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To Say That Religion Is Divisive Is To Attempt No Analysis of the Problems At Hand: Religion Is Not to Blame
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Take the orgy of sectarian bloodshed that has been raging in Iraq for over a decade, for instance. Sunnis and Shia have been killing each other by the tens on a daily basis. Do not venture into a Sunni dominated area if your name happens to be Hassan, and you have more chance of ending up with a slit throat on some street corner if you suddenly lost your way and found yourself in Sadr city and you were called Omar. But let us not stop there, let us ask the difficult questions others would rather we left undisturbed. Why do Iraq's Sunni and Shia kill each other today when they didn't years ago? .....

Anti-Muslim Paranoia Could Still Derail Myanmar’s Journey To True Democracy
Martin Woollacott

Race and religion are casting a dark shadow over Myanmar as it moves toward critical elections next month. The elections would have been difficult enough for the country if confined to the issues of what degree of democracy can now be introduced, and what role should be played by the iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

 

Is Islam Compatible with Our Modern Way of Life?
Seidu Malik

Well, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the world is made up of people of different races, culture and religious affiliations all claiming to be from God. The question is, if these claims are true, how do you bring people of diverse background and opposing views to live with each other in absolute peace and harmony in society?  ...

Israel’s Defensive Democracy Is No Democracy: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 30 October 2015

Israel’s defensive democracy is no democracy

By Yossi Mekelberg

Debating the Middle East beyond Iran and ISIS

By Joyce Karam

Reclaiming Nigeria: After Boko Haram

By The Economist

Middle East Counter-Revolution

By Serge Jordan

Turkey’s Election: Voting To the Sound Of Explosions

By The Economist

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Egypt after the Arab Spring: A Dud Return To Democracy

Many Egyptians will be content enough. As they witness chaos and bloodletting in Syria and Libya, Mr Sisi’s rule may not seem too bad. There is certainly little appetite for a return to the shambolic administration of Mr Morsi: Mr Sisi is being bankrolled by oil-rich Gulf monarchies, relations with Israel have again become close and as Mr Sisi flirts with Russia, America and Europe are re-embracing him.

 

Tunisia Is the Exception, Not the Model
Kamel Daoud

What’s to be done with Islamists? Should they be assimilated into the phony multipartism of closed regimes? Included in processes of political liberalization? Democratized by force — bombed into democratizing? Killed? For more than two decades, the question has been a torment. First for Arab elites, then for Muslim elites and then, after Sept. 11, 2001, for the whole world.

 

'Islamic State': Let It Not Be A Red Herring: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 29 October 2015

'Islamic State': Let it not be a red herring

By Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan ndc, psc (Retd)

The mythological Blair apology for the Iraq war

By Chris Doyle

Telling Mideast Negotiators, ‘Have a Nice Life’

By Thomas L. Friedman

Cameras at al-Aqsa Mosque

By Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Saudis want a better quality of life

By Jamal Khashoggi

AKP Attempt at An Islamist-Fascist Dictatorship

By İhsan Yilmaz

How Will Turkey Respond To New Developments In Syria?

 By Semih İdiz

Why Russia Perceives Syria as Its Front Line

By Alastair Crooke

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Censorship Is Returning To Indonesia In The Name Of The 1965 Purges
Laksmi Pamuntjak

A week ago I received a message from Janet DeNeefe, director of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

“I just wanted to let you know that the UWRF is being censored this year, and we have been told to remove all programs to do with ‘1965’,” she wrote. “Or else next year they will not give us a permit to hold the festival.”

 

Death Is Everywhere - In Jerusalem, West Bank And Gaza
Mahmood Hasan

During the Ottoman Empire, Jews were allowed to visit Temple Mount but were not allowed to pray there. Jews could only pray at the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall but not enter the holy site. Thus a status quo was initiated.

 

What The Return Of The Arab Strongman Means For The Middle East
Mohamad Bazzi

For a short while, it seemed that the era of rule by strongmen in the Middle East was coming to an end. In October 2011, the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was captured hiding in a drainage pipe near his hometown of Sirte, and he was beaten and shot dead by rebels, bringing his 42 years in power to an ignoble end. His contemporaries were the likes of Saddam Hussein and Hafez al-Assad, military men from poor families and hardscrabble towns who fought their way to the top, riding the wave of revolutionary sentiment that swept the Arab world in the 1960s and ’70s.

 

Human Rights And Violence: A Forbidden Love Story
Faisal Siddiqi

The paradoxical love-and-hate relationship between human rights and state violence and militarisation in Pakistan is based on contradictory desires. These are impossible desires to fulfil but contradictions with which both parties (ie human rights and state violence) can live with, as long as enough space is provided to the other to persist (eg the military can have its military courts but the superior courts will have supervisory jurisdiction over these).

How Much Can The Muslim Community Do Towards De-Radicalization?
Dr. Ameer Ali, New Age Islam

Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria are the most glaring and stinking swamps that are now breeding mosquitoes and, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko Haram, ISIS and many more extremist groups are the direct product of Western adventurism. Neither the U.S. nor NATO and not even UN are prepared to even mention this in its deliberations. Australia being a staunch ally of the U.S. is virtually behaving like a vassal state consenting to all what that superpower does internationally......

Sheikh Putin of Syria
Maxim Trudolyubov

Sheikh Putin of Syria
Maxim Trudolyubov

When your country launches a surprise air campaign in some faraway place, you might naturally ask questions about the goals, the costs and the consequences. But this, evidently, is not the Russian way. Ever since the Kremlin began its bombing campaign in Syria, I’ve been asking people here what they think about our foray into the war-torn mess of the Middle East, to little or no avail.

 

Blame It on Haj Amin Al-Husseini, The Mufti Of Jerusalem
Khaled Diab

When Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his claim that Haj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem from 1921 to 1937, was the actual evil mastermind behind the Nazi Holocaust and Adolf Hitler was some clueless anti-Semite who just wanted to "expel the Jews", I wondered what the Israeli premier's feverish mind would come up with next.

 

Syria 2015, Spain 1938 Or Sarajevo June 1914?: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 22 October 2015

Syria 2015, Spain 1938 or Sarajevo June 1914?

By Harlan Ullman

Kunduz: a political and strategic failure

By Nasurullah Brohi

Afghanistan’s security

By Ikram Sehgal

What the Ankara bombing means for Turkish politics and the West

By Kemal Kirisci

How can I complain about men staring at me when I’m not wearing my dupatta?

By Yasmin Elahi

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Israel’s Fascists Are Pushing Palestinians Towards A Third Intifada
Eyad Abu Shakra

Iraqis are not relaxed with the fact they reside in a fragmented country dominated by Tehran and “cherished” by Washington. The Libyans are not so sure about their future in the midst of internal division and feverish grabbing of religious extremism and regional and tribal loyalties despite the efforts of the U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon.

 

There are three political parties that can credibly claim to be national and which have a shot at supplying the next prime minister: the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the Pakistan Peoples Party, and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). And there’s scarcely any ideological difference between them.

 

Closing Of The Muslim Mind Is A Global Development, Are We Seeing A Closing Of The Indian Mind, Too?
Khaled Ahmed

The closing of the Muslim mind is a global development. Muslim Arabs fleeing to Europe to escape carnage at the hands of fellow Muslims are hardly aware that in the fullness of time, they too might react to identity crises by radicalising. Are we going to see a closing of the Indian mind, too?

The Test Of Political Islam
Yasar Yakis

In Tunisia, Annahdha, the political party backed by the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which represents political Islam, won the first elections since the start of the Arab Spring on Oct. 23, 2011. It promised to practice moderate Islam and kept this promise to a great extent. After three years, Annahdha ceded power to a secular party, Nidaa Tounes, on Oct. 26, 2014. ...

Leaderless Palestinian Youth, Inspired by Social Media, Drive Rise in Violence in Israel
Jodi rudoren

The morning of the attack, Subhe Abu Khalifa did not get up for work, telling his mother he was too tired and his feet hurt. He had spent the night watching and rewatching footage of a Palestinian woman, who the Israeli police say stabbed a Jewish man in the back in Jerusalem’s Old City, being harassed and shot.

 

Iran’s Death Rows And Protestations!: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 12 January 2016

Iran’s Death Rows And Protestations!

By Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

Muslim countries should ban Trump

By Linda S. Heard

Starvation: Assad’s new weapon

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Memories of days gone by

By Ramzy Baroud

Madaya siege marks Hezbollah’s eternal disgrace

By Diana Moukalled

Starving Syria as a weapon

By James Denselow

Iran: A pariah state

By Hassan Barari

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

This October marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most heinous genocides of human history,whichtook place in a reactionary counter-revolution in the Indonesian Archipelago in1965. The executioners of this massacre were the military,mullahs and US imperialism, an unholy alliance to crush a communist upsurge that could have led to a socialist revolution in this large Muslim country.

 

How To Tackle The Spectre Of ISIS: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 10 October 2015

How to tackle the spectre of IS

By Abbas Nasir

Jinns invade campuses

By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Syria’s tragedy

By John McHugo

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

The Taliban In Afghanistan Is Very Much Alive And Killing: New Age Islam’s Selection From Indian Press, 8 October 2015

The Taliban in Afghanistan is very much alive and killing

By Viju Cherian

NO IGNORING INDIA’S STAKES IN KABUL

By Hiranmay Karlekar

Stemming the ripples from Kunduz

By RUSTAM SHAH MOHMAND

Indo-Pak tensions: A fictional nuclear war scenario

By Gurmeet Kanwal

Putin’s dramatic Syria move raises Russian profile – but the move could backfire

By Thomas Graham

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 
Contrast Religious and Secular Regime Changes
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

Mankind has grappled with spirituality since its days in the jungle. In its quest it evolved different religions over time. A profession of operatives came into being who then acted as guides and leaders. Later on in secular societies, active participation in some communal aspects of life such as politics took some importance. But in religious quarters importance is only given when called upon by these guides, and then it becomes a religious duty.....



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