Katie Pavlich | Apr 29, 2013
Apparently, granny will still be getting the full pat down experience at the airport instead of young Muslim men returning home from volatile, Jihad ridden regions of the world like Dagestan. Attorney General Eric Holder is warning Americans not to discriminate against Muslims in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Attorney General Eric Holder declared Monday that the Justice Department is on the lookout for acts of violence or discrimination that signal a backlash to the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this month in which three people were killed and scores wounded.
Bassem Aly , Wednesday 15 May 2013
Sixty-five years since 1948 expulsion from their ancestral homeland, Palestinians worldwide express little hope for viable agreement with Israel. On Wednesday, millions of Palestinians all over the world will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the day they call the Youm Al-Nakba (‘Day of Catastrophe’) when around 750,000 Palestinians were forced to leave the country following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
By Dave Gathman Sun-Times Media May 16, 2013
A state regulatory board has indicated that it plans to reject a plan to build a Muslim-friendly surgery center in Orland Park. But several board members said this week that they sympathize with a problem they hadn’t realized exists: The discomfort that followers of Islam — especially modesty-conscious Muslim women — feel about using hospitals and outpatient medical centers in the Chicago area.
by Alex Kane on May 16, 2013
Prolonged federal investigations of Palestine solidarity activism on campuses are chilling students’ constitutional rights to organize and speak out, a coalition of civil rights groups has charged in letters to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The civil rights and advocacy groups are asking the federal government to take a number of steps to remedy what they say is the problem of investigations that are having a chilling effect on students’ speech.
By Ali Gharib
The Anti-Defamation League turned 100 this week. Renowned for its early anti-racism efforts, the group can, and should, boast of its role in American Jewry’s unabashed and unqualified rise into the nation’s establishment. There’s still, to be sure, remnants of American anti-Semitism; those strains of thought are worthy of a wary eye and vigilant marginalization. The ADL, with its vaunted anti-racist history, ought to be at the forefront of this work. But it just can’t be taken seriously in this task with Abraham Foxman at its helm, not when he uses the occasion of the group’s centennial to rationalize discrimination against Muslims. A man with this record—and it’s a growing record—can’t be responsible for fighting anti-Semitism as part and parcel of “all forms of bigotry,” as the ADL claims it does.
OnIslam & News Agencies
Monday, 13 May 2013
LONDON, Ontario – Seeking to clear image of Islam following an aborted plot to attack trains and deadly bombings in the United States, the Muslim community in the east-central Canadian province of Ontario has opened their mosque doors to visitors to get a better understanding of their faith. “I think it is a basic rule that people are fearful of what they don’t know,” Imam Mahmoud Haddara in London, Ontario, told CTV News.
“So if you get to know something and you find it good then there is no fear most people would accept it.”
May 13, 2013
The practice of force-feeding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay as a response to the mass hunger strike there has been increasingly criticized. But the military has continued to carry it out. Now, Al Jazeera has revealed in detail how the practice is takes place–and it’s not pretty. Al Jazeera’s Jason Leopold obtained a document revealing how force-feeding works at Guantanamo. The Standard Operating Procedure for force-feeding was formulated by United States Southern Command, the military branch that oversees operation of the prison.
by worldbulletin.net, May 12, 2013
Canada is more than ever a nation of immigrants, with one in five Canadians born outside the country, according to a 2011 survey released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday. That 20.6 percent proportion of people born abroad, up from 19.8 percent five years previously, is far bigger than in most other rich industrialized countries. Statscan said 12.9 percent of U.S. residents were born outside the country, and 11.5 percent of people in Britain. Australia’s rate is higher, at 26.8 percent.
Posted on 11 May 2013 by Mooneye
This nine minute exchange between Bill Maher and his guests: Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian, Joy Reid of the Miami Herald and Charles Cooke of the National Review Online is very telling.
There’s a lot to say about how ideology and partisanship can prevent one from a fair analysis of events and contemporary issues. It’s bizarre to see Charles Cooke telling Joy Reid that her point about slavery and by extension indentured servitude, Jim Crow (and much more) was a “cheap” point to make–he is just plain wrong that these “imperfections” were only 18th century problems.
OnIslam & News Agencies
Sunday, 05 May 2013
RIJEKA, Croatia – Capping years of hard work, thousands of Muslims have celebrated the opening of Croatia’s first mosque on the Adriatic Coast since the Ottoman era. “Building of this mosque was crucial for me because my daughter will go to kindergarten here,” Sadmir Kukuruzovic, a 27-year-old truck driver from Rijeka, told Agence France-Presse (AFP). More than 20,000 Muslims from Croatia and neighboring European countries gathered Saturday, May 4, in the western city of Rijeka on the Adriatic coast to celebrate their first mosque in the area.
By Anshel Pfeffer | May.03, 2013 | HAARETZ ISRAEL
A report by the Church of Scotland, published this week, denies any special privilege for the Jewish people in the land of Israel. The church, which in recent years has jettisoned its once philosemitic character, opened a wide rift with the Scottish Jewish community with the report. Among other controversial statements, the report argues that, “Christians should not be supporting any claims by Jews, or any other people, to an exclusive or even privileged divine right to possess particular territory.”
Saturday, 04 May 2013
CAIRO – A leading American Muslim advocacy group has applauded the Florida Senate decision to drop a controversial anti-Islam bill that Muslim, Jewish and civil rights leaders criticized as “unconstitutional and unnecessary.” “We applaud the Florida Senate for dropping this unconstitutional and unnecessary legislation, the sole purpose of which is to marginalize Muslims and demonize Islam,” Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
OnIslam & Newspapers
Saturday, 04 May 2013
CAIRO – Repeating earlier years’ dilemma, a government-sponsored conference on Muslims in Germany has sparked a storm of criticism for focusing on terrorism as a key subject rather than promoting dialogue between the government and the Muslim minority.
May 2, 2013
Dr. David Liepert.
Canadian Muslim Leader, Spokesperson, Author and Educator
The battle with al Qaeda — for our safety, for our future and for the hearts and minds of young Muslims like accused Boston Marathon Bombers Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jasser, accused in Canada, by other Muslims, of plotting to derail a passenger train — is the defining conflict of our times, but it isn’t a battle al Qaeda is fighting with America, as al Qaeda claims.
May 1, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Coffee County commissioner’s Facebook post suggesting Muslims are best greeted from behind a rifle barrel is prompting demands for an apology. Commissioner Barry West’s post follows a string of anti-Muslim acts throughout Middle Tennessee in recent years, including at least four incidents of mosque vandalism. Opposition to a new mosque in Rutherford County was so strong it took federal Justice Department intervention to open it last year.
By Lisa Wangsnessand Meghan E. Irons
Globe Staff / April 26, 2013
Heiam Alsawalhi, a mother of four from Brookline, does not usually go to the mosque for Friday prayers. But this week, she had to be there. She needed spiritual healing for the grief and rage she felt after the Marathon bombings, she said. She wanted the sense of empowerment felt when a faith community comforts its own. And, she said, she wanted to greet the Jewish and Christian clergy who came to offer their support.
JEDDAH: NASIM CHOWDHURY – Thu, Apr 25th 2013
In the early days of Islam, Omar, who would later become a caliph, was in a frenzied rage and set out to assassinate Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). As he passed the house of his sister, he heard her recite passages from the glorious Qur’an.
Friday April 26, 2013
In the Wake of the Boston Bombings:
By Stephen Lendman
Waging war at home or abroad requires enemies. America creates them when none exist. Post-9/11, Muslims were targeted for political advantage. Post-Boston bombings, America’s war on Islam continues. Muslims are “war on terror” scapegoats. Washington’s Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia wars rage.
April 23, 2013
The U.S. public and the government have shown great tolerance toward Muslims after the 9/11 attacks perpetrated by Islamic extremists. However, the other side of the coin is the necessity after a terrorist attack to identify the culprits, determine their reasoning and bring them to justice.
A small town in northern Syria sent condolences to the city of Boston after last Monday’s bombing, creating an unexpected link between the two countries. The town of Kafranbel is famous for creative banners at weekly anti-government protests, many of them in English. Bostonians responded with thanks of their own through social media on Saturday. links from stream.aljazeera.com