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Bombing Hasn't Worked. Bombing Won't Work. And yet, We Bomb
Gary Younge

...The West can’t bomb everywhere. And wherever it does bomb, it kills and injures large numbers of civilians. These civilian casualties, in their turn, stoke resentment and outrage, not least in the Muslim communities from which jihadis draw their recruits. Since 9/11, the West’s military interventions have created far more terrorists than they have killed, and have generally made things worse, not better.

 
So, Just How Islamic Is ISIS?
Gabriel Said Reynolds

So, Just How Islamic Is ISIS?
Gabriel Said Reynolds

To many outside observers, however — not least of whom are Muslim observers — ISIS does not represent Islam. To make this point, more and more commentators have begun to refer to the movement by its Arabic acronym — Daesh — or as the “so-called” Islamic state. On social media it is not uncommon to find activists speak of the “UnIslamic State” and its “pseudo-caliph.”

 

Why Can’t We Talk About Islam Honestly?
David Harsanyi

...Islam is not the same as Catholicism or Judaism—or Lutheranism or Calvinism or Buddhism or atheism, for that matter. Blowing past this troublesome little fact might be helpful when smearing Republicans, but this moral equivalence doesn’t change reality. Whether Americans were anti-Semites or wary of immigration or just suspicious of Nazi infiltrators in the late 1930s, the two groups you’re talking about embrace wholly different sets of values.

'Muslim Extremists' Is a Legitimizing Term for Terrorists
Franklyn Odhiambo

Islam is not a monolith and the fact that ISIS exploits superficial religious teachings of Islam does not make their motivation Islamic in any way. There is little policy substance to be found in propagating this narrative on their behalf; it does more harm to the innocent civilians caught in the middle. The intention to excuse imperialist policy that created, aided, and abetted terrorism in the Middle East and Africa cannot morph into a selective labeling without affecting innocent adherents of Islam.

 

Breach of Faith: Kerala Madrasa Scandal Must Not Be Politicized: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 1 December 2015

Breach of faith: Kerala madrasa scandal must not be politicised

Hindustan Times

The idea of India: Why the choice is clear in intolerance debate

By Naseeruddin Shah

They shut down my column

By Mohammad Taqi

‘Hang Ujjal Dosanjh for treason before charging Aamir Khan with sedition’

By Ujjal Dosanjh

The politics of peace

By Khurshid Kasuri

Erdogan’s gameplan bad for the world

By Gwynne Dyer

Erdogan’s Ottoman designs

By Talmiz Ahmad

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Once upon a Tsar and a Sultan: Putin vs. Erdogan: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 30 November 2015

Once upon a Tsar and a Sultan: Putin vs. Erdogan

By Hisham Melhem

France's anti-terror measures are unconstitutional

By Antoine Bueno

Turkeyís diplomatic fight

ANA PALACIO

Why is ISIS so resilient?

By Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Defeating ISIS requires a shift in international policy

By Lina Khatib

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

When you kill in the name of my religion... : New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 30 November 2015

When you kill in the name of my religion...

By Joginder Singh

Fighting terrorism with the big boys

By Faisal Devji

How to secularise secularism

By Dipankar Gupta

Turkish President wants to drag Nato into a war against Russia

By Prem Shankar Jha

Black Friday and the Syrian conundrum

By Kishwar Desai

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

You Won’t Win a War Against Isis If You Don’t Know What The Peace Looks Like
Giles Fraser

We wouldn’t bomb the suburbs of Brussels to eliminate the Isis cells stationed there. So why bomb Syrian towns when there are so many innocent people living there too? A few years ago, Cameron tried to persuade us to go to war against Bashar al-Assad because he was dropping barrel bombs on his own people. Now it is us who are proposing to do something similar, perhaps to the very same cities. ...

'Sting in the Tail': Islam and the Politicisation of Religion
Milad Milani

The issue is not about the religion of Islam, but the politics of "Islam." The recent Paris attacks and the subsequent French air strikes reaffirm what must be an obvious truth: both religion and democracy "can inspire and justify not only the best but also the worst of human behaviour."

 

Saudi Funding Fans Ultra-Conservative Islam in India; the Political, Ideological Response to It Remains Meek
Sunil Raman

Flirtation with Saudi Arabia saw the rise of fancy mosques across the continent where many clerics preached a return to “pure Islamic ideals” as espoused in the Quran. Puritanical Wahhabi ideology was and continues to be propagated from many of these mosques across the world, where clerics are not only sowing seeds of hatred against liberal democracies but also against Shia Muslims.

 

Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten
Anne Barnard

“Now imagine all that happening without global sympathy for innocent lost lives, with no special media updates by the minute, and without the support of every world leader condemning the violence,” she wrote on Facebook. Finally, she said, ask yourself what it would be like to have to explain to your child why an attack in “another pretty city like yours” got worldwide attention and your own did not.....

 

As discussed above, East Jerusalem will be absorbed and “managed” by Israel until the Palestinians are subdued, compelled to flee or migrate to some other country or adjust to their fate in Israel. It cannot be ruled out that many of the refugees from Syria now seeking asylum in Europe, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey will not return to Syria. This will leave a lot of empty space and work opportunities for displaced Palestinians. It might be that Europe, the US and international organizations will be happy to supply aid to settle Palestinians in the barren lands of Syria.....

 

Hinduism and Islam - Mingling Of the Two Oceans: Seminal Contribution of Dara Shikoh
Asghar Ali Engineer

In all these 20 sections in Majma`ul Bahrayn Dara Shikoh finds similarities between both Hindu and Islamic (particularly Sufi) traditions. The fanatics and fundamentalists in both the traditions denounce each other and try to prove the truth of their own religion. In such circumstances it is highly necessary to popularise writings of persons like Dara Shikoh who uphold the truth of all religious traditions. The Sufi Islam has been a bridge between Hindus and Muslims in India. The very fundamental doctrine of Sufism has been Sulh-I-Kula i.e. peace with all…..

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Hanged For Trying To Bridge the Gap between Islam and Hinduism: Remembering Dara Shikoh, a Sufi-Prince, Scholar and Translator, On His 350th Death Anniversary

Appeasing Oppressive Islamists in Turkey
Abdullah Bozkurt

Turkey's Islamist rulers have locked themselves in a vicious cycle in which they can now only rely on repressive measures such as abuse of the criminal justice system and police crackdowns on the right to dissent and the right to freedom of expression, fuelling more outrage and resentment towards the government, which in turn finds itself in a desperate attempt to resort to more brute force....

 

Blaming Muslims for the Holocaust

It would appear that the Palestinian now is the latest fiction being cast as the new ‘fact’ that perpetrated the Jewish Holocaust. Nothing can be farther from the truth. The Documents on German Foreign Policy 1918-1945, (Series D, Vol. XIII, London, 1964, pp.881 ff), include an official transcript of the Hitler-Husseini meeting of November 28, 1941. According to the transcript, it was not Mufti al-Husseini but Hitler himself who resolved that he “would carry on the battle to the total destruction of the Judeo-Communist Empire in Europe”....

 

Afghanistan: A Deadly Stalemate: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 12 November 2015

Bush 41 and 43’s Biggest Mistake?

By Harlan Ullman

Not your place sir

Ali Malik

Another Sharif in Washington

By Zahid Hussain

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Iqbal: Indian Nationalism to Muslim Nationalism
Muhammad Iqbal

It is rather common knowledge that Iqbal had entered the corridor of Fame as a nationalist poet. In this phase, he was profoundly influenced by the spirit of nationalism abroad, and gave eloquent utterance to feelings of patriotism. He sang of India, its rivers, its mountains, its countryside as well as of its glorious past and its cultural heritage. 

Iraq, Syria and Libya no longer exist
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

The exact same can be said of Syria and Libya. In both cases we at least had states. But these places were never countries. There are no such thing as “the Syrian people”. Even less, the “Libyan people”. Syria is a confessionally split, ethnically diverse mosaic of humanity and has been for its entire recorded history, due to its huge importance as a commercial and theological center.

 

We Need To Prevent Genocide of Rohingya Muslims -- Before It's Too Late
Emanuel Stoakes

...There is "strong evidence" that Myanmar has committed genocide against a largely Muslim minority known as the Rohingya, according to a recent report by a clinic of Yale Law School for Bangkok-based NGO Fortify Rights. Other reports andexperts have warned that genocide may be on the horizon.

 

From Tunisia, a Voice of Hope in The Muslim World
Fareed Zakaria

Tunisia’s success story is not quite the fairy tale that is sometimes recounted. The Islamists pushed for greater influence of Islamic law, they were reluctant to compromise and left power only because they thought the country would explode if they didn’t. Key elements of the old guard have returned in force, and the place remains fragile, with the economy under severe pressure.

 

Progress Fans Flames Of Militant Unrest In Changing Bangladesh: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 9 November 2015

The Future of Democracy in Egypt

By Ibrahim Awad

Progress Fans Flames Of Militant Unrest In Changing Bangladesh

By Jason Burke

Are Syrians the New Palestinians?

By Pam Bailey

It Is Over! Or Is It Not?

By Nuray Mert

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Burma: The Lady, The General, And The Future: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 7 November 2015

Burma: The Lady, the General, And The Future

By Gwynne Dyer

Why Brutal Attacks On Bangladesh's Secular Writers Won't Stop

By Nick Robins-Early

The other 50% in Turkey

By HARUN YAHYA

Tolerance is a negative word

By BIKRAM VOHRA

'Go To Pakistan' Slander: An Insult To Both India And Pakistan

By Ravi Nitesh

Turkey Deepens Its Alliance with Barzani

By Serkan Demirtaş

Death Penalty in Malysaia: Allow Vigilantes Instead

By Boo Su-Lyn

How Did The AKP Win Such A Major Comeback?

By Mustafa Akyol

Assad must not get away with his crimes

By Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Boko Haram: The Example of Imperialist Terrorism in Africa

By PD Lawton

Bangladesh: Please Stop It

By Malik Siraj Akbar

Politics, Perils of Muslim Bashing

By Charles C. Haynes

Islamophobia on the Boil in the Czech Republic

By Andy West

Iraq: Ahmed Chalabi Suffers A Heart-Attack

The Economist

Repression Unbound: Egypt under Sisi

By David Mepham

The Syrian conflict, ISIS and Russian Muslims

By Maria Dubovikova

Writing our way to freedom

By Endy M. Bayuni

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 
Russo-Farsi Word Game in Syria!
Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

Russo-Farsi Word Game in Syria!
Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

For Russians and Iranians, there is no option but to keep Bashar Al-Assad as president, and his regime as the government. He is the one and only who would give his country away to them. If he is gone, then there is no guarantee that the next president would not order them out.

The Middle East's Century to Come
Khaled Diab

A century on, nothing has changed and everything has changed. As these 100 years of dreams and nightmares, of illusion and disillusion, with a few measures of delusion, reach their dissolution point, what does the next century hold in store for the region?

 
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