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Forcing Political Islamists into a ‘Nothing to Lose’ Position – The Right Move?
Mohammed Nosseir

In my opinion, political Islam may be likened to a chronic disease that is spreading randomly through the Egyptian body. As it spreads, the disease is harming and damaging numerous healthy cells and could very well end in full body failure....

 

For instance, Bihar’s ‘Khariji’ madrasas are as ‘modern’ as secular schools with some of their alumni being leading scholars and professionals. There is a growing trend among philanthropic Muslims to set up modern schools that impart secular education with a religious vision. Some madrasas internally debate on how to impart modern education.....

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The bleeders soon organized and armed the Great Global Jihad, funded by Saudi Arabia, and executed by Pakistan. A powerful magnet for militant Sunni activists was created by the US. The most hardened and ideologically dedicated men were sought on the logic that they would be the best fighters. Advertisements, paid for from CIA funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world offering inducements and motivations to join the Jihad. American universities produced books for Afghan children that extolled the virtues of jihad and of killing communists…..

 

Terrorism: For Muslim Crimes Only?
Hamid Dabashi

Let's for the moment set aside the fact that since 1980, according to one account, the US has "invaded or occupied or bombed" no less than 14 Muslim countries and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees. Let's also disregard for now the countless Palestinians (Muslims and non-Muslims) slaughtered or made homeless refugees by the US-supported and armed Israel.  With such overwhelming evidence, why is it that US political leaders, law enforcement officials, and leading journalists refuse to designate this heinous crime as an act of terrorism?....

Restraining Extremists Protects Islam
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

When Western governments expel extremist preachers, shut down suspicious institutions or pursue religious groups, they are protecting Muslims from extremists among them, and from the anger of the non-Muslim majority. We must not look at such measures as racist....

 

ISIL’s Strategy Is Not Religious – It’s All Politics
Faisal Al Yafai

For ISIL, sectarian identities are easily manipulated. One of the reasons the militants of ISIL so dislike the borders of nation states – one of their first acts a year ago after declaring a new "caliphate" was to claim they had destroyed the borders of Sykes-Picot – is that these borders offer an alternative allegiance for disaffected Iraqis and Syrians.  Though they frame their antipathy in the language of anti-colonialism and Islamic history, it is a rather more mundane psychological idea that guides their strategy….

 

Saudi, Iran and the Islamic Divide
Talmiz Ahmad

Across West Asia, there is a sense of deep distress at the pervasive chaos, violence and destruction, and pessimism about the future. Not only are states like Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya in the throes of civil conflict and anarchy and unlikely to be put together again, the ISIS continues to prosper, with a presence in a dozen states and increasing declarations of support from several other Jihadi groups in South and West Asia and North Africa.....

 
Qatar Changes Course
Hussein Ibish

Doha is less invested in the Muslim Brotherhood than it used to be, and Riyadh less hostile, but it would be an exaggeration to say the two leaderships view the Islamists in the same light. But there are good reasons Qatar seems to have concluded that rivalry with Saudi Arabia is at best pointless and potentially catastrophic....

 

How Saudi Funded Rs 1,700 Crore for Wahhabi Influence in India
Vicky Nanjappa

The only way Saudi could instill a radical thinking in the minds of the Sunni Muslims in India was by the establishment of Wahhabi centers. The Wahhabis are an extremely orthodox set of Sunni Muslims. There are several Muslims in India who subscribe to the Wahhabi view. As a first step, Saudi sent in several Wahhabi preachers into India an Intelligence Bureau report states. The years 2011 to 2013 alone saw a record number of 25,000 Wahhabis coming to India and conducting seminars in various parts of the country. With them they brought in Rs 1700 Crore in several installments and used it to propagate the Wahhabi style of Islam…

Demography and Politics in the Muslim World
Shahid Javed Burki

Demographic and political developments have come together in more meaningful ways in Muslim countries than in many other parts of the developing world. Muslim populations in these countries are very young with the median age of less than 30 years. In other words, 800 million people in the world’s Muslim population of 1.6 billion are below that age. Most live in urban areas and most are liberal and better educated than older people. Most are unhappy with their situation since the established political and economic orders don’t provide them the space they crave. .....

 

The U.N.’s Gaza Report Is Flawed and Dangerous
Richard Kemp

The reason so many civilians died in Gaza last summer was not Israeli tactics or policy. It was Hamas’s strategy. Hamas deliberately positioned its fighters and munitions in civilian areas, knowing that Israel would have no choice but to attack them and that civilian casualty would result. Unable to inflict existential harm on Israel by military means, Hamas sought to cause large numbers of casualties among its own people in order to bring international condemnation and unbearable diplomatic pressure against Israel.....

 

Indian Ulema Condemn Death Sentence to Morsi, Call It against Sharia, Forgetting the Death Sentences Given By Muslim Brotherhood Government and Fatwas Justifying the Rape of Women Protestors
Maulana Usman Beig and Maulana Rashadi say that Egypt’s law did not support death sentence and so death sentence given to Morsi was un-Islamic and anit-Sharia. However, they forget that the Muslim Brotherhood leaders and Ulema had issued Fatwas of death sentence and fatwa justifying rape of Muslim and non-Muslim women protesting against their government at Tahrir Square despite the fact that Egypt did not have death sentence law. According to the reliable news sources like Al Arabia and Al Masri al Yaum, Brotherhood cadre sexually assaulted and raped about 19 women protesting at Tahrir Square and one Brotherhood’s mufti Abu Islam justified their rape. The news was not published by Islamophobic news portals so that they could declare it a Zionist conspiracy....

 

 

Yemen: Is Another Somalia In The Making?
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Yemen’s situation is going from bad to worse and will not improve if the fighting parties do not accept a political solution that will unite them in one system with similar rights. It is the same GCC-EU proposal that the Houthis accepted three years ago then decided to forgo at Iranian instigation. Alongside the three main forces, Houthis, Saleh and the legitimate government, there are southern separatist forces faced by other forces, northern tribal forces and of course lurking Al-Qaeda elements who will try to seize territories in much the same way Daesh in Syria and Iraq has done……

 

The UN reports that the explosive devices Israel illegally plants and detonates in Gaza can “tear off limbs hundreds of meters from the blast site.” “The shock waves create thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch”, while “the injury threshold is 15 pounds per square inch.” The US is the world’s biggest arms trafficker and provides most of those weapons. Israel is the biggest recipient of US aid, and the amount has been increased by Obama after each of Israel’s massacres against Gaza....

 

Palestinian Independence Should Start On the Economic Front
Daoud Kuttab

A peace deal might be elusive at the moment, but this should not deter the intensification of Palestinian-Arab relations with the aim of at least laying solid foundations for an economically viable Palestinian state within the internationally agreed-to 1967 borders.....

 

Taliban, Russia and the Northern Alliance
Musa Khan Jalalzai

Pakistan is helping the Afghan security forces in fighting against the Taliban and is facilitating the reconciliation process, in order to stabilise Afghanistan. The visit of Pakistan’s army chief to Russia was an effort to open a new chapter in diplomatic and military relations. Due to the US’s inconsistent policies towards Saudi Arabia and its rapprochement with nuclear Iran, the Saudi King has ordered his Defence Minister to ask President Putin for nuclear and military cooperation. The unannounced arrival of the Saudi Defence Minister in Moscow last week and his meeting with President Putin is a dramatic development in Middle Eastern politics.....

 

Uighur Muslims Face Ramadan Trials
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

Such restrictions against religious practices are bound to give fuel to a rise in militancy, just the thing the Beijing government should want to avoid.  “Any religious practice that is not state-sanctioned is then characterized by the government as participating in religious extremism," Nee contended. Ramadan is much more than just abstaining from eating and drinking.  It is also about caring for the welfare of others.....

Middle East and African governments and civil societies thus have a common enemy, so security and intelligence cooperation should become an integral part of their engagement. The Arab world and the broader Middle East should take a more active role in the momentous developments reshaping Africa, as well as the dangerous movements trying to turn back the clock.....

 

Iran, Like the Rest, Is Not Blameless
Ramzy Baroud

Iran wanted to ensure that the American debacle in Iraq deepens, so Tehran doesn’t become the next US war destination. To do so, however, Iran, jointly, although indirectly with the Americans, savaged the once strongest Arab country. The Shia government and its numerous militias killed, butchered, abused and humiliated Sunnis, especially tribes, which were seen as particularity influential following the destruction of the Baath regime and other centers of supposed Sunni seats of power....

When Violence Undermines Legitimacy
Rami G. Khouri

The impact of the deaths on the militant groups will not be known for some time. But judging from the death or capture of dozens of other such prominent leaders in the last two decades, the answer is, “probably not very much.” That is because Salafist-takfiri terror groups have significantly adjusted to the military assaults against them, especially since the 2001 American-led Global War on Terror....

 

ISIS, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the West
Salim Mansur

It is baffling to read about or watch the sweep of terror spawned by ISIS in the name of Islam -- a world religion with a following approaching two billion Muslims. It is insufficient merely to point out that the barbarism of ISIS reflects its origins in the fetid swamps of the Sunni Muslim insurgency of post-Saddam Iraq. But ISIS is neither a new presence in the Arab-Muslim history, nor is the response to it by Western powers, primarily Britain and the United States, given their relationship with the Middle East over the past century….

 

Rohingyas: Internationally Disowned Persons
Mohsin Raza Malik

A lot of Rohingya people fled to ghettos and makeshift refugee camps near the border of neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Thailand. This year, in order to escape systematic persecution from both the Myanmar government and Buddhist majority, thousands of Rohingyas have fled from Myanmar to seek shelter in other Southeast Asian countries, namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, in small rickety boats through the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea....

 

Palestinians Need Non-Violent Strategy
Daoud Kuttab

The non-violent struggle to boycott Israel will continue and escalate now that it has become clear that Israel is not at all interested in a peaceful resolution of the conflict and that its prime minister has no intention of granting the Palestinians their inalienable right of creating an independent state during his watch....

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....

 


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