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"Upon declaration of our independence on July 4, 1776, two of the first three heads of states who recognized the sovereignty of the United States were Muslims and one of them was a Muslim from India. Americans, Indians and Muslims ... were all opposed to colonial rule": The so-called "Islamic State" may not be Islamic, but it is definitely a state, for like other states it fixes potholes and kills people ... ... so remember that the nation-state paradigm was invented by the West when you wonder why "young Muslims from Western countries have heeded the bloodcurdling call of the Islamic State, leaving behind societies they see as decadent, hypocritical and irreligious to start new lives in a war zone": Tunisia declares a state of emergency in the wake of the beach hotel killings, but were those killings revenge for the U.S. airstrike that killed Saifallah Benhassine on June 13? "[D]ue to federal judge Curtis Collier's order, attorneys behind the deal have 21 days to prove that Doggart is 'a true threat' in the eyes of the law. Both the prosecutor and government had acknowledged that it was a true threat": Even as a  Daesh affiliate claims credit for rocket attacks from Sinai on Israel, the PA, Daesh and Israel,all strike out against Hamas: "A government-linked Saudi news website says that King Salman has ordered an investigation and trial against a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group": Muqtedar Khan talks "about a moment in Muslim history when racism was transcended and its enduring legacy" and of the "first black Muslim" who is a hero to African-American Muslims and the model for every Muslim who has ever given the call to prayer, regardless of race or ethnicity: "Albania under Hoxha was one of the world’s most paranoid, self-isolated regimes. It was a place where atheism was the state religion and private car ownership, beards and long hair were banned.... Foreign travel was utterly inconceivable for ordinary Albanians. Contact with foreign ideas spelled trouble": As the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program enter the home stretch ... ... Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sees "hope, because I see emergence of reason over illusion. I sense that my negotiating partners have recognised that coercion and pressure never lead to lasting solutions, but to more conflict and further hostility”:



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