Islam and Politics
Pakistan will remain a key ally for Saudi Arabia. The kingdom has
invested billions in supporting Pakistan for decades. The military relationship
between the two remains robust despite the differences over Yemen. The bonds of
religion and history unite the two Islamic countries. Sharif knows Riyadh will
want to avoid any damage to its ties to Islamabad. But Salman is also warning
Pakistan that the kingdom has other suitors....
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent address to the Indian
Diaspora in Brussels contained five significant points:
“Terrorism must be delinked from religion; no religion teaches
terrorism, a strong message that resonated from the World Sufi Forum recently
held in Delhi”.
“Terrorism is a challenge to humanity. The entire world must unite to
combat it….UN should define “terrorism” in a clear way”.
“India has not given in to terrorism, and there is no instance of
surrendering to terror outfits…. India is the lone light of hope amidst the
“India has been battling terrorism for decades. But the rest of the
world recognized the danger only after 9/11”.
“We cannot tackle terrorism with only bombs and guns. Misfortune of the
world is that the UN does not know how to tackle terrorism”....
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
to international terrorism are not new. Its citizens of Maghreb origin were
linked to the assassination of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the 2004 Madrid bombings and
the shootings at Charlie Hebdo. Molenbeek’s demographics also fit the general
profile of areas most susceptible to radicalism. Its large Muslim immigrant
population lives densely packed in a virtual ghetto with inadequate amenities
and a deep sense of isolation. Regional unemployment runs alarmingly high,
perhaps 30 or 40 percent, and average income lags far behind the national
Many believe that the radicalisation of Muslims in Belgium was initiated
at the behest of Wahhabi imams from Saudi Arabia who preached at Brussels Grand
Mosque, which was constructed in 1967 as part of an oil deal with the House of
Saud. The unemployed and marginalised Muslim youth in Europe, particularly in
France and Belgium, turned to radical Islam in order to assert their identity
even at the cost of harming the global diversity of the religion.....
People, unfamiliar with the basic philosophy of Islam find it difficult
to assimilate that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’, that it preaches love and
care as essential human obligations on every follower of this faith. The
Islamic clergy and opinion-makers have just not made serious and widespread
efforts to let people of other faiths know that Islam expects its adherents to
live in peace with ‘others’, and does not enjoin upon its followers to convert
one and all to Islam. How many non-Muslims really understand the true import of
jihad and kafir?....
M. K. Narayanan
Belgium’s deeply divided society, its sizeable numbers of alienated
Muslims, and its constant search for political compromise have contributed in
large measure to its image of a ‘weak state’, and hence an easy target for
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