Celebrating a Congress That Looks 'Like America,' Ilhan Omar Shrugs Off Right-Wing Islamophobic Rant

Julia Conley, staff writer Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Friday reminded a right-wing pastor and others who would lament the new cultural diversity of the U.S. Congress, that the 2018 midterm elections simply gave Americans—particularly Democratic voters and progressives—the representation they asked for in Washington: the kind that looked like America.
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Nigel Farage has quit Ukip. What is he up to?

Ukip's former leader and founder has quit the party.  Ukip insiders always used to say that while their party’s constitution had plenty of articles, it only had one rule: “Nigel always wins”. But now Nigel Farage, the party’s founder, leader and biggest media asset has quit the party over citing irreconcilable disagreements with its new leader , Gerard Batten. The
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The bigotry and lies behind Fox Nation, Fox News' streaming service

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters On November 27, Fox News launches Fox Nation, a 24/7 streaming service for the “ Fox News superfan .” In addition to historical specials and apolitical cooking shows, the streaming service -- which shares a name with a defunct Fox website -- will provide unlimited right-wing misinformation to millions of homes across the United States. Many Fox Nation hosts are also on Fox News or Fox Business, where
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Tommy Robinson’s Ukip appointment will allow him to exploit the anger of hard Brexiteers

And the media isn’t helping.  Ukip has been plunged into a fresh crisis after former leader Nigel Farage slammed current leader Gerard Batten on Radio 4 on Friday morning. Farage was pushing for a no confidence vote to “get rid” of Batten due to his ongoing “fixation” with Islamophobic extremist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson). He told BBC Radio 4’s
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No, Nigel Farage, you boosted the far right more than Tommy Robinson ever did

His attack on Ukip for appointing the former EDL leader as an adviser is hypocritical. Gerard Batten, the leader of Ukip who calls Islam a “death cult” , Muhammad a “paedophile” , and has marched alongside the far-right thugs of the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, is appointing Tommy Robinson as an adviser. A criminal with convictions for
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Theresa May urged to sack Roger Scruton over comments on eugenics

In separate letters to the prime minister, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have urged May to reconsider the philosopher’s appointment as housing tsar.  Theresa May is under increasing pressure to reconsider the appointment of conservative philosopher Roger Scruton to a government advisory role over comments he made about of the “once respectable subject of eugenics”. In separate letters to the Prime
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British politics is being destroyed by a total lack of shame

As ever, the first victims are those least able to defend themselves.  Shame is one of the most underrated forces binding together and protecting our political norms. Take the case of Amber Rudd, in what may turn out to be the last time someone resigns after doing something wrong: Downing Street wanted to keep her in post, but she thought, rightly, that
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Will Roger Scruton be sacked for his comments on date rape?

The conservative philosopher's appointment to a government job is under fire. Labour and the Liberal Democrats are piling in on Roger Scruton, the conservative philosopher who has been given an unpaid gig as chair of a new commission on housing and the built environment by James Brokenshire. In scenes that are more than a little reminiscent of those which saw the
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“Wild West Britain”: Is the right’s focus on knife crime a fig leaf for racism?

“London BLOODBATH”, “Wild West Britain” and “No-go zones”: from the mainstream press to election leaflets to far-right memes, knife crime has been weaponised. If you live in or around a big city in Britain, you’ve probably seen one yourself. A leaflet – from the Conservatives or Ukip or some other right-wing party or candidate warning you about crime in your area –
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Far-right terrorists encouraged by Trump rhetoric for Islamophobic attack plot

Three far-right terrorists in US State of Kansas, who were convicted of plotting to bomb the mosque and homes of Somali immigrants should be granted leniency in their sentencing because they were inspired by President Donald Trump's rhetoric encouraging v
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Blue Wave: Meet Rashida Tlaib, the progressive lawyer poised to become the first Muslim woman in Congress

The Detroit-born daughter of immigrants from Palestine and self-described “fighter” has a history of taking on big business – and she’s running unopposed. This is the seventh in the series of New Statesman America profiles of the “Blue Wave” of new, young, progressive candidates in this year’s midterm elections.  You can find the others  here .
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OIC chief stresses need for additional instruments to tackle Islamophobia

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen has stressed that the international community has to adopt a unified stance in combating religious intolerance and discrimination with a view to isolate extremi
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Pakistan calls for actions against rising tide of Islamophobia

Pakistan has reiterated its call for strengthening the legal and judicial framework for addressing the rising phenomenon of Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims globally.
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Leave.EU accused of “anti-Semitic meme” in George Soros puppet master tweet

Warning against a second referendum, the Brexit group photoshopped a picture of the philanthropist controlling Tony Blair. Troll factory and pro-Brexit campaign group Leave.EU has a line in horrific tweets, which your mole follows closely. There was that time when it tried to call out anti-Semitism… by being Islamophobic . Or its sinister tweets championing Donald Trump and Marine
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour conference speech: “We represent the new common sense of our time”

The Labour leader declared that “where the Tories have divided and ruled, we will unite and govern”. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at Labour Party Conference today, said: Thank you for that welcome. I want to start by thanking the workers, the fantastic staff at the Conference Centre and hotels, the Labour Party staff who make this
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Katie Hopkins and Muslim-only prisons: it’s far-right conference season, too

Ukip looks increasingly close to embracing the politics of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson. While much of Westminster has been focused on the Labour and impending Tory conference, over the weekend the radical right also gathered its troops to try and stoke further resentment over Brexit “betrayals” and throw fuel on the already-raging fires propelling anti-Muslim prejudice and bigotry in the UK.
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Fat activists want to reclaim their bodies but it is not “fatphobia” to recognise the risks of obesity

How ridiculous, how self-deluding to suggest that any problem with fat is irrational and not because being fat is objectively bad. A sneaking linguistic drift in the way we talk about prejudice has turned isms into phobias over the past few decades. Sometimes this makes sense: homophobia, the model for these coinages, really is driven by illogical disgust. Sometimes, it’s complicated: a
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British police investigating hate crime attack after car hits pedestrians outside a mosque

British police have launched now an investigation after three people were injured in a collision near a Muslim community center in northwest London, a statement said. The statement noted that the police are treating the incident outside the Al-Majlis Al-Hussaini Centre which took place couple of days ago at the junction of Oxgate Lane and Edgware Road as a hate crime. “Two people were taken to hospital for treatment; two of those injured are males in their twenties,” Scotland Yard,
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UK police: Possible hate crime outside Muslim center; 3 hurt

British police are investigating a possible hate crime after a car hit pedestrians near a Muslim community center, injuring three people. Police were called early Wednesday morning after a confrontation developed between four people in a car and a large group of people visiting a Muslim community center and mosque in the Cricklewood area of northwest London. Officials said some anti-Muslim comments were made and the car reportedly sustained minor damage from some of the people from the center. It
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‘What I gave America and what America gave me’ — an interview with the incredibly charming Reja-e Busailah

Palestinian author Reja-e Busailah says he loves the United States although he has witnessed Islamophobia here for 60 years, going back to an ad on a NY radio station, "Give a dollar and kill an Arab." At 89, retired in Indiana, he reflects on the Nakba that deprived him of his home, and on what terms he would return to the land of his birth. Spoiler alert: Equality.
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Newly Revealed Paid Speeches Leave 'No Question Whatsoever' That Republican Ron DeSantis Is a Racist

Julia Conley, staff writer New reports of recent speeches at an annual conference held by a right-wing extremist who has espoused white supremacist and Islamophobic views, provide the latest evidence that Florida's Republican gubernatorial nominee, Rep. Ron DeSantis, has supported racist groups and associated with their viewpoints, in the recent past.
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The Politics of Pointless Burqa Bans

When former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson spoke out against  Denmark’s burqa ban earlier this month, he made it clear he still wasn’t a fan of the veils; the women who wear the “oppressive” garments look like “letter boxes“ or “bank robbers,” he wrote in his Telegraph column, and businesses should be allowed to “enforce a dress code” on their own. Critics denounced the “ Islamophobic ” comments from the pages of rival publications. Veiled women
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Muslim Council of Britain urge PM to launch an inquiry into Tory Party Islamophobia

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), has urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to launch an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative party after several MPs supported “dehumanizing comments” made by Boris Johnson.
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British officials demand former UK FM Johnson to apologize over Islamophobic remarks

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis criticized former top diplomat Boris Johnson on Tuesday for disparaging comments he made about Muslim women wearing burqas and demanded him to apologize.
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UK PM May urges Boris Johnson to apologize for burqa comments

British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged her former Cabinet member and ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson to apologize over his Tuesday's Islamophobic remarks.
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American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a “post-truth era” and putting out “alternative facts” long before those phrases entered the language. For the last decade they have been spreading provable falsehoods through their well-organized network of publications and websites. A major theme of those falsehoods is telling the … Continue reading "American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts" The post American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts appeared first on Antiwar.com Original
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Muslim woman unhurt in shooting by racist man in Germany

Security footage released on Tuesday captured the moment a hooded man entered a cafe in southwestern Germany and immediately started shooting at an employee who was wearing a headscarf, in a suspected racist and Islamophobic attack in the country.
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Calls for France to end xenophobia, Islamophobia as migrant, Muslim players clinch World Cup win

As France clinched its second-ever World Cup win over Croatia thanks to goals by migrants and a Muslim, fans, and onlookers quickly pointed out the need for the country to apply its victories on the field to life off the field.
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MCB: British Conservative Party accused of turning a blind eye on Islamophobia amid fresh revelations

Amid fresh new revelations of Islamophobia, the Conservative Party is accused of turning a blind eye on the issue as it ignores widespread calls for an independent inquiry.
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Jews, Muslims rally to highlight fight against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Jews and Muslims teamed up on tandem bikes in Germany, to protest growing anti-Semitic and Islamophobic violence. This step comes amid ongoing concerns over migration and the rise of Germany's nationalist AfD party.
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Promoting Islamophobia in America

Honestly, if you’re trying to grasp our strange new world, this Washington Post headline gets you at least part of the way there: “New NSC Chief of Staff Is From Group That Believes Muslims Are Plotting to Take Over U.S.” No, that NSC isn’t the National Student Clearinghouse or the Norfolk Southern Corporation or the … Continue reading "Promoting Islamophobia in America" The post Promoting Islamophobia in America appeared first on Antiwar.com Original
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British Muslim baker challenges Islamophobia with one cake at a time

A British Muslim baker called Ali Imdad challenges Islamophobia by backing one cake at a time every time there is an Islamophobic attack, according to meida reports.
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A surge in Islamophobia in Paris and London in recent years: Report

There has been a surge in Islamophobia in both Paris and London over recent years, but anti-Islam behavior shows itself very differently in the two capital cities, according to the French media outlet 'The Conversation'
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Muslim mother left unconscious in an Islamophobic attack at McDonald's in Liverpool

A Muslim mother of four was beaten unconscious recently in front of her children in an Islamophobic attack at a McDonald's store in Liverpool City in the United Kingdom.
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NCCM welcomes removal of Ontario PC Candidate Tanya Allen over Islamophobic and bigoted comments

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberty & advocacy organization, welcomes the decision by Ontario PC Party leader Doug Ford to remove Tanya Granic Allen as the PC candidate in the riding of Mississauga Centre over her I
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OIC report: Intolerance and discrimination against Muslims declining but overall situation is 'worrisome'

A new report on Islamophobia issued by the Observatory of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), noted that there was a decline of intolerance and discriminations against Muslims but worrisome’ overall situation.
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Edinburgh Students Association's event highlights surge of Islamophobia attacks in Europe

To mark women’s history month, the University of Edinburgh’s Students’ Association’s Women’s Campaign in Scotland, hosted a panel discussion on Islamophobia recently in order to highlight issues on this phenomenon, The Student Newspaper of University of E
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Turkey proposes EU-OIC meeting on Islamophobia, racism

Istanbul later this year could host a joint forum of the EU and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the threat of Islamophobia and related hate movements, said Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday.
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American local groups in Beverly join hands in anti-Islamophobia initiative

For the past eight months, residents of Beverly/Morgan Park in the United States of America have joined with their friends and neighbors in the southwest suburbs to stand up against Islamophobia and race-baiting, The Beverly Review reported.
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US public library takes down Islamophobic poem after harsh criticism

A public library in the U.S. state of Illinois has received harsh criticism on social media after exhibiting on Saturday an Islamophobic poem written on a Confederate flag background that insults Muslim women.
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Trump continues a tradition by attacking Syria

Donald Trump the Islamophobe is now, along with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron, setting himself up as the principal protector of Muslim lives in Syria.
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Report: Islamophobia remains an undeniable fact in European societies

An Ankara-based think tank, called the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) released on Monday a report on Islamophobia, noted in it that this phenomenon is an undeniable fact in Europe.
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Teachers accuse Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman of promoting Islamophobia over stance on hijabs in schools

'We have taken regressive steps where our children are now being made to feel that must leave their cultural and linguistic and religious identity at the door'
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LET’S NOT APPROPRIATE HIJAB

There is an emerging trend in the hijabi world that has me extremely concerned. I’m talking about women wearing hijab not primarily for spiritual reasons, but because they feel it is increasingly fashionable, a way to “stick it to the man”, or a means to show solidarity with minorities and social justice causes. It’s as if these individuals are saying, “We want to use hijab to stand out, but heaven forbid we’re pegged as religious as well.” As someone who
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