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  • Living in the shadow of counterterrorism: a daily struggle for Muslim women

    Families & Victims May 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Rewire News. The second part of Rewire’s “Living in the Shadow of Counterterrorism” series looks at how Muslim families, particularly women, are forced to confront state violence on a daily basis­­—from living with the stigma of terrorism, to repairing their broken homes, to navigating what they say is a brutal and biased prison system.

  • Living in the shadow of counterterrorism: meet the Muslim women taking on the national security state

    Source: Rewire News. For the past 15 years, stories of Muslim Americans arrested on terrorism charges have been splashed across newspapers and television screens. Less visible, and largely hidden behind the headlines, are the families of the accused. Numbering in the hundreds, these families are living under a dark shadow, often in obscurity and sometimes in poverty, following trials and convictions that brand them and their relations as “terrorists.” They say the label is heavy with stigma, almost impossible to shake. For well over a decade they’ve been challenging discriminatory policing, unfair trials, and draconian sentencing of Muslims charged under terrorism laws passed in the aftermath of 9/11. A once-scattered population of fractured families and organizations working on their behalf has coalesced into a movement, in which activists, lawyers, and scholars are all standing shoulder to shoulder with impacted families under the banner No Separate Justice (NSJ). The movement’s leaders, by and large, are Muslim women.

  • This Islamophobic conspiracy theorist lectured police officers about Islamic extremism

    Source: Huffington Post, As Muslim and civil liberties groups this week expressed outrage over news that Mauro would be delivering a keynote address Thursday on “the threat of Islamic extremism“ at a trade show for hundreds of tactical law enforcement officers in upstate New York, Mauro was indignant. But as Mauro made such public overtures to American Muslims this week, he also repeatedly tweeted and retweeted a link to an article claiming that the Council on American-Islamic Relations — the large Muslim civil liberties organization most loudly condemning his presence at the police conference — has ties to terrorism. The accusation against CAIR, which Mauro has previously made himself, is part of an old and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory used by anti-Muslim groups. Mauro’s continued embrace of the terror accusation highlights his role in a multimillion-dollar network of hate groups, think tanks, politicians and talking heads who regularly spread fear and misinformation about Islam.

  • Groups denounce anti-Muslim “extremist” speaking at police conference

    Source: Buzz Feed News. Ryan Mauro is scheduled to deliver the address and conduct training sessions at the New York Tactical Officers Association’s 10th annual three-day conference in Verona, New York. Mauro is a national security analyst at the Clarion Project — a nonprofit “dedicated to exposing the dangers of Islamist extremism.” The group has been called anti-Muslim and has been criticized by left-leaning media for promoting Islamophobic material and views. The Southern Poverty Law Center called Mauro an “extremist” who has “promoted the false narrative of ‘no-go zones’ for non-Muslims in Europe” and pointed to his comments that Muslims “create enclaves where they can begin gradually implementing Sharia law” in the U.S.

  • A Muslim man was ensnared in a terror plot by the NYPD—he just attempted suicide

    Families & Victims April 10, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Nation. Ahmed Ferhani, who claimed prison guards repeatedly abused him because of his conviction on terrorism charges, is in a coma following an attempted suicide. The case against him was flimsy enough that the FBI removed itself from the investigation in its early stages. The NYPD continued to pursue Ferhani, despite its knowledge of his history of mental illness and self-harm.

  • Only hard choices for parents whose children flirt with terror

    Families & Victims April 9, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The New York Times. The banging on the door jolted Sal Shafi awake. F.B.I. agents were looking for his son. “Where’s Adam?” they yelled. “Where’s Adam?” Terrified, Mr. Shafi led the agents, guns drawn, up the stairs toward his son’s bedroom. He watched as they led his 22-year-old son away in handcuffs, backed by evidence of Adam Shafi’s terrorist ambitions. He had come to the attention of officials not by a well-placed informant or a sting operation. His father, concerned and looking for help, had simply picked up the phone and led the government right to his son. For months, over the objections of his lawyer, Mr. Shafi had been talking to the F.B.I., believing he was doing the right thing. “My God,” he thought, soon after the arrest in July. “I just destroyed Adam.”

  • My Story, by Laila Yaghi, Mother of Ziyad Yaghi

    My Story, by Laila Yaghi, Mother of Ziyad Yaghi A Visit With My Son 3/28/16   Every time I approach my computer to write, I become frozen and run away from the fact of facing my fears, my reality. I feel like running for eternity and not turning back! I […]

  • My brother is in solitary confinement – as are 80,000 people in American prisons

    Families & Victims March 19, 2016 at 0 comments

    Muslim Matters (3/19): “Today, my brother Ahmed turns 35. He could have graduated from college. He could have started a career. He could have met a woman and fallen in love. He could have started a family. Instead, he has spent the last 13 years behind bars, completely alone.” – Mariam Abu Ali

  • Once shunned, anti-Muslim gadfly is now helping to set ‘racist’ agenda for CPAC

    Source: Raw Story. An anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist with ties to both white supremacists and several GOP presidential candidates has invited European racists to take part in panels at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Just five years ago, the Center for Security Policy and its founder, Frank Gaffney, were banned from the annual conservative gathering over their accusations that two CPAC board members, Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan, were secretly aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. But now Gaffney — who drew Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin to his anti-Iran rally last year — has returned to a position of influence and has invited admitted racists to speak at CPAC, reported Hatewatch.

  • ‘New atheist’ spokesperson Sam Harris featured in explicitly anti-Muslim hate video

    Source: Alternet. A new viral video produced by the Clarion Project, a far-right organization labeled an “anti-Muslim group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is inspired by one of the New Atheist movement’s most well-known figures, author and neuroscientist Sam Harris. Entitled “By The Numbers — The Untold Story of Muslim Opinions & Demographics,” the Clarion video has garnered over 2.7 million views and is based on Harris’ dubious taxonomy of Muslims, in which he makes the case that the mainstream of the Islamic faith is directly tied to extremism.