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The Hooligans of ISIS
Various reports and videos of ISIS troops destroying ancient monuments reminds one of teenage boys and their destructive pranks. Except with bulldozers and explosives. How a serious “caliphate” can justify such behavior is beyond belief. The reason for UNESCO World Heritage Sites is that such places belong to all of us, not just the brigands…
ISIS: A World of “Shared Secrets”
Here’s a frightening thought: ISIS is adapting the techniques of pedophiles to lure Muslim teens to Syria: What ISIS Learned From Pedophiles “The jihadis build fantasy relationships, play on a child’s suspicion of parents, and lure their young targets into a world of shared ‘secrets’,” writes Jamie Dettmer on “The Daily Beast”.
Foreign Workers: 90% of Qatar’s Population.
“In Qatar, where at least one immigrant worker dies per day working to complete its World Cup infrastructure by 2022, workers were bused in to run a marathon in whatever clothes they had in order to break a Guinness World Record.” Read the rest here: Slaves Forced to Run Marathon Shoeless in Qatar
Women’s Photography in Casablanca
“During the first two weeks of April, the city of Casablanca, Morocco, will become a haven for public art. The Billboard Festival, an art festival of epic proportions, will take over 63 billboards throughout the city to showcase photography produced by 63 female contemporary Moroccan and Scandinavian artists.” Check out the exhibit here: These Women’s…
Women and Sharia
“No group is more harmed by sharia than Muslim women — a reflection in part of the patriarchal tribal culture out of which Islamic law emerged.” Admittedly, the writer is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a controversial figure in Islam. However, she does have a point: men and women are treated differently in whatever version of sharia…
“The recent vandalization of Nimrud and Hatra by the so-called Islamic State—and the destruction of lesser shrines in Libya by local Islamists, which started in 2012—is not an isolated phenomenon. It stems from deep-seated pathologies afflicting the Muslim world,” writes Ann Marlowe in The Daily Beast. “It is of course the Muslim world that has…
Meanwhile, Back in Pakistan….
The idiots have targeted and killed Christians on their way to church yesterday (and a couple of Paki police in the bargain) — idiots because they’re suicide bombers and idiots because killing people who have different beliefs than yours is a mug’s game. Here’s one place to read more about this latest atrocity: Suicide Bombers…
Islam and Middle School in NYC
Sharon Otterman, a reporter for The New York TimesMK/I> penned a thoughtful article on Sandra Ibrahim. The middle school student’s tentative steps toward wearing hijab have been met with derision, teasing and hazing. This writer wonders whether this Arab custom from the seventh century really has a place in 21st century Queens, where it serves…
Why is ISIS Afraid of History?
ISIS began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq last week, reports the Agence France Presse Why is ISIS afraid of history? Best guess: they’re uneducated. History is humanity’s backstory, and tearing down the past does not erase it.
New York City schools will close for Eid holidays
According to the New York Daily News, New York City will recognize Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha on the official school calendar starting in September.
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