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NYPD’s new spying outrage: Innocent Muslims treated worse than guilty bankers
Posted in Salon on 13 May 2014
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When “Arabic-sounding” names are automatically suspicious — but financial crimes are ignored — here’s the result

“The True American”: The hate-crime victim who pleaded for his attacker’s life
Posted in Salon on 4 May 2014
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On Sept. 21, 2001, Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi immigrant, was working in a gas station minimart in Dallas when a burly man with tattoo-covered arms walked up to the counter and pulled out a shotgun.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the dangerous anti-Islamic logic of the war on terror
Posted in Salon on 21 April 2014
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t’s been over a week since students at Brandeis compelled their university to refuse Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree, and the blogosphere is still roiling with grievance. Kirsten Powers laments Islam’s preferential treatment in USA Today.

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.