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Another Masih Down
Syed Kaswar Gardezi
Another Masih Down
Syed Kaswar Gardezi

Wake up! O beloved people of the country. Wake up and fight the wrong perceptions of the society. Wake up and rid your country of the intolerance within. Wake up and cleanse the souls of fanatics and fundamentalists present. Wake up and clarify the wrong perceptions about religion. Above all, wake up to save the minds of the people from decaying....

 
Ethnic Cleansing And Genocide In Myanmar
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi
Ethnic Cleansing And Genocide In Myanmar
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Despite all these, the scale of violence against the Rohingya has shot up, with a surge in mass killings and ethnic cleansing following the release of the Kofi Annan Commission report because the government’s plan is to eliminate Rohingya Muslims either through killing or threats of killing and that created a wave of fleeing out of the country.

 

Fed up with waiting, this year the Rohingya took matters into their own hand. On August 25, fighters from a small militant group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, staged surprise raids on 30 police stations and an army base in Rakhine State, where many Rohingya live. The attacks, in which 110 people died, including 10 policemen and many of the militants, triggered a crackdown by Burma’s military.

Why Are All Those Racists So Terrified?
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Why Are All Those Racists So Terrified?
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

In fact, of course, western elites are now (unconsciously) projecting their fear and self-hatred onto Muslims as well and this manifest behaviourally in many ways, including as war on countries in the Middle East. And when the blowback from these wars manifests as ‘terrorist’ attacks on western countries (assuming they aren’t ‘false flag’ events, which is often the case), such as the recent attack in Barcelona, it is simply used by elites, employing their corporate media particularly, to justify more intrusive social control under the guise of ‘enhanced security’....

 

Mandaeans have settled in over 20 countries around the world, with an estimated global population of 150,000 prior to activating laws and addressing the Mandaean community’s material needs in Iraq, it is necessary to promote a culture of respect and tolerance for different beliefs and to combat religious discrimination....

 

The counterinsurgency efforts intended to remove ISIS from the country are accompanied by a high degree of violence and repression aimed at the Sunni community. While violence is attributed to all groups fighting ISIS, the most prominent actor targeting the Sunni population is the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), an umbrella organisation of predominantly Shia militias under the authority of the Iraqi state but with strong ties to Iran....

 

Ethnic conflict is particularly likely in states in which ethnic groups are inadequately represented in the government and the political and judicial systems. Liberal democracies that focus on the ideals of pluralism, individualism, inclusion, political debate, and near consensus among all participants are less likely to experience rebellion or uprisings.....

 

Economics and human practicality have finally triumphed over backwards superstition and religious dogma underlying the Sunni-Shia conflict, which has caused 100s of millions of unnecessary deaths, war, global terrorism, and destruction over the past few hundred years....

It's Okay To Be Racist in Israel
Zena Tahhan
It's Okay To Be Racist in Israel
Zena Tahhan

In the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Israeli army is responsible for controlling the lives of more than three million Palestinians through hundreds of checkpoints, raids of villages and homes, trial of civilians in military courts, demolition of homes, suppression of protests, and the killing and injuring of civilians, to name a few. ...

 
The Sunni-Shia Discord: Can These Divisions Be Healed?
Ikram Ahmed, New Age Islam
The Sunni-Shia Discord: Can These Divisions Be Healed?
Ikram Ahmed, New Age Islam

Thus, these former Zoroastrians became sympathetic to this new sect that attracted political and spiritual dissidents. The new sect had some eclectic ideas drawn from Greek Philosophy, Neo Platonic, Gnosticism, Zoroastrian messianic tradition and Christianity. So it was able to provide with an alternative that resembled their former belief system. For example, the belief about the sanctity of the blood of house of David resembled the concept of the sanctity of the Imam, a direct descendent from the blood line of the progeny of Ali and Fatima.  This also bears a resemblance to the Christian idea that “the Messiah has arisen from the sacred blood.”...

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Kurram Agency: Sectarian Monster Revisited
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Kurram Agency: Sectarian Monster Revisited
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Despite the high security alert and arrangements, the devastating terrorist attack has exposed gaping holes in the security apparatus, and in the Government's claims of having neutralized terrorism in the tribal areas....

 

But now, rising anti-Shiite sentiment prevalent across social media in the Gulf states and anti-Iran media messaging will erode what little is left of Iranian soft power. Salafist Jihadism will fuel new recruits — not only satisfied with targeting Shiites, but also Iranian interests. The recent Tehran attacks indicate that the sectarian rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is far from over....

 

The United States and Iran have coexisted in Iraq since 2003, and this is likely to continue unhindered. On the basis of respect for sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — Sunni countries — are expected to give Iraq a chance to be an honest mediator to solve problems between them and Iran....

 

The problem though lies within Shiite and Sunni extremism. It lies in belonging to Iran and in the holy sanctification of concepts related to the governance of the jurist and in claiming there is a “Muslims’ consensus over believing in the Imam Mahdi.” The latter was claimed by Hassan Nasrallah during his most recent speech. The dispute about Imam Mahdi is well-known in both Sunni and Shiite legacies, and anyone who is well-acquainted with Islamic legacy knows that…..

 
Balochistan: Unabated Bloodshed
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Balochistan: Unabated Bloodshed
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

The attack on labourers is an act of desperation from the Baloch separatist as their struggle for a sovereign nation has been losing tempo with the recent surrenders of their cadres. Around 500 militants belonging to different banned Baloch militant outfits surrendered to authorities on April 21, 2017....

 
Ahraristan Not Pakistan
Yasser Latif Hamdani
Ahraristan Not Pakistan
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Jinnah’s public pronouncement buried the issue for a time but it came back full force after his death in form of the Anti-Ahmadiyya movement started by Majlis-e-Ahrar in 1949. This led to the 1953 Martial Law in Lahore and the disturbances which led to the downfall of Pakistan’s constitutional order. In 1974 Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto sought to resolve the issue by declaring Ahmadis Non-Muslim or so he thought.....

But when it comes to murders, both the target killings and vigilante actions are commonly attributed to the more militant organisations like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, named after Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, a notorious anti-Shia cleric. It seems to be the main group responsible for Ahmadi and Shia killings across Pakistan. There is a whole spectrum of Deobandi groups, ranging from hard-line Taliban to the Punjab based Ahle-Sunnat-wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) which are known to have instigated or perpetrated violence against Ahmadis on a regular basis....

 

Cosmic war divides the world into good and evil, us and them. We do not have a middle ground; we have to choose a side. The terrorist groups like TTP, LeJ, LeT, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar have clearly chosen their sides. They aligned themselves with the forces of “good” that has been assigned a duty to destroy all those Pakistanis who are allies of “evil” (democracy, music, dance; art, culture and above all America)....

 
Kurram Agency: Sectarian Bloodshed
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Kurram Agency: Sectarian Bloodshed
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Apart from the recent suicide attacks, the broad trend of decline in sectarian incidents has given some relief to locals. This has, however, come at the cost of a simultaneous increase in terrorist and militant activities from across the Afghan border. While the security situation has witnessed remarkable improvements, particularly after Army operations in North Waziristan, Orakzai and Kurram's adjacent areas of KP, the presence of TTP and IS on the abutting Afghan territory have created new threats for the Kurram Agency....

 
Honour the Baluch
Akbar Ahmed
Honour the Baluch
Akbar Ahmed

"A Baluch woman dressed in her wedding finery and wearing all her jewellery could walk alone from one end of Baluchistan to the other end without ever being molested." Baluch elders said this in response to a query on Baloch character while sitting with the-then Balochistan's Chief Minister, Jam Mir Qadir Khan of Las Bela. The image struck me as a metaphor; a literal sociological reflection on contemporary Pakistan. It has stayed with me ever since....

 

As Sunni political parties move closer to adopting a unified Sunni stance on federalism and national reconciliation, and with Turkey proclaimed as a sponsor for Iraqi Sunnis (just as Iran is sponsoring Shiite parties), sectarian discourse in Iraq is reinforced. Even though some progress was made on the path toward settlement and Iran’s influence was successfully curbed by the US and Arab countries, the absent role of Iraqi national and civil parties on the political level is likely to serve the current sectarian and ethnic divide....

 
HashtagOscarsSoAhmadi
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
HashtagOscarsSoAhmadi
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

An Ahmadi won Best Supporting Actor, a Shia won Best Foreign Language Film, a woman won the Best Actress – if this is not a declaration of war against our sensibilities, what is? By highlighting Ahmadis, homosexuals, and women as representatives of Muslims, they’re trying to marginalise the Sunni Muslim straight men. Fun fact: Ahmadi actors now have 1 Oscar win, compared to zero for Sunni Muslims. But do not expect anyone in the West to create hashtags to underscore our plight....

What if Mahershala Ali visited Pakistan?
Kashif Chaudhry
What if Mahershala Ali visited Pakistan?
Kashif Chaudhry

Despite his extraordinary feat at the Oscars, many prominent Muslim activists refrained from celebrating Mahershala, with some even issuing outright condemnations because of his beliefs. Mahershala also identifies as an Ahmadi, a sect that faces severe persecution at the hands of Sunni supremacists across the Muslim world. ...

Every time there is a blast in the country, the ethnicity which gets the spotlight is the Pakhtuns, along with the Afghans. Over the years, the Pakistani public has developed kneejerk hatred against the Afghan Pakhtuns, which has permeated our cultural zeitgeist. There are news of incidents where even ordinary warnings issued by normal law and enforcement agencies openly draw the focus towards them, and reinforce the prevalent stereotypical views. ....

 

We also need to expose the hypocrites within Islam. There are people who denounce terrorism in public and teach in their madrasas that early peaceful and pluralistic verses of Quran have been abrogated by the later war-time verses asking us to kill the kafir and mushrik. Of course, war-time verses had come in a certain context which no longer exists and so these instructions can no longer apply to us. The first task before us is to come out of denial, accept that our theology and jurisprudence have been corrupted and then start thinking of changing our mindset, so that we can live as peaceful citizens of this inter-connected twenty-first century world....

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