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‘Bring Back Our Girls’ -
MAY 3, 2014 | NYT | Nicholas Kristof.

Mothers and relatives of kidnapped schoolgirls in northern Nigeria gathered late last month.
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Nicholas_Kristof  Africa  women  insurgencies  Nigeria  Boko_Haram  human_trafficking  education  schools  counterinsurgency  extremism  Muslim  kidnappings 
may 2014 by jerryking
Muslims terrorized

Toronto Ruth Ilyse (London Calling letters, J 9) writes that "people are dying every day in Iraq and Afghanistan" and as a result "the U.S. and its allies must get out of Iraq and Afghanistan." Dennis Bryant (Salutin's London letter, July 9) writes that the U.S. is "terrorizing the populations of Muslim countries and using dictators as proxies,Have these people been watching the news? People are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan because of suicide bombings and shootings carried out by Islamic terrorists not unlike the ones behind the London attacks. Muslim populations are being terrorized in Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey by, you guessed it, Islamic terrorists.
As for dictators, the United States and its allies toppled a dictator in Iraq who had attacked neighbouring Muslim countries and had probably killed more Muslims than any other leader of the 20th century. Oh yes, and the U.S. also got rid of a brutal, terrorist-friendly Islamic theocracy in Afghanistan. Remember?
Muslim  Islam  terrorism  letters_to_the_editor 
march 2013 by jerryking
'Islamofascism' -
August 17, 2006| WSJ| By ROGER SCRUTON
Islam  Muslim 
july 2012 by jerryking
Unjustified violence
14 June 2006 | The Globe and Mail | Letter to Editor
terrorism  letters_to_the_editor  Tibet  Muslim  Buddhism  China  violence 
june 2012 by jerryking
What should Muslims do?
08 July 2005 | The Globe and Mail A.19.| Irshad Manji.

Today marks Islam's holiest day of the week, when the most important sermons -- known as khutbas -- are delivered in mosques everywhere. And that's why Muslims around the world face a test in the next several hours. Assuming we're serious that Islam means peace, we must demand that our Friday khutbas denounce London's terrorist explosions in unambiguous terms.

Here's what I predict will happen instead. The preachers will express condolences for the victims and condemnation for the criminals. Then they'll add, "But Britain should have never invited this response by joining America in Iraq."

The trouble with this line of reasoning is that terrorists have never needed an Iraq debacle to justify their violent jihads . What exactly was the Iraq of 1993, when Islamic radicals tried to blow up the World Trade Center? Or of 2000, when the USS Cole was attacked? That came after U.S. military intervention saved thousands of Muslims in Bosnia. If staying out of Iraq protected anybody from terrorism, then why did "insurgents" last year kidnap two journalists from France -- the most anti-war, anti-Bush nation in the West? Even solidarity with the Iraqi people, demonstrated by CARE's top relief worker in the area, Margaret Hassan, didn't shield her from assassination.

These are the facts that Muslims must take to their preachers at today's sermons. A clear repudiation of the London bombings won't bring back the dead. What it can do is help the rest of the world differentiate between the moderates and the apologists.
ProQuest  moderates  Irshad_Manji  Muslim  Islamic 
june 2012 by jerryking
Blind Faith
May 20, 2004 | WSJ |By IRSHAD MANJI.

"Muslim reaction to the beheading of Nicholas Berg tells us a lot about what's happening in the Islamic world. More than that, it reveals what's not happening, yet needs to, if Muslims are going to transcend the intellectual and moral crisis in which we find ourselves today."...."Which means religion is no innocent bystander in the violence perpetrated by Muslims. Just as moderate Christians and Jews acknowledge the nasty side of their holy texts, modern Muslims ought to come clean about how our sacred script informs terror."...Moderate Muslims, like moderate Christians and Jews, shouldn't be afraid to ask: What if our holy script isn't perfect? What if it's inconsistent, even contradictory? What if it's riddled with human biases? As an illiterate trader, Prophet Mohammed relied on scribes to jot down the words he heard from God. Sometimes the Prophet himself had an agonizing go at deciphering what he heard. What's wrong with saying so?

What's wrong with not saying so is this: If we Muslims can't bring ourselves to question the peaceable perfection of the Koran, then we can't effectively question the actions that flow from certain readings of it. All we'll be doing is chanting that the terrorists broke the rules, without coming to terms with where they got their concept of "the rules" in the first place. In which case, we'll only be sanitizing what we don't want to hear.
Irshad_Manji  moderation  Muslim  Islam  terrorism  religion 
may 2012 by jerryking
Friedman: Spiritual missile shield a better defense - Houston Chronicle
Published 06:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2001

That is a task that must begin with Muslims themselves, which some are eager to do. They are eager for a language and a leadership that can reform Islam in a way that will make it more compatible with modern education, pluralism and religious tolerance. An e-mail message arrived the other day from a young Pakistani-American woman about a column I wrote decrying religious totalitarianism. She said: "You basically articulate the views of myself and many American Muslims that I know. I am only saddened that more Muslims do not come forward and articulate the same truth publicly -- that an Islamic enlightenment (I prefer `enlightenment' to your choice of `reform') is long overdue and this enlightenment should nurture a dynamic, progressive Islamic thought that embraces plurality and modernity. ... These ideas would be most persuasive to the masses of Muslims if conveyed by other Muslims."

On Al Jazeera TV the other night there was a debate on this subject in which the Arab journalist Ahmad al-Sarraf asked: "Why don't we have tolerance? This rhetoric of hatred is in all sermons, in all schoolbooks. ... We don't need America to interfere and teach us how to worship, but we need a certain element to force us to change our curriculum that calls for extremism."

The question is: Will any Arab-Muslim leaders rise to address these feelings, or will they all duck and hope that the storm blows over? Will the United States raise these issues of pluralism and tolerance with our Muslim allies, or will we duck as long as the oil keeps flowing?
tolerance  Tom_Friedman  Muslim  silence 
january 2012 by jerryking
Pop-Tarts Or Freedom? - Op-Ed -
January 16, 2005 | NYT | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN;

In the wake of U.S. aid to help Muslim and other victims of the recent tsunami, Colin Powell suggested that maybe, now that the Muslim world had seen ''American generosity'' and ''American values in action,'' it wouldn't be so hostile to America.

Don't hold your breath waiting for a thank-you card. If the fact that American soldiers have risked their lives to save the Muslims of Bosnia, the Muslims of Kuwait, the Muslims of Somalia, the Muslims of Afghanistan and the Muslims of Iraq has earned the U.S. only the false accusation of being ''anti-Muslim,'' trust me, U.S. troops passing out bottled water and Pop-Tarts in Indonesia are not going to erase that lie. It is not an exaggeration to say that, if you throw in the Oslo peace process, U.S. foreign policy for the last 15 years has been dominated by an effort to save Muslims -- not from tsunamis, but from tyrannies, mostly their own theocratic or autocratic regimes.
U.S.foreign_policy  Arab-Muslim_world  Arab_Spring  autocrats  op-eds  Tom_Friedman  anti-Americanism  tyrants  tsunamis  Muslim  Colin_Powell 
january 2012 by jerryking
Tackling the dangerous ideology of victimhood
Jun 6, 2006 | The Globe and Mail. pg. A.16| Editorial

Muslims are not oppressed worldwide. Forty leading Arab and Muslim intellectuals, including Canadian economist Atif Kubursi, have come out and said so in the past few years in the Arab Human Development Reports done for the United Nations. They have said, for instance, that in the development of knowledge, Arab (usually Islamic) countries lag far behind the West and even the leading countries of the Third World. The faults lie within, they wrote.

The notion that Canadian Muslims are victims is nonsense....In Canada, Muslims do not find themselves living in separate communities as in Britain, where in 17 primary schools, 90 per cent of students are Bangladeshi. They are not living in sprawling suburban ghettos, as in France. Female Muslims are not forbidden to wear the traditional head scarf in public schools, as in France. Schools make enormous accommodations -- barring male lifeguards, for instance, to permit special swimming periods for Muslim girls.
ProQuest  victimhood  Muslim  Canada  ideologies  terrorism  editorials 
october 2011 by jerryking
The chambermaid’s ordeal never ends - The Globe and Mail
LYSIANE GAGNON | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, May. 30, 2011
sexual_assault  Dominique_Strauss-Kahn  New_York_City  Guinea  immigrants  Muslim  chambermaids 
may 2011 by jerryking
Extremism: Canadian Muslims must keep their eyes on the ball
Oct. 14, 2009 | Globe & Mail | by Sheema Khan. "Since
9/11, many Muslims felt the pendulum swayed excessively to the side of
security. They have worked alongside human-rights activists and the
courts to shift the balance toward civil liberties. However, the
principles of justice and their faith demand vigilance against both
rights abuses by government and security threats from extremists within
their own community. A disproportionate amount of attention has been
paid to the former. This must change."
extremism  Islamic  Muslim  civil_liberties  security  Canadian  silence 
november 2009 by jerryking
Not a root cause
Aug 11, 2006. pg. A.16 The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Letter to the editor by Alex Hacker.
letters_to_the_editor  Muslim  root_cause  Timothy_Garton_Ash 
march 2009 by jerryking
Ahmadinejad's routine
21/10/06 G&M op-ed.

Muslim silence in the face of Mr. Ahmadinejad's foolish rants is highly
damaging. Unopposed, such dangerous radicals as Mr. Ahmadinejad may
appear to be speaking for a large portion of the Islamic world. That
helps no one, least of all Muslims.
Europe  op_ed  Iran  Ahmadinejad  Muslim  silence  moderates  anti-Semitism  double_standards 
february 2009 by jerryking
No, sheik, sorry isn't good enough | The Australian
| November 01, 2006 Article from: The Australian by Janet Albrechtsen
meat  Australia  Muslim  clerics  sexual_assault 
february 2009 by jerryking

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