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The Arab Withering: Who Should Be Blamed?
Roger Cohen

Bearded members of the Muslim Brotherhood, their skin scarred by the torture of Mubarak’s security state, embraced secular Egyptian liberals and declared common cause. Young men and women, their eyes burning with conviction, proclaimed that the 18 days in Tahrir had given their lives meaning for the first time...

 

For anybody reflecting on India-Pakistan relations, the abiding question must be that given the cultural similarities between India and Pakistan, why can’t they be friendly neighbours like the US and Canada?..

 

After 12 years of the attack, the Supreme Court finally acquitted all of the convicts and recorded its anguish over the conduct of the investigation agencies, which had booked and got convicted, innocents. It can only be hoped that anguish is the beginning of reform.....

 
London Has Come a Long Way
Sunanda K. Datta-Ray

London Has Come a Long Way

London has come a long way since the 1950s when an elderly Londoner boasted she jabbed coloured people in the underground with her handbag so that she could smile sweetly and apologise just to show them whites could be nice....

 

The Only Way to Solve Iraq’s Political Crisis
Zaid al-Ali

Without new blood, these vital reforms have no chance of success. And without a new culture of accountability for government officials, Iraq has no hope...

 

Snoozing While The Region Smoulders: What Is The Point Of The Arab League?

The Arab League is not alone in wrestling with the end of an age of heroes, and the erosion of multilateral ideology by resurgent nationalism...

 

At the time Erdogan’s words sent shockwaves among Muslim Brotherhood figures who were opposed to the separation of state and religion. .....

From Houla to Aleppo: Syria’s Srebrenica Moments Multiply
Joyce Karam

For ISIS and Al-Qaeda's Nusra, this status quo is ideal in Syria in terms of preying on civilians' tragedies to increase recruitment, emerge as a hard-line alternative to the more moderate groups and confirm the conspiratorial sentiment that the West is allied with Assad. Given the brutal nature of the war and the very low likelihood for an action plan to protect civilians, Srebrenica moments are only bound to repeat in Syria....

 

Since November, ISIS’s pseudo-caliphate has lost forty per cent of its territory in Iraq and ten per cent in Syria, as well as tens of thousands of fighters, tons of arms, and hundreds of millions of dollars stored in warehouses that have been bombed by the U.S.-led coalition. ISIS fighters are dying faster than they can be replaced. For the first time, ISIS no longer seems invincible.....

Pakistan: A Democracy Abducted
Qanta Ahmed

It is Islamism that makes war with the secular, not Islam which embraces profoundly secular values: freedom of human will, freedom of belief, the foundations of Divinely Authored pluralistic world and the unshakeable tenet that Islam is nothing if not justice manifest. Objecting to the anti-violence against women bills are the hallmarks of the imposters of Islam, not Islam’s true stewards.....

 

Will Turkey Bid Farewell To Secularism?
Cengiz Candar

Thus, for some staunch Kemalist-secularists in Turkey, reviving the memory of Kut from the forgotten pages of archives is a nefarious attempt to further tarnish Ataturk's name by the current Islamist rule in Turkey. The move is interpreted in terms of the incipient Islamisation of Turkey...

 

In Israel, an Ugly Tide Sweeps Over Palestinians
Jonathan Cook

The trigger-happy soldier Elor Azaria and the peace camp leader Isaac Herzog have more in common than either might wish to admit. In their different ways, both have helped to turn all Palestinians into outcasts – and crush any hope of concessions from Israel to peace...

 

Is China Changing Its Policy Towards Uighur Muslims?
Ahmed Rashid

China has never experienced widespread terrorism or Islamic militancy and it has certainly not tried to export it either. Now it is facing both dangers, and neighbouring states are questioning China's ability to treat its Uighur population fairly and halt these trends....

Kabul’s Season of Uncertainty
Rakesh Sood

The Taliban strategy is twofold: to inflict casualties in major cities using bomb blasts and suicide attacks to demonstrate that they can hit even the most protected targets, and to try to occupy a provincial capital for a few days to expose the limits of Kabulís authority....

 

A Road Trip through Conflict, Settlements and Occupation
Chris Doyle

Palestinians face a daily battle to build, to get jobs, water, electricity and to be able to travel anywhere including schools and hospitals. Increasingly they despair of the international community, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “Nobody else but us will end this occupation,” a Bedouin tells me confidently. “Giving up is not an option.”...

 

Don’t Push the Indian Muslim over the Edge
Salman Anees Soz

Two points of caution are in order. First, the past cannot guarantee the future. Vigilance by Muslim families, community leaders, and the government is necessary. Second, the rise of Hindutva and ultra-nationalism may pave the way for institutionalised marginalisation of Muslims. This will shake the foundations of India’s pluralistic character. These trends are dangerous, self-defeating and threaten India’s security and well-being. Indian Muslims have overwhelmingly rejected extremism....

Haider al-Abadi’s Dangerous Gamble
Zalmay Khalilzada

 Iraq is facing major financial pressure, and the war against the Islamic State grinds on. The last thing the country needs is a major political crisis. But that’s exactly what appears to be in the works — unless the United States and Iran work together to help the prime minister avoid it...

 

Religious Fascism: True Faith Requires the Stripping Of Violence, Intolerance and Hatred
Saad Hafiz

Very few Muslim states encourage a pluralist identity, where being a Muslim is not considered synonymous with unflinching adherence to theology, or even with religious belief at all. Clearly, this rigid ideology is incompatible with modernity embodied in democracy and freedom of thought and expression.....

 

Malaysia and Turkey Carrying the Torch of Islam
Harun Yahya

The brilliant light of Islam started blazing from the Arabian Peninsula only a century after Hijrah to enlighten the four corners of the earth. The first communicators began to convey the noble message to millions of people, from the borders of Spain to the gates of Anatolia, from the coasts of East Africa to the lands of Iran. Arab sailors, sharing the same enthusiasm, set off across the Indian Ocean: first to India, and then Pakistan. After a few centuries, Asian lands in the Far East had become acquainted with the religion....

Does Libya need Al-Serraj to get out of its entanglement? He promised to flow the cash into banks, solve the Misrata-Tawergha displacement issue, end war in Benghazi and a lot more, but that remains ink on paper and needs a comprehensive cooperation across Libya and involvement of all Libyan sectors to apply.....

 

Saudi Arabia Tilts Toward India
Bruce Riedel

Pakistan will remain a key ally for Saudi Arabia. The kingdom has invested billions in supporting Pakistan for decades. The military relationship between the two remains robust despite the differences over Yemen. The bonds of religion and history unite the two Islamic countries. Sharif knows Riyadh will want to avoid any damage to its ties to Islamabad. But Salman is also warning Pakistan that the kingdom has other suitors....

 

Indian PM Modi’s Statement in Brussels: “Terrorism Must Be Disassociated from Religion” is Welcome, but How Can It Be Accomplished?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent address to the Indian Diaspora in Brussels contained five significant points:

“Terrorism must be delinked from religion; no religion teaches terrorism, a strong message that resonated from the World Sufi Forum recently held in Delhi”.

“Terrorism is a challenge to humanity. The entire world must unite to combat it….UN should define “terrorism” in a clear way”.

“India has not given in to terrorism, and there is no instance of surrendering to terror outfits…. India is the lone light of hope amidst the global crisis”.

“India has been battling terrorism for decades. But the rest of the world recognized the danger only after 9/11”.

“We cannot tackle terrorism with only bombs and guns. Misfortune of the world is that the UN does not know how to tackle terrorism”....

Tackling Terror in Belgium: Molenbeek versus Mechelen
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

Belgium’s ties to international terrorism are not new. Its citizens of Maghreb origin were linked to the assassination of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the 2004 Madrid bombings and the shootings at Charlie Hebdo. Molenbeek’s demographics also fit the general profile of areas most susceptible to radicalism. Its large Muslim immigrant population lives densely packed in a virtual ghetto with inadequate amenities and a deep sense of isolation. Regional unemployment runs alarmingly high, perhaps 30 or 40 percent, and average income lags far behind the national trend……

 

Terrorism Will Not Stop By Lighting Candles
Shishir Gupta

Many believe that the radicalisation of Muslims in Belgium was initiated at the behest of Wahhabi imams from Saudi Arabia who preached at Brussels Grand Mosque, which was constructed in 1967 as part of an oil deal with the House of Saud. The unemployed and marginalised Muslim youth in Europe, particularly in France and Belgium, turned to radical Islam in order to assert their identity even at the cost of harming the global diversity of the religion.....

 

Betrayal of the Islamic Faith
JS Rajput

People, unfamiliar with the basic philosophy of Islam find it difficult to assimilate that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’, that it preaches love and care as essential human obligations on every follower of this faith. The Islamic clergy and opinion-makers have just not made serious and widespread efforts to let people of other faiths know that Islam expects its adherents to live in peace with ‘others’, and does not enjoin upon its followers to convert one and all to Islam. How many non-Muslims really understand the true import of jihad and kafir?....



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