• The nervous immigrant’s guide to getting through customs

    Blogs May 15, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Vice. Federal courts are currently hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, which suspends all refugee admissions and all travel from six Muslim-majority countries. But whatever judges decide in that case, the administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric has created an atmosphere of fear for many immigrants and foreign workers. Customs can take as little as a few minutes, but it can also mean being detained for hours; it probably makes sense to make plans for unexpected delays. This article has advice from attorneys, immigration experts, and foreign workers for recommendations on getting though customs as smoothly as possibly and what border agents can and can’t do.

  • How violent are Muslims? The numbers reveal a disturbing truth

    Blogs March 2, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Scholarly Islam. Today there are almost 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, making up a fifth of the world’s population. Are Muslims a violent people by nature and a threat to world peace? The best way to answer the question is to calculate the numbers from credible sources – experts, Pew, Gallup, and academic studies. 4. Fact: The overwhelming majority of U.S. Muslims (78%) stated that it is never morally justifiable to target and kill civilians;
    Meanwhile, only 38% of Protestants, 39% of Catholics, 43% of Jews, 33% of Mormons, and 56% of people with no religion/atheists/agnostics stated that it is never morally justifiable to target and kill civilians.

  • Like a plague of locusts, FBI agents are poised to spread across the country

    Blogs July 1, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Dissent NewsWire. Last week, activists in Cleveland got visits from some unwelcome guests: FBI agents inquiring about their plans for protest at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Like a plague of prying locusts, visits by FBI agents are spreading: yesterday, they landed in Minneapolis – St. Paul. Eight years ago, St. Paul was the site of the Republican Convention. It was also the site of a massive police crackdown on protesters that included the massive presence of police in riot gear with helicopters circling overhead, unnecessary use of excessive force, arrests of journalists, spying, infiltration, informants, pre-emptive arrests and raids on activist offices and homes.

  • #RamadanBehindBars

    Blogs June 30, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Daily Outrage. Since the onset of the War on Terror, Muslims have been targeted by counter-terrorism policies that presume that they are innocent until proven Muslim. Ranging from indefinite detention to torture and murder, the Muslim body has become callously disregarded by the U.S. , , , While Muslims are mistreated and criminalized by the policies of the War on Terror, they still turn to God every year and practice the holy month of Ramadan. For Muslims, Ramadan offers the community a time a time of spiritual reflection, closeness to God, and food with family and friends. . . . Though Ramadan is a time of remembrance, many of the Muslim prisoners are forgotten to anyone other than their families. Treated only as numbered casualties of the War on Terror, few organizations attempt to even contact these prisoners. . . .In order to address the many forgotten prisoners post 9/11, the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) emerged out of the need to support prisoners, and the families of prisoners, held because of the War on Terror. Dr. Maha Hilal, Executive Director, NCPCF

  • Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s immigration records reveal FBI bombshell

    Blogs May 11, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Who.What.Why. WhoWhatWhy has discovered that the FBI secretly flagged at least one of the “Boston Marathon bombers” as a terrorist threat in his immigration records, despite publicly denying it had done so. The FBI’s own trail of contradictory statements and backpedaling suggests it has something to hide about its dealings with an alleged perpetrator of a deadly terrorist attack on American soil. In muddying the record, was the FBI merely trying to cover up its dangerous incompetence, or is there a darker secret to be “protected” from public scrutiny — a scenario in which Tamerlan operated under some kind of government cover until something went horribly wrong?

  • Countering violent extremism, a ‘perfect excuse’ to restrict free speech and control the media, says UN expert

    Blogs May 4, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: BORDC/DDF. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, today warned that efforts to counter ‘violent extremism’ can be the ‘perfect excuse’ for democratic and authoritarian governments around the world to restrict free expression and seek to control access to information.

  • America has locked up so many black people it has warped our sense of reality

    Blogs February 26, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Washington Post. For as long as the government has kept track, the economic statistics have shown a troubling racial gap. Black people are twice as likely as white people to be out of work and looking for a job. This fact was as true in 1954 as it is today. The most recent report puts the white unemployment rate at around 4.5 percent. The black unemployment rate? About 8.8 percent. But the economic picture for black Americans is far worse than those statistics indicate. The unemployment rate only measures people who are both living at home and actively looking for a job. The hitch: A lot of black men aren’t living at home and can’t look for jobs — because they’re behind bars.

  • Third Circuit to the city of New York: Being Muslim is not reasonable suspicion for surveillance

    Blogs October 15, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: EFF. Being Muslim can’t be the basis for law enforcement surveillance. That was the message from the Third Circuit on Tuesday when it told the plaintiffs in Hassan v. The City of New York that their lawsuit could go forward. The plaintiffs are suing over the New York Police Department’s suspicionless mass surveillance operation revealed by the Associated Press in 2011. The NYPD targeted the plaintiffs, who include student groups, imams, business owners, and individuals, based solely on religion. The court’s decision affirms what should be an obvious principle: being Muslim (or from a country with a lot of Muslims) is not reasonable suspicion. But it did more than that. It gave the City a history lesson that bears repeating . . . The Third Circuit has placed the NYPD’s surveillance in its proper place, in the context of our history. For us not to fall into tyranny, we must never forget that history.

  • How no-fly lists are used to punish political protesters

    Blogs September 20, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Alternet. It was August 2002. My partner Jan Adams and I were just beginning our annual pilgrimage to Massachusetts to visit my father and stepmother. At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver’s licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight and reservation. Suddenly, she got a funny look on her face. “There’s something wrong with the computer,” she said. “I need to talk to my supervisor.” So began a day of confusion and fear, followed by several years of indignation, frustration, and litigation, as we struggled to find out why — as the agent’s supervisor soon informed us with a similarly strange look on her face — we’d both “turned up on the FBI’s no-fly list.” Her eyes grew wide as she looked us over. “I don’t understand it,” she said. “You don’t fit the profile.”

  • 14 years after 9/11, the war on terror is accomplishing everything bin Laden hoped it would

    Blogs September 8, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Nation. Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle East and Africa.Fourteen years of the burial of American democracy (or rather its recreation as a billionaire’s playground and a source of spectacle and entertainment but not governance). Fourteen years of the spread of secrecy, the classification of every document in sight, the fierce prosecution of whistleblowers, and a faith-based urge to keep Americans “secure” by leaving them in the dark about what their government is doing.