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Is Violence the Only Way Out?
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

Is Violence the Only Way Out?
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

The vicious cycle of death and violence needs to be broken and fractured. It starts with the state, which needs to rein in their armed forces that are sometimes responsible for pushing youth towards insurgency. Then resistance leaders and civil society too have a job to make youth understand that besides violence there are hundreds of ways, methods and campaigns through which they can make their voices heard all over the world....

In Iran, Religious Titles Lie At Heart of Political Games
Rohollah Faghihi

To symbolically combat this trend and competition among clerics, a number of grand ayatollahs, including Ali al-Sistani, have ordered their offices to remove the words “Grand Ayatollah” from their names on their Persian websites. While these measures have been lauded, they have clearly failed to stop the tendency to play with clerical titles. Indeed, to end the politicization of scholarly ranks, there will need to be a decisive and firm decision by the Qom Seminary and a collective position of grand ayatollahs against their misuse....

 

Does AMU Suffer Because Its Middle Name Is ‘Muslim’?
Omair Anas

It is clear that all the shades of grey and the paradoxes that exist in the understanding of Islam eludes the BJP. But, perhaps, it is also AMU’s fault for remaining much more obsessed with the past rather than engage with the post-independent present, especially in post-liberalisation India. Despite its important contribution in spreading education among Muslims, the post-independence university has failed to expand its political discourse and offer the Muslim community an assertive, alternative and inclusive imagination....

Seventy years ago, more than 170,000 Palestinian from historic Palestine were forced to leave their homes, villages, cities and lands, as refugees to the Gaza Strip. They were part of the 710,000 Palestinians who were forced to leave, seeking refuge in Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and elsewhere....

 

The Hindu Right Has More in Common With Jinnah than AMU Students Do
Faizan Mustafa

No one individual has caused as much damage to the Muslim cause in the Indian subcontinent as Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Why is it that a lawyer of his eminence – who had argued even for Bal Gangadhar Tilak – could not understand that India was going to be a democracy rather than Hindu monarchy? Did he, as a lawyer, consider the possibility of the future amendments to the constitution by a majoritarian government? By dividing the Muslim population into two (now three, after Bangladesh), he permanently weakened their position and made them a numeric minority in India. The creation of Bangladesh proved Jinnah wrong within the first 25 years of Pakistan’s establishment....

Where Is The Main Battlefield In Struggle Against Iranian Regime?
Hamid Bahrami

But what is evident amid this chaos is that despite West’s recent military strike against the Syrian dictator, the Iranian regime still has its safe Tehran-Mediterranean corridor to augment its proxies in the region. Neither Arab states nor Israel are yet to challenge Tehran’s control over this corridor while Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) targets both Riyadh and Tel Aviv....

 

Soldiers Good, Palestinians Bad: Israel's Double Standards On Justice
Peter Beaumont

Because of this Deri will serve just nine months in prison, a month longer than Tamimi who killed no one. It is an issue that has been dramatically underlined in the past few weeks by the dozens of fatalities – including two journalists and four minors – inflicted by live fire from Israeli troops on Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border fence....

 

Palestinians: The Real Gaza Blockade
Khaled Abu Toameh

The organizers of the "March of Return," including several Hamas leaders, have repeatedly made it clear in the past few weeks that the real goal of the campaign is to "achieve the right of return" for Palestinian refugees and their several generations of descendants to their former homes and villages inside Israel. For the Palestinians, the "right of return" means that Israel should allow millions of Palestinians to move to Israel -- a demand no Israeli government could ever accept as it would means turning the Jews into a minority in their own state....

 

Gazan Gandhis: Gaza Bleeds Alone as ‘Liberals’ and ‘Progressives’ Go Mute
Ramzy Baroud

Despite the high death toll and the thousands maimed, they return everyday with the same commitment to popular resistance that is predicated on collective unity, beyond factionalism and politics. But why are they still being largely ignored? Why isn’t Obama tweeting in solidarity with Gazans? Why isn’t Hillary Clinton taking the podium to address the unremitting Israeli violence?...

 

Israel and the Loss of Collective Hope, Part 2
Stanley L Cohen

Throughout its 70 years of existence, Israel has not sought to limit its breach of international law and the law of war to Palestine. In fact, it has a long and well-documented history of human rights violations and war crimes in Lebanon. Here, too, the United Nations has watched largely in silence as Israel has targeted civilian communities and UN facilities...

Israel and the Loss of Collective Hope, Part 1
Stanley L Cohen

Since literally its first day, when the UN announced to the world that Palestine was relegated to history and Israel crafted as a Middle East extension of Europe, this state has flaunted international law in its march of ethnic cleansing. With mayhem its mantra even before its artificial declaration of statehood, Israel's Zionist framers never blinked at the use of unbridled terror to obtain their goal. The bombing of the King David Hotel, in 1946, by the Irgun, a UK-designated terrorist organisation, took the life of 91 mostly civilians....

 

Israel’s Got Its Own Refugee Dilemma: African ‘Dreamers’
Thomas L. Friedman

How can Israel turn them away? But how can Israel take them all, which will only invite more, and the supply is now endless? That’s what’s playing Off Broadway. And unless the World of Order comes up with a collective strategy to help stabilize the World of Disorder — not just build walls — this play will have a long, wide run....

 

The Judiciary Is Independent, but the Justice System Itself Is Not: An Acquittal That Erased Hopes
Jyoti Punwani

It is not as though terror accused have never been acquitted in the past. But Aseemanand’s name is forever linked to his December 2010 confession which had made front page news. The magistrate sending him to judicial custody to reflect on his decision, reminding him that he could be inviting a death penalty on himself by confessing, was also reported. His second confession a month later to another magistrate, wherein he again owned up to his involvement in the Mecca Masjid and other bomb blasts, also received wide publicity....

Why I March in Gaza
Fadi Abu Shammalah

Why I March in Gaza
Fadi Abu Shammalah

Western media’s coverage of the Great Return March has focused on the images of young people hurling stones and burning tires. The Israeli military portrays the action as a violent provocation by Hamas, a claim that many analysts have blindly accepted. Those depictions are in direct contradiction with my experiences on the ground....

 
Rohingya Windrush?
Shah Husain Imam

Rohingya Windrush?
Shah Husain Imam

By sharp contrast, the Rohingya crisis in terms of calibration, intensity, escalation and newer ramifications constitutes the vilest form of wholesale ethnic cleansing to-date. And, the continuing disdainful defiance of world opinion, international law and standard inter-state code of conduct by the Myanmar regime makes a mockery of the powers that have the levers with Myanmar to din good sense into its ears....

 

Middle East Fault Lines Leave Door Ajar For Daesh
Talmiz Ahmad

As the fault lines in the Middle East become deeper, they are ironically providing a fertile ground for the revival of extremist elements across the region. Extremism thrives amidst domestic conflict, collapsed state orders and the disenfranchisement of sections of local populations. Daesh forces are even today present in small pockets in Iraq and Syria, while those influenced by them continue to carry out attacks against civilians in the Middle East and beyond....

 

The Ghost of Herut: Einstein on Israel, 70 Years Ago
Ramzy Baroud

Yet, hope is kept alive because the Palestinian people are still resisting; and they need the world to stand in solidarity with them. It is the only way for the ghost of Herut to quit haunting the Palestinians and for the ‘Nazi and Fascist’ philosophies to be forever defeated...

 

Myanmar’s Fake Repatriation of the Rohingya Family
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Much as the civilian authorities of Myanmar are insisting they are sensitive to the concerns of the international community, which they are doing primarily through this official Repatriation policy, nothing about their discourse or their action reveals any shift in their fundamental attitudes towards the Rohingya. In those, they continue to be clear and unapologetic....

 

In Middle East Wars It Pays to be Sceptical
Patrick Cockburn

None of the arguments currently being used in Britain and the US to smear those sceptical of the governmental and media consensus are new. The Bolsheviks used to denounce people who said or did things they did not like as “objectively” being fascists or counter-revolutionaries. When those being denounced, often only a preliminary to being shot, replied that they were no such thing, the Bolsheviks would reply: “tell us who supports you and we will tell you who you are”. In other words, the only thing that matters is what side you are on....

 

Qatar in the Eyes of Qaradawi
Sawsan Al Shaer

Did Qaradawi’s stance and opinion of al-Thani surprise the Qatari Brotherhood? Were they shocked? Or were they aware of his stance and worked with him to achieve this aim in silence? The million-dollar question is: Did the regime of al-Thani guarantee that the Brotherhood in Qatar was loyal to it or did it know that the group was loyal to their guide?...

 

Syria and the Beginning of a New Cold War
Yury Barmin

Therefore, it is not inconceivable that Syria will take the role of Cold War-era Germany. It is likely that the two great powers, along with their allies, will use the country to set up new rules of the Cold War game and new red lines. The East-West-Germany divide devised by Moscow and Washington after World War II may get a whole new meaning in the Syrian context....

 

The Myth of Appeasement: Muslims Face Rapid Socio-Economic Decline yet, Any Move in Their Favour Is Made To Look Illegitimate
Christophe Jaffrelot

In a report it released last month on the “aspirational districts”, the Niti Aayog showed that 11 of the 20 most backward districts were Muslim-dominated. Yet this body continues to focus on districts, when the relevant units of analysis are communities, as shown by another commission appointed under Manmohan Singh, the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, known as the Ranganath Misra Commission, which had recommended positive discrimination policies for the minorities which were losing ground. But its report was not even tabled in Parliament. Any move in favour of minorities looks illegitimate in the era of majoritarianism....

Encourage Moves toward Religious Freedom by Islamic Leaders
Johnnie Moore

It could very well be that we are witnessing the prelude (or more) to a theological and political reformation within the Islamic world -- one that ought to be encouraged and validated by Christians. We are very good at protesting the abuse of religious freedom and less vocal when it comes to praising those who are trying to make a positive difference. These days, there are plenty of efforts being undertaken that are worthy of praise.....

 
Burqa Is Not Trishul
Shajahan Madampat

Burqa Is Not Trishul
Shajahan Madampat

“It is fashionable in some quarters to blame the Indian Muslims for their predicament. In my view, while the absence of a credible liberal leadership has contributed, a far greater role in their marginalisation has been played by the malevolent policies of our major political parties. The Congress seeks to exploit the Muslims, politically. The BJP chooses to demonise them, ideologica­lly (but also with a political purpose in mind). The Congress wishes to take care of the (sometimes spurious) religious and cultural needs of the Muslims, rather than adv­ance their real, tangible, economic and material interests. The BJP denies that they have any needs or interests at all....

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The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel
Thomas L. Friedman

Iran has actually become the biggest “occupying power” in the Arab world today. But Suleimani may be overplaying his hand, especially if he finds himself in a direct confrontation with Israel in Syria, far from Iran, without air cover. After all, even before this, many average Iranians were publicly asking what in the world is Iran doing spending billions of dollars — which were supposed to go to Iranians as a result of the lifting of sanctions from the Iran nuclear deal — fighting wars in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen....

 


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