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Syria and the Beginning of a New Cold War
Yury Barmin

Therefore, it is not inconceivable that Syria will take the role of Cold War-era Germany. It is likely that the two great powers, along with their allies, will use the country to set up new rules of the Cold War game and new red lines. The East-West-Germany divide devised by Moscow and Washington after World War II may get a whole new meaning in the Syrian context....

 

‘Deen Bachao, Desh Bachao’ (Protect Religion, Save Nation) Rally Organised By Imarat-E-Shariah Patna: Is the Shariah in Danger Or In Need Of Constant Renewal (Tajdeed)?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

As a matter of fact, the common Muslim masses had travelled from across Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha despite the scorching summer heat, with a view to discussing the crucial community issues. But the deal between Imarat-e-Shariah and JD (U) to immediately announce the rally co-organiser Khalid Anwar an MLC has angered those who took part in the rally with great fervour. “Itna Sasta Sauda Kar Liya (what a cheap deal they have made),” commented a man who had worked day in and day out for weeks, spending money from his own pocket to make the ‘Deen Bachao, Desh Bachao’ rally a success. His comments were targeted at Maulana Rahmani in the context of Khalid Anwar being nominated as an MLC during the rally....

The Myth of Appeasement: Muslims Face Rapid Socio-Economic Decline yet, Any Move in Their Favour Is Made To Look Illegitimate
Christophe Jaffrelot

In a report it released last month on the “aspirational districts”, the Niti Aayog showed that 11 of the 20 most backward districts were Muslim-dominated. Yet this body continues to focus on districts, when the relevant units of analysis are communities, as shown by another commission appointed under Manmohan Singh, the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, known as the Ranganath Misra Commission, which had recommended positive discrimination policies for the minorities which were losing ground. But its report was not even tabled in Parliament. Any move in favour of minorities looks illegitimate in the era of majoritarianism....

Encourage Moves toward Religious Freedom by Islamic Leaders
Johnnie Moore

It could very well be that we are witnessing the prelude (or more) to a theological and political reformation within the Islamic world -- one that ought to be encouraged and validated by Christians. We are very good at protesting the abuse of religious freedom and less vocal when it comes to praising those who are trying to make a positive difference. These days, there are plenty of efforts being undertaken that are worthy of praise.....

 
Burqa Is Not Trishul
Shajahan Madampat

Burqa Is Not Trishul
Shajahan Madampat

“It is fashionable in some quarters to blame the Indian Muslims for their predicament. In my view, while the absence of a credible liberal leadership has contributed, a far greater role in their marginalisation has been played by the malevolent policies of our major political parties. The Congress seeks to exploit the Muslims, politically. The BJP chooses to demonise them, ideologica­lly (but also with a political purpose in mind). The Congress wishes to take care of the (sometimes spurious) religious and cultural needs of the Muslims, rather than adv­ance their real, tangible, economic and material interests. The BJP denies that they have any needs or interests at all....

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The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel
Thomas L. Friedman

Iran has actually become the biggest “occupying power” in the Arab world today. But Suleimani may be overplaying his hand, especially if he finds himself in a direct confrontation with Israel in Syria, far from Iran, without air cover. After all, even before this, many average Iranians were publicly asking what in the world is Iran doing spending billions of dollars — which were supposed to go to Iranians as a result of the lifting of sanctions from the Iran nuclear deal — fighting wars in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen....

 

Today, when the overlap between the incumbent NDA and the Muslim clergy's clarion call of Islam in Danger (Deen Bachao, Desh Bachao rally at Patna on April 15, 2018, with support from the incumbent NDA), and their intransigence on bringing in some necessary gender reforms has become evident, it is pertinent to revisit the (by now closed) debate on Muslim question which ensued over Ramchandra Guha's response to Harsh Mander's column...

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Miracles in Asansol: As Coal City Burnt In Hatred, a Muslim Cleric and Hindu Temple Healed With Love
Harsh Mander

Majumdar said he could have easily rebuilt the Imambara with his own money. But he felt it would be more fitting if the Kali Mandir Society took this responsibility. He made this proposal to the other members of the temple society, and they accepted this unanimously. Ten days later, when we visited Asansol, the walls had been rebuilt, with a fresh coat of paint, and a sign of gratitude acknowledging the Kali Mandir Society. Many Muslim friends spoke to Majumdar about how touched they were by this gesture. To reciprocate, a Muslim businessman, Haji Nanhe Khan, decided to donate Rs 10,000 each to 12 Hindu shopkeepers whose shops were burnt down in the carnage....

Voices of the Syrian People
Andre Vltchek

In many places, Syrian and Russian flags were flying side by side. They still are. And they always will. Syria! It is a nation that does not know how to beg, a nation of brave men, women, and children. It will not be defeated, and its victory may soon become the first nail in the coffin of the Western expansionism and imperialism....

 

The Onus Is On the Muslims to Pass This Litmus Test of Acceptable Muslimness
Zeeshan Ali

The Sharia is based on the Prophet’s insistence on “free speech” and many other Quranic passages that are from being antediluvian and rather progressivist in no small measure. The neo-imperial designs to modernise and even dilute Muslim character through moulds of liberal values and institutions are concomitant to Muslims being ensnared by extremists. The rich pluralism of Islam rejects such impositions and its language that attempts to redeem the faith itself.

This form of arrogance by both the liberals and radical extremists projects a profound sense of intolerance.... 

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Couple Can Reunite in ‘Love Jihad’ Case, India’s Supreme Court Rules
Maria Abi-Habib

The high court of Kerala State, where the family lives, annulled the marriage last May, ruling that “a girl aged 24 years is weak and vulnerable, capable of being exploited.” Hadiya, who then returned to her family home, has told activists and the courts that her father beat her and committed her to a yoga centre, where she says she was tortured and forced to convert back to Hinduism. Hadiya’s father declined to comment....

 

A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Imprison: Confining Palestinian Political Thought
Hedi Viterbo

Many former Palestinian prisoners have spoken of Israeli prison as a site for raising their consciousness and acquiring valuable political knowledge. These prisons have been called “an academy of political activism,” “a university,” “a school,” and “a lecture hall.” Such images refer, among other things, to the prisoners’ informal study groups and also, until recently, their enrolment in Israeli Open University courses, subject to the discretion of the Israeli prison authorities....

 

Alone-ness of being Palestine
Kiran Nagarkar

And what about our own country? The Palestinian freedom struggle has so many common features with the one that Gandhi Ji, Nehru, Patel and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad fought along with over 1,000,00 Indians, it would be but natural for us to see Palestinians as our brothers and raise our voices in support of them. But when PM Netanyahu visited India just a few weeks ago, both he and our PM went overboard to declare an undying friendship....

 

Our Threatened Humanity:  India Has Never Been As Divided Since Partition, And New Partitions Are Being Constructed Each Day In Our Hearts
Harsh Mander

I happen to write these lines the evening after I met Imam Rashidi in Asansol. He wore every marker of a stereotypical Muslim — skullcap, beard and Tehmad. His father and he were imams. None of these came in the way of his most extraordinary humanity when, as he held the mutilated body of his 16-year-old son, he declared that an even greater tragedy for him would be if anyone raised a single finger in revenge. He said to us, “I have learnt from Islam peace and compassion.” He added, “Why only Islam? Every religion teaches us peace.”....

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How Israel’s Divided Society Can Thrive
Mazal Mualem

The problem was that in a radio interview the next day, former player and current interviewer Eyal Berkovic told Natkho that he cannot be captain of the team if he won’t sing the country’s anthem. Natkho responded unapologetically: “I’m not a Jew. How do you want me to sing “a Jewish soul still yearns”? He later reminded Berkovic that his father served in the Border Police for 30 years, “which is a lot more than plenty of people in this country.”...

 

By Blaming 1979 for Saudi Arabia’s Problems, the Crown Prince Is Peddling Revisionist History
Jamal Khashoggi

I agree with MBS that the nation should return to its pre-1979 climate, when the government restricted hard-line Wahhabi traditions. Women today should have the same rights as men. And all citizens should have the right to speak their minds without fear of imprisonment. But replacing old tactics of intolerance with new ways of repression is not the answer....

Agony of the Marginalised: The Marginalisation Began Soon After Partition and Since Been Institutionalised By Political Parties, Doing Away the Burqa and Skull-Cap Will Not End It
Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

We have ministers who offer us a choice between Ramzadas and Haramzadas. There are ministers who tell us that he who doesn’t vote for the BJP should go to Pakistan. We have ministers who declare that no one ever saw a monkey change into a man, so evolution must be false. We have a prime minister who boasts that the god Ganesha’s elephant head proves that there was organ transplant in ancient India. This in a country where innumerable jobless, illiterate, desperately poor people go without food and shelter every day. Will all this go away when the Muslim male throws away his wretched skull cap and the Muslim woman uses her obnoxious Burqa as her baby’s bed-cloth?....

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Liberals in Majoritarian Times Can Learn a Lesson from a Norwegian Example
Javed Anand

But in these times of virulent Hindu majoritarianism when far too many yesterday’s “liberal Hindus” have turned into today’s “Hindu nationalists”, genuine liberal democrats owe it to themselves to choose their words and their forum responsibly. In a religion-soaked society, the liberal also needs to be clear about whether he is battling intolerance, obscurantism and communalism in the name of religion or religion itself. To the “Hindu liberal” who sees no difference between the Trishul and the Burqa, I say, perhaps you can learn a lesson from a Norwegian example.....

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Gaza Screams for Life
Rawan Yaghi

I left the protest thinking of the rest of Gaza — shell-shocked for years, its borders closed and its United Nations-funded infrastructure in decay. I thought of the kids in my neighbourhood who play football in what used to be the ground floor of a tall residential building, with bare concrete columns and poking iron rods as their only audience. And I thought: Once again, Gaza the Injured has come out to protest, and to scream for life....

 

Reform in Muslim Community: Comprehensive Approach Needed
Ram Puniyani

What has been happening to the Muslim community as a whole during last few decades is very important to understand as to why reformers like Hamid Dalwai and Arif Mohammad Khan could not cut ice. What is retarding the reform in the community is the increasing sense of insecurity. There are two major phenomena which have heightened this sense of security. At national level the rising communal violence has lead to loss of lives, home and means of livelihood. There is also a great amount of overall economic marginalization of the community for various reasons. These two have impacted on the community to stick to retrograde norms with the conservative Maulanas calling the shots....

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The Gaza March Is a Wake-Up Call to the World
Tareq Baconi

With this march, Palestinians in Gaza are reminding the world that they cannot be “managed”. They and their fellow Palestinian refugees continue to hold rights under international law. UN resolution 194 affirmed the Palestinian right of return. The march has given rise to competing narratives. Civil society organisers put out statements to the effect that this event was not affiliated with any political party and that it was a peaceful act calling for the right of return. ....

 

How China and the Call to Caliphate Are Re-Writing the Script in Kashmir
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

What we are witnessing now is perhaps more troubling: there is no conception of the nation-state in this new breed of militancy. All struggles are for establishing the glory of Islam. Pakistan is no longer the ideal: rather the idea is to establish the rule of true Islam in Pakistan also. It is no wonder then that for this new crop of Islamic militants, leaders of the Hurriyat are seen as posing obstacles to the path of establishing Islamic caliphate. Zakir Musa’s open threat to behead those who talk in terms of nation state was only a pointer of things to come....

Sadly, Ram Guha Wants Muslims to Be More Like Him
Mani Shankar Aiyar

Instead of recognizing the issue as one of fighting the galloping momentum of the evident trend towards the social and political marginalization, indeed ostracism of the Muslims by even non-Sanghi mainstream parties, and fighting for the political and social inclusion of India’s huge Muslim community — the second or third-largest in the world — as a critical, essential, and integral part of democracy, Guha drifts off to bizarrely comparing the wearing of “Burqas” to the brandishing of “Trishuls.”...

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Crude Realities and the Pushy Saudi Crown Prince
Syed Rashid Husain

The current state of Saudi-US relationship thus remains a business deal, whereas, in the longer run, Saudi ‘crude’ interests seem more entwined with Russia. The outburst from MBS was just an indication of the reality.....

 
In The Service of Israel!
Hussein Shobokshi

In The Service of Israel!
Hussein Shobokshi

The Israel’s growth is a direct result of the services that have been offered by these diverse parties. Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Iran, the coup regime in Qatar, and the Assad regime have all provided great services to Israel that has benefitted from these services. In the dirty political worlds, slogans cannot be adopted, no matter how perfect these slogans are, because with time they prove to us that they are deceitful and illusionary that serves only Israel....

 


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