Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Myanmar: Al Qaeda hopes to exploit the plight of country’s embattled Muslims

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For Al Qaeda, their [Rohingya] suffering is a convenient call to arms, especially now that the terror consortium — losing global attention to the Islamic State — is struggling to develop a new offensive in South Asia.

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By Patrick Winn | September 15, 2014

Myanmar’s Rohingya people have been hacked to death, driven from their homes and quarantined in grubby camps. Many are shrunken from malnutrition and disease.

But while most see their condition as a tragedy, Al Qaeda sees opportunity.

From obscurity, the Rohingya plight has in recent years exploded into an international scandal. No country will claim them as their own. Though about 800,000 Rohingya inhabit the western shores of Myanmar, the Buddhist-led government there labels them foreign invaders from Bangladesh. Vigilantes have purged them from cities using arson and murder. Human Rights Watch calls this bloody exodus “ethnic cleansing.”

The Rohingya also happen to be Muslim.

UK: Aldershot Ahmadi Muslim group condemns 'horrific' ISIS murders

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Members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK's Aldershot branch say they are united behind family of murdered Briton David Haines.

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By Pete Bryant-hamp | September 16, 2014

The murder of British aid worker David Haines has been condemned by members of a Muslim group in Aldersot.

A video of Mr Haines being beheaded by an Islamic State (ISIS) militant with a British accent was posted online at the weekend and was described by prime minister David Cameron as the work of "monsters".

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK Aldershot branch this week voiced their horror at the actions, committed supposedly in the name of Islam, stating that they "categorically reject extremists".

Sameea Jonnud, a member of the Aldershot group, said: "I know that Aldershot members are horrified at the murder and also the fact that British Muslims, who should share the same values we do, are taking part in these atrocities.

Perspective: The Key to Defeating ISIS | Qasim Rashid

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It is worth noting that Maududi had zero training on Islamic theology. Indeed, Prophet Muhammad nor the Qur'an validate al-Baghdadi's or Maududi's warped and self-concocted ideology.

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By Qasim Rashid | September 15, 2014

While President Obama reveals his plan to obliterate ISIS with force, and Bill Maher continues his ignorant rant to tie ISIS to Islam, New York Times journalist David Brooks provides the correct counter to ISIS in his September 4 column, "But, ultimately, [ISIS is] a spiritual movement that will have to be surmounted by a superior version of Islam."

Brooks is right. ISIS is bad ideology and the best cure for bad ideas are better ideas. The obvious question, therefore, is does a superior version of Islam exist today and if so, where is it?

In 1963, Islamic scholar and member of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Tahir Ahmad, wrote a landmark book titled Murder in the Name of Allah. This book dismantled the terrorist Mullah Maududi's dystopian claim that Islam should conquer the world through violent jihad. Some twenty years prior in 1941, Maududi established his right-wing political party known as Jamaat e Islaami with the goal of establishing an Islamic State to conquer the world.

Indonesia: Amnesty demands end to caning as a punishment in Aceh

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Previously, in June 2014, four men were also caned for gambling in the province’s Central Aceh district. Between 2010 and 2013 at least 139 people were caned in Aceh province for Shari’a offences.

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By AI | September 15, 2014

Amnesty International deplores the caning of five men on 5 September 2014 in Pidie district, in Indonesia’s Aceh province. The Indonesian government must end the use of caning as a form of punishment, and the bylaws that provide for it in Aceh province must be repealed.

The five men were each given seven or eight strokes of the cane as hundreds of people looked on outside the Al Falah mosque in Sigli, Pidie district. All of them had been convicted of gambling (maisir) under Aceh bylaw (qanun) no.13/2003 by the Sigli Shari’a court in August 2014.

Previously, in June 2014, four men were also caned for gambling in the province’s Central Aceh district. Between 2010 and 2013 at least 139 people were caned in Aceh province for Shari’a offences.

Monday, September 15, 2014

USA: Ayaan Hirsi Ali draws criticism from fellow atheists at Yale | RNS

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“We do not believe Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents the totality of the ex-Muslim experience. Although we acknowledge the value of her story, we do not endorse her blanket statements on all Muslims and Islam.”

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By Kimberly Winston | September 15, 2014

A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Monday night (Sept. 15).

While her previous campus critics have included members of religious groups, especially Muslims, this time the critics include Ali’s fellow ex-Muslims and atheists.

“We do not believe Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents the totality of the ex-Muslim experience,” members of Yale Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics posted on Facebook Friday (Sept. 12). “Although we acknowledge the value of her story, we do not endorse her blanket statements on all Muslims and Islam.”

Those statements include calling Islam “the new fascism” and “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” She has called for the closing of Muslim schools in the West, where she settled after immigrating from her native Somalia, and is a vocal advocate for the rights of women and girls in Islam.

The students’ statement continued: “We believe Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents a sadly common voice in the atheist community that attacks and provokes, rather than contributes to constructive criticism or dialogue.” [ more ... ]

Perspective: Obama’s risky plan to fight Isis

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President Obama’s primary objective of “degrading and destroying” Isis is to be achieved through counterterrorism operations where the CIA has a lead.

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By Afzal Ashraf | September 11, 2014

Involving regional countries in the conflict represents the most immature part of a risky US plan

By addressing the political and presentational aspects of the use of force in advance of military operations, President Obama has signalled a shift in American foreign policy culture, at least in the design of his strategy. In terms of delivery too he has indicated a greater emphasis on CIA-led counterterrorism operations compared with US military-led counterinsurgency operations. But almost every element is fraught with risk and, because he has subcontracted more to other nations than previous US presidents, he has less control over outcomes.

An Iraqi-led fight supported on the ground by a coalition of regional players signals a novel politically sensitive approach by the US. To what extent that has been driven by a lack of appetite in the US for boots on the ground and to what extent it is a lesson learned from past failures is unclear. The timing of the speech, just two days after the announcement of a new Iraqi government, is no coincidence. It is evidence of intense behind-the-scenes diplomatic activity to ensure that the Maliki regime’s parochial Shia domination does not recreate the conditions that led to the crisis. There is, however, no indication that the new government will be able to unite a country whose identity faultlines are now fractured beyond repair. If that government fails then in a decade or so, the grievances that led to the rise of Islamic State (Isis) may breed another virulent rebellion.

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