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— Qur'an 2:62

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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.

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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.

Sylejman.

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A Quarter-Century After: On Doubting Russian Reform
Originally published June-July 1991

Stephen Schwartz  •  January 7, 2018  •  Arguments and Facts International [Moscow-London]

[CIP reproduces this text by our founder, published in the first uncensored media in the former Soviet Union. -- Zana]

At the beginning of the process of reform in the Soviet Union, late in 1987, former U.S. defence secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wrote, "Tensions within the Soviet system make it appear that some kind of reversion to a more normal civic existence... could conceivably take place. And something like that is what Gorbachev seems to have promised the world."

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Our Founder and Social Media
A Message For Milad an-Nabi Isa Aleyhisalem

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë  •  December 25, 2017  •  CIP

Our founder, Ashk Sylejman, born Stephen Schwartz, has been barred from U.S. social media.

We all know our Ashk is sharp-tongued in combat: Trotsky to friends, Tito to enemies.

He has been barred from Twitter for responding in character to an "Australian" fake Twitter account, posted using a computer-generated avatar, that presented shahida ul-tawhid Anne Frank, may Allah almighty be well-pleased with her, on a lampshade. ON CHRISTMAS EVE.Our Ashk has many other challenges before him, and us, now. I Zana will take over CIP duties as our Ashk will commence a long-delayed khalwa (not halvah!).We are Sufis. We love Jesus as we do Moses, Muhammad, and Ali. May the blessings of divine mercy fill all your hearts.Please visit Christian churches in this holiday season, in solidarity with believers in the Middle East.

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To My Last Breath
Orig. pub. June 11, 2003.

Stephen Sylejman Schwartz  •  December 15, 2017  •  National Review

[We offer this credo by our founder Ashk Sylejman. Not one step back. Zana]

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ASHK SYLEJMAN

On June 7 [2003, the National Post, a Canadian daily, published a rather amusing article by Jeet Heer, titled "Trotsky's ghost wandering the White House."

The aim of the author was to illuminate two issues occasionally argued in political media: first, the scurrilous claim by a group of neofascists that the neoconservatives are all ex-Trotskyists, and second, the very real evolution of certain ex-Trotskyists toward an interventionist position on the Iraq war. In the U.S., these are fringe topics discussed only in the most rarefied circles.

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Who is S. Auden Schwartz?
Orig. pub. Dec 13, 2002.

Laura Secor  •  December 6, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

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[We offer this profile of our founder 15 years after its publication. Not one step back. Zana]

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Earthly Beauty
Statement on Mass Martyrdom of Egyptian Sufis

Ashk Sylejman  •  November 26, 2017  •  quora.com

Our founder grants permission to post this poem in response to the mass martyrdom of Sufis in Egypt. Please review our guidance here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF0IrZA_tjs.

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë

International Director

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Swans knocked at my door, and I answered

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At The Tomb of the Prophet Samuel (Nabi Samwil)
A Poem

Stephen Sylejman Schwartz  •  November 21, 2017  •  CIP

For Rexroth, again

I

Frightened by my dreams, I fled my bed.

For the soft green earth, filled with embraces;

A map as my blanket.

I have walked the mountains of Alberta,

California, and Nayarit; of Bosnia-Hercegovina,

Montenegro and Albania—and the slopes of Tien Shan,

The mountains of heaven. How often I wish I could tell you,

Kenneth,

About them, peaks on the western border of China.

I am 57, and live only to tell that story,

Beginning in Mill Valley when I read about Samarqand,

And then read Kerouac, and Snyder, and you.

My first time in Croatia, in 1990,

The only fruit juice in the hotel bar

Was cherry – sok višniju – and for months afterward

Back in California, I sought out cherry juice

To remind me of White Zagreb, my new love.

In Bosnia the forest world begins again;

But they have gone, those giants

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10 Theses on the Coup in Saudi Arabia

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë and Stephen Sylejman Schwartz  •  November 5, 2017  •  CIP

The Centre for Islamic Pluralism offers 10 provisional theses on the recent coup in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

1. We interpret the Saudi coup as a restoration of control over the state by the Sudairi faction of the royal family and the extreme Wahhabi element in the clerical class (ulema).

2. The reform programme initiated by the late H.R.H. King Abdullah, may Allah almighty be well-pleased with him, has ended.

3. The coup reflects panic over the instability of U.S. President Donald J. Trump amid demands for accelerated internal change.

4. Hard Wahhabis have regained control of Saudi religious life.

5. Ultra-Wahhabi strictures and practices will be reinforced.

6. More money, volunteers, and weapons will be furnished by KSA to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

7. The KSA will withdraw from confrontation with Iran.

8. Regional influence by Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood will diminish almost totally.

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Against Fascism, CIP Publishes on Muslim Jewish Life

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë  •  October 30, 2017  •  CIP

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

The Centre for Islamic Pluralism calls on Muslims, Jews, and Christians to unite NOW! This is our jihad!Death to Russian imperialism! Remember Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Azerbaycan, Vainakh, the Balkans, Crimea!STOP Putin inciting China against Uygurs and Rohingyas!RUSSIANS! RISE UP! YOUR ENEMY IS IN YOUR OWN HOUSE! SLAV IMPERIALISM ENSLAVES YOU!Let the images of your great ancestors — Alexander Nevsky, Dimitry Donskoy, Kuzma Minin, Dimitry Pozharsky, Alexander Suvorov and Mikhail Kutuzov -- inspire you in this struggle!The enemy is not so strong as some frightened intellectuals picture him!The devil is not so terrible as he is painted!

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'Fake News' Regarding Antiquities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë and Stephen Sylejman Schwartz  •  October 24, 2017  •  CIP

Since our establishment following the atrocities of 11 September 2001 the Center for Islamic Pluralism (CIP) has stood for religious pluralism, social justice, and public transparency in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). CIP builds on a long commitment by our cadre to defense of cultural heritage – Christian, Muslim, Jewish – in the wartorn Balkans.

In this context CIP stands for new and expansive measures for preservation of antiquities in the KSA.

We consider this to be crucial for the welfare of Islam.

Recently, following an extensive, publicly-funded investigation, CIP determined that the KSA has been targeted by Iran for a multidecade campaign of 'fake news' regarding cultural preservation and a wide variety of other problems.

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We STILL Accuse!

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë and Stephen Sylejman Schwartz  •  September 6, 2017  •  CIP

In the aftermath of Russian manipulation of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, new scrutiny has disclosed the permanent nature of Moscow aggression against America.

The Russian bandit and spy nest masquerading as a consulate in San Francisco was closed on 2 September in an elementary act of social hygiene.

We accuse fascist Russia of a global conspiracy against the Western democratic alliance.

We will assist in rooting out Russian agents at every level.

We call for a real people's front that will fight Russian imperialism, mobilizing all enemies of fascism, whatever their other issues.

We call for direct action against Russia by all lovers of freedom.

Let us march separately and strike together!

Down with Putin! Death to Fascism! Freedom for the People!

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What Next? After Antifa
Writings of Obscure American Leftist Drive Kurdish Forces in Syria

Sirwan Kajjo  •  September 3, 2017  •  VOA News

[CIP Note: This reportage appeared on January 16, 2017 but, in our view, remains significant for an understanding of Kurdish issues and the history of Antifa. -- Zana].

Murray Bookchin. (Photo courtesy Janet Biehl)

WASHINGTON —

Could the writings of a little-known leftist from a rural American state help to reshape the political structure of the nation that emerges from the Syrian civil war?

That could be the case if the Kurdish YPG — one of the most effective forces in the U.S.-backed struggle against Islamic State extremists — succeeds in its goal of carving out a self-governing entity in the areas it controls in northern Syria.

FILE - Kurdish female fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG), operating alongside with the Syria Democratic Forces, walk in northern province of Raqqa, Syria, May 27, 2016.

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Greetings for an Antifascist Bajram
We Are Allah's Social Justice Warriors!

Luciana Zana Trëndafilazezë  •  September 1, 2017  •  Illyria [New York]

[From CIP Executive Director Sylejman Schwartz: Luciana Trëndafilazezë has replaced I. Al-Alawi as International Director of CIP. Luciana was born in Gjakova, Kosova, and was raised in Albania and Romania as a Bektashi adherent. She works as a primary school teacher in northern Albania. She is completing a study of the translation of modern English and American poets into Albanian as well as her doctoral work on Balkan linguistics. Luciana is CIP's "first daughter" and we welcome her. Please join us in wishing her "all the best, ejvallah!"]

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"Beloved Kurban Bajram has arrived/For all creation is alive/Beautiful Kurban Bajram is here/All creation knows heaven is near/All creation dances and sings/Earthly Beauty within all things/Lovely Kurban Bajram has come/For all creation we know is one" – Refika

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

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in Uzbek, Russian,
English, and Arabic

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Bin Yilin Turkusu - Saga of the Millennium
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