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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 WATCH & LISTEN


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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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


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Posted on May 20, 2012 ENLARGE    



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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



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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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Creating the Muslim Manchurian Candidate

Though they belong to a largely underground cult, the members of the Obama-is-Muslim congregation number as many as one-third of all Republicans, and a recent poll found that only 14 percent of Republicans in Alabama and Mississippi believe that the president is a Christian.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



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10 Myths About Iran—and Why They’re Dead Wrong

Amid media reports on the possible approach of war, rhetoric demonizing the Iranian government is rampant, much of it untrue.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Did the NYPD’s Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?

ProPublica interviews co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at NYU School of Law Faiza Patel to explore whether New York police crossed the line.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


When Evidence Isn’t Enough

In the face of ever-increasing contradictory evidence, millions of Americans believe God created humans as they exist today and that Earth is just thousands of years old. Why?

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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NYPD Snooping on Muslims Contradicts Bloomberg Claims

An AP report detailing NYPD surveillance of a New Jersey Muslim community conflicts with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s claims about how police operate.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Santorum Staffer Links Obama, Islam Via ‘Slip’

Only she knows for sure, but Rick Santorum’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart claims she misspoke when she referred to President Obama’s “radical Islamic policies” on MSNBC when she really meant to say “radical environmental policies.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Losing’ the World: American Decline in Perspective, Part 1

Significant anniversaries are sometimes ignored. At the moment, we are failing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the most destructive and murderous act of aggression of the post-World War II period: the invasion of South Vietnam and later all of Indochina.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



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The NYPD Against Muslim-Americans

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s involvement in a blatantly anti-Muslim film used to train cadets has leaders of Muslim-American groups calling for his resignation. Debbie Almontaser, who chairs the Muslim Consultative Network, documents some of the NYPD’s acts of aggression against the Muslim community.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



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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



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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



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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









Posted on Dec 4, 2011 ENLARGE



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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



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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.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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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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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



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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)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ 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









Posted on Aug 28, 2011 ENLARGE



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



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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    



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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


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