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Aid poured into fixing mosques while Gazans live in tents - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Aid poured into fixing mosques while Gazans live in tents - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Enormous funds are being funneled into the reconstruction of destroyed mosques in private projects that are directed by the donors themselves, with money Hamas cannot redirect toward housing displaced Gazans.
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One reason that the humanitarian crisis of Gaza is so under-addressed is that it is constantly being relabeled as a religious conflict rather than a political one. Creating mosques instead of homes is one way in which the Muslim world continues that distortion. While it may make a Muslim donor from another country feel that (s)he is serving Allah, it makes clear that the people of the strip mean nothing to him (her). Meanwhile—no when—hostilities break out again, these large, concrete structures, no matter how they are labeled, will be the natural targets for the Israeli air force thereby heightening the notion that Israel is anti-Islamic. Good sense and justice demand that the people of Gaza receive better. Places to pray are important but home, jobs, schools, and markets are crucial. 
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The Hero Muslim Cadet Who Puts Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to Shame

The Hero Muslim Cadet Who Puts Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to Shame | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Salman Hamdani rushed into the burning towers on 9/11—and when he didn’t come out, he was called a terrorist, just as Trump is slandering Muslims today.
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There are many Americans of Islamic faith who serve and protect. Let us not allow the haters and bigots to defame the contributions of such fine men and women. As an American I can never accept my country's going backward into segregating and judging based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. I hope you join me in denouncing the call of those who would divide us. 
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The Proxy War in Libya — The UAE vs Qatar

The Proxy War in Libya — The UAE vs Qatar | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The UAE and Qatar have an opportunity to positively shape the future of post-Qaddafi Libya. The question is whether they will seize that opportunity or continue to wage their proxy war in Libya.
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All too easily, we think of Islam as a unified entity. Realities in the Middle East and North Africa reveal that even within the Sunni world there are major tensions.
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Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam

Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Friends of Palestinian Ashraf Fayadh believe he is being punished for posting video showing religious police lashing a man in public
Kenneth Weene's insight:

How can the US continue to see Saudi Arabia as an ally when that country is capable of such barbarity against poetry? The country in which Islam should be most dedicated to looking at itself and exploring its own meaning has become the place in which change is least possible.

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Gulf States Set To Buy Iron Dome System

Gulf States Set To Buy Iron Dome System | Upsetment | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: The Gulf states are talking to firms about obtaining Israeli-developed anti-missile systems to defend against Iran.
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So Israel and the Sunni States are doing business, I wonder how many of the people in these Arab states know about this coming deal and how they would react if they did know. Perhaps it's time for the Arab world to accept the existence of Israel and get down to the business of really helping the Palestinians form a new state. Perhaps it's also time for people to stop hating and fighting one another in that region — including the Iranians. Then again, perhaps it's time for pigs to fly or a messiah to arrive.

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ISIS Using HIV Suicide Bombers?

ISIS Using HIV Suicide Bombers? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new news report about the terror army challenges us to disbelieve it.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

If they believe that the  only way to gain divine forgiveness is through jihad and death, then forcing (or allowing) children and other marginal members of ISIS to commit sins in preparation for the martyr role makes perfect sense. The issue of God's judgement and forgiveness is central to all theocratic political parties, be they Islamic, Christian, Jewish, or whatever.

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DeVon Harris's curator insight, September 4, 2015 12:57 PM

ISIS has found some HIV victims and they decided to turn them into suicide bombers and it's affecting people around the world. It really doesn't affect me because ISIS isn't a problem where I'm at.

Evan Richardson's curator insight, September 9, 2015 1:08 PM

Isis are now using people who have hiv/aids as suicide bombers. 

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ISIS Beheads Elderly Archeologist In Palmyra, Syrian Official Says

ISIS Beheads Elderly Archeologist In Palmyra, Syrian Official Says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Islamic State (IS) militants beheaded an antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his body on a column in a main square of the historic site, Syria's
Kenneth Weene's insight:

These barbarians are a disgrace to Islam and to the Arab world. It is time for the states of the Middle East to recognize that they have a cancer in their midst, one that feeds on poverty, ignorance, and the confusion that exists between historical faith and the modern world. If Islam is the "true expression of Allah's will", then its believers had best get to work to heal the body of their faith.

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Turkey will launch 'comprehensive battle' against Isis, foreign minister says

Turkey will launch 'comprehensive battle' against Isis, foreign minister says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Mevlüt Çavusoğlu says arrival in the country of US aircraft and drones means action against Isis in northern Syria is imminent
Kenneth Weene's insight:

As a lover of history, I find it fascinating that this new Islamic Crusade to take control of the Muslim world is forcing Turkey, homeland of the Ottoman Empire, into battle on the side of the status quo. Just goes to show what a a few hundred years can do.

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Calls for aid to Syria's Druze after al Qaeda kills 20

Calls for aid to Syria's Druze after al Qaeda kills 20 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Fighters from Syria's al Qaeda branch, the Nusra Front, have killed at least 20 Druze villagers, raising fear for one of Syria's minorities as insurgents including Sunni Islamists
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While I am not a Muslim, I do know that the Prophet never approved of killing "People of the Book," those who believed in the monotheistic faiths of the Middle East, which to the best of my knowledge includes the peaceful Druze, a group which practices a gentle faith and goodness. Any movement willing to attack such people cannot be Islamic in nature. They betray their proclaimed faith and shame themselves before their own god. What drives them is the political goals of their leaders and not any spiritual motivation. Sadly, the Middle East in suffering through a new era of crusades, but these the machinations of Sunni extremists. All of this, by the way, was set into motion by the Eisenhower overthrow of the Mossadegh which unbalanced the Sunni-Shia rivalry and allowed the emergence of radical Sunni-ism in Saudi Arabia and it was then intensified by the dissolution of Iraq as a result of the U.S. invasion under Bush Jr., a mistake his father knew better than to make. As with the Christian Crusades, which for all the rhetoric were only partly about Jerusalem and were greatly about overthrowing the Orthodox Church of the East, so also these crusades are primarily internal to the Islamic world.

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Pakistan gunmen kill 45 on Karachi Ismaili Shia bus - BBC News

Pakistan gunmen kill 45 on Karachi Ismaili Shia bus - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Gunmen attack a bus in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, killing at least 45 Ismaili Shia Muslims.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The Ismaili are a peaceful sect. While once quite dominant in Islam, this sub-sect of the Shia who revere the Aga Khan as their spiritual leader. They are very much about the symbolic and allegorical meaning of the Quran  as opposed to the more literal approach of the larger body of the Shia.

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Houthis clash with Saudi forces on Yemen border, dozens killed

Houthis clash with Saudi forces on Yemen border, dozens killed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
ADEN (Reuters) - Dozens of Houthi fighters were killed in clashes with Saudi forces on Yemen's northern border, Riyadh said on Thursday, while air strikes and artillery fire rocked the southern city of
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Of all the plagues God created in the Bible, the worst was clearly mankind. What an abominable species we can be. Of all the curses God created, the worst was clearly religion; oh the killing that is justified in the name of faith. And of all the madness of religious based barbarism the worst is clearly that of sect against sect. This proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has all the insanity of a Mad Comic Book but sadly none of the humor.

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Has the Caliphate Come to Kabul?

Has the Caliphate Come to Kabul? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 24, Ismail Keyhan arrived at Kabul's central bus station to pick up his father, Amini, a day laborer working…
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The Islamic nations of the world cannot escape the threat of ISIS, because at the core of Islam is the yearning for the true leader, the prophet. That is why a protestant revolution in Islam will always involve a threat to the world. "The Caliph will come and lead the forces of Allah to victory," is the underlying dream and refrain to which the young and disaffected rally. The key difference between Islam and Christianity is that Christianity ultimately involved the individual's faith-relationship with Christ while Islam is about submission of the individual to leadership through the faith. The Shia have found that leadership primarily through scholarship (ayatollahs), who can operate individually. The Sunni are looking for a great leader who will lead them on to victory. And into this mix marches the madness of the American military-industrial-espionage complex, a greed driven machine incapable of recognizing or understanding the complexity of the situation. We pushed in and undermined the overall stability, albeit the stability of madness, at the behest of the Republicans who thought that with might we could remake the world. More fools us.

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The Bigots in Our Backyard

The Bigots in Our Backyard | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some of the more memorable signs read, “Qur'an is hate speech,” “I'm the infidel your imam warned you about,” “Bible and Gun,” “Go home and take Obama with you,” and much more profane words were s...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Some who call themselves Americans are more filled with hatred and bigotry than with anything of the America that I grew up loving. Of course these are the same idiots who will then ask why no Muslims are condemning the terrorists. What a sad bunch they are.

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Does Engineering Education Breed Terrorists?

Does Engineering Education Breed Terrorists? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Nascent terrorists seem to be drawn to engineering. Their education may further radicalize them.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
It is inevitable that there will be sociological and psychological explorations of what turns people to terrorism. Certainly felt downward mobility and relative deprivation (the sense that one's outcome is lower than one deserves) are two of the factors that can produce rage. However, there is something else that I consider even more important, the rage that results when the world's external values and one's striving towards those values is clearly in conflict with and deprecating of the person's interior values. That discrepancy produces guilt, and guilt displaced is rage incarnate. The ultimate question is how can a person be both worldly and spiritual, can obey the laws of the marketplace and the inner expectations of goodness. Given such guilt driven rage and the need to express it, the individual looks for acceptable ways to scream his pain into the world, for what I call idioms of distress. The media and current events have made the use of terrorism and mass violence the common idiom for those in such pain. And its use is rationalized not only by its commonality but because the authorities who would combat it are equally violent, indeed given the size of their weapons even more so. Perhaps others can accept that we are by nature a violent species, but for my part I think there is hope if we can work towards a more just world in which humanistic and spiritual values are given just reward and in which religious leaders—especially Islamic—help the young to find a comfortable connection between faith and materialism. Of course, that was one of the great contributions of Calvin to Christianity. 
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Prayer Dispute Between Somalis and Plant Reshapes a Colorado Town, Again

Prayer Dispute Between Somalis and Plant Reshapes a Colorado Town, Again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The conflict offers a case study on what happens when matters of religious accommodation knock heads with the demands of the American assembly line.
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There are no easy answers to the balancing of religion and business. If a large group leaves in the middle of a shift to worship, does that mean that the line has to close down—an unreasonable cost for the company? On the other hand, obviously we in America believe that workers should have the right to pray. Everybody loses in this story, especially the town. 
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Saudis announce Islamic anti-terrorism coalition - BBC News

Saudis announce Islamic anti-terrorism coalition - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia announces the formation of a 34-nation military alliance to fight terrorism made up of mainly Muslim countries.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The problem is who is defining terrorism. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia, home of the most virile jihadist philosophy, is not likely to fight the same people the Euro-American world would want to fight. We might agree on those who want to establish a caliphate, groups like Al Quaeda and ISIS, but not on those who, for instance, want to further women's rights or extend democratic processes. 

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Don’t Give ISIS What It Wants

Don’t Give ISIS What It Wants | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Ensure that cooler heads prevail after an attack, resist the urge for retribution, and other ways to make sure the terrorists don’t win.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is an excellent analysis of the issues. I would add that ISIS is counting on an anti-Muslim reaction, especially in Europe, to solidify their position as a legitimate expression of Islamic necessity among the vast numbers of Muslims who now view them with trepidation or even downright horror. Also, would-be prophets always require a struggle to legitimize themselves. That is why, for example, the Egypt myth is so integral a part to the formation of Judaism and Peter and Paul's stories to Christianity. Of course Muhammad fought his own war. So the massive military campaign that must be waged will make ISIS stronger for the short term.

Next, and I think this crucial to the nature of modern Islam is the relative unavailability of redemption within the faith. Unlike Christianity which offers contrition as a path to salvation or Judaism which simply accepts that following the faith's rituals and rules will lead to being written into the book of life for another year, Islam offers only the death of a martyr as a path to redeeming oneself after apostasy. Add that to the frustration that many young Muslims feel as their economic and social expectations are blocked by the world's inequities and the resulting sense of failure and attendant guilt and we have the makings of a terrorist, determined to redeem him/herself in the eyes of Allah.

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No regrets, no remorse: Isis mastermind who sent out 15 suicide bombers

No regrets, no remorse: Isis mastermind who sent out 15 suicide bombers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Islamic State commander who claims to have armed and directed more than a dozen attacks in Baghdad shows no remorse as he details his deadly campaign
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What to do with a monster who willingly orders the deaths of innocent women and children. Who, in the name of a god, rains down destruction on others, even those who worship that same god. In the Middle Ages he would have been the guest of honor at an auto-da-fé. But we no longer indulge ourselves in such wanton cruelty; besides which such a death would be too easy for him, especially when he is so sure that it will bring paradise. I would put him in a cage within a pigsty and let him live there surrounded by his porcine brethren until he begged them to eat him. Hopefully, the pigs will not be sickened by such a disgusting meal.

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The Iranian-Saudi Proxy Wars Come to Mali

The Iranian-Saudi Proxy Wars Come to Mali | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In schools, mosques, and cultural centers, Shiites and Sunnis are battling for African hearts and minds.
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Allah forbid that the two main branches of Islam cooperate on educating the young. When the blood bath comes in this peaceful country, will anyone deserve the blessings of their god? Have you listened to my short story In My Father's House? https://soundcloud.com/kenneth-weene/in-my-fathers-house

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Kuwait uncovers huge arms cache held by cell with Hezbollah ties

Kuwait uncovers huge arms cache held by cell with Hezbollah ties | Upsetment | Scoop.it
3 held with a huge arms cache found to have links with Hezbollah local media
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Ah, the key. There are those who want to stoke the fire of disagreement between Shia and Sunni in order to serve their own goals of power. It is time for the leadership in every Muslim country to push for a political rapprochement between the two main branches of Islam. Just as Christianity managed to evolve from the chaos of the Hundred Years War into the multi-sectarian world of today, Islam must find a way to live at peace within itself. Perhaps it is time for the leadership of Iran and Saudi Arabia to begin the necessary dialog. Will America and her partners support the process of building peace? 

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Wave Of Attacks Kill 50 Soldiers In Egypt

Wave Of Attacks Kill 50 Soldiers In Egypt | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The death toll rises after seemingly coordinated blasts in a region of the country that has seen increasing insurgent activity.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

As the Muslim world implodes, the only possible solution for the existing Islamic countries is to come together to work for stability. Forget theological differences and recognize the threat of regional instability. The U.S. and Europe should be supporting that co-operation and encouraging historical enemies and lukewarm friends to work together to stop the violence and terror. That work, by the way, must include education and economic opportunity for all. The Islamic world includes way to many poor people, way to many people who have in effect been cut off from personal achievement and accomplishment.

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Islamic State shows off ‘spoils of war’ from recent battles near Fallujah | The Long War Journal

Islamic State shows off ‘spoils of war’ from recent battles near Fallujah | The Long War Journal | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Islamic State released footage showcasing recent fighting in the town of Karmah which sits just east of Fallujah. The video, which is over ten minutes long, is produced by the jihadist group’s Wilayat al Fallujah, its administrative division for the area.

The video features heavy gunfights between Iraqi Security Forces and jihadists. Several technicals are shown to have been used, as well as several rocket-propelled grenades (RPG’s) and SPG-9’s.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Do we remember the #Crusades? The world is seeing a new crusade from within Islam. Led by the disaffected, fueled by the faithful determined to go to heaven,  and let free into the world by the corruption of many governments and the failure of American foreign policy, ISIS is the current embodiment of this fanatical religious movement. Will the take Jerusalem before the battle is over, or will they be defeated by a coalition of modernists? Can America lead that coalition or are we unable to see beyond the military moment?

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'Creeping Sharia' Howls Its Way Back Into The Spotlight

'Creeping Sharia' Howls Its Way Back Into The Spotlight | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It's been a few months since talk of Muslim "no-go zones" was all the rage among conservative politicians and pundits, but the people in that same circle are starting to gin up fears of "creeping Sharia" law again.

The uptick in concern about the threat of Sharia law to the United States came even as some prominent conservatives surprisingly refused to lionize Pamela Geller, the notoriously anti-Muslim blogger who organized the Mohammad cartoon-drawing contest where two gunmen opened fire earli
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I wonder if sharia law will be a topic tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 14, at 9 PM Eastern U.S. Time, as I discuss Islam and the Rab World with noted Moroccan journalist Ahmed Benchemsi on It Matters Radio. http://www.itmattersradio.com

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Regional offensive against rebels trying to take over Yemen presses on

Regional offensive against rebels trying to take over Yemen presses on | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Airstrikes target presidential compound in the rebel-controlled capital and military installations.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The overlapping of Sunni—Shia conflict, the concern of established governments versus threat of revolution, and the threat of "universal" movements such as the caliphate claims of ISIS and the Anti_Westernization emphasis of Al Qaeda combine to make Yemen one of the hottest spots in the world. Tikrit in Iraq is another. So why is the U.S. so present and involved in either of those places? Because we have decided that we are the policemen of the world, and just as our police at home have become militarized so has our foreign policy. God save us from the continued influence of the military-industrial-espionage complex.

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Isis kidnaps 90 Christians in Syria, say activists

Isis kidnaps 90 Christians in Syria, say activists | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Militants retreating from Kurdish attack seized 90 Assyrian Christians near Tal Tamr, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
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If there is one goal of ISIS that is clear it is to create the greatest possible rift between Islam and other faiths. While killing peaceful Christians and Jews totally at odds with the teachings of The Prophet, this is their strategy. If we Westerners fall into their trap, we will condemn Islam and strengthen ISIS's claims that there needs to be a new caliphate. Our best strategy continues to be to involve the Muslim countries in the region and to keep this a battle between a criminal cult within Islam and legitimate Muslim leaders. Hence, we must encourage Iranian and Saudi involvement, one major Shia country and the other Sunni. Perhaps ISIS will help bridge the gap between those two branches of Islam. Which, of course, will mean other problems for Israel and for the West.

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