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Mother Nature Will Batter both, Israelis and Palestinians If They Do Not Come To Their Senses
Thomas L. Friedman

Princess Diana once famously observed that there were three people in her marriage, “so it was a bit crowded.” The same is true of Israelis and Palestinians. The third person in their marriage is Mother Nature — and she’ll batter both of them if they do not come to their senses. Let’s start with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. ...

 

Ideological Foundations of Islamism, Like Marxism Not Compatible With Western Democracy
Gökhan Bacik

Razak virtually destroyed the civilian dynamics of the Islamic movement in Malaysia by designating an alternative form where the bureaucratic power of state was restated as the main agent of an Islamic agenda. Therefore, an examination of Razak’s Islamism is an important case for understanding the global transformation of Islamism. The case of the Pacific brand of Islamism is also illustrative in understanding the crisis of Turkish Islamism....

 

Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s Life in Madina is the Political Manifestation of Islam
Farman Kakar

Countering militant Islamism requires an aggressive approach on the part of moderate Ulema to come forward and claim back the space ceded to ‘petty’ Ulema long ago. Long overdue, Paigham-i-Pakistan, a unanimous fatwa investing the authority of declaring jihad in the state from 1800 Ulema of all Muslim sects across Pakistan is a step in the right direction. Muslims need to replicate this effort to help drastically reduce the militant violence in their individual countries....

 

The first three Caliphates are referred to historiographically as the Rightly Guided, the Umayyad, and the Abbasid. Between the 8th and 10th Centuries, the Abbasid Caliphate was at its apex, stretching from North Africa in the West to Central Asia in the East. Islamic rationalism thrived in this period as early Abbasid scholars studied a combination of Islamic, Greek, and Indian texts and reconciled them into forms of secular philosophy. The intellectual foundation that girded this open approach was a Scholastic Theology known as Mutazilism....

Gaza Erupts:  It Is Time for Palestinians to Take Up Genuine Non-Violence

Gaza is a human rubbish-heap that everyone would rather ignore. Neither Israel, nor Egypt, nor even the Palestinian Authority (PA) wants to take responsibility for it. Sometimes the poison gets out—when, say, rockets or other attacks provoke a fully fledged war. And then the world is forced to take note....

Ramazan Ceasefire in J&K: This Conciliatory Practice Requires the Ulema in Kashmir Not To Sanction Any Religiously-Motivated Militant Act
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Given that the decision has been taken to cooperate and help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan—the 30-day-long festival—in a peaceful environment, it should be welcomed as a great bonhomie. Now, it is incumbent on the Kashmiri Muslims to segregate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless militancy and violence. Thus, the trust deficit between New Delhi and Kashmir which has greatly widened for decades can be minimized now.....

 

Rebuttal to Zakir Musa’s False Premise of Pitching Democracy and Secularism against Islam
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Pitching democracy or secularism against Islam is the key jihadist narrative that has been flogged off by the false ideologues of Islam—from Zawahiri to Zakir. But on the contrary, there is substantial evidence in the Quran and Sunnah (the Prophetic traditions) to make it possible for us to adopt both democracy and secularism as compatible to Islamic principles. It is sufficient to quote these two verses of the Qur’an: “Those who respond to their Lord and attend to their prayers; who conduct their affairs by mutual consultation and spend out of what We have provided for them” (42:38).....

Gazans Not Going Back To Their Subhuman Existence: We Will Keep Knocking At the Doors of International Organizations and Our Israeli Jailers
Ahmed Abu Ratima

Palestinians long have held onto the dream of Jerusalem as our own capital, or at least as a shared capital in a country that offers equal rights to everyone. The feeling of betrayal and distress in Gaza was palpable. To clear my head, my friend Hasan and I took a walk along the border, which we do every now and again....

 

Was The 1979 Iranian Revolution In Fact Islamic? How Long will Clerics Hold Power
Naser Ghobadzadeh

Most Iranians were religious, which positioned the clergy far ahead of any other political group in being able to mobilise the masses. The clergy benefited enormously from their highly effective religious network, which was both far reaching and fully under their control. By that time, the Pahlavi regime had severely weakened the organising capacities of Iran’s other political groups....

 

The Grim Reality:  Gazans Are Victims of an Ideology of Hatred
Ben-Dror Yemini

Most Israelis would like to see Gaza blooming and thriving. Once, before the disengagement, there were plans to build the “Singapore of the Middle East.” For the first time in their short history, the Palestinians gained sovereignty, even if it was over a small territory.....

 

Trump is the New Gaddafi
Robert Fisk

That’s why I most enjoyed Trump’s expression of love for Iranians. All US presidents say how much they love the people they are about to invade. Bush said the same about the Iraqis. So did Reagan before he bombed Gaddafi’s Libya. Now Trump feels sorry for the “long suffering Iranians”. Trump reminded us all of a time when Iran “prospered in peace” and “commanded the admiration of the world” –...

 

Kavadias, Muharram Processions, Ram Navmi or Namaz Mustn’t Be Allowed In Public Spaces
Laila Tyabji

I see the controversy as a wonderful time for civil society to demand that the public observance of ANY religion should be forbidden altogether in our already overcrowded, noisy and volatile cities — whether these be Kavadias, Muharram processions, or the recent assertive Ram Navmi celebrations which actually led to destruction and loss of life....

Donald Trump’s Huge Iran Gamble: the President Takes a Wrecking Ball to the Iran Nuclear Agreement

That isolationist, calculating Trump was forgotten this week. Inspired by loathing of Mr Obama, and his gut instinct that the Iran deal rewarded a foe and threatened such friends as Israel, Mr Trump has turned high-rolling gambler. If his hunches are wrong, the losses could include a trade clash between America and Europe, a surge in Iranian-backed violence and terrorism and grave damage to the decades-long cause of nuclear non-proliferation....

 

Iran vs Israel: Endgame Syria
Arhama Siddiqa

There is no question that tension between Israel and Iran is at its climax, and for the first time in their histories, the two countries have recently clashed openly and directly. But Iran, for all its fist-shaking has not retaliated yet. True, Iran doesn’t want to upset the US right now since its priority at the moment is protecting its nuclear program. All the while, cashing in on this is Israel which is acting unreservedly in Syria’s sky, thinking Iran would be afraid to react.....

 

Cow, Namaz, Historical Monuments, Jinnah — We Are Back To Cultural Issues In The Prelude To Partition
Pratap Bhanu Mehta

If we claim to be a genuinely post-colonial power it is time to move on from this morality play of heroes and villains of the 1940s. The question for India and Pakistan is, rather, what kinds of societies they want to be, and what terms of freedom and equality they can give to all citizens. Pakistan has already given a disappointing answer. The Hindu nationalists, using a forgotten photo of Jinnah as a pretext, now want to take us down the same path. In obsessing about Jinnah’s photo they will ensure that Jinnah has the last laugh....

Pakistani Militants Have Created Their Own Political Party, Can It Actually Win Votes?
Niloufer Siddiqui

The possible inclusion of the MML in the electoral politics of Pakistan offers an opportunity to take a new look at the puzzle of moderation. Ultimately, however, the structure of Pakistani politics is unlikely to encourage this influential and deadly terrorist group to refashion itself into a moderate political party....

 
Is Violence the Only Way Out?
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

Is Violence the Only Way Out?
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

The vicious cycle of death and violence needs to be broken and fractured. It starts with the state, which needs to rein in their armed forces that are sometimes responsible for pushing youth towards insurgency. Then resistance leaders and civil society too have a job to make youth understand that besides violence there are hundreds of ways, methods and campaigns through which they can make their voices heard all over the world....

In Iran, Religious Titles Lie At Heart of Political Games
Rohollah Faghihi

To symbolically combat this trend and competition among clerics, a number of grand ayatollahs, including Ali al-Sistani, have ordered their offices to remove the words “Grand Ayatollah” from their names on their Persian websites. While these measures have been lauded, they have clearly failed to stop the tendency to play with clerical titles. Indeed, to end the politicization of scholarly ranks, there will need to be a decisive and firm decision by the Qom Seminary and a collective position of grand ayatollahs against their misuse....

 

Does AMU Suffer Because Its Middle Name Is ‘Muslim’?
Omair Anas

It is clear that all the shades of grey and the paradoxes that exist in the understanding of Islam eludes the BJP. But, perhaps, it is also AMU’s fault for remaining much more obsessed with the past rather than engage with the post-independent present, especially in post-liberalisation India. Despite its important contribution in spreading education among Muslims, the post-independence university has failed to expand its political discourse and offer the Muslim community an assertive, alternative and inclusive imagination....

Seventy years ago, more than 170,000 Palestinian from historic Palestine were forced to leave their homes, villages, cities and lands, as refugees to the Gaza Strip. They were part of the 710,000 Palestinians who were forced to leave, seeking refuge in Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and elsewhere....

 

The Hindu Right Has More in Common With Jinnah than AMU Students Do
Faizan Mustafa

No one individual has caused as much damage to the Muslim cause in the Indian subcontinent as Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Why is it that a lawyer of his eminence – who had argued even for Bal Gangadhar Tilak – could not understand that India was going to be a democracy rather than Hindu monarchy? Did he, as a lawyer, consider the possibility of the future amendments to the constitution by a majoritarian government? By dividing the Muslim population into two (now three, after Bangladesh), he permanently weakened their position and made them a numeric minority in India. The creation of Bangladesh proved Jinnah wrong within the first 25 years of Pakistan’s establishment....

Where Is The Main Battlefield In Struggle Against Iranian Regime?
Hamid Bahrami

But what is evident amid this chaos is that despite West’s recent military strike against the Syrian dictator, the Iranian regime still has its safe Tehran-Mediterranean corridor to augment its proxies in the region. Neither Arab states nor Israel are yet to challenge Tehran’s control over this corridor while Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) targets both Riyadh and Tel Aviv....

 

Soldiers Good, Palestinians Bad: Israel's Double Standards On Justice
Peter Beaumont

Because of this Deri will serve just nine months in prison, a month longer than Tamimi who killed no one. It is an issue that has been dramatically underlined in the past few weeks by the dozens of fatalities – including two journalists and four minors – inflicted by live fire from Israeli troops on Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border fence....

 

Palestinians: The Real Gaza Blockade
Khaled Abu Toameh

The organizers of the "March of Return," including several Hamas leaders, have repeatedly made it clear in the past few weeks that the real goal of the campaign is to "achieve the right of return" for Palestinian refugees and their several generations of descendants to their former homes and villages inside Israel. For the Palestinians, the "right of return" means that Israel should allow millions of Palestinians to move to Israel -- a demand no Israeli government could ever accept as it would means turning the Jews into a minority in their own state....

 

Gazan Gandhis: Gaza Bleeds Alone as ‘Liberals’ and ‘Progressives’ Go Mute
Ramzy Baroud

Despite the high death toll and the thousands maimed, they return everyday with the same commitment to popular resistance that is predicated on collective unity, beyond factionalism and politics. But why are they still being largely ignored? Why isn’t Obama tweeting in solidarity with Gazans? Why isn’t Hillary Clinton taking the podium to address the unremitting Israeli violence?...

 


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