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Almost Married: According To UK Law, Nikah on Its Own Is Not Enough, and a Civil Ceremony Is a Requirement to Marry
Rafia Zakaria

British-Muslims do not have it easy. They live in an increasingly xenophobic Britain, where groups like Britain First openly ask for their expulsion and cultivate the political belief that they are usurpers in the country. In schools, teachers and other school officials are told to watch out for even little girls who wear headscarves, and report suspicious behaviour in children as young as nine or 10....

 

Whirlwind Putin Tour Highlights Moscow’s New Reach in Mideast
Anne Barnard

His excursion came as anger at the United States was running high over President Trump’s unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem, the third holiest city in Islam, as the capital of Israel. That decision has helped isolate the United States and Israel, angering allies in Europe and the Arab world while helping to convince the Arab public that the United States is solidly anti-Muslim....

 

The Spectacle of Palestine
Yara Hawari

The world watches through a camera lens, shaking their heads and insisting that Palestinians not resort to violence but rather remain committed to the two-state solution. Meanwhile, Israel continues to enjoy normal diplomatic relations with most countries in the world. This is the spectacle of Palestine. Now, after decades of global inaction and a seal of US approval, Israel will be emboldened to hasten its colonisation and annexation even deeper into the West Bank. ...

Muhammad bin Kushner, Jared bin Salman, Daffy Duck and Co
Hamid Dabashi

Mohammad bin Salman, Jared Kushner, Thomas Friedman, Saad Hariri, Donald Trump, Daffy Duck and company and all their nefarious machinations are now integral to a bad cartoon show we are forced to watch. Their acting would have been quite hilarious, were they not integral to a dangerous liaison endangering our fragile life on this endangered planet. We are running out of metaphors to understand this calamity. The axis of mendacity from Riyadh to Tel Aviv to New York requires a whole new set of allegories.....

 
Europe Must Work With Iran
Mohammad Javad Zarif

Europe Must Work With Iran
Mohammad Javad Zarif

Unfortunately, for the past 11 months, the response to Iran’s good faith has been tantrums from the Trump administration. But the unreliability of the United States — from climate change to Palestine— has become predictable. Our main concern now is cautioning European countries against wavering on issues beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement and following in lock step behind the White House. As the nuclear deal and the Middle East enter uncharted and potentially combustible territory....

 
US Stands Alone On Jerusalem
Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

US Stands Alone On Jerusalem
Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

Because of its legal status, and the reverence with which Jerusalem is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims, it was agreed in previous negotiations to defer the Jerusalem issue to the “final status” stage, together with that of refugees. The unilateral US statement is clearly inconsistent with that consensus and should not by itself change the legal status of West Jerusalem, or that of East Jerusalem. ...

 

When Washington Cheered the Jihadists
Daniel Lazare

The forum is particularly well known for its Campus Watch program, which targets academic critics of Israel, Islamists, and – despite Gambill’s kind words about “suicide bombings and roadside bombs” – anyone it considers the least bit apologetic about Islamic terrorism. Double your standard, double the fun. Terrorism, it seems, is only terrorism when others do it to the U.S., not when the U.S. does it to others....

Donald Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem: A Stab in the Heart of a Peace Process
Stanly Johny

The U.S. has largely favoured Israel throughout the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and East Jerusalem. It has offered protection to Israel in the UN Security Council, come to its aid in times of crises, and provided it with advanced weapons. The U.S. has even looked away when Israel was amassing nuclear weapons. In return, Israel has become America’s greatest ally in West Asia....

But the enormous wave of violence that had been feared after Mr. Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel did not immediately materialize. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that dominates Gaza, had demanded a “day of rage” on Friday, calling on Palestinians to confront Israeli forces wherever they could, and for the start of a new intifada, or popular uprising....

 

The World Reacts to Donald Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Mr Trump has based much of his Middle East policy on building a closer alliance with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis, along with America’s other Arab allies, publicly opposed the recognition of Jerusalem. But it is unlikely that Mr Trump would have gone ahead if they had not privately assured him that they had bigger things to worry about. The Sunni Arab states are less concerned about Palestine than about Iran’s growing influence, and finding ways to contain it (see article). Israel, behind the scenes, has become a tacit ally of the Saudis in the Sunni-Shia conflict....

 

In the Arab World, the Rallying Cry of Jerusalem May Have Lost Its Force
Anne Barnard

For decades, the idea of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital served as a rare and powerful rallying cry that united the Arab world. Kings and dictators stumped for it, priests and imams prayed for it, jihadists and protesters died for it, and militant groups and political parties campaigned for it — naming their television stations, boulevards and even themselves, after Al Quds, the Arabic name for the holy city....

 

U.N., European Union and Pope Criticize Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement
Jason Horowitz

Pope Francis said, “I cannot remain silent.” The United Nations secretary general spoke of his “great anxiety.” The European Union expressed “serious concern.” American allies like Britain, France, Germany and Italy all declared it a mistake. A chorus of international leaders criticized the Trump administration’s decision on Wednesday to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, calling it a dangerous disruption that contravenes United Nations resolutions and could inflame one of the world’s thorniest conflicts....

 
Jerusalem Is Close To Palestinian Hearts
Spyros Sofos and Vittorio Felci

Jerusalem is not just a city of historical importance to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, but also a site key to both Israeli and Palestinian identity. Add to this the centrality of the status of Jerusalem in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, often described as one of the world's most intractable disputes, and it's clear why the decision to move the US embassy there has been described as tantamount to political arson.....

 

What US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Means
Srijana Mitra Das

He no doubt seeks to please his core base of pro-Israel hardliners but as with most political developments in the Middle East a bigger regional game could be afoot, including, possibly, a US-Saudi-Israel alliance against Iran, the common enemy. Critics have also pointed to alleged Israeli attempts to pressure Trump’s transition team, which could fall in the scope of the investigation by special counsel Robert S Mueller III. And there may be the hidden hand of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman....

Donald Trump Has Proven How Little He Understands the Middle East with His Jerusalem Decision
Donald Macintyre

If Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman really thought – and it has not of course been confirmed – that he could ignore the Palestinians’ “last bottom line”, then he may have seriously underestimated the extent to the place Jerusalem holds in the hearts of not only Palestinians – but those throughout the Muslim world, including his own country. That may well be why the King of Saudi Arabia has appeared to reject the formula allegedly thrashed out with Mr Kushner....

 

What Are Roots Of Anti-Islamism In The West?
Muhittin Ataman

The failure of Western states and peoples to counter the current wave of xenophobia and anti-Islamism will jeopardize the future of both the West and of the rest of the world. In today's globalized and interconnected world, it is quite difficult, if not impossible, to isolate any state from the rest of the world. Therefore, further ethnic and religious animosities will only intensify chaos and war.....

 

Is Trump Going to Lie Our Way Into War With Iran?
Mehdi Hasan

A decade and a half ago, in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush’s administration conjured up not only terrifying images of nuclear mushroom clouds but also of Saddam Hussein plotting with Osama bin Laden to attack the United States. Mr. Bush himself declared that Mr. Hussein “aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaeda” while Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld called links between Iraq and Al Qaeda “accurate and not debatable.” It wasn’t true, of course. But it helped make the case for war....

The Raqqa Exodus: The US Coalition’s ‘Secret Deal’ To Allow ISIS-Daesh Terrorists To Escape
Prof Michel Chossudovsky

“Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa. We are not going to allow them to do so… (Emphasis added, quoted in the BBC report entitled Raqqa’s Dirty Secret) That was the “political narrative” of the Pentagon. The unspoken truth is that Uncle Sam had come to the rescue of the Islamic State. That decision was in all likelihood taken and carried on the orders of the Pentagon rather than the US State Department.....

 

Libya ‘Chose’ Freedom, Now It Has Slavery
John Wright

NATO’s military intervention in Libya in 2011 has justifiably earned its place in history as an indictment of Western foreign policy and a military alliance which since the collapse of the Soviet Union has been deployed as the sword of this foreign policy. The destruction of Libya will forever be an indelible stain on the reputations of those countries and leaders responsible....

 

Even though Syrians have already shown themselves capable of forgiving their own brethren for being swept up by the fake revolution and even for committing terrible atrocities against each other, they must not be expected to be so generous to those foreign criminals who knowingly and intentionally inflicted so much pain and destruction on them....

 

Why Trump Moved Against the PLO
Grant Rumley

The White House is hoping to re-launch peace talks soon with a to-be-announced program, one that it hopes will capitalize on Israel’s growing relations with the broader Arab world. An important component of this regional architecture—for the Arab world—is progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.....

 

France’s Macron Covers for Saudi Aggression

Macron’s ambitions of engendering some kind of renaissance of France as a global power are futile and nothing but sheer vanity. The cowardice of the French president in the face of Saudi aggression towards Lebanon shows that Macron and his pretensions of “global power” are a puff of cheap cosmetic powder....

 

Western Intelligence: Saad Hariri Resigned To Avoid His Father's Fate and Salvage Lebanon

PM Saad Hariri's speech accused Iran of "meddling in the region" and blamed Hezbollah for taking Lebanon "hostage" and that he had reason to fear assassination like his late father, Prime Minister Rafik Hariri who was killed on February 14, 2005. With unusual bluntness Saad Hariri informed the world that the hands which seek to subjugate Lebanon and the region "will be cut off." Hariri declared that it is no longer sensible for him to share a government with the armed "Resistance" militia Hezbollah.....

 

“This resolution makes abundantly clear that we cannot be assisting the Saudi regime in any of its fight with the Houthi regime. And we have to limit our involvement in Yemen to take on Al Qaeda and to take on the terrorists that threaten the United States,” ...

 

Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American
Trita Parsi

Many observers have connected the dots and concluded that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is seeking to drag the United States into a war with Iran and Hezbollah. But that’s only half the story. Looking at the recent events through a broader geopolitical lens, a much more sinister plan emerges: a Saudi plan to trap the United States in a permanent standoff with Tehran....

 
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