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Anyone who says the Quran advocates terrorism obviously hasn’t read its lessons on violence

Image result for In pictures: Stockholm truck attack, independentOnly two groups in our society promote the “Quran teaches terrorism” myth: anti-Muslim pundits and Isis extremists. Both are wrong.

This simplistic conclusion ignores that many groups in many countries are experiencing terror right now. It ignores the international arms trade from powerful western nations that wholly disregards human rights and has caused the death of more than 60,000 children in Yemen. And it ignores the fact that as Somalians suffer a massive famine Western media virtually ignores them – as it has ignored the Syrian crisis for the last several years….more:  independent.

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” — Silence Dogood aka Benjamin Franklin, U.S. Founding Father

China Bans Veils and ‘Abnormal’ Beards

Image: Muslim Uighur woman in Xinjiang China has banned wearing veils as part of a major crackdown on what it sees as religious extremism in the western province of Xinjiang.

The measure, which comes into effect Saturday, also bans “abnormal” beards and names, as well as other “extremist signs.” Forcing others to wear veils is also forbidden.

Xinjiang, China’s westernmost region, is home to the Uighurs, a Muslim group which claims to face discrimination from the Han Chinese.

Theguardian: Who are the new jihadis?

Photo published for Who are the new jihadis? | Olivier Roy | The long readThere is something new about the jihadi terrorist violence of the past two decades. Both terrorism and jihad have existed for many years, and forms of “globalised” terror – in which highly symbolic locations or innocent civilians are targeted, with no regard for national borders – go back at least as far as the anarchist movement of the late 19th century. What is unprecedented is the way that terrorists now deliberately pursue their own deaths…MORE: theguardian

The ‘mother of all bombs’ is big, deadly – and won’t lead to peace

Image result for theguardian.mother of all bombsThe idea that the US military can vanquish the enemy with ferocious air power is certainly not new, but history tells a different story. The US military dropped over seven million tons of explosives in south-east Asia and still lost the Vietnam war.

In the first days of the Afghan war, we were told that US airpower was no match for the ragtag, poor, uneducated Taliban religious fanatics. Indeed, we saw the precursor to the MOAB used right after the US invasion in 2001. It was the so-called Daisy Cutter, named after the shape of the crater it leaves, weighing 15,000 pounds…more: theguardian

Fighting female genital mutilation among India’s Bohra

While little was known about female genital mutilation in India, that is all changing thanks to Ranalvi and a group of women who have come together under the forum “Speak out on FGM” to tell of their experiences and to encourage other women to speak out too.

Last month a petition was launched by 17 Bohra women calling for a law banning FGM in India.

“A lot of Bohra women contacted me wanting to speak out and talk about what happened to them,” Ranalvi said…MORE:  aljazeera.com  MORE: FGM charge for Detroit doctor Jumana Nagarwala in US first