The Guardian view on fear of Islam: terrorism is not a religion | Editorial

The Guardian World news: Islam - 30 January, 2017 - 19:04
The hatred of Muslims can damage western societies far more than Islam could

The murder of at least six people in a mosque in Québec city is a brutal reminder that Muslims are by any measure the people who suffer most from terrorism in the world today. Terrorism is a tactic, not a religion, and it has been employed in the past 150 years by Muslims, Jews, anarchists, communists, Christians and Buddhists, all of whom were to some extent motivated by their beliefs. Yet there is a persistent belief in the west today that Islam has some unique and visceral connection to violence and intolerance that no other faith approaches. This is wrong in theory and untruthful as to the facts. It tends also to conceal the real damage that some interpretations of Islam can do to the lives of believers, and of unbelievers too.

It is true that terrorism in Britain is at the moment overwhelmingly a Muslim problem – of the 143 people in jail for terrorist offences in December 2015, 139 identified as Muslim – but it’s just as true and much more important that this figure represents less than one in 200,000 British Muslims, and the overwhelming majority have nothing to do with terrorism, and want nothing to do with it either. To study a whole religion through the lens of security policy damages both social cohesion and, in the long run, national security as well.

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US could resettle zero refugees from Manus and Nauru and still 'honour' deal

The Guardian World news: Islam - 30 January, 2017 - 19:00

Terms of agreement do not commit US to taking a single refugee, and Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries exclude majority of Australia’s detainees

The United States could resettle zero refugees from the Australian-run immigration detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru and still be upholding the deal it has struck with Australia, according to publicly known details.

The terms of the agreement reached last November between the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and then US president Barack Obama do not commit the US to taking a single refugee, and the terms of new president Donald Trump’s executive order would appear to exclude the majority of Manus and Nauru detainees being accepted.

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Evangelical Christian leaders: travel ban violates religious beliefs on refugees

The Guardian World news: Islam - 30 January, 2017 - 17:11

Some evangelical groups criticized executive order that privileges Christian refugees over Muslim ones, despite majority of followers voting for president

Evangelical leaders are asking Donald Trump to reconsider his refugee ban, joining other Christian groups in arguing that welcoming refugees is an essential part of their faith.

The leader of a prominent US evangelical aid group said Trump’s move to give Christian refugees priority was wrong.

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Saudi Arabia and Egypt are excluded from Trump's ban. Why? | Aryeh Neier

The Guardian World news: Islam - 30 January, 2017 - 15:59

The American public needs to know the real reasons behind the arbitrary list of countries

When President Trump issued executive orders limiting immigration on Friday, it appears there was at least one important omission. He has failed to instruct the National Park Service to put a hood over the Statue of Liberty, the world’s most renowned symbol of freedom.

It is not the only omission. In identifying Muslim-majority countries from which refugees and visas will be blocked because of concerns about terrorism, Trump left out Saudi Arabia. Yet most of those who hijacked airliners to attack New York and Washington DC on 9/11, the deadliest terrorist episode in history, were Saudis.

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UK government faces cross-party calls for urgent debate on US travel ban

The Guardian World news: Islam - 30 January, 2017 - 10:29

Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi and Labour’s Ed Miliband make joint demand for emergency debate on Trump directive

The government is facing cross-party calls for an emergency debate about Donald Trump’s ban on people arriving in the US from seven Muslim-majority countries, as pressure built on Theresa May over the US president’s planned state visit to Britain.

After tens of thousands of people again protested overnight in US cities and airports, the Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi and the former Labour leader Ed Miliband said they were calling jointly for an emergency debate on Trump’s ban on Monday.

With @Ed_Miliband calling for an emergency debate on the divisive ban by the United States on Nationals from predominantly Muslim countries.

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Shameful! Press backs Theresa May's pragmatic response to Donald Trump

The Guardian World news: Islam - 30 January, 2017 - 09:07

UK’s national newspapers sympathise with the prime minister over her failure to condemn the US president’s ban

The Guardian’s editorial about Donald Trump’s latest illiberal act refers to the poem by Martin Niemöller about the way in which Germans in the 1930s turned a blind eye to Nazi outrages.

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out —

Because I was not a socialist.

“Angry keyboard warriors demand the prime minister lectures foreign countries over their democratically elected leaders...

Noisy virtue-signallers might prefer that Theresa May had condemned Trump’s ban at the first opportunity, but would it have helped our interests in the long run?...

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Uber Takes on Mass Deletions from Ties to Trump’s Muslim Ban

Muslim Matters - 30 January, 2017 - 06:49


Solidarity amidst chaos and confusion

Since Friday January 20, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security and TSA have been honoring the executive order of the Trump administration to prohibit entry for people from a handful of Muslim Majority countries. The homelands selected include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Trump’s order uses language invoking the complicated history of 9/11 terror attacks three times. Families, University Professors, Refugees and even students who chose America as their home to study abroad have been held at airports across the country. Many are now in transit back their country of origin, despite facing impending persecution and isolation. On Saturday protestors filled JFK, San Francisco and Chicago O’hare, airport by the thousands, bringing the international hub, usually busied by all sides of the human spectrum, to a slow dribble. In the inside of terminals lawyers from the ACLU filed suits demanding those held be released due to argued violations of the constitution Muslim banning represents.

The protest gained significant ground when the NYC Taxi Alliance decided to strike in allegiance. Entire pickup lanes lay dry during the evening impeding arriving guests from getting where they needed to go. In a conniving business maneuver, Uber decided to heighten rates for passengers leaving from JFK airport. People in opposition to Trump’s candidacy, Presidency and now administration have began deleting the heralded car service in response. Simran Jeet Singh, Professor at Trinity University and member of Sikh Coalition doubled down on the need to drop the app saying, “For me personally, the campaign is a no-brainer. When a major corporation like Uber openly supports the gross oppression of innocent people, it becomes the responsibility of those who care about justice to take a stand. Boycotts like these remind me of civil rights heroes like Rosa Parks, who refused to bow to sustained structural discrimination — what she did wasn’t easy, but Rosa Parks did what was right and just, and we celebrate her for it years later. I want Americans to start following the example of heroes like Rosa Parks and to start taking stands to preserve our collective humanity.”

Questionable Leadership

Singh like many others is astounded at Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick intentionally making inroads with the current administration. Last week during a meeting he addressed employees curious about his involvement with Trump. He was unapologetic offering, “We’ll partner with anyone in the world as long they’re about making transportation in cities better, creating job opportunities, making it easier to get around, getting pollution out of the air and traffic off the streets.” Kalanick has found himself permanently a part of the “Tech Advisory staff” for Trump. Many divesting believe the company’s tweet below was representative of his alliances and not just poor timing.

Award winning Afghani Producer Ali Baluch recently removed Uber from his phone in protest as well. He is demanding that others do the same. “At a time when everyone’s feeling anxious and upset over executive orders being made that are hurting the lives of thousands, and protests are occurring at airports all around the country, including the NY taxi workers alliance, breaking the protest of NY taxi drivers and spiking Uber rates  extremely distasteful. It also doesn’t help that the CEO of the company sits on Trumps board of economic advisors. over the years, ride share drivers have always talked about how Uber doesn’t treat them fairly compared to other services (Lyft), this was just another reason not to be a customer” Baluch offered. In November of 2016 Uber employees  joined the nationwide fight for $15.00 minimum wage citing pay incomparable to rising costs of living. Uber netted over $1.7Billion in revenue in 2016 crowning itself as the mothership of all rideshare companies. Organizers like Mariame Kaba, Founder of Project NIA  has researched Uber’s impact and believes deleting it,”is a simple way for lots of people to put companies that collaborate with this administration’s racist and xenophobic policies on notice that we refuse to support them if they do. They need to see that there are consequences to their actions. It’s a symbolic protest and symbols matter as a way to rally public opinion and to generate more action against/for issues we care about.”

Jury is Still Out

After increased backlash Kalanick encouraged it’s users that it didn’t intend to break the strike and stands with the public expressing itself saying, “Whatever your view, please know that I’ve always believed in principled confrontation and just change; and have never shied away (maybe to my detriment) from fighting for what’s right.” On the contrary, Lyft, a service operating much like Uber went as far as donating $1Million to the ACLU after it’s successful stay order against the immigration executive order. Many Uber users stated that they would be switching to Lyft as an alternative. What is certain is that the momentum from this weekends protests have spilled over day-by-day. As a company that must remain watchful over it’s almighty bottomline, the energy of the #DeleteUber campaign must be watched just as much as it right now. They, like hundreds of other ortune 500 businesses will be challenged on whether they choose people or profit.



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Malcolm Turnbull refuses to denounce Trump's travel ban

The Guardian World news: Islam - 30 January, 2017 - 04:44

PM emphasises Australia’s ‘nondiscriminatory immigration program’ but says ‘it is not my job ... to run a commentary on the domestic policies of other countries’

Malcolm Turnbull has refused to comment on Donald Trump’s contentious ban on travel by people from a group of Muslim-majority nations, labelling it the “domestic policy” of another country.

But the prime minister did reiterate Australia’s commitment to multiculturalism and a nondiscriminatory immigration program.

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Melbourne criminal Christopher Binse wants to 'square the ledger' after conversion to Islam

The Guardian World news: Islam - 30 January, 2017 - 04:44

48-year-old pleads guilty to a string of decades-old armed robberies, with decision to apologise to victims prompted by conversion, says lawyer

Melbourne career criminal Christopher “Badness” Binse wants to “square the ledger” and apologise to victims of a string of armed hold-ups in the 1980s and 90s – prompted by his conversion to Islam.

The 48-year-old, who now goes by the surname Pecotic, appeared before the Victorian supreme court on Monday after pleading guilty last year to seven unsolved armed robberies from 1988 to 1991.

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Theresa May feels heat over travel ban as Donald Trump stands firm

The Guardian World news: Islam - 29 January, 2017 - 21:20

Tory MPs join Labour to criticise PM’s response as condemnation of US president’s policy spreads across the world

Donald Trump has refused to step back from his ban on arrivals to the US from predominantly Muslim countries despite protests around America, chaos at US airports, global condemnation and a stand-off between his administration and its own legal system.

His policy, which immediately banned all citizens from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa from entering the US, left Theresa May facing a revolt among her own MPs who questioned her failure to condemn the policy.

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Donald Trump’s shameful ban on Muslims and refugees | Letters

The Guardian World news: Islam - 29 January, 2017 - 18:17

Amid the outcry against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on seven Muslim countries (US refugee ban: Trump decried for ‘stomping on’ American values,, 28 January), typically no mention is being made of the fact that the United States is a major participant in the terrible wars in five of them: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. As such, potent issues of religious discrimination and humanitarianism aside, the US has a major responsibility to ameliorate the effects of the wars on civilians by taking in refugees from those countries, obviously with careful vetting of each applicant. It is also interesting that Saudi Arabia, the source of much Islamist extremism, is not included in the list of “banned” countries.

In addition, while Trump was right to highlight the persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq, he neglected to mention that in these countries Christians did not face such persecution under leaders that the US actively worked to topple, Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad. That extreme persecution of Christians, as well as of millions of moderate Muslims, began when extremist Muslim terror groups took control of large parts of the two formerly secular oases in the Middle East.

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Suddenly, Muslims are America’s pariahs | Nesrine Malik

The Guardian World news: Islam - 29 January, 2017 - 17:12

Officers ‘just following orders’, confused children, fearful parents: with Trump’s vile ban, Islamophobia has finally burst its banks

Within minutes of Donald Trump signing his executive order banning the entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the horror stories started coming through. Sudanese friends and relatives, some of whom had lived their entire lives in the United States, some who were in the air as the order was signed, found themselves prevented from entering the country.

Some were turned back from boarding their flights, others were handcuffed in airports, patted down and interrogated on their political beliefs. Mothers, fathers, children, students, employees suddenly found that the unthinkable had happened. They had been banned from returning to their jobs and studies, to their families and homes because they were Muslims.

This did not start with Trump, this is something that's only reaching its climax

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Muslim-majority countries show anger at Trump travel ban

The Guardian World news: Islam - 29 January, 2017 - 14:15

Iran says order is ‘gift to extremists’ and insult to Islamic world, with condemnation also from Iraq and Sudan

The executive order from President Donald Trump temporarily banning refugees and travellers to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries – Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – has faced widespread condemnation.

Protests have sprung up at US airports where passengers from the countries have been detained, and even UK prime minister Theresa May, who seemed hesitant to respond to the ban after a successful tête-à-tête with Trump this week, has said that she “does not agree” with Trump’s actions.

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Global fury as Donald Trump’s ban on migrants takes effect

The Guardian World news: Islam - 29 January, 2017 - 00:30

Refugees and passengers from a number of countries detained at airports but Theresa May refuses to condemn move

Donald Trump’s decision to ban immigration from a string of Muslim-majority nations has sparked fury and anguish around the world as refugees and migrants were prevented from boarding flights to the US.

Holders of passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen were stopped at airports, while passengers already in the air were detained in the US. In one incident, five Iraqi passengers and one Yemeni, all holding valid visas, were barred from boarding an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to New York and instead redirected on to flights to their home countries.

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Muslims make a pitch for populist vote as Dutch politics turns sharp right

The Guardian World news: Islam - 29 January, 2017 - 00:05
With far-right leader Geert Wilders ahead in the polls, progressive Islamic party hopes to halt rightward drift

Nourdin el Ouali has grown used to far-right attacks on Dutch Muslims, and to dog-whistle politics. But when the country’s prime minister wrote an open letter last week, in effect demanding that minorities integrate or “go away”, he was still shocked.

Mark Rutte’s letter comes less than two months before a national election, and after months of watching populist Geert Wilders rising into the top position in national polls. If the election were held tomorrow his far-right party would probably be the largest in parliament.

Related: Netherlands PM says those who don't respect customs should leave

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Trump's vetting order prompts outcry 'for everyone who believes in freedom'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 28 January, 2017 - 08:00

Activists and analysts lead condemnation of executive order, warning of dangers to counter-terror efforts as the US fails to ‘stand by its principles’

Mousa al Mosawy’s mother woke him this week with a call from Iraq, frightened and in floods of tears. She was afraid not of attacks at home, but that a new US law could end her son’s education or stop her from seeing him for years.

Related: Trump to implement 'extreme vetting' measures for people entering the US

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CAIR to Challenge Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Executive Order

altmuslim - 28 January, 2017 - 03:08
In response to the executive orders, the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced today that it will hold a press conference in Washington, D.C.Monday to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of 20 or more individuals challenging the"Muslim ban" executive order.

Is Trump's 'extreme vetting' plan for Muslim migrants unconstitutional?

The Guardian World news: Islam - 28 January, 2017 - 02:52

Supreme court has often deferred to the president on immigration, but civil rights groups will challenge on grounds of intent to discriminate by religion

New “extreme vetting” measures for people entering the US announced by Donald Trump on Friday will almost certainly test US law on religious discrimination and the constitutionality of bans on some Muslim migration.

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