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Buddhist Mob Rampage Against Muslim Villagers, Destroy Mosque

27 June, 2016 - 21:09

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Hundreds of Myanmar Muslims have been displaced from their homes after a violent mob of Buddhist nationalists destroyed their mosque, and ransacked their businesses in the village of  Thuye Thamain.

This is a clear consequence of the violent Islamophobic atmosphere that has been nurtured by successive military regimes and which Suu Kyi’s “democractic” NLD party, which won national elections in 2015, has done nothing to stem or counter.

via. Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC.net)

Police reinforcements have been called in to help guard a village in central Myanmar where religious tensions are running high after a Buddhist mob destroyed a mosque.

Authorities said an angry mob of around 200 Buddhists rampaged through a Muslim area of a village in Bago province following an argument between neighbours over the building of a Muslim school.

It is the latest flare-up of anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar, which has seen sporadic bouts of religious bloodshed since 2012, with a surge of Buddhist nationalism presenting a key challenge for Aung San Suu Kyi’s new government.

Own Lwin, the local police chief, said the atmosphere remained tense with around 100 police officers deployed to keep the peace.

He said there had been rumours that there might be more unrest, adding that no arrests have been made over the destruction of the mosque.

Win Shwe, the mosque’s secretary, said Muslim residents feared for their safety and were planning to move to a nearby town until the tension cools.

“Our situation is not safe and now we are planning to leave the village … We still feel afraid,” he said.

Strident anti-Muslim sentiment has fomented across Myanmar in recent years, with outbreaks of violencethreatening to unravel democratic gains since the former junta stepped down in 2011.

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Notts Casual Infidels Post Investigated For Supporting Murder of MP Jo Cox

21 June, 2016 - 19:36

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The presence of Islamophobic hate pages on Facebook and other social media platforms has been noted by Loonwatch and others for quite some time; recall Garibaldi’s expose on SIOA, the mother of all Islamophobic hate pages. These incubators of hate are where the anti-Muslim/anti-Left messaging, including violence is nurtured and disseminated to a wide audience of like-minded individuals.

Police are now investigating a Nottingham based hate group calling itself Notts Casual Infidels that stated that the murder of MP Jo Cox was an indicator of them “taking it to the next level.”

Nottingham Post

Police have said they are investigating a far right campaign group’s social media post following the death of MP Jo Cox.

The Notts Casual Infidels group has since deleted its Facebook post, which carried a link to a Guardian article following the story after news broke of the 41-year-old mother’s death.

Mrs Cox was killed by gun shots and stab wounds.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We are aware of social media posts commenting on the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox which appear to have been attributed to a group claiming to be from Nottinghamshire, and our enquiries with regard this social media activity are on-going.”

The post, which was later deleted due to criticism from anti-fascist campaign groups and Facebook users, said: “We knew it was only a matter of time before we take it to the next level. We have been mugged off for Far to (sic) long.”

Spokesman Jamie-Ray Upton told the Post the Facebook update “came across wrong”.

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What Role Did FBI Play In Radicalizing Omar Mateen?

20 June, 2016 - 23:58

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Today it was revealed that the FBI is censoring parts of Omar Mateen’s 911 call proclaiming “allegiance” to the Islamic State which are sure to feed conspiracy theories. This is on top of an Alternet expose by Max Blumlenthal and Sarah Lazare about FBI efforts to lure Mateen into a terrorist plot and questions of whether or not it backfired by contributing to Mateen’s “lethal mindset.”

Via. Alternet

Before Omar Mateen gunned down 49 patrons of the LGBTQ Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the FBI attempted to induce him to participate in a terror plot. Sheriff Ken Mascara of Florida’s St. Lucie County told the Vero Beach Press Journal that after Mateen threatened a courthouse deputy in 2013 by claiming he could order Al Qaeda operatives to kill his family, the FBI dispatched an informant to “lure Omar into some kind of act and Omar did not bite.”

While self-styled terror experts and former counter-terror officials have criticized the FBI for failing to stop Mateen before he committed a massacre, the new revelation raises the question of whether the FBI played a role in pushing Mateen towards an act of lethal violence.

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Robert Kinder Farris Charged With Hate Crime After Threatening Seattle Mosque

17 June, 2016 - 19:15

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By Caitlin Moran, via. The Seattle Times

The King County prosecutor has filed a hate-crime charge against Robert Kinder Farris, the Seattle man accused of threatening the Idris Mosque near Northgate earlier this week.

Farris, 37, was charged with one count of malicious harassment, Washington state’s hate-crime statute, and will be arraigned June 30. The felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.

He was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his Greenwood apartment after a brief standoff with police and remains in jail on $2 million bail.

According to charging documents, Farris began posting threatening comments about Muslims on his Facebook account Sunday and continued doing so until his arrest. One of his posts included a photo of the Idris Mosque in North Seattle from Google Street View with the comment, “Idriss [sic] Mosque in Seattle, too many targets to count.” He also vowed to “take revenge” against Muslims, an apparent reference to the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.

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On The #Orlando Massacre

14 June, 2016 - 00:57

People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando attack against a gay night club, held in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando attack against a gay night club, held in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

The past week has been a roller coaster for Muslim Americans. Muhammad Ali’s passing which was a tragedy brought the country together and for a moment Islam and Muslims were human again. Ali, represented the best of Islam and was a “radical Muslim” in his own right. He reminded America and the world that to be a “radical Muslim” doesn’t need only conjure images of ISIS and Alqaeda fighters. Just a day later, a man named Omar Mateen, attacked an Orlando gay bar massacring 50 and injuring 53 people. It is important here to speak out and condemn homophobia and all that contributes to it. Orlando and those affected by the attacks are in our thoughts.

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