13 Years After 9/11, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Worse Than Ever

Posted by The Daily Beast on September 11, 2014 in News Clips

On 9/11, I didn’t watch the World Trade Center collapse on television like most people. I witnessed that tragedy a few blocks from where it occurred, standing motionless at 8th Street and 6th Avenue in lower Manhattan.

Images from that day are still seared in my mind. The South Tower buckling. A sobbing woman running by. An NYPD police car racing uptown covered in debris. A crystal blue sky.

Once we learned that al Qaeda was responsible for the attack, I knew there would be a backlash against Muslim and Middle Eastern Americans.  But what I could’ve never predicted was...

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Des Familles de victimes du 11 Septembre luttent contre l’Islamophobie

Posted by Radio VM on September 11, 2014 in News Clips

Des membres des familles de victimes des attentats du 11 septembre 2001 à New York ont lancé une campagne de promotion de la tolérance religieuse et de dénonciation de l'islamophobie.

La campagne d'affichage sur les bus new yorkais présente les slogans «L'islamophobie, c'est moche» et «Construisons des ponts, pas des murs. La haine tue, l'espoir guérit.» L'action, réalisée dans le cadre la commémoration de la tragédie qui a tué près de 3'000 personnes, est sponsorisée par l'association «September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows» (Les familles du 11 septembre pour des lendemains pacifiques). Le lancement de la campagne a coïncidé avec...

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Is The “Islamic State” Islamic?

Posted by The Dish on September 11, 2014 in News Clips

Last night, Obama made a point of stressing that ISIS is not Islamic. The usual suspects had a field day with that line, but Ramesh Ponnuru finds it sort of pointless:

I’m not sure what presidents think they are achieving when they make this assertion. (Bush did it too, all the time.) The alternative would be to say, “They claim to act in the name of Islam, something peace-loving Muslims say is a perversion of their faith,” or just to say nothing about the point. I can’t imagine that a non-Muslim-American president convinces anyone when he tells the world what...

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Ted Cruz booed off stage

Posted by Desert News on September 11, 2014 in News Clips

A Washington conference aimed at spotlighting persecution of Christians in the Middle East collapsed Wednesday evening when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed off the stage for his support of Israel, whose Jewish citizens he said were equal victims of Islamic extremist persecution.

Cruz was the keynote speaker at a dinner concluding theIn Defense of Christians conference held in the capital to bring attention to the plight of Christians in Iraq, Syria and other areas of the Middle East where Islamic extremist forces are demanding non-Muslims either pay a special tax, convert or face execution.

Before the 2003 invasion...

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Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage at Middle-East Christians’ Group

Posted by ABC News Radio on September 11, 2014 in News Clips

It’s not every day that you see a presidential contender getting booed off stage. But that’s what happened Wednesday night when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, widely viewed as a likely Republican candidate for the White House in 2016, addressed a group called In Defense of Christians at a gala dinner for its inaugural summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C.

The video suggests, and Cruz’s office concurs, that the senator was booed and jeered for speaking favorably about Israel. The video is missing some context and begins after Cruz has already been interrupted and as an...

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The propaganda war Obama is losing

Posted by POLITICO on September 09, 2014 in News Clips

As President Barack Obama prepares to unveil his strategy for turning back ISIL’s gains in Syria and Iraq, the headlines will most likely focus on expanding U.S. airstrikes and challenges of defeating the group without involving American troops.

But one potentially critical part of the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant also seems poised for a big new push: working to keep foreign fighters — including Americans — from joining the group in the first place.

Officials and outside experts say an essential part of fighting ISIL, Al Qaeda and similar groups is undercutting their propaganda...

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Led by Ashcroft, LaHood, new group aims to train DC advocates for persecuted Middle East Christians

Posted by The Washington Post on September 09, 2014 in News Clips

Hundreds of activists, including Christian clergy from across the Middle East and more than a dozen members of Congress on Tuesday begin a three-day conference aimed at training a serious policy-impacting force in Washington to protect persecuted Christians overseas.

Concern has been building for two decades about the plight of minority Christians in certain hot spots in the Middle East and Africa, but upheaval across Iraq and Syria in the last few years has displaced hundreds of thousands, leading some U.S. faith leaders to frame this as an unprecedented new era.

“I don’t want to have on my conscience that...

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9/11-era ignorance of Islam is infecting the age of Isis. We should know better

Posted by The Guardian on September 09, 2014 in News Clips

In the last two months, three major hate crimes have hit New York City, the most ethnically diverse place in the United States. Last week, a manchased a Muslim American woman into oncoming traffic in Brooklyn while threatening to behead her. Earlier this month, a group of teenagers physically assaulted a Sikh American while hurling racial slurs like “terrorist” and “Osama”. In late July, a man shouted similar epithets at Sandeep Singh before running him over with his truck and dragging him nearly 30 feet.

In the nearly 13 years since 9/11, and now in the three months since the Islamic...

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9/11-era ignorance of Islam is infecting the age of Isis. We should know better

Posted by The Guardian on September 09, 2014 in News Clips

In the last two months, three major hate crimes have hit New York City, the most ethnically diverse place in the United States. Last week, a manchased a Muslim American woman into oncoming traffic in Brooklyn while threatening to behead her. Earlier this month, a group of teenagers physically assaulted a Sikh American while hurling racial slurs like “terrorist” and “Osama”. In late July, a man shouted similar epithets at Sandeep Singh before running him over with his truck and dragging him nearly 30 feet.

In the nearly 13 years since 9/11, and now in the three months since the Islamic...

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James Zogby: Obama Needs to Include Arab Nations in Coalition Read Latest Breaking News from Newsma

Posted by Newsmax on September 09, 2014 in News Clips

As President Barack Obama develops his strategy to combat the Islamic State (ISIS), he needs to be sure to include Arab nations in his coalition, says James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute.  "What I truly hope occurs is that in addition to whatever coalition the president is assembling, that Arab states, front and center, are a part of that coalition because they've got a lot at stake here," Zogby told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Tuesday.  "This gang has to be rolled back, they have to be defeated, but they can...

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