Posted on May 27, 2015
Countdown Vol. 13, No. 5
Bigotry at its Best
We all knew that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approached the podium at the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference, he was bound to deliver controversial comments with the typical helping of condescension and props. The Prime Minister deployed a truly staggering litany of outmoded orientalist language at Monday's Conference. Bibi stated that the region finds itself consumed by “medieval barbarism” and described a "dark and savage, and desperate Middle East" where women experience “repression, enslavement and...Read more
You Say it Ain't So... But is it?
We have been repeatedly, thoroughly, annoyingly, and sometimes beautifully reminded that the White House’s “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) programs are not aimed at the American Muslim community. We were first assured when the CVE program was announced in 2010 by Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, and even though it was done so at a Muslim community center (why?!), we still wanted to believe it. Again we were promised that it wasn’t about us by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and...Read more