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Islam and the West

How Saudi Arabia Played Donald Trump
Fareed Zakaria

The United States has now signed up for Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy — a relentless series of battles against Shiites and their allies throughout the Middle East. That will enmesh Washington in a never-ending sectarian struggle, fuel regional instability and complicate its ties with countries such as Iraq that want good relations with both sides. But most important, it will do nothing to address the direct and ongoing threat to Americans — jihadist terrorism. I thought that Trump’s foreign policy was going to put America first, not Saudi Arabia....

Trump’s Art of the Deal in the Middle East: Selling Wars and Terrorism
Finian Cunningham

Donald Trump, the business tycoon-turned-president, never stops boasting about his prowess on boosting the “bottom line.” He may well boost the profits of American weapons manufacturers by flooding the Middle East with ever-more military arms. But the bottom line for the region and beyond is more wars, destruction, and bloodshed....

 

Trump’s First Odyssey Deepens Fissures within Muslim World
Talat Masood

Israel is playing a dangerous game by encouraging the US and Saudi Arabia to weaken or eliminate its adversaries in the Middle East. It is now focused on Iran and apart from the US has found powerful allies among the Sunni countries of the Middle East to challenge its power. This could backfire and set in motion within the Arab and Muslim world forces that could be very divisive....

 

Does the Manchester Attack Show the Islamic State’s Strength or Weakness?
Robin Wright

“With Allah’s grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah (caliphate) managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in the British city of Manchester,” the group boasted on social messaging apps, in multiple languages. The odd thing—for a group that has usually been judicious about its claims and accurate in its facts—is that it got key details wrong....

 

Police Deserve To March at Pride, the Manchester Attack Reminded Me of That
Shawn Ahmed

Every part of who I am is left a little more afraid after every terror attack. It is because of this multifaceted fear that I am reminded how fortunate I am to live in a country that has police willing to protect people like me. It is a privilege that queer Bangladeshi Muslims in my ethnic homeland do not have...

 

Donald Trump Discovers Muslims
Roger Cohen

His words will fan the most bitter rivalry in the Middle East, the source of several surrogate wars, that between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The United States should not play this incendiary game. It should be attempting, rather, to build Sunni-Shia bridges. Isolating Iran, as Trump urged, is a fool’s errand. Iran is too big to isolate...

 
Manchester Explosion
Wajid Shamsul Hasan

Manchester Explosion
Wajid Shamsul Hasan

The Arab-American Summit in Jeddah minus Iran with the clear objective of taming it into subservience can at best be described as the darkest hour for the Muslims in the region especially Pakistan. Death-knell has tolled; Muslims should prepare themselves to burn in the inferno of a sectarian conflict like of which had yet to be seen. Regretfully our role and our retired Army Chief -leading the coalition army—perhaps will plunge us all in an Islamic holocaust like of which we shall never see again. ...

 

Hamza called on followers to “avenge” the “children of Syria”, the “widows of Palestine”, the “free, honourable women of Iraq” and “the orphans of Afghanistan”. Messages like this are being supplemented with instructions to commit jihad made on subscription channels set up on messenger services such as Telegram. “They are echo chambers and war rooms where they plan how to spread material on social media,”.....

 

Donald Trump’s Riyadh Circus: Farcical, Nasty, And Dangerous
Taj Hashmi

It appears that although Trump might survive the growing demand for his impeachment and arrest in the US – thanks to his rendezvous with Muslim autocrats, Israel, and the Vatican, to some extent – the world would continue to become more dangerous everyday so long he remains the President. Then again, as a popular bumper sticker in the US reads, “When you elect a clown, expect a circus”! To paraphrase a friend, “The circus is being outsourced now”...

 

Trump's Palestinian Pilgrimage Brings Hope, Concern
Daoud Kuttab

Realizing the importance of the birthplace of Christianity, Arafat made it a tradition to attend the annual Christmas Eve Mass in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, which is broadcast live throughout the world. His successor, Mahmoud Abbas, has attended Mass on the evening of Dec. 24 every single year since he became president....

 

The Manchester Attack Shows How Terrorists Learn
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In fact, the Arab revolutions and their aftermath provided the jihadist movement an unparalleled boost. The extraordinarily bloody civil war in Syria and the post-Muammar Qaddafi wreckage left behind in Libya have placed jihadists on the front lines of some of the world’s major conflicts. ISIS was able to use social media to popularize its cause—a sickening mirror of the way protesters turned out to oppose Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia or Hosni Mubarak in Egypt—while also relying on physical networks like those associated with Khalid Zerkani or Sharia4Belgium to move devotees to its Syria-Iraq sanctuary. ...

 

Abu Trump al-Amriki
Pepe Escobar

The alliance between Abu Trump al-Amriki and deputy crown prince MBS is one for the ages. A selfish, aggressive warmonger posing as an economic expert, MBS is fast collecting powerful enemies in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia is a lowly rentier state, the Bedouin version, infested by paternalism.....

Donald Trump Puts US on Sunni Muslim Side of Bitter Sectarian War with Shias
Patrick Cockburn

As for driving out “terrorism” from Muslim societies for which Mr Trump called, one important aspect of the growth of al-Qaeda type movements has been the way in which Saudi Arabia has used its oil wealth for half a century to spread Wahhabism, its puritanical and fanatical variant of Islam....

No Quick Deals for Trump in Israel-Palestine
Chris Doyle

One of the issues for Israel’s far-right is that unlike with Obama, they cannot rush behind Trump’s back to wind up Congress to chastise him. Trump knows this, and can use this political credit as a hard-line supporter of Israel to nudge things in a more favourable direction. The likelihood is that this visit will determine Trump’s level of willingness to wage a battle for peace in the Middle East.....

 

Ultimately, broadening the sociological understandings and through them legal definitions of genocide will play an important role in the struggles to compel Israel, the United States, and far too many other governments to end their long-term, systematic oppression of brutalized populations and behave in compliance with international law. But before that can occur, a lot more groundwork needs to be done, and activists and academics should consider the political and strategic costs of accusing governments of genocide....

 

Here Is Why Donald Trump Has No Idea about Islamist Terrorism
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

In the run up to the presidency, Donald Trump, embraced a rhetoric about Muslims which put even his far right friends in Europe to shame. Calling Muslims as enemies, he told the Americans that ‘they hate us’ that ‘they’ want to overrun America and all this because there was some fundamental flaw in their religion. For some time, it looked as if Islam and Muslims became the other of America. This polarizing campaign helped him garner votes from even non republicans who were fed on a daily diet of Islamic takeover of Christian America.  The man who advocated a complete ban on Muslims entering America, today has done a complete u-turn and is now telling Muslims to dispel extremist teachings from within their societies. His speech in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is ridden with confusion and only tells us about his ignorance of the problem that the world is confronting today in the name of Islamic terrorism.…

This Wasn’t a Speech about Islam
Mustafa Akyol and Wajahat Ali

This Wasn’t a Speech about Islam
Mustafa Akyol and Wajahat Ali

All in all, this wasn’t a speech about Islam. It was all about terrorism and the Middle East. Trump did not say anything significant about Islam as a religion and civilization. The whole point was that there are terrorists in the Middle East that we all should eradicate — and the United States selling “beautiful weapons,” by the way, to help that effort….

Donald Trump Said Saudi Arabia Was behind 9/11, Now He’s Going There on His First Foreign Trip
Mehdi Hasan

Does Donald Trump have even an ounce of shame? As a presidential candidate, he spent much of the election campaign needling, critiquing, denouncing, and even threatening the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Yet as president, he is making his first foreign visit this weekend to … the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia....

 

Hamza Bin Laden Offers ‘Advice for Martyrdom Seekers in the West’
Thomas Joscelyn

Hamza calls on individual jihadists to “avenge” the “children of Syria,” the “widows of Palestine,” the “free honourable women of Iraq,” and “the orphans of Afghanistan.” “Exercise patience and deliberation, for it is among the qualities loved by Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him,” Hamza says. “Accomplish your goals with secrecy. Attain the highest level of perfection in your actions, exercise utmost care and caution, and prepare diligently to inflict crippling losses on those who have disbelieved.”...

What Saudi Arabia Needs to Hear From Trump
Ali Shihabi

First, he should state publicly and strongly that he understands that the kingdom is on the front lines of the war against the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. Sunni extremists are not an existential threat to the United States, but they have repeatedly attacked Saudi Arabia, making no secret that they dream of replacing its government with their “caliphate.” With control of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and Saudi Arabia’s vast oil reserves, any such caliphate would have a terrible, malevolent influence in the Muslim world and beyond....

 

As ISIS took Mosul, oil refineries, and other territory, al Maliki buckled under Obama’s well-intended “pressure” and stepped down under murky circumstances.  Obama then decided ISIS had applied enough pressure to move Iraq towards independence, and soon began airstrikes against the group....

Despite the heinousness of Israel’s actions in the occupied territories, under the current legal interpretations of genocide, it would be practically impossible to prosecute any Israeli leaders or state-sponsored individuals for this crime. Quite simply, the number of people killed and their percentage in the larger Palestinian population in the historic homeland or in diaspora do not rise to the levels that....

 

Westerners Joining the Fight against ISIL Are No Heroes
Malak Chabkoun

True charity begins at home. If these westerners want to help someone, they can help ensure their own backyards, namely the US, Canada and Europe, don't completely spiral into far-right extremist cesspools post-Brexit and post-Trump. And that won't cost them a plane ride or oblige them to pick up a weapon....

Goethe’s Tribute to Islam
Akbar Ahmed

Neither immigration officials, nor border guards, nor racial or religious barriers can keep away the sense of affectionate spiritual ownership Allama Iqbal feels for the great German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Indeed his celebrated collection, Payam-e-Mashriq, the Message of the East, is dedicated to Goethe. Iqbal explicitly states that it is written in response to Goethe’s own masterpiece, the West-Eastern Divan, which Goethe loudly proclaimed was inspired by Hafiz…

Why American Muslims Need To Embrace Their Diversity
Imam Luqman Ahmad

American Muslims are comprised of converts to Islam (of all races); refugees from war and tyranny; immigrant families looking for a better life; political asylum seekers; escapees from persecution; students seeking an education; technology professionals; business men and women; and artists looking to develop their craft. All who for better or worse (mostly better), ended up being Muslims in the United States of America. So what is Muslim America going to do with all this diversity?...

 
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