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"Surely, those who believe, and the Jews and the Christians and the Sabians, whoever have faith with true hearts in Allah and in the Last-day and do good deeds, their reward is with their Lord, and there shall be no fear for them nor any grief."

— Qur'an 2:62

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Fear and loathing in Kyrgyzstan
How the LGBTQI community is fighting back against rising discrimination

Juliet Jacques  •  September 20, 2018  •  openDemocracy

This commentary is endorsed by the Center for Islamic Pluralism and the Second Bektashi Sufi Mission to America.


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Labrys organisation poster – "Together we are a Trans* force". Photo courtesy of the author. All rights reserved.

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Steve Bannon and Bosnia
Welcome to Ex-Yugoslavia

Stephen Schwartz  •  September 15, 2018  •  OpEdNews

Stephen K. Bannon, the sorcerer who made Donald J. Trump his apprentice in neofascism, has turned his gaze to the tormented Balkans.

The "armed Bohemian" (Trotsky's description of the Nazi elite), with his weird outfits and mannerisms, has crafted an alliance with Serbian extremists in furtherance of the fascist agenda for Europe.

Grotesque war criminal Vojislav Šešelj led pro-Trump marches in Serbia, and now Bannon, with Trump spouters Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Corey Lewandowski and Kellyanne Conway, hangs out with Željka Cvijanović, "prime minister" of the so-called "Republika Srpska," a mafia entity comprising the half of Bosnia-Hercegovina seized by Serbia in events echoed a decade later in Ukraine.

The Serbian nationalist Alliance of Independent Social Democrats has agreed to pay $10,000 a month for three months to an enterprise established by former Trump campaign workers Jason Osborne and Mike Rubino.

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Bosnian Jews -- Serbia's Forgotten Victims

Stephen Schwartz  •  September 5, 2018  •  OpEdNews

On August 4, 1992, I wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle, under the headline, "Serbs Accused of Arrest, Deportation of Jews." I reported then, "Jewish authorities in embattled Bosnia-Herzegovina warn that 'hundreds' of members of their small and historic communities number among the victims of the 'ethnic cleansing' campaign by Serbian forces in the republic, although the plight of deported Slavic Muslims and Croatians has received wider publicity.

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URGENT! Excluded From Twitter, CIP Founder Exposes Radical Islamist Conspiracy
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is running in the Commonwealth of MA Democratic Primary TODAY!

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë, Ashk Sylejman [Stephen Schwartz] and Moshe Holender  •  September 4, 2018  •  Twitter

Excluded from Twitter for antifascism, our founder, Ashk Sylejman [Stephen Schwartz], has denounced the radical Islamist interference in the American electoral process of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, running in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Democratic Primary for U.S. Congress.Twitter policies enable Nazis and Islamofascists!To read the statement of our Ashk, please hit Twitter at the top of this post.On the path of Our Beloved Baba Faja.This statement is endorsed by the Second Bektashi Sufi Mission to America, supporting the Kosova Sufi Union.--Zana


'Hajj Hackathon' betrays Saudi confusion

Irfan Al-Alawi  •  August 31, 2018  •  Jenny Taylor Media

AN all-woman team has won the first Saudi 'hajj hackathon'.

But heavily veiled in black sheets to receive their prize money, they reinforced the glaring anomaly of a nation attempting to project a shiny tech face while simultaneously cowing the world with a backward version of the faith.

The 'hackathon' – a competition to devise an app to improve the experience of pilgrimage for the world's billion Muslims for whom it is a core religious duty – denotes confusion at the top level.

To the world at large, the inner life of Saudi Arabia and its monarchical rulers is mysterious.

Global media do not cover the affairs of the desert kingdom in detail, since access is as restricted as it is to Chinese-occupied Eastern Turkestan or Tibet.

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John McCain 1936-2108

Ashk Sylejman [Stephen Schwartz] and L Schwartz  •  August 26, 2018  •  CIP

Our founder, Ashk Sylejman, sponsored this video in memory of McCain.

Something to Talk About

Curated by L Schwartz.

We mourn.

On the path of Our Beloved Baba Faja.



review of Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece

Stephen Schwartz  •  Summer 2017  •  Middle East Quarterly

Naar, professor of Sephardic Jewish studies at the University of Washington with a family background in Salonica, has achieved something of signal importance with this volume. He has assembled a uniquely detailed profile of a leading Sephardic community under the Ottoman Empire and the succeeding Greek national state out of archives in Russia, Greece, Israel, the United States, and Spain.

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Execution of Mohammad Salas, Iranian Sufi Dervish

U.S. Department of State  •  June 18, 2018  •  Illyria [New York]

The Center for Islamic Pluralism and the Second Bektashi Sufi Mission to America appreciate the action of the U.S. authorities in this worthy protest.

Press Statement

Heather Nauert
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

June 18, 2018

We condemn the Iranian government's execution of Mohammad Salas, a member of the long-persecuted Iranian Gonabadi Sufi Dervish community. According to reports, Mr. Salas was hanged this morning at Rajai Shahr Prison, the notorious jail recently designated by the Department of Treasury in connection with serious human rights abuses against persons in Iran.

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Totalitarianism Isn't Reformable
The only viable policy on Iran is revolution, not reform.

Michael Ledeen  •  June 8, 2018  •  Frontpagemag

Michael Ledeen is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

The secretary of state insists that the United States does not support regime change in Iran, but rather a change in the behavior of the Iranian regime. Speaking on Voice of America's Radio Farda, our official Farsi-language channel to the Iranian people, Secretary Mike Pompeo said the United States supported Iranians, wherever they were, who were fighting for greater freedom, so long as they did not advocate an end to the Islamic regime itself.

Pompeo told (Radio Farda) that, while he supports many Iranian opposition groups in the United States and Europe, he does not back calls for regime change in Tehran.

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50 Years Since 1968: Looking Back at Kosova Protests

Stephen Schwartz  •  June 8, 2018  •  Illyria [New York]

[Note: This text is posted as a contribution to the historiography of the year 1968, which elicits much discussion in Europe and America alike. Please also see -- Zana]

"Enverists" and "Titoists"

In Kosova and Albania

And The Events of 1968

By Stephen Schwartz

Executive Director

Center for Islamic Pluralism

Washington, DC, USA

Remarks To Academic Conference On

The 40th Anniversary of the 1968 Protests in Kosova, Macedonia, and Montenegro Conference Organized By

The Kosova Society of Political Prisoners

The Institute of History of Kosova

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Reform or repression? Saudi's new ruler plays both ways

Irfan Al-Alawi  •  June 6, 2018  •  Jenny Taylor Media

[Irfan Al-Alawi is International Director of CIP and an outstanding commentator on Saudi affairs.]

The world stands baffled by two new developments in the Middle East.

First, US President Donald J. Trump has repudiated the 'deal' with Iran for control of nuclear assets: a gambit that challenges Muslims as it is true that Iran fosters the genocide of Sunni Muslims in Syria.

The entire Sunni community [Ahlus Sunna wa'al Jamaat] worldwide weeps over the willful destruction of that country.

The Syrian carnage provides a false justification for the terrorism of the so-called 'Islamic state'.

Mr Trump may be unpopular with Muslims, but Bashar Al-Assad is more dangerous to the world.

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WHY WE FIGHT: The Matter of MEK
Originally published August 14, 2011

Stephen Schwartz  •  May 28, 2018  •  Folksmagazine [India]

[Note: This text is reposted at the head of our media as a response to the smearing of John Bolton and MEK in American "fake news." We consider it an example of our serious, focused, and clear-headed analysis. This is why CIP fights. Please repost far and wide. -- Zana]

The Syrian Ba'athist regime of Bashar Al-Assad continues to massacre protestors in cities around the country. In the latest foreign effort to restrain Al-Assad, U.S. president Barack Obama joined Saudi King Abdullah in a telephone conference on August 13, according to the Saudi official Arab News, in which the two leaders agreed that "the Syrian regime's brutal campaign of violence against the Syrian people must end immediately." Already, on August 8, Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador from Damascus.

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The "Cthulhu Cult" and the Massacre in Santa Fe, Texas, USA
Originally published May 2005

Stephen Schwartz  •  May 21, 2018  •  The New Criterion

[Note: In line with its work of investigation of deviant, pseudoreligious activity throughout the world, the Centre for Islamic Pluralism here reposts an article by our founder, Ashk Sylejman, on an item of fascist ideology that has surfaced in the tragedy allegedly wrought by a Greek Orthodox Christian fanatic, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, in Santa Fe, Texas. Pagourtzis professed to be an adept of the "Cthulhu cult." We are aware of the evil consequences of Orthodox Christian ideology in the Balkans and elsewhere, and call on U.S. and other authorities to treat this variety of extremist incitement as seriously as they treat radical Islam. But we are used to the warnings advanced by our Ashk being ignored. -- Zana]

Review of H. P. Lovecraft Tales.
Library of America, 850 pages, $35

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Contribution to a Bibliography of Anti-Soviet Thought
In Memory of Richard Pipes, 1923-2018: Fatiha

Ashk Sylejman [Stephen Schwartz]  •  May 18, 2018  •  Frontpagemag

This text has been revised by our Ashk; the original was posted some some 17 years ago. -- Zana

Most of these books are personal memoirs or original source materials compiled by participants in the events they describe. For this reason, they are especially authoritative and useful.


My Life As a Rebel
By Angelica Balabanoff

Balabanoff, notwithstanding her Russian name, was a prominent figure in the Italian socialist left, became involved with the Soviets, and then broke with them. She was the political "discoverer" of Mussolini. An outstanding account of how Western European radical leftists were drawn to the Bolshevik mirage.

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25 Years On -- CIP Founder's Exposure of Serbian Male Rape
Originally published June 17, 1993

Stephen Schwartz  •  May 16, 2018  •  Bay Area Reporter

[This text is published as a major item from the professional profile of CIP founder Ashk Sylejman (Stephen Schwartz.)]


Foundation of the Second Bektashi Sufi Mission to America

Ashk Sylejman [Stephen Schwartz]  •  May 8, 2018  •  Illyria [New York]

The Second Bektashi Sufi Mission to America has been launched. Who are we? What are our beliefs? How do we conduct ourselves as people of belief and spirit?

These questions will be answered in good time. Tonight, 7 May 2018, one of our supporters, Drita K., showed how we imagine our path.

Drita and I spent several hours together planning the work of the mission. We discussed the figure of Dorothy Day. Drita left my home and was waiting for a bus to hers, when she encountered a young unhoused woman. Jessica, as she identified herself, had a bicycle and not much more. Devastatingly pretty, she was thin, and may have been an addict.

Drita spoke to her, and in the manner of the unsheltered, Jessica told her she could fend for herself. Drita expressed a desire to help her, but our comrade lives on Social Security and had not received her check for May. Finally, however, Jessica asked if Drita knew a place to take a shower.

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Mueller Releases Indictments, While Our Founder Is Silenced on Anti-Social Media

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë  •  February 16, 2018  •  CIP

Today, US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein disclosed the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three entities accused of breaking US laws to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Our founder, Ashk Sylejman, born Stephen Schwartz, is an expert on Russian disinformation, as may be perceived by a glance at our websites.

Our Ashk has beaten a steady drum of warning about this reality.

But thanks to Twitter Russophile boss Jack Dorsey and others, our Ashk has been silenced, labelled a hatemonger.

"Moscow Dorsey" simply could not stand that our Ashk lashed "Natasha in the hacker office" repeatedly.

Our Ashk even warned that "sealed indictments" were on the way, and would rock the White House.

The former runway model Dorsey postures as a pillar of moral equivalence by striking at our Ashk while encouraging Nazis to befoul his platform.

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UPDATED Soviet Disinformation During Periods Of Relaxed East-West Tension, 1959-1979
Prepared under contract for the United States Information Agency Office of Research, January 1988

Stephen Schwartz  •  February 16, 2018  •  U.S. Information Agency

[Note: The Center for Islamic Pluralism calls on U.S. authorities to shut Twitter down. -- 16 February 2018.

This document, although nearly 30 years old, is posted as a contribution to the current debate over "fake news," disinformation, and Russian influence in foreign governments. For "Soviet," please substitute mentally "Russian imperialism," since the goals of the Kremlin are unchanged. Editing conforms to CIP style.]

The purpose of this study is to examine whether Soviet disinformation activities historically have ceased during periods of relaxation in tension between the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Fox News, Twitter Enable Fascist Massacres

Stephen Sylejman Schwartz  •  February 15, 2018  •  CIP

On February 14, 2018, a fascist terrorist, Nikolas Cruz, slew 17 innocent children at a high school in Florida, USA.

Media report that Cruz posted threats to "kill anti-fascist protesters."

This agitation, impelled and financed by Russia, has been enabled by Jack Dorsey, ex-model and boss of Twitter, and Tucker Carlson, acolyte of Alex Jones.

Dorsey alleges that Nazis deserve treatment as an oppressed "flea speech" minority while antifascists like myself are haters worthy of silence.

These facts speak for themselves.

America is now Yugoslavia.

Think and act for yourself.

Stephen Sylejman Schwartz, Executive Director

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë, International Director


Twitter Double Standards - Fascist Hate OK, Antifascist Love NO

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë  •  February 13, 2018  •  CIP

Our founder, Ashk Sylejman, born Stephen Schwartz, has been barred permanently from Twitter, one of the most prominent Russian-controlled social media platforms in the West.As visible below, our Ashk, a Sufi and peacemaker between religions, has been judged a hateful person.Our Ashk comments:"I am indeed a hateful person regarding fascism. It is clear to me that Twitter favors fascist hate but acts to suppress antifascism, both hateful and loving."Antifascist love will prevail, but not through surrender to false appeals for dialogue."There is no debate with fascists. There can be no argument on the Holocaust, slavery, or rape. That should be self-evident."It is time, also, to cease debate over whether the Trump regime in the U.S. is fascist."We define fascism as a radical movement of the dispossessed and confused middle classes, seeking scapegoats for its misery, and mobilized to impose a dictatorship 'of the most reactionary elements of society.'"In the U.S. case fascism has been installed by Russia.


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The Sheikh AlIslam Fil-Balad Al-Haram Al-Sharif
The Sheikh Al-Islam Fil-Balad Al-Haram Al-Sharif

Salaat ul-janaza [Funeral service] of Sayyid Muhammad ibn Alawi Al Maliki, The Grand Mosque in Mecca, October 2004
Salaat ul-janaza [Funeral service] of Sayyid Muhammad ibn Alawi Al Maliki, The Grand Mosque in Mecca, October 2004

Islam's past
Islam Past: Turkish mosque in Romania
Turkish mosque in Romania
Photos: Stephen Schwartz

Islam's present
Islam the Present Wahhabi vandalism at mosque in Kosova
Wahhabi vandalism at mosque in Kosova

Islam's future
Islam's Future: New mosque in Kazakhstan
New mosque in Kazakhstan

Audio Presentation
Yasawi Shrine
Seek healing in Sufism
by Yasawi Sufi Saparbai Kushkarov of Uzbekistan,
in Uzbek, Russian,
English, and Arabic

Video Presentation
Bin Yilin Turkusu - Saga of the Millennium
Bin Yilin Turkusu
(Saga of the Millennium)

Homage to Seyed Khalil Alinejad
"Homage to Seyed Khalil Alinejad"
Artwork © Jennifer Pawlak
No reproduction or reposting without permission of CIP.

Marje Sistani
Obey your country's laws, Marje Ali Sistani urges Muslims in West.

Stephen Suleyman Schwartz
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz:
Why I Serve as Executive Director of CIP

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