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The False Dichotomy of Islamophobia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

There’s a nuanced discussion of one of our favorite topics: Islamophobia, by Massimo Pigliucci on the website Scientia Salon. One snippet: “While the statistics on international terrorism are complex and can be read in a number of ways, there is […]

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Here We Go Again

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Yet another gunman with an Arabic name has opened fire in an American city. This time the gunman was born in Kuwait and the city was Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those killed: four United States Marines. According to the New York Times: […]

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No-Fly List Dispute

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Four Muslim men who have accused FBI agents of putting them on a no-fly list because they refused to become informants want to pursue damages against the agents even though the travel ban has been lifted, the men’s lawyers told […]

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ISIS and “The West”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Much of the imagery of Western Orientalism of the past two centuries has a similar message, highlighting a binary difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’,” writes Frederick Bohrer in The Los Angeles Review of Books. “Would the ISIS videos even exist […]

What Actually Happened in Garland?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Hamid Soofi, 34, both of whom attended the same mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, turned up at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Sunday in body armor and carrying weapons. Both were shot and killed […]

What Muslims Really Believe about ISIS

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s an analysis of ISIS that places the bleme for its rise squarely on U.S. foreign policy decisions. “From Sunni to Shi’a, secular to conservative, Islamist to liberal, autocratic to democratic, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his doppelganger of a Caliphate […]

A Danish Muslim Opens Fire

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Soren Esperson, deputy chairman of the Danish People’s Party, … derided pleas from leading mainstream politicians, including the prime minister, that Islam not be blamed for the violence. ‘Of course this has something to do with Islam just as the […]

ISIS Continues to Horrify the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard to imagine, but ISIS has committed an even more brutal atrocity than beheading its captives. It has claimed to have burned their Jordanian prisoner alive. There’s no need to point out — but I will anyway — why […]

If It’s Not Charlie Hebdo, It’s Boko Haram

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Islamist army with the Boko Haram moniker is at it again. According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s information minister, Mabass village in far northern Cameroon was attacked early yesterday (18 January 2015). Boko Haram killed at least three people […]

Being Muslim in Europe

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Abdelkader Benai, a Muslim born in the Netherlands, has penned a powerful meditation on the Charlie Hebdo massacre in The New York Times. “When I was 17, I found ‘The Satanic Verses’ tucked away in a school library,” he writes. […]

Tout Est Pardonée

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The next cover of Charlie Hebdo features Muhammad holding a sign reading, “Je suis Charlie.” The tagline: “All is forgiven.” The magazine plans to print 3 million issues just one week after its editorial staff was gunned down by terrorists.

Self-Delusion in Pakistan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Pakistan is a mystery to me. How can it continue to act in such self-defeating ways? I’ll let the New York Times‘ Editorial Board summarize: “Despite the grief and rage that followed the massacre of 148 students and their teachers […]

How Could It Get Any Worse?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Let’s see: Islamic militants are killing school kids in Pakistan, young women who refuse to marry ISIS fighters in Syria and elderly Nigerians. It’s hard to imagine who’s safe from these rampaging terrorists. Yes, there’s no other term that describes […]

The Torture Report

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As an American, it’s painful to read the recently released Torture Report (United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques). The only U.S. Senator who was tortured — that would be John McCain — […]

The Boko Haram Conundrum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Sometimes a person’s gotta wonder what gets into some people’s minds. Take Boko Haram for example. These self-proclaimed Islamists in Nigeria are doing more harm to the reputation of Muslims worldwide (but especially in the West) than anyone since Al […]

Pressure Cooker Sparks Hotel Evacuation

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Police in Dearborn [Michigan] are trying to understand why a pressure cooker was left in the restroom of the Adoba Hotel, forcing the evacuation of guests until the early morning hours. The evacuation also canceled Sunday night’s banquet of the […]

Anti-Muslim Incidents Soar Across Britain

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Slate.com: “In the days following the murder of a British soldier in London [22 May 2013], there has been a huge spike in anti-Muslim incidents, according to an interfaith charity. Faith Matters, an organization that works to reduce […]

“Traveling While Muslim”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

There’s a long-standing discussion in the United States about DWB arrests (that “driving while black” is reason enough for the police to pull over a motorist). Now, evidently, this has been expanded to “traveling while Muslim”. This story is simultaneously […]

The Tsarnaev family: A faded portrait of an immigrant’s American dream

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Marc Fisher, writing in The Washington Post, has penned a thoughtful narrative of the Tsarnaev family’s life in the United States. Most interesting, perhaps, is the differing experiences of the two brothers, Ruslan and Anzor (the latter being the father […]

Radicals Not Raised in Mosques

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Suhaib Webb and Scott Korb, writing in today’s New York Times point out what many of us know: “radicalization does not happen to young people with a strong grounding in the American Muslim mainstream.” Bottom line? “The American Muslim community […]

Guiding Our Boys to a Straight Path

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“I would like our community to take responsibility for how it is that we — yes, we — have allowed an interpretation of Islam to prevail in this world that turns this boy of innocence into a bomber and murderer,” […]

What Can We Learn from the Boston Bombings?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The New York Times has a poignant editorial about immigrant children in today’s issue. “Taking in what Emma Lazarus called the ‘wretched refuse’, including asylum seekers like the Tsarnaev brothers, without providing a scaffold of support undermines the promise of […]

What Do Feiz Mohammad and Ismail Menk Have in Common?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Both Feiz Mohammad and Ismail Menk are among the Islamists “favorited” by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. You can find out more here: “Meet the Muslims Quoted and Cited and Favorited…”

Bombing Suspects: Chechen?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Media sources have identified the suspects in the bombing at the Boston Marathon as brothers with the last name of Tsarnaev: Dzhokhar, 19, and Tamerlan, 26. Unfortunately for us, they’re Muslim Americans, children of Chechen parents who immigrated to the […]

Here we go again….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Guilty until proven innocent! There’s absolutely no indication that a Muslim, American or otherwise, detonated explosives in Boston.

In San Francisco?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Over the past year in San Francisco, the war over the popular conception of Islam has been continuously fought on the unlikeliest of battlefields–the sides of the city’s buses. “Purchased by the pro-Israeli American Freedom Defense Initiative, the most recent […]

AFID “Anti-Jihad” Ads on MUNI Buses in SF

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The ad shows Osama bin Laden and the burning twin towers. The tag line says, ‘That’s his jihad, what’s yours?’ The campaign is the latest from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which says it is educating America about what it […]

Muslim-American Terrorism

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Every American Muslim should download and read a copy of this report by Charles Kurzman of the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (released February 1, 2013): “Muslim-American Terrorism: Declining Further” http://tcths.sanford.duke.edu/documents/Kurzman_Muslim-American_Terrorism_final2013.pdf

Terrorism isn’t an American-Muslim Problem

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“None. Zero. That’s the number of fatalities or injuries from terrorist acts by American Muslims over the last two years, according to a recent report from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security,” reports Dana Sher of the Washington […]

“Friends of Hamas” and the “Junior League of Hezbollah”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Two of the groups allegedly linked with Chuck Hagel, who’s facing a Senate confirmation fight for Secretary of Defense, are bogus. As Salon.com reports, “None of the charges were more ridiculous on their face than the allegation that Hagel took […]

Report: U.S. Muslim Terrorism Was Practically Nil in 2012

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s no surprise to us: “Terrorist incidents from American Muslims is on the decline for the third straight year.” “Only 14 people out of a population of millions were indicted for their involvement in violent terrorist plots in 2012, a […]

What Does “Islamist” Mean?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Fahad Arman, writing for the Daily Kos, “the word exists as a stealth slur. It is exists as a piece of coded language.” Read his entire essay here: ‘Islamist’ As Coded Language. He points out that there is […]

Muslim Prisoners vs. US Justice System

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Muslims have refused to abide by rules of justice in this country that apply to all others and have been successful in being awarded special rights,” writes Gary R. Welsh in AdvanceIndiana.blogspot.com. Read the entire article here. What do you […]

TV’s Most Islamophobic Show

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“With its portraits of Brody and Roya Hammad, ‘Homeland’ warns that Muslims are a hidden danger to fellow Americans,” says the headline on Salon.com. Laila Al-Arian reports, “All the standard stereotypes about Islam and Muslims are reinforced, and it is […]

“She Pushed the Man Under a Train Because She Hates Muslims”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a train because she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he was one was charged Saturday with murder […]

Muslim Converts

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the following article in The Huffington Post, “experts who study homegrown terrorism said the case [in Upland, California] highlights the susceptibility of new converts to radicalization, particularly among the young.” Read it here: California Terror Suspects: 2 of […]

Why Do Prominent Republicans Demonize Muslims?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Locked in the toughest fight of her congressional career, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann defended her witch hunt against alleged Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators in the federal government last night during the final debate against her Democratic challenger, Jim Graves.” Read […]

Here We Go Again: Afghanistan Edition

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing 36 people and wounding 23, officials said. “The attack in the town of Maymana, capital of northern Faryab province, came as people were gathering at […]

Abu Hamza al-Masri, 4 Others, Arrive in US

posted by Suzy Shuraym

After losing a long battle to avoid charges, five terror suspects were extradited to the U.S. from Britain. Read more from the Associated Press here.

The Sin of Sowing Hatred of Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Read a rabbi’s take on the ads placed in the New York City subway by the American Freedom Defense Initiative: The Sin of Sowing Hatred of Islam

Answering Difficult FAQ: 49th Annual ISNA Convention

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Several sessions at the 49th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America centered on one topic: how to answer difficult but frequently asked questions about Islam. Maha ElGenaidi (pictured) moderated a discussion with Ameena Jandali and Jamal Badawi […]

Middle Eastern Immigrants Want ‘To Harm’ The U.S.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Gabriela Mercer, the likely Republican congressional candidate in Arizona’s new 3rd District, once declared that the only goal of Middle Easterners crossing America’s southern border was to ’cause harm to the United States’.” Really? You can read it all here.

Middle Eastern Males vs. Grandmothers

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that the TSA’s security screening in U.S. airports needs to be more selective so grandmothers don’t get ‘the spread-eagle search’ while a ’20-year-old Middle Eastern male waltzes through with a smirk on his face’.” […]

Muslim Spying Led To No Leads

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Huffington Post, “In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department […]

The sham “terrorism expert” industry

posted by Suzy Shuraym

A detailed examination of the topic (read it all here) by Salon.com‘s Glenn Greenwald explains just how “common group identity and career interest” is used by a group of “terrorism experts” to sustain “the myth of the Grave Threat of […]

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posted 2:43:39am Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

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