The European Imperative to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal

14.05.2018 Ms. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy European Commission Berlaymont 1049 Brussels We, the undersigned, thank you for your speech on 8th May 2018, pledging the European Union’s intention to remain steadfast in its commitment to the historic accord concluded between Iran and the E3/EU+3, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Too often, politicians have inclined to patronise and admonish, but, instead, you opted for a “universal language” of respect and dialogue. You proclaimed that “his deal belongs to…

Human Action Within Divine Creation, A Muslim Perspective

My goal is to demonstrate how Muslims in twelve schools of thought, especially at the present time, understand human action within divine creation. In mainstream Islamic thought, the lesson of the Qurʾān is that human action is attributed to God and to the human agent simultaneously. The human agent has free choice in his acts. Human free choice and power are based on God’s power, providence, will and permission. In their existence and in all aspects and affairs of their lives, including their acts, human beings are not independent of…

Professor caught up in travel ban returns, compares Trump to Iranian leaders

The Chronicle By Adam Beyer | Monday, February 20, 2017 A Duke professor affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban has returned to his family in North Carolina. Mohsen Kadivar, a research professor of Islamic studies originally from Iran, had been living in Berlin as part of a fellowship program. Although he originally planned to stay until July, he decided to return to Duke last week after several federal courts put Trump’s executive order on hold. Although he was thankful for a safe return, he said it was a disappointing to…

His fellowship cut short by travel ban, Iranian dissident returns to US

Religion News Service By Yonat Shimron | February 17, 2017 Mohsen Kadivar and his wife, Zahra “Nikoo” Roodi, embrace at the door of their Chapel Hill, N.C., home on Feb. 16, 2017. Kadivar had to cut short a Berlin fellowship because of President Trump's travel ban. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) Iranian dissident Mohsen Kadivar and his wife, Zahra “Nikoo” Roodi, have seen it all before. Late Thursday (Feb. 16), the couple embraced after Kadivar’s hasty return from Berlin, where last month he had begun what…

What we can learn from the refuseniks of the Soviet Union

Religion News Service By Marc Zvi Brettler | February 3, 2017 (RNS) In spring 1981 I spent several weeks visiting refuseniks — Jews who wanted to leave the Soviet Union for Israel but were refused state permission to emigrate. When I entered the country, the news magazines I brought with me were confiscated, and I was followed by the KGB and twice interrogated by them.  I saw from the people I visited what it is like to live in terror, though I was always reassured that as an American, I would…