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  • How not to fight Islamophobia

    Opinions February 16, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education. My research shows how people mobilize in ways that seem to fight Islamophobia but that may actually further entrench it. Consider the rise of “good Muslim” discourse — something I call Islamophilia. Islamophilia has accompanied the growth of Islamophobia in ways that end up reinforcing American racism. In the aftermath of 9/11, we saw a spike in sympathy for American Muslims alongside anti-Muslim bigotry. But which Muslims were worthy of this sympathy, and how was this solidarity expressed? Rather than standing forcefully against Muslim registries, covert warfare operations that have devastated Muslim-majority countries, or the expansion of detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants in the United States, many felt it would be effective to plan Hijab Solidarity Days or interfaith Ramadan dinners — efforts that target people’s opinions and attitudes about Muslims rather than systemic manifestations of Islamophobia.

     
  • The terror attacks Trump won’t talk about

    Opinions February 7, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Mother Jones. As the media picks apart the White House’s absurd suggestion that attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, Orlando, and elsewhere were somehow ignored, the bigger story may be this: Trump has been almost entirely silent about terror plotted and carried out by white supremacists and other far-right extremists.

     
  • How corporate media paved the way for Trump’s Muslim ban

    Opinions February 6, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: FAIR. Years of Islamophobic coverage in corporate media—right-wing, centrist and “liberal”—laid the propaganda groundwork to get us here. Attention has rightly been paid to the Islamophobia industry—a loose consortium of professional far-right trolls such as Pam Geller, Frank Gaffney, Steve Emerson, Breitbart, Infowars, etc. And while these forces certainly were major factor in creating the Trump-friendly Muslim-fearing climate, it’s important not to lose sight of at least three other media phenomena that also had a major role: 1) the presentation of “terrorism” as a unique, existential threat, arbitrarily defined as applying almost exclusively to Muslim violence, 2) New Atheist liberal bigots and 3) disproportionate news coverage of the ISIS spectacle.

     
  • Before fake Bowling Green massacre, there was fake Bowling Green terror plot created by FBI

    Editorials February 3, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Dissent NewsWire Before fake Bowling Green massacre, there was fake Bowling Green terror plot created by FBI By: Sue Udry You heard about the fake “Bowling Green Massacre” from Trump advisor Kelleyanne Conway. When she was challenged about the nonexistent massacre, she pointed to a supposed terrorist plot, which […]

     
  • Trump’s disregard for Islamophobic hate crimes shows he cares little about Muslim American lives

    Opinions February 2, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Huffington Post. While Trump refuses to acknowledge the threat of white supremacists in America, we must in order to keep people of color safe. Let me be blunt: attacks like Quebec could very likely happen in the United States in the near future given the recent plots by white supremacists to kill Muslim Americans. While I would imagine many Americans have not heard about these terror plots since our media barely covers them, it’s fair to assume that the president of the United States and his team are aware of them. Despite these hate crimes and terrorist plots to kill Muslim Americans (and others) by right-wing extremists, Trump is now reportedly on the verge of altering a federal program that sought to counter the threats of all forms of extremism ― including white supremacism ― to have it solely focus on Islamic extremists. The dangerous problem with this is twofold: first it furthers the wildly incorrect notion that only Muslims are terrorists. And second it could make it easier for white supremacists to organize, plot and possibly carry out terror attacks against people of color, Muslims or even Jews.

     
  • Trump pushes dark view of Islam to center of U.S. policy-making

    Opinions February 1, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The New York Times. Those espousing such views present Islam as an inherently hostile ideology whose adherents are enemies of Christianity and Judaism and seek to conquer nonbelievers either by violence or through a sort of stealthy brainwashing. The executive order on immigration that Mr. Trump signed on Friday might be viewed as the first major victory for this geopolitical school. And a second action, which would designate the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist political movement in the Middle East, as a terrorist organization, is now under discussion at the White House, administration officials say.

     
  • Sean Spicer is right. That five-year-old refugee has diabolical plans.

    Opinions January 30, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Washington Post. To assume that just because of someone’s age or gender or whatever that they don’t pose a threat would be wrong” — Press secretary Sean Spicer, when asked about the five-year-old Iranian boy who was detained under President Trump’s new executive order on refugees. Sean Spicer is quite right to be concerned. This five-year-old boy waiting at the airport certainly has a diabolical plan. All five-year-old children do.

     
  • Suspect in Quebec Mosque attack quickly depicted as a Moroccan Muslim. He’s a white nationalist.

    Opinions January 30, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. A mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque last night left six people dead and eight wounded. The targeted mosque, the Cultural Islamic Center of Quebec, was the same one at which a severed pig’s head was left during Ramadan last June. Almost immediately, various news outlets and political figures depicted the shooter as Muslim. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer exploited the attack to justify President Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. But these assertions are utterly false. The suspect is neither Moroccan nor Muslim. The Moroccan individual, Mohamed el Khadir, was actually one of the worshippers at the mosque and called 911 to summon the police, and played no role whatsoever in the shooting. The actual shooting suspect is 27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette, a white French Canadian who is, by all appearances, a rabid anti-immigrant nationalist.

     
  • National Park has expertly timed tweets as Trump plots anti-Muslim policy

    Opinions January 25, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Huffington Post. The Death Valley National Park Service has been tweeting not only about climate science, but also about the World War II imprisonment of Japanese Americans. A park spokeswoman told HuffPost on Thursday that there was “no particular reason” for the tweets relating to Japanese Americans. However, numerous Twitter users and media outlets noticed that the timing seemed perfect, just as Trump prepares to issue an executive order that would restrict the entry of refugees and other immigrants from a number of Muslim-majority countries due to racist fears.

     
  • Trump’s Muslim immigration executive order: If we bombed you, we ban you

    Opinions January 25, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. An executive order that President Trump is expected to sign shortly restricts visits and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Iran. What all seven countries also have in common is that the United States government has violently intervened in them. The U.S. is currently bombing — or has bombed in the recent past — six of them. The U.S. has not bombed Iran, but has a long history of intervention including a recent cyberattack.