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Islam and the West

A Gulf-American Savage War in Yemen
Rajan Menon

It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. It’s got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air campaign that pays scant heed to civilians, famine, cholera, you name it....

 

Peace in Afghanistan: US Must Formulate A Strategy That Deals Directly With The Taliban And The Haqqani Network’s Sanctuary Inside Pakistan
John Ubaldi

Both Pakistan and the United States have long-term interests in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. It’s time for the U.S. to convince Islamabad that peace is in everyone’s interests. Failure will ensure that the Afghan and Pakistani people will continue to suffer economic and political hardships....

 

How Ignorant and Hateful Of Boris Johnson to Make a Joke Out Of Muslim Women
Sami Rahman

Anett Penzes, a 26-year-old woman from London, started wearing the Niqab three years ago, shortly after converting to Islam. She was shocked that someone as high profile as Johnson could make such brazen comments. "Boris' comments on Niqabi women looking like letter boxes and bank robbers were very inappropriate, especially for someone in such a high position," she says. "I've had people walk past me and say that they hope the Niqab will be banned. It's very scary."...

USAID Is Unlikely To Succeed In Making Empowerment for Afghan Women a Reality
Rafia Zakaria

The war in Afghanistan, the world was smugly told, was to save Afghan women. Laura Bush announced it during a radio address, and Hillary Clinton repeated it ad nauseam. Even as late as 2012, when the war was in its second decade, these mantras were ubiquitous, repeated by nodding interpreters at the Nato summit in Chicago as awards and medals were handed out to those believed to be engaged in making the saving of Afghan women possible....

 

Extremists Seem to Abhor the West, Its History, Capitalism and Israel’s Existence
Ed Husain

Clearly, Britain’s openness and its rule of law are being exploited by extremists. And the threat we face is not diminishing. On September 11 2001, al-Qaeda was a ragtag army of about 300 fighters in the Hindu Kush Mountains. Today, from Syria alone there are 30,000 Isis fighters. Battle-hardened terrorists are being disseminated around the world as the caliphate loses its land....

US Policy Should Be To Reach Out To the Afghan Taliban, Bypassing Pakistan
Husain Haqqani

Pakistan appears to have effectively rejected Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s offer of a ‘reset’ in relations with the United States. The US offer was predicated on Pakistan playing a role ‘in bringing about a negotiated peace in Afghanistan’ and taking ‘sustained and decisive measures against terrorists and militants threatening regional peace and stability.’ Within a week of Pompeo’s short stopover in Islamabad, Pakistan’s Supreme Court has overruled restrictions imposed by the previous government on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a front for the terrorist Lashkar-e-Taiba...

 

Young British Muslims Exploring the Intersection between Their Religious, Social and Cultural Identities
Olivia Cuthbert

It’s a grey area that throws up a lot of questions for young British Muslims exploring the intersection between their religious, social and cultural identities. “I wanted to create something that celebrated British Muslim narratives and provide the opportunity for a different kind of representation,” Khalid says of the new creative collective he set up for Muslim artists...

 

The Bombs and Air Strikes Will Neither Defeat the Afghan Taliban, Nor End Opium Production
Rafia Zakaria

The options before the US seem to be a lost war or an endless war, and so far it seems to be choosing the latter. The bitter truth is that the Afghan people, weakened, ravaged, used and massacred, need opium to survive — they have been stripped of forms of livelihood that do not carry such devastating consequences for millions around the globe....

 

Anti-Muslim Administration Is the New Norm in America But Muslims Are Rising To the Occasion
Nihad Awad

The unprecedented level of civic engagement and grassroots effort displayed by more than 90 Muslim political candidates and their supporters ended in victories for many last month. Nine Somali-American, Arab-American, South Asian and African-American Muslim candidates from Minnesota won a series of primaries. Among them was Ilhan Omar — a former refugee — who won the Democratic primary in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District....

 

No One Can Stop the Coming Bloodbath In Idlib

About 3m people live in Idlib, the last big rebel pocket, roughly half of them displaced from other parts of Syria. Idlib has thus absorbed the most irreconcilable anti-regime rebels, among them jihadists linked to al-Qaeda, who know they face a fight to the death. So there is every reason to fear that the Syrian army will act even more savagely in Idlib than elsewhere....

 

Middle East and the West: Democracy Is Not On the Agenda in Saudi Arabia, But Social, Economic and Religious Reform Is
Thomas L. Friedman

Considering the hugely damaging role that Saudi Arabia played in the Arab Muslim world, when, post-1979, it began to aggressively spread its puritanical form of Islam — which helped to seed 9/11 — the idea that the kingdom has a leader today who might begin to shift Sunni Islam onto a more open and moderate path, one that would isolate radical Islamists and strengthen moderates everywhere, is a huge U.S. interest to nurture....

 

In exchange for fighting alongside the Polish-Lithuanian army, he granted Tatars lands stretching over 150km in an area around the city of Bialystok, inhabited by various cultures and religions, including Jews, Orthodox Belarusians, and Catholic Poles. Tatars largely belonged to the privileged class and many received noble titles and coats of arms in return for their service....

 

Use of English Is a Part of a Larger Historical Trajectory of Islam Being Embraced By a Diverse Range of Distinct Cultures
Akbar Ahmed

The majority Muslim areas alone represent five major language groups: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Bengali. They state, “It is our contention that English today could be as significant as Persian was in the past, as a vehicle for generating new thinking for emerging Muslim elites” (p.x)To demonstrate this, they provide examples of the way that Muslims in Britain are expressing their practice of Islam through art and activism. They illustrate the way that Muslims have been engaging with Western popular culture and incorporating their own forms of expression with the notion of a “Muslim Cool.”...

 

One May Remember London for Its Spectacular Sights and History, But I Remember It for Islam
Andy Ngo

I stopped outside the Masjid al-Tawhid, a South Asian Salafi mosque and madrasa (school), just before afternoon prayer time. A group of girls in robes and veils walked around back, toward the dumpsters, where the women’s entrance is located. I later saw the Islamic Shari’a Council of Leyton. This community has religious, educational, business and legal institutions to maintain a separate identity....

 

A Better Approach Would Be To Test The Syrian Government’s Ability To Embark On A New Course Than More War
Jimmy Carter

Western countries, including the United States, should re-engage incrementally with the Syrian government. They can start by reopening their embassies in Syria, since Western diplomats’ absence from Damascus has led to missed opportunities. The West should also abandon the goal of regime change and temper expectations of democratic transition in Syria in the short-to-medium term. Instead, the focus should be on patiently building democracy....

 

US and Turkish Forces Coming To Blows Is Not Far-Fetched To Imagine
Richard N. Haass

Under Erdoğan, checks and balances have largely been eliminated from the Turkish political system, and the president controls the media, the bureaucracy, and the courts. The same failed coup that Erdoğan cites as grounds to imprison Brunson has also served as an excuse for detaining thousands of others. At this point, it is impossible to see how Erdoğan’s Turkey could ever qualify for EU membership....

 

Until now it was widely assumed that even in “victory” Mr. Assad would never be able to reclaim all of the territory that was Syria before the civil war, and most experts believed that the strength of rebel and Kurdish forces in the north around Idlib would preclude this province from being retaken. Currently this assumption is open to question....

 

Hate Crimes and Discrimination Incidents Are Severely Underreported
Qasim Rashid

“What? No. I said I’ve been screened and cleared three times so far. But despite that, your officer took my Global Entry card and said I’m being non-compliant. And he said that I’ve broken the law. But he refuses to give me any example of non-compliance or cite what law I’ve broken. Please explain this to me.” The supervisor turned to the confiscating officer and asked, “Why’d you stop him?” “Well, he was laughing at us.”...

 

Islam Has Also Been Part of the US History, Especially in New York City
Jana Ibrahim

“New Yorkers and tourists love to explore the wealth of culture and history here, but not all stories are shared or preserved equally. Apart from the presence of Malcolm X in the mid-twentieth century, people are not aware of the various ways Muslims have been part of this city from its colonial beginnings in the 1600s,”.....

 

Unlike Canada, America Has Shied Away From Invoking Human-Rights Issues with the Saudis
Robin Wright

Unlike Trump, Canadian leaders have consistently supported the Badawi family. In 2013, a year after Raif Badawi’s arrest, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, of the Conservative Party, granted Badawi’s wife and children political asylum in Canada. This summer, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of the Liberal Party, Canada granted them citizenship. After Canada called for the release Saudi Arabia’s peaceful activists, Marie-Pier Baril...

No Advocate of Human Rights Would Defend the Current Regime in Iran, but, All Sanctions Will Do Is Cause Suffering For Innocent Iranians
Afua Hirsch

No advocate of human rights, civil liberties and due process would defend the current regime in Iran – with its history of abuses, of clamping down on press freedom, of persecuting minorities and of failing to offer democratic protections and due process. The fact that the US claims the moral high ground when it comes to human rights and civil liberties, including press freedom, is one of the reasons why Trump’s own attacks on the media have been so horrifying...

What Are Palestinians To Do If 'Deal Of The Century' Offers Them A State?
Marwan Bishara

The "deal of the century" that President Trump has promised will resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict may be easily dismissed in terms of its substance, considering the extremist views of its authors, but it will have to be dealt with eventually - one way or another...

 

Muslim Veils Ban: the Niqab Is a Huge Part of My Identity, It’s a Very Spiritual Choice
Sigal Samuel

First, politicians in a country propose banning the face veil, which is worn by a small number of Muslim women and reflects one interpretation of the Quran’s injunction to “cover and be modest.” They argue that a ban will promote integration, or public safety, or that wearing a veil is inconsistent with national values like gender equality. Pundits and lawmakers loudly debate the policy, and the argument rages in the press. A few propose legal challenges. Eventually, the ban is passed into law....

 

Ottoman Siege Was Repelled From the Walls of Vienna but It Was Far From a Fight between Islam and Christendom
Dag Herbjørnsrud

The misuse of history by Breivik and his ilk is based on hatred, not logic or argument or reason. We must ask ourselves where this hatred comes from. After all, much of the 2083 manifesto is based on Wikipedia articles and what the terrorist was taught about European history. And the ideas Breivik wrote about are now far more widespread in Europe than they were seven years ago....

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that the new legislation simply “determined in law the founding principle of our existence.” In fact, its primary function is to build a formal foundation for Israel’s annexation of the West Bank — and for a Jewish state eventually to stretch over the whole of Palestine. Late last year, Mr. Netanyahu’s hard-right Likud party had called for the “application of Israeli law and sovereignty in all liberated areas of settlement” in the West Bank....

 
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