Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Muslims Caught In Sri Lankan Crossfire

As a tentative ceasefire takes hold between Israel and Hezbollah, and refugees slowly begin to come out of hiding to survey the damage, another case of a country fighting a militant group is resulting in thousands of new refugees, many of whom in this case are also Muslim. The Sri Lankan government... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Britain and its Muslims Stare Into the Abyss

For all the distrust that British Muslims have had of the police and government since 9/11, the events of July 7 2006 left many speechless and introspective. Similarly, the Forest Gate and De Menezes intelligence failures left the police and non-Muslim observers scratching their heads. Now that 24... Sign in to see full entry.

Changes In Pakistan's Rape Laws (Slowly) Make Progress

The year is different, but once again a military leader in Pakistan is spearheading an effort to amend laws pertaining to women in Pakistan. In 1979, General Zia ul-Haq introduced the Hudood Ordinance, which imposes a (purportedly Qur'anic) punishment for crimes such as murder, theft, and adultery.... Sign in to see full entry.

The Propaganda War So Far

In 1982, shortly after Israel's invasion of Lebanon and bombardment of Beirut, the Israeli government began the " Hasbara Project," which sought to influence public opinion in the US in ways ranging from lobbying journalists to having Israeli high school students visit their US counterparts to say... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Muslim Community Reaches Out After Seattle Shooting

It would be easy to dismiss 31-year old Naveed Afzal Haq, the perpetrator of the shootings at the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle that left one dead and six injured, as an emotionally troubled man suffering from a decade of mental illness ( true ), a drifter who, despite having... Sign in to see full entry.

In The Shadow Of Lebanon, Iraq's Sectarian Violence Rages

It has been fading from the front pages due to news fatigue, and has finally been pushed off by the continuing Israel/Hezbollah conflict, but the bloodshed in Iraq continues to grow in the absence of a media spotlight. Though it looks and smells like civil war, most outside observers are still... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Israel's Punishment Gets More Collective

Hezbollah's brazen kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers last week fulfilled a promise made by their leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, after the successful withdrawal of Israel in 2000, to secure the release of all Lebanese prisoners held by Israel (there are three remaining). As with Hamas' earlier... Sign in to see full entry.

In The World Cup, Zinedine Zidane Becomes The Football

You might think that the world's most watched sporting event would help France forget about the "war on terror" as well as the racial and religious tensions that have plagued the country over the past few years, but the ousting of French soccer hero Zinedine Zidane from the World Cup final over a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Were Muslims Really Sailing The "Seas Of David?"

The association with Islam and terrorism is so complete that every article discussing yesterday's arrest of seven men in Miami for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower - the tallest building in America and designed by prominent Muslim American engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan - is soaked in Islamic... Sign in to see full entry.

The Courts of Somali Opinion

While the world's political attention has been focused on Iraq for the past few weeks, a quiet revolution of sorts has been happening in Somalia, the east African state without a functioning government since the 30 year reign of Mohammad Siad Barre ended in 1991. Since then, a handful of warlords... Sign in to see full entry.

More Terror Raids, More Suspects, More Questions

Two terrorism-related raids - one in Canada and another in Britain - have Muslim communities on edge, oscillating between the need to condemn acts of terror in the name of Islam (a bit more forcefully, this time, please) and fending off pressure amid signs of a mounting backlash. The Canadian... Sign in to see full entry.

Will Minnesota Send The First Muslim To Congress?

A Muslim elected to Congress? Many Muslim Americans have tried in vain to attain this elusive office, their efforts stymied for various reasons including weak campaign skills, lack of political experience, and continuing suspicion of Muslim American loyalties. But one Muslim politician has done it... Sign in to see full entry.

The Ups, Downs, And Outs Of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

For years, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been a lightning rod for critics of Islam (who, like murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh, supported her) and many Dutch immigrant Muslims (some of whom - wrongly - threatened her life). Her comments about the Prophet Muhammad (she called him "a pedophile") and Holland's... Sign in to see full entry.

Muslims And Wachovia: Once Bitten, Twice As Angry

It's not news that since September 11th, Muslim charities in the US have been under scrutiny. There have been repeated attempts to investigate, shut down, or inhibit the activities of virtually every non-profit group with an Islamic connection, although few have been charged with any sort of crime.... Sign in to see full entry.

The Irony Of Being Hassan Al-Turabi

One man's extremist is another man's progressive. And sometimes they can be both at the same time. Take Sudan's Hassan al-Turabi, for example. Long derided in the West as an "Islamist extremist" that, as speaker of Sudan's National Assembly, provided Osama bin Laden with a save haven in Sudan for... Sign in to see full entry.

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