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Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Murdering the Wretched of the Earth

The murderous assault by Egyptian security forces against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi is not only an ideological battle, but a war waged against hundreds of millions of Muslim poor who find in radical Islam their only source of hope, meaning and dignity.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



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‘How the Mass Killing of Egyptian Islamists Is Being Justified in America’

Supporters of Egypt’s recent military coup from America’s left and right are performing “intellectual contortions” to justify “the mass killings of Islamists in the name of democracy,” Ken Silverstein writes at Harper’s Magazine. And “[t]he common denominator is that the killers were seen as pro-Western.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Who Owns Jesus?

What’s really revealing about Lauren Green’s infamous Fox News interview with religion scholar Reza Aslan is what it exposed about how Jesus exists in the popular Christian imagination. Green overlooked the fact that Jesus appears in Islamic theology as one of the great prophets of God, one of the few prophets mentioned by name in the Quran.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


Elections in Islamic Countries

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Riots in Turkey

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The Path of Hubris and War

The bombs that ended the Boston Marathon in April were planted by young Muslims who had come to the United States as immigrants, rejected America as a civilization, and then attacked it, leaving behind a message of religious war.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE


Greenwald vs. Maher on the ‘Unique’ Nastiness of Muslims

Friday night on Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Guardian columnist and former civil rights litigator Glenn Greenwald attacked the view that Islam is a “uniquely” threatening force in the world and that Muslims should be deprived of the benefits of the classical liberal values that many groups in the West have struggled to make into policy since the 18th-century Enlightenment.

Posted on May 11, 2013 READ MORE


Jason Collins’ Place in History

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The first male athlete in one of the big American sports to come out of the closet won’t be the last. Also: race and terrorism, and the companies that do (and don’t) protect your privacy from the government.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Jason Collins’ Place in History

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The first male athlete in one of the big American sports to come out of the closet won’t be the last. Also: race and terrorism, and the companies that do (and don’t) protect your privacy from the government.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Updated: Bombing Suspect Captured Alive

Update: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody Friday night in Watertown, Mass., after he was discovered hiding in a boat parked in the driveway of a home.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE


Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the USA, Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

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Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the U.S.A., Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

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Party Backs Away From Sanford, GOP Lawmaker Calls Women ‘Vaginas,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a bipartisan gun control deal collapses in the Senate and a Texas congressman makes insulting comments about the Boston Marathon bombings.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Top Ten Ways Islamic Law Forbids Terrorism

Erik Rush and others who hastened to scapegoat Muslims for the Boston Marathon bombings are ignorant of the religion. I can’t understand why people who have never so much as read a book about a subject appoint themselves experts on it.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Shadow Lives

In the last decade, I didn’t travel to distant refugee camps in Pakistan or destroyed villages in Afghanistan to see my government’s war against Islam. I stayed in Great Britain, where by a series of chance events, I found myself inside it, spending time with families transformed into enemies.

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Women in Combat

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Truthdigger of the Week: Malala Yousafzai

The Taliban tried to kill 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai because people listened when she said they didn’t have to bow to the intimidation of violent, ideological extremists.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Bestiary: The American Infidel

Born of the last decade of aggression against theocratic regimes many thousands of miles away, the American infidel “is a rebel for laissez-faire capitalism, an anarchist for the law, an enforcer of the established order,” writes Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank.

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Holidays in the Holy Land

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The Revolution Continues in Challenge to Morsi

Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets to protest a referendum planned for Saturday on a new constitution promoted by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi that would give Muslim clerics a role in shaping laws.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall

In election 2012’s “foreign policy” debate, Iran came up no less than 47 times. Americans got virtually nothing substantial about Iran, while its (nonexistent) WMDs were hawked as the top U.S. national security issue. Now, with the campaign Sturm und Drang behind us but the threats still around, the question is: Can Obama 2.0 bridge the gap between current U.S. policy and Persian optics?

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Activist Arrested for Defacing Anti-Muslim Poster (Video)

Mona Eltahawy, a prominent Egyptian-American activist and writer whose arms were broken in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, was arrested at a Times Square subway station after spraying paint over a controversial poster that has drawn broad condemnation for equating Muslims with “savages.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Muslims Are No Different, or Why Bill Maher’s Blood Libel Is Bigotry

Comedian Bill Maher puts himself in the company of “9/11 liberals” who believe that Islam as a religion is different and decidedly worse than all other religions. He said Friday that “at least half of all Muslims believe it is all right to kill someone who insults the Prophet.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Pakistani Minister Puts Out a Hit on Offensive Filmmaker

The State Department has warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan, where the U.S. is running paid advertisements of President Obama and Hillary Clinton condemning the video that has sparked global protests.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE


French Satirical Magazine Prints Muhammad Cartoons

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Activists Strip Down to Mark Opening Up of Paris Office

Radical feminist group FEMEN on Tuesday christened its new European headquarters with a topless march through Paris’ 18th Arrondissement, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE


Holy Book Bigots

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Anti-Islam Film

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: Captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE


‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



Man Behind Controversial Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Protests Identified

Who is Sam Bacile? It appears major questions surrounding the identity of the man alleged to be behind “The Innocence of Muslims,” the controversial anti-Muhammad film that led to the deadly attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya and spurred violent protests in Egypt and Yemen, have been answered.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD’s Muslim Spying Program Is Halted in N.J.

New Jersey’s attorney general has assured a group of Muslim leaders that a New York City police unit that had surveilled Muslims in the Garden State is no longer operating there.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Breivik Declared Sane, Given Maximum Sentence

Anders Behring Breivik, “the Norwegian far-right extremist” who killed 77 people and wounded hundreds during twin attacks in Norway last summer, was Friday declared to have been sane throughout the course of his rampage. A court sentenced him to at least 21 years in prison.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD Spying on Muslims Led to No Terror Cases

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg points to the NYPD’s covert counterterrorism program as a model for the rest of the country. But according to a deposition given by the department’s intelligence commander earlier this summer and unsealed on Monday, police eavesdropping on conversations between Muslims has led to no terror investigations.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE


Islam’s Walls of Language

Mitt Romney’s bumbling in Israel nonetheless introduced a subject few other American politicians know anything about, nor do, it seems, the staffs of the NSA, CIA and other American political and military planners.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



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911 Call Reveals NYPD Spying Safe House (Video)

The NYPD this week turned over an audio recording of a call between a confused New Jersey building superintendent and a 911 dispatcher, in which the caller reports discovering an apartment empty except for surveillance equipment. The room turned out to be a safe house for New York police officers spying on New Jersey’s Muslims.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE



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How the NYPD Overstated Its Counterterrorism Record

Has the NYPD, celebrated as the nation’s top counterterrorism cops, really helped thwart 14 “full-blown terrorist attacks”?

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE


Indonesian Atheist Sentenced to Two and a Half Years in Prison

An Indonesian civil servant was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on charges of blaspheming and violating Indonesian Internet laws when he professed his atheism on Facebook.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE


Muslim Group Challenges NYPD Surveillance With Lawsuit

Revelations about the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims across the Northeast has prompted eight Americans in a Muslim advocacy group to file a suit demanding the department stop its monitoring and intelligence gathering program. “Democracy Now!” speaks with Glenn Katon (above), the group’s legal adviser.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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It’s Wait and See as Egypt Counts the Votes

The official results of the Egyptian election won’t be known until Tuesday, but the outlook points to a strong showing by Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, the possibility of which has scared some Egyptians into voicing support for a candidate from Mubarak’s administration.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE


God Is Watching

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Political Scientist: Patriot Act Blocked Aid to Somalis

Humanitarian groups withheld aid from Somalis suffering the effects of a severe drought that killed tens of thousands and displaced more than a million people last year out of fear that their assistance would amount to material support for regional terrorists under the U.S. Patriot Act, a Davidson College professor says.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Stephen F. Downs

It’s safe to assume that Big Brother would still have prevailed over Winston Smith had the ill-fated protagonist of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” been helped by public defender Stephen Downs. But we have reason to believe that Downs, who represents Muslim activists in trials that amount to little more than terrorist witch hunts, would not have backed down.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Frank Augstein

Accused Norwegian Terrorist Has a Pen Pal

Early in the 20th century, Ayn Rand admired serial killer William Hickman from afar. Today, 23-year-old Massachusetts resident Kevin Forts has found his own murderous darling in the figure of accused terrorist Anders Breivik.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

Why has the Obama administration committed itself to releasing more than $1 billion to a government that has challenged its attempt to bring to justice an alleged mastermind of cross-border terrorism?

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


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