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'Islamist hyperextremism' could bring world to brink of catastrophe – report

The Guardian World news: Islam - 15 November, 2016 - 11:00

Catholic charity says the kind of religiously motivated violence espoused by Isis has led to attacks in one in five countries in last two years

A new and deadly wave of Islamist “hyperextremism” is undermining global peace and stability with an impact felt in the Middle East, Africa and the west, according to a new report that calls for urgent action to protect religious diversity.

The Religious Freedom in the World 2016 report, produced by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, says the kind of religiously motivated violence espoused by Islamic State has given rise to attacks in one in five countries worldwide over the past two years.

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FBI reports hate crimes against Muslims surged by 67% in 2015

The Guardian World news: Islam - 14 November, 2016 - 21:31
  • Number of anti-Muslim hate crimes last year at its highest since 9/11
  • Experts say rise is fueled by extremism and Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric

Hate crimes against Muslims shot up in 2015, according to new statistics released by the FBI, a rise which experts say was fueled by acts of extremism abroad and anti-Muslim rhetoric in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

According to the FBI, the number of hate crimes against Muslims increased by 67% in 2015, compared with the year before. There were 257 incident of hate against Muslims in the US compared with 154 in 2014.

Related: Claims of hate crimes possibly linked to Trump's election reported across the US

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American Muslims Leaders and Activists Respond to a Trump Presidency

altmuslim - 14 November, 2016 - 00:12
By Engy Abdelkader Tuesday’s presidential election results proved traumatic for a number of Muslim Americans. Almost immediately a spectrum of emotions reigned — fear, confusion, uncertainty, disbelief, affirmation and even, determination. Like other Americans, many of us are shocked that misogyny, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia seemingly prevailed – embodied in a single individual who will now [Read More...]

The United States of Donald Trump

Loon Watch - 13 November, 2016 - 22:30

“It feels like 9/11.”

This is how a large swathe of racist America felt after Barack Hussein Obama was elected in 2008.

Now they are empowered.

The United States elected a fascist. A man who whipped up hate and xenophobia to shocking and unprecedented levels. The people surrounding and advising Donald Trump are the same people we have been warning about and exposing for years now. There was never a doubt that any Republican victory in the presidency would embolden this network of professional and career fear-mongers; Trump’s candidacy was worse than all of them.

This thread is for you to share your reflections and thoughts on the election of an American fascist.

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Lego and the Daily Mail: Before you get too excited …

Indigo Jo Blogs - 12 November, 2016 - 15:39

 Calls for BBC to fire Lineker as he peddles migrant lies"Lego ends advertising with Daily Mail after calls for companies to ‘Stop Funding Hate’ (from the Independent)

According to this report, widely shared by people I know on social media, Lego have announced that an advertising campaign they had been running with the Daily Mail has run its course and they have no plans for any more. This was in a comment to a post on Lego’s Facebook page from one Bob Jones, who said that he could not buy his son Lego for Christmas (which is what he wanted) while they advertised with the Mail. This has been taken as a victory for an online campaign called “Stop Funding Hate” which aims to pressure companies to withdraw advertising from newspapers such as the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express that demonise immigrants and lied to the public during the recent Brexit referendum. However, I believe the idea that this is a huge victory is premature.

First, companies have lied about taking ethical stances in the past, claiming to have cut links with, say, a sweatshop-based producer while in fact continuing to source product from them. In the film, The Corporation, an American labour activist named Charles Kernaghan said he and his team had met representatives of workers in garment factories in Honduras who passed them a tag bearing the name of Kathie Lee Gifford, an American entertainer who marketed a clothes line through Walmart. Wikipedia notes that Gifford then “contacted Federal authorities to investigate the issue and worked with U.S. Federal legislative and executive branch agencies to support and enact laws to protect children against sweatshop conditions”, and appeared with then-President Bill Clinton to support his efforts to counter sweatshops abroad. However, the film noted that clothes continued to be manufactured in such conditions for that line, and the activists said “we achieved nothing with Kathie Lee”.

Lego’s tweet only says that they have no current plans for more advertising in the Mail. This leaves open the possibility that they may develop such plans in the future. To find out whether Lego are really committed to not advertising with hate sheets, we need to look at whom they advertise with abroad — Britain is not alone in having popular newspapers which stir hostility to immigrants or minorities. Do they advertise with Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper which, for the sake of it, solicited and published the offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (sall’ Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in 2005?

We all remember how The Sun pretended to have terminated page 3 a couple of years ago, only to dramatically relaunch it days later. We need to be asking Lego some tough questions rather than accepting their platitudes at face value.

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A Show Called Trumpmania

altmuslim - 12 November, 2016 - 02:21
By Kari Ansari Something called “media” provided a little, little narcissistic man with extreme insecurities a beautiful platform from which to speak; it was so beautiful it caught the attention of Joe Six Packs and Hockey Moms around the country. As he came down a golden escalator to speak to everyone from the shopping mall [Read More...]

Graves of Muslim sailors who joined allies in WWII are rediscovered

The Guardian World news: Islam - 11 November, 2016 - 14:44

Burial places of 11 Indonesians given new headstones during ceremony in Liverpool cemetery were they had been forgotten

They had been buried and forgotten for almost seven decades. But now the lost graves of 11 Muslim merchant seamen who died serving the Allies during the second world war have been uncovered and given new headstones during a poignant ceremony.

The graves of the Indonesian Muslims who were part of the Dutch navy had remained hidden since the 1940s, obscured by a large hedge and covered in grass.

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'Bloody battles and great chaos': Islamist extremists welcome Trump's victory

The Guardian World news: Islam - 10 November, 2016 - 20:45

Abdullah al-Muhaisny, a key authority among radical circles in Syria, says Trump presidency will sow division and expose west’s hatred of Muslims

Jihadis have welcomed Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the American presidential race, saying his election would sow greater division and expose what they described as the hatred and racism of the west towards Muslims.

The endorsement of the election result by extreme Islamist figures highlighted fears that Trump’s divisive rhetoric and call to ban Muslims from entering the US could empower radicals who have argued that the west seeks Islam’s destruction and is at war with its adherents.

Related: The mind of Islamic State: more coherent and consistent than Nazism | Robert Manne

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Are you worried about losing rights under the new president?

The Guardian World news: Islam - 10 November, 2016 - 17:13

Many are worried by what Trump’s victory would mean for their rights. How do you feel? Share your concerns

Donald Trump is president-elect, but after a controversial campaign, where he offended communities including women, Mexicans and Muslims, many are worried about what to expect.

Related: Transgender Americans fear for safety after Trump win: 'We are traumatized'

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Tennessee mother calls for removal of school history book 'promoting Islamic propaganda'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 10 November, 2016 - 15:05

Pearson textbook My World History is subject of formal complaint after parent says child felt assignments on Islam ‘went against her beliefs as a Christian’

A Tenessee mother and founding member of a parents’ group opposed to Islamic “indoctrination” has asked for a history textbook to be removed from her daughter’s social studies curriculum, claiming that it “promotes Islamic propaganda”.

Michelle Edmisten, a founder of the Facebook group Sullivan County Parents Against Islam Indoctrination, first raised the issue in October, after her daughter was given an assignment requiring her to answer questions about the name of Islam’s holy book, and the five pillars of Islam.

The controversy sadly reflects larger efforts to purge lessons on Islam from schools in Tennessee

Related: Donald Trump has made it clear: in his America, Muslim citizens don’t exist | Moustafa Bayoumi

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Ilhan Omar becomes first Somali American legislator in the US

The Guardian World news: Islam - 9 November, 2016 - 21:09

The 34-year-old Muslim woman was elected to Minnesota’s state house of representatives, soon after Donald Trump said Somali immigrants are a ‘disaster’

In an election that starkly divided the country on Tuesday, one result was a glimmer of hope for people who opposed Donald Trump: Minnesota elected America’s first Somali American legislator, Ilhan Omar.

The 34-year-old, who came to America as a refugee almost 20 years ago, beat out a Republican opponent to gain a seat in the state house of representatives.

Related: 'This is my country': Muslim candidate aims to break boundaries in Minnesota

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US Elections -Celebrating the Peaceful Transfer of Power

Inayat's Corner - 9 November, 2016 - 18:02

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The victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election results has shocked many – including myself. It is dispiriting to see so many older white voters in the USA clearly energized by a campaign that tapped into some of the nastier undercurrents common in large parts of society including suspicion of immigrants, Muslims and the LGBT community.

However, amidst the disappointment, it is worth taking a minute to recognize the strength of the US political system which ensures regular elections every four years and, if the incumbent loses, then a peaceful transfer of power. Even if the incumbent wins, s/he has to vacate the office of Presidency after a maximum of eight years.

In her concession speech today, Hillary Clinton made reference to this precise point.

This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for and I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country…

We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.

Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things; the rule of law, the principle that we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values too and we must defend them.

This peaceful transfer of power is a hugely important achievement of the American people. Contrast the eight-year limit on executive power with the condition of much of the Muslim world where we have so many autocratic Kings or Life Presidents who can only be shifted after they die – only to be replaced by a close relative – or are violently overthrown or killed. The result is constant mayhem and the development of society is held back by that chronically unstable political situation.

Even in the much-lauded time of the so-called “rightly-guided Caliphs”, we only saw a peaceful transfer of power once – and that was only because the first Caliph, Abu Bakr, died. The second Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab was murdered as was his successor ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan. The accession of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib resulted in a civil war which ultimately led to his own killing.

So, the democratic institutions that have been built in the USA deserve our respect and admiration. Despite, or especially because of, the election of Donald Trump, we have to hope that the checks and balances that are built into those institutions are strong enough to ensure that his offensive and divisive campaign rhetoric is not translated into actual policies in office. And let us also hope that those who voted for Hillary Clinton will not lose heart but will stand up for their values in the coming four years.

 


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