be done with Islamists? Should they be assimilated into the phony multipartism of closed regimes? Included in processes of political liberalization? Democratized by force — bombed into democratizing? Killed? For more than two decades, the question has been a torment. First for Arab elites, then for Muslim elites and then, after Sept. 11, 2001, for the whole world.
'Islamic State': Let it not be a red herring
By Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan ndc, psc (Retd)
The mythological Blair apology for the Iraq war
By Chris Doyle
Telling Mideast Negotiators, ‘Have a Nice Life’
By Thomas L. Friedman
Cameras at al-Aqsa Mosque
By Abdulrahman al-Rashed
Saudis want a better quality of life
By Jamal Khashoggi
AKP Attempt at An Islamist-Fascist Dictatorship
By İhsan Yilmaz
How Will Turkey Respond To New Developments In Syria?
By Semih İdiz
Why Russia Perceives Syria as Its Front Line
By Alastair Crooke
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
A week ago I received a message from Janet DeNeefe, director of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.
“I just wanted to let you know that the UWRF is being censored this year, and we have been told to remove all programs to do with ‘1965’,” she wrote. “Or else next year they will not give us a permit to hold the festival.”
During the Ottoman Empire, Jews were allowed to visit Temple Mount but were not allowed to pray there. Jews could only pray at the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall but not enter the holy site. Thus a status quo was initiated.
For a short while, it seemed that the era of rule by strongmen in the Middle East was coming to an end. In October 2011, the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was captured hiding in a drainage pipe near his hometown of Sirte, and he was beaten and shot dead by rebels, bringing his 42 years in power to an ignoble end. His contemporaries were the likes of Saddam Hussein and Hafez al-Assad, military men from poor families and hardscrabble towns who fought their way to the top, riding the wave of revolutionary sentiment that swept the Arab world in the 1960s and ’70s.
The paradoxical love-and-hate relationship between human rights and state violence and militarisation in Pakistan is based on contradictory desires. These are impossible desires to fulfil but contradictions with which both parties (ie human rights and state violence) can live with, as long as enough space is provided to the other to persist (eg the military can have its military courts but the superior courts will have supervisory jurisdiction over these).
Dr. Ameer Ali, New Age Islam
Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria are the most glaring and stinking swamps
that are now breeding mosquitoes and, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko Haram, ISIS
and many more extremist groups are the direct product of Western adventurism.
Neither the U.S. nor NATO and not even UN are prepared to even mention this in
its deliberations. Australia being a staunch ally of the U.S. is virtually
behaving like a vassal state consenting to all what that superpower does
When your country launches a surprise air campaign in some faraway place, you might naturally ask questions about the goals, the costs and the consequences. But this, evidently, is not the Russian way. Ever since the Kremlin began its bombing campaign in Syria, I’ve been asking people here what they think about our foray into the war-torn mess of the Middle East, to little or no avail.
When Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his claim that Haj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem from 1921 to 1937, was the actual evil mastermind behind the Nazi Holocaust and Adolf Hitler was some clueless anti-Semite who just wanted to "expel the Jews", I wondered what the Israeli premier's feverish mind would come up with next.
Syria 2015, Spain 1938 or Sarajevo June 1914?
By Harlan Ullman
Kunduz: a political and strategic failure
By Nasurullah Brohi
By Ikram Sehgal
What the Ankara bombing means for Turkish politics and the West
By Kemal Kirisci
How can I complain about men staring at me when I’m not wearing my dupatta?
By Yasmin Elahi
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Eyad Abu Shakra
Iraqis are not relaxed with the fact they reside in a fragmented country dominated by Tehran and “cherished” by Washington. The Libyans are not so sure about their future in the midst of internal division and feverish grabbing of religious extremism and regional and tribal loyalties despite the efforts of the U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon.
There are three political parties that can credibly claim to be national and which have a shot at supplying the next prime minister: the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the Pakistan Peoples Party, and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). And there’s scarcely any ideological difference between them.
The closing of the Muslim mind is a global development. Muslim Arabs fleeing to Europe to escape carnage at the hands of fellow Muslims are hardly aware that in the fullness of time, they too might react to identity crises by radicalising. Are we going to see a closing of the Indian mind, too?
In Tunisia, Annahdha, the political party backed by the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which represents political Islam, won the first elections since the start of the Arab Spring on Oct. 23, 2011. It promised to practice moderate Islam and kept this promise to a great extent. After three years, Annahdha ceded power to a secular party, Nidaa Tounes, on Oct. 26, 2014. ...
The morning of the attack, Subhe Abu Khalifa did not get up for work, telling his mother he was too tired and his feet hurt. He had spent the night watching and rewatching footage of a Palestinian woman, who the Israeli police say stabbed a Jewish man in the back in Jerusalem’s Old City, being harassed and shot.
Iran’s Death Rows And Protestations!
By Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi
Muslim countries should ban Trump
By Linda S. Heard
Starvation: Assad’s new weapon
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
Memories of days gone by
By Ramzy Baroud
Madaya siege marks Hezbollah’s eternal disgrace
By Diana Moukalled
Starving Syria as a weapon
By James Denselow
Iran: A pariah state
By Hassan Barari
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
This October marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most heinous genocides of human history,whichtook place in a reactionary counter-revolution in the Indonesian Archipelago in1965. The executioners of this massacre were the military,mullahs and US imperialism, an unholy alliance to crush a communist upsurge that could have led to a socialist revolution in this large Muslim country.