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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Channels Bloomberg on Muslim Spying

Legal justifications taken up by lawyers for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to defend the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim communities are the same initially put forward by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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The Ordeal of Stanley L. Cohen: Justice as Farce

The government campaign to imprison the few activist attorneys who defend those defined as America’s enemies is exemplified by the persecution of Stanley L. Cohen.

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Reza Aslan Responds to CNN and Bill Maher on Islam

In a CNN interview Monday, religious scholar Reza Aslan slammed comedian Bill Maher and CNN anchors Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota over what he considers their simplifications and mischaracterizations of Islam.

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Israel: Crowd Shouts ‘Death to Arabs’ at Jewish-Muslim Wedding

An Israeli crowd gathered outside the wedding of a Muslim man and a Jewish woman in Rishon Lezion, shouting “death to Arabs” on Sunday.

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Let My People Go

Chris Hedges delivered this address Saturday in New York City before demonstrators marched to U.N. headquarters in support of the people of Gaza. The event was part of a day of international protest against the Israeli military assault on Palestinians.

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Jon Stewart: We Just Need to Protect This Country From Terrorists ... With Beards

“The Daily Show” host pokes holes in all the ridiculous Fox News arguments about prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl and his father Bob being Muslim terrorists and points out that facial hair is not evidence that someone is a terrorist. Case in point: the beardless Las Vegas shooting suspects. 

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Top 5 Wars on Religious Extremism in Today’s Muslim World

The Fox News commentators who say that the Muslim world is not doing enough to police its own extremist movements don’t actually seem to be reading the news.

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The Sterling Racism Scandal: What About Associating With Muslim People?

L.A. Clippers owner Donald Tokowitz Sterling has a long history of discriminatory practices.

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The Rhetoric of Violence

The rage and nihilism that come from the frustrations of American life are expressed through violence. Our armed vigilantes and renegade gunmen are symptoms of a nation in terminal decline. To resist, we must build a revolutionary consciousness. Without one, random murder will become our national sport. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Bill O’Reilly Says Muslims Will Diss Hillary, but 8 Muslim Countries Chose Female Leaders

Bill O’Reilly maintains that one downside of having a woman president is that Muslims won’t respect her.

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Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Video Blasted for ‘Blasphemy’

Katy Perry can count fewer Muslims among her fan base after the release of the video for her new single, “Dark Horse.”

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CAR Muslim Ethnic Cleansing: What If Thousands of Christians Were Forced Out of a Muslim Country?

The Central African Republic has a population of 4.5 million, about 15 percent of them Muslim, or about 670,000 people.

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Another Non-Terrorist Non-Muslim Plane Hijacker: The Sochi Plot

The Associated Press article on the Ukrainian hijacker who tried to divert a plane to Sochi on Friday is interesting for the words it does not use.

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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.

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Fox News Under Fire for ‘Embarrassing’ Interview With Reza Aslan

The religious scholar went on FoxNews.com’s online program “Spirited Debate” on Friday to promote his new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” Right off the bat, host Lauren Green set the tone for the interview when she asked Aslan: “You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”

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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.

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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.

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Stop Assuming the Boston Bomber Is a Muslim

The first tweet I saw when I checked my Twitter account Monday afternoon was a one-line plea: “Please don’t let it be a ‘Muslim.’”

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Ahmadinejad Narrowly Misses Shoe Attack in Cairo

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Egypt took a turn for the diplomatically dicey in Cairo on Tuesday when an angry man who apparently hailed from Syria chose to express his displeasure with Ahmadinejad’s support of the Syrian regime by lobbing a shoe at the Iranian leader.

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Suspected Subway Pusher Charged With Murder as a Hate Crime

Authorities say a 31-year-old woman who is accused of pushing a man off a subway platform into the way of a train in Queens last week did so because of his religion. Erika Menendez was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in the death of Sunando Sen.

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The ‘Obama Phone’ Fallacy, Coulter Ripped on ‘The View,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more bad news for Mitt Romney, Claire McCaskill’s response to Todd Akin’s sexist remarks and further Republican charges about President Obama’s religion.

Posted on Sep 28, 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.

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U.S. Positions Two Warships Off Libya

Two U.S. destroyers equipped with Tomahawk missiles are moving into Mediterranean waters north of Libya after attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi and another in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

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Hank Williams Jr. Rips ‘Muslim’ Obama During Anti-Gay Rant

Actor Alec Baldwin hit back at Hank Williams Jr. after the country singer’s vitriolic, hate-fueled rant against the president and homosexuals over the weekend.

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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”?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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First They Come for the Muslims

Another Muslim activist has gone to prison as a result of the government’s criminalization of what people say and believe.

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British Political Rebel Makes Triumphant Return

George Galloway, the British politician remanded to all but oblivion after being expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 and losing office in 2010, made an unexpected comeback Friday when he upset Britain’s major political party candidates to win a parliamentary by-election.

Posted on Mar 31, 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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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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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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The Story of the ‘Iranian Schindler’

When Paris became a Nazi stronghold in World War II, an Iranian diplomat by the name of Abdol-Hossein Sardari used his influence to help more than 2,000 Iranian Jews by making a creative case for their exemption from racial persecution and by issuing hundreds of passports, according to a new book.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



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What’s a Seasoned CIA Agent Doing at the NYPD?

Here’s a spooky story: The Central Intelligence Agency has once again called unwanted attention to its clandestine collaboration with the New York Police Department, a relationship that was fortified after 9/11 and led to special NYPD surveillance of the city’s Muslim communities, as it has come to the notice of select lawmakers and media outlets that an experienced CIA operative ... (more)

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The NYPD’s ‘Moroccan Initiative’

An Associated Press investigative team revealed in an article Thursday ways that, sometime around 2003 or 2004, part of the New York Police Department transformed from being a public security service that solved murders and muggings to a mini domestic intelligence agency that targeted the Moroccan Muslim community.

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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.

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A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe

We have still not woken up to whom we have become, to the fatal erosion of domestic and international law and the senseless waste of lives, resources and trillions of dollars to wage wars that ultimately we can never win.

Posted on Sep 10, 2011 READ MORE



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



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U.S. Soldier Admits to Planning Attack on Fort Hood

A U.S. soldier who has been absent without leave since early July was arrested Wednesday in a motel room hear Fort Hood in Texas where FBI officials announced Thursday that he had been found with guns and bomb-making materials. The AWOL soldier admitted to planning an attack on the base, an Army alert said Thursday.

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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


Syria Has Seen Similar Bloodshed Before

History comes full circle in Syria. In February 1982, President Hafez al-Assad’s army stormed into the ancient cities to end an Islamist uprising.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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At Least 23 Killed in Trio of Explosions in Baghdad

On Thursday, 23 people were reported killed and at least 82 wounded in a series of three bombs that detonated in a crowded market in south Baghdad, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jun 23, 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


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