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Islam and the West

In Colombes, Boucherit said, roughly 70 percent of the community buys halal meat. “There’s a very strong demand,” he said. “As a businessman, why would I do something counter to the market?”...

 

Without Hamas, Gazans fear, they would lose all sense of safety
Adnan Abu Amer

It is important to recognize that Israeli and US calls for the Palestinians to protest against Hamas are neither random nor negligible statements. Perhaps they are part of the Israeli government’s approach to demolish Gaza from within without any Israeli losses.....

 

There could scarcely be a spectacle more French than elderly matrons and young fathers vying for choice cuts of veal on a weekend morning. But the popularity of Les Jumeaux, an artisanal butcher shop in this Paris suburb, is something of a feat. All the meat here — from the bison to the boudin blanc to the Wagyu beef — is halal....

 

Trump administration has made Muslims our enemy of the first order
Juan Cole

These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the Ministry of Truth’s “memory hole” and so ensuring that, in the public mind, the enemy of the moment was always the enemy. Today, there is one constant, though....

 

The flip-flopping US president remains remarkably consistent in his condemnation of the global Muslim community
Juan Cole

Of course, not all Americans share Trump’s bigotry. Two-thirds of us actually disapprove of politicians engaging in hate speech toward Muslims. Some 55 percent of us believe that Muslim-Americans are committed to the welfare of the country, a statistic that would break the 60 percent mark if it weren’t for evangelicals. Two Muslim-American politicians, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, won Democratic primaries in Detroit and Minneapolis and so are poised to become the first Muslim-American women in the House of Representatives.....

Growing trend of antisemitism in the West is the preliminary process of an Islamic conquest
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

When we are thinking, following the fall of Islamic State’s from Iraq that this monstrous Jihadist outfit has come to a point of being extinct, we possibly are failing to understand or ignoring series of disturbing news on the rise of radical Islam in the West. Deceiving our eyes, a silent ‘conquest’ of radical Islam is continuing in the US, United Kingdom and some of the European nations. It certainly is a matter of grave concern. Radical Islam is expanding fast in United Kingdom enjoying patronization of major political force like Labour Party. The way it is expanding, I am afraid, within the span of 20-30 years, United Kingdom will turn into Islamic Kingdom. Pro Al Qaeda and ISIS Muslims are very actively polluting the British society under direct patronization and funding of some Arab nations....

Has French Security Law Turned Holding Islamist Ideas Into Proof Of A Crime?
Scott Sayare

There can be little doubt that Abdelkader Merah is a very dangerous man, and I suspect that everyone in the courtroom was relieved to see him convicted. But it was a glorious day for no one. Abdelkader sat unmoved in the glass box. In the end it was the prosecution itself that chose to appeal, finding the partial conviction insufficient...

 

A Miss England Contestant in a Hijab Highlighted a Difference in Attitudes across France
Hajar El Jahidi

The country's most notorious tabloid newspaper, The Sun, which is known for its often divisive approach to non-white Britons, ran a straightforward news story free of anti-Muslim bigotry.  Though Iftekhar's participation in the final rounds of the competition was widely covered elsewhere in the media, viewers in England didn't seem overly concerned. "It just proves Miss England represents the way England is today," the competition spokeswoman was quoted as saying. Not quite case closed, but case accepted...

 

Yemen’s Misery: Trump Drama Cannot Be Allowed To Nullify Global Tragedy
Nicholas Kristof

The United States is not directly bombing civilians in Yemen, but it is providing arms, intelligence and aerial refuelling to assist Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as they hammer Yemen with airstrikes, destroy its economy and starve its people. The Saudi aim is to crush Houthi rebels who have seized Yemen’s capital and are allied with Iran. That’s sophisticated realpolitik for you: Because we dislike Iran’s ayatollahs, we are willing to starve Yemeni schoolchildren....

 

Tlaib and Omar’s Victory Marks an Inflection Point in American Politics
Kane Farabaugh

The two, both Democrats, are the first Muslim-American women to win a congressional primary election. With at most token opposition in the Nov. 6 general election, they are virtually assured of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives next January. Their historic breakthrough comes as a record number of Muslim-Americans have entered national politics, in part to protest the Trump administration’s immigration and border security policies...

A Gulf-American Savage War in Yemen
Rajan Menon

It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. It’s got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air campaign that pays scant heed to civilians, famine, cholera, you name it....

 

Peace in Afghanistan: US Must Formulate A Strategy That Deals Directly With The Taliban And The Haqqani Network’s Sanctuary Inside Pakistan
John Ubaldi

Both Pakistan and the United States have long-term interests in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. It’s time for the U.S. to convince Islamabad that peace is in everyone’s interests. Failure will ensure that the Afghan and Pakistani people will continue to suffer economic and political hardships....

 

How Ignorant and Hateful Of Boris Johnson to Make a Joke Out Of Muslim Women
Sami Rahman

Anett Penzes, a 26-year-old woman from London, started wearing the Niqab three years ago, shortly after converting to Islam. She was shocked that someone as high profile as Johnson could make such brazen comments. "Boris' comments on Niqabi women looking like letter boxes and bank robbers were very inappropriate, especially for someone in such a high position," she says. "I've had people walk past me and say that they hope the Niqab will be banned. It's very scary."...

USAID Is Unlikely To Succeed In Making Empowerment for Afghan Women a Reality
Rafia Zakaria

The war in Afghanistan, the world was smugly told, was to save Afghan women. Laura Bush announced it during a radio address, and Hillary Clinton repeated it ad nauseam. Even as late as 2012, when the war was in its second decade, these mantras were ubiquitous, repeated by nodding interpreters at the Nato summit in Chicago as awards and medals were handed out to those believed to be engaged in making the saving of Afghan women possible....

 

Extremists Seem to Abhor the West, Its History, Capitalism and Israel’s Existence
Ed Husain

Clearly, Britain’s openness and its rule of law are being exploited by extremists. And the threat we face is not diminishing. On September 11 2001, al-Qaeda was a ragtag army of about 300 fighters in the Hindu Kush Mountains. Today, from Syria alone there are 30,000 Isis fighters. Battle-hardened terrorists are being disseminated around the world as the caliphate loses its land....

US Policy Should Be To Reach Out To the Afghan Taliban, Bypassing Pakistan
Husain Haqqani

Pakistan appears to have effectively rejected Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s offer of a ‘reset’ in relations with the United States. The US offer was predicated on Pakistan playing a role ‘in bringing about a negotiated peace in Afghanistan’ and taking ‘sustained and decisive measures against terrorists and militants threatening regional peace and stability.’ Within a week of Pompeo’s short stopover in Islamabad, Pakistan’s Supreme Court has overruled restrictions imposed by the previous government on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a front for the terrorist Lashkar-e-Taiba...

 

Young British Muslims Exploring the Intersection between Their Religious, Social and Cultural Identities
Olivia Cuthbert

It’s a grey area that throws up a lot of questions for young British Muslims exploring the intersection between their religious, social and cultural identities. “I wanted to create something that celebrated British Muslim narratives and provide the opportunity for a different kind of representation,” Khalid says of the new creative collective he set up for Muslim artists...

 

The Bombs and Air Strikes Will Neither Defeat the Afghan Taliban, Nor End Opium Production
Rafia Zakaria

The options before the US seem to be a lost war or an endless war, and so far it seems to be choosing the latter. The bitter truth is that the Afghan people, weakened, ravaged, used and massacred, need opium to survive — they have been stripped of forms of livelihood that do not carry such devastating consequences for millions around the globe....

 

Anti-Muslim Administration Is the New Norm in America But Muslims Are Rising To the Occasion
Nihad Awad

The unprecedented level of civic engagement and grassroots effort displayed by more than 90 Muslim political candidates and their supporters ended in victories for many last month. Nine Somali-American, Arab-American, South Asian and African-American Muslim candidates from Minnesota won a series of primaries. Among them was Ilhan Omar — a former refugee — who won the Democratic primary in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District....

 

No One Can Stop the Coming Bloodbath In Idlib

About 3m people live in Idlib, the last big rebel pocket, roughly half of them displaced from other parts of Syria. Idlib has thus absorbed the most irreconcilable anti-regime rebels, among them jihadists linked to al-Qaeda, who know they face a fight to the death. So there is every reason to fear that the Syrian army will act even more savagely in Idlib than elsewhere....

 

Middle East and the West: Democracy Is Not On the Agenda in Saudi Arabia, But Social, Economic and Religious Reform Is
Thomas L. Friedman

Considering the hugely damaging role that Saudi Arabia played in the Arab Muslim world, when, post-1979, it began to aggressively spread its puritanical form of Islam — which helped to seed 9/11 — the idea that the kingdom has a leader today who might begin to shift Sunni Islam onto a more open and moderate path, one that would isolate radical Islamists and strengthen moderates everywhere, is a huge U.S. interest to nurture....

 

In exchange for fighting alongside the Polish-Lithuanian army, he granted Tatars lands stretching over 150km in an area around the city of Bialystok, inhabited by various cultures and religions, including Jews, Orthodox Belarusians, and Catholic Poles. Tatars largely belonged to the privileged class and many received noble titles and coats of arms in return for their service....

 

Use of English Is a Part of a Larger Historical Trajectory of Islam Being Embraced By a Diverse Range of Distinct Cultures
Akbar Ahmed

The majority Muslim areas alone represent five major language groups: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Bengali. They state, “It is our contention that English today could be as significant as Persian was in the past, as a vehicle for generating new thinking for emerging Muslim elites” (p.x)To demonstrate this, they provide examples of the way that Muslims in Britain are expressing their practice of Islam through art and activism. They illustrate the way that Muslims have been engaging with Western popular culture and incorporating their own forms of expression with the notion of a “Muslim Cool.”...

 

One May Remember London for Its Spectacular Sights and History, But I Remember It for Islam
Andy Ngo

I stopped outside the Masjid al-Tawhid, a South Asian Salafi mosque and madrasa (school), just before afternoon prayer time. A group of girls in robes and veils walked around back, toward the dumpsters, where the women’s entrance is located. I later saw the Islamic Shari’a Council of Leyton. This community has religious, educational, business and legal institutions to maintain a separate identity....

 

A Better Approach Would Be To Test The Syrian Government’s Ability To Embark On A New Course Than More War
Jimmy Carter

Western countries, including the United States, should re-engage incrementally with the Syrian government. They can start by reopening their embassies in Syria, since Western diplomats’ absence from Damascus has led to missed opportunities. The West should also abandon the goal of regime change and temper expectations of democratic transition in Syria in the short-to-medium term. Instead, the focus should be on patiently building democracy....

 
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