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Islam and the West

Trump’s Policies Radicalize Israeli, Palestinian Stances

Indeed, the prime minister lives in a schizophrenic reality. On the one hand, Netanyahu has a dream-come-true American president who won’t say the words “two-state solution” and is in the process of withdrawing from the Iran deal. The anti-Obama at its best. On the other hand, Netanyahu is increasingly tangled in police investigations....


In Belgium, Arguments about Islam Grow Louder

Elsewhere in Belgium, the authorities are more reliant than ever on deals with the governments of Morocco and Turkey to keep an eye on mosques and their members.  The Muslim Executive of Belgium, which advises the government on the generous subsidies that it gives to Islamic groups and teachers, is controlled by people close to Moroccan officialdom. Turkey sends imams to serve its Belgian kin....


Why Did Vikings Have 'Allah' Embroidered Into Funeral Clothes?
Tharik Hussain

The names Allah and Ali are often represented in enigmatic patterns inside the tombs and books of mystical Shia sects such as the Alevis and Bektashis to this day, but always they are accompanied by the name Muhammad. These can sometimes include mirrored script. But unlike Larsson's find, these examples usually include both the name depicted the correct way around and the reflection. For Larsson though, her discovery offers much promise for the future....

Trump Is Pulling a Libya on Iran
Robert W. Merry

We have a case in point that’s worth noting in the context of what Trump is about to do: Libya. The story of Libya brought shame upon the United States of America, which reneged on a deal it had struck with Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi, once one of the Near East region’s most obstreperous and violent anti-Western leaders....

What Killed the Promise of Muslim Communism?
John T. Sidel

One effect of the failure of revolutionary forces to mobilize under the joint banner of Communism and Islam was to deeply divide Muslims, weakening their capacity first to fight colonialism during the first half of 20th century and then to resist the rise of authoritarianism across the Muslim world. Another effect was to stimulate new forms of U.S.-backed, anti-Soviet Islamist mobilization during the Cold War — including some that turned into the virulent anti-Western terrorist groups that partly define the world today....


The Balfour Declaration Destroyed Palestine, Not the Palestinian People
Dr Ramzy Baroud

But this also rings true for the Palestinian people. Their commitment to fight for freedom, also remains unchanged and, neither Balfour nor all of Britain’s foreign secretaries since then, have managed to break the will of the Palestinian nation. That, too, is worth pondering upon....


Amid Mideast Turmoil, Saudis Look To Moscow
Talmiz Ahmad

Mr Putin did not respond positively to the monarch’s overtures. In fact, the Russian media reminded the Saudis that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been to Moscow four times in the last 18 months, seeking greater distance between Russia and Iran. In August this year, Mr Putin had rebuffed his proposal for a 60-km buffer zone between the Hezbollah/Iranian forces in Syria and the Israeli border; the maximum Mr Putin offered was a five-km exclusion zone, though he has allowed Israeli bombings on Hezbollah positions in Syria....


No Good Reasons to Continue America’s Longest War
Sonali Kolhatkar

The war in Afghanistan began in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., with the promise of vengeance aimed at the Taliban, hosts of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. But that original justification—still as morally questionable now as it was then—has gotten lost amid the open-ended rhetoric of “fighting terrorism.”...


There Can Be No Such Thing as Subjective Terrorism
Syed Kaswar Gardezi

A terrorist is a terrorist irrespective of race, colour or religion. Stephen Paddock was a terrorist and the only way forward in the war against terror can only be by acknowledging the same. There can be no such thing as subjective terrorism. A terrorist and a violent individual cannot be separated at the will of the west. There can be terrorism in this world without the word Islam present and our western friends need to realise that....


Syria Was Framed Because It Resisted ‘Colonial Project’
Niloufer Bhagwat

The allegations directed against the Syrian Arab Republic in the recent 28 August 2017 report of what is referred to as the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, with the word “Independent” emphasised to prevent any questioning of the report, reminds us of the infamous false allegations against Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the case against Libya by the Human Rights Council submitted to the General Assembly to suspend Libya, prior to bombings on Libya by coalition forces....


Has the Israel Lobby Destroyed Americans’ First Amendment Rights?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Many seasoned experts believe that without the influence of the Israel Lobby, particularly as exerted by the Jewish Neoconservatives, the United States would not have been at war in the Middle East and North Africa for the last 16 years. These wars have done nothing for the US but harm, and they have cost taxpayers trillions of dollars and caused extensive death and destruction in seven countries and a massive refugee flow into Europe.....

When Does A 'Crime' Become 'Terrorism'?
David Canter

Consequently, whether ISIL claims Stephen Paddock was one of their "soldiers" or not, he certainly does not deserve the notoriety that would go with the label "terrorist". He may well have been influenced by the significance given to earlier mass shootings at pop concerts and nightclubs. This together with his apparent fascination with firearms and the isolated existence that many are saying he led, could have festered within him to develop a personal narrative of some sort of grand, tragic ending to his lonely life....


The United States Must Prevent Disaster in Kurdistan
John Hannah

Good — as far as it goes. But the United States simply has too much at stake to just sit on the sidelines waiting for that dialogue to begin. The odds are too high that, left to fester, the crisis will continue to deepen, escalate, and perhaps even turn violent. True, most of the parties may not have an interest in things getting out of control. But then again, this is Iraq. Can the United States really bank on cooler heads prevailing?....


Don’t Blame Us for the Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeeds: Why That Speech Was Important
Rabia Ahmed

President Jimmy Carter, in a panic, offered Zia four hundred million dollars in economic and military aid. Zia rejected the offer, calling it “peanuts”—the term often arises in Pakistani critiques of American aid, but it must have rankled the peanut farmer in the White House. Zia was smart to hold out. Under Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan, U.S. aid nearly quintupled: about three billion dollars in economic assistance and two billion in military aid. The Reagan Administration also provided three billion dollars to Afghan jihadis. These funds went through the sticky hands of the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate....

Remembering Sir Syed in America
Akbar Ahmed

The upheavals in 1857 had resulted in Muslims being removed from power in India and the British taking over the subcontinent. At one stroke Muslims had lost an emperor, an empire, their language, and political power and their reactions varied from despondence to violence. A clash between the West and Islam was developing when Sir Syed took the bold step of arguing vocally, publicly, and consistently that Islam was entirely compatible with Western modernity....


Europe: Muslim Reformers Need Police Protection
Giulio Meotti

In Germany, it is not the Muslim supremacists, such as those who preach killing homosexuals, who have to live under police protection; it is the Muslims who criticize the supremacists. The only "crime" these concerned Muslims committed was to exercise their democratic right to speak -- not in Iran or Syria or Iraq -- but in Europe. These reformers try to keep alive the values of the Enlightenment -- freedom of speech, separation of religion and state, equal justice under law -- to break through the coerced silence of Islam, in which "blasphemy" is punishable by death.....


The New Persian Empire: Why American Troops Must Not Serve as Iran’s Expeditionary Forces

Eleven years ago, Henry Kissinger famously said that Iran’s rulers must “decide whether they are representing a cause or a nation.” If the latter, Iranian and American interests would be “compatible.” As for the former: “If Tehran insists on combining the Persian imperial tradition with contemporary Islamic fervour, then a collision with America is unavoidable.” Since then, Iran’s rulers have left no room for doubt....


Liberals Cannot Win War against the Right with the Help of Jihadi Ideologues
Come Carpentier

The socialists, anarchists and liberals who try to accommodate Jihadi ideologues and their brigades in the name of multi-cultural tolerance will probably experience the same kind of rude awakening, if they succeed in their project to build a global secular cosmopolis on the ruins of ancient regional and patriotic identities. ....

Part 1:  Terrorism Is Undermining Western Societies

Why Pakistan Should Take Trump’s Ultimatum at the UN Seriously
Yashwant Raj

Pakistan might want to take a hard look at its options. It doesn’t have many. It must shut down Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Haqqani Network and all other groups – some Afghans suspect the newly surging Islamic State in Khorasan is also getting support from Islamabad – that operate freely from its soil, raise funds, march in raucous rallies and openly support and call for terrorist strikes against their enemies, and by extension that of their backers in the Pakistani establishment....


Terrorism Is Undermining Western Societies
Come Carpentier

The leadership of the self-styled Takfiris (combatants) has singled out a few basic principles in the Holy Quran, the Sunna and the Hadith in the Hanbali interpretation revived by the Wahhabis. Although the western intelligentsia and the moderate Muslims often qualify it as insane, the logic of the Al Qaeda/ISIS ideological family is simple and ruthless....


The Talking Is Over, The Occupation Goes On: Will There Ever Be Peace In The Middle East?
Jonathan Freedland

Still others reckon that some game-changing event may come along and shake everything up once more, taking advantage of the presence of the octogenarian Mahmoud Abbas as perhaps the last Palestinian leader with enough national legitimacy to sign a deal before it’s too late. After all, they say, the peace process has been pronounced dead before – yet has shown an uncanny knack for resurrection. That would be quite a twist....


Roger II, Al-Idrisi, and Religious Coexistence in Sicily
Akbar Ahmed

In the chapel, Christian, Jewish, and Islamic influences intermingle and overlap in luminescent colours and intricate designs. Sicilians are proud of the chapel. A Sicilian author and bookshop owner we met in Palermo called it “the symbol of Sicilian culture, because in this church all cultures in this island are represented.”...


From 9/11 to Humpty Dumpty
Roger Cohen

Bin Laden sapped America’s confidence, wove fear into the nation’s fabric, and inspired a metastasizing form of Jihadi fanaticism that continues to terrorize the West in the crazed pursuit of a restored caliphate. And Humpty Dumpty wants to build a wall he can sit on to contemplate xenophobia and Islamophobia....


The terrorist attack in Barcelona received the same reaction as all the large-scale terrorist attacks in Europe: tears, prayers, flowers, candles, teddy bears, and protestations that "Islam means peace ". When people gathered to demand tougher measures against the rising influence of Islamism across the continent, they were confronted by an "anti-fascist" rally. Muslims organized a demonstration to defend Islam; they claimed that Muslims living in Spain are the "main victims" of terrorism. …


Afghanistan and the War against the West
Clifford D. May

Those rulers have grand ambitions. Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and, of course, Israel — all are on their menu. And, though it gets little publicity (and was not included in Mr. Trump’s speech), they, too, have been assisting the Taliban. In addition, Iran and Hezbollah are quietly penetrating Latin America. What’s necessary if we intend to win this intergenerational conflict, this long, world war? ....

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