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Would Trump Let Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali Back Into the Country? (Video)

The “Moonlight” actor is the first Muslim to win an Oscar since the Academy Awards began in 1929. This comes just as Muslims are being “othered” by the president’s cronies.

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Historian Juan Cole Warns Against Strongmen at Home and Abroad

In an interview by Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, the Middle East scholar also says that Islamic terrorism is overreported in the U.S. and criticizes the linking of violence and religion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Eight Signs That Someone Is a White Terrorist

Robert Doggart (pictured) has been found guilty on four counts of plotting to commit arson and violate civil rights. But he was not charged with terrorism.

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 READ MORE



Even Suspended, Travel Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s Carefully Built American Dream at Risk

He risked his life working for the Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it’s too risky for him to leave the country.

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Trump Is Mistaken About Media Coverage, but Here’s What’s Wrong With Terrorism Reporting

The president alleged Monday that the media is not covering terrorist attacks. He means terrorist attacks by Muslims in non-fundamentalist countries, of course.

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Why Stoning Is Still Used in Afghanistan

Although officially banned, this Islamic practice has gained popularity as the environment worsens for Afghan women.

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Cabinet Members Want Jihad Against Political Islam, but Their Efforts Will Fail

The American right wing has substituted hysteria about socialism with hysteria about Islam.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE



‘The Field of Fight’

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who is set to become Trump’s national security adviser, writes in his new book, “[Religious war] created our world. The world badly needs an Islamic Reformation, and we should not be surprised if violence is involved. It’s normal.”

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‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Hamza Yusuf Explore the Islamic World

The Truthdig columnist and the Islamic scholar review how Western interests have shaped Muslim societies and how terror groups have perverted Islam.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Donald’s Five-Point Plan to Defeat Islam

Kellyanne Conway (pictured), Donald Trump’s campaign manager, touted the Republican presidential candidate’s plan on MSNBC.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 READ MORE



Were Kansas Terrorism Suspects Self-Radicalized—or Were Their Actions Inspired by Donald Trump?

The three men, who allegedly stockpiled arms and explosives and had considered attacking churches, public officials and Muslim refugees, were arrested after an FBI investigation of their militia group, the Crusaders.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE



How Far Will Americans Take Anti-Muslim Hate?

The de facto criminalization of being Muslim or speaking Arabic is proceeding apace despite being contrary to every core American value and contradicting the First Amendment.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE



Trump-Supporting Felon Allegedly Torches Florida Mosque, Says ‘All Islam Is Radical’

Joseph Michael Schreiber stands accused of having carried out an arson attack against a mosque in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Saudi Bigot-in-Chief Declares Iranian Shiites ‘Not Muslim’ (Video)

The statement by the chief mufti for the interpretation of Muslim law in Saudi Arabia is a huge step back from the limited progress the Saudis had made toward being a more inclusive country.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE



As France Lifts Municipal Burkini Ban, Let’s Ask Why We Should Care What Other People Wear

A French mayor wanted to make women wear revealing bathing suits on the grounds that they are republican and secular, whereas burkinis or loose street clothes on the beach are an ostentatious sign that a woman is pious and religious—inappropriate in the public spaces of a republic.

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Photo of the Week: A Burkini in Marseille

French descendants of those who once displayed the words “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” in the streets are driving modestly garbed Muslim women from their innocent leisure.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Idea of Peace in the Quran

Like the Bible, the Muslim scripture has verses about war as well as peace, but those on peace have been insufficiently appreciated.

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Angela Merkel: New Islamic Migrants Did Not Bring Radical Terrorism to Germany (Video)

The chancellor pointed out that despite the influx of about 1 million migrants and refugees in the past year, radicalism predated the rise of Islamic State and the current refugee crisis. 

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Donald Trump and the Extreme Vetting of Muslims

In an attempt at a foreign policy speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday, the Republican presidential nominee got back to his fearmongering roots by focusing on the threat of Islamic State, which he depicted as a Hydra-headed menace with tentacles in a range of Western countries, including the U.S.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



Islamophobia Kills: German Munich Shooter Admired Anders Breivik and Killed Turks

The shooter at a Munich mall last week who killed nine and left 27 wounded was an admirer of right-wing Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, and he appears to have hated Muslims.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE



Arab Nationalist Press Reacts to Erdogan’s Crackdown With Cries of ‘Dictator!’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s firing of some 50,000 educators, bureaucrats, police and military personnel in the wake of the failed July 15 coup attempt has provoked sharp criticism in Egypt, Jordan and other Arab countries.

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Without a Serious Middle East Peace Effort, Hatred Will Only Grow

I am convinced that it is in the vital interest of Israel to make peace with the Palestinian people, and with the Arab world at large, before the dangerous infection of extreme ideology engulfs the entire region.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE



A Gandhian Response to Attacks on the West

The standard reaction to Friday’s tragedy in Nice, France, will just make things worse.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE



Is Religion Really Driving Middle East Violence?

Pew Research has released a report saying, “As a whole, the region continued to have the highest levels of religious hostilities in the world. In 2014, the median level of religious hostilities in the Middle East and North Africa reached a level four times that of the global median.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE



It Is Time to Notice That Horrible Mass Bombings Are Targeting Muslims

It is necessary to call the brutal actions of mass murderers deviant behavior, not radical Islam.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Did Trump-Style Islamophobia Break Up the European Union? (Video)

It seems undeniable that an irrational fear of Muslim immigrants played at least some part in the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Attacks on Freedom of Religion

Trump apparently wants to institute something akin to Jim Crow discrimination against Muslims, including those who are citizens of the United States. Is this what the Republican Party wants as well?

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Hate Groups That Promote Anti-Muslim Sentiment Have Received $208 Million in the Past Eight Years

The UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender and the Council on American Islamic Relations have jointly produced a new study on hatred of Muslims in the United States.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Opportunists Exploit LGBTQ Issues to Demonize Islam and Justify Anti-Muslim Policies

“[T]he standard group of hateful polemicists who literally seem to devote their lives to exploiting every news event to attack Islam wasted no time [Sunday]—before any facts were known, while the bodies were literally still in the club—squeezing the horrific slaughter in Orlando to depict Muslims as uniquely hateful of LGBTs,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



Obama: Hating Muslims Makes You an Ally of Islamic State and Is Un-American (Video)

President Obama is clearly concerned about the direction of the country and the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim hate speech, especially in the context of impossible-to-prevent lone-wolf attacks like that in Orlando, Fla.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



Analyzing Religious Extremism Hides the True Culprit in American Mass Shootings

While there are zealots in every religion, it’s important to remember that these views are not representative of whole communities.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Top Seven Ways to Tell If Someone Is Lying About Being a ‘Salafi Jihadi’ (Video)

Regulars at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., are saying that Omar Mateen, the gunman in the early Sunday-morning massacre there, was himself a regular. So there’s just one thing about his claim to be acting on behalf of Islamic State: Puritanical Muslim fundamentalists of the Islamic State sort don’t frequent gay bars.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Americans’ First Communal Muslim Funeral: Muhammad Ali (Video)

The funeral of Muhammad Ali, attended by a throng of 20,000, was the first national funeral for an American hero that was also a Muslim ceremony, or janazah.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE


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Sufi Boxer Muhammad Ali’s Last Fight Was Against Extremism and Politicians’ Islamophobia

Muhammad Ali, far from being pugilistic with the pugnacious Donald Trump, gently called on all U.S. politicians to distinguish between a fringe of misguided extremists and the actual teachings of Islam, which Ali saw as uniting humankind in love.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



British PM David Cameron’s Tiff With Donald Trump Over Muslims: The Hypocrisy Factor (Video)

When Donald Trump announced his monstrous and yet daffy plan to exclude Muslims from the United States, British Prime Minister David Cameron called him out. The plan, he said, is “divisive, stupid and wrong.”

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Politics of Whiteness and the CIA Tip That Jailed Nelson Mandela

The revelation that the Central Intelligence Agency provided the tip to the Apartheid South African government that led to Nelson Mandela’s arrest should come as no great shock. Nor is it unconnected to the popularity of Donald Trump.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



Majorities of Muslim Arabs in North Africa Want Separation of Religion and State

You know those silly anti-Sharia laws passed by evangelicals in U.S. state legislatures? They might as well not bother.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



London’s Muslim Mayor Is Nothing New: 1,300 Years of Muslims Who Ran Major European Cities

The media are declaring Sadiq Khan, victor in the electoral contest for mayor of London, the “first Muslim mayor of a major European city.” They mean, of course, something like “the first Muslim mayor of a really big Western European city in the modern period (say the past two centuries).”

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE



Al-Qaida Everywhere: U.S. Support for Oppressive Governments Made Bin Laden’s Killing Moot (Video)

I think we may conclude that the decapitation strategy of dealing with al-Qaida does not work and has never worked.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE



London Elects a Muslim Mayor

As he was sworn in Saturday, Labour Party member Sadiq Khan said to rapturous applause that he “never dreamt” he would become London’s mayor. His victory also makes him the first Muslim mayor of any European Union capital.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE



Prince’s Islamophilia as a Problem: ‘It’s Fun to Be in Islamic Countries’

The late musician Prince said in a 2011 interview in The Guardian: “It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion. There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that.” But it’s not quite that simple.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



Arab Youths View Islamic State as a Major Mideast Obstacle, Want Less Religion

The annual Arab Youth survey conducted by pollsters Burson-Marsteller is out, reporting on 3,500 interviews with Arabs between the ages of 18 and 24 in 16 countries.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Donald Trump Takes Center Stage in New Islamic State Propaganda Video

The terrorist group is using images of the GOP front-runner apparently because of his rhetoric of violence and his inflammatory statements about Muslims.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE


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