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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Return Of The Janjaweed, This Time In Chad

The simmering conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan, now at least three years old, has seen hundreds of thousands die from violence and disease and over 2 million left homeless. And despite years of awareness campaigns, the violence is set to flare up again. In eastern Chad, which borders Darfur,... Sign in to see full entry.

Muslim Voices On The Sidelines In Immigration Debate

From the Silk Road to the growth of Muslim communities in Europe and America, migration has been a part of the Muslim experience ever since the hijra - the fleeing of the early Muslim community from Mecca to Medina to avoid persecution. There is no part of the Muslim world that hasn't been touched... Sign in to see full entry.

Guess Who's Coming To TV? A Muslim-Themed Sitcom

The TV show "Dateline NBC" recently taped a segment for an upcoming show on anti-Muslim sentiment in America, in which they attempted to film fans at a NASCAR event in southern Virginia harassing Muslim men in (stereo)typical garb as they walked through the stands. "It is outrageous that a news... Sign in to see full entry.

Begum Case Defeat Highlights A Game of Power

For Shabina Begum, a now 17-year old from Luton, a court defeat of her case this week was the end of a long, troubled journey. The Law Lords, Britain's equivalent of the US Supreme Court, rejected an earlier ruling that allowed Begum to wear the full length jilbab dress in contradiction of her... Sign in to see full entry.

Kurtlar Vadisi: The Other Side Of Free Speech

Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak ("Valley of the Wolves: Iraq"), Turkey's most expensively produced movie at $10 million, generated record crowds last month in Turkey and areas with large Turkish immigrant populations, such as Germany. It also generated labels in the US such as monstrous, blood libel, and... Sign in to see full entry.

So Who's Hung Up On The 'Muslim Madonna'?

In 1998, Canadian Muslim filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz made a film called " Death Threat " in which a young Muslim writer fakes a death threat against her to gain publicity for a new book. The plot backfires when publicity of the threat itself eclipsed all else. Enter 2006, when 28-year old Norwegian-born... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Irrational Fear, Your Ship Has Come In

The hysteria regarding the proposed acquisition (now delayed, but still moving forward ) by Dubai Ports World (DPW) of fabled British-based port operator P&O is notable for the lack of facts behind it. The deal has turned US politics on its head - conservatives who formerly pleaded with us to "trust... Sign in to see full entry.

A Harsher Light Shines on Guantanamo Bay

The French called it an embarrassment. Archbishop Desmond Tutu called it disgraceful. And the UN released an extensive report, backed by the EU, calling for its closure. It is Guantanamo Bay, the notorious US prison facility set up in the Cuban outpost for housing 500 "enemy combatants," a term that... Sign in to see full entry.

Abu Hamza al-Masri Begins His "Slow Martyrdom"

When Abu Hamza al Masri was convicted this week of incitement to hatred and sentenced to seven years in prison, few Muslims or non-Muslims were surprised, given the current climate. Famous for his fiery diatribes from the Finsbury Park mosque in North London, Abu Hamza was, along with Omar Bakri... Sign in to see full entry.

The Dirty Dozen (And The Damage Done)

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (JP) commissioned 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad last September, few foresaw the furor that would occur six months later. After all, the controversy was relatively quiet for 4 months, with only muted protests from that country's Muslim community. Even... Sign in to see full entry.

Won't Somebody Please Think Of The Palestinians?

In the several days since the world was caught off guard by the sudden and decisive ascendance of Hamas to power in Palestine, political and media discourse has revolved around predictable axes - chief among them being concern over the Hamas charter's call for the "obliteration" of Israel and the... Sign in to see full entry.

British Muslims Mourn Scholar & Leader Dr. Zaki Badawi

Dr. Zaki Badawi, who passed away today in London at the age of 84, spent his life struggling to bridge the gap between the West and the Muslim world, often surprising both sides with his efforts to forge commmonality between the two in the UK, where he spent much of the past fifty years. With a rich... Sign in to see full entry.

A Conversion in Death for Malaysian Everest Hero?

Eight days after M. Moorthy, a member of the first Malaysian team to conquer Mt. Everest in 1997, passed away, he was laid to rest in a Muslim burial. Unremarkable news, save for the fact that Moorthy's widow and relatives claim he was a practicing Hindu who never converted to Islam in the first... Sign in to see full entry.

Santa Doesn't Watch Muslims, But The FBI Does

As the popular Christmas carol about Santa Claus goes, "He knows when you are sleeping/He knows when you're awake/He knows when you've been bad or good/So be good for goodness sake." However, since Santa apparently doesn't watch Muslim homes, the FBI decided to fill in for him. Following last week's... Sign in to see full entry.

Muslim Sorority Seeks Best Of Both Worlds

University students tend to segregate into various social groups soon upon arrival, and one would be hard pressed to think of of two groups farther apart on the social spectrum than Muslims and members of the Greek (fraternity & sorority) system. Some in the two groups have for years cast curious... Sign in to see full entry.

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