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The Curious Sobriety of Turkey’s Islamists
Nuray Mert

By the way, the sobriety of the Turkish government and Turkish Islamists has not been limited to their reactions to the Russians. The Israeli Parliament recently approved thousands of new settlements in the West Bank and conducted missile attacks on Gaza, but there has been great silence on the side of Turkey’s government and Islamist circles.....

 

A Conversation in Deoband: Muslims Do Not Think They Have the Extra Burden of Defeating the BJP in Each And Every Election
Harish Khare

The Muslims do not think they have the extra burden of defeating the BJP in each and every election. Rather there is an acute realisation that there will be an electoral contest every now and then, and this democratic rite should not be allowed to accentuate the differences and polarisation. Nor is there any feeling that defence of the secular values and arrangements is their particular burden. Secularism is a collective undertaking and commitment....

Muslims and UP Elections: Do They Have a Real Choice?
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

Let’s us start with the grand secular alliance of the SP and Congress. They are the favourites for the Muslim vote. But their record in terms of Muslim empowerment and security is not as good as it is made out to be. For one, Muslims have remained the most deprived category in Uttar Pradesh. The level of education and employment is appalling. Not just that: A comparative analysis will show that within Indian Muslims, they are perhaps the most deprived in terms of social, educational and economic indicators.....

SRK’s New ‘Muslim’ Roles: His Playing a Muslim in Three Successive Films Triggers another Silly Edition of India’s Culture Wars
Shah Rukh Khan

I was accused – including by my leftist friends – of behaving like a “Muslim” rather than an “Indian” voter after I wrote an article highlighting the limited credible choices available to Muslims in the assembly elections. The SRK-Raees debate is to be seen in this wider context of how all Muslims are seen as being torn between their Muslim-ness and Indian-ness. To me, that’s more troubling than SRK’s role in one film....

Admittedly, Salafism is a very confusing term and people use it very loosely to refer to any number of phenomena. When the Ahl-i Hadiths or the Salafists use it for themselves, they mean a theological commitment to a certain understanding of God and to a certain interpretation of Islam which tends to be very literal and tends to be against what they consider to be innovations — new things that have come into Islam after the early centuries....

How the Islamic Alliance Led by Pakistan’s Raheel Sharif Could Pose a Threat to India
Rakesh Krishnan Simha

When Saudi Arabia announced that it had cobbled together a global Islamic alliance to fight terror, and that the organisation would be headed by Raheel Sharif, the recently retired army chief of Pakistan, there was derisive laughter across the civilised world. After all, Saudi Arabia backs several vicious Islamic terror groups in Syria, while Pakistan is the world’s largest incubator and exporter of terror.....

Terror Targeting India: A Lid on Lashkar, Jaish Takes Jihadi Centre Stage In Pakistan
Praveen Swami

Experts say the long leash given to the Jaish could be part of a deliberate strategy by the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate. “The Jaish is is not as publicity-oriented as the Lashkar,” notes scholar Ayesha Siddiqa, “and has over years managed to stay aloof from popularity contests among the jihadis, which is why it has managed to acquire the reputation of being India and Kashmir focused.”....

 

Myanmar's Rohingya: Truth, Lies and Aung San Suu Kyi
Jonah Fisher

Ministries she controls and officials she directly employs are rubbishing the accounts of desperate people and repeating as fact the denials of the Burmese army. That is the same army that has an appalling track record of burning villages and raping women from Myanmar's many ethnic minorities. Under pressure from abroad, Ms Suu Kyi did set up a commission to investigate the alleged abuses and it is due to report back in the next few days. But it is headed by the vice-president Myint Swe, a former general, and is widely expected to be a whitewash. The truth about what has been happening in northern Rakhine state may never be truly uncovered.....

Liberals Pay the Price for Trump and Saudi-Supported Illiberalism
James Dorsey

The ultra-conservative alliance, buoyed by Trump’s policies, includes Saudi-backed ultra-conservative ideologies and governments that are beneficiaries of Saudi largess and opportunistically play politics with religion, as well as anti-Saudi jihadists. Saudi largesse is part of a massively funded, decades-long soft power play by the kingdom designed to box-in Iran by globally promoting an ultra-conservative, supremacist, intolerant strand of Islam...

 

If We Can't Scrap Blasphemy Law, Simply Don't Use It
Azis Anwar Fachrudin

Meanwhile, Rizieq’s prosecution, in my opinion, must continue. This will give a lesson to the Muslim groups who insist on upholding the law that the law can be used against them. This move is particularly significant given that rational arguments cannot convince them. As an old Arabic proverb goes: “He who lives in a house made of glass must not throw stones on others’.”...

 

Trump’s Ban on Muslim Refugees: Counter-Terror Strategy or Politically Motivated Slugfest?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

It cannot be denied that the eight million American citizens are at increasing risk for the daunting challenge from terrorist groups operating from outside the US, particularly Syria, Iraq and several West Asian and North African Muslim countries. Some of these groups including ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, and Boko Haram have indiscriminately targeted the American citizens in several nefarious terror attacks. Given this, the uncompromising counter-terror stances such as the above will considerably help rescue the US citizens who are wantonly attacked by the radical Islamist terrorists.....

The Art of the Deal in Afghanistan
Barnett R. Rubin

The administration’s counterterrorism policy would make a political settlement impossible, which is probably fine with Mr. Trump. A peace process requires differentiating the Taliban from global jihadists, integrating the former so as to isolate the latter. The leaked draft of an executive order to revive torture and re-establish black sites, however, referred to “a global armed conflict with ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other associated international Islamist terrorist groups,” and made no distinction among them....

 

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh to Be Relocated to Remote Island
Maher Sattar

The United Nations has called the Rohingya; a Muslim ethnic group denied citizenship in Myanmar, the world’s most persecuted minority. John McKissick, head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar, near the Burmese border, said in November that Myanmar’s government was trying to achieve an “ultimate goal of ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority.”....

They Rejected A Peaceful Solution For Palestine, What Are The Alternatives?
Baria Alamuddin

After decades of warnings that the window of opportunity for two states may be narrowing, perhaps last week we heard it finally close, not with a bang but a whimper. We are at the intersection of a number of factors that jointly threaten to kill the two-state solution:...

 

The Nowhere People Next Door: The Rohingyas Are A People Persecuted At Home In Myanmar, Rejected Abroad
Happymon Jacob

The Rohingyas are a people struck by tragedy: persecuted at home in Myanmar, rejected or barely tolerated abroad, and sacrificed at the altar of strategic calculations by powerful neighbours. ...

 

Israel's Never-Ending Crimes: It's Not Just Settlements
Stanley L Cohen

To make matters worse, despite its gratuitous dicta, the resolution remains very much a toothless declaration without any enforcement mechanism whatsoever - essentially relying upon a sudden burst of Israeli conscience to reverse a steady march of indifference to international law that has led Israel's way since the very first day it was manufactured from stolen land in Palestine....

Armed Insurgency in Myanmar Heralds Shift for Rohingya
Richard C. Paddock, Ellen Barry and Mike Ives

In addition, some analysts fear that turning the Rohingya into a transnational Muslim cause could draw foreign jihadists of varying stripes to Myanmar, adding terrorism to an already combustible mix and giving the Myanmar military a convenient excuse for a draconian response. But after decades of persecution and violence, to which the rest of the world largely responded with a shrug, some Rohingya say an armed response is overdue.....

 

Perfidious Albion and Israel-Palestine
Avi Shlaim

In 1915, Britain privately promised Hussein, the Sharif of Mecca, to support an independent Arab kingdom after the war if he would mount an Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. The venerable Sharif kept his side of the bargain but Britain did not. On November 2, 1917, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration, pledging its support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. So Palestine became the twice-promised land....

The Three-Way Tug Of War That’s Pulling Syria Apart
Nauman Sadiq

After the 9/11 tragedy, however, the Western political establishments and corporate media have become a lot more circumspect, therefore this time around, they have waged covert jihads against the Arab-nationalist Gaddafi regime in Libya and the anti-Zionist Assad regime in Syria, in which the Islamic jihadists have been sold as “moderate rebels,” with secular and nationalist ambitions, to the Western audience....

 

Israel as the Lights Go Out
Roger Cohen

Why was this unremarkable formula unsayable for so long? Because cowardice inhabits Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah: This little diplomatic flurry has been obscene. Kerry was honorable; Obama lacked courage. Netanyahu dismissed the “last twitches of yesterday’s world.” It is a measure of where we are that tomorrow’s may well be worse....

 

Paris Peace Conference: A Damp Squib
Mouin Rabbani

More realistic proponents of Palestinian self-determination will immediately recognise that a half-century of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is not going to be meaningfully addressed by international meetings. Unless the conditions have first been created by the Palestinians themselves to make those meetings productive. This could happen through mobilising all the resources at their disposal, both inside Palestine and in the diaspora, and by effectively mobilising all those who support their cause. It is a tall order with no alternative...

 
The Lady and the Rohingya
David Scott Mathieson

The Lady and the Rohingya
David Scott Mathieson

Positioning the deplorable repression of the Rohingya in this broader political context does not exculpate the state’s failure to prevent and punish any abuses, or exonerate Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi for her seemingly tacit endorsement of heartless official denials. But only a more calibrated understanding of the difficulties faced by her government and Myanmar as a whole — not blanket condemnation — stands any chance of yielding practical measures that could alleviate the Rohingya’s suffering....

 

Is This The End Of The Republic And Islamism In Turkey?
Nuray Mert

The starting point of Islamist politics was to challenge the politics of modernity in the name of justice and dignity, but ended up producing the worst version of modern politics. Islamists managed to challenge the power of the secular republican system and have come close to ending it altogether in Turkey, but only at the cost of surrendering themselves to nationalist authoritarianism with more religious flavour...

 
Assad Has Won in Syria but Syria Hardly Exists
David W. Lesch and James Gelvin

Upward of 500,000 are dead from the war, and an untold number of Syrians have died indirectly from the conflict (the price for destroying hospitals, targeting health care professionals and using starvation as a weapon). With more than two million injured, about 11.5 percent of the prewar population have become casualties. And close to half the population of Syria is either internally or externally displaced....

 

The fall of Aleppo signals the beginning of the end of the Syrian civil war, changing the relevance of many arguments about the specifics of the Syrian conflict. Yet, the larger lessons remain. Whether we learn them is up to us...

 
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