N. Wahid Azal's blog

Shills, Spooks, and Sufis in the service of Empire: The Case of the Maryamiyyah

The following is an augmented version of an article that was originally published by CounterPunch on 2 November 2016. The piece was subsequently taken down by its editor in chief only eight days later on 10 November 2016 after a veiled threat of a lawsuit made in email by a former Bloomingtonian member of the Maryamiyyah Sufi Order to CounterPunch.[1] Instead of properly investigating the matter and vetting the article with an attorney suitably informed of the facts — not to mention while completely ignoring a number of emails sent to them, including those by Mark Sedgwick, Zachary Markwith and others, asking them to put the article back up — CounterPunch chose to capitulate to the demands of the Maryamiyyah made through a proxy and so permanently deleted the article from their site. So much for CounterPunch’s claim to being the “fearless voice of the American Left’”![2]