Islam and Politics
The series of events, culminating in the designation of Hizballah as a
terrorist organization, only means that Saudi Arabia’s gluttony will no longer
be satisfied by its traditional Lebanese political meal. The baptizing of the
Saudi-Israeli alliance with Lebanese blood today looks closer than ever.....
Khwaja Khusro Tariq
Immediately after the creation of Pakistan, the main religio-political
parties- the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI)-started
campaigning to make Pakistan a theocratic state. The JUI was headed by the
heavily influential Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani while the JI was led by the
fiery Abu A’la Maududi. Both lobbied relentlessly and succeeded in making
religion a central feature of the “Objectives Resolution” of 1949 and the first
constitution of Pakistan promulgated in 1956....
...The public deserves a clearer indication of the potential for Pakistani troops to become involved in conflicts in Syria and Yemen as a result of growing counterterrorism cooperation with Saudi Arabia, particularly after parliament in April last year decided against sending Pakistani troops to join the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Wuhayshi began by explaining al Qaeda’s rationale for attacking America. Prior to 9/11, the jihadists’ cause was not supported by the Muslim people, because the mujahideen’s “goals” were not widely understood. The jihadists were divided into many groups and fought “tit-for-tat” conflicts “with the tyrants.” (The “tyrants” were the dictators who ruled over many Muslim-majority countries.)
A new international military intervention in Libya will therefore not contribute to any lasting solution that responds to the political and social reasons for the presence of IS in that country. This must require first and foremost the rebuilding of a legitimate Libyan state, including as many of the local military and political forces as possible.
How does the
leading Republican candidate for the US presidency, Donald Trump, square off
with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the helm of the so-called Islamic State group? For
many, shoving the two names in the same headline is an anathema. Drawing any
association between them is an abomination.....
follows, we show how framing the assaults in this way has made possible their instrumentalisation
by right-wing politicians and movements to encourage discriminatory and
exclusionary policies towards Muslim, migrant, and refugee communities in
Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Our analysis reveals what is obscured in this
process of representation, focusing on the use of (and contestations around)
the term “Taharrush” in Egypt and on the history of public and private sexual
violence in Germany and across Europe.....
take great pride in their democracy, which is committed to equal rights for
Jews and non-Jews, and features the representation of Israeli Arabs in such
bodies as the Supreme Court. Some argue that the suspension law undermines
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,”.....
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