Islam and Politics
A majority of
Israelis see a two-state solution as the only feasible way to end the conflict
and retain Israel as both a Jewish and a democratic state. But for good reason,
a majority of Israelis also see this as unrealistic right now. The hatred and
distrust between the two peoples, fuelled by extremists on both sides and
compounded by the reluctance of leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah, has forced
me to conclude that a breakthrough toward an agreement is not foreseeable.....
between Turkey and the US with regard to the Feb. 17 attack in Ankara are
extremely important for one essential reason, and that is Erdoğan's unanswered
question: “Are you for us or with the terrorist organization?” The answer to
that posed question is complex, and it rests on what one considers the vital
national security interests of the United States vis-à-vis those of Turkey,
especially regarding the “War against Terrorism,”.....
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
But for this
Hindu Right group, the mere fact that he was a Muslim was reason enough that he
should be taught a lesson, shamed and humiliated and eventually dragged and
beaten up. It is another matter that he was an Indian that he was a fellow
Maharashtrian; what was more important for the crowd was that he was Muslim
first and last. In short, this policeman who had done nothing wrong but
performs his duty for nearly three decades was reduced to his religious
secular Kurdish nationalist doctrine, which is quite similar to Kemalism in
terms of having no tolerance for ‘others,' will not bring freedom to the region
but rather the despotism of totalitarian regimes.....
Clifford D. May
your mission is to make sure the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians
does not get resolved — not even now, a time when self-proclaimed Jihadis are
wreaking havoc throughout much of the Middle East and, as a consequence,
Israel’s relations with Egypt, Jordan and even Saudi Arabia are improving. What
policies might help you accomplish your mission?....
truth is that the Civil War has been left to rot and fester for so long there
is very little the US or even Russia can do to engineer a cessation of
hostilities much less a full-blown ceasefire, armistice or peaceful
In midst of
this the worrying spiral, the U.S. and other governments are also trying to
coordinate strikes against the Islamic State, a radical Islamist terror
organization that still controls territory in parts of Syria and Iraq. Kurdish
militias have long been battling the extremists in Syria's Raqqa province; a
U.S.-led international ground incursion from Turkey, backed by Saudi Arabia and
other Persian Gulf states, has also been mooted though remains an unlikely
“Right,” as demonstrated by a scary coalition of right-wing nationalists,
ultranationalists and religious zealots, deserves all the bad press it has
garnered since its formation last May.
But none of this should come as a shock, as the “Right” in Israel has
never been anything but a coalition of demagogues that catered to the lowest
common denominator in society....
Sold as being
against Islamic State (IS), Russia has mainly set about bombing the more
mainstream Sunni rebels. Despite yet another report this week accusing Mr Assad
of crimes against humanity for “exterminating” prisoners, Russia knows that his
regime is more palatable to the West than IS....
Khartoum has a
keen ear for cant. The words Mr. Bashir and his allies hear from the
international community must have real consequences, or they will have no power
to prevent a new chapter of tragedy in Darfur....
Thomas L. Friedman
But get ready
for the real thing. This is not your grandfather’s Israel anymore, it’s not
your oil company’s Saudi Arabia anymore, it’s not your NATO’s Turkey anymore,
it’s not your cabdriver’s Iran anymore and it’s not your radical chic college
professor’s Palestine anymore. It’s a wholly different beast now, slouching
In his final
speech, Mubarak repeated the chestnut he had been parroting for years, that the
choice for Egypt was between the 'chaos' of Islamism and the 'stability' he
supposedly safeguarded. Egyptians partied on the streets as though Egypt had
not only qualified for, but won the World Cup. And in a way it had. Against all
who its primary enemies are and it is not the Islamic State in Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL). There are good reasons why Turkey has been supporting ISIL for
several years, despite some recent attacks against it. In addition, Ankara
supports Jabhat al-Nusra, Arar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Fath, which are tied to the
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
At the time,
some Orientalist commentators also voiced concerns about the dangers of
radicalization if Muslim peacekeepers moved into Afghanistan. To their minds,
breathing the same air as the Taliban could brainwash otherwise moderate
Muslims into becoming barbaric, bloodthirsty ideologues. As precedent, they
pointed to foreign Mujahideen from Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya in the Soviet
jihad who returned home to destabilize their respective societies….
Khaled A Beydoun
profiled as a "Muslim" by the likes of Donald Trump and extending the
covert "war on terror" both globally and against the US' eight
million Muslim citizens domestically, Obama's long-awaited stop at an American
mosque may be reason for greater concern than his decision to avoid them.....
question even pits the prophet’s widow Aisha against his son-in-law Ali. Their
followers killed one another by the thousands in the infamous Battle of the
Camel in 656. The next year, they fought the even bloodier Battle of Siffin,
where followers of Ali and Muawiyah, the governor of Damascus, crossed swords,
deepening the divisions that became the Sunni-Shiite split that persists
abject poverty in the pre-Dubai Kerala they were lured by the money they could
earn in Karachi. When they wanted to visit their families back in India, touts
suggested they get a Pakistani passport and then apply for an Indian visa.
Oblivious of concepts like citizenship, they didn’t realise the trap.
terrorism. I condemn it categorically. It is inconceivable, though, that
security measures alone will stop the violence. As I warned the Security
Council last week, Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the
weight of nearly a half-century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it
How far will
the Pakistan establishment go in suppressing, if not eradicating, the terror
machine that it has hand-held for long as a secret weapon against India? This
is a matter of speculation. Perhaps the
political leaders there will have the statesmanship to unite and contain the
military and wean the masses away from the Mullahs. “These are high hopes!”...
history of the Palestinian nation’s struggles, two streaks of Islamist and
nationalistic thinking have accompanied this nation side by side. Even the
establishment of a coalition government has not been able to totally do away
with the basic differences that exist between these two groups. As a result of
it, the internal power politics in Palestine has never been materialized,
especially with the animosity between Hamas and Fatah growing stronger. It
makes it easier for Israel to simply state that ‘There’s no one to talk
in Gaza as a result of three consecutive wars (2008-9, 12 and 14) has been so
severe; it has affected almost every aspect of the Strip’s already dilapidated infrastructure.
Power outages, for example, have become part of life in Gaza. If all goes
according to plan, Palestinians here have only 8-10 hours, per day, to utilize
electricity, and for the rest of the day they suffer in darkness. The UN had
already declared that life in Gaza will become ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020....
Mahboob A Khawaja
How could Saudi
hang a religious scholar just for challenging the regime? Do they know how to
implement the Islamic jurisprudence and its manifestation? Islam seeks a just
balance- ‘al-Meezan’ in human affairs, not extremism. Leaders are crushing the
human spirit of rational thinking and opportunities to dispel the disposable
differences. The raging conflicts in the Muslim world are nothing other than
the sectarian infested madness and horror irrelevant to the values and
principles of Islam.....
news, his men in Bahawalpur seemed calm and contained. Though news came of the
JeM's offices being shut down, one wondered what they were talking about since
the JeM has no office. It is not a political party which would require an
office. Its entire business is conducted from the madrasa Usman-o-Ali in
Bahawalpur and another huge madrasa being built on the main highway outside the
city. Closing down these seminaries would draw attention and create excitement
that was not observable.....
The most internationalised conflict is the bitter civil war in Syria, where powers from the region and beyond contend through proxies. The war has long since metastasised into a monumental free-for-all involving dozens of belligerents. ...
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Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau