Letters

Letter to UN Secretary-General Concerning Saudi Arabia’s Removal from List of Armies Charged with War Crimes

Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) June 30, 2016 Mr. Ban Ki-Moon United Nations Secretary General We the undersigned, a group of professors in Europe and North America, are deeply alarmed to learn that the government of Saudi Arabia has coerced you to remove the military coalition led by that country in Yemen from the UN list of armies charged with war crimes in that country. According to the New York Times, you have openly admitted to reporters that you were “threatened with the loss of financing for humanitarian…
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2016/06/30
Pieces

The Orlando Massacre: Prohibited and Contrary to Islamic Teachings

On June 12, a man attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando, resulting in 49 deaths, and dozens more injured. The gunman, a Muslim American citizen born in America to Afghan immigrants, was killed in the exchange with the police. His first wife described him as “mentally unstable,” and his father indicated that while he was repulsed by and hated homosexuals, these feelings were not derived from any religious considerations. Based on Islamic teachings, what is the ruling on his action? Without a shadow of doubt, the perpetrated act is a…
kadivarad33
2016/06/17
Letters

Academics urge Rouhani to speak out over house arrests of Iranian critics

The Guardian June 12th, 2016   To the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran His Excellency, Dr. Hasan Rouhani   We, the undersigned, a group of university professors in North America, would like bring a humanitarian request to your attention in your capacity as the highest elected official of the Islamic Republic of Iran.   We request your urgent attention to the continued house arrest of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard, three prominent political critics of the Islamic Republic of Iran who have been placed under house…
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2016/06/14
Letters

North American professors’ plea to President Rouhani

April 26th, 2016   Your Excellency, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Hassan Rouhani   We the undersigned, a group of university professors in North America, write you concerning the dire circumstances of a number of political prisoners in Iran. It is our hope that you would consider intervening on their behalf and arranging for their immediate hospitalization under the care of competent and expert physicians.   Much distressing news is emerging concerning the battle some of these political prisoners are waging against cancer. It is common…
kadivarad33
2016/04/28