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Greece’s Dangerous Alliance with Israel
Ramzy Baroud

The main motivation behind the closeness in relations is the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields, located in the territorial waters of several countries, including Lebanon. If Israel continues with its plans to extract gas from an energy source located off the coast of Lebanon, it will increase the chances of yet another regional war....

 

Witness To A Massacre: The Former Myanmar Soldier Who Saw His Village Burn
Poppy McPherson

By late afternoon it was quiet. The smell of burning hung over the village. An officer barked, “We need 100 plates of rice and chicken curry. Bring it to us.” The soldiers’ savagery appalled but did not shock Islam, the 60-year-old assistant village chairman. He used to be one of them. A former soldier and Buddhist who became a Muslim after falling in love with a Rohingya woman...

 

Four Days in Palestine
Miko Peled

When you encounter face to face the systems of oppression as they are imposed by Israel on Palestinians, the shock leaves you searching for words. The dirt roads, dusty in summer and muddy in winter; the cold iron gates; the cement blocks; the metal revolving doors that start and stop abruptly, even violently and as you try to pass through; and the darkened windows from which orders are barked at people....

 

So Many Kasganjs: Prolonged Intimidation of Muslims Will Shred the Social and Political Fabric of India
Manoj Joshi

What is unfortunate here is that India has had one of the most peaceable Muslim populations anywhere. In the past decades, as the high tide of Islamist radicalism lashed the world, Indian Muslims stood out for their moderation born, no doubt, from the environment in which they lived. There were none found in the multi-national Guantanamo prison...

Protection and Promotion Of Hafiz Saeed Is Taking A Toll On The Rule Of Law In Pakistan
Khaled Ahmed

The world knew that Saeed was behind the Mumbai attacks. David Headley’s confessions had been published and the “rogue” elements had come out, offended with the Pakistan Army for “not doing enough”. Back home, the courts declared Saeed innocent of all charges of terrorism. The strongman, thought to have a private army of over 200,000 warriors on call, was too strong to even be asked to tone down his brazenly uncivilised Jihadi rhetoric....

 

Whitewashing the Genocide in Myanmar
Ramzy Baroud

Coupled with numerous reports of gang rape, outright murder, and the mass burning of villages, the Rohingya have been left defenceless in the face of unspeakable atrocities. Worse still, a recent agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh will see many of these refugees repatriated, but with absolutely no guarantees for their safety. With no safeguards in place, and with the Rohingya having been stripped of their legal status in Myanmar, going back is as risky an endeavour as fleeing.....

 

China’s Jihadist Crisis Reaches A Critical Juncture
Giorgio Cafiero

The Chinese will build a “Great Wall” in Xinjiang to fortress the restive province from militants in neighbouring countries, according to a January 23 state-run media report. By tightening the screws on political, social, and cultural practices in Xinjiang, encouraging Hanifaction, and pushing an economic modernization program, Chinese authorities are determined to weaken Uighur aspirations for independence and/or greater autonomy in the northwest...

 

Libyan Slave Trade Feeds On Endless Supply of Migrants
Alessandra Bocchi

“Racism remains one of the largest factors leading to the mistreatment of Africans at the hand of Libyans,” the source explained. Libyans have tried to redeem their image after the media exposed the slave trade by paying higher wages to the migrants working for them. “Now the Libyans are serious about it because of the outrage,”...

 

We were on the western fringes of Kurdistan, a Netherlands-size; semi-autonomous region in the north of Iraq that is home to 5.2 million of the world’s estimated 30 million Kurds, a stateless people who populate the border regions between Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria. The fact that the monastery still stood; that this Christian boy and his family were still alive; that a small group of North Americans now felt safe enough to travel here — all of it seemed like a miracle....

 

In keeping with our philosophy of democratic confederalism, we established local councils so that all can participate in the decisions affecting their neighbourhoods and communities. We hold independently monitored elections and ensure that women and all ethnic groups are strongly represented in governance. Our democratic system is increasingly the opposite of Turkey’s, where President Erdogan is crushing dissent and centralizing more power every day....

 

Despite Waves of Protest over Jerusalem, the Deck Remains Stacked Against the Palestinians
Abdel Moneim Said

Unfortunately, Al-Azhar resolved to oppose travel to Jerusalem to pray in its Muslim and Christian holy sites while the city is under occupation and there remains an Israeli presence. The result is that Israel obtained exactly what it wants: a vacuum to fill and an opportunity to sever Palestine from its Arab and Islamic environment...

 

Controversy Ensues In Egypt over Sisi's Use of Religious Endowments
Ahmed Aleem

Religious endowments, or Waqfs, consist of income-producing property whose usufruct is assigned by its original owner to a mosque or some other Islamic institution. The endowments are used to carry out charitable works, such as building schools, orphanages, hospitals and mosques, and distributing clothes and food to the poor and needy, among other activities....

 

After Saleh, Yemen Is Descending Into Anarchy
Talmiz Ahmad

The prospects of peace in Yemen have receded, as the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has not significantly changed the balance of power between the contending forces in the country. The Yemeni people have suffered as a result of years of instability caused by widespread civil conflict, the violence of extremist elements and the secessionist movement in the south of the country....

 

Haj Subsidy: Inaction of Muslim Leaders Allowed BJP to Perpetuate Bogey of Minority Appeasement
Javed Anand

It is interesting to note that both religious leaders and political leaders like Asaduddin Owaisi have welcomed the scrapping of the Haj subsidy. This is not surprising for various reasons. One, this subsidy was never a demand of Muslims. Two, Haj is an obligation only for Muslims with means, and, three, the subsidy benefited national carrier Air India, not the pilgrims....

A strident nationalism has displaced the old talk of “brotherly” ties between the countries. Qatari pilgrims claimed they had been prevented from travelling to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and showing sympathy for Qatar has become a criminal offense in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates....

 

Israel’s Hamas Dilemma
Shlomi Eldar

Like all Gaza Palestinians, he blames Israel for the situation. Israel, on the other hand, blames the Islamist Hamas movement that has ruled Gaza since ousting Fatah in 2007. It ignores the findings of the state comptroller, who wrote in 2017 that Israel had never seriously examined the implications of its siege on Gaza and never made serious attempts to resolve the dangerous standoff....

 

Now at age 37, the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has run into a problem that money alone cannot solve. Since June, tiny Qatar has been the target of a punishing air and sea boycott led by its largest neighbours, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Overnight, airplanes and cargo ships bound for Qatar were forced to change course, diplomatic ties were severed and Qatar’s only land border, a 40-mile stretch of desert with Saudi Arabia, slammed shut....

 

Petro-Islam: The Nexus between Oil and Terrorism
Nauman Sadiq

Inquisitive observers of the Middle Eastern politics would naturally wonder why do Western powers prop up the Gulf’s petro-monarchies, knowing fully well that they are the ones responsible for nurturing Islamic extremism. Does this not run counter to their professed goal of eliminating Islamic radicalism and terrorism...

 

Netanyahu in India: What Was Swept Under the Carpet
Vijay Prashad

During the meeting, an expected selfie with the Israeli PM was staged, featuring actors Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, and Vivek Oberoi and producers Raj Nayak and Ronnie Screwvala. All were grinning for the camera, unapologetic about being photographed with a man being investigated for corruption in Israel and on his way of being placed on the war crimes list by the International Criminal Court....

Turkey, the Arab World Is Just Not That into You
Burak Bekdil

He runs around in a fake fire extinguisher's outfit, holding a silly hose in his hands and knocking on neighbours’ doors to put out the fire in their homes. "Go away," his neighbours keep telling him. "There is no fire here!" I am the person to put out that fire, he insists, as doors keep shutting on his face....

 

Anger That Drove the Arab Spring Is Flaring Again
Emma Graham-Harrison

For other Arab spring countries, where the population is younger, the years ahead look less hopeful. The “youth bulge” of Egyptians, Syrians and Yemenis in their teens and early 20s was a key factor in the popular uprisings that shook the region. Frustrated by the prospect of stunted futures under autocratic governments apparently more interested in preserving power than creating jobs, they took to the streets....

 

What Is Next For Palestine?
Ramzy Baroud

If the Palestinian leadership had a minimal degree of accountability, it would immediately undertake a total overhaul within its ranks and activate all Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) institutions, bring all factions together under the umbrella of the PLO and declare a unified strategy inspired by the aspirations and sacrifices of the Palestinian people.....

 

Israeli Nationalists' Messiah Complex
Akiva Eldar

On the day following the November 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Rabbi Yehuda Amital, the head of the Har Etzion Yeshiva in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, warned that Jewish law, known in Hebrew as “Halacha,” “can turn into dangerous explosives when in the hands of young people. … The term ‘Halacha’ is too broad and sacred to be placed in the hands of every Jewish boy and girl.” One might add that this also applies to every politician lacking a backbone and maturity....

 

Rohingyas and the Unfinished Business of Partition
Jayita Sarkar

A humanitarian intervention for the Rohingyas under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter is not likely either. China is still a friend of Myanmar, and to curry favours with the Tatmadaw would veto any United Nations Security Council Resolution that threatened Myanmar’s sovereignty. India has made its position quite clear in opposing the cause of the Rohingyas and calling them a national security threat, which leaves us with Bangladesh. Dhaka lacks both the popular support and the military wherewithal to pull off a 1971-like intervention....

Learn from Israel’s Legal Pluralism
Faizan Mustafa

In Ayodhya, we demolished a historic mosque and have not permitted Muslim namaz for 69 years while prayers to Lord Rama are very much on. Let us see what the situation is in Israel. Temple Mount is the holiest place for Jews and is the site of their first and second temple, yet the Jews cannot pray anywhere in the sacred site, except at the Wailing Wall. The Israeli Supreme Court upheld the order of the local police which prohibited public prayer by Jews on the premises of Temple Mountain. One hopes that the Indian Supreme Court would demonstrate absolute neutrality while deciding the ownership dispute of the Babri mosque....

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