In China’s Far West, Companies Cash in on Surveillance Program That Targets Muslims

In the far western region of Xinjiang, China has created one of the world’s most sophisticated and intrusive state surveillance systems to target the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority. Part of what Beijing calls its anti-terrorism campaign, the system includes mandatory facial-recognition scans at gas stations and Wi-Fi sniffers that secretly collect data from network devices. Over the past two years, the technology has helped authorities round up an estimated hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other Muslims and lock
| China | News, Politics, Society, Religion |

The ‘Great March of Return’ has Exposed Israel’s Brutality and Apartheid

Politicians’ mealy-mouthed condemnations and crocodile tears are the order of the day. Instead, people should answer the call from Gaza for solidarity protests, writes Kevin Squires. These words were spoken by Razan Al-Najjar, a 21-year-old Palestinian medical student and paramedic volunteering on the front line of the Great March of Return in Gaza. They would be some of the last words she ever uttered; on Friday June 1st she was murdered, shot in the chest by an Israeli occupation sniper while
| Palestine | News, Political |

War of words between US and European allies after G7 fallout

The United States and its Western allies have swung into a war of words and threats, risking a diplomatic and trade crisis, after US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected a previously agreed joint statement in the wake of a fractious Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada. Minutes after the publication on Saturday of a communique that was approved by the leaders of seven of the world's most advanced economies - US, France, Germany, Japan, Britain, Italy and Canada -
| Unites States | News, Politics |

Tariq Ramadan and France's Islamophobia

Professor Tariq Ramadan's case and the solitary confinement he faces in a French prison sheds some light on the differentiated treatment Muslim subjects receive in the legal system of the Western states. In this article, I am not defending or making any arguments for the charges levied against professor Ramadan – they are serious and require full and fair examination by the authorities and the courts as well as more responsible coverage from the media. The cause of sexual harassment
| France | News, Justice, Society |

Israel Attempts to Smear Razan al-Najjar, Palestinian Medic It Killed, Calling Her “No Angel”

ISRAEL’S ARMY RELEASED a deceptively edited video on Thursday, hoping to tarnish the image of Razan al-Najjar, a Palestinian paramedic killed by Israeli fire in Gaza last week. According to witness testimony, al-Najjar, who was 21, was gunned down last Friday after she and other medics, walking with their hands up and wearing white vests, approached the perimeter that confines Palestinians to Gaza in order to treat a wounded protester. Video released by the health ministry in Gaza, said to show al-Najjar
| Palestine | News, Murder, Razan al-Najjar, Israel |

The Colonization of Palestine: Rethinking the Term ‘Israeli Occupation’

June 5, 2018 marks the 51st anniversary of the Israeli Occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. But, unlike the massive popular mobilization that preceded the anniversary of the Nakba – the catastrophic destruction of Palestine in 1948 – on May 15, the anniversary of the Occupation is hardly generating equal mobilization. The unsurprising death of the ‘peace process’ and the inevitable demise of the ‘two-state solution’ has shifted the focus from ending the Occupation per se, to the larger
| Palestine | News, Politics, History |

An Encouraging Prediction About The Ebola Outbreak

When an Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo this spring, there were all kinds of predictions about how the epidemic would play out. At first the outbreak was confined to a remote rural area, so the hope was it could be easily contained. There simply weren't a lot of people who could have come in contact with the infected individuals. Then a case was identified in Mbandaka, a city of more than 1 million, raising concerns that this
| Democratic Republic of Congo | Ebola, Health |

American Muslims on Trump's iftar: Thanks, but no thanks

A scene from the horror movie "Get Out." A moment of bloody betrayal -- the dreaded Red Wedding -- from HBO's "Game of Thrones." A medieval painting depicting a huge mouth devouring people as they eat. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump's White House will host its first iftar, the sundown meal that breaks fasts during the holy month of Ramadan. For some American Muslims, it's also time to break out the horror-movie memes. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "30
| United States | News, Religion |

Clergy are colliding with Christian soldiers across Europe

ALICE WEIDEL, champion of the Eurosceptic German right, claims that her Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is the only really Christian political group in the country. The much larger Christian Democratic Union has betrayed its own name by failing to defend the nation’s religious and cultural heritage, in her impassioned view. In London, a former leader of the UK Independence Party, Lord Pearson, denounces the political establishment for giving in to politically correct definitions of equality and hate speech: soon, he
| Europe | News, Society |

Veterans Challenge Trump’s Islamophobia

The U.S. president, Donald Trump, revealed his inner nature again earlier this week when he retweeted a series of anti-Muslim propaganda videos from the deputy leader of an ultranationalist, neo-fascist hate group in the UK. Trump sank to a new low in terms of the blatant falsehoods and myths he will invoke and propagate to incite enmity against Muslims. He has demonstrated repeatedly that white nationalism and the demonization of Islam is something that he wholeheartedly embraces and intends to
| United States | News, Politics |

Yemen: Today’s Guernica

On the market day of April 26, 1937, at the bequest of General Francisco Franco, a bombing of the Basque town of Guernica took place. It was carried out by Spain’s nationalistic government allies, the Nazi German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion and the Fascist Italian Aviazione Legionaria. The attack, under the code name Operation Rügen, in which hundreds of people died, became a rallying cry against the brutal killing of innocent civilians. 80 years later, however, an even more criminal action
| Yemen | News |

Capture of Jerusalem: The Treaty of Umar

Jerusalem is a city holy to the three largest monotheistic faiths – Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Because of its history that spans thousands of years, it goes by many names: Jerusalem, al-Quds, Yerushaláyim, Aelia, and more, all reflecting its diverse heritage. It is a city that numerous Muslim prophets called home, from Sulayman and Dawood to Isa (Jesus), may Allah be pleased with them. During the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ’s life, he made a miraculous journey in one night from Makkah to
| Islam | News, History |

The Colossal African Solar Farm That Could Power Europe

The minibus crosses the vast plateau on a newly paved road. Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert to the south. Yet the barren landscape is no longer quite as desolate as it once was. This year it became home to one of the world’s biggest solar power plants. Hundreds of curved mirrors, each as big as a bus, are ranked in rows covering 1,400,000 sq m (15m sq ft) of desert, an area the size of 200 football fields.
| Morocco | Technology, Energy, Power |

Does Facebook Generate Over Half of Its Ad Revenue From Fake News?

Fake news has been in the news. But one important question about fake news has not yet been answered: How much revenue would Facebook sacrifice if it purged fake news from its site? Sadly, I can’t provide a reliable figure — but a BuzzFeed News analysis of top fake news traffic before the election suggests that the proportion of time that users spent on fake — as opposed to real news — on Facebook was considerable. In a November 26 interview, Harvard
| United States | Technology, Facebook, False News |

What We Talk About When We Talk About "The Uyghurs"

In 1997 I watched a news report about a protest in a place that I’d never heard of. The newsreader probably hadn’t heard of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China either; he certainly couldn’t pronounce it, nor the name of the ethnic group—the Uyghurs—that were said to be protesting. But although the report had little to say about them, other than that they were Muslims, its message was clear: here was an ethnic minority that the Chinese government
| China | News, Uyghur, Kashgar, Xinjiang |

China-Pakistan Corridor Against India’s Strategic Interests

The much touted $46 billion, 3,000-km-long China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) links Gwadar port in the troubled state of Balochistan to China’s restive autonomous region of Xinjiang. The project, which is an extension of China’s ambitious One-Belt-One-Road scheme, passes through Gilgit and Baltistan areas which are part of Jammu and Kashmir which is Indian territory but illegally occupied by Pakistan. Hence, the CPEC is against the geographical and strategic interests of India. The Official press agency of China Xinhua News Agency,
| Pakistan | Analysis, Business |

Election Theft and Racist Elitism

“All great changes,” said Deepak Chopra, “are preceded by chaos.” That starts to get at it — how to understand, and start healing, the national wound inflicted on this country, and the world, by the 2016 presidential election. But I need to throw in a little John Oliver as well. “We are faced,” he said on his TV show, “Last Week Tonight,” “with the same questions as the guy who wakes up after a Vegas bachelor party deep in the desert, naked,
| United States | Americas,Featured,Politics |

China and the U.S. are Approaching Dangerous Seas

A combination of recent events, underpinned by long-running historical strains reaching back more than 60 years, has turned the western Pacific into one of the most hazardous spots on the globe. The tension between China and the United States “is one of the most striking and dangerous themes in international politics,” says The Financial Times’ longtime commentator and China hand, Gideon Rachman. In just the past five months, warships from both countries—including Washington’s closest ally in the region, Japan—have done everything
| China | Politics |

Pigeon fancier receives lifetime ban for cheating in race

A pigeon-racing champion has received a lifetime ban from the sport after allegations that he cheated to win one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport’s calendar. Eamon Kelly, 52, from Didcot, was accused of cheating by registering 14 birds for the Tarbes Grand National race but keeping them at home and sending decoys instead. The National Flying Club, where he was an official race controller, said in a statement that the ban “follows the falsification of [Kelly’s] race entry for
| United Kingdom | Society |

Divide and Rule: How Factionalism in Palestine Is Killing Prospects for Freedom

As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for October, division and factionalism are rearing their ugly head. Palestinian political platforms and social media are abuzz with self-defeating propaganda: Fatah supporters attacking Hamas’ alleged failures, and Hamas’ supporters doing the same. What is conveniently overlooked by all sides is that the performance of Palestinian municipalities is almost entirely irrelevant in the greater scheme of things. In the West Bank, local councils are governed by strict Israeli-PA arrangements.
| Palestine | Politics |

Muslim women most common victims of hate crime campaigns on social media: UK study

Islamophobes are targeting Muslim women in online hate campaigns, according to a new study published Thursday by the International Business Times UK on its website. A Birmingham City University study examined hundreds of Facebook pages, posts and comments as part of an extensive survey of the spread of anti-Islam hate speech online, including those associated with far right groups Britain First and the English Defense league. They found 500 instances of Islamophobic abuse, in which Muslims were branded terrorists and rapists, alleged
| United Kingdom | News |

41 Palestinian women, including 12 minors, currently held in HaSharon prison

Several dozen Palestinian women, including 12 minors, are currently being held in Israel's HaSharon prison, according to a statement released Thursday by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs. The committee said in the statement that 41 Palestinian women and girls are being held in the prison, with some suffering from deteriorating health conditions, adding that Israel's treatment of women prisoners is against international law, and requires "international institutions to end their silence" and to stop Israel's "perpetual crimes." The committee also called
| Israel | News |

China joins Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan in security alliance

BEIJING — China is to set up an anti-terrorism alliance with Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, state media said on Thursday, as it seeks to boost coordination with neighbours to tackle what it says is a growing domestic militant threat. Fang Fenghui, a member of the powerful Central Military Commission which controls China’s armed forces, hosted a meeting with his counterparts on Wednesday in Urumqi, capital of the western Xinjiang region, where officials say they are battling extremist militants. The four countries recognised
| China | News |

Europe of failure to keep migrant deal promises

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday lashed out at the European Union for dragging its feet in releasing promised funds for Syrian refugees as well as providing visa-free travel for Turks into the passport-free Schengen zone. Turkey and the EU signed a controversial deal in March, in which Ankara agreed to take back Syrian migrants landing on Greek islands in return for several incentives including 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in funds and visa-free travel. “Europe has not yet
| Germany | News |