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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.”

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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



How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Terrorist Attack

First, stop suggesting that there is something wrong with Muslims because they produce terrorists. All the major world faiths produce violent people. 

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



Top Six Signs Donald Trump Is Wrong and Islam Doesn’t ‘Hate Us’

Republican presidential candidate and billionaire bigot Donald J. Trump said in a CNN interview last Wednesday that “Islam hates us.”

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Nearly Half of Israeli Jews Want to Expel Palestinian-Israelis From the Country (Video)

A just-released Pew Forum poll reports a startling statistic about the current state of affairs in Israel.

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Farewell, Ben Carson—We’ll Always Have ‘Hummus’

The good doctor’s foreign policy gaffes made for some great political satire, but his ignorance on the Middle East made him a frightening presidential candidate.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Protester Says He Overheard Trump Supporters Saying, ‘Kill All Muslims’

In November, Donald Trump mocked as “overweight” a man whom security agents threw out of one of the presidential candidate’s rallies. But it was the violent xenophobia the man heard before the rally that really disturbed him.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Does Away With the GOP’s 9/11 Fantasy

“Surely this time,” the Republican establishment chorus cries with joy, “Donald Trump has gone too far!” Don’t bet on it.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Condemns Hatred of Muslims and Affirms Their Importance to the Nation (Video)

President Obama spoke last week at a Baltimore mosque in an explicit pushback against the hatred for Muslims being promoted by Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates.

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A Civil War Story About Islamic State Might Spark a Peace Movement

The task of the peace movement, now as during the Vietnam War, is to provide an alternative to the story Americans are being told about Islamic State. Muslims are fighting a civil war, and Washington’s job is to adopt policies most likely to keep Americans safe.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Says Islamophobia Harms U.S. Interests and Islamic State Is a Dangerous Fringe

President Obama’s final State of the Union address was largely lacking in specifics and replete with high ideals and ambitious goals, such as curing cancer. But he did address some issues in everyday politics.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Remember How Bernie Sanders Treated a Muslim Woman Who Stood Up at One of His Rallies?

A few days after Donald Trump looked on and made faces as a Muslim woman was heckled out of one of his campaign rallies, it’s worth recalling how Bernie Sanders responded to a Muslim student who questioned him about racism and Islamophobia in October.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Fatema Mernissi, a Founder of Islamic Feminism

The original research of the erudite sociologist, who died Nov. 30, showed that the subjugation of women in Muslim societies has no basis in the Quran and other Islamic scriptures. “Islam was not sent from heaven to foster egotism and mediocrity,” she wrote.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



Radical Group Uses Donald Trump in Recruiting Video; Muslim Preachers Denounce Him and Islamic State

The foremost academic expert on Islamic State and Muslim radical thought, Will McCants at Brookings, tweeted out late Friday: “Shabab uses Trump’s anti-Muslim statement in new recruitment video. ...”

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



Jewish Extremists Have a Lot in Common With Islamic State

Violent Jewish extremism in Israel, like Islamic State, needs to be confronted and destroyed; corporate crimes abounded in 2015; meanwhile, a neuroscientist has come up with theories about why daily rhythms change as one ages. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



Interpol Reports That 1 Percent of European Terrorism Was Carried Out by Muslims in 2014 (Video)

Interpol’s latest report on European terrorism, which covers 2014, would obviously look different for the horrible year of 2015. But you can’t judge trends on any one year, and 2014 was more typical of the past decade than 2015.

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2015 in Review: Marriage Equality, Mass Shootings, Pope Francis and Islamic State

Despite conservative backlash against same-sex weddings in 2015, ministers who support them can now fully practice their religions. Meanwhile, hateful rhetoric from Donald Trump and others means patriotic and law-abiding Muslims face a rising tide of hate crimes.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



I Wish You a Merry Christmas—Even Though I’m a Nonbeliever

Americans’ discomfort with other peoples’ religious faiths goes hand in hand with Islamophobia.

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‘Off the Charts’ Violence Against Muslims Is Ravaging U.S. Communities

New data confirming anecdotes of rising Islamophobic violence reflects a nationwide trend.

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In Dark Times, Poetry Can Enlighten Us

Artists are coming together to commemorate victims of violence and create bridges between America and the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



The San Bernardino Massacre Isn’t Part of a ‘World War’

In most mass shootings, politicians shrug that “stuff happens”—unless the shooters are Muslims.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



No, Donald Trump, Real Muslims Haven’t Applauded Your Fascist Plan to Ban Them

Some in the Arabic press reported with a straight face Trump’s assertions that he has lots of Muslim friends and that they are calling to say how pleased they are that the GOP presidential contender wants to bar them from entering the U.S. In the real world, how have Muslims responded?

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Accused Planned Parenthood Killer Tells Court He’s a ‘Warrior for the Babies’

The courtroom remarks of the suspected killer in a recent attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic confirm that—contrary to the feelings of some conservatives—violent, disaffected Americans need no help from Islam to commit acts of terror.

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With Anti-Muslim Bombast, Trump Doubles Down on ‘Fascist Demagoguery’

“The truth is his language is dangerous,” Bernie Sanders and other critics say.

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Donald Trump vs. the Founding Fathers on Muslims Coming to U.S.

In his never-ending trolling of the American public, Donald Trump has now called for the banning of Muslim immigration into—and even entrance into—the United States.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump Calls for Banning All Muslims From Entering U.S.

In his most despicable declaration yet, the Republican presidential front-runner is urging the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” according to a statement his campaign released to the media Monday.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



‘You Ain’t No Muslim, Bruv’: Retort to London Attacker Goes Viral

With anti-Muslim and xenophobic sentiment on the rise in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a social media hashtag aims to push back against the reactionary blame game.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



Roof, Dear and Tashfeen Malik: The Double Standard for ‘Self-Radicalized Lone-Wolf Terrorists’

Is a vague organizational affiliation more important in determining whether a killing is terrorism or is the character of the target more important?

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Paris—and the World—Is Burning

A fitting honor to those who died in Paris, and to the countless victims of climate change, would be a fair, ambitious and binding agreement at the climate summit.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE



Not Dissecting ‘Disgraced’ With the Pulitzer Winner’s Playwright

Ayad Akhtar wants audience members to decide for themselves what his play, about the complexities of identity and hidden prejudices in post-9/11 New York, is saying.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake

The crux of the matter: We either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, in warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing. Our humanity—in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP’s Self-Inflicted Wound

As the leading Republican presidential candidates rant and rave about deporting 11 million immigrants, fighting some kind of world war against Islam, implementing gimmicky tax plans that would bankrupt the nation and other such madness, keep one thing in mind: The party establishment brought this plague upon itself.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy

In the Republican presidential candidate’s world, African-Americans and Muslim Americans are perpetrators of violence and terrorism. In the reality-based world, they are the victims.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


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