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What Does 'Islamophobia' Actually Mean?

A brief history of a provocative word<p>When I recently asked Sam Harris what he thought of the word 'Islamophobia,' he directed me to a tweet that noted the following: “Islamophobia. A word created by fascists, & used by cowards, to manipulate morons.”<p>“I don’t think [the tweet] overstates the case by …

Hating Muslims plays right into the Islamic State’s hands

After the terrorist attacks Friday night in Paris, it did not take long for anti-Muslim forces to lash out around the world.<p>A mosque in Canada was deliberately set on fire Saturday, Ontario police say. In Oregon, anti-Muslim protesters held a rally outside the Portland Rizwan Mosque, one of them …

Terrorism

America's embrace of Islamophobia is new – but not surprising

America is hurting itself at home and abroad and what’s worse is that it has yet to wake up and uproot the new hatred in its midst. The crude, anti-Muslim demagoguery filling the stump speeches of Ben Carson and Donald Trump has been reinforced by a similarly toxic current of Islamophobia creeping …

Religion

The Problem with Islam Is Aggressive Scripture, Not Aggressive ‘Traditionalism’

On the Corner this week, the eminent Jim Talent touted (with some reservations) an essay about “moderate Islam” by Cheryl Bernard. A Rand Institute …

Religion

Barack Obama criticises Donald Trump over Muslim ban

President says Republican rhetoric is "unrecognisable" from when he ran against John McCain in 2008<p>President Barack Obama said that American politics has become "meaner" and the rhetoric of Republican candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz has become "unrecognisable" to him.<p>Mr Obama has so far …

Donald Trump

The Hidden Reason Why Americans Dislike Islam

Yesterday, YouGov and the <i>Huffington Post</i> released a poll showing that large majorities of Americans — and pluralities across every political …

Slavery

Anti-Islam movement PEGIDA stages protests across Europe | Reuters

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany’s anti-Islam PEGIDA movement staged rallies in several cities across Europe on Saturday to protest against the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.<p>The movement, whose name stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the …

North Africa

France's anti-terrorism laws leave Muslims in a state of fear

Marie was feeding her twin daughters when the raid began. It was a little after 8PM on a Thursday, and she heard a loud commotion outside her apartment in the suburbs of Paris. The order came minutes later: "Police! Open your door!"<p>Marie panicked and rushed to move her one-year-old girls into …

Armed Islamophobes planning 20 rallies at mosques and community centers across the US

Anti-Muslim conservative groups have planned at least 20 rallies this month at mosques and other sites across the Unites States in coming …

These European countries are willing to accept some migrants—but only if they’re Christian

Europe doesn’t have much to be proud of following the record number of people, including many from Syria, that have arrived on its shores this year. But recent moves by countries in eastern Europe to cherry-pick refugees based on religion—specifically favoring Christian refugees over Muslims—are …

Eastern Europe

Islamophobic Britain: Where Muslim women are spat on, punched and covered in faeces

Muslim hate crime has soared by 70 per cent in London and majority of victims are female. Radhika Sanghani hears horrific stories of Islamophobia from British women and asks why they're being targeted<p>“I’ve been spat on in the street when I’ve worn my headscarf,” Sara Khan tells me.<p>“I’ve been called …

Children tortured and used as fighters in Syria's war

There is growing evidence that children caught up in Syria's war are being abused and used as fighters.<p>The UN says it has verified that 271 boys and seven girls have been recruited by armed groups, and that the real number is expected to be much higher. The groups enlisting minors to fight include …

Middle East

ISIL looting heritage sites on 'industrial scale'

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group is looting ancient sites across Iraq and Syria on an industrial scale and selling on treasures to middlemen to raise cash, Irina Bokova, the head of the UN cultural agency UNESCO, has said.<p>One-fifth of Iraq's about 10,000 official world-renowned …

Archaeology
Special Forces

Pakistani security is trying to thwart reporting on female San Bernardino shooting suspect

Three professors at Malik's university said they had been advised not to talk to the media, while men claiming to be from Pakistan's security agencies told reporters to drop their investigations into her background on pain of arrest.<p>An official at the interior ministry later said this was due to a …

“Sorry we killed your family”: We are the terrorists in the Middle East, and our compliant media will never tell the truth

The real Middle East terrorists? Look in the mirror. We’ll never face it, because the media won’t level with us<p>As the great American lawyer and statesman John Adams noted, “facts are stubborn things.”<p>Anybody paying attention to the facts regarding the U.S. bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres …

Nazi method IS uses to brainwash kids

The report, titled Children of Islamic State, has outlined how indoctrination by IS through the school system and various training camps encourages …

Radicalization