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The War Within Islam

Afghanistan-Pakistan: Border Disorder
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

While border clashes between Afghanistan and Pakistan are not a new occurrence, the situation in the past few months has been more warlike than usual. Both countries accuse each other of providing jihadists with safe zones to launch attacks across the border. On May 18, 2017, the Pakistan Army claimed that it has satellite images and ground reports that proved Afghanistan's "involvement" in cross-border terrorist acts and infiltration of terrorists from Afghan areas into Pakistan.....

 

Indonesia: A Changing State
Farooq Sulehria

The ‘Shariahfication’ of Indonesia has occurred at a time when the country is emerging as an inspiring example of the successful transition to democracy. On the one hand, elections have been conducted in the country every five years since 1999 while on the other the Muslim vote bank has shrunk progressively with every fresh round of general elections. This appears to be paradoxical – especially when the current scholarship on Indonesia holds ‘Islamist’ parties responsible for moving Indonesia towards Islamisation....

 

Insulting Ataturk Still Serious Crime in Turkey
Mustafa Akyol

They claimed that Ataturk had a “hall of lovers,” and Yesilyurt even threw out speculation that Afet Inan — Ataturk’s famous foster child — was, in fact, his “illegitimate wife.” The two hosts seemed to agree, and the editor of the show wrote on the screen that Inan, a most respected female figure of the early republic, could well be “the unmarried first lady of the republic.”....

 

Fethullah Gulen: The Turkey I No Longer Know
Fethullah Gulen

Erdogan’s persecution of his people is not simply a domestic matter. The ongoing pursuit of civil society, journalists, academics and Kurds in Turkey is threatening the long-term stability of the country. The Turkish population already is strongly polarized on the AKP regime. A Turkey under a dictatorial regime, providing haven to violent radicals and pushing its Kurdish citizens into desperation, would be a nightmare for Middle East security...

 
Assad's Hollow Crown
Jonathan Spyer

Assad's Hollow Crown
Jonathan Spyer

Consider the claim: Sunni Arab Jihadi fighters in Homs had deliberately set about destroying the Christian heritage in the area because the Jihadis are in alliance with a broader Jewish and Zionist plan to destroy non-Jewish cultural heritage in the Middle East. This is part of a Jewish plan to pretend that theirs is the oldest culture in the area, or the world. Such an idea is obviously insane. It is also to be found among the mainstream of discussion in regime-controlled Syria…..

 

The Arab Gulf States, Israel, and Turkey All Prefer Anarchy to Assad
Philip Giraldi

So the Saudis would like to see a Syria in which the Sunni Arabs are dominant, which will presumably lead to discrimination against Shi’ites, Alawites, and Christians—as well as a severing of political ties with Iran. In reality, a broken Syria would likely turn out much like neighbouring Iraq, with minorities in trouble and a lack of effective central control....

 
Pakistan: Census Anxieties
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Pakistan: Census Anxieties
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

There are also fears among the large population of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) of being left out, as well as Baloch nationalists who are targeted through an aggressive process of demographic re-engineering in Balochistan, and who fear that Afghans in the province may be enumerated as Pashtuns.....

 

Pakistan’s Triangle of Hate
Mohammed Hanif

Pakistani society is still deeply divided over what the Taliban represent. Some see them as barbarians at our door who want to destroy the last vestiges of our faltering democratic and civil order. Others think of them as our misguided brothers: The Taliban, too, want a just society; it’s only their methods that are unacceptable.....

 

Abbas Fears the Prisoners’ Hunger Strike
Jonathan Cook

Israel hopes to break the prisoners’ spirits. It has locked up the leaders in solitary confinement, denied striking inmates access to lawyer, taken away radios, and last week began confiscating salt rations – the only sustenance along with water the prisoners are taking....

 

Erdogan's Turkey resembles Zia's Pakistan
Abid Majeed Shaikh

Despite the best efforts of the government to curb dissent — and actions that could be classified as ‘pre-poll rigging’ — the referendum results have remained equivocal. In three of the country’s biggest cities — Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir — a majority of voters have opposed amendments to the Constitution. The Anatolian heartland and the Black Sea coastal region have expressed a different opinion on this matter. At best, this was a pyrrhic victory for the AK party and President Erdogan....

 

The Syrian Sarin Attacks of August 2013 and April 2017
Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham

The sarin attacks in Syria of August 2013 and April 2017 resemble one another closely. They reflect a strategic mode that might be repeated yet again by Assad, as long as he remains fully backed by Russia and Iran. At the same time, the geopolitical shift suggested by the recent US military response in Syria marks a desirable turn with consequential implications regarding the ongoing relationships among the US, Syria, Russia, and Iran....

 
Islam: The Battle Within
Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah

Can we imagine today Prof. Jamal Khawja in conversation with top Deoband Ulema or Arkoun presenting a paper in a conference in Azhar or Fazlur Rahman giving extension lecture on annual conference of JeI or head of great seminary addressing annual philosophy or social science congress? Where are those prepared to learn and thus engage in proper dialogue with the other? If most of Muslims think they already have all the answers and thus needn’t think or learn or engage in a proper dialogue as Adonis notes, what can one do?...

Has Turkey's Referendum Emboldened Hate?
Pinar Tremblay

There is a growing environment of fear, suspicion and anxiety on Turkish streets. Months of acrimonious campaigning ended April 16 with voters narrowly approving constitutional amendments that will greatly expand the presidency's power. Though the campaign is over, it cultivated seeds of ill will that have grown and spread, evoking hateful rhetoric against those who opposed the amendments.....

 

Turks Vote to Give Away Their Democracy
Burak Bekdil

Turkey's soul-searching and societal wars never have a moment of truce. Turkey's wars are not just between political leaders and parties; they are wars between the supporters of a democratic, secular country and those of a caliphate which Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, abolished almost a century ago. As Kati Piri, the European Parliament's Turkey rapporteur, said of the referendum: "This is a sad day for all democrats in Turkey."....

 

When Mustafa went about establishing a modern and secular state, many of his moves were deemed controversial by existing Islamists who were still loyal to the Ottomans. He would go on to pass laws regarding gender equality and women’s suffrage. He would also introduce religious reforms, abolishing the Islamic Caliphate. He scrapped a ban on alcohol and forbade women workers from wearing headscarves.....

 

The Salafi Call has been known to modify and review several Fatwas in the past, in light of prevailing political circumstances. Between 2011 and 2014, the movement had issued a fatwa prohibiting Coptic candidates from running in the parliamentary elections, but then in 2015 it changed its mind to include a number of Copts on its electoral lists, as per the election law at the time. This time, the Salafi Call seems to be having a change of heart in regard to women in leadership positions.....

 

Who Are You, Bangladesh?
SN Rasul

The history you’ve inherited is a history tainted with the blood of certain individuals. When a religio-centric government tried to quash your protests under a unified-linguistic dictatorship, you protested. What else could you do? What was the alternative? Grit your teeth and take it in stride? Hell no. Bengalis weren’t real Muslims, they said. And real Pakistanis can’t be allowed to speak Bangla. How could they?...

 

Erdoğan’s Referendum Victory Spells The End Of Turkey As We Know It
Yavuz Baydar

“The Turkish republic has always been flawed, but it always contained the aspiration that – against the backdrop of the principles to which successive constitutions claimed fidelity – it could become a democracy. Erdoğan’s new Turkey closes off that prospect.”...

With Religious Groups Entering The Electoral Fray, Pakistan’s Polity Is Tilting Sharply
Khaled Ahmed

As power came from a deniable jihad, religious parties could afford to rest on the margins. But now, as the state of Pakistan reacts against the jihadi “recoil”, two terrorist-declared outfits are ready to become political parties, hoping to secure more votes at the polls than the Jamaat-e-Islami....

 

Inside Turkey’s Purge
Suzy Hansen

The police officers came to the doctor’s door in Istanbul at 6 a.m. — dawn raids usually start then, sometimes 5:30 — and one of them said, “You are accused of attempting to kill President Erdogan.” The doctor couldn’t help it; he laughed. “Really? I did that?” The police officers smiled, too. “Yes. Also for attempting to destroy Turkey and for being a member of a terrorist organization.” “Really?” He looked at them. They carried pistols. “Can I have a cigarette then?” The police seemed surprised. They didn’t expect a Gulenist to smoke. I’m not a Gulenist, the doctor insisted. That didn’t help him......\

 

What Is at Stake in Turkey’s Referendum

A “yes” vote would overhaul the state in its present form, abolishing the post of prime minister, sidelining parliament, and formalising a system in which the president answers no one except voters. A “no” would mark a major setback for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, though far from a fatal one. Yet there is much more riding on the outcome than one man’s political fortunes. What is at stake?...

 

Assad Says Videos of Dead Children in Syria Chemical Attack Were Faked
Rick Gladstone

Vilified by accusations of using a chemical bomb, Syria’s president intensified his counterpropaganda campaign on Thursday, suggesting that child actors had staged death scenes to malign him and that American warplanes had bombed a terrorist warehouse full of poison gases, killing hundreds of people....

 

Why the Syrian Chemical Weapons Problem Is So Hard to Solve
Max Fisher

The weakened norm emboldens Mr. Assad’s use of chemical weapons for two reasons. First, his commanders face less of a taboo in deploying them and so are less likely to object. And, second, Mr. Assad has little to gain in upholding a norm that never worked to his benefit....

Turkey Is Sliding Into Dictatorship

Turkey matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the world. For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must cope with the violence spewing out of war-ravaged Syria; it is a test case of whether democracy can be reconciled with political Islam; and it must navigate between Western liberalism and the authoritarian nationalism epitomised by Russia. In recent years under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has gone backwards.....

 

The conflict has taken an especially heavy toll on the adult male population, with several tens of thousands of Aleppan men killed or maimed in the past six years. Many more have been drafted by the government or are fighting in the ranks of one of Syria’s many militias, for or against al-Assad’s regime....

 


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