Ryanair chief executive denies calling for Muslim men to face extra security checks at airports

Ryanair has denied recently that airline Chief Executive Michael O’Leary called for Muslim men to face extra security checks at airports after he sparked outrage for suggesting male Muslim men traveling alone are more likely to carry out acts of terror, Mail Online News reported. Ryanair DAC is an Irish budget airline founded in 1984, headquartered in Swords, Dublin, with its primary operational bases at Dublin and London Stansted airports. It comes amid calls to boycott the budget
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Semitophobia, by George Mackenzie

The greatest mass fear in the US is not Islamophobia. It’s not homophobia. It’s not even xenophobia. It’s Semitophobia. Fear of the Jewish Power Cabal. No other group comes close at provoking as much fear in almost the entirety of the population as Jews. Even the slightest suggestion that anyone is saying anything mildly questionable...
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Germany ‘must do more’ to fight racism: Council of Europe

A European anti-racism commission has detected “high levels of Islamophobia” and said that public discourse in Germany is increasingly xenophobic. “Blatant” racism from certain quarters has impacted mainstream politics. Germany must step up efforts to prevent and counter-extremism and neo-Nazism, the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) said in a report published recently. The report also stated there is strong evidence for extensive racial profiling by German police. The ECRI recommended Germany should take
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Michael Bloomberg’s Racism Goes Well Beyond Stop-and-Frisk

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using his billions to pay for his presidential campaign ads, blanketing television, radio and social media feeds across the country. As pundits, including CNN’s Brian Stelter , suggest, this national visibility blitz may have boosted Bloomberg’s standing in national polls; it rose to 15% in a Quinnipiac survey last week. With that polling boost however, comes an increase in media and voter scrutiny — of his mayoral policy record, his business
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How French 'secularism' became a front for Islamophobia

Comment: President Macron has demonstrated once again that in France, inciting hatred or attacking a person's dignity is ok, if the target is Muslim, writes writes Malia Bouattia. Despite the entire country being at a standstill with yellow vest protests, strikes, and widespread anger towards the Macron government's attacks on welfare, labour standards, and public services, French media and politicians have managed to deflect debate yet again, away from the issues, and on to Islam.  
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How Emily’s List and Center for American Progress Sold Out to Michael Bloomberg

Billionaire Republican-turned-Democrat Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg was hit with two damaging front-page headlines Saturday. The Washington Post reported ,  “Bloomberg for years has battled women’s allegations of profane, sexist comments.” “Now, as Bloomberg is increasingly viewed as a viable Democratic candidate for president and the #MeToo era has raised the profile of workplace harassment, he is finding that his efforts to prevent disclosure are clashing against demands that he release former employees and complainants from
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How EMILY’s List and Center for American Progress Sold Out to Bloomberg

Billionaire Republican-turned-Democrat Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg was hit with two damaging front-page headlines Saturday. The Washington Post reported , “Bloomberg for years has battled women’s allegations of profane, sexist comments.” “Now, as Bloomberg is increasingly viewed as a viable Democratic candidate for president and the #MeToo era has raised the profile of workplace harassment, he is finding that his efforts to prevent disclosure are clashing against demands that he release former employees and complainants from their nondisclosure agreements.”
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Meet the British Afghans fighting hunger in London

Meet 37-year-old Fardin, the Afghan minicab driver whose warm, home-cooked meals spoil any appetite for Islamophobia, in a city where over 1.5 million adults face food insecurity. It's a late afternoon on Saturday outside King Cross St. Pancras, one of London's busiest train stations. Thirty-seven-year-old Fardin Mohammed, a minicab driver who had first come to the UK as an Afghan refugee in 1999, is distributing free boxes of warm Biryani, a traditional
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LGBTQ+ charity group Imaan to hold UK's first Muslim pride festival

While a venue has not been announced, a crowdfunding campaign has raised £10,000 to fund the event. An LGBTQ+ Muslim support group will hold the UK's first ever Muslim Pride festival, according to  Pink News. UK-based charity Imaan made the announcement on social media last week. "It's happening! We've set the date for the first EVER Muslim Pride event. Ticket go on sale in two weeks," the group
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Mo Salah is officially the world’s most valuable right-winger

Salah has knocked Lionel Messi off the top spot for most valuable right-winger at €150 million, according to a new ranking. Mohamed Salah has knocked Lionel Messi off the number one spot as the most valuable right-winger in world football, according to a new ranking by website Transfermarkt. The site quotes the Egyptian Liverpool star at 150 million euros, 10 million more than his Argentine rival.   Over the past
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Liverpool superstar Mo Salah welcomes second child with wife

Mo Salah's wife reportedly gave birth to a baby girl, who they named Kayan. Egyptian football star  Mohamed Salah welcomed a new addition to his family on Saturday. The Liverpool striker's wife, Magi Salah, gave birth to their second child in a hospital in England, Youm 7 reported . Mo Salah 's wife reportedly gave birth to a baby girl, who they named Kayan, according to Give Me Sport
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Brexit will 'embolden bigotry' towards people of colour, warns former Green MEP Magid Magid

The New Arab Meets: Former MEP Magid Magid, who is demanding 'real action' in response to the anti-Muslim rhetoric he witnessed in the media and political landscapes during and post-Brexit. The UK's departure from the European Union has "emboldened bigotry" against people of colour, says outgoing Green MEP Magid Magid. But he said the "fight for a better democracy, a better Europe and a better UK, doesn't stop with an election or a referendum." His plan now is
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As the election cycle begins, expect Trump to supersize his favorite tactic

Comment: President Trump has made Islamophobia one of the defining features of his presidency, writes Mobashra Tazamal. US President Donald Trump's actions in the first weeks of 2020 sent a clear signal about what lies ahead this election year. From ordering the  assassination of a top Iranian general, despite the US not being formally at war with Iran, to  threatening to bomb the country's cultural sites protected under international law, the twitter-loving leader is sure to
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Five US mosques approved as Iowa caucus sites in 'historic' first

In an effort to improve Muslim voter participation, the Iowa democratic party approved five mosques for use as caucus sites on Monday. For the first time ever, mosques were approved to be used as caucus sites in Iowa this week, in the lead up to the first Democratic primary contest on Monday. While official results had not been declared on Tuesday due to a technical glitch, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders ' campaign, a
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There is more to Muslim women than headscarves and World Hijab Day should show that

World Hijab Day is a well-intentioned attempt to raise awareness about the prejudices Muslim women face, but is the campaign misguided? The start of February marked  World Hijab Day , (WHD) but it was met with an array of mixed feelings from many. Founded by American Muslim woman Nazma Khan in 2013, WHD aims to "foster religious tolerance and understanding by inviting women, including non-hijabi Muslims as well as non-Muslims, to experience wearing the hijab for one day."
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Muslim allies Pakistan, Turkey mull dual nationality deal

Turkey proposed plans to Pakistan on Friday allowing citizens of both nations to have dual nationality, according to a ministry statement. Muslim allies Turkey and Pakistan are mulling plans to allow citizens of both nations to have dual nationality, according to a ministry statement. The plan was allegedly proposed during a meeting between Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah and Turkey's Ambassador to Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul. "In response to this, the Minister said that the
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Canada's Quebec City gets its first Muslim cemetery

Quebec City, the capital of Canada's only French-speaking province where the hijab has been banned, has finally got the approval for its own Muslim cemetery. In the past, Muslim residents of Quebec City had to transport their dead for more than 160 miles if they wanted an Islamic burial, despite the city having its first mosque since the late 1970s. Today, Quebec City, the capital of Canada's only French-speaking province, has been given the go ahead for its first
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Canada's 'Islamophobic' Quebec City gets its first Muslim cemetery

Quebec City, the capital of Canada's only French-speaking province where the hijab has been banned, has finally got the approval for its own Muslim cemetery. In the past, Muslim residents of Quebec City had to transport their dead for more than 160 miles if they wanted an Islamic burial, despite the city having its first mosque since the late 1970s. Today, Quebec City, the capital of Canada's only French-speaking province, has been given the go ahead for its first
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US airliner Delta fined $50,000 for discriminating against Muslim passengers

Three Muslim passengers who were kicked off Delta Air Lines flights in separate occasions were provided with compensation from the US airline for discrimination against Muslims. Delta Air Lines was Friday fined $50,000 by the US Department of Transportation to settle allegations it discriminated against three Muslim passengers who were ordered off their planes. In its consent order, the department said it found Delta "engaged in discriminatory conduct" and violated anti-discrimination
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Legendary Liverpool star Mo Salah to be immortalised at Madame Tussauds with own wax figure

Premier League football star Mo Salah will be honoured with his own wax statue at Madame Tussauds in London. Egyptian football star Mo Salah will be honoured with his own wax statue at Madame Tussauds in London.  The Liverpool striker spent time with experts at the famous wax museum, having his measurements taken and posing for pictures, a video posted on his Twitter revealed.  "I'm getting my very own
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Calling Bernie Sanders Anti-Semitic Is Islamophobic

What follows is a conversation between professor Sahar Aziz and Shir Hever of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. BERNIE SANDERS:  We must treat the Palestinian people as well with the respect and dignity that they deserve. What is going on in Gaza right now when youth unemployment is 70% or 80% is unsustainable. SHIR HEVER:  Welcome to The Real
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How Democracies Die

Leo Tolstoy wrote that happy families are all alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. So too with failed democracies. There is no one route to the dissolution of the open society, but the patterns are familiar, whether in ancient Athens, the Roman Republic or the collapse of the democracies in Italy and the Weimar Republic in Germany that led to fascism. The ills that beset Germany and Italy in the 1930s are sadly familiar to
| Chris Hedges, adolf hitler, article 48 |

Video: Calling for the Closure of Guantánamo Outside the White House on the 18th Anniversary of the Opening of the Prison

Andy Worthington outside the White House on January 11, 2020, calling for the closure of the prison on the 18th anniversary of its opening (Photo: Witness Against Torture). Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months of the Trump administration, including my current visit to the US to call for the prison’s
| Andy Worthington's US tour (January 2020), Closing Guantanamo, Donald Trump |

Islamophobia or fun? Golden Globe winner Youssef suggests he was profiled during airport security check

Islamophobia or fun? Golden Globe winner Youssef suggests he was profiled during airport security check Golden Globe winner Ramy Youssef videotapes his experience passing through Los Angeles Airport security with his Golden Globe Award carried in a special box as it passes through security, is opened and then wiped down. Afterwards, the TSA Agent jokes... The post Islamophobia or fun? Golden Globe winner Youssef suggests he was profiled during airport security check appeared first on The Arab
| American Arabs, Christian & Muslim, Entertainment |

Czech mosque daubed with death threats during 'oppressive' climate of anti-Muslim hate

Czech police are treating graffiti threatening to kill Muslims scrawled on a mosque as property damage, rather than a hate crime. A mosque in the Czech Republic's second city of Brno has been vandalised with graffiti threatening to kill Muslims, police said on Saturday. "Don't spread Islam in the Czech Republic! Or we'll kill you," read the inscription sprayed on the mosque. "We have been investigating the
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London mosque targeted by anti-Islamic graffiti

Police are investigating an incident in which anti-Islamic slogans were spray-painted near a mosque in south London in an attack described by officials as 'sickening'. A building near a mosque and cultural centre in Brixton, south London, was found daubed with anti-Islamic slogans on Wednesday by the Metropolitan Police. Police officers were called to the building following reports of spray-painting near the North Brixton Islamic Cultural Centre on Wednesday morning. The Met
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US presidential hopeful Sanders gets clean bill of health after heart attack

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has fully recovered from the heart attack he suffered three months ago and is in good health. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has fully recovered from the heart attack he suffered three months ago and is in good health, his doctors said in letters released on Monday. Martin LeWinter, a cardiologist at the University of Vermont, said the 78-year-old senator from Vermont has made an "uneventful recovery" from the heart attack he
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Indians Rise Up Against Hindu Supremacy

India’s government has pushed through a dangerous new bill that has provoked a mass uprising . The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) offers a fast-track to legalization for Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist and Jain immigrants from bordering nations while explicitly denying one religious group the same privileges. For years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been chipping away at the rights of Muslims in India, but the world’s largest democracy may have finally overplayed its hand on
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Michigan synagogue member sues weekly anti-Israel protesters over 'anti-semitism'

Anti-Israel protesters are being sued by a member of a Michigan synagogue for 'harassing' worshippers. A member of a United States synagogue is suing anti-Israel protesters and city leaders over 16 years of protests outside the congregation, arguing the protesters have been uniquely provocative and that some restrictions on them would not violate free-speech protections in the US Constitution. The regular Saturday protests in front of Beth Israel congregation in Michigan
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In 2020, Muslims in Boris' Britain have an important choice to make

Comment: As the new decade approaches, Muslims, Jews, people of colour and all marginalised communities must make a conscious choice to unite, and fight for our rights, writes Malia Bouattia. Boris Johnson - to paraphrase Kanye West before his Trump days - does not care about Muslims.  And our government does not care about Islamophobia. In fact, they're all too happy to peddle, intensify, institutionalise it and delegitimise any resistance against it, all the while
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Accusing Bernie Sanders of anti-Semitism is nothing but thinly veiled Islamophobia

Comment: Critics are accusing Jewish candidate Bernie Sanders of anti-Semitism, just to keep his progressive politics out of power, writes Sahar Aziz. Bernie Sanders is the first Jewish American to have a real chance of becoming president of the United States. He is also the first mainstream candidate to challenge America's unconditional support for Israel. Together, this makes him a prime target of Islamophobes and anti-Semites alike.   Sanders, the son of Holocaust survivors, is endorsed by
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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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Muslim leaders gather in Malaysia for summit shunned by Saudi

Leaders and senior representatives from some 20 Muslim nations flocked to the Malaysian capital on Wednesday to discuss issues agitating Muslims globally at a summit Saudi Arabia decided to snub, and Pakistan ducked out of attending. No agenda for the Kuala Lumpur Summit has been released, but it could address age-old disputes in Kashmir and the Middle East, the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, and mounting outrage over China’s camps for Uighur
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Malaysia to host major summit of Muslim leaders

Malaysia will this week host a summit of Muslim leaders billed as a forum to look at the Islamic world’s problems, but it will be closely watched for Middle East power plays and their stance on China’s Uighur minority. Leaders from Iran, Turkey, and Qatar will be among hundreds of delegates attending the three-day event set to discuss myriad challenges faced by Muslims. The summit has been pushed by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has long championed greater
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How NOT to interview an extremist

Ill-prepared interviewers run the risk of lending legitimacy to fringe voices. With a party, known for persistent Islamophobia within its ranks, winning a majority today,... The post How NOT to interview an extremist appeared first on HOPE not hate .
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MUSLIM COUNCIL OF BRITAIN LAUNCHES CROSS-PARTY ELECTION PLEDGES

Tackle Racism and Islamophobia Religious Liberty Engagement with Muslim Communities Safety at Places of Worship Effective Health and Elderly Care Services Refugees Full Economic, Social and Public Participation in British Life Criminal Justice Equality in Education Ethical Foreign Policy
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It’s Plain To See The Tories Don’t Want To Tackle Islamophobia

The nasty and offensive Islamophobia unveiled this week is yet another example of the anti-Muslim prejudice that is widespread in the Conservative Party but which... The post It’s Plain To See The Tories Don’t Want To Tackle Islamophobia appeared first on HOPE not hate .
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The Right’s “Judeo-Christian” Fixation

During one of his recent confrontations with congressional Democrats, Donald Trump made a stunning comment about the United States’ Jewish population. How could Jewish voters overwhelmingly support the Democratic party, he groused, when it included prominent critics of Israel like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar? When American Jews voted for those politicians—or other members of the same party—who “hate Israel and hate Jewish people,” they must be ignorant or, still worse, “disloyal.” IMAGINING JUDEO-CHRISTIAN AMERICA: RELIGION, SECULARISM, AND
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Anglican Church in Southern Africa voted to support non-violent action to end Israel’s military occupation of Palestine, especially BDS actions

Anglican Church in Southern Africa voted to support non-violent action to end Israel’s military occupation of Palestine, especially BDS actions In the News Provincial Synod votes on Israel sanctions, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia Economic Boycott Cultural Boycott September 26, 2019 By: 
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Ilhan Omar on Peter King’s retirement: ‘Good Riddance’

After longtime GOP Rep. Peter King announced that he would not seek reelection, ending a career defined by his history of racism and Islamophobia. Rep. Ilhan Omar took to Twitter to make it clear that she wasn't exactly upset by the news, while Senator Chuck Schumer praised the retiring Representative. "Peter King stood head & shoulders above everyone else," tweeted Schumer, "He’s been principled & never let others push him away from his principles."
| News, Ilhan Omar, Islamophobia |

Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to questions from UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to questions from UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief In the News The BDS movement does not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia. Right To Boycott July 15, 2019
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Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief In the News The BDS movement does not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia. Right To Boycott July 15, 2019
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Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief In the News The BDS movement does not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia. Right To Boycott July 15, 2019
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Fascist ‘Yorkshire Patriots’ not wanted in Dewsbury

Kirklees Unite against Fascism and Stand Up to Racism outnumbered a fascist splinter group at the weekend.   The so called Yorkshire Patriots, composed of ‘Tommy Robinson’ supporting thugs and ex English Defence League members were supposedly demonstrating over child sexual abuse and ‘Grooming gangs’.   In reality, the fascists care nothing for the victims of such horrendous crimes who of course deserve justice and used the occasion to try to inflame islamophobia. “Muslim paedos off
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Fascist ‘Yorkshire Patriots’ not wanted in Dewsbury

Kirklees Unite against Fascism and Stand Up to Racism outnumbered a fascist splinter group at the weekend.   The so called Yorkshire Patriots, composed of ‘Tommy Robinson’ supporting thugs and ex English Defence League members were supposedly demonstrating over child sexual abuse and ‘Grooming gangs’.   In reality, the fascists care nothing for the victims of such horrendous crimes who of course deserve justice and used the occasion to try to inflame islamophobia. “Muslim paedos off
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Narendra Modi’s Authoritarian Islamophobia Playbook

India is currently home to the second-largest Muslim population in the world (194.8 million), and by the year 2060, it will have the largest Muslim population (over 333 million,  according  to the Pew Research Center). Although Muslims constitute nearly 15% of the Indian population today, we are witnessing the meteoric rise of right-wing Hindutva nationalism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which seeks to quash Muslim identity in the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Over a decade before becoming prime minister,
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Narendra Modi’s Authoritarian Islamophobia Playbook

India is currently home to the second-largest Muslim population in the world (194.8 million), and by the year 2060, it will have the largest Muslim population (over 333 million, according to the Pew Research Center). Although Muslims constitute nearly 15% of the Indian population today, we are witnessing the meteoric rise of right-wing Hindutva nationalism under Prime […] The post Narendra Modi’s Authoritarian Islamophobia Playbook appeared first on The Islamic Monthly .
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Behind Islamophobia Is a Global Movement of Anti-Semites

by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed The global rise of white nationalist violence proves that the threat of fascism is not just about one community — it threatens all communities: white people, black people, Muslims, Jews, and beyond. The spate of mass shootings… Continue Reading  
| Human Rights, Islam, anti-semitism |