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On the “Arab Spring”: Thinking Beyond the Moment (III)
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It is obvious that a wind of change has blown across the Arab world, for the good: the toppling of tyrants, the drafting of a new constitution in Tunisia, the emergence of civil society, not always powerful, but which cannot be ignored.




On the “Arab Spring”: Thinking Beyond the Moment (p.II)
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Disconnected commentators tend to associate all the problems in the Arab world with Islam, whether in order to explain the lack of democracy, overall poor economic performance, or even the complex status of women’s rights, always promptly manipulated by Islamophobes.




On the “Arab Spring”: Thinking Beyond the Moment (I)
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More than three years ago the Arab world was plunged into turmoil by Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation. The flames from Bouazizi’s act of despair set the region ablaze in revolt; a signal for Tunisians and Arabs in general to take to the streets and let their voices be heard.




Update: Oklahoma Muslim On No-Fly List to Return to U.S.
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On Monday, November 19, representatives of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will meet a Muslim Air force veteran who had been barred from returning to Oklahoma when he finally arrives at Will Rogers World Airport.




Deepa Kumar: The GOP’s Muslim ‘southern strategy’
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by Deepa Kumar

When Mitt Romney stated that it was Israel’s “culture” that was responsible for the country’s superior economic development he was simply recycling an argument long used to explain black poverty in the US.




French MP says failure to ban veil in UK has ‘opened the door to terrorism’
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The architect of France’s burka ban has accused Britain of “losing the battle against Islamic extremism” by failing to introduce one of its own.




PolitiFact: Most Muslim countries allow churches, synagogues
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“I understand what the Muslims want to do in America,” said Graham. The push for mosques is driven by a desire to “convert as many Americans as they can to Islam,” he said. “I just don’t have the freedom to do this in most Muslim countries. We can’t have a church. We’re not able to build synagogues. It’s forbidden.”