Muslims are facing a civil rights crisis in America, and it’s the media’s fault

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SHAFAQNA - Sut Jhally of the Media Education Foundation likens Orientalism to a pair of glasses that distort our perception of other cultures. Through these lenses, Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East come into view as backwards, threatening,…

Encore Presentation: The Perceptions of Muslims in America

SHAFAQNA - http://ideastream-production.s3.amazonaws.com/audio/2015/10/1001soi.mp3 On the presidential campaign trail, one candidate said a Muslim should never hold that office and another offered no challenge when a supporter…

Threat made to 'kill all Muslims' at Virginia Tech

SHAFAQNA - Etched on the walls of a bathroom stall on Monday in one of Virginia Tech’s buildings are the words: “I will be here 11/11/2015 to kill all Muslims,” according to the Virginia Tech Police Department. Virginia Tech students…

US Department of State Urges Bahrain to Drop Charges Brought Against Sheikh Ali Salman

SHAFAQNA - The State Department’s spokesperson, John Kirby, has said in a daily press briefing that charges against Sheikh Ali Salman that were brought on the basis of freedom of peaceful expression should be dropped. Sheikh Salman, Secretary…

Largest US Jewish group slams Israel's ‘misguided’ policies

SHAFAQNA - The leader of the largest Jewish group in North America has criticized Israel’s policies toward Palestinians as “misguided.” “Asking Jews around the world only to wave the flag of Israel and to support even the most misguided…

A Muslim woman in Texas teaches Police about cultural sensitivity

SHAFAQNA - It all happened after a Muslim woman threatened to sue the police department when they forcibly removed her hijab during her arrest. There’s a police officer in the room with me, and he’s shouting “You don’t know what you’re…

Hamtramck is 1st American city to elect majority Muslim council

SHAFAQNA - The Polish flocked to Hamtramck in the 1900s and evidence of the city's Polish roots remain. However, over the last few decades a new wave of immigrants, primarily from the Middle East, South Asia and Southeastern Europe, has…

US officials: ISIS bomb brought down Russian Airbus A321

SHAFAQNA - Days after authorities dismissed claims that ISIS brought down a Russian passenger jet, a U.S. intelligence analysis now suggests that the terror group or its affiliates planted a bomb on the plane. British Foreign Minister Philip…

On Hummus - mania and spreading tolerance

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SHAFAQNA - Hummus is a signature dish of Middle Eastern cuisine -- a delicious spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and seasonings. On Thursday, hummus will become a symbol of peace as 15 Muslim and Jewish activists break…

“I Am Your Protector” Promotes Unity in the US

SHAFAQNA - Sending a message of unity and understanding, an international campaign has been launched in the US to acknowledge those who stand up for each other across religious, racial and gender lines. “We’re overexposed to narratives…

Anger over Halloween “Refugee” Outfit

SHAFAQNA - A photo of a woman dressing up as a refugee with a baby tied around her body for Halloween has drawn the ire of social media users, who blasted the photo as “insensitive” and  “racist”. "Livid & appalled by the woman…

Muslim activists alarmed by the FBI’s new game-like counterterrorism program for kids

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SHAFAQNA - The FBI has designed an unusual game-style Web site about extremism meant to be used by teachers and students to help the agency spot and prevent radicalization of youth, say Muslim and Arab advocacy groups who were briefed by the…

Historic Ruling Upholds Rights of American Muslims

SHAFAQNA - In an historic ruling last week, a federal appeals court upheld the right of American Muslims to be free from suspicionless surveillance based solely upon their religion. The case challenging the NYPD's Muslim spying program filed…

More Than Half of California Muslim Students Are Bullied: Study

SHAFAQNA- Startling new data indicates more than half of California's Muslim students between the ages of 11 and 18 are being bullied at school. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, held a press conference Friday to release…

Chicago students receive death threat for taking part in Palestine solidarity protest

SHAFAQNA - Students in Chicago have received recently death threat after taking part in a Palestine solidarity protest. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Illinois-Chicago have organized recently a “die-in”…

Two Muslims awarded $240,000 in US discrimination case

SHAFAQNA - A jury has awarded $240,000 to two Muslim men who say they were fired from an Illinois trucking company after refusing to deliver alcohol. A judge found that Morton-based Star Transport Inc violated the religious beliefs of Mahad…

'Who Is Hussain' campaign organized in Chicago - US

SHAFAQNA -  'Who Is Hussain' campaign organized in Downtown Chicago (USA) on 24th Oct. 2015 on the day of Ashura. People of different cultures, and religions expressed high interest in learning more about Imam Hussain (A'). Organizers of…

Bernie Sanders vow to end Islamophobia in the US

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SHAFAQNA - A leading US Muslim advocacy group welcomed Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s pledge to end Islamophobia and all other forms of racism during a town hall hosted at George Mason University on…

Yale Muslim student wins coveted poetry prize

SHAFAQNA - A Yale Muslim student has won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship (iWPS), winning the coveted title against hard competition from some of the world’s best poets. “I was dazed,” Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud said,…

US invites Iran at next Syrian Peace Talks

SHAFAQNA - Iran will be invited to participate in talks in Vienna on Friday to discuss ending the conflict in Syria, the US State Department announced. "Iran will be asked to participate. Now, whether they come or not, that's up to Iranian…

US invasion of Iraq worst crime of century: Noam Chomsky

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SHAFAQNA - Prominent American author and linguist Noam Chomsky has blasted the US foreign policy, calling Washington's 2003 invasion of Iraq “the worst crime of this century.” “What right do we have to kill somebody in some other country…

What a difference a day makes: The reframing of Canadian Muslims has begun

SHAFAQNA - Women in headscarves are smiling everywhere. They are in the subway station in Montreal with brightly coloured headgear and cell phones to match. They are at a rally in Ottawa, up close with the prime-minister-designate as they snap…

Canada Reclaims Its Integrity, Says NO To Sectarian Exclusion

SHAFAQNA - Ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule, Canada's Liberal Party has decisively won general elections, as anti-Muslim rhetoric failed to garner support for the country's outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “This is what…

Ahmed Mohamed was just named Muslim of the Year

SHAFAQNA - The “clock kid” is now the award kid. On Monday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country’s biggest Muslim civil liberties organization, awarded the American Muslim of the Year award to Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old…

Pro-Palestinian protesters rally across US

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of people marched across the U.S. in support of Palestinians, and against Israeli use of force in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli tensions witnessed in New York and Chicago on Sunday. "Free Palestine," the protesters…

Who Should Arabs and Muslims Vote for?

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SHAFAQNA - The NDP is my clear answer. But why? On Sept. 17 a group of prominent Arab and Muslim organizations from across Canada got together and sent a letter* to the leaders of the five main federal parties: Conservatives, NDP, Liberals,…

Obama calls for respect of holy sites in Jerusalem

SHAFAQNA - President Barack Obama on Friday called for respect for religious sites in Jerusalem and the status quo that allows the shared worship of the three religions in that area. “The religious sites that are so important to three…