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  1. Regardless of what you may think about domestic policies, what makes folks like Ron Paul and Mike Gravel stand out was their strong opposition towards neoconservatism and neoconservative programs. There were times when Bernie Sanders wavered a little. But if I had to post an opinion about candidates running for this years election, I say Bernie or bust.
  2. As communism went the way of the dodo bird (with only a few smaller nations still adhering to Marxist-Leninist ideology), the powers that be, moving and shaking the west, needed a new boogeyman. This boogeyman would be embodied by cultural-religious-civilizational values. It was not just Islam, but also Confucian/Sinic values that would also be declared an anathema to the west. Huntington even predicted a "Sino-Islamic" alliance against the liberal west in Clash of Civilizations? but he also predicted as Western-Orthodox/Slavic alliance against the Sino-Islamic one. As we see today, Islamophobic sentiment is off the charts, and there is a China-fear as China ascends to super power status and begins to eclipse the west, including the United States in some aspects. Although Huntington got a few things wrong. There does not seem to be a Western-Orthodox alliance as was visible in the 90s. While it was true that Russia was close to the west in the 90s, during Huntington's prominence, and Russia's liberal period, it is no longer true now with Russia re-asserting its status as a geopolitical power, to the chagrin of the west. Also, I would argue that "Abode of Islam" is more of a spectator, and itself a "fault-line" feuded over between the opposing players of the West and the Orthodox-Confucian alliance (embodied by BRICS, SCO, etc). Supposedly, Huntington himself did not support nor advocate these clashes happen, he just predicted them. If you read the expanded book, Samuel P. Huntington wrote an entire chapter explaining the question mark in his 1993 essay title Clash of Civilizations?
  3. Just because homosexuality existed in pre-modern societies, including Islamic ones, does not make it right. Also, homosexuality was not flaunted as openly and proudly in the past as it is today. As for appreciating male beauty, handsomeness, masculinity, etc, there is absolutely nothing gay about that. It was common for warriors and soldiers of pre-modern civilizations to appreciate these qualities of their fellow brothers-in-arms, it was good for morale. You look at lot of the popular depictions of the Ali, Hassan, Hussain, Ibn Abbas, etc in the artwork you see in many Mosques and Imambarghas, you often see them depicted as tall, muscular, powerful, heroic, exceedingly handsome, brave men who stood tall and stood their grounds against the pathetic tyrants and mischief makers I think modern western queer theorists tend to overstate the subject of homosexuality among Spartans, Legionnaires, Samurai, Knights, Muslims, etc, and they do so as a tactic to further justify homosexuality.
  4. As a Twelver, I don't agree with them on grounds of theology, but I consider them Muslim and I will give salam to them and show respect to them. I honestly don't get some of the Shi'a (especially the Lana'at centered ones who cry the loudest about Shi'a genocide,Sunni chauvinism in world) who are totally against them. Some of them consider Alawites to be straight up kuffar and even root against them in Syria, ironically thereby fraternizing with the takfiri forces killing the Shi'a and threatening the Lady Zainab Shrine there.
  5. To the comment above, I agree with the overall sentiment, I agree that Sanders is a "decent" guy compared to the other candidates and the entire Democratic Party establishment. However, I think Ron Paul and Mike Gravel were better, compared to Bernie, who has some dark areas on the issues. I really liked how Ron Paul warned against the "Clash of Civilization", and he is probably the only (former) mainstream U.S. politician to do something like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opYwBt9x64k
  6. Pepsi tastes better than Coke IMHO, so I go with Pepsi in that regard. However, someone compared the current crop of candidates to lethal poisons, which is probably more apt, with folks Bernie Sanders, Mike Gravel, Ron Paul, etc being non-lethal, but still very bitter drinks.
  7. Although some would argue that culture is tied to economics. Max Weber was big into this assertion, especially when he compared Protestant Northern European nations to the relatively backwards Catholic ones. While I do not agree with Neil deGrasse-Tyson on most religious matters, he did have a point in his infamous criticism of al-Ghazali, and his movement promoted many narrow-mindedness and "spiritual" intoxicants as a norm in Islam. This focus on spirituality, disdain of intellectualism and sciences have led to the intellectual decline of the Muslim world. Meanwhile, Europeans after the Crusades, were soaking in a lot of the knowledge from the Darul Islam abandoned by the Asha'ari movement.
  8. It is common in that part of the world. It has to do with the Indo-European languages in that reason. Armenians usually have an "ian" or "yan" in their family names, simililar to many Iranians. It's like how a lot of Arabs have an "I" syllable n their family names, denoting what tribe or nationality they are from.
  9. Yes, but we need to be careful and selective on which outfit we seek unity with. A lot of young and naive college campus Shi'a have this tendency to seek unity with a lot of Sunnis from the MSA, who have these tendencies to hold favorable opinions of the Saudis, the Syrian "opposition", etc and as such, habor deep seeded anti-Shi'a views. And then when tensions erupt in the organizational meetings, those youthful and idealistic Shi'a become discouraged and rant and rage against the concept of Sunni-Shi'a unity. We need to have a good understanding of the politics of various Sunni outfits before we can commit to any unity with them.
  10. To me, it depends on the Sunni individual, group, creed, etc in question, as well as their positions on some vital issues, like Syria, Islamic Revolution, Karbala, the Ummayyads, the Saudis, etc. I can respect pro-revolution, pro-Moqawma, Crescent International-type Sunnis, and view them as equals to us (although we may disagree on personalities like Abu Bakr and Umar ibn al-khattab). As for Wahhabis and those who scream at the top of their lungs about Shi'a "committing genocide against 'Muslims' worldwide!" I might be apt to consider them "najis kuffar."
  11. I know when a respected Sunni personality genuinely speaks out against takfiri terrorism and is not afraid of going into Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia, Turkey and GCC countries' hands in fomenting global terrorism, takfirism and exclusivist trends in Sunni Islam, they usually get killed, as was the case of Mohamed Said Ramadan al-Bouti. If they live in the west (e.g. Muhammad al-Asi), they usually get kicked out of their mosques and forced to give khutbahs and lead Jumu'ah on the sidewalks.
  12. Either way, things aren't looking up for Erdogan. Despite the successful November 2015 snap elections (which was a counterbalance his party's humiliating losses in the June 2015 General Elections), this year, the Europeans turned on him, his terrorist buddies in Syria are getting whacked left and right, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's resignation, his apologies towards the Russians (following the aircraft incident over Syrian airspace) and this is another burden on Erodgan.
  13. Russia is a global power interested in their own interests, they don't really care about the well-being of the Muslim or the mission of the Resistance Axis (Russia openly deals with Israel). When they send troops out to fight Wahhabism, it is to keep the situation in the Northern Caucasus under control and prevent the Wahhabis in Chechnya and elsewhere within Russia's territory from being emboldened. However, in this day and age, there are two main power-blocs; the established Western/Atlantic bloc (USA, EU, NATO and allies) and the emerging Eastern/Eurasian bloc (Russia, China, SCO, BRICS and allies). Both are not hostile towards Zionism (although the West has historically been more supportive of Israel). As far as Syria goes, the Russians have Assad as their ally (albeit for different reasons and aims than Iran and Hezbollah), but they seem to be open to supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces, which has elements of the Free Syrian Army fighting within their ranks. At this point in time, the Russians and Chinese seem to better to deal with than NATO. The Iranians would do well to understand this when it comes to post-sanctions economic relations with the outside.
  14. In 2015, a lot of people died on Hajj than was necessary. You had the crane incident during Tawaf and that huge stampede. Yes, some Hajj-related deaths are inevitable but what happened in last year was scandalous. The Takfiri ideology promoted by al-Saudi is one reason, but the Iranians are genuinely concerned with the safety of their citizens. The House of Saudi really shouldn't be the custodians of the Haramayn on the basis of their obscurantist ideology alone.
  15. Regardless of what ruling or method you go by, Eid Mubarak!
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