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Can Muslims Be ‘All-American’?

The early photographs of Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, wife of Boston marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are unsettling. They are unsettling not only because she looks frightened, but because she looks kind of like me. Though our lives are different, we are both young, white women, and we are American converts to Islam. The media’s coverage […]

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CONFRONTING NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES

by Tariq Ramadan Contrary to expectations, over time, perceptions of Islam and Muslims by their western fellow-citizens have sharply deteriorated. Around us we observe the rise of populist movements and extreme right-wing parties from the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece and France (to name but a few European countries) to Australia, Canada and the […]

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Anti-Islamic advertisements to hit NYC

Anti-Islamic advertisements will go up across New York City’s subway system next week after a federal judge ruled that the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority could not legally refuse to host the signs on the basis of “demeaning” language. As early as next Monday, ten NYC subway stations will showcase adverts declaring, “In any war between the […]

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LEAVE OUR PROPHET ALONE!

His name is Muhammad. And all of us, now One and a Half Billion Souls and counting, love him beyond compare. In fact we so love him that others just can’t understand or comprehend. They don’t get it, and they can’t get it, for they know not this kind of love. We love him more […]

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Cindy Lee Garcia, Actress in ‘Innocence of Muslims’, Sues Producers and YouTube

LOS ANGELES – An actress in an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world sued a California man linked to its production on Wednesday for fraud and slander, saying she had received death threats after the video was posted on YouTube. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who also named Google Inc and its […]

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Muslim leaders call French Mohammed cartoons ‘new insult’

Muslim leaders have urged France to take firm action after a French magazine’s publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday.  “We reject and condemn the French cartoons that dishonor the Prophet,” the acting head of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Essam Erian, said, as cited by Reuters.  “If the case of Kate […]

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More Provocation: French Magazine Publishes More Caricatures of Prophet Mohammed

A French satirical magazine has published controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday as worldwide protests continue against a US film. France announced it would close embassies and schools in around 20 countries, fearing violence.

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California man confirms role in anti-Islam film amid mystery over movie and its makers

LOS ANGELES — The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film implicated in violent protests in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production.

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US-led Islamophobia, new form of political colonialism: Analyst

A political analyst says that Islamophobia is a type of “political colonialism” and “ideological war” waged by the United States and its Zionist allies against Islam and Muslims. “Islamophobia is a form of political colonialism; an ideological war against Islam and the Muslims,” wrote Dr. Ismail Salami, a prolific Iranian author and Middle East expert, […]

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