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Coca-Cola’s multilingual Super Bowl ad is driving Twitter xenophobes crazy
Posted in Salon on 2 February 2014
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Coca-Cola’s big Super Bowl ad this year featured a rendition of “America the Beautiful” sung in multiple languages, alongside sweeping images of America’s landscape and its people.

“Homeland” has a Muslim problem
Posted in Salon on 5 November 2013
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“Homeland” has, or more precisely, has had, a lot to recommend it. The show’s depiction of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and his conflicted feelings about America and its role in the world — and the actions he took against America in the show’s early going — were among the most realistic depictions of the contemporary state of villainy available on TV.

CIA, DoD had doctors torture detainees after 9/11
Posted in Salon on 4 November 2013
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In a new report that makes contextualizes the torturous force-feeding of Gitmo hunger strikers, it has been revealed that under CIA and DoD orders, doctors tortured terror suspects to gain intel after 9/11.

EDL’s Tommy Robinson, Robert Spencer, Quilliam and the BBC
Posted in Spencer Watch on 4 November 2013
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Regular readers will be aware that the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary has banned the American anti-Muslim propagandists Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller from entering the UK. Spencer and Geller had intended to speak at the English Defence League’s demonstration in London on 29 June 2013.

Sam Harris slurs Malala: Famed atheist wrongly co-opts teenager’s views
Posted in Salon on 19 October 2013
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In an era of narcissistic self-obsession, there’s something to be said for the value of self-awareness. This week, atheist philosopher Sam Harris leapt forward to claim Malala Yousafzai as another trophy in his one-man jihad against Muslims and the weak-kneed “Muslim-apologists” he perceives on the left. Our Founding Fathers included Islam
Posted in Salon on 5 October 2013
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[He] sais “neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.”
 — Thomas Jefferson, quoting John Locke, 1776

Myanmar Muslims hide amid deadly sectarian clashes
Posted in Salon on 2 October 2013
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THANDWE, Myanmar (AP) — Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar on Wednesday, one day after fleeing a new round of deadly sectarian violence that erupted even as the president toured the divided region.

NYPD Muslim spying under new scrutiny in federal court
Posted in Salon on 2 October 2013
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Along with the development of the NYPD’s “mini-CIA” after 9/11 came the shift towards constitution-defying preemptive policing.

Captain America in a turban
Posted in Salon on 11 September 2013
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I settled on a rock in Central Park, the New York skyline behind me. A glassy new skyscraper neared completion in its stretch toward the skies. I was striking a few poses in my superhero costume when a young boy perched higher on a rock chimed in.

The right’s bigoted crusade against Al Jazeera America
Posted in Salon on 28 August 2013
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“The Muslims are coming!” That is the tongue-in-cheek name of a new documentary by Muslim comedians. But it is also the deadly serious shriek echoing through the American right in response to the launch of Al Jazeera America.