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Islam and the West

Is the West Finally Pushing Saudi Arabia to Squelch Its Version of Radical Islam: Acid Test Will Be the Moderation of Wahhabi Ideology?
Nina Shea

The West seems to be finally waking up. The new assertiveness shows official recognition of the link between Islamist ideology and terror, and our governments must keep it up.

Women drivers, economic diversification and the other promises for modernization of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bring hope about Saudi Arabia’s future, but the acid test will be the moderation of Wahhabi ideology....

 

Europe’s Sanctions-Blocking Threats Are Empty
Richard Goldberg

When first asked what European and Asian companies would do if Trump brought back U.S. sanctions on Iran, only 4 percent of respondents thought businesses would ignore U.S. sanctions. But when asked whether European regulations to “prevent U.S. authorities from penalizing your company over Iran business” would positively affect their decision to invest in Iran, 54 percent said yes....

 

The increasing marginalization of Muslims in the US has been part of a continuous process, underway since 9/11.  The process started under George W. Bush, was escalated by Barack Obama, and has intensified significantly Trump’s, whose open flirtation with fascism is bringing about a qualitative change in the lived experience of Muslim-Americans. The whipping up of anti-Muslim sentiment by the American ruling class has definite political aims....

 

Muslim, Millennial and Single: A Generation Struggles To Find Love
Abigail Hauslohner

The desire to marry Muslim, to marry within a specific culture, and to appease one’s parents is colliding with the screen age, the quest for perfect love and the reality of the diaspora, to produce unrealistic expectations, she says. “Our norm setting has been destroyed by the diaspora, by the geographic spread out, and because of, I think, a culture that we’re trying to negotiate to be both Muslim and American,” she said...

 

There’s A Lot to Be Optimistic about These Days, and Then There’s the Middle East
Fareed Zakaria

Since 1973, when Henry Kissinger essentially expelled the Russians from the Middle East, the United States has been the preeminent outside power. It is losing that role through a combination of weariness, disengagement and a stubborn refusal to accept the realities on the ground. A different approach — engaging with Iran and working with Turkey and Russia — might return the United States to its unique place in the region and help create a more stable balance of power in what remains the world’s most volatile hot spot....

 

More and More Civilians Are Being Killed In Our Name: Where Is the Outrage?
Mehlaqa Samdani

President Donald Trump’s racist remarks about people from “shithole countries” outraged Americans across the country. And yet, when innocent civilians are killed by U.S. drone strikes and aerial bombing campaigns in far-flung countries, nobody seems to notice. We as a nation, it seems, are more offended by racist rhetoric than we are by racist policies....

 

International Pressure on Israeli Settlements Renews Push for US Anti-Boycott Laws
Bryant Harris

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act specifically targets UN Human Rights Council efforts to obtain information on US companies operating in the West Bank by amending the Export Administration Act to prevent “any United States person” from supporting “any boycott fostered or imposed by any international governmental organization against Israel or request to impose any boycott by any international governmental organization against Israel.”....

 

Macron Vows to Reform Islam in France: ‘It Is Time to Bring In a New Generation’
Soeren Kern

According to Macron, the plan, similar in ambition to Austria's Islam Law, is aimed at seeking to "better integrate" Islam in France in order to "place it in a more peaceful relationship with the state." A key priority is to reduce outside interference by restricting foreign funding for mosques, imams and Muslim organizations in France. The plan's overall objective is to ensure that French law takes precedence over Islamic law for Muslims living in the country....

 

It’s Time for Trump to Attack Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Furthermore, the mullahs know that if they direct more money into extraterritorial operations, their economic and political situation at home will deteriorate. The Iranian people are already chanting, “Let go of Syria, think about us.” Raising the cost for Iran in Syria would exacerbate internal tensions....

 

Is Islamophobia Britain’s Next Big Challenge?
Sajeda Momin

Britain, like many countries faced with terror attacks, have cracked down on so-called ‘Islamist’ organizations as they are radicalizing young men and women. After the Finsbury Park attack there were demands to look at these Islamophobic groups too which are capable of radicalizing people just as easily....

 
The Fear Driving US Nuclear Strategy
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

The Fear Driving US Nuclear Strategy
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Are these individuals, notably including Donald Trump, Secretary of Defence General Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, Chief of Staff Marine General John Kelly and National Security Adviser General H. R. McMaster, really frightened of countries such as Iran (with its non-existent nuclear arsenal) or North Korea (with its handful of ‘primitive’ nuclear weapons and inadequate delivery systems)? Or are they really frightened of countries such as Russia and China, whose nuclear arsenals pale in comparison to that of the United States and whose strategic posture in any case is decidedly non-aggressive (particularly towards the United States) despite its ongoing provocations of them?....

 

Palestinian Suffering Reminds Us of Nazi Excesses
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

In perhaps the most glaring example of crimes against humanity, for the past 25 years, Israel has tightened restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from the Gaza Strip in ways that far exceed any conceivable requirement of Israeli security. These restrictions affect nearly every aspect of everyday life, separating families, restricting access to medical care and educational and economic opportunities, and perpetuating unemployment and poverty....

 

As Trump Wavers on Libya, an ISIS Haven, Russia Presses On
Eric Schmitt

During his campaign for president, Donald J. Trump made the United States-backed NATO operation that toppled Libya’s dictator, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, a cornerstone of his critique of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy. The 2011 intervention left Libya with duelling governments — one recognized by the United States and the international community, the other aligned with General Haftar. In the chaos, Libya also became a safe haven for the Islamic State....

 

UN Outrage at Syrian Suffering: ‘We Can No Longer Stay Silent’
Martin Chulov

The scale of suffering across Syria has reached unprecedented levels, with access to aid blocked in three major population centres, growing displacement and more than 13 million people in need across the country, the UN has said. The organisation called on Tuesday for a one-month ceasefire to ease what it described as an “extreme situation” that “we haven’t seen before” at any point during the war, which is soon to enter its eighth year...

 

Everyone Is Going All the Way
Thomas L. Friedman

I see the crown prince of Saudi Arabia with one hand undertaking hugely important steps — moderating Saudi Islam, letting women drive and opening Saudi society culturally to the world — things we never imagined possible — and, with the other hand, abducting the prime minister of Lebanon, buying ridiculously expensive paintings and seizing businesses in the name of combating corruption — things we also never imagined possible....

 

The Finsbury Park Attacker's Trial Shows Us the Route to Hatred
David Shariatmadari

Justice requires that the evidence of the crimes, and the thoughts and beliefs that led to them, be set out. That pays due respect to the victims, as well as helping all of us understand what leads to violence. This is even more important in the case of terrorism, the causes of which go beyond the individual and give society something to reckon with too....

 

Can Europe Save The Palestinian Authority?
Shlomi Eldar

Israel’s Foreign Ministry used to boast that despite the EU's sweeping support for the Palestinians, Israel had managed to thwart European recognition of Palestine as a state. As the donors met in Brussels, the Slovenian parliament convened to vote on a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state. The vote reflects the sense of hopelessness felt about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through negotiations. Slovenia is not a central player in the EU, but other states could well reach the same conclusion that it has....

 

Attacks Reveal What U.S. Won’t: Victory Remains Elusive in Afghanistan
Helene Cooper

That was before the Islamic State arrived on the scene. In 2015, the extremist group rooted in Iraq and Syria marked its arrival in Afghanistan with a suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad, killing more than 30 people and injuring more than 100. Not to be outdone, the Taliban soon after overran Kunduz — the first time the group had managed to take over a major city since 2001....

 

One Year after the Travel Ban, I Am Not Your American Muslim
Omar Suleiman

For those few moments, we got to be fully us, unashamed in our American-ness, unapologetic in our Islam and fully acknowledged in our humanity. And for those few moments, all of the protesters, of all faiths and backgrounds, were reminded that the promise of America is still worth fighting for....

 

Europe Emerging As New Sponsor of Mideast Peace
Daoud Kuttab

The fact that Europe and the Palestinians are interested doesn't help break the logjam. Only if Israel and the United States are under international pressure will they agree to such a change. At the present time, there appears little evidence that any party can make such pressure on US President Donald Trump or Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

 

Creating an Empire of Graveyards?
Tom Engelhardt

Those circus memories of long ago seem relevant to me today because, in November 2016, the American electorate, or a near majority of them anyway, chose to send in the clowns. They voted willingly, knowingly, for the man with that strange orange thing on his head, the result -- we now know, thanks to his daughter -- of voluntary "scalp reduction surgery." They voted for the man with the eerily red face, an unearthly shade seldom seen since the perfection of Technicolor. They voted for the man who never came across a superlative he couldn't apply to himself....

 

The Tweet Trump Could Never Send Tehran
Thomas L. Friedman

What would those have said? Something like:

@realDonaldTrump “America stands with Iranian demonstrators!!! Why are so many from the countryside??? Because Iranian Revolutionary Guards mismanaged Iran’s water supply for decades. Stole all the water for their companies, cronies, pistachio farms and stupid dams!!! And now climate change and droughts are making it all worse, forcing Iranians off their land. Unfair!! Sad!!”...

 

How It Feels to Be a Muslim in Trump’s America
Mehdi Hasan

“Things cannot get worse [for Muslim Americans] than what the African Americans went through, or what the Jews went through. There have been dark moments in American life before.” He also reminds me that the Prophet Muhammad “faced the most difficult Islamophobic community of all: they were Arabs, they were his uncles and cousins”. Yet, he says, the Prophet engaged with all of them. “A Muslim is a person who believes there is a possibility of changing someone’s heart any time you speak to them.”...

“Representatives from the U.S.A. and United Kingdom without a moment’s hesitation and before any confirmation, not to mention an investigation, rushed to declare that the Syrian ‘regime,’ as they call it was involved,” he said. “Now, they are also trying to drag Russia into this.”...

 

Trump and the 'Immigrant Terrorists'
Rafia Zakaria

In its effort to pad the numbers of foreign-born or first-generation immigrants convicted of terrorist crimes since 9/11, it misstates statistics and creates new definitions of terrorism. It does this to get Americans into thinking that terrorism is a foreign and particularly a "Muslim" crime that must be addressed by bans and banishments. It excludes white supremacist terrorists from the numbers it reports....

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