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Islam and the West

US and Turkish Forces Coming To Blows Is Not Far-Fetched To Imagine
Richard N. Haass

Under Erdoğan, checks and balances have largely been eliminated from the Turkish political system, and the president controls the media, the bureaucracy, and the courts. The same failed coup that Erdoğan cites as grounds to imprison Brunson has also served as an excuse for detaining thousands of others. At this point, it is impossible to see how Erdoğan’s Turkey could ever qualify for EU membership....

 

Until now it was widely assumed that even in “victory” Mr. Assad would never be able to reclaim all of the territory that was Syria before the civil war, and most experts believed that the strength of rebel and Kurdish forces in the north around Idlib would preclude this province from being retaken. Currently this assumption is open to question....

 

Hate Crimes and Discrimination Incidents Are Severely Underreported
Qasim Rashid

“What? No. I said I’ve been screened and cleared three times so far. But despite that, your officer took my Global Entry card and said I’m being non-compliant. And he said that I’ve broken the law. But he refuses to give me any example of non-compliance or cite what law I’ve broken. Please explain this to me.” The supervisor turned to the confiscating officer and asked, “Why’d you stop him?” “Well, he was laughing at us.”...

 

Islam Has Also Been Part of the US History, Especially in New York City
Jana Ibrahim

“New Yorkers and tourists love to explore the wealth of culture and history here, but not all stories are shared or preserved equally. Apart from the presence of Malcolm X in the mid-twentieth century, people are not aware of the various ways Muslims have been part of this city from its colonial beginnings in the 1600s,”.....

 

Unlike Canada, America Has Shied Away From Invoking Human-Rights Issues with the Saudis
Robin Wright

Unlike Trump, Canadian leaders have consistently supported the Badawi family. In 2013, a year after Raif Badawi’s arrest, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, of the Conservative Party, granted Badawi’s wife and children political asylum in Canada. This summer, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of the Liberal Party, Canada granted them citizenship. After Canada called for the release Saudi Arabia’s peaceful activists, Marie-Pier Baril...

No Advocate of Human Rights Would Defend the Current Regime in Iran, but, All Sanctions Will Do Is Cause Suffering For Innocent Iranians
Afua Hirsch

No advocate of human rights, civil liberties and due process would defend the current regime in Iran – with its history of abuses, of clamping down on press freedom, of persecuting minorities and of failing to offer democratic protections and due process. The fact that the US claims the moral high ground when it comes to human rights and civil liberties, including press freedom, is one of the reasons why Trump’s own attacks on the media have been so horrifying...

What Are Palestinians To Do If 'Deal Of The Century' Offers Them A State?
Marwan Bishara

The "deal of the century" that President Trump has promised will resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict may be easily dismissed in terms of its substance, considering the extremist views of its authors, but it will have to be dealt with eventually - one way or another...

 

Muslim Veils Ban: the Niqab Is a Huge Part of My Identity, It’s a Very Spiritual Choice
Sigal Samuel

First, politicians in a country propose banning the face veil, which is worn by a small number of Muslim women and reflects one interpretation of the Quran’s injunction to “cover and be modest.” They argue that a ban will promote integration, or public safety, or that wearing a veil is inconsistent with national values like gender equality. Pundits and lawmakers loudly debate the policy, and the argument rages in the press. A few propose legal challenges. Eventually, the ban is passed into law....

 

Ottoman Siege Was Repelled From the Walls of Vienna but It Was Far From a Fight between Islam and Christendom
Dag Herbjørnsrud

The misuse of history by Breivik and his ilk is based on hatred, not logic or argument or reason. We must ask ourselves where this hatred comes from. After all, much of the 2083 manifesto is based on Wikipedia articles and what the terrorist was taught about European history. And the ideas Breivik wrote about are now far more widespread in Europe than they were seven years ago....

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that the new legislation simply “determined in law the founding principle of our existence.” In fact, its primary function is to build a formal foundation for Israel’s annexation of the West Bank — and for a Jewish state eventually to stretch over the whole of Palestine. Late last year, Mr. Netanyahu’s hard-right Likud party had called for the “application of Israeli law and sovereignty in all liberated areas of settlement” in the West Bank....

 

Helsinki Summit: Putin Has Joined the Arab Leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Jordan on the Palestinian Issue
Talmiz Ahmad

By rejecting the Kushner plan, Putin has joined the Arab leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Jordan, whom Kushner had visited recently. They had then firmly conveyed to the US emissary that Palestinian rights were not negotiable and that they stood by the Arab peace initiative that called for Israel’s vacation of occupied territories and the setting up of a sovereign Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital....

 

Supreme Court Decision Should Have Been Corrective To the Religiously and Islamophobically Produced Muslim Ban
Hatem Bazian

The national atmosphere has been poisoned by an anti-immigrant, xenophobic and Islamophobic political and hostile public discourses that will take time, resources and organizing to undo. The examples of earlier communities that faced similar circumstances should be studied and a national and international effort should be undertaken to change the landscape in the country....

 

Reach Beyond the Otherness of Islam and See the Muslim World Not As Demonic or Exotic but As a Variant of the European Experience
Kenan Malik

Look closely at figures of the Virgin Mary and Joseph, and you will notice something odd. Their halos feature Arabic script. That might seem sacrilege in a Christian religious painting. Yet as a new exhibition in Florence, at the Uffizi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, sets out to show, such cultural and religious cross-dressing was common at the time. Entitled “Islamic Art and Florence from the Medici to the 20th Century”, the show explores “the knowledge, exchange, dialogue and mutual influence that existed between the arts of east and west”.

Religious Freedom Is Something to Be Fought For, It Should Be Fought For Dismantling Systems of Xenophobia, And Islamophobia
Dr. Maha Hilal

For Muslims, it is imperative to think critically about the narrative around religious freedom, because what is being denied is not simply freedom to practice faith. It’s the freedom to immigrate, to be free from surveillance, to be free from detention, to be free from torture, and to be free from literally being killed. This issue goes far beyond what our religious or spiritual beliefs are; it is about being able to simply exist....

 

Islam Has Always Been a Part of America:  Muslims Provide a Litmus Test for the Civil Rights of All U.S. Believers
John Nichols

“In the formation of the American ideal and principles of what we consider to be exceptional American values, Muslims were, at the beginning, the litmus test for whether the reach of American constitutional principles would include every believer, every kind, or not,” said Spellberg. This able historian reminds us that “Muslims once again provide a litmus test for the civil rights of all U.S. believers.”....

 

What If, Your Wife Is a Practising Muslim, and Your Name Is Jihad
Rebecca Seales

Imagine you're at a busy airport, somewhere in Europe or the US. You're meeting your wife after work and flying off for a mini-break. She's running late, so you sit down in a coffee shop to wait. Soon you're lost in thought, so you don't see your beloved waving from across the terminal. How can she get your attention? Shouting your name would work. But if she does that, bystanders will panic. Security will circle. Your law-abiding missus could be taken to a stark side-room and interrogated for hours....

 

EU Won't Be Re-Christianized Anytime Soon, Neither Will Poland Be Islamised
Daniel Pipes

What are the long-term implications of excluding Muslim migrants? That Poland avoids Western Europe's looming crisis. As countries, starting with Italy, try to control their borders and expel illegal migrants, tension, insurrection, and violence will follow. In contrast, Poland (and its former Soviet-bloc neighbours) will sit out that crisis and may take in expatriates from Western Europe. Though those expatriates head primarily to Australia, Canada, and the United States, Poland might soon – given its proximity, personal security, and inexpensive cost-of-living – become an attractive destination, especially for pensioners and for Jews, singled out as targets in Europe's West but increasingly safe in Poland....

 

An inside Look at the American Roots of ISIS’s Virtual Caliphate
Mark Habeeb

Another important innovation by RM was using social media 2.0. That is, going beyond web pages to develop a presence on sites such as YouTube (RM had its own YouTube channel), Google Groups and Blip.tv. Morton claimed RM was “the first jihadist group in the English language and the West to access all the social media sites” as well as the first such group to publish an English-language magazine....

 

Migrants and Europe: A Dangerous New Mood Stalks the EU As Liberals Heed the Panic Sowed By Populists
Daniel Trilling

This has implications not only for the rights of migrants, but for the shape that our politics will take in years to come. The most extreme of these leaders are trying to use the issue of migration to push a vision of the nation based on ethnic privilege and defined in opposition to racialised outsiders, be they Muslims, or unspecified dark-skinned “migrants” or indeed Roma....

 

Travel Ban:  Religious Animus Has Rarely Been So Publicly Observed
Safa K. Syed

As a presidential candidate, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”. Yet, unlike in Abercrombie, the court seems unwilling to look at Trump’s intent to infer discrimination. Instead, the court is allowing the government’s peripheral arguments to sweep Muslim civil rights under the rug....

I have a new name, refugee. And everybody, openly or privately, feels I am a burden. But no one understands or, at least, tries to understand that I shouldn’t be blamed for being that. Remember, my friend, no one enjoys leaving the land on which he grows. We left our motherland because we didn’t want to die....

 

Not All Terrorism Is Islamist, and Not All Islamists Come From Muslim-Majority States, Mr. President
Bret Stephens

I have just listed the 14 most significant terrorist attacks (or attempts) in the U.S. in the last quarter-century. Your travel ban would have done nothing to prevent any of them. Nor would it do anything to prevent future attacks, even if it were widely expanded. A blanket prohibition on Muslim immigrants of the sort you proposed during the campaign might be more effective, but it surely would be ruled unconstitutional....

 

Spirit of Reform Is the Lesson from London for Islamic Nations
Ed Husain

Today, more than 600,000 Muslims live in London. Every Muslim country wishes to invest in the capital and send its youth to our schools and universities. Here, gay or straight, man or woman, atheist or believer, all have recourse to the law as equals. Our Arab friends will be tourists here this summer and strengthen our economy....

 

Supreme Court’s Approach to Measuring Religious Discrimination Has Shifted: It Has One Standard for Christians and another for Muslims
Safa K. Syed

Clearly, the Supreme Court’s approach to measuring religious discrimination has shifted. It could be, as Linda Greenhouse has argued in these pages, that the court has one standard for Christians and another for Muslims. The court’s approach is even at odds with its previous protection of Muslims in Abercrombie and Holt v. Hobbs, a 2015 case in which the court ruled unanimously that a Muslim prisoner was legally entitled to grow a beard. What else might explain this change?...

Trump’s Bigoted Actions Denigrating Muslims Are Well Known, yet the US Supreme Court Decided That None of That Matter
Moustafa Bayoumi

This administration revels in novel ways of transforming cruelty into locked-and-loaded patriotism. And now they’ve got the Supreme Court’s approval behind them. Make no mistake. This decision expands presidential authority significantly and the results could be ominous. The future of this country is far too important for us to let them succeed....

 
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