Islamophobia Crisis - Special Reports

Populism Or Transformative Movements? – Analysis

Progressive movements are not populism, instead providing an antidote with inclusive policymaking that makes life less precarious. By Alphan Telek and Seren Selvin Korkmaz* he world is in a systemic stalemate reflected in increasing populism in politics, social polarization and racism in the social sphere, and economic precarity. These combine to add injustices and inequalities in people’s daily lives, prompting vulnerability, stress and bitterness. In the absence of strong progressive movements and ideas in the political sphere, people may
2018-03-03 02:03 | 1 ,Analysis ,Social Issues | EurasiaReview

UK Government Demonstrates Its Contempt for Justice in Dealings with ISIS Suspects Nicknamed “the Beatles”

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.   Britain has a dark and brutal history, but principled members of its establishment played a major part in establishing fundamental human rights following the horrors of the Second World War, only
2018-03-02 20:03 | Battle for Britain: Fighting the Tory Government's Vile Ideology ,Belmarsh , control orders | AndyWorthington

In calling for end of Jewish state, Avraham Burg is painted as ‘troublemaker’ at liberal NY synagogue

In a new book , the Israeli writer and politician Avraham Burg has come out for a one-state solution entailing federated Jewish and Palestinian political entities, and on Monday night he was hosted by the progressive  New York synagogue B’nai Jeshurun and the New Israel Fund to talk about his ideas. The most significant element of the evening was how much discomfort the two liberal sponsors had with Burg. Here is a true aristocrat of Israeli society (Burg
2018-02-28 18:02 | American Jewish Community ,Islamophobia ,Israel Lobby | MondoWeiss

Interconnectivity: Hate Crimes Against Jews and Muslims

This commentary focuses on hate crimes motivated by religion and argues that American Jews and Muslims as the primary targets of religious hatred must cooperate to fight the hate menace. The commentary also argues that the provocateurs of religious hatred and their corporate sponsors should be identified, exposed, and held responsible under both civil and criminal laws. Since 2001, the animus against American Jews and Muslims has remained steady. After the 9/11 attacks, the hate crimes against American Muslims
2018-02-28 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Youtube allows countless parodies of Lorde song — but pulls down one detailing Palestinian oppression

Earlier this month, some creative friends of Palestinians did a stirring cover version of Lorde’s hit song “Royals” that exalted the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) as a means to end Palestinian persecution, as well as saluted the young New Zealand artist for respecting the BDS call and not playing Israel . Replete with disturbing images of the occupation– the cover video can be seen o n Facebook . The video– “a gift for Lorde” — was originally
2018-02-27 16:02 | Islamophobia ,Israel Lobby ,Media | MondoWeiss

AIPAC conference will feature lots of liberal Democratic speakers

The premier Israel lobby group AIPAC — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee — has announced the speakers for its annual policy conference in Washington this weekend and as usual there are a lot of liberal Democrats . AIPAC is an organization that stands with Israel at all times, whether it’s building settlements in occupied Palestinian territories or opposing the Iran deal or massacring whole families in Gaza. And yet AIPAC is still able to summon the center-left of
2018-02-26 16:02 | American Jewish Community ,Election 2016 ,Islamophobia | MondoWeiss

New Atheists and Islam

Remember our public intellectuals from times past, who fearlessly challenged the social mores and public zeitgeist of their times? Henry David Thoreau comes to mind, who famously opposed the Mexican-American War with a night in jail, as does Voltaire’s sharp critique of Enlightenment optimism. Well, now these public minds are far and few between. Instead, in the past few decades, the ‘intellectuals’ among us have borne witness to the new atheists, Christopher Hitchens, Michael Shermer, Sam Harris and Richard
2018-02-25 15:02 | \The West\ ,9-11 ,Afghanistan | DissidentVoice

#FreeTariqRamadan and victim blaming

FEBRUARY 25 — In September 2017, at the height of the #MeToo movement, popular Pakistani-American Muslim preacher Nouman Ali Khan was accused of acting inappropriately towards women. Despite his moralising over marriage in his lectures, Nouman was accused of grooming female fans for “secret sham marriages” that would lead to sexual relationships. Nouman has since claimed his conversations with the women were consensual, and they were “marriage prospects.” One month later, three women accused another prominent Muslim academic,
2018-02-24 23:02 | News | TheMalaymailOnline

Panel Debate During the 37th Regular Session of the 2018 UN Human Rights Council: The Headscarf Represents a Source of Commonality Between Islam, Christianity and Judaism

By Geneva Centre GENEVA, Feb 23 2018 (Geneva Centre) Renowned experts representing the Islamic, Christian and Jewish traditions concluded that the headscarf is a source of commonality between the three main Abrahamic religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The joint call to action was made during a panel debate organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (hereinafter “ the Geneva Centre ”) and the Permanent Mission of People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to UN Geneva
2018-02-23 20:02 | Religion | IPSnews

Media role in combating terrorism, fostering tolerance highlighted

The world celebrated the International Radio Day last Tuesday, an event that celebrates the vital role played by the medium. The date was chosen in conjunction with the anniversary of the launch of the United Nations Radio in 1946. The idea of celebrating this day was presented by the Spanish Academy of Radio and was officially submitted by the Permanent Delegation of Spain to UNESCO at the 187th Session of the Executive Council in September 2011 and was adopted
2018-02-21 16:02 | News | AbrarOnline

‘NYT’ writers slam left for intolerance of dissent– on Israel panel that excludes anti-Zionists and Palestinians

New York Times columnists Bret Stephens and Roger Cohen repeatedly bashed the left for not tolerating dissent at a panel about Israel in New York  last week. Cohen called for “unsafe” speech and “open discussions, fierce debate” so as to fend off a “monolithic” McCarthyist “mob” on campuses. But the panel itself embodied Jewish intolerance of dissent: All three speakers on stage at the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan were ardent Zionists, introduced by a JCC official, Dava Schub,
2018-02-20 17:02 | American Jewish Community ,Islamophobia ,Israel Lobby | MondoWeiss

Jeremy Corbyn attacks Islamophobia during mosque visit

Muslim women are facing routine racist abuse on the streets of the UK, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said while visiting mosques participating in a nationwide open day to build bridges across communities. “I’ve held meetings with Muslim women who have told me horrific stories of routine racist abuse on our streets. If women are abused because they are wearing a headscarf, then it is a wrong against them, and it is a wrong against all of us,” Corbyn
2018-02-19 13:02 | News | AbrarOnline

hindutva activists care more about cows than humans

Hindutva Activists Care More About Cows Than Humans By Emperor on April 5, 2017 in Loon Violence Hindutva “art” Is India now a nation that reveres cows more than it does human beings? In India you can be killed on the allegation that you are eating or selling
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

how the right frames muslims through an islamophobic lens

How The Right Frames Muslims Through An Islamophobic Lens By Emperor on March 23, 2017 in Loon Media , Loon-at-large Islamophobes see Muslims through a lens of hate, loathing, irrational fear and anger. This is why they are susceptible to the stupidities of seeing the following picture as a display of casual ambivalence/apathy in
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

honor malcolm x today read and reflect on his legacy

Honor Malcolm X Today: Read And Reflect On His Legacy By Garibaldi on February 21, 2017 in Anti-Loons , Feature The greatest Muslim American who ever lived: Malcolm X , was a proud Black man who stared down White supremacy, US societal hypocrisy, violence and colonialism, both mental and spiritual.
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

haters cant stand that muslims raised funds to rebuild desecrated jewish graves

Haters Can’t Stand That Muslims Raised Funds To Rebuild Desecrated Jewish Graves By Garibaldi on February 26, 2017 in Anti-Loons , Feature , Loon-at-large By Garibaldi Muslim community organizers Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi, both Palestinian Americans, have raised nearly $130,000  so
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

Is Sweden Invaded by “Muslim Rapists?”

Is Sweden Invaded by “Muslim Rapists?” By Jerlerup on February 5, 2017 in Breitbart Watch , Feature Pegida-Germany protest against refugees dubbed as “rapefugees.” It is a meme that has taken off on the right in Europe. Is Sweden the “rape capital” of the world, as Breitbart and
2018-02-17 22:02 | Breitbart Watch ,Feature | LoonWatch

hate mongering new york post front cover muslim killers

Hate-mongering New York Post Front Cover: “Muslim Killers” By Emperor on December 3, 2015 in Feature (h/t: Mario) The intentional hypocrisy and double-standards have reached a point of sickness and dementia. Share: Click to share on Facebook (Opens in
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

i will bomb your fcking location muslims face violent threats as trump urges ban on mosques

‘I will bomb your f*cking location’: Muslims face violent threats as Trump urges ban on mosques By Dorado on November 20, 2015 in Loon People , Loon Politics , Loon Violence By Travis Gettys, RawStory Republican frontrunner Donald Trump helped
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

hate crime sikh man attacked in chicago area called bin laden

Hate Crime: Sikh Man Attacked In Chicago Area, Called “Bin Laden” By Emperor on September 11, 2015 in Loon Violence Islamophobia apologists will continue to say, “well, Islamophobia isn’t real because like, Muslims aren’t a race.” Clearly, those who continue to conflate Sikh turbans and brownness with Muslim haven’t gotten
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

islamophobic sun news networks failure

Islamophobic Sun News Network’s Failure By Emperor on February 23, 2015 in Loon-at-large I couldn’t let this good news pass without comment. The Sun News Network, geared toward a Canadian audience was forced to shut down its operations due to financial loss and poor viewership. Sun was known for
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

haaretz west bank mosque torched by settlers

Haaretz: West Bank mosque torched by settlers By Emperor on February 25, 2015 in Loon-at-large via. Haaretz, by Chaim Levinson and Jacob Khoury A mosque in a West Bank village near Bethlehem was torched overnight Wednesday, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

hindu nationalist girls camp well build bombs well shoot dead muslims well reclaim india

Hindu Nationalist Girl’s Camp: We’ll Build Bombs, We’ll Shoot Dead Muslims, We’ll Reclaim India By Emperor on December 8, 2014 in Feature , Loon Politics , Loon Violence , Loon-at-large By Emperor Hindutva , or Hindu Nationalism, which combines a fundamentalist
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

hate crime taxi cab driver survives brutal attack

‘Hate Crime’: Taxi Cab Driver Survives Brutal Attack By Dorado on December 10, 2014 in General , Loon People , Loon Violence , Loon-at-large ‘Hate crime’: Taxi driver recounts brutal attack By KOMO Staff Published: Dec 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM PST Last
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

how one man refused to spy on fellow muslims for the fbi and then lost everything

How One Man Refused to Spy on Fellow Muslims for the FBI—and Then Lost Everything By Emperor on October 16, 2014 in Loon Politics , Loon Violence , Loon-at-large An absolutely devastating, must read: By Arun Kundnani, The Nation On the
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

islamophobic france muslim education minister targeted

Islamophobic France: Muslim Education Minister Targeted By Emperor on September 3, 2014 in Loon Media , Loon Politics This is the first time that I’ve heard of an “Ayatollah” supporting ‘gay marriage.’ Star Tribune PARIS — France’s new Muslim education
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

hate group leader robert spencer and jihadwatch zombies harass muslim academic anne aly

Hate Group Leader Robert Spencer and JihadWatch Zombies Harass Muslim Academic, Anne Aly By Mooneye on September 4, 2014 in Loon-at-large What else can be said about how despicable and gutter the disgraced blogger Robert Spencer is that hasn’t already been said? As he continues to dwindle
2018-02-17 22:02 | News | LoonWatch

Anti-Muslim Blogoshpere Runs Amuck: Forced to Eat Crow

Anti-Muslim Blogoshpere Runs Amuck: Forced to Eat Crow By Garibaldi on August 7, 2009 in Feature , Loon Blogs , Loon Sites , Loon-at-large Islamophobes purposefully mistook these girls as child brides The Loon world was whipped into a frenzy based on, as usual, the reinforcing winds
2018-02-17 22:02 | Feature ,Loon At Large ,Loon Blogs | LoonWatch

Updated – Cambridge Polish Club Cancels far right Rafał Ziemkiewicz Meeting & other UK speeches off

      Thanks to Rupa Haq and sources in Cambridge, from last night, it’s now confirmed that the far right, Polish commentator Rafał Ziemkiewicz, has cancelled his visit to the UK labelling Britain as fascist! ‘Result’ to quote Rupa Haq, well done all anti fascists, including UAF members, who campaigned over this, in Ealing, Slough and Cambridge. https:// mkiewicz     From Cambridge Unite Against
2018-02-16 10:02 | Action ,News ,Top story | UAF

Burying Canada’s Anti-Palestinian Consensus

The anti-Palestinian consensus among Canada’s three main political parties is crumbling and NDP members could bury it this weekend. After taking an all-expense paid trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference in Washington and participating in a Jewish National Fund event in Israel 14 months ago, the NDP’s foreign critic has begun challenging Canada’s contribution to Palestinian dispossession. Hélène Laverdière has repeatedly criticized the Trudeau government’s silence on Donald Trump’s decision to move the
2018-02-15 10:02 | Canada ,Canada's Foreign Policy ,Canadian hypocrisy | DissidentVoice

Story of Israel’s influence shadows the Russian influence story

As everyone knows, a special counsel is investigating Russia’s influence in the last election, and as the prosecutor’s circle closes round the Trump White House, a constitutional crisis is looming…. And maybe, just maybe, Donald Trump will go down. Meantime the springs of outrage over Russian interference are refreshed daily on our media , with many a conspiracy theory, some of which are surely true. Whatever you think of Russia’s actual influence over the 2016 election (I’m dubious), the
2018-02-14 17:02 | Election 2016 ,Islamophobia ,Israel Lobby | MondoWeiss

Jewish activists launch project to tackle anti-Muslim racism

Late last year the Pew Center published a report that confirmed anecdotal data, and plain common sense: hate crimes against Muslims are up. Current rates dwarf the national spike that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks. The culprit for such a dramatic increase is no surprise. Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for president ushered in a wave of racism against Muslims, among others. To combat the challenges of the political moment, activists Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel have launched a
2018-02-14 14:02 | Activism | MondoWeiss

Official Conservatism vs. The “Loonie” Right

Observers who warn against increasing levels of radical, far-right activism in the U.S. and Canada are often met with a retort of “it’s just a few crazy people.” In other words, “It’s clearly just a few dozen losers on the corner with signs, so why panic?” These fringe characters, the argument goes, are so unacceptable to the mainstream that it’s inaccurate to see them as being in any way representative of a larger right-wing movement. And since they don’t constitute a
2018-02-14 13:02 | America ,Homepage Slider ,Politics | TheIslamicMonthly

Islamophobia poses a big challenge for Britain

The West is rather clueless about what it describes as “Islamist radicalization”, but after the conviction of Darren Osborne, jailed for 43 years for the terror attack on Muslims in London, Britain is leading the way in beefing up the response to “Islamop
2018-02-10 14:02 | News | IINA

Ilhan Omar: No debate on 'whether Trump is a racist'

US state politician Ilhan Omar says she holds Trump 'exclusively responsible' for the rise in Islamophobia in the US.
2018-02-10 10:02 | News | Aljazeera

Updated – Football Lads Alliance speaker ‘appreciates’ ex BNP thug’s promotion of Veterans against Terrorism march & FLA fall outs

  In a revealing move, a ‘leader’ of the North East division of the English League and jailed thug, Alan Spence, has been thanked by Bill Weir, who has spoken for the Football Lads Alliance (FLA), over supporting a forthcoming march in Newcastle.   Weir, an EDL member, pictured above with former EDL deputy leader, Kevin Carroll, was approached by Alan Spence and asked if Weir had a problem with Spence promoting the Veterans Against Terrorism (VAT)
2018-02-07 12:02 | Action ,News ,Top story | UAF

CAIR urges Idaho lawmakers to drop anti-Islam bill

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on an Idaho House committee to drop consideration of proposed anti -Islam legislation. For the third year in a row, Republican Idaho State Representative Eric Redman introduced a bill modeled on other Islamophobic legislation considered or passed in state legislatures nationwide. “On behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, I write to request that the House State Affairs Committee halt its consideration of
2018-02-04 22:02 | News | AbrarOnline

Muslim Council of Britain welcomes verdict against killer terrorist Osborne

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) welcomed the guilty verdict passed on Darren Osborne, convicted of murder and attempted murder after driving a van into a group of Muslims near a north London mosque in a terrorist attack. Secretary General of the MCB Harun Khan, said in a statement: “The scenes we witnessed last summer were the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia yet in our country. We cannot be complacent and regard this as a one-off terrorist incident.” “We heard
2018-02-04 22:02 | News | AbrarOnline

Canadian Muslims hail heritage committee’s recommendations on Islamophobia

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) welcomed the suggestions of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, as contained within its recently released report on taking action against systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia. “We welcome several of the recommendations made by the Heritage Committee report including Recommendation 30, which calls for the government to designate January 29 as a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia and other forms of religious discrimination,” says NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan
2018-02-04 22:02 | News | AbrarOnline

Anas Sarwar: Everyday Islamophobia a real threat

After being called a 'brown, Muslim, Paki' by a senior Labour councillor, Sarwar is determined to stamp out racism.
2018-02-04 10:02 | News | Aljazeera

Protesters calling for jobs halt Tunisia’s phosphates output

Protesters calling for jobs have brought Tunisia’s entire phosphate output to a halt by staging sit-ins at installations of sole Tunisian phosphates producer, the state-run Gafsa Phosphate (CPG), an official said on Thursday. Though such protests at CPG sites are frequent, this action come after weeks of unrest in Tunisia sparked by the government, under pressure from international lenders, implementing price and tax hikes to shrink the deficit. Tunisia was once one of the world’s largest producers of phosphate minerals,
2018-02-02 14:02 | News | AbrarOnline

Update -Far right terrorist, Darren Osborne, jailed for life over Finsbury Park attack

Darren Osborne, above, has been jailed for at least 43 years after being found guilty of murder and attempted murder over his vicious attack with a van in Finsbury Park, North London, last year. Osborne had also admitted in court that he wished to killed Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader and Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor. Osborne had a political agenda and his vile acts should be seen in that context.   Justice Cheema-Grubb told Osborne the jury in his trial
2018-02-01 17:02 | Action ,News ,Top story | UAF

The Hideous Pointlessness of Donald Trump’s Executive Order Keeping Guantánamo Open

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.   Reading Donald Trump’s pompously-entitled “ Presidential Executive Order on Protecting America Through Lawful Detention of Terrorists ,” which officially keeps the prison at Guantánamo Bay open, reversing a policy of closing
2018-01-31 18:01 | Barack Obama ,Closing Guantanamo ,Donald Trump | AndyWorthington

Canadian PM Trudeau calls people to stand up against rising Islamophobia

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on Canadians to stand up against Islamophobia and discrimination as he paid tribute to six Muslims killed a year ago at a Quebec mosque. Trudeau lamented that acts of hate and discrimination have become “commonplace” or “even tolerated,” saying in Parliament that “it should never have come to this point.” “We cannot bring back those who perished, but we owe it to them to fight the very sentiment that caused their loss. We owe
2018-01-30 16:01 | News | AbrarOnline

Leak Reveals How, In Counter-Productive, Backwards Move, Donald Trump Plans to Issue New Executive Order Keeping Guantánamo Open

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.   I wrote the following article for the “ Close Guantánamo ” website, which I established in January 2012, on the 10th anniversary of the opening
2018-01-27 19:01 | Closing Guantanamo ,Donald Trump ,Guantanamo | AndyWorthington

Trump’s 1st State of the Union: Empowered, politically active women will be watching

The day after Donald Trump took the oath of office, hundreds of thousands of women traveled to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate their opposition to the new president. They marched to condemn what they perceived to be Trump’s sexist statements, anti-immigrant policies, Islamophobia, and hate-mongering. They listened as speakers championed a far-reaching progressive policy agenda. An…
2018-01-26 10:01 | News | Brookings

L'Oreal's Selective Diversity? Hijabi Model Dropped from 'Inclusive' Campaign for Her Political Views

Just days ago her “game-changing” participation in a L’Oreal hair campaign was widely praised in the media. Now she has been forced to pull out over three-year-old tweets. But what has been called the “hounding out” of hijabi model Amena Khan is precisely a sign that the game has not changed. Muslim women continue to face a barrier of Islamophobia and prejudice to their participation in public life.
2018-01-23 12:01 | The Loop, The Loop, UK | AlBawaba

Keep the fascist EDL down – demonstration – Doncaster – this Saturday – far right intimidation at Fabian meeting

Despite suffering another split in the ranks, the dwindling body that is the rump of the English Defence League (EDL) have called a regional demonstration, this Saturday, in Hexthorpe, Doncaster. Anti fascists are bemused at this, given the long term decline of the group. Moreover, the reason for the fascists demo is supposedly that ‘locals Had enough of seeing the place they call home become a no go zone. Had enough of living in fear in their homes’ (punctuation
2018-01-15 14:01 | Action ,News ,Top story | UAF

In 2017 Attacks Increased by 44% Against Muslim Americans

In 2017 Attacks Increased by 44% Against Muslim Americans By Emperor on January 12, 2018 in Loon-at-large 2017 saw another spike in hate crimes against Muslims, however some see a silver lining in a report study that finds that less people support Trump’s “Muslim ban” than previously. via. Middle East Eye
2018-01-12 22:01 | Loon-At-Large | LoonWatch

In 2017 Attacks Increased by 44% Against Muslim Americans

In 2017 Attacks Increased by 44% Against Muslim Americans By Emperor on January 12, 2018 in Loon-at-large 2017 saw another spike in hate crimes against Muslims, however some see a silver lining in a report study that finds that less people support Trump’s “Muslim ban” than previously. via. Middle East Eye
2018-01-12 22:01 | Loon-At-Large | LoonWatch