Religious scholars from all schools of thought on Saturday issued a fatwa (religious decree) that declared suicide attacks, armed insurgency against a state and use of force in the name of imposing Shariah as ‘Haram’ or forbidden in Islam.
Alain Gabon June 25, 2017 analysis of terrorist acts, Assad's campaign of violence and terror, attacks on 9/11, BASHAR AL-ASSAD, Islam and terrorism, jihadism, Muslims, mystification, state terrorism, terrorist attacks, terrorists not only muslim, terrorists not only Muslims
Ask most people who has committed the worst terrorist attack in Europe in the past decade or two. They’ll probably say Muslims. They would be wrong.
Neville Teller June 16, 2017 Hezbollah and terrorism, Hezbollah guerillas, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hezbollah supported by Iran, Hezbollah weakened by Syrian civil war, Hezbollah's missiles and rockets, Hezbollah-Israeli war, Iran's rocket-manufacturing facilities in Lebanon, Iranian terorrist campaign, Israeli airstrikes, oppose Western influences and Israel, targets in Israel of Hezbollah, terrorist attacks in Lebanon
Hezbollah planted itself in the soil of Lebanon in the early 1980s, when the state was being torn apart by civil conflict. Drawing their inspiration from the extremist Shia-based philosophy expounded by Iran’s first Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomenei, Hezbollah’s three founders declared that its purpose was to oppose Western influences in general and Israel’s existence in particular. Heavily supported by Iran, it proceeded over the following years to give effect to its raison d’être by initiating a series of horrendous terrorist operations against the objects of its hatred.
Tensions between Egypt’s religious leadership and its political leadership—represented by the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb, and Egypt’s President respectively—have reached a point where they can no longer be concealed. The underlying disagreement has become public, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has raised this issue in his public speeches, the most recent of which dealt with verbal divorce, to the point where Sisi told el-Tayeb, “you’ve exhausted me, honorable Imam.” The Council of Senior Scholars, which is headed by the Sheikh of al-Azhar, rejected Sisi’s call for divorce to be documented in order for it to be recognized….
James M. Dorsey June 16, 2017 annual pilgrimage to Mekka, breaking off diplomatic relations with Qatar, Fethullah Gulen, Gulf crisis, isolation of Qatar, pressure on Muslim-majority states, Saudi Arabia threatens Muslim majority states, Saudi Arabia's campaign against Qatar, Saudi-UAE, strong relationship between Turkey and Qatar, United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia, in a first move to pressure mostly Muslim majority states to join its campaign against Qatar, has persuaded six sub-Saharan African nations with threats of reduced financial aid and restricted quotas for the haj, the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, to follow its lead in taking punitive steps against Qatar.
Neville Teller June 2, 2017 Ayatollah Khomeini, Ebrahim Raisi, Iran and terrorism, Iran's isolation, Iran's regional hegemony, Iran's Supreme Leader, Iranian revolution 1979, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), nuclear deal, nuclear weapons, re-election of Hassan Rouhani, sanctions against Iran, Shia Islam, Trump in Saudi Arabia, Trump's condemnation of the Iranian regime
The 20th of May 2017 was a red letter day for Middle East politics. Not only was Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, re-elected by a substantial majority to a second term of office, but it was the day that US President Trump, on the opening leg of his first foreign tour, landed in Saudi Arabia to a right royal reception and, within hours, was signing a multi-billion dollar deal with his hosts.
Pakistani General Raheel Sharif walked into a hornet’s nest when he stepped off a private jet in Riyadh two weeks ago to take command of a Saudi-led, 41-nation military alliance. Things have gone from bad to worse since.
James M. Dorsey June 26, 2017 autocratic regimes, counterrevolution, Gulf crisis, international support, militaries, political change, Qatar, repression, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Saudi-UAE boycott of Qatar, similitaries between the gulf crisis and Southeast Asia, Southeast asia, Southeast Asian militaries
Two competing visions of ensuring regime survival are battling it out in the Gulf.