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Islamists Dominate Egyptian Elections

Egypt’s parliamentary election results are in. Candidates from Islamist parties—the Freedom and Justice and Al-Nour—took two-thirds of the 478 seats, which means they will have a large say in determining the country’s new constitution. Revolutionary groups led by those who played a pivotal role in toppling Hosni Mubarak took only seven seats.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Raising Cane Against the ‘Morality Police’

Some Egyptian women have an answer for vigilantes armed with walking sticks: welts and words that are far from submissive.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



Obama Avoids Alignment With Israel Against Iran

Obama dodges Netanyahu’s attempts to suck the U.S. into a war against Iran; Stephen Colbert’s many fictional faces are interfering with real world politics; meanwhile, the Argentine LGBT community is combatting the country’s deep-rooted stereotypes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Dispatches From Cairo: The Worst So Far

Much of the beauty of the spirit of Tahrir Square has now been destroyed, ripped apart by soldiers swarming like enraged red ants to attack protesters impotently throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Brett Weinstein (CC-BY-SA)

Russell Simmons v. Lowe’s in ‘All-American Muslim’ Ad Battle

Hip-hop impresario and yogaphile Russell Simmons is publicly shaming Lowe’s with some help from his amassed fortune after the home-improvement megastore pulled its ads from the “All-American Muslim” reality show.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


Islamic Spring

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AP / Twitter, Anders Behring Breivik

Norway Shooter Declared Insane

This may not come as particularly surprising news, but psychiatry experts tasked with examining Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people and injured 151 in a mass shooting in his home country last summer, have concluded that he is insane.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Green Prophet (CC-BY)

Dispatches From Cairo: Feast of Sacrifice

The streets of Egypt ran with rivers of blood Sunday. It was the blood of sacrifice and not the blood of slaughtered humans this time.

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Wikimedia Commons / DefenseImagery.mil

Questions About Gadhafi’s Death Delay His Burial

Just as in the case of Osama bin Laden’s death last May, some major concerns have cropped up in the international community about the circumstances that led to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s end on Thursday. Specifically, whether the killing of Gadhafi might have been carried out in ... (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / J.P. Karas

Abdulmutallab Pleads Guilty, Sounds Warning Note in Detroit Court

It’s a busy week in homeland security here in the U.S., what with the news of an alleged Iranian attempt on the life of a key Saudi diplomat (a case that wasn’t exactly news to select members of the Obama administration), and now a new chapter to an even older story with a prepackaged, media-generated catchphrase you may recall: “underwear bomber.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Bloody Sunday Shakes an Egypt in Transition

What started as a peaceful demonstration in downtown Cairo took a violent turn later Sunday when Coptic Christians protesting last week’s attack on one of their churches clashed with military forces and other civilians. (more)

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Jury Finds Muslim Student Heckling Is Not Free Speech

Ten Muslim students from UC Irvine who heckled Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren during an on-campus appearance last year were found guilty Friday of two misdemeanors to conspire and to disrupt the speech, despite their arguments citing free speech.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Abbas to Seek Palestinian Statehood at the U.N. Next Week

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations Security Council next week, a move that intensifies already considerable tensions in one of the Middle East’s most intractable conflicts. (more)

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE



The Muslim World Brings Forth a Counter-Jihad

Robin Wright’s new book, “Rock the Casbah,” surveys the people of Islam a decade after 9/11 and finds they have turned not toward extremism but moderation.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE


Arab Spring Monster

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EU Battles Extremes

The EU decides to address far-right extremism; education fails to solve poverty and inequality, while Netflix may destroy TV networks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Frank Augstein

Fundamentalism Kills

I worry more about the Anders Breiviks than the Mohammed Attas.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Thierry Charlier

Norway’s Horror: Anti-Semitism Becomes Islamophobia

Europe’s right-wing parties, many of which once had explicitly anti-Jewish messages, have expanded their hatred to Arabs and Muslims.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



‘Midnight’ and the Meaning of Trust

Fiction is supposed to provide escape. Action/adventure romances are written for youthful readers and the young at heart, but Sister Souljah makes several choices as an author in her new novel, “Midnight and the Meaning of Love,” that make it difficult to trust her.

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Welcome Back to the Egyptian Revolution

This morning before dawn, the tents and blockades were up: The people had been gathering since the previous night, preparing for a long stay.

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 READ MORE



‘Midnight,’ Mother, Love

Truthdig is pleased to present this excerpt of Sister Souljah’s new novel, “Midnight and the Meaning of Love,” in which Midnight, a young fighter and family man from Brooklyn, sets out to find his kidnapped wife, Akemi, while keeping his mother and little sister safe back home.

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Evert Elzinga

Dutch MP Off the Hook in Hate Speech Case

Depending on how you see it, a Dutch court’s acquittal Thursday of controversial politician Geert Wilders is an instance of hate speech gone unpunished or, as Wilders himself put it, “a victory for freedom of expression in the Netherlands.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Irwin Fedriansyah

Indonesia Frees ‘Playboy’ Editor

We’ve been tracking the fate of Erwin Arnada since 2006, when the editor launched a PG version of Playboy in the world’s most populous Muslim country. After all these years, the Indonesian high court has invalidated the indecency charges on which Arnada was convicted. It’s a big day for swimsuits in Bali.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Coming of Rage in Neverland

Knowing what Hitler had done to the complete eradication of the square mustache, I could only guess what bin Laden was doing to U.S. introspection.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE    



Flickr / Muhammad Ghafari

Obama Readies Another Appeal to Muslim World

In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama will address the Muslim world to herald the democratic movements that have swept the Middle East and North Africa in recent months and warn against religious extremism. (more)

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Violence Threatens Egypt’s Post-Revolution Efforts

Egypt’s transitional government has called an emergency meeting after violence believed to be sectarian broke out in a neighborhood near Cairo and left 10 people dead, hundreds injured and a church destroyed by fire. (more)

Posted on May 8, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / BriYYZ

Muslims Say They Were Booted Off Plane

Two Muslim religious leaders said a Delta pilot refused to take off from Memphis, Tenn., to Charlotte, N.C., with them on board, removing the traditionally dressed men as they tried to get to a conference addressing prejudice against Muslims. (more)

Posted on May 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Deal Inches Palestinians Closer to Internationally Recognized Statehood

Aimed at what most Palestinians hope will be peaceful unity between rival groups, an agreement was reached by Fatah and Hamas in Cairo on Wednesday. And that did not please Israel.

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE


Everyone’s Missing the Point

The jubilation of Americans and Western leaders at the death of Osama bin Laden, though understandable, misses the point. In many ways, the figure gunned down in Pakistan was already irrelevant—more a symbol of past dangers than a real threat for the future.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE


President Obama on the Death of Osama bin Laden

As he announced the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday night, President Barack Obama gave a nod to nationalism, remarking that “today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.” Packaging aside, what apparently happened is that the elusive al-Qaida leader was killed by U.S. forces, who “took custody of his body,” according to Obama.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / markn3tel

Quran-Burning Pastor Stirs Up Dearborn

Pastor Terry Jones, whose supervision of a Quran burning touched off deadly riots in Afghanistan early this month, has set his sights on a mosque in Dearborn, Mich. A judge has barred Jones from the mosque’s property, and he now plans to protest in front of it.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 READ MORE



YouTube

Florida Pastor Has a Few New Enemies

Oh good, the nutty Rev. Terry Jones is near our HQ here in Los Angeles. The Florida pastor, who drew widespread ire earlier this month with his Quran-burning and Prophet Muhammad mock trial publicity stunts ...

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



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U.N. Staffers Killed in Afghan Protest

The threatened, and now fulfilled, Quran-burning gesture by Florida pastor Terry Jones (pictured) sparked fatal consequences in Afghanistan on Friday, when protesters in the northern city of Mazir-e-Sharif stormed a United Nations compound and killed at least 20 employees.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


Revenge of the Mummies

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The Hooey King

“There is nothing radical or un-American in holding these hearings,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., claimed Thursday as he launched his McCarthyite probe of American Muslims.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


The ’80s Origins of Today’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Overwrought Reagan/Bush-era pop culture first equated “terrorist” with “Muslim,” using sporadic atrocities committed by individual Islamic extremists to demonize all Muslims.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


How Not to Fight Terrorism

Stigmatizing Muslims and their faith may win airtime for Rep. Peter King and draw cameras to his committee, but it does nothing to advance the security of the United States.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


The American Inquisition of 2011

Rep. Peter King is about to convene hearings whose premise offends our nation’s founding ideals and whose targets are law-abiding members of a religious minority. King has decided to investigate Islam.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Fear Not the Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman

The hysteria in American media about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not only ignorant and demagogic, it is hypocritical.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


David Cameron

Cameron Criticizes Multiculturalism

In a strike against multiculturalism, David Cameron, in his first address on terrorism as prime minister, has derided the “passive tolerance” toward certain Muslim groups and demanded a return to a more “muscular liberalism” and a stronger national identity.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE


Alabama’s Governor Joins the 21st Century

Only Alabama’s newly installed Gov. Robert Bentley knows for sure whether he was sincere Wednesday when he apologized for saying, just last weekend, that non-Christians weren’t his brothers and sisters, but it was evident that he had learned ...

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Iranian Students News Agency / Arash Khamushi

Iran’s Parliament Schemes to Impeach Ahmadinejad

A serious rift has divided the Iranian government in a manner that could be tricky to resolve, as it puts the country’s parliament on one side and its president on the other. On Monday, the news broke that Iran’s parliament had been working on a plan to eject ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Obama Reaches Out to Muslims on Indonesian Trip

Listen closely and you’ll hear the sound of Glenn Beck frothing at the mouth. What’s today’s reason? Well, on Tuesday, President Obama was in Indonesia(!), where he expressed the need to “build trust” with Muslim societies(!!).

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sue Ogrocki

Oklahoma Not OK With Shariah Law

Some people in Oklahoma are either able to predict the future or they’re just anti-Muslim bigots. A measure on the ballot next week in the state will ask voters whether they want to pass, no joke, a constitutional amendment outlawing Shariah, or Islamic law.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


NPR’s Juan Williams Sacked for Muslim Comment

Right about where NPR’s Juan Williams says, in this clip from Monday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” that he thinks Bill O’Reilly is “right,” offering the Fox News host his support after last week’s O’Reilly kerfuffle on “The View,” things take a fateful turn for Williams’ career. Coincidence?

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Clemens Bilan

Merkel: Multiculturalism Has Failed

Maybe she sipped a bit too much during Oktoberfest, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stumbled to the right after she claimed that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” stirring the proverbial cultural melting pot to suggest that immigrants have not effectively integrated into German society.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE


ThreatDown: Muslim Edition

Is Islam finding its way into our schools? Christmas carols? How about our soup? Stephen Colbert is on that case, just like everyone on Fox News, in this clip from Monday’s episode of “The Colbert Report.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE



the99.org

Post’s Peyser Slams ‘Muslim Superhero’ Show

New York Post scribe Andrea Peyser is very concerned about a series that’ll be counted among the new cartoon network The Hub’s lineup: It’s “The 99,” an animated show about 99 superheroes with special powers based on—gasp!—Muslim values.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Ranoush (CC-BY-SA)

French Court Bans Veil

France’s highest court has upheld a law banning facial veils in public, with supporters claiming it will protect women’s rights while critics say it abridges religious freedom.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



cnn.com

Life Sentence for Times Square Bomb Plotter

The fate of Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to set off a bomb in Times Square on May 1, was decided in a Manhattan court Tuesday. The 31-year-old Pakistani-American, who pleaded guilty to 10 charges in June, was sentenced to life in prison ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


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