U.S. Lawmakers, Fair Labor Association Condemn Forced Labor of Uyghurs

Following widespread reports of forced labor by Uyghurs in Xinjiang and other parts of China, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers submitted a bill to restrict imports from Xinjiang. Austin Ramzy of The New York Times reports : With Xinjiang producing much of China’s cotton and textiles, the legislation could affect companies as diverse as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Patagonia, which are named in the draft bill. While the bill’s prospects are uncertain, industry
| China & the World, Economy, Human Rights |

U.S. to Cap Visas for Chinese State Media (Updated: China Responds)

On Monday, the U.S. State Department announced a cap on the number of visas it would issue to Chinese employees of five Chinese state media organizations in response to “increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation against American and other foreign journalists operating in China.” Visa reciprocity has long been proposed and heatedly discussed as a response to China’s use of visa and accreditation denials and delays to apply pressure to or express displeasure with
| China & the World, Level 2 Article, Politics |

Coronavirus: China’s Xinjiang camps are a neglected high-risk area and should be closed

By Munawwar Abdulla The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency on Thursday. The Chinese government initially heavily obscured the severity of the novel coronavirus outbreak, leading to inadequate initial handling of the problem, and spread of the virus to other parts of the world. The outbreak is now a matter of global concern, with cases confirmed in 25 countries. As of the beginning of February, there have been nearly 35,000 cases
| Environment & Health, HKFP Voices, Politics & Protest |

China 'may use' coronavirus as cover for Uighur deaths in internment camps

Uighur Muslims with relatives held in Chinese 'concentration camps' say they live in fear the government will pin the deaths of their loved ones on the deadly coronavirus. The families of Uighur Muslims held in internment camps are worried that China will pin their deaths on the fast-spreading coronavirus , which has killed over 560 people and infected tens of thousands, a UK publication revealed in interviews with family members.
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The Ghulja Massacre: remembering China’s brutal crackdown on a peaceful Xinjiang protest

By Zubayra Shamseden, Chinese Outreach Coordinator, Uyghur Human Rights Project It was horrifying to hear that my sister Mesture, who was in severe pain going into labour with her first child Nazife, was unable to go to the hospital in Ghulja city on February 5, 1997 because a blockade had been enforced in the city. My parents had just come to visit me in Australia at the time and we felt utterly tormented as we sat helpless,
| HKFP Voices, Politics & Protest, Ghulja massacre |

China and Muslim minority

By Mohamed Alhassan Alsayed What is the truth about the situation of the Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang autonomous region in northwest China? And how does Islam become an instrument of war by anti-China western media to tarnish its image? This is what the article wants to talk about. Chinese authorities have affirmed that China treats all religions with a single standard and does not differentiate between them, and the rights are reserved for everyone under the roof
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China has its own brand of fake news when it comes to human rights and the Uyghurs

China has a less than glamorous record when it comes to the protection and promotion of human rights inside its borders. Whether it’s land rights, religious freedom, family planning, freedom of speech or internet censorship, over the past decade there has been international criticism for failure to meet even the most basic human rights standards. The condemnation has come from almost every angle, including from United Nations bodies, international non-governmental organizations, individual activists, human rights defenders, academics and foreign governments.
| Opinion, Politics & Protest, 2022 Winter Olympics |

Hong Kong Free Press Editorial: Our new Annual Report

Downlo a d a copy  of our latest Annual Report – it includes a Transparency Report based on our latest yearly, independent audit. Letter from the Editor: Last year, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement sought to “blossom everywhere,” with protesters vowing to “be water” and act with fluidity, speed and flexibility. The HKFP team had to mirror the approach, streamlining our operations and deployment to cope with the unprecedented, non-stop demonstrations. Since last June, our
| HKFP Editorials, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Free Press |

BOOK REVIEW: Kashmir’s Untold Story: Declassified

Prior to writing the book,”Kashmir’s Untold Story: Declassified,” Iqbal Chand Malhotra, a television producer, and Maroof Raza, a former Indian Army officer, completed documentaries on Kashmir for the Discovery and Times Now channels. Both have intimate knowledge of their subject. Each of the well-researched 10 chapters has exhaustive sources listed in the end-notes. The book has a comprehensive index. It will serve the general reader and historians keen to unravel the convoluted story of Kashmir. The book’s sweep from
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Is China set to play a greater role in Afghanistan?

China sees strategically located Afghanistan as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions under its trillion dollar Belt and Road initiative. After the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, China is set to emerge as greater player in the war-wracked country whose geostrategic location has been at all time high for Beijing's trillion dollar Belt and Road initiative (BRI). China sees strategically located Afghanistan as a bridge to help expand connectivity between
| In-depth |

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism – MP meets with Chinese technology company involved in Uighur camps

Trade minister Graham Stuart has been criticised for his meetings with SenseTime, a Chinese company that supplies facial recognition technology to the Chinese government. There have been reports that SenseTime’s technology has been used to aid the suppression of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch said “we sincerely hope Graham Stuart used his meeting with SenseTime to convey his deep concern over the alleged use of their technology in mass surveillance operations and ethnic
| Press Coverage |

Public Anger Swells Over Official Opacity on Coronavirus

As the outbreak of a novel coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan last month continues to spread globally, official statistics from China’s National Health Commission showed 5,974 confirmed cases as of Wednesday and 132 deaths. Local authorities’ slow initial response to the outbreak, first discovered in late December and initially reported as viral pneumonia , has stoked widespread public anger, evoking memories of the official response to the 2003 SARS crisis that originated in China before killing over
| China & the World, Level 2 Article, Politics |

What's really behind Saudi Arabia's inclusion of Chinese as a third language?

The addition of the Chinese language to Saudi curriculums reveals a carefully planned strategic partnership that points beyond linguistic improvement and cross-culturalism. Saudi Arabia has officially implemented Standard Chinese as a third language in the country's schools. The first phase is currently underway and includes lessons taught in a total of eight secondary schools for boys only in three Saudi cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Part of the comprehensive Saudi Vision 2030 programme , the
| In-depth |

UAE confirms first case of coronavirus to hit the Middle East

Emirati authorities told its citizens not to panic after it confirmed the first case of the deadly Coronavirus to hit the country. The potentially-deadly coronavirus has reached the Middle East, with the  UAE  confirming the first case in the region on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi has confirmed the first case of the deadly coronavirus in the region, saying that doctors were treating a family-of-four that had come from a Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak. The UAE's
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Paid Protesters at Extradition Hearings Highlight Canada’s Predicament

Court hearings on the prospective extradition of Huawei CFO and founder’s daughter Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the U.S. ended inconclusively last week. Meng’s arrest in Vancouver in December 2018 prompted a flurry of retaliation from China, most notably the detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor , who now face prosecution on charges involving state secrets . Although cases against top Huawei executives have reportedly been under consideration since 2010 , long before Donald Trump’s election, the
| China & the World, Information Revolution, Law |

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger can learn from China's counter-terrorism efforts

By Ronald Kato The Sahel region has seen an upsurge in violence in recent years. The violence has mostly come from militant groups and sometimes ethnic animosity. In Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, attacks have significantly grown in frequency and casualty figures. Both military and civilian installations have come under fire. The Sahel is a vast, mostly arid region just below the Sahara desert. The region's governments say they are battling a jihadi insurgency. Some groups are
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EXCLUSIVE: Human Rights Watch Executive Director warns of 'bloodbath' in Idlib

The New Arab spoke to the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, about the bloodbath in Idlib. Every year, Human Rights Watch  (HRW) releases an annual report surveying the human rights practices and trends in nearly 100 countries. The New Arab sat down with the executive director of Human Rights Watch to mark the release of  World Report 2020, which covered issues such as the situation in Syria's northwestern province
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Beijing’s new man in Hong Kong Luo Huining stumps the pundits: will he be nasty or nice?

Hong Kong’s best-known China watchers and commentators are in unanimous disagreement. The subject is Beijing’s sudden appointment of a new man to head its representative Liaison Office here. Arriving as he did in the middle of Hong Kong’s ongoing unresolved political uprising, observers can’t decide whether the appointment is good news or bad for Hong Kong, the protesters, or their movement. The new man in town is Luo Huining, transferred suddenly and without advance notice soon after taking up a
| Law & Crime, Opinion, Politics & Protest |

Huawei’s human rights record needs scrutiny before Britain signs 5G contracts

By   Tom Tugendhat The debate about Huawei’s involvement in our key 5G infrastructure has so far focused on the national security risks. These are considerable – both the US and Australia have registered serious concerns, with the US threatening to stop sharing security with the UK if our deal goes ahead. But Huawei’s human rights record has been notably absent from discussion. It is vital that we do our human rights due diligence on companies
| HKFP Voices, Law & Crime, Politics & Protest |

China launching ‘most intense attack’ on int’l rights – Human Rights Watch

By Peter Hutchison China is using its economic and diplomatic might to carry out the “most intense attack” ever on the global system for protecting human rights, a leading campaign group said on Tuesday, sparking a furious response from a Chinese official. Human Rights Watch made the allegation in its annual report, launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York two days after executive director Kenneth Roth was barred from entering Hong Kong to release it
| Defence & Foreign Policy, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat |

HRW Report: China an Increasing “Global Threat to Human Rights”

Human Rights Watch has released their 30th annual “World Report” review of human rights by country . In the introduction to this year’s report, HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth wrote on the global threat to human rights that China’s government poses , warning that if left unchallenged, “Beijing’s actions portend a dystopian future in which no one is beyond the reach of Chinese censors, and an international human rights system so weakened that it no longer serves
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Indonesia uses drones to count mosques to 'monitor radicalisation'

A government-led project aims to create a census of mosques from across Indonesia as part of efforts to tackle radicalisation. Indonesia is using drones to count the number of mosques in the Muslim-majority country in an effort to monitory potential radical hotspots. Fakhry Affan leads a government team of 1,000, colloquially dubbed “Mosque Hunters’ who use drones to take pictures of these places of worship across Indonesia and its islands, including Sulawesi island. The team,
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‘LOL!’: China’s informal, confrontational Twitter diplomacy

by Jing Xuan Teng Chinese diplomacy has found a new voice on Twitter — and it’s not entirely diplomatic. The communist government has recently embraced the social media platform — despite blocking it within China — deploying its foreign ministry and a growing army of diplomats to tout or defend its policies to a global audience. One diplomat posts artistic selfies in Nepal, China’s envoy in South Africa quotes Western poetry alongside pictures of sunsets
| Politics & Protest, Science & Technology, SinoBeat |

U.S. Commission Calls Xinjiang Detentions “Crime Against Humanity”

In their annual report assessing human rights conditions in China in 2019 , the Congressional-Executive Commission on China called the detention of Uyghurs in Xinjiang a “crime against humanity,” while also presenting findings and recommendations on a host of other human rights issues including freedom of expression , workers’ rights , women’s rights , the ongoing protest movement in Hong Kong , civil society , Tibet , and more. From
| China & the World, Human Rights, Law |

Campaigners urge Kazakhstan not to expel Chinese asylum seekers

Human Rights Watch is urging Kazakhstan to keep two Kazakh asylum seekers instead of sending them back to China, over worries that the two men will be detained. Campaigners have urged Kazakhstan not to return Chinese asylum seekers fleeing  Xinjiang  amid a crackdown on  Uighur Muslims  and other minorities.  Activists called on Kazakh authorities to drop charges against illegal border crossings and to respect refugee rights. "The government should immediately drop charges of illegal border crossing, halt these proceedings, and
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UK government called 'inhumane, selfish' for removing protections for child refugees

In one of Boris Johnson's first Brexit amendments, the British government voted down protections for unaccompanied child refugees as a post-EU Britain looms closer. British MPs are being criticised after they voted against proposals that would see  child refugees could be reunited with their families after the UK leave the European Union, bringing to harsh light tensions ahead of Brexit . The Commons rejected proposals to keep protections for child refugees in the redrafted
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World’s biggest debate contest axed livestream of Hong Kong topic as Chinese spectators staged walkout

The world’s biggest debate tournament has been embroiled in a row over censorship after it hosted a debate on Hong Kong democracy but later removed all online traces of the match. Photo: Thailand WUDC 2020. Last Friday, four top teams debated the motion “This House, as China, would grant universal suffrage to Hong Kong citizens” during the grand finals of the World Universities Debating Championship’s (WUDC) open category. The event was held at Assumption University in
| Community & Education, HKFP Reports, Hong Kong |

‘Crimes against humanity on a massive scale’: US lawmakers urge Trump to take action against Beijing

US lawmakers called Wednesday for President Donald Trump’s administration to impose sanctions over rights abuses in China as they released a report describing “crimes against humanity” against the Uighur minority. In a wide-ranging annual report, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which tracks human rights in the Asian power, voiced alarm at Beijing’s incarceration of more than one million Uighurs and other Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang. File photo posted by the Xinjiang Judicial
| Law & Crime, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat |

US Congress urges action into China's Uighur abuse

US lawmakers have urged action into China's treatment of the minority Muslim Uighur population. United States lawmakers called Wednesday for President Donald Trump's administration to impose sanctions over rights abuses in China as they released a report describing "crimes against humanity" against the Uighur minority. In a wide-ranging annual report, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which tracks human rights in the Asian power, voiced alarm at Beijing's incarceration of more than one million Uighurs
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Stop Uighur internment camps or take the Olympics away from China

As China gears up to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the country continues to face accusations of horrific human rights abuses against its Uighur Muslim minority. For the  Uighur  people in China's Xinjiang state, who make up half of its 24 million population, justice is a distant and uncompromising dream. One woman describes the moment she came to know that she would never be able to carry children of her own, behind the bars of the country's
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Taiwan economy a weak spot for incumbent Tsai Ing-wen in upcoming election

By Amber Wang and Sean Chang Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen looks set to secure a second term in elections this weekend, but her Achilles heel is an economy that China has squeezed relentlessly in an effort to assert its control over the island’s future. Despite Beijing’s pressure campaign, Tsai can boast a solid economic record, with the lowest unemployment for decades and strong export growth. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Photo: Tsai Ing-wen Flickr.
| Business, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat |

Hundreds of Uighur refugee children are orphans in Turkey after parents disappear

Uighur children are being orphaned after their parents travel to China to visit family, never to be heard from again. Hundreds of Uighur children have become orphaned in Turkey after their parents disappeared on visits to China , which is cracking down on its minority Muslim population. A school on the outskirts of Istanbul is one of the only places in the country where Uighur child refugees from China can study
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China took their parents: the Uighur refugee children of Turkey

By Eric Randolph The school on the outskirts of Istanbul is a rare place where Uighur child refugees from China can study their language and culture. But for several, it has also become an impromptu orphanage. Uighur children attend a science lesson in a school of Silivri district in Istanbul on November 29, 2019. Photo by Ozan KOSE/AFP. Having fled a worsening crackdown on Uighur Muslims in northwest China, some of
| Politics & Protest, SinoBeat, Istanbul |

China's foreign minister accuses US of 'bullying practices' during meeting with Iran counterpart

In a meeting with Iran's foreign minister Mohamad Zarif in Beijing, Wan Yi slammed international "bullying practices", in an indirect attack on U.S. policy towards both Iran and China. In a meeting with his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday, Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, denounced international "bullying practices", in the latest Chinese criticism of US foreign policy under President Donald Trump . In the opening remarks to bilateral talks with Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, Wang
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From Lebanon to Kashmir: The New Arab's 10 biggest stories of 2019

A revolution in Sudan. A new Turkish offensive in Syria. A controversial citizenship amendment in India. These are The New Arab's top 10 stories of 2019. From President Donald Trump facing impeachment to the UK rushing to a snap election  following uncertainty over  Brexit ; from Hong Kong 's million-strong protests to the devastating Ethiopian Airlines crash; from the Latin American uprisings to Sri Lanka Easter bombings ; from
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Hundreds of Indonesians hold solidarity rally for Uighurs

Hundreds of Muslims in Indonesia held a protest Friday against China’s treatment of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang in front of China’s embassy in Jakarta. The rally was organised by hardline Islamic group the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) but was attended by members of other Muslim communities under heavy security. Indonesian hardline Muslim group members take part in an anti-China rally in front of the Chinese colsulate in Surabaya, East Java, on December 27, 2019, to condemn China’s
| Politics & Protest, SinoBeat, uighur |

Pastor Wang Yi Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Subversion

Pastor Wang Yi, the founder of the underground Early Rain Covenant Church and staunch critic of Xi Jinping’s heavy-handed policies, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for “subversion of state power” and illegal business operations . Wang was one of over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant detained in Chengdu last December as part of a crackdown on unregistered churches, mosques, and temples–itself part of a broader campaign to “Sinicize” religion in China
| Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Politics |

China jails Protestant pastor Wang Yi for 9 years for ‘inciting’ subversion

by Jing Xuan Teng China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for “incitement to subvert state power”. Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a court in Chengdu, southwest China, according to an announcement on an official court website. Pastor Wang Yi. Photo: Early Rain Covenant Church,
| Law & Crime, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat |

China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for ‘inciting’ subversion

China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for “incitement to subvert state power”. Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a court in Chengdu, southwest China, according to an announcement on an official court website. Wang was detained in December 2018 in a raid by authorities in which dozens of members of his
| China, News, Politics |

CDT Editors’ Picks: The Best of 2019

The editors at CDT have made their annual selections of their favorite posts, from CDT and elsewhere around the web, over the past year. Dong Ge (Executive Editor, CDT Chinese) : CDS 档案 | “辱华节目”全球连晒(连载一): 不可言说之辱—— “维尼”那些事儿 “Hurting the feelings of the Chinese people “or “insulting Chinese people” has been an effective weapon used by the CCP to manipulate Chinese people to deny the freedom of speech of the Western world. However, the straightforward response
| CDT Highlights, Information Revolution, Level 2 Article |

China arrests Malaysian tourists for praying in Uighur mosque without a 'license'

A group of Malaysian tourists discovered that they had been monitored while travelling in Xinjiang province after they exited a Uighur mosque and found themselves surrounded by police. A group of  Malaysian  tourists were arrested for praying inside a Uighur mosque in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang without a 'license', World of Buzz revealed  on Thursday . A member of the group shared details of the frightening experience after
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Hundreds of Indonesians hold solidarity rally for persecuted Uighur Muslims

China has faced international condemnation for rounding up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in internment camps in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. Hundreds of Muslims in Indonesia held a protest on Friday against China's treatment of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang in front of China's embassy in Jakarta . The rally was organised by hardline Islamic group the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) but was attended by
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China to rewrite Quran, Bible to 'reflect socialist values' amid crackdown on Uighur Muslims

Beijing says all translated classic religious books should be 're-evaluated' amid China's widely-condemned Xinjiang crackdown. China plans to rewrite the Quran and Bible to "reflect socialist values" amid a  crackdown on the country's religious minority groups, according to local reports. Modified versions of the Quran and the Bible will exclude any content deemed to go against the beliefs of the country's Communist Party, a top party official said.  Content seen by
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Top ten things to look out for in the year ahead

From Iran to Lebanon, Trump to Netanyahu, 2020 is looking jam-packed. Here's The New Arab's list of top ten things to look out for as we enter a new year. As we usher in a new decade on Tuesday, one can't help but wonder what the next year will hold for the Middle East . 2019 was a year of immense tension , upheaval and change . The world sat at
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Reasons to be fearful – the international news review of 2019

This year world leaders struggled to manage the fallout from the erratic tenant in the White House – as China flexed its imperial muscles. We look back at the events that created the most turbulence Click here for 2019’s reasons to be cheerful A year of high anxiety was rendered more alarming by intensifying clashes of interest between world powers. As international cooperation declined, and nationalist agendas gathered strength, China, the US, Russia and Europe, and
| World news |

Sudan dropped from US violators of religious freedom blacklist amid warming ties with Washington

Khartoum has seen warmer ties with Washington in recent months as it attempts to be removed from the state sponsors of terrorism list. The United States dropped Sudan from its list of nations that severely violate religious freedoms, signalling increased support for Sudan's transitional government .  The US State Department said it had upgraded Sudan to a special watch list for religious freedom, citing "significant steps taken by the civilian-led transitional government".  
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Arrest at Uighur solidarity demo in Hong Kong, as riot police point pistol at protesters

Riot police pointed a pistol at protesters during a Uighur solidarity demonstration in Central on Sunday. Officers clashed with onlookers after arresting a protester who removed a Chinese national flag outside City Hall. Police also reportedly fired at least two rubber bullets on a nearby footbridge connected to the IFC shopping mall. Photo: Apple Daily. On Sunday afternoon, around 1,000 people gathered at Edinburgh Place to express support for Uighurs in Xinjiang. International rights groups
| Hong Kong, Politics & Protest, central |

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan snub Malaysia’s Muslim summit

Leaders from many Islamic nations including Turkey and Iran gathered in Malaysia on Wednesday to tackle issues that have agitated Muslims worldwide, but the summit was snubbed by Saudi Arabia and its close ally Pakistan. At a welcome dinner, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the Kuala Lumpur Summit would aim to “do something” to improve the lives of Muslims and overcome Islamophobia. “We need to find a way to address our shortcomings, our dependency on non-Muslims to
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